Ty Darlington has one of the brightest futures of anyone playing for OU right now. While Darlington’s draft stock might not be assuring him of millions, he is not limited in the avenues he can pursue. Darlington was part of a seven-member council set up by the team. The original purpose of that council was to win football games, but when the video of members of the SAE fraternity spouting racial slurs spread on social media, the council stepped up. “We were incredibly blessed that when that whole situation arose…we had the framework to deal with it.”
The Sooners sacrificed a couple of days of spring practice in hopes of unifying not only a team but a campus. The football team made an impact even if it wasn’t executed smoothly. “When we went and stood in the South Oval the second day; it wasn’t very well thought through, and it ended up becoming a mess with other people trying to attach themselves to what we were trying to do.” Hangers-on be damned, Darlington and the council got their act together, and the team became tighter because of that leadership.
Darlington has the qualities to be a difference-making politician; he’s engaging, well spoken, driven and has deep convictions. Most likely he will use all these things to be a coach at the college level. “College athletes are influencers that don’t realize the impact that they can have when they maximize their potential and use their platform the way that they can, and I would like to be able to help college athletes do that.” One thing is sure, Darlington won’t waste his talents. He never has, whether he is shaping the minds young adults or reforming policy Darlington will be making an impact long after he leaves OU.