How’s it going, everyone?
ESPN college football writer Bill Connelly recently detailed how each of the top contenders can not only compete but win the next national championship.
ESPN BYLINE NO. 1: The Ifs List! How many "ifs" does it take to turn your team into a title contender?— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) June 27, 2019
Alabama and Clemson: not many!
Nebraska: actually, don't click on this, Husker fanshttps://t.co/kaTQa6E7k4
For the Oklahoma Sooners, Connelly’s three main points that could translate into the program’s eighth national title are fielding a more aggressive secondary, causing more disruption from the defensive line, and Jalen Hurts’ ability to successfully go off-script. I highly recommend checking out his thorough explanations for each of these points because they’re well thought out and likely key to a successful College Football Playoff run.
On the flip side, if Nebraska somehow manages to go the distance in year two under Scott Frost, I’d be willing to bet they would have checked off just about every ‘if’ and then some on Connelly’s list. Wow, at least Oklahoma isn’t that far off. In Lincoln Riley we trust, amirite?
Now let’s move on to today’s Hot Links! Bill Bedenbaugh’s name is gaining steam on the coaching market, three OU verbal commits are about to attend The Opening Finals, Vanderbilt wins the CWS and more!
- At today’s Board of Regents meeting, Patty Gasso and other coaches throughout the athletic department were approved for contract extensions. Gasso’s deal runs through 2026, but the contract obviously allows for salary adjustments during that time period.
Other notable OU coaches who received extensions:— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) June 27, 2019
• MBB Lon Kruger (2023)
• WBB Sherri Coale (to 2023)
• MGLF Ryan Hybl (to 2024)
• BB Skip Johnson (2023)
• WGYM KJ Kindler (2025)
• WRE Lou Rosselli (2023)
• MGYM Mark Williams (2025)
- Lincoln Riley is signing footballs and apparently is giving one of these bad boys away if you guess right on how long it takes for him to sign them all. I’m going to guess somewhere around 9 minutes.
Quick...guess exactly how long it takes me to sign all this.— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) June 27, 2019
Get it right & I’ll send you one pic.twitter.com/0ti3CHliXo
- Update: It’s actually too late, as it looks like we already have a winner! That’s a pretty exact time, but he was right on the money (or was he?????). Congrats, Brinton!
- Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is one of the hottest assistant names in college football today. When the next round of coaching changes comes by, expect his phone to ring more than a few times.
- Check out this week’s mailbag with Jason Kersey of The Athletic, where he speaks about Oklahoma’s latest star-studded QB commit and more! Heads up, you’ll need a subscription (I highly recommend it) in order to read the bulk of the Q&A.
- Three of Oklahoma’s top five commitments from the class of 2020 are set to attend the 2019 Opening Finals in Frisco, Texas. Five-star running back Jase McClellan, four-star offensive lineman Nate Anderson and four-star cornerback Ryan Watts will all represent the Sooners in the biggest summer camp for recruits in the nation.
- Oklahoma men’s basketball freshmen Jalen Hill, Victor Iwuakor and De’Vion Harmon are grinding away this offseason, preparing their bodies for their first season as Sooners.
Around the Sports World
- Vanderbilt baseball won the 2019 College World Series after defeating Michigan 8-2 in the final game of the season. This is the Commodores’ second national title in program history, with the first coming in 2014.
- The Boston Celtics likely won’t be employing Kyrie Irving next season, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the C’s are the front-runner to sign Charlotte All-Star guard Kemba Walker. Not a bad turn of events if true.
The Boston Celtics have emerged as the frontrunner to sign Charlotte All-Star guard Kemba Walker once free agency opens Sunday at 6 PM ET, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2019
- Mack Brown has started off his second stint with North Carolina by implementing new-age coaches who are well-versed in today’s college football, and also by making his mark on the recruiting trail. Tar Heels fans should be thrilled because he’s at the very least taking care of the little things.
- Would the NFL actually be better off without kickers? SB Nation’s Charles McDonald explores the ‘what if’ hypothetical world in which kicking is non-existent. I think overall entertainment would go up in a number of ways, so it is fairly interesting to think about.
- Wow, Wayne Rooney still has it, y’all. I’m thinking this might be goal of the year. How often do you see anybody score from this deep? I’ll tell how often. Not very.
WAYNE ROONEY FROM PAST MIDFIELD!!!! pic.twitter.com/dJ5BriAOx3— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 27, 2019
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