Welcome to the Tuesday morning edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup , where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics .
Lincoln Riley defends Mike Stoops
Coach Lincoln Riley defended defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. He said making a staff change on defense is “ not on the table” at this point.
Stoops received the brunt of the criticism after a 38-31 loss to Iowa State on Saturday, the first loss to the Cyclones since 1990. Iowa State QB Kyle Kempt threw for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Sooners, despite being a walk-on with 2 career pass attempts. However, Riley will not make a change at this point.
Sooners still earn accolades
Despite the loss, national analysts didn’t overreact. ESPN named 3 Oklahoma players to its midseason All-America team. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was an easy choice for the team. Offensive tackle Orlando Brown and defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo also made the team.
Additionally, Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon rated Mayfield the No. 1 quarterback in college football, ahead of Luke Falk at No. 2 and Lamar Jackson at No. 3. Kenyon pointed to Mayfield’s decision-making, arm strength and accuracy in ranking him on top.
Other headlines from the program:
- Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and running back Abdul Adams could play this weekend against Texas after suffering injuries against Iowa State.
- Count ESPN’s Paul Finebaum among those not impressed with Oklahoma. After the loss, Finebaum called the Sooners “choke artists.” Of course, Finebaum was mostly silent about LSU losing to Troy on the segment.
- Oklahoma is staying focused on Texas this week, rather than dwelling on the loss against Iowa State. Mayfield said, “It’s about going to the Cotton Bowl, and the toughest man wins.”
Oklahoma to host Halloween Game
Baseball and softball will team up on Oct. 25 to host a Halloween Game, which will contribute to their foundation to help The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. The two teams will play — while wearing costumes.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be no cost for admittance, and fans can meet players from both the baseball team and national championship softball team. Kids will also be welcomed on the field — in costume — for a postgame group photo.
Other stories from around the program:
- Women’s golf had a poor first two rounds at the Betsy Rawls Invitational in Austin. The Sooners stand in 12th place in the 15-team event with a 20-over-par score, which ranks 28 strokes behind No. 19 Texas. Ana Ruiz is the only golfer in the top 25.
- Men’s basketball will shoot its intro video on Campus Corner on Oct. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be a streetball-style video with fans, students and spirit squad. Players will sign autographs throughout.
- Oklahoma basketball will give away a Blake Griffin bobblehead, and there’s a vote to see what pose Griffin will have for the doll. Women’s basketball also opened preseason camp on Monday.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Offensive lineman Jonathan Alvarez:
Love taking time out of my weekend to go see the kids at Children’s Hospital. Anything I can do to brighten their day and make them smile. pic.twitter.com/rd9QBsafvA
— Jonathan Alvarez (@LineKing68) October 10, 2017
Cornerback Tre Brown:
The NFL has been good this year which is a first
— Tre Brown (@T_Brown25) October 10, 2017
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