Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
The legendary Barry Switzer was a featured guest for ESPNU Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday. There, he discussed his beloved Oklahoma Sooners and their eventual move to the SEC. In his estimation, OU will be a ‘top-tier team’ from the moment they join college football’s strongest conference.
Below is a clip of ‘The King’ detailing why he believes Oklahoma is poised for success in the Southeastern Conference. Switzer’s confidence is always a treat to listen to.
It’ll be exciting to see all the marquee matchups the Sooners are scheduled to play in once the conference realignment dust settles and they officially depart from the Big 12. Until then, there’s some business to take care of on the field right here in the heartland.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Single game OU season tickets are on sale, ‘Ice’ Trae inks mega deal with ATL, SGA gets paid to remain in OKC and more!
- If Spencer Rattler actually pulls this off in a live collegiate football game this year, I will completely lose my mind (and so will Lincoln Riley, probably). The guy is just built different.
sharpening up at home before camp this Friday. Stay tuned for this throw this season… pic.twitter.com/EfDRfRjg5p— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) August 2, 2021
- Single game tickets and three-game mini plans are now available for purchase for the upcoming season of Oklahoma Football. After the capacity limitations in 2020, it’ll be nice to see a packed palace once again this fall. Boomer!
Who's ready to pack the Palace?— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 3, 2021
A pair of three-game mini plans and single-game are on sale now!#BoomerSooner
- There’s no doubt about it. In today’s college football, OU is by far and away ‘QBU’. ESPN’s David Hale details why he believes so in his annual look at which programs have produced the best as every position.
- Atlanta Hawks star point guard and former OU hoopster Trae Young has agreed to a five-year, $207 million designated rookie maximum extension. Get that bag, Trae!
Report: Trae Young agrees to maximum contract extension with Hawks https://t.co/FEZgUHd8Yj— Peachtree Hoops (@peachtreehoops) August 3, 2021
- Speaking of former OU hoopers, Austin Reaves officially signed his two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
OFFICIAL: From Newark, Arkansas, to LA. Welcome, Austin! pic.twitter.com/OOE1TibIT2— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 3, 2021
- Former OU women’s basketball star Stacey Dales and Sooners All-American offensive lineman Bob Kalsu were each inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday. Dales currently works for the NFL Network as a reporter and Kalsu made the ultimate sacrifice during his service in the Vietnam War.
Around the Sports World
- The Oklahoma City Thunder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have agreed to a five-year, $172 million rookie extension that will essentially secure the talented baller in place for the foreseeable future.
- LSU Tigers QB Myles Brennan has reportedly suffered a broken bone in his left arm that will require surgery. Before the injury, the redshirt senior signal caller had been vying for the starting job.
- Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz underwent foot surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the next five to 12 weeks while he recovers.
- Philadelphia Eagles first round pick DeVonta Smith recently sustained an MCL sprain that will sideline him for the next two to three weeks. Fortunately for the 2020 Heisman Trophy winning WR out of Alabama, he’s expected to return just before the start of the 2021 NFL regular season.
- New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole — who is vaccinated — has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his previously intended Tuesday start against the Baltimore Orioles.
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