Happy Monday, friends and fans!
Perhaps, in some roundabout way, Jerry Jones was right with this number situation all along. The Dallas Cowboys owner went on record saying that he believed former Oklahoma Sooners WR turned 2020 first round pick CeeDee Lamb should wear the iconic No. 88 jersey, and after that eventually became official, Lamb’s jersey (specifically the navy colored version) is the top-selling jersey out of all non-QB rookies.
Overall, the navy No. 88 Lamb jersey is the 14th-hottest off the shelf across the league as a whole. Whether you’re in Oklahoma or Texas, you’re bound to see a number of fans sporting Lamb’s jersey come football season. The exciting wideout already made a big name for himself in college, and it looks like his popularity will only continue to ascend as he prepares to kick off his pro career.
Elsewhere on the top-selling list you’ll find other OU stars like Jalen Hurts and his Philadelphia Eagles green jersey at 30th and Kenneth Murray’s powder blue Los Angeles Chargers jersey at 43rd. Not bad for this trio of Sooners!
Now on to this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Caleb Williams’ recruitment is turning all kinds of wacky, OU makes its latest president official, TCU picks up a massive running back talent and more!
- Unsurprisingly, Oklahoma is the odds-on favorite to win the Big 12 for a sixth season in a row. According to the latest from the LV SuperBook, the Texas Longhorns have the next best odds to win the conference. The Baylor Bears — last season’s second place finisher — are tied at fifth with TCU.
Odds to win Big 12 via @LVSuperBook:— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 11, 2020
Oklahoma State 7/1
Iowa State 14/1
Baylor, TCU 25/1
Kansas State, Texas Tech, West Virginia 80/1
- The Athletic’s Jason Kersey recently wrote about the unique 2020 QB competition (if that’s the kind of aggressive term we’re going to continue calling them under Lincoln Riley) between Spencer Rattler and Tanner Mordecai taking place in their respective hometowns of Phoenix and Dallas. Without spring practice, deciding who should be the next signal caller at OU has seemingly become a bit trickier. You will need a subscription to the Athletic to read this article in its entirety.
- Speaking of quarterbacks, since he narrowed his list of possible college destinations down to three, the energy around 2021 five-star dual-threat Caleb Williams’ recruitment has only continued to surge. In his latest entry for SI’s ‘All on the Line’ series, the D.C. phenom talked about the highs and lows that come with the spotlight, including having to deal with false social media accounts spreading misinformation about his decision date.
- ESPN’s Mark Schlabach named former OU quarterback Trevor Knight as one of college football’s greatest one-hit wonders. Specifically, Knight’s sensational performance in the 2014 Sugar Bowl against Alabama. It was arguably the second biggest win in Bob Stoops’ tenure behind winning the BCS National Championship for the 2000 season, and on that night in NOLA the redshirt freshman QB was dropping dimes all over the Superdome.
- On Saturday, the University of Oklahoma officially named Joseph Harroz Jr. as the 15th president in OU’s history. After serving in the role on an interim basis over the past academic year, Harroz is all-in on the Crimson & Cream. Congratulations, President Harroz! Boomer!
A message from President Harroz on his first day in office. pic.twitter.com/PkKIrouRZO— Univ. of Oklahoma (@UofOklahoma) May 10, 2020
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- After an Odyssey-like recruiting journey, the TCU Horned Frogs came out on top as they have signed 2020 five-star RB Zachary Evans. Originally, Evans chose the Georgia Bulldogs during the early signing period, but a unusual series of events cascaded in front of each other to eventually lead him to Gary Patterson in Forth Worth.
- Miami Dolphins rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa gifted his mom with a brand new Cadillac Escalade for Mother’s Day. High quality content from a true class act.
Happy Mother’s Day to a more than deserving Mother. I love you mom pic.twitter.com/HrJNb80sdZ— Tua. T (@Tua) May 11, 2020
- During his TKO loss in the interim lightweight title bout to Justin Gaethje in UFC 249, Tony Ferguson suffered an orbital fracture that required him to remain in Jacksonville through the weekend for surgery.
- The youngest brother of reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Alex Antetokounmpo, has decided to play basketball in Europe for a season instead of enrolling in college with the hope of making it to the association like three of his older brothers.
- During a live game broadcast from the Korean Baseball Organization, ESPN conducted an interview with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer. Unfortunately for him, his actual phone number was revealed on screen, and of course it spread like wildfire almost immediately. He’s been a good sport about it though, and is actually doing a giveaway for those who follow through with the instructions found in his voicemail. Solid turnaround.
So @espn has just leaked my number to truly the entire world lol in honor of this...shall we call it...massive screw up...I’m doing a giveaway! I’ll be giving away a pair of signed cleats and an autographed baseball over the next 48 hours. Rules are in my voicemail! Good luck! pic.twitter.com/luEqvwGtxW— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) May 10, 2020
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