2018 National Championship Headlines

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

THE OKLAHOMAN: SOONERS VAULT THEIR WAY TO FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE

Down five points entering the fourth rotation at the national championship meet, the Oklahoma men's gymnastics team felt the pressure mounting.

Back in December, the Sooners didn't think they'd even make it to Chicago. And in the moments before they began the vault, they weren't sure that they would win the national title. Full story.


TULSA WORLD: LATEST NATIONAL TITLE JUST PART OF WHY NO OU COACH DESERVES MORE RESPECT THAN MARK WILLIAMS

Oklahoma won an NCAA men’s gymnastics championship over the weekend. It is possible you heard the news like you hear someone saying, “It’s windy outside.”

But to blow off the accomplishment is to disrespect Mark Williams, the coach for OU’s last nine championships, and no coach on the Sooners’ campus deserves more respect than Williams. Full story.

NEWS9: OKLAHOMA SPORTS BLITZ: APRIL 29

Head coach Mark Williams, seniors Hunter Justus and Reese Rickett, and Yul Moldauer stopped by News9 for the Sports Blitz. Watch here.


FOX25: OKLAHOMA MEN'S GYMNASTICS HEAD COACH TALKS ABOUT FOURTH STRAIGHT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

The 2018 national title is the 12th overall, tying them with Penn State for most in NCAA history.

For Head Coach Mark Williams, getting to that point was not a smooth process.

"This year was a lot different,' said Williams. "I had a team that was decimated with injuries early on. In December, we didn't have enough guys to get a complete score for an intrasquad meet." Full story.


NORMAN TRANSCRIPT: SOONERS CLAIM FOURTH STRAIGHT TITLE

In the City of Big Shoulders, none were bigger than those of Oklahoma's men's gymnastics team at the UIC Pavilion. Full story.


USA GYMNASTICS: OKLAHOMA MEN OVERCOME SERIES OF CHALLENGES FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT NCAA WIN

As a squad, they had been through at least six recent major surgeries. A crew of inexperienced gymnasts (fewer than half the team had competed at NCAAs the prior season) was further hampered by a false sense of security as the best-of-the-best in college gymnastics, and it left the Sooners in “shambles,” as junior Levi Anderson would later describe it. Morale was low. Coach Williams even kicked the team out of the gym a couple times – something he rarely does. 

Williams, one of the sport’s great coaches, knew something needed to be done. Full story.


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