Oklahoma president Boren recovering after minor stroke
4/15/2018 5:46:15 PM EST
Oklahoma president David Boren is recovering Sunday, one day after suffering a minor stroke during a statue unveiling ceremony to honor former football coach Bob Stoops.
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 slurred words and struggled to speak during the speech and required help to get to his seat afterward and paramedics soon approached.
After a few minutes of conversation, paramedics took the 76-year-old Boren away on a stretcher and transported him to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. His condition was revealed Saturday night by the university, which said Boren enjoyed dinner with his family at the hospital.
"He is alert and is communicating with family and his excellent team of medical professionals at OU Medical Center," the news release said. "President and Mrs. Boren deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received."
While Boren was being attended to, fans in attendance for the ceremony and ensuing spring football game were growing concerned.
Boren was transported away while athletic director Joe Castiglione was the speaker.
"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."
Current football coach Lincoln Riley wasn't at the ceremony as he was preparing for the spring game. But he was highly concerned about the incident after the contest concluded.
"It's tough to describe," Riley said in his press conference following the spring game. "He's a guy that I'm very close to, means a lot to me, and (it was) so tough for it to be such a great event and great thing and to see him not feeling well. It hurts me."
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