Oklahoma president David Boren suffers minor stroke at Bob Stoops statue reveal

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David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, is taken away by medical personnel and security during the unveiling of a statue of former head football coach Bob Stoops in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, is taken away by medical personnel and security during the unveiling of a statue of former head football coach Bob Stoops in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

There was a scary moment during Oklahoma’s ceremony to unveil a statue of former coach Bob Stoops.

Outgoing Oklahoma president David Boren, 76, spoke at the ceremony Saturday morning. After he spoke, Boren reportedly had trouble making it back to his seat and was immediately tended to by emergency personnel. He was then taken to an ambulance via stretcher.

According to the school, Boren suffered a minor stroke.


Boren is a former U.S. Senator and governor of Oklahoma. He became the school’s president in 1994 after resigning from his Senate seat and is set to retire from his role as OU president at the end of June.

The outspoken Boren has been a central figure amidst Big 12 realignment drama in recent years. 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.

The Big 12 brought back its football conference championship game in 2017.

Oklahoma revealed the statue of Stoops before its annual spring game. The expected-to-be-cheerful ceremony honored the former coach, who retired from Oklahoma during the summer of 2017. He was replaced by offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and the Sooners made the College Football Playoff.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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