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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Baker Mayfield shaved his beard, OU men’s golf took care of business, and more!

Also, OU signee Bobby Witt Jr. is the only high schooler to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

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How’s it going, everyone?

Kyler Murray called out Baker Mayfield on Twitter for allegedly copying his tinted visor choice. It was all in good fun, of course. To that, the Cleveland QB flexed his veteran status over Arizona’s rookie.

OU AD Joe Castiglione dropped the mic on the entire exchange by bringing out the biggest visors in program history. You can’t come back from a Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley visor-beatdown.

From the top down, there are some pretty cool people within the OU family. Going forward, this budding “rivalry” between former Oklahoma Sooners teammates is going to be so incredibly fun to watch.

Now for today’s Hot Links! The golf team is headed back to the NCAA Championships, Red River baseball is on deck, Nick Kyrgios had a case of the Mondays on a Thursday and more!

OU Links

  • Speaking of Baker Mayfield... THE BEARD IS GONE. Will this get Freddie Kitchens to stop rubbing Baker’s chin? It’s too soon to know.
  • After placing third in the Pullman Regional, the OU men’s golf team is headed to Fayetteville for the NCAA Championships. This is the ninth season in a row in which the Sooners have made it this deep into the postseason. The goal now is to repeat what the 2017 group did, which is to win a national title. OSU, of course, will be tough to top, but anything can happen once the Championships reach the match play format (top eight).
  • Speaking of OU baseball, longtime commit and current signee Bobby Witt Jr. is the only high school player to be named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. If you’re familiar with Witt as a prospect, you’re aware that his chances of actually enrolling at OU are essentially nonexistent, but we’ll go ahead and claim him as our own anyway (as is the case with Archie Bradley).
  • The Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer put together a great article about Oklahoma’s Blake Brewster. At a time in his life, he didn’t believe he would end up playing baseball for the Sooners, whether it was because of his grades, physical setbacks, or a loss in motivation. After working as hard as anybody for a scholarship, the recent graduate has become the heart and soul of the team.
  • OU has a chance to have four student-athletes in four sports win player of the year-related honors in the 2018-19 academic year. Kyler Murray won the Heisman, Maggie Nichols and Yul Moldauer each won gymnast of the year, and softball’s Sydney Romero and Giselle Juarez are both finalists for national player of the year. What a time for Oklahoma’s athletic department.
  • In case you still haven’t gotten around to it, make sure you check out this week’s C&C Machine podcast with Jack and Kamiar. Even in a relatively quiet period of the year, there are plenty of interesting developments going down, and you better believe the guys will get you up to speed on some very important topics. Also, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on your platform of choice! We’re now on ITunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher. If you enjoy the podcast, make sure to give us a five-star rating on ITunes, as it will help it reach more listeners.

Around the Sports World

  • With the New Orleans Pelicans likely picking Zion Williamson at No. 1, the Memphis Grizzlies have made it known that they would go with Ja Morant at No. 2. It’s like the NBA Draft is already happening before it happens. New York, you’re on the clock.
  • Nick Kyrgios was clearly unhappy with how his tennis match against Caspar Rudd at the Italian Open was unfolding, and his emotions got the best of him as he threw a fit (no pun intended). Ultimately, he was disqualified from the tournament for his actions. Goosfraba, my guy.
  • The Paul Johnson era at Georgia Tech is over, and so too is the option-heavy offense. Under Geoff Collins, the Yellow Jackets are going for a more pro-style system, but Bill Connelly points out in his preview that this transition could take quite some time.
  • Edwin Jackson pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, and in doing so broke the all-time record for the number of teams a player has played for in the MLB. The record is now a staggering 14 teams, so one more would be half of the entire league. Wow.
  • This is what the ultimate goalie looks like. Just an absolute game-changer. Don’t pinch him, because he might wake up. A salute to you, Max Crepeau.

Stick to Sports!

  • Award-winning writer and stand-up comedian Chris Rock is planning on rebooting the ‘Saw’ movie franchise in a collaboration with Lionsgate films. If you are unfamiliar with any of the eight lovely Saw titles, basically each story involves people who must atone for their wrongdoings through painful, self-tortuous ways. It doesn’t immediately seem like it’s right up Rock’s alley, but perhaps this is an opportunity for him to show what he can do outside the realm of comedy (or perhaps he’ll just make this a comedy).

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