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  • OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Just because the spotlight bypassed OSU at media days doesn't mean it will during the season

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    “I think if we play well and take care of the ball that we’ll have an opportunity to win the league,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said

  • Big 12 football: Why Baylor coach Art Briles won Day 2 of Media Days

    BY JENNI CARLSON Staff Writer jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Art Briles has more than filed the good-quote gap in the Big 12 left by Mack Brown's departure from Texas a couple years ago. The Baylor coach lots to say Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. Some of it was fun. Some of it was insightful. Just about all of it was interesting. The College Football...

  • OU's Bob Stoops on Joe Mixon: 'It has been disciplined' with 'significant penalties'

    BY JENNI CARLSON Staff Writer jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Violence against women continues to be a significant issue in football – and a significant issue with Oklahoma football. Early in Bob Stoops’ press conference Tuesday morning at Big 12 Media Days, he was asked about the Sooners’ decision not to dismiss running back Joe Mixon. He was involved...

  • Fear This Frog: How Trevone Boykin transformed his career and turned TCU into the Big 12 favorite along the way

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    This year, he's the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. He's also the reason that TCU is favored to win the Big 12 and expected to make a serious run at a national title.

  • Big 12: A look at the Big 12 heading into Media Days in Dallas

    By Jenni Carlson, Kyle Fredrickson and Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Big 12 has made plenty of headlines over the past few months. Should the conference have a title game in football? Should it add any more schools? Should it maintain the status quo? Even though those questions will continue to be asked, we can now ask something else. Are you...

  • Big 12: Jenni Carlson's Preseason Big 12 Rankings

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    JENNI CARLSON, COLUMNIST 1. TCU: The Horned Frogs came out of nowhere last season, but no one is sleeping on them this year. Trevone Boykin has been outstanding in the spread, and Gary Patterson defenses are always stout. 2. OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys have a team and a schedule...

  • Big 12: Jenni Carlson's Preseason Big 12 Bold Predictions

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    1. OU and Texas will both have a loss when they meet in Big D. Lest suspensions or injuries change the landscape a bunch, I like Tennessee to beat OU in Knoxville and Notre Dame to beat Texas in South Bend.  2. Trevone Boykin wins the Heisman Trophy. When TCU goes...

  • Big 12: The Oklahoman's Big 12 Football Primer

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Big 12 has made plenty of headlines over the past few months. Should the conference have a title game in football? Should it add any more schools? Should it maintain the status quo? Even though those questions will continue to be asked, we can now ask something else. Are you...

  • Big 12: Jenni Carlson's Preseason Big 12 Superlatives

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    JENNI CARLSON, COLUMNIST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TREVONE BOYKIN, TCU: He thrived a season ago when the Horned Frogs went to the spread, ranking third nationally in total offense per game with 354.5 yards. Don't be surprised to see him lead the country in that category this season....

  • Big 12: 10 questions for Big 12 Media Days

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    As our college football coverage team made its way from Oklahoma City to Dallas, I used some of the time in the car to ask what questions everyone had for media days. Here, with a little collaborative help from my friends, are 10 questions for Big 12 Media Days:



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Jenni Carlson


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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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