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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Joe Castiglione discusses potential plans for upcoming season

He also commended the athletic department’s coaches and players for speaking out against systemic racism and police brutality.

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Happy Friday, friends and fans!

This morning, Oklahoma Sooners play-by-play man Toby Rowland interviewed OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione on Sportstalk1400 to get his take on how fan attendance could be managed this season across college football. Not only are there questions surrounding stadium capacity reductions, there is also the simple question of who gets to go? SI Sooners’ John Hoover has more:

A couple parts stood out to me during this interview. Unsurprisingly, it appears ticket priority (if fans are permitted to attend at all) could be handled much like any neutral site game or bowl game in which donors will have first dibs. The question of how much the attendance numbers are reduced remains to be seen, but that method would help limit crowd size to a degree.

Secondly, it should be no surprise to anyone at this point that the state of New York has been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. With Oklahoma’s September trip to West Point in jeopardy, Castiglione says he is determined to preserve that game, if not for this season then another in the future. Over the next month or two, OU should have a clearer picture of what schedule amendments need to be made regarding its game against the Army Black Knights.

Click the link below to check out to the entire segment between Rowland and Castiglione. Castiglione also addresses the athletic department’s coaches and players speaking out against systemic racism and police brutality, and it’s definitely worth a listen.

Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Norman Mayor Breea Clark talks OU Football, the GOAT works on his fancy footwork, OSU hoops is banned from next year’s postseason and more!

OU Links

  • Also from AllSooners’ Hoover, he recently took a look at Oklahoma’s running back room for the 2020 season. Kennedy Brooks is the definite leader of the group, but after him there isn’t as much experience as there is potential, at least not until Rhamondre Stevenson is able to return to the fold.
  • Looks like it’s college football fans and Joel Klatt versus the world from here on out, considering those are the only two parties who know the truth about Spencer Rattler. The rest of the nation will just have to wait and see.

Around the Sports World

  • On Thursday, Tom Herman and his Texas Longhorns football team marched to the state capitol with members of the Austin police department in protest against racism and police brutality. The group also showed unity by taking a knee once they arrived to the front gate of the grounds.
  • Like countless other pro athletes in the wake of the past two weeks, Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has pledged $500K towards a GoFundMe fundraiser he established in response to the civil unrest within the black community.

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