Norman, Oklahoma, just took a collective sigh of relief.
The Oakland A's drafted two-sport athlete Kyler Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The move was surprising, as neither Murray nor Sooners coach Lincoln Riley had really commented on the possibility before draft night.
But Oklahoma fans have no reason to worry, at least for this year. Murray is playing football this upcoming season.
Kyler Murray on a conference call with Oakland A's writers: "I will be playing football this season."— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) June 5, 2018
Murray is tasked with replacing Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma this season, which is by no means an easy task. Thankfully, Murray will be able to play football this coming season and then focus on his baseball career shortly thereafter, as the A's aren't forcing their talented prospect to attend minor league camp right away.
This gives Murray the freedom to enjoy his season in the spotlight on the gridiron, but not risk millions in baseball.
Kyler Murray has a big decision to make.— MLB (@MLB) June 5, 2018
⚾️ or 🏈? pic.twitter.com/SKjRO0DBz6
To the relief of Murray, this might not end up being much of a decision at all.