I’m sure you’ve seen or heard the news about Oklahoma’s stud freshman quarterback, Caleb Williams, electing to enter the transfer portal. This comes after the departure of Spencer Rattler for
greener pastures Columbia, SC. That’s quite a change of fortunes for the Oklahoma quarterback room. Although, to Venables’ credit, they moved quickly in the aftermath to convince Dillon Gabriel, who left UCF, to change from UCLA to Oklahoma.
Anyway, before Gabriel’s announcement, the brass at Oklahoma did something you wouldn’t have seen a school do even a year ago. They went on social media with this:
Shorter Oklahoma: “We’d like you to stay, Caleb, but we’re looking anyway.”
We’re a long way from the days when coaches told kids who wanted to transfer where they could go if they didn’t want to sit out for a year. Needless to say, that’s not sitting well in certain quarters.
There are two kinds of football programs now: the ones that sit around, whine about a world in which they have less control, and hope the Todd Berrys of the world can put the genie back in the bottle and the ones that adapt and use change to their advantage.
This isn’t exactly on point, except as illustration of what a coach who isn’t freaking out sounds like.
Adapt or… play in a bowl game.