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  • OU football: Oklahoma's exit from the College Football Playoff sealed with a kick

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Even the reliable Michael Hunnicutt faltered in Oklahoma’s 31-30 loss to Kansas State, exposing many reasons why the Sooners aren’t Football Four worthy.

  • OU football by the numbers: Sooners lose second straight home game to Kansas State

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Kansas State 31, OU 30: Samaje Perine and Sterling Shepard continued their moves in the OU record books, despite the loss. Shepard set a school record for receptions in a game and Perine joined a small club of OU freshmen to score 10 or more touchdowns.

  • OU football report card: Mistakes in 3rd-down defense, special teams result in low grades for Sooners

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Mistakes on the offense, the defense and yes, even the special teams cost Oklahoma in a 31-30 loss to Kansas State. The grades reflect it. THIRD-DOWN DEFENSE: D Even though the K-State offense converted less than half of its third-down plays — 5 of 11 — four of the conversions were...

  • Sooners need an exclamation mark win vs. K-State to get back into playoff race

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    The Sooners need help elsewhere, too. Teams with better resumes than the Sooners are going to need to lose. Teams that OU beats are going to need to win as many other games as possible.

  • Courtney Dike celebrates World Cup appearance with a proud brother

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    A photographic moment with her brother Bright captured in late summer was something special for Dike. It was a celebration not only for her but also for her brother; one of the soccer-playing siblings from Edmond got to play in a World Cup.

  • Thinking the Thunder will miss the playoffs is a big mistake

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s injury is not a deal breaker. This won’t derail the Thunder’s title hopes — despite what some folks think.

  • OSU football: Now comes the tough part of the schedule for the Cowboys

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — There was some celebrating on Saturday. A win on the road in the Big 12 is a win on the road in the Big 12, right. But the biggest challenge lies ahead for these Cowboys.

  • OSU football report card: Cowboys' offensive line has to be better

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, | Updated: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Tyreek Hill and Josh Furman were the obvious stars for Oklahoma State in the Cowboys’ 27-20 win over Kansas. But the Cowboys have plenty to improve on, and the grades show it: TYREEK HILL: A Even when he wasn’t returning a kickoff 99 yards for a game-winning touchdown, the Oklahoma State...

  • OSU football: Cowboys score more than 20 points for 58th straight game

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 27-20 win over Kansas by the numbers: 4: Consecutive Big 12 road victories for OSU, the program’s second-longest road winning streak since the league formed. 58: Consecutive games in which the Cowboys have scored 20 points or more, dating back to the start...

  • Collected wisdom: Steve DeVoss, founder and president of Global Sports Partners


    No sports entity based in Oklahoma has as many fingerprints in as many places as Global Sports Partners. Steve DeVoss founded the nonprofit in 1992 in an attempt to spread sport and its benefits around the world. A former baseball player at Murray State University, he learned at an early age that...


Jenni Carlson


Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football games. Her mom kept the scorebook during baseball games and yelled her head off no matter the sport. They passed along that passion to Carlson and her two younger brothers.

Carlson played golf in high school and planned to play in college, but when she started at the University of Kansas, she decided to focus her attention on journalism. It’s a decision that she’s never regretted.

Her first big story was a profile on Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams for the yearbook, and Carlson has enjoyed interviewing sports figures and sharing their stories every since.
Carlson is a 1997 graduate of Kansas. She and her husband, Ryan, were married in 2009 and live in Oklahoma City. They welcomed their first child, Millie, in June 2012. Carlson was the president of the Association for Women in Sports Media from 2008-10 and chair of the board from 2010-12.

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