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  • Ordeal with Illinois coach Tim Beckman shows it doesn't pay to be mean in college football

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Tough love isn't dead in college football. But it's sure a lot softer. Or it better be. There was a reminder of that last week, courtesy a familiar face. Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman is the target of increasing scrutiny at Illinois. His three seasons...

  • Former Tuttle, Oklahoma State standout Cooper Bassett still shares special bond with 9-year-old Taylor Brandt

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    The picture was among the hundreds snapped the night of Cooper Bassett's wedding. None had any more love in them. In the picture, you can see the former Tuttle High football standout turned Oklahoma State football standout. He is hugging a little girl. She has oodles of curly...

  • OKC Thunder: Get ready to get to know Billy the Kid

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Billy Donovan has been the coach in Oklahoma City since April. It’s already been three full months, and with nary a game during that stretch, we’ve had a chance to get to know Donovan.

  • Oklahoma State football rallies around the man they call 'Pitt'

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    STILLWATER — List the names that have been an important part of Oklahoma State football, and you probably won't include Jeff Naple. But ask around the program about those who've made significant contributions, and you will hear his name. Known to Cowboys far and wide simply as "Pitt",...

  • Ranking the home games on OU's schedule

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Most of Oklahoma's marquee games this season will take place outside of Norman. Tennessee. Texas. Baylor. Oklahoma State. But the biggest games on the Sooners' schedule are the ones at home. For the Sooners to get their program back on track, they need to re-establish home-field dominance. ...

  • OU Football: The Sooners' hopes for return to glory begin at home

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NORMAN — A favorite category during preseason predictions is this: biggest game. Look at Oklahoma's schedule, and you'll find plenty of contenders. Tennessee. Texas. Baylor. Oklahoma State. No doubt all of those are marquee match-ups. They've got juicy undertones. They're got sexy...

  • OKC Thunder: Who looks good in orange?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Linda Miller was the fashion editor at The Oklahoman for two-plus decades and writes the Fashion Matters blog, and since it appears the Thunder might be debuting orange alternate jerseys this season, it got us thinking about the fashion ramifications. (Yes, sports writers think about fashion....

  • OKC Thunder: Ranking the Thunder's alternate jerseys

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson ranks those other jerseys from best to worst:

  • OKC Thunder: Could an orange alternate jersey disrupt the Thunder's Bedlam peace?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The Thunder has brought this state together like little else has. Sooners and Cowboys now cheer for the same team. Oklahoma City and Tulsa now agree about something. Heck, people in Oklahoma have even come to love a Texas Longhorn. But could this cats-and-dogs-living-together utopia be getting a...

  • 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...



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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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