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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: OU football earns high marks in the classroom, softball sweeps All-Big 12 awards, and more!

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Also, beer sales at football games are set to receive final approval. Hallelujah!

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What’s up, everyone?

Mother’s Day is just a few days away, and in honor of one of the most special days of the year, check out Baker Mayfield expressing what his mom means to him.

I’ve seen this little stunt before where someone’s mother is right next door unbeknownst to the person being interviewed, and for me personally, it never gets old. In this case, you can see how mushy Mayfield gets just talking about and being around his mom. Also, peep that Cleveland tee. Too cool.

The story he mentions about his mom driving him up to Norman through an ice storm is one that perfectly sums up the kind of lengths she went through to allow her son to reach the position he’s in now. Mayfield is thankful for that and all of her sacrifices, and fans of the Oklahoma Sooners are also thankful for the measures she took to bring the G.O.A.T. home.

Now for some Hot Links! Sooner Softball sweeps award season, OU’s Kaitlin Milligan wins the Norman Regional Tournament, Kevin Durant’s status for the remainder of the playoffs is up in the air and more!

OU Links

  • In total, eight Sooner softball players were named to All-Big 12 teams, while two found themselves on the Big 12’s All-Freshman team. The future of this program is as bright as ever, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
  • For the first time in Big 12 history, one school swept the conference’s individual honors. Sydney Romero was named Player of the Year, Giselle Juarez was named Pitcher of the Year, Caleigh Clifton was named Defensive Player of the Year, Grace Green was named Freshman of the Year, and Patty Gasso was named Coach of the Year.
  • OU football’s future non-conference slate is as good as it gets, but how are the other programs in the Big 12 setting themselves up? The Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig takes a look.
  • On Friday, the OU Board of Regents is expected to approve beer sales at football games starting this upcoming season. Bill Haisten from the Tulsa World details the monumental move and what it could mean for the financial health of the program.
  • The Oklahoma women’s golf team missed the cut by five strokes, but sophomore Kaitlin Milligan, a Norman native, rallied to win the individual regional title. Now she’s moving on to the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville.
  • Of all the things fans should be proud of when it comes to Oklahoma’s football team, this should be right at the top of the list. The Sooners not only lead all Big 12 schools in the latest APR (Academic Progress Rate), this past academic year saw the program’s highest APR score. Getting it done on and off the field is what it’s all about.
  • 2019 Florida signee Chris Steele, who was a long-time OU recruiting target, has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal just months after joining the Gators’ team. This will be something to watch.
  • Speaking of transfers, could another be on the way to Norman? Clemson RB Tavien Feaster is reportedly on the market looking for possible destinations for one final year of college ball. The Sooners are doing pretty well in this area with Kennedy Brooks, Trey Sermon and T.J. Pledger all returning, plus a couple 2019 signees, but this could be something worth keeping an eye on.
  • Oklahoma Athletics and its work with Special Spectators never ceases to put a smile on my face. Check out the baseball team spending some quality time with some amazing kids.

Around the Sports World

  • Wherever he’s been, Jim Harbaugh has been known to field traditional, pro-style offenses. Now at Michigan, it seems he’s beginning to warm up to the RPO revolution.
  • In last night’s Game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche, a crucial goal scored by Colorado’s Colin Wilson (who is our editor’s second cousin) was wiped out due to an ill-timed change by Gabriel Landeskog. Following the game’s conclusion, Landeskog took responsibility for the error.
  • Tyronn Lue, LeBron James’ former coach at Cleveland, was offered the coaching gig for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he turned down said offer because he felt like he was only wanted for the length of James’ run in L.A.
  • The Boston Celtics, who some thought had a decent chance to come out of the NBA’s Eastern Conference, proved to be no match for the Milwaukee Bucks after losing the series in five games. Given how the season played out, are these results really all that surprising?
  • Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari didn’t have to flex on everybody in the building like that, but by gosh I’m glad he did. This clip is made even better with Aaron Rodgers just laughing at the end.

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