Red River Showdown scheduled, Oklahoma gets several injured players back

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

Scheduling the rivalry

Oklahoma vs. Texas finally has an official time. The Red River Showdown will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET) on Oct. 14 in Dallas, and be broadcast live on either ABC or ESPN.

Regardless of the network, it’s a far more prominent place for this year’s iteration. Last season, the game was on Fox Sports 1. The last six matchups have also been at 11 a.m. CT, so this provides a better experience for the fans.

Oklahoma has won five of the last seven matchups between these two teams.

Injury replacements

Oklahoma gets starting safety Will Johnson back for its matchup against Iowa State on Saturday. The Sooners will also have safety Robert Barnes, offensive lineman Cody Ford and defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe back for the game.

However, linebacker Curtis Bolton will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury. It’s a tough break for a developing linebacking corps.

Other headlines from the program:

  • Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told DieHards reporter Tim Griffin that he has no plans of ever coaching again — college or pro — because the wear of being a coach has taken its toll on him.
  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield defended his antics and playing style Monday, saying that “This game is not meant for soft people.”

Men’s basketball opens practice

Oklahoma men’s basketball started practice on Monday afternoon, and the Sooners shared a picture of the new team to Twitter. The Sooners begin their 2017-18 campaign on Nov. 12 against Omaha.

Men’s golf surging

The Oklahoma men’s golf team is in second place at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational, trailing only the Stanford Cardinal by 2 strokes with one round to play. The Sooners are 6 strokes ahead of Duke and Florida. Sophomore Riley Casey leads the Sooners, and is tied for sixth overall in individual scoring at Witch Hollow course at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Former men’s basketball star Buddy Hield:

Former O-lineman and current Carolina Panther Daryl Williams:

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