Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley confirmed after the No. 5 Sooners’ opening victory over Missouri State that the sport Saturday night time had been jeopardy of being postponed or canceled due to the Sooners’ COVID19 instances.
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- Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 10:00 AM IST
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NORMAN, Okla.: Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley confirmed after the No. 5 Sooners’ opening victory over Missouri State that the sport Saturday night time had been jeopardy of being postponed or canceled due to the Sooners’ COVID-19 instances.
Earlier, the Springfield News-Leader reported that Missouri State President Clif Smart instructed the colleges board of governors that the sport had been doubtful.
It hung within the stability for somewhat bit, however we had been in a position to do it, Riley mentioned after the 48-Zero victory. Thankfully, we had been in a position to.
Several Oklahoma gamers had been out, together with kicker Gabe Brkic and operating again T.J. Pledger. Brkic was a preseason second-team All-American. Pledger was listed because the beginning operating again. Anton Harrison, a real freshman who was listed because the beginning left deal with, additionally didn’t play.
Riley wouldnt affirm why they had been out. He mentioned earlier within the week that he would not launch crew COVID-19 testing outcomes.
The offensive line was particularly exhausting hit with unavailable gamers.
Three? I want it was three,” he mentioned. “Its a part of it. Were fortunate in that a whole lot of these guys, particularly within the beginning group, have performed a whole lot of ball. We needed to transfer some guys round to make tonight work, and people guys, with their expertise within the system and sport expertise, had been in a position to do this.
He felt the workers dealt with the state of affairs effectively.
Its both of two issues you both see it as a hindrance and also you say poor me and youre mad youre within the state of affairs and pissed off, otherwise you take a look at it as a chance,” he mentioned. “An alternative to see some new gamers that perhaps you wouldnt have seen, a chance as coaches to check yourselves and have the ability to regulate when issues come up.
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