Oklahoma had plenty of reasons to celebrate Saturday night after coming back to defeat Tennessee in overtime. Some Sooners got a little carried away with their emotions after taking down the Vols, with linebacker Eric Striker reportedly telling Tennessee fans to send the Vols recruits to Oklahoma, which led to Vols head coach Butch Jones to telling Striker to have some class. Safety Hatari Byrd was also caught on camera flipping the middle finger toward Tennessee fans on his way to the locker room after the game (nothing will ever beat Ohio State’s Marcus Hall and his double-bird flip at Michigan in 2013).
“Their actions in the heat of the moment and all emotionally are absolutely inappropriate, and they’ll be dealt with in an educational manner,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said Monday (via Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman). “We’ll handle it internally.”
That more than likely means no loss of playing time by way of suspensions. And honestly, unless the Big 12 thinks otherwise about the sportsmanship concern, neither one of these actions seem to deserve a loss of playing time at Oklahoma. Should Stoops say something? Absolutely, because no program wants to have this kind of image. If anything, maybe Stoops should be a bit upset another program’s coach went up to one of his players and confronted him about class. Stoops didn’t react negatively to Jones stepping in as he reportedly did.