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Being authentic and truthful can perhaps be faked, but football coaches are terrible at it and Lincoln Riley, unless faking it constantly and therefore fooling us constantly, doesn’t even try.

In the wake of Wednesday’s announcement that Russell Westbrook is likely out at least four weeks after undergoing precautionary arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Thunder fans might be thankful for the offseason moves made by general manager Sam Presti.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Luke Skipper threw two touchdowns and ran for another as Tulsa opened the season with a 38-27 victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday night.

By the time Oklahoma sophomore tight end Grant Calcaterra woke up Monday, he hadn’t seen much of Austin Kendall since two days earlier. But the mood of Oklahoma’s backup quarterback Saturday was obvious.

Shane Beamer’s first game on Oklahoma’s coaching staff went about as well as could be expected.

NORMAN — Jay Boulware wasn’t specific about why or when the worrying began, but he remembers two years ago becoming nervous that he’d put too much on Austin Seibert’s plate.

NORMAN — Kenneth Murray’s teammates didn’t learn about the routine he kept last fall until recently. Mondays during his freshman season included 2-3 hours of film study after practice.

Roughly 15 percent of young adults ages 25 to 35 were still living at home with their parents in 2017, according to a Pew Research Center study.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State suspended coach Urban Meyer for three games on Wednesday night for mishandling repeated professional and behavioral problems of an assistant coach, with investigators finding Meyer protected his protege for years through domestic violence allegations, a drug …

NORMAN — Kyler Murray received a text message from Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley mid-morning Wednesday, summoning the quarterback inside Riley’s office at the Switzer Center.

The Oklahoma State wide receiver corps had a legendary visitor this past weekend.

NORMAN — For some college football experts, replacing Baker Mayfield seemed like too tall a task to put Oklahoma among the nation’s top five teams.

Peppered with questions about Oklahoma’s top two quarterbacks, Marquise Brown reiterated that Austin Kendall and Kyler Murray are both good players.

Of all the measurements and attributes a freshman can have, Oklahoma defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks says poise is the most necessary requirement to come into a college football powerhouse and play immediately.

Rodney Anderson and Marquise Brown — two of Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley’s most electric offensive players — are being evaluated as potential kick or punt returners, signaling a willingness to use the Sooners’ best athletes to improve special teams play.

Baker Mayfield would’ve made Bruce Springsteen proud during his NFL preseason debut, playing in The Boss’ old stomping grounds of New Jersey.

Every year, Mike Gundy has his offensive coaching staff create a list of skilled players that need to have the ball in their hand. Sometimes, the list is longer than other years – such as was the case last season.

NORMAN — ESPN’s Greg McElroy cites former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s departure, the subsequent leadership void in the team’s locker room and McElroy’s own perceived history of OU “disappointing” as his reasoning for calling the Sooners overrated in a recent television appearance.

Oklahoma’s firmly in the mix for a College Football Playoff run, at least according to the preseason Amway Coaches Poll.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Resorts Casino Hotel and DraftKings on Wednesday received approval to become the first companies to offer online and mobile sports betting in New Jersey.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Until today’s announcement of the Thunder’s preseason slate, there’d been almost a weeklong dearth of real-life Thunder news, ever since word broke that Hamidou Diallo, the 45th pick in the draft, would sign a two-year deal, giving OKC 15 players under contract.

TULSA, Okla. ­–– Less than a month before the season opener on Sept. 1, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team will begin preseason practice this Friday, Aug. 3, with a morning workout on Harwell Field.

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