Big 12 football notebook: Oklahoma loses another commitment

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 22, 2014

“I think our offensive line is vastly improved because of experience that they’ve had and the coaching that they’re getting. I think the rest of the offense sees that and responds to it.”

Rhoads said there was no concern bringing Mangino onto his staff after the way Mangino’s time at Kansas ended.

“We talked about it and more importantly I talked to a lot of other people that were around the program and around those issues,” Rhoads said. “I had no concern about him. … Mark’s been nothing but an exceptional staff man.”

BRILES RESPONDS TO UT’S EDMOND

After Texas’ spring game Saturday, Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond had harsh words for Baylor.

“I really don’t like Baylor,” Edmond said. “I still think they’re trash.”

Edmond said the Bears’ celebration after beating Texas was over the top. The win over Texas in the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium gave the Bears the Big 12 title.

Tuesday, Bears coach Art Briles was asked about Edmond’s comments, first saying he was unaware of the comments.

“Well that’s all right,” Briles said when told of Edmond’s words. “Shoot, everybody’s entitled to their opinion. I’m not going to spend a lot of time being protective of somebody’s comments about our program when they don’t understand it.”

Texas coach Charlie Strong said Edmonds “has to be smarter than that.”

SOONERS OFFER 2015 KICKER

Oklahoma special teams coordinator Jay Boulware offered class of 2015 kicker Austin Seibert a scholarship on Tuesday, the Belleville, Ill., prospect tweeted.

It is Seibert’s eighth scholarship offer, and Oklahoma’s first to a special teams player in the 2015 recruiting class.

Boulware will need to find replacements for both kicker Michael Hunnicutt and punter Jed Barnett, both of whom will be seniors in 2014.

Hunnicutt has converted 86.1 percent of his career field-goal attempts and was a semifinalist for last year’s Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s top kicker each year.

The Sooners’ backup kicker, Nick Hodgson, did well as a kickoff specialist last season, but he’ll also be a senior in 2015.

Barnett, who transferred to OU from a California junior college last spring, made significant improvement throughout his first season in Norman. He pinned Oklahoma State at its own 1-yard line twice in the Sooners’ 33-24 Bedlam upset victory.

ALABAMA TRANSFER CHOOSES OHIO STATE

Oklahoma lost out on Alabama transfer offensive lineman Chad Lindsay, who texted confirmation to CBSSports.com that he will sign with Ohio State.

“It’s done. Go Buckeyes!” Lindsay texted to the website’s Jeremy Fowler.

Lindsay (6-foot-2, 302 pounds) started four games last season for the Crimson Tide, but didn’t play in Alabama’s 45-31 Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. Lindsay has already graduated, so he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the Buckeyes.

Lindsay, from The Woodlands, Texas, visited Ohio State, Cal, OU, Louisville and Michigan after deciding to transfer.

Out of high school, Lindsay chose Alabama over offers from OU, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame and Nebraska, among others.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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