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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Baker Mayfield lends a hand to Cleveland and Norman communities, Trey Sermon picks Ohio State, and more

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Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Baker Mayfield has pledged to donate to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as well as Norman Meals on Wheels.

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Happy Saturday, friends and fans!

In light of the increased demand for food and basic goods across the nation stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, former Oklahoma Sooners Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and his wife Emily are matching all donations up to $50K towards the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Additionally, the Cleveland Browns QB is also contributing to more than 3,500 meals for Meals on Wheels in Norman as well as another 8,000 meals for the St. Augustine Hunger Center in Cleveland.

As you might recall, Mayfield assisted Meals on Wheels as part of his community service obligations following his summer 2017 arrest, and it’s now apparent that the experience made a lasting impact on the future Heisman winner and No. 1 overall pick.

Whether you’re an OU fan or not, if you want to join the Mayfields and others in making a donation to the Meals on Wheels of Norman, check out the linked website for more information on how you can make a contribution. Like the GOAT said, every dollar counts. Boomer!

Now onto today’s afternoon edition of Hot Links! Sooner coaches band together to spread information on coronavirus protection, it’s AD’s birthday, the Thunder pays its people and more!

OU Links

  • OU coaches Lincoln Riley, Patty Gasso, Lon Kruger and K.J. Kindler each shared messages on ways you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community. For more information, visit
  • Roughly one week after announcing his decision to enter the transfer portal, former Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon has indeed picked the Ohio State Buckeyes for his final collegiate season. Trey gave his all for the Sooners during his time in Norman, and I hope this move catapults him to plenty of future success.
  • John Hoover recently wrote a piece for SI’s AllSooners about Alex Grinch and the challenge he’s set for Oklahoma’s defensive tackles. With the departure of several key DL contributors, including All-Big 12 Neville Gallimore, a number of newcomers will be relied upon to pick up the slack this fall.
  • Time sure does fly by. On Saturday, seven-time Pro Bowl RB Adrian Peterson celebrated his 35th birthday. Happy B-Day, AD!
  • On this day in 1947, the Oklahoma Sooners sank the Texas Longhorns en route to an appearance in the national championship game. OU would ultimately fall in Madison Square Garden to a Holy Cross team led by Bob Cousy, but Ken Pryor should always be remembered for the game-winner that got them there.

Around the Sports World

  • On Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced a plan to compensate its game-night staff and arena employees for what would have amounted to the remainder of the regular season. Most other pro organizations have also provided similar financial assistance to its in-house workers since the suspension of sports leagues nationwide began.

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