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Sooners recruiting men of dubious behaviors-OU must address the issue

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Three Oklahoma Sooner football scholarship players have been dismissed from the team in the past couple of months as of Cleveland County Court documents confirming that the players are being charged with robbery, conspiracy and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  All three will never play another down for the Sooners.


As of Microsoft news: a football player running on a baseball field© Provided by All Sooners on FanNation   (Mikey Henderson)
“The Norman Police Department has submitted a request for an arrest warrant to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office for University of Oklahoma football player Mikey Henderson, a Norman PD spokeswoman told SI Sooners on Tuesday.    Henderson had confirmed involvement in the alleged armed robbery that resulted in the dismissal of Trejan Bridges and Seth McGowan.  Norman PD public information officer Sarah Jensen said NPD investigators have determined that Henderson is the third party involved in an alleged armed robbery on April 15 at the Crimson Park Apartments that resulted in the arrest of OU football players Trejan Bridges and Seth McGowan.”




The question has to be asked.  Is there any issue with the Sooner recruiting process that brings to the program young men that have the inclination to commit felonies as of the ones of these three players, Bridges,  Henderson, and McGowan?  Is something being missed, or overlooked, as they gage the moralistic behavior of those they want to play in Norman?  I believe with fidelity that young men have set their foundation of what is right and what is not right by an early age, even before they start elementary school.  To the initial question, what is the process the recruiting coaches use to investigate their candidates to play for OU?  Did these criminal activities surprise the coaches?  Lincoln Riley, do you know your charges?  Shocked about what happened or not?  Were there “red flags” about the character of these men as they were being recruited?



Sooner fans, the football program at OU is not perfect and it is up to head coach Lincoln Riley to fix what is broken.  Recruiting men of dubious behaviors is an issue that is has to be addressed and now. This issue will not just go away.



That is the way I see it sports fans.
Feature photo:  Mikey Henderson – SI photo
Secondary photo:  Mikey Henderson –  News Yahoo.com

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

4 Responses to “Sooners recruiting men of dubious behaviors-OU must address the issue”

  1. Jimmie Mosher
    July 7, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    People change. They can get in the wrong crowd and do things they normally wouldn”t. You can also give people a chance to change, some do and some don”t. Lincoln Riley can only make rules and hope the players abide by them. It is up to each indivdual to make their own choices in life. You should correct your article,

    • July 7, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      every think you say is correct. But no, Lincoln has to do better in his recruiting….he has to do more than just make the rules and that is that. Do you have children. Do you just leave it alone after you give directions to your kids? NO, YOU DO MORE IF NEEDED. Does that insure that it will all end good? NO, but you MUST do all you can. Thanks for making the comment…appreciated and please comment again….

      • Willard Cormier
        July 8, 2021 at 11:22 am

        You’re exactly right, tre no one really knows at what point youngsters make a decision to go bad and why, that’s why its imperative to mentor, teach moral as part of their growth process. Addressing any behavior of breaking rules, off the norm behavior as a red flag for trouble everytime it’s witnessed ( its a foregone conclusion individuals don’t just turn bad, ,combative or evil it show in everything they do, we have to do things to install values, morals and accountability in our young athletes to balance their egos which sometimes lead them atray, most that come from these broken homes are lacking leadership and direction that constant doses of tough love reinforces, medicine isn’t pleasant,, but it preventive qualities save mortgages it loses,, so should constant monitoring. Instilling and fee manding accountability, it hard to accept but is less punitive than jail or prison time,, isn’t that what discipline is all about??? I say tighten up on the rules and standards, our youth are outsmarting us!!!

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