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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: OU announces plan for reopening facilities, ESPN’s Connelly ranks best natty-less teams, and more!

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Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Sooners announced their plans to officially re-open their athletic facilities for voluntary football workouts on Monday, July 1.

Late last week, the Big 12 Conference announced all football student-athletes could return to campus for voluntary workouts beginning on June 15, but the powers at OU have remained steadfast in moving forward with a timeline that they felt suited their department best.

Depending on where you look around the nation, Oklahoma is taking up to a month longer that other programs to move ahead with this step, and it’s understandable. It also keeps in line with the highly cautious approach both AD Joe Castiglione and Lincoln Riley have set out on from the start. Nevertheless, if all goes according to plan, this timetable should allow the Sooners ample time to prepare for the 2020 season, keeping optimism alive for the foreseeable future.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Spencer Rattler still faces questions concerning his “ego”, Cedarian Lamb talks about the ‘Boys, the L.A. Dodgers are leading the way in coronavirus testing sites and more!

OU Links

  • Speaking of Oklahoma’s major announcement from yesterday, the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey collected the thoughts and feelings from some of the players’ parents and guardians, gauging their opinions on the relatively late timing. Most of them view it as a necessary measure that puts player health and safety first.
  • CBS Sports’ Danny Kanell recently talked about Spencer Rattler and the expectations that surround him at Oklahoma. The former five-star QB recruit spent the last football season learning behind Jalen Hurts, and all signs point to him picking up the starting job this fall.
  • Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick CeeDee Lamb sat down for a virtual interview with Nick Eatman to discuss a number of topics from the WR’s thoughts on where he was drafted to wearing the iconic No. 88.
  • In case you missed it, Kamiar was joined by the Dallas Morning News’ Spenser Davis on this week’s episode of the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast. The two of them discussed some rather interesting past player debates, the warmth of Tom Herman’s seat, the status of high school athletics in the Sooner State and more! As the usual warning goes, this pod does contain some NSFW language.

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