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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Moving pieces in the fall college football discussion

The Big Ten is canceling its fall football season, but will the Big 12 follow suit?

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Happy Monday, friends and fans! Well, maybe not happy, but you get it.

On Sunday, Clemson Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence took to social media, kickstarting the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. As the day wore on, several other prominent college football players around the nation followed his lead, including Oklahoma Sooners presumed starting QB Spencer Rattler. In addition to voicing their desire to play football this fall, these student-athletes also presented a plan to essentially form a players association with representatives from each of the Power Five conferences.

A number of other OU players outside of Rattler also used their platforms to stand in solidarity with the growing movement. The Norman Transcript’s Joe Buettner compiled those names here.

Matt Brown — former SB Nation Associate Director of College Brands and current publisher of Extra Points — makes it clear that these players aren’t necessarily looking to unionize (nor can they at this time). Still, many of the goals they’ve put forth would more or less function similarly to a players association or a glorified union if granted, and that’s the kind of progress that would have seemed like a total fantasy not too long ago.

No matter how this turns out, this is shaping up to be a monumental moment in the history of college football. Players have never had as much power as they do today, and if the past several months are any indication, these players are quickly learning how to harness that power to make some real change.

Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Super Conference talk is back, OU Football receives its championship rings, the Big Ten pulls the plug and more!

OU Links

  • The flagship sport in the state of Oklahoma is about to be sidelined for an entire year because the conference it competes in is playing the saddest game of ‘follow the leader’ ever. Needless to say, I’m straight up not having a good time.
  • Also, there’s this. If the Big 12 is able to link up with another Power Five conference (if not multiple) for a postponement plan, it could mean not having to cancel the football season outright and starting either later this year or sometime during next spring. Honestly, it seems like the best case scenario at this point, but this thing is developing by the hour.
  • In related crazy college football news, the SEC is reportedly attempting to recruit teams from the Big 12 and ACC to form a ‘super conference’ of sorts in order to have a deep enough pool of programs for a makeshift CFB season. I mean, I’m all for it if that’s the only way I’ll be able to watch actual games this fall.
  • Redshirt junior center Creed Humphrey chose to return to Oklahoma with one major goal in mind — to win a national championship. He’s expected to be one of the first interior linemen selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, but first he has some unfinished business to take care of with his Sooner brothers, writes OU Daily’s Chandler Engelbrecht.
  • Check out Oklahoma’s 2019 Big 12 Championship ring fresh out of the oven and complete with a nod to the program’s active streak of five straight conference titles. Man, I can almost feel the icy chill emanating through my screen. Boomer!

Around the Sports World

  • Breaking this morning, the Big Ten Conference has reportedly canceled its 2020 football season, which is likely just the first of several major dominoes to fall this week. After school presidents came to a 12-2 vote against playing games this year, it looks like this could be the beginning of the end for college football this fall. I do find it a little interesting that Iowa and Nebraska were the two schools that voted in favor of play. I say come on down to the Big 12 while you can. There’s plenty of room at our table.

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