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  • The Oklahoman's 2015 OSU football predictions

    Berry Tramel,Jenni Carlson,john helsley,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    As Oklahoma State prepares to take on Central Michigan in the season opener, The Oklahoman’s college football coverage team shared its picks for the Cowboys' season. Who will be the Cowboys' MVP? * Kyle Fredrickson, OSU beat writer: QB Mason Rudolph – It’s no coincidence the Cowboys’...

  • OSU football: Meet Devante Averette's biggest cheerleader

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Oklahoma State linebacker Devante Averette traveled quite the road to reach the point where he will soon play a significant role for the Cowboys. I wrote about that journey for Tuesday's Oklahoman, and you can read it here. But one person who I couldn't quite nail down for an...

  • OU football: The problem with what Frank Shannon said

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Frank Shannon has spoken. He didn’t have to talk to the media, so bully for him for being willing to answer questions Tuesday after practice. Shannon is the Oklahoma linebacker who was suspended for a year by the university after a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation. He appealed...

  • Ralph Terry: A hall of famer and a gentleman

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Our series on this year's inductees to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame continued today with Ralph Terry. I had the honor of penning this piece. I say honor because I got the chance to meet the former big-league pitcher earlier this year when the induction class was announced, and he struck...

  • Thunder: Donovan's coaching staff is great for team and for him

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Let's start with an admission.  (They say confession is good for the soul, right?) Back in April when we found out that the Thunder had hired Billy Donovan as its new head coach, I termed it a risk. He has no head coaching experience in the NBA. He has not been around the pro game...

  • Feeling defeated? Check out this guy

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    I have to admit, I've been a bit of a Negative Nancy lately. My nature is to be positive and upbeat, but a few weeks ago, I did something that I knew at the time was questionable. I signed up to run a 10K. Now, if you've read my blog before, you know that I've run that distance and then some...

  • Kurt Budke: A Hope for Healing in the Hall of Fame

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame has found a place for Kurt Budke. Good deal. Budke, as you know, was the Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach who was killed in a plane crash in Nov. 2011. He and longtime assistant Miranda Serna were on their way from Stillwater to Little Rock to...

  • Bill Hancock: A Hall of Famer in Any Book

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Bill Hancock, a.k.a. The Nicest Man in the World, was introduced as one of this year’s inductees into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday. He and six others will be formally inducted this fall. I can’t think of a more deserving inductee, though, than Bill. The sports world currently knows...

  • Summer Running Isn't for Sissies ... But It's Possible

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Bette Davis once said that getting old isn’t for sissies. (Ain’t that the truth?) But with apologies to the famed actress, I’ll offer a slight variation on the theme — running in Oklahoma in the summer isn’t for sissies. It’s sunny. It’s hot. It’s humid, thanks a month of rain the...

  • On the Road Again: Time for a New Running Adventure

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    My cell phone buzzed Saturday afternoon as a text popped into my phone. The ID read “Amy Petty Downs.” You may remember Amy from my spring adventure of preparing for the half marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Amy was my running muse. As a survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing,...

  • Is there anything more frustrating than coaches who overthink?

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

      By all accounts, Tim Walton and Carol Hutchins are great coaches. Their names may not be widely known in the sports world, but Walton is the head coach of the Florida softball team and Hutchins is the head coach of the Michigan softball team. Both have won national championships. Both are...

  • OU Women's Basketball: Britney Brown goes from Sooner crimson to Husker red

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    A proud papa sent me an email Thursday morning. Richard Brown lives in Norman, but I regularly see him on football fields around the Big 12. So do you. He is a football referee who has worked college games as an umpire for two decades. Richard is also the father of Britney Brown, who was a […]

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