A short time ago, Riley canceled his team’s Wednesday media availability, with no specific reason for the change in plans.
According to KOCO-TV sports anchor Carson Cunningham, there won’t be any availability until after the Sooners’ game against TCU on Saturday night.
OU football has canceled all media availabilities today. No reason given. No more media until after Saturday’s game.
— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 13, 2021
Riley may not have explained why he did this, but there’s plenty of speculation that it has to do with Oklahoma’s current situation at quarterback. The Sooners have a controversy on their hands after five-star freshman Caleb Williams came on for a benched Spencer Rattler and led OU to a stirring comeback win over Texas last weekend.
Since then, Riley has played his quarterback decision close to the vest, but enterprising reporters from Oklahoma’s student newspaper found a way to watch practice from a nearby building on Tuesday. From their vantage point, they observed Williams getting a majority of reps with the first string.
There’s no way to know for certain if this is why Riley canceled media availability, but it is a likely explanation.
Oklahoma closes off practices to the media because it’s some nuclear-level secret that they’re going to play the better QB on Saturday, and the OU student paper finds out by simply standing in a public building and looking at the field. Lolllll https://t.co/k5i3c5zluC
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) October 13, 2021
All in all, good on those OU student reporters for finding a way to apparently get the story. No matter who the starter will be, Riley won’t be able to wait much longer before revealing his decision.
Oklahoma takes on TCU at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night.
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