NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) – It was a wild 48 hours for the University of Oklahoma football team. ONE bedlam lost, One Head coach leaves and now many decommits and transfers going on between rookies and existing players.
“Are we disappointed? Absolutely,” said University President Joseph Harroz.
“I’m in a state of shock right now,” said Sam Soule, a freshman at the university. “I can’t believe it’s actually happening.”
It was a consensus between the students and the administration.
People said they were shocked in some form or fashion on Monday, just about 24 hours after the announcement was made that Lincoln Riley would be heading to the University of Southern California to head coach his football team. surname.
Since then, the shock of the departure has reverberated through the school’s grades.
“I don’t think it was Lincoln’s best move,” said Cole Petering, a freshman at the university.
Riley and several of his assistants were seen in a video shot by Soonerscoop.comEddie Radosevich was at Will Rogers Airport Monday morning preparing to depart for Los Angeles.
Just hours later, the backlash began. Signs of betrayal have been posted on campus in various areas, including a statue of the sower. A university campus truck arrived and cleaned it up Monday morning.
“Honestly, it sucks,” Soule said.
The dominoes started to fall on Sunday night and into Monday morning. Many high-achieving recruits from the 2022 and 2023 classes were dropped from the program. Former starting midfielder and starting to receive wide money Jadon Haselwood also jumped into the transfer gate.
Now, interim head coach Bob Stoops is at the helm of the Sooners ranked game. He and athletic director Joe Castiglione tried to spark some optimism for the show. They said they had spoken to current players, rookies and all their families. Stoops also said he plans to start recruiting on Monday night.
“It’s an easy sell,” Stoops said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “You sell the university, you sell the leadership here in front of you. You sell successful history, not just over 23 years. Decades of success. OU football has been here for a long time and it’s not going anywhere else. It will be here and it will be at the pinnacle of college football and it will continue to be. ”
The students expressed similar sentiments, hoping to inject some optimism into the show as well.
“I think OU has stood the test of time and I think really, it won’t be the end of OU football,” Soule said.
While the university isn’t usually in this situation, Castiglione said it understands the situation and is moving quickly to hire a new head coach.
https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahomans-react-after-lincoln-riley-announces-move-from-ou-to-usc/ Oklahomans react after Lincoln Riley announces move from OU to USC