Welp, it’s Friday, friends and fans.
After a whirlwind of cancellations and postponements on Thursday, the NCAA is working to grant a year of eligibility for student-athletes who participated in spring sports. Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel has more details on the developing news:
Here's what the NCAA is doing on giving spring sports another year of eligibility. From a letter to membership: "The (Committee) agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for (athletes) who have participated in spring sports."— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 13, 2020
Though it’s unfortunate that the Oklahoma Sooners had to cease all spring competition along with the rest of the major sporting world here in the states, this is a promising sign for those seniors who would gladly take advantage of the opportunity to wrap up their careers on their terms. Below, sportswriter Bryan Fischer clarifies the list of sports currently being discussed under these unique circumstances, as well as the fall/winter sports that are still to be deliberated on.
For clarity, spring sports NCAA is going to work through granting another season of eligibility: baseball, beach vb, golf, lax, rowing, softball, tennis, track, men’s vb, women’s water polo.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) March 13, 2020
Winter TBD: basketball, bowling, gym, hockey, fencing, skiing, swim/dive, wrestling.
The NCAA’s letter continues with where it is in its discussion of winter sports (including basketball and gymnastics) as well as the importance of reaching a resolution as quickly and responsibly as possible.
NCAA letter to membership on winter sports: "The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter sport student-athletes who were unable to participate in conference and NCAA championships..."— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 13, 2020
The letter continues: "Finally, the committee will review and discuss the additional issues in a timely manner and decisions will be communicated to the membership as they are made."— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 13, 2020
For us sports heads, it’s been a rather somber 24 hours, but this is the positive news teams and fans across the board have been hopeful for.
Now for this week’s Friday the 13th edition of Hot Links! Bob Stoops is looking forward to 2021, a Sooner legacy is coming to OU, the Suns will continue to hoop on 2K and more!
- Although the NCAA Tournament is not happening anymore, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his final Bracketology report taking into account the season that was, and in this last update a 9-seed OU was projected to take on the 8-seeded LSU Tigers in Spokane, Washington.
If only... pic.twitter.com/ulr4frChjI— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) March 12, 2020
- Shortly after the NCAA announced the cancellation of both men’s and women’s basketball tournaments on Thursday, the University of Oklahoma joined a number of schools by officially suspending all athletic competition, including offseason practice for fall sports.
Statement from the OU Athletics Department.— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) March 12, 2020
- The Sooners’ Spring Game has not yet been canceled, but Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione recently stated in a conference call that it such measures are being discussed. At the rate everything else has been shut down, it seems like just a formality that there will not be a celebratory scrimmage as originally scheduled next month if at all. OU Daily’s Caleb McCourry has more.
- For those wondering about the recruiting calendar for football, here’s an updated from OU’s Annie Hanson:
The @NCAA established a recruiting dead period from 3/13-4/15.— Annie Hanson (@AnnieHanson_) March 13, 2020
As a result, our staff must cease all on/off-campus recruiting activity (no evaluations, contacts, unofficial or official visits).
We will continue to recruit via phone and hope to begin all other activity on 4/15!
- The XFL joined the majority of the sports world by cancelling all remaining regular season games. Bob Stoops shared his thanks for the massive support his Dallas Renegades received and his excitement for 2021.
Thanks to the amazing @XFLRenegades fans for their support this season! Not the ending we wanted, but we’re excited to come back stronger in 2021. #RaisingHell #ForTheLoveOfFootball pic.twitter.com/O4Yf3knpDn— Bob Stoops (@CoachBobStoops) March 13, 2020
- Even in one of the deepest and most talented wide receiver classes in recent NFL Draft history, retired pro Stephen White believes CeeDee Lamb could have the best pro career of them all down the road.
- NFL draft guru Todd McShay believes Jalen Hurts will be a solid backup at the next level with the potential to become a starter. On the flip-side, he highly doubts the former Alabama QB will be selected within the first three rounds of the upcoming draft.
- Class of 2020 WR Marcellus Crutchfield is the son of OU great Gerald McCoy, and on Friday he announced his plans to play his college ball at Oklahoma, presumably as a walk-on.
Beyond Blessed and thankful to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at The University of Oklahoma. #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/7WSlAaHCCA— Marcellus Crutchfield (@MarcellusCrutc1) March 13, 2020
Around the Sports World
- On Friday, Augusta National announced The Masters, which was originally scheduled for April 9-12, has since been postponed for an indefinite period of time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- English Premier League play has been suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns as several men’s and women’s professional soccer leagues across the UK follow suit.
- Amid the NBA season being suspended, the show will go on for the Phoenix Suns on the virtual courts of NBA 2K via live Twitch streaming. For now it’s unclear which players will be involved in the gaming, but Devin Booker is already part of the streaming community, so he’ll most likely be one of the Suns you can watch balling online.
- CBS Sports’ Gabriel Fernandez is keeping a running list of the professional athletes and coaches who have tested positive for coronavirus. Through Mar. 12, that list is up to five, with four athletes and one coach all having been confirmed with positive test results.
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