Happy Monday, friends and fans!
Oklahoma Sooners frontman Lincoln Riley joined ESPN’s First Take this morning to share his thoughts on whether or not he believes there will be a 2020 college football season and if so, what that could potentially look like. For now, teams haven’t had the chance to hold proper spring practices, and summer workouts appear to be the next phase of the offseason in jeopardy due to the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the way virtually all campus facilities operate.
Lincoln Riley was asked on @FirstTake Monday morning if he believes there will be college football this season.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) April 6, 2020
"I think it's impossible to predict when we'll have a season, but I am extremely confident that we will have a season at some point."#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/afX0ccGB1I
Riley also talked about the 2019 NFL season for Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. While Mayfield went through a bit of a sophomore slump with the Cleveland Browns, K1 gradually found his footing with the Arizona Cardinals en route to claiming the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Lincoln Riley on Baker Mayfield's disappointing 2019 season and future in Cleveland.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) April 6, 2020
"I would expect for him to do what he's always done anytime he's got knocked down, which is he gets back up and he fights and he normally finds a way to win."#OUDNA | #Browns pic.twitter.com/CQDllIfsoT
Lincoln Riley on Kyler Murray heading into his second season in Arizona.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) April 6, 2020
"I think everybody's seeing what we saw for years — is that you don't have to be 6-4 to go play quarterback well in that league."
"He's gonna continue to get better and better."#OUDNA | #RedSea pic.twitter.com/27zP8IKwV4
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! K9 is feeling 100 percent, Ice Trae calls his shot on the spot, the Masters moves down seven months and more!
- Adrian Peterson’s physical health and personal life were tumultuous over the past 10 years, but the former Oklahoma great still did enough to be named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team. The decade saw AD eclipse the 2,000-yard single-season mark in 2012, resurrect his career in Washington and climb up the all-time record books. Canton awaits, indeed.
- The Ringer’s Danny Kelly has tabbed CeeDee Lamb as the prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft most likely to become the next Odell Beckham Jr.-level superstar in the league. He gives his reasons, and I must admit he makes a lot of sensible points.
- After suffering a hamstring injury during his second 40-yard dash attempt at the NFL Scouting Combine, Kenneth Murray says he’s now back to full strength. That’s excellent news for a player who faces a very real possibility of becoming a first-round selection.
- OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione has pondered the idea of playing the next college football season in the spring of 2021 if push comes to shove. So far that’s not the leading option, but if teams aren’t able to resume normal operation in time, it’s an alternative that several ADs around the nation are considering. Sooners Wire’s Kegan Reneau has more.
- Adrian Peterson is in the final four of 247Sports’ All-Time Recruit Bracket and is currently up against Texas Longhorns QB legend Vince Young. Sooner fans can cast your vote for AD through this link to send him through to the final round.
- Trae Young was recently a guest on ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq’, and The Big Aristotle put the young Atlanta Hawks guard on the spot by asking him when he believes he’ll surpass Steph Curry as the top shooter in the NBA. Spoiler alert: he said he’ll do it in a year. I’d sure like to see it!
Trae Young says he'll pass Steph Curry as the best shooter in the NBA in a year. pic.twitter.com/qq1b1SYECB— Chris Montano (@gswchris) April 5, 2020
Around the Sports World
- The MLB is discussing the possibility of grouping all of its teams into one area originally designed for spring training to start the 2020 season. Under this idea, the games would be played in parks without any fans in attendance. If it’s a viable solution to get the games started earlier in order to take stress off the season later in the year, I’d say it’s certainly an idea worth exploring more closely.
- On Monday, Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Fred Ridley announced the rescheduled date for the Masters Tournament is now set for Nov. 9-15. Originally, the prestigious major was to be played this month, but due to nationwide quarantine measures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament had to be postponed. Additionally, the PGA Championship and US Open were moved to August and September, respectively, while the Open Championship was cancelled altogether.
Statement from Chairman Ridley:— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 6, 2020
"We have identified Nov 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters. We hope the anticipation of staging the Tournament brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and those who love the game."
Full details at https://t.co/rSr9YUhCX2 pic.twitter.com/1lVmbq8jzJ
The Open has been played since the year before the Civil War started. It has now been canceled for four reasons.— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) April 6, 2020
• No trophy available (Young Tom wouldn't return it)
• World War I
• World War II
- Kentucky Wildcats freshman Tyrese Maxey has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft after one shortened season of college ball. The dynamic guard is currently a projected lottery pick according to several sources.
- According to the latest from Caesars Sportsbook in Las Vegas, the Clemson Tigers are the odds-on favorite to claim the upcoming college football national championship, closely followed by the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
- Lots of professional athletes are taking part in competition on the virtual plane of live-streamed video games. Among those who have chosen to display their prowess with a controller is NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. Unfortunately, after he wrecked early on in a 150-lap race, he became big mad and decided to rage quit. Not only did that decision result in some public roasting on social media, it also had real life consequences in the form of a lost sponsorship. C’mon, my guy.
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