Oklahoma announces spring game festivities; Sooners basketball adds transfer
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.
Oklahoma football announced a slew of festivities surrounding football’s spring game on April 14 in Norman. Most notably, Oklahoma announced that country music star Trace Adkins will perform a concert during the proceedings.
Oklahoma football will also unveil a statue of former coach Bob Stoops, who retired from the program last summer. The game will start at 1:15 p.m., and food trucks will be around the premises starting at 9:30 a.m.
- Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is turning heads. Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase was impressed by Mayfield’s competitiveness during his interviews, according to the Palm Beach Post.
- DieHards analyst John Shinn wrote about the addition of Bob Diaco to the defensive staff and how it could help the Sooners next season.
- Mayfield appeared in a video giving former Sooners star Gerald McCoy a tour around campus. Of course, it’s been a few years since McCoy has been back to Norman. McCoy is one of the proudest Sooners out there.
Oklahoma men’s basketball added shooting guard Kris Martin as a transfer. Martin sat out the 2017-18 season at Colorado State, but he previously played two standout seasons at Oral Roberts.
Martin averaged 13.2 points per game as a sophomore in 2016-17. He shot 40.6 percent from the 3-point line on 6.4 3-point attempts a game. Oklahoma desperately needs help at guard. Martin is a first step to solving those needs.
Oklahoma point guard Trae Young earned unanimous and consensus All-America honors on Tuesday. The AP All-America team was announced on Tuesday. He previously earned All-America honors from the Sporting News, USBWA and NABC.
Young became the first player to lead the nation in both points and assists per game this season, and he did it as a freshman. Even though the Sooners struggled late in the year, Young almost single-handedly dragged the Sooners from 11 wins in 2017 to the NCAA Tournament.
- Former Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel, who spent the last seven years as an assistant at Duke, will take over as Pitt basketball coach.
- USA Today writer Paul Myerberg ranked Oklahoma No. 8 among all teams nationally in football and basketball success this season. The Sooners made the College Football Playoff, produced the Heisman winner and produced a first-team All-American.
- Oklahoma baseball lost the first Bedlam game against Oklahoma State 7-1 on Tuesday. The Sooners gave up 5 runs in the second inning and could not recover. Kyler Murray posted 2 hits in 2 at-bats with an RBI.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Wide receiver Jordan Smallwood
Coach Riley, Thank you for teaching me the lessons of being a great man for my family after OU football is long gone. This place will always be home for me! (London, why are you always asleep on big moments like these?! 😴😅 ) #godisgood pic.twitter.com/Z4GmGQcCnL
— Jordan Smallwood (@Jsmalls_17) March 27, 2018
Kicker Austin Seibert
Can't wait for Trace Adkins to put on a show for Sooner Nation 😎👍🏻👏🏻
— BigSeib43 (@austinseibert1) March 27, 2018
Defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin
Georgia game still haunts me
— Du’Vonta Lampkin LLT🌎 (@DeeChilllin) March 28, 2018
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