Bob Stoops’ role reversal, gymnasts qualify for World Championship final

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Welcome to the Wednesday morning edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.  

Oklahoma dominates Iowa State

It’s no secret, Oklahoma is a historic program, while Iowa State – which faces the Sooners on Saturday – is not. However, Barstool Oklahoma found an absolutely absurd stat to contextualize just how much better the Sooners have been.

The last time Iowa State beat the Sooners was Oct. 20, 1990 in a tight 31-33 game. When that happened, no player on either team was born yet. Either team! In fact, that win in 1990 was the Cyclones’ only win over the Sooners since 1961. Iowa State also tied Oklahoma in 1981.

Overall, Oklahoma is 74-5-2 against Iowa State. That’s dominance.

Stoops going on recruiting trips – as a dad

Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has been on many recruiting trips, considering he was the head coach for 18 years. But now that he’s retired, Stoops is ready to go on more recruiting trips – as a dad, as he told DieHards.

Stoops’ twin boys – Drake and Isaac – are both high school seniors with college football offers. Drake caught 20 touchdowns last season, and earned offers from Western Kentucky, Air Force, Arkansas State, Ohio and Youngstown State. Stoops said he could go on a recruiting trip as soon as this weekend.

Other headlines from the program:

  • Running back Trey Sermon is earning rave reviews from teammates. In an interview with the Associated Press, fullback Dimitri Flowers said Sermon “doesn’t play like a true freshman.”
  • Bleacher Report is “buying” Oklahoma as a College Football Playoff contender, along with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Penn State and TCU.
  • For some reason, Stoops has the sixth-best odds to land the Tennessee job per Bet Online. It’s a strange move, considering Tennessee is probably a worse job than Oklahoma.

Goalkeeper earns Big 12 honor

Oklahoma soccer goalkeeper McKinley Crone earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for a strong performance over the weekend. In matches against Baylor and No. 8 Texas, Crone posted a pair of shutouts. Against Baylor, she had a career-high nine saves. It’s the first set of shutouts for an Oklahoma keeper since 2015.

Men’s gymnasts make final

Oklahoma men’s gymnastics had a tremendous day, as two Sooners qualified for the World Championship final in Montreal. Junior Yul Moldauer earned a spot in the final for the all-around and floor exercises. Alumnus Alex Naddour – a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist – qualified for the final in the pommel horse.

The all-around final will take place at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday on the Olympic Channel. Individual events are on Saturday, and will be broadcast on tape delay by NBC.

Men’s golf wins Nike Collegiate

No. 7 Oklahoma captured the 2017 Nike Collegiate Invitational championship with a dynamic minus-8 performance on the last day. That edged them ahead of Stanford to win a stacked event with a minus-27 overall score, three strokes ahead of the Cardinal.

Brad Dalke was the best Sooner on the day, tying for seven with a minus-8. Riley Casey was not far behind with a minus-5. Oregon’s Norman Xiong had the best individual score with a minus-13. The tournament took place at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Cornerback Jordan Parker

2019 quarterback commit Spencer Rattler

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