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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Lincoln Riley joins ESPN to discuss current state of affairs in college football

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Lincoln Riley is confident that we’ll have a college football season, but he doesn’t want to rush things.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - LSU v Oklahoma Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Happy Friday, friends and fans!

This morning, Lincoln Riley joined the crew of ESPN’s ‘Get Up’ show to talk about his stance on bringing players back to campus. Currently, the Oklahoma Sooners, as well as every other major college football program, are restricted from accessing their own athletic facilities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. OU’s head coach has remained firm with his belief that this process should not be rushed while every precaution is taken.

Riley also discussed how his team and staff would respond if one of his players does test positive for the coronavirus after players are allowed back on campus. With over a hundred individuals, mostly consisting of student-athletes, he admits such a scenario would be challenging, but manageable.

Finally, if push comes to shove and some schools absolutely cannot compete in 2020 while other are able to, Riley believes “some football is definitely better than none.” As much as it would pain me to see some teams play and others on the sidelines, I personally agree with the coach on this one.

The logistics of the game as far as travel and scheduling are concerned would obviously have to be heavily adjusted, but if there’s any chance at all for football in 2020, the powers that be ought to heed Riley’s advice and remain ultra patient every step of the way.

Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Lincoln Riley meets with the media, Spencer Rattler gains momentum, the NBA is replacing Spalding for Wilson and more!

OU Links

  • Just after 11 a.m. CT in Oklahoma, the Sooners picked up a huge verbal commitment from 2021 WR Mario Williams out of Plant City, Fla. The dynamic athlete also has his sights set on playing for Skip Johnson and the OU baseball team ala Kyler Murray, Cody Thomas and incoming freshman Cade Horton. According to multiple recruiting services, Williams is rated as a five-star prospect. Oh, and the day is FAR from over.
  • Speaking of which, keep your eyes peeled throughout the day.
  • On Thursday during a virtual press conference with members of the media, Lincoln Riley confirmed that sophomore WR Jadon Haselwood suffered a lower leg injury that could affect his availability should the 2020 season kick off as originally scheduled.
  • Also in the same presser, Riley shared that he still has no updates on the status of the suspensions for DE Ronnie Perkins, WR Trejan Bridges and RB Rhamondre Stevenson stemming from last December ahead of the Peach Bowl semi-final. Sooners Wire’s Kegan Reneau has more details.
  • John Hoover for SI Sooners recently wrote about how Lincoln Riley is taking advantage of the virtual meetings and film study with his quarterbacks since he’s currently unable to coach them in person. It turns out that the method actually has its perks.
  • Junior safety Patrick Fields is one of a select group of student-athletes on the NCAA Football Oversight Committee, and an issue he recently brought to light was the critical need for more interaction between players and their strength coaches during this time.
  • According to 247Sports’ Kevin Flaherty, Oklahoma returns 16 qualified starters from 2019, which ties the Sooners with the Texas Longhorns for second best in the Big 12. The Oklahoma State Cowboys lead the conference with 18 returning starters, including the three-headed monster of Spencer Sanders, Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace.
  • College football analyst Joel Klatt stans Spencer Rattler already and he hasn’t even been named the starter yet (eye roll emoji). Seriously though, it seems like it’s all there in front of him to be the next breakout star, especially given OU’s offensive track record under Riley.
  • On Wednesday, Jalen Hurts revealed that he’s going back to wearing his original No. 2 for the Philadelphia Eagles. Those Philly edits are fire. Boomer!
  • Check out Marquise Brown having a little fun while showing off his freakish acceleration. Man, I wish I had wheels like this.

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