Oklahoma president Boren has stroke at Stoops ceremony

Aubrey Yates
April 16, 2018

OU President David Boren was taken by medical personnel from the Bob Stoops' statue ceremony, Saturday morning.

The 76-year-old Boren is a former US senator and has been the university's president since 1994. Castiglione told the crowd the paramedics were taking precautions and then implored the crowd to pray.

Boren was experiencing dizziness and discomfort after giving a speech to honor Stoops during the festivities outside the school football stadium in Norman, Okla. He had dinner with his family in the evening.

"He is alert and is communicating with family and his excellent team of medical professionals at OU Medical Center", the school's release read. After Boren was removed from the immediate area near the statue, a concerned Castiglione proceeded.

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"I didn't want to be president unless I could give every ounce of my energy to the job and feel that I was at the top of my game", he said.

Boren, 76, had only just spoke before Stoops took the podium to make some remarks. He became the school's president in 1994 after resigning from his Senate seat and is set to retire from his role as OU president at the end of June.

Current football coach Lincoln Riley wasn't at the ceremony as he was preparing for the spring game.

"It's tough to describe", Riley said. He compiled a 190-48 record in 18 seasons and guided the Sooners to the 2000 national championship. As expansion rumors swirled in 2016, the league's schools moved to make commissioner Bob Bowlsby the sole voice of realignment discussion after Boren had said the Big 12 wasn't ready for a title game.

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