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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Landry Jones continues his football career, OU softball begins 2020 season

Also, Oklahoma received a commitment from Bishop McGuinness kicker Zach Schmit.

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Happy Thursday, friends and fans!

The XFL regular season officially kicks off this weekend, and former Oklahoma Sooners QB Landry Jones has teamed up with Bob Stoops for the second time in his playing career. However, before he was presented this opportunity to join the Dallas Renegades, there was a period when it looked like the game was behind the former Pittsburgh backup for good. Brendan Meyer of ESPN chronicled his journey from the football field to driving a dump truck before finding his way back to the gridiron.

It’s a phenomenal read and an equally insightful look inside the reality that Jones and many other players often face when transitioning from a professional career as an athlete to a more grounded existence. It’s also eye-opening to learn about how his perspective of the game has evolved through his real world struggles.

I for one can hardly wait to watch what Jones and the Renegades and the entire XFL as a whole looks like in action. Reportedly, the veteran QB has been limited in practice recently for a knee issue, but it doesn’t appear overtly serious as of now. To check out Dallas’ first game against the St. Louis BattleHawks, tune in Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Now for today’s Hot Links! OU Softball is back, and more!

OU Links

  • If you’re looking for tickets to OU’s basketball game vs. No. 13 West Virginia, our friends at StubHub have you covered. You can find them here! At the current moment, they can be purchased for as low as $6.
  • Oklahoma Softball begins today at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in PV, Mexico. The Sooners’ first opponent is Nevada scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT start and will be streaming live on FloSoftball (for a price), or you can listen to the game for free on The Franchise in OKC on 103.3 FM or 1560 AM. Good luck, ladies! Boomer!
  • Speaking of the softball team, this year’s squad says it’s unaffected by the high expectations and standards set by the previous championship winning group of seniors. By now, these Sooners have taken ownership of the culture instilled by Patty Gasso and crew that’s been established during her 25-year reign over the program, writes The Norman Transcript’s Joe Buettner.
  • OU Insider’s RJ Young shared his three biggest takeaways on Oklahoma’s 2020 recruiting class as it was finalized on Wednesday.
  • Sooners Wire’s Kegan Reneau broke down Oklahoma’s recruiting class by the numbers in regards to the major recruiting services. While there is some variance between the likes of 247 Sports, Rivals and ESPN as there typically is, the overall consensus pits the Sooners with an above-average signing group, but not exactly “elite”. Still, defensive needs were met, and that’s probably most important for the short-term (and long-term) trajectory of the program.
  • Sooner Baseball’s deep pool of pitchers just became a little bit deeper as it was announced on Wednesday that senior lefty transfer Brad Demco, formerly of Sam Houston State, will be eligible to suit up for Oklahoma this spring. This is excellent news for the Sooners, who are looking to make a jump as a program this season. OU Daily’s Jordan Gledhill has more details.
  • Oklahoma is adding a Kohl’s Kicking Camp alum in the form of Bishop McGuinness standout Zach Schmit. For context, Gabe Brkic is a product of the same camp.
  • After swapping jerseys following the Kansas City ChiefsSuper Bowl LIV victory, San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert is returning Damien Williams’ jersey so that he and his family can keep it for themselves. Much respect all around.

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Stick to Sports!

  • Deep inside a Bosnian-Herzegovinian cave, scientists have been tracking the movement patterns of blind, pale salamanders called olms. Apparently, one particularly sedentary individual exhibited zero movement for over seven years until recently. I’m sure there are humans that will say they can relate at some level. I’d even say some college football programs, too. Cough *Texas Football* cough. Sorry, I might have a cold or something.

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