Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
After winning Super Bowl LIV, former Oklahoma Sooners RB-turned-Kansas City Chiefs star Damien Williams is living his best life soaking in the fame and glory that comes with an incredible performance on the biggest stage in American sports. On Monday night, he joined ‘Modern Family’ actor and KC native Eric Stonestreet on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to talk about what he’s been up to in the 24 hours since becoming a world champion.
It’s great to see Williams getting his time in the spotlight after all he’s overcome and persevered through to achieve his dreams. As for Stonestreet, that Gatorade bath sure looked like fun for the first few seconds, but boy I’d go mad just walking around all sticky for a while. I hope he took a shower soon and that his voice bounces back even sooner.
Congrats to D.D. and Eric on their hard-earned victory! How ‘bout those CHIEFS?!
Now onto today’s Hot Links! P. Mot gets snubbed, Oliver Luck talks Bob Stoops and the XFL, Pat Mahomes made his Disney World dreams come true and more!
- On Monday, CB Parnell Motley disclosed that he will not be receiving an invitation to the 2020 NFL Combine. Of course he’ll still have a chance to work out in front of a host of scouts at OU’s Pro Day, but it’s more than a little perplexing as to why one of the top performing corners in the Big 12 and the East-West Shrine Bowl wasn’t even invited. As for everybody else, you can still watch the other invitees in Indianapolis from Sunday, Feb. 23 through Monday, March 2.
I was not invited into the NFL combine... crazy— Mot. (@PeeMot11) February 3, 2020
- We’ve reached the midway point of the Big 12 portion of the schedule, and today OU is headed to Lubbock to play Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are just outside the top 25 in both the AP and Coaches Poll, and even though their 13-8 record doesn’t reflect it, they’ve been a competitive out for every team they’ve played throughout the season. Chris Beard will have his squad ready to rock and roll, so the Sooners need to be prepared to have their hands full for 40 minutes. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Gameday in West Texas. #YouBelongHere— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 4, 2020
⏰ 8 p.m. CT
United Supermarkets Arena
- Speaking of the basketball game, Sooner Radio’s Toby Rowland announced that he will not be on the call for the action as he deals with troubling back pain. Chad McKee will take his place for the time being. Get well soon, Toby! Somebody needs to put those ponies back in the barn.
Sooner fans, for several months I’ve been dealing with a painful back issue. It has reached the point of restricting travel. As a result, Chad McKee will call tonight’s OU-TT game w/Kevin Henry for Sooner Radio in Lubbock. Planning on Unhitching the Wagon again ASAP #BoomerSooner— Toby Rowland (@TRowOU) February 4, 2020
- Life-long friends and teammates Kristian Doolittle and Brady Manek recently got together to talk about playing basketball with each other as kids. This is very cool. I bet they’ve got tons of stories like this.
From childhood teammates to both scoring 1️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ points at their home state's school...— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 4, 2020
The on-court chemistry between @BradyManek and @kristiandoolit1 started long before they arrived in Norman.
Full Video: https://t.co/oA1XOT9JzZ pic.twitter.com/HKhfgBDlLf
- In a couple Bracketology updates, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm currently projects Oklahoma as a 10 seed, while ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Sooners tabbed as an 11 seed.
- Winning the Super Bowl was a bittersweet moment for former OU LS James Winchester because while he had 24 family members there with him in Miami, his father was not one of them after losing his life in a senseless tragedy just a few years ago. Nevertheless, the Winchesters celebrated in ways Mike would be proud of. The Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey has more.
- Pro-style QB Carsten Groos out of Austin, Texas announced he will be walking on at OU as part of the 2020 class. Welcome aboard, Carsten! If I recall correctly, the last walk-on QB from Austin who played for Oklahoma did okay for himself.
Honored to be continuing my athletic and academic career at OU! pic.twitter.com/UJVcFMN14Y— Carsten Groos (@CarstenGroos) February 4, 2020
- Don’t forget to check out Allen’s grades for the two new coaching additions to Oklahoma’s staff. DeMarco Murray and Jamar Cain should both give the Sooners a boost on the recruiting trail, but what can fans expect of them in other areas of the job?
- XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck caught up with SB Nation to preview this weekend’s kickoff for the rebooted pro football league. Among other things, he discussed having a well-known commodity like Bob Stoops involved as the head coach and GM for the Dallas Renegades. The season begins this Saturday when the DC Defenders host the Seattle Dragons at 1 p.m. CT on ABC.
Around the Sports World
- Patrick Mahomes has always wanted to be one of those player to say he’s going to Disney World, and by gosh he did the damn thing. Now look at him. Who would have thought? Not me! I love you, Paul Rudd.
Meanwhile at Disney World... pic.twitter.com/4UWH96uRuR— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 3, 2020
- The Mississippi State Bulldogs are bringing in Stanford Cardinal grad transfer QB K.J. Costello to kick off the Mike Leach era in Starkville. Being from the Pac-12, perhaps this is exactly the kind of signal caller that could smooth over the transition from smash-mouth football to pure air raid ridiculousness.
- Andre Iguodala and the Memphis Grizzlies are in a weird feud that’s led to both parties openly shopping for a trade destination for the three-time NBA Finals champion. Everybody involved has been rather petty, but I can at least understand the Grizzlies players being frustrated because the dude shouldn’t complain so much if he’s not going to be present or contribute while still getting paid.
- On Tuesday morning, the New York Knicks have parted ways with Team President Steve Mills. Mills manned the position since July of 2017, but the Knicks have struggled as a bottom feeder in the East for quite a while. It’s time for some new blood top to bottom.
New York is parting ways with President Steve Mills, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2020
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