With the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools nationwide are canceling their spring games. It looks like Oklahoma will be following suit.
The Sooners have not made a formal announcement about their annual spring game, which is set for April 18. However, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione made it clear it will be impossible to host the event.
“Without a doubt,” Castiglione told Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman. “I can just tell you, while we haven’t come out and announced the spring game date being cancelled, I don’t see any way that’s going to happen. I really don’t."
Logistically, it is just not plausible for the spring game to happen, Castiglione went on to say.
“We’re sitting here looking at it from two different ways. People are cancelling all kinds of events for 30 or more days. The other reason is related to practice. I can’t sit here and tell you when any team is going to be able to get back and have a normal practice. I can’t do that.
“To sit here and think we’re going to have a spring game, is silly. It would be hard to say we’d be able to be back in 30 or 45 days.”
In addition to the actual game itself, the school was supposed to unveil a statue honoring Baker Mayfield on the day of the spring game.
Oklahoma traditionally erects statues to commemorate all of its Heisman Trophy winners, but has yet to put up ones for Mayfield and Kyler Murray.