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OU President Suffers Minor Stroke During Stoops' Statue Ceremony

16 April 2018

Boren spoke during the ceremony but was then taken away via stretcher and ambulance.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren suffered a minor stroke Saturday during a campus event, OU spokesman Rowdy Gilbert said.

Near the end of a speech honoring Stoops, Boren experienced "discomfort and dizziness" according to the school and was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

"He is alert and is communicating with family and his excellent team of medical professionals at OU Medical Center", the school's release read.

President and Mrs. Boren have expressed their appreciation for the outpouring of support they have received.

While athletic director Joe Castiglione took over speaking duties, paramedics huddled and planned to check on Boren's status.

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"Well, they don't give you a script for this", Castiglione told the audience.

Boren announced that he plans to retire on June 30, 2018.

Jim Gallogly, who was in attendance at the statue unveiling, will become the university's new president July 1.

Stoops retired as Oklahoma's all-time winningest coach prior to the 2017 season. It hurts me. I'll be excited to check on him.

"It's tough to describe", Riley said in his press conference following the spring game. Haven't had a chance to get an update on him since the game got started. 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.

OU President Suffers Minor Stroke During Stoops' Statue Ceremony