Well, it’s Tuesday!
In a week where the fate of the 2020 college football season hangs in the balance, Oklahoma Sooners Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and OU president Joseph Harroz Jr. are expected to partake in a teleconference between medical consultants and other university presidents and ADs from around the Big 12 that could determine the direction of the upcoming fall football season. A decision one way or the other isn’t guaranteed by tonight, but it’s certainly on the table. Meanwhile, the Big Ten has just come down with its official decision, and they’ve elected to postpone until the spring.
Tuesday could be a significant day in CFB history.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 10, 2020
Pac-12 and Big 12 presidents meet. Big Ten presidents meet tonight for a final vote, per @Graham_Couch.
Others: ACC has scheduled meeting Wednesday, and SEC presidents, as we reported, are meeting today but no vote expected. https://t.co/QclDgF4GHm
Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Seasonhttps://t.co/BCiRSzeAPL— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) August 11, 2020
This morning, the SEC’s medical advisors gave their league the go-ahead to continue preparing for play, which reportedly is how Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is approaching the teleconference meeting today. Depending on what the experts rule, their opinion will largely factor into what the league decides to do.
What SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said this morning about conference's medical advisers giving approval (so far) to go forward very much on the same page with what Big 12's Bob Bowlsby has been saying. Big 12 board meeting this afternoon.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) August 11, 2020
For now, the writing appears to be on the wall, but a situation as fluid as this can change rather quickly. It is interesting to note that according to Florida State president John Thrasher and others, out of all the Power Five leagues, the Big 12 is apparently the most ‘on-the-fence’ about playing the season or not this fall.
Thrasher echoed what many in college athletics are saying: Big 12 is the league most on the fence about what it does this fall. He says ACC presidents will meet again later this week.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 11, 2020
I think it’s safe to say that most of us want football, obviously, but at this juncture its viability is being determined by people whose expertise is to comprehend the sustainability of the protocols and whose responsibility is to relay the level of risk to those like Castiglione and Harroz Jr. Just keep your fingers crossed, folks.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Cedarian Lamb receives praise from a former No. 88, Lane Johnson is back for Philly, the list of FBS season cancellations continues to grow and more!
- Students who have moved into their dorm rooms at OU with a view facing the football practice fields have had their windows blurred. Is it ‘overkill’, like a parent suggested, or is it just paying attention to the details? Personally, I wouldn’t mind it, although I’ve never had the opportunity to have a view as interesting as Oklahoma Football.
New this year, @UofOklahoma is blurring windows of dorm rooms overlooking the football practice field. (No spying) One parent- just told of the change five days before her son moves in- calls it “overkill” Do you agree? @NEWS9 pic.twitter.com/NB64iUYrdT— Karl Torp (@KarlTorpNews9) August 10, 2020
- On Tuesday, senior LB Caleb Kelley revealed that he was accepted into OU’s MBA program in Oklahoma City. He’ll join junior H-back Jeremiah Hall in pursuing his master’s in business administration. Boomer!
- Pro Football Hall of Fame WR Michael Irvin shared his excitement for rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb, and likened his addition to the Dallas Cowboys with Kevin Durant’s joining the Golden State Warriors.
- Former Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews has been tearing it up with the Baltimore Ravens, and recently he talked about his goal to become the top tight end in the NFL.
- In other former Sooner news, Cody Ford has been a reliable presence along the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line, and epitomizes what it means team player after he willingly switched positions from right tackle to right guard.
- The Philadelphia Eagles have activated former Sooner OL Lane Johnson from the reserve/COVID-19 list, allowing him to rejoin the team for training camp. Also, he’s still a mean machine.
Around the Sports World
- Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma downed the Denver Nuggets with this dagger three-point make in the final second of regulation to grab a 124-121 win. LA is the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for a number of reasons, and ‘Kuz’ is definitely one of them.
- On Monday, the Mountain West Conference officially announced its decision to cancel fall football in 2020. This is the second Football Bowl Subdivision league to call off the upcoming season, with the Mid-American Conference being the first.
- In related college football news, FBS independent program UMass announced its decision to cancel the Minutemen’s 2020 fall football season amid mounting coronavirus concerns.
- The MLB is reportedly engaging in preliminary talks regarding a multi-city ‘bubble’ postseason format similar to the NHL. Recently, COVID-19 outbreaks within the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins organizations have led to several games being postponed or canceled, so it’s an idea that will certainly continue to receive consideration.
- Former Dolphins and Texans RB Lamar Miller has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. The one-time Pro Bowler (2018) is coming off an ACL tear he suffered last August.
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