Bob Stoops is reportedly out of the country on vacation this week, but other Oklahoma University officials have already released brief statements of condolence on the death of Sooners middle linebacker Austin Box, who passed away Thursday at the age of 22. Via The Oklahoman, here's university president David L. Boren:
The University family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of student-athlete Austin Box. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
And from Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione:
Austin Box will be greatly missed by his many friends and teammates in the Athletics Department and all across campus. Grief counseling is being made available to members of the team and his close friends.
SB Nation's Oklahoma blog, Crimson And Cream Machine, calls this a "Tragic, tragic day for the Oklahoma football program and the entire Sooner Nation."