Top Stories from Tuesday
The Sooners on Monday announced a future home-and-home football series with Michigan, 2025 and 2026. That’s a long ways away. My granddaughter is 8. She’ll have finished a year of college when the Sooners and Wolverines play. But at least OU is looking at new territories. Like the Big Ten. The Sooners play Ohio State in a two-game series 2016-17, then play Nebraska in 2021-2022. That will be three Big Ten home-and-home series in a decade for OU. Which is almost as many as the Sooners have played in their entire history. Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman
First, Oklahoma found its quarterback. Then, the Sooners beat Alabama. Now, heading into the 2014 season, the first year of college football’s new, four-team playoff, OU, with the help of a returning QB, renewed confidence and a favorable schedule â is in excellent shape to compete for a national title. Yes, the quarterback is a key piece, but the Sooners’ schedule is a major element to qualifying for the playoff. It really couldn’t have shaped up better. Andrew Gilman, Fox Sports
Head coach Bob Stoops announced the addition of Drew Hill to the Oklahoma Football support staff as director of player personnel. Hill joins after serving two years on staff at Colorado State in the same role working with head coach Jim McElwain. He will direct all aspects of Oklahoma’s recruiting program in conjunction with Stoops, Cale Gundy (director of recruiting/running backs coach) and the rest of the OU coaching staff to research and attract the nation’s top talent to Oklahoma. Hill’s many duties will also include scholarship management, as well as the coordination of the recruiting calendar for members of the coaching staff. Sooner Sports
College basketball’s Big 10/ACC Challenge has been a great event for fans of both conferences and their teams, providing exciting, early season non-conference games every year. With the new playoff system placing an extra emphasis on scheduling, a similar series in football would be equally entertaining and beneficial. With two of the game’s winningest programs, the Oklahoma Sooners and Michigan Wolverines, recently announcing a home-and-home series scheduled for the 2025 and 2026 seasons, it’s the perfect time for the power conferences they represent to consider annual clashes on the gridiron. Michael Briggs, Rant Sports
Striker is the perfect fit for a very modern Oklahoma defense. Sometimes, the Sooners relatively new model backfires — see the Texas debacle last October — but in general, in the Big 12, their spread-centric defense is a logical move. Striker isn’t a typical linebacker at 6-foot, 221 pounds, but he gives coordinator Mike Stoops flexibility: He’s extremely quick for a pass rusher, and he can line up anywhere around the formation. Matt Brown, Sports on Earth
Oklahoma currently has no wide receivers committed for its recruiting class of 2015, which seems strange considering the Sooners’ recent success in scoring early wideout commitments. In each of the past three recruiting classes, the Sooners had at least two receivers committed by this point. Last year, Dallis Todd and Jeffery Mead committed in April and June, respectively. Jay Norvell’s success on the recruiting trail the last three years has filled the position group with young talent, meaning it’s not an immediate need with this year’s class. Jason Kersey, The Oklahoman
The Sooners brought in three safeties and a two cornerbacks and on paper, it might just be the best of the Big 12. Headlining the group is Steven Parker, a four star safety prospect, who looks like an incredibly well-rounded player in his film and could see immediate playing time at the very least on special teams. The rest of the group is tall and fast and highly recruited, which could help make their secondary a force in the Big 12. Smoking Musket
Knight started five games last season, but it wasn’t until the last one — a Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama — that he truly looked like a guy who was capable of leading OU to Big 12 titles. Knight is a good runner, giving Sooners coaches a different element at the position than they have been used to. Consistency was the biggest issue last season, but the proverbial light seems to have gone on, which should lead to big things from Knight. Mike Huguenin, NFL.com
Tweets of Interest
I don’t care if it’s against Norman North High School, any OU football is must-watch TV.
#Sooners are basically scheduling to ensure they have one marquee game earlier in the year each year which is must-see TV.
— OKC Sports Blog (@OKCSportsBlog) July 16, 2014
The banner-making business is alive and well thanks to OU.
Soon. Very soon.
*insert adorable monkey with paws over mouth emoji* Congrats, Gerald McCoy, on the twins!
C’mon, guys! Louisiana Tech is once in a lifetime!
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) July 16, 2014
The Boneman approves.
But, of course.
— GamedayU (@Gameday_U) July 15, 2014
His last name says it all.
Another great name.
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) July 15, 2014
Atta baby, Jed.
Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington go full-on sorority pose. SHIELD YOUR EYES.
— Madison Ward (@MadisonRyann22) July 16, 2014
— Jay Norvell (@OU_CoachNorvell) July 15, 2014