Over the weekend, Ronnie Perkins appeared on the sideline for the Oklahoma Sooners. Currently serving a suspension as directed by NCAA Guidelines, the defensive lineman’s presence provided a morale boost on the sideline. However, many including Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, and SoonerScoop publicly announced the junior would likely be available for the upcoming Red River Rivalry.
The news provided hope and ultimately signaled that the program won its appeal against the governing body that is the NCAA. Yet, there was no mention of Trejan Bridges or Rhamondre Stevenson which raised a red flag for some.
On Monday, Lincoln Riley pushed the hopes of fans aside while addressing the situation on a teleconference with the Big XII. Simply put, the head coach said, “[Perkins’] status for Saturday has not changed. He hasn’t been playing and his status for [OU-Texas] has not changed.”
Make no mistake, the math doesn’t quite work out especially if the appeal was denied. Perkins is serving a five-game suspension. The fifth in that string is the upcoming game against the Longhorns.