Oklahoma president Boren taken to hospital during Stoops statue unveiling
4/14/2018 6:48:52 PM EST
Oklahoma president David Boren experienced a medical episode at a statue unveiling for former Sooners football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday and was taken away by stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital.
Boren slurred words and struggled to speak during his nine-minute speech honoring Stoops. Boren required help to get his seat afterward and paramedics soon approached.
After a few minutes of conversation, paramedics decided to take the 76-year-old Boren to the hospital.
What Boren is suffering from and his condition haven't been released.
Athletic director Joe Castiglione was the speaker when Boren was transported away.
"Well, they don't give you a script for this," Castiglione told the audience. "But I think that knowing that how much President Boren and (wife) Molly were involved in this day, I think that we will respectfully maybe just drop the covering of the statue of Bob Stoops, and we will thank each and every one of you again for what you have done to make this program so special."
Boren previously announced he is retiring after 24 years as president on June 30.
Stoops retired as Oklahoma's all-time winningest coach prior to the 2017 season. He compiled a 190-48 record in 18 seasons and guided the Sooners to the 2000 national championship.
Stoops is the fourth Oklahoma coach to be honored with a statue. He joins Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer.
--Field Level Media