As practice concluded Monday, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger gathered his players around for a talk.
Kruger addressed Saturday’s incident at Texas Tech where Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart shoved a Red Raiders fan in the game’s final moments.
“We talk to them all the time about that but everyone in the country is talking about it a little bit more,” Kruger said of reminding his players not to get involved with any kind of back-and-forth with a fan. “It’s just the idea of keeping it between the lines and hopefully everyone learns something, not just those who are involved but everyone in the country.”
Kruger said he hasn’t heard anything from fans in 30 years, hearing the roar of the crowd but not specific things said by individual fans.
“That’s pretty impressive because sometimes in a stall in play, you hear a few things,” Sooners senior forward Tyler Neal said. “It’s kind of hard not to hear. When you sign up to do this, you kind of assume that this is part of it. There’s people out there that don’t care what people think of them and don’t realize that you’re just college kids.:
Neal said thicker skin came with experience.
“It’s funny a lot of the high-profile guys these years are freshmen–guys who are one-and-done guys,” Neal said. “They’re not around for three years. They’ve got to learn a lot in a year. Big ups to those guys that are able to do that and figure that stuff out and help lead successful programs.”