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  • 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 […]

  • High School Sports: El Reno standout Tyrone Lewis returns to his alma mater

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    El Reno has hired one of its greatest athletes to lead its wrestling program. Tyrone Lewis will be announced officially as the coach during a press conference Wednesday afternoon in El Reno, but his hiring brings his wrestling career full circle. El Reno is where he started wrestling, winning two...

  • A new softball coach isn't the only thing that OSU needs

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Mike Holder has fired his softball coach. The Oklahoma State athletic director announced late Monday afternoon that Rich Wieligman won’t be back to coach Cowgirl softball next season. It’s not a huge surprise. Wieligman, who just finished his ninth season, had several good years in his early...

  • Thunder: Hiring Billy Donovan is a risk

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Thunder has hired Billy Donovan. So say multiple reports, including Yahoo! NBA know-everything Adrian Wojnarowski.  And if Woj says it, you pretty much have to believe it. So, what to make of this hire? I want to love it. I want to be fired up about the Thunder luring the...

  • Thunder: If you didn't like late-game coaching from Scott Brooks, brace yourself for Billy Donovan

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    One of the gripes about Scott Brooks heard most often over the years was his coaching late in games. Plays weren’t well-designed. Players in the game weren’t the best options. You might want to brace yourself, Thunder Nation. One of the biggest knocks on the prohibitive favorite to replace...



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