• Former OU All-American and NFL player Steve Zabel found his life's work after football

    BY JASON KERSEY Staff Writer jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Zabel will enter the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, Aug. 3 because of his athletic prowess. He was a first-team All-American football player at Oklahoma — where he played tight end and linebacker — then spent 10 years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Baltimore Colts. But 22 years ago, Zabel discovered his life’s work: Helping and caring for Oklahoma City’s homeless and less fortunate.

  • Oklahoma football: Teammates say Joe Mixon's play could keep him in the spotlight

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NORMAN — It’s been exactly one year since the narrative changed surrounding Joe Mixon, who in an instant went from ballyhooed five-star running back prospect to suspended persona non grata.Mixon has worked his way back from that early-morning incident, when he punched a female OU student and broke four bones in her face. His coaches, teammates and fans vigorously defend his reinstatement, but in the post-Ray Rice era, they also understand that Mixon’s place on the team will continue to be debated, discussed and questioned.“People are going to talk about it,” said senior center Ty Darlington. “If he has the type of year that I believe he’s going to have, it’s going to get dragged into the spotlight. That’s the reality of

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Bill Hancock talks College Football Playoff's inaugural season, challenges

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/22/2015 -- College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock joins Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey to discuss the inaugural four-team playoff, the challenges that have come with the implementation of that system and his love of his home state of Oklahoma.

  • OU football: Eric Striker lets his personality shine

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    DALLAS — Eric Striker taunted mascots, ribbed media members for their clothing and told jokes. He also spoke sincerely about racial issues and, of course, the problems that plagued the Sooner football team last season and how he expects it to be different in 2015. In the aftermath of the fraternity chant that went viral and embarrassed the University of Oklahoma, Striker, a senior linebacker, said he wanted the public to see his personality, and boy did he show it Tuesday as he roamed the Dallas Omni Hotel, site of the 2015 Big 12 Media Days. “It’s been a fun day,” Striker said as the event ended Tuesday afternoon.

  • Super 30: Harrah's Logan Roberson amazed that he'll soon be playing football for OU

    BY JASON KERSEY   | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    “I’ve wrapped my head around it a little bit,” Roberson said, “but it’s still overwhelming.”

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Eric Striker talks Instagram, the SAE incident and the OU defense

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/21/2015 -- OU linebacker Eric Striker joins Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey from Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, talking about his Instagram presence, his involvement in the aftermath of the SAE video incident and the OU defense's outlook for the upcoming season.

  • Big 12 Media Days: Dana Holgorsen remembers a young Lincoln Riley

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was coaching Texas Tech wide receivers when Lincoln Riley became a student assistant in the early 2000s. Riley had walked on to the Red Raiders’ team as a quarterback, but then-Tech coach Mike Leach noticed his intelligence and offered him a chance to begin a coaching career. “Mike Leach saw something in him, as a freshman quarterback,” Holgorsen said Monday. “And what he saw was a (crappy) player and a great mind. He said, ‘Do yourself a favor and hang up the cleats and start coaching. It might pay off for you eventually.’ “Obviously, 10 years later, he’s in a position that’s pretty favorable.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Live from Day One at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/20/2015 -- From the Dallas Omni Hotel, Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson discuss Big 12 Media Days, Bob Bowlsby's press conference and the 2015 Sooners and Cowboys.

  • Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart talks self-deprecating Dish network commercial, Brian Bosworth

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — Matt Leinart isn’t above making fun of himself. That’s why he agreed to be in a college football commercial for Dish Network last year with former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth and former Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler. In the ad, Leinart is eating at a diner with Shuler and overhears someone say that watching college football is like being back in college. Leinart looks up and says, “I can’t go back to college?” Shuler says, “I’m in,” before Bosworth comes into the restaurant and begs them to “Take me with you.

  • TCU coach Gary Patterson: 'A year ago you had to prove people wrong; this year you have to prove people right'

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — TCU coach Gary Patterson stressed the importance of keeping things in perspective during his Big 12 Media Days news conference   The Horned Frogs, entering their fourth year in the league, are the heavy favorites to finish atop the Big 12 standings in 2015. TCU shared last year’s Big 12 title with Baylor and finished the season 12-1. “For me, many of you that know me, it’s about standing in between the lines, not getting too high or too low, either way,” Patterson said. “So a year ago you had to prove people wrong. This year you have to prove people right. As a football team, that’s really, from my approach on down, how we've tried to handle it.

  • Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 hasn't discussed banning transfers with domestic violence and sexual assault histories

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — The Big 12 Conference has not discussed banning incoming transfers with histories of domestic violence or sexual assault, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday morning at his media days news conference. The Southeastern Conference adopted a proposal stating schools can’t accept such transfers this summer. “I think it’s something we will talk about,” Bowlsby said. “The issue of kids with baggage, you can argue that nobody should be prohibited from being involved just because they make one mistake. On the other hand, kids that have histories don’t seem to have too much problem finding a place they can go play college sports.

  • Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 Conference won't prohibit court and field stormings

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — The Big 12 Conference will not prohibit court and field storming by fans, league commissioner Bob Bowslby said during his media days news conference Monday. “We’re choosing to manage it rather than prohibit it,” Bowlsby said. Two months ago, Bowlsby said all options were on the table regarding court/field storming, including fines and the loss of future home games. The Southeastern Conference recently announced that schools will be fined $50,000 for the first time fans storm an area of competition. SEC schools will be fined $100,000 for a second offense and $250,000 for third and subsequent offenses.

  • 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 ready for some football? Monday marks the unofficial beginning to the football season with Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. For two days, players and coaches will try to offer answers about their teams. What are the strengths? What are the weaknesses? How will they fare? Before they take a stab at those questions, allow us to try with our Big 12 primer.

  • Big 12: Jason Kersey's Big 12 superlatives

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    OU beat writer Jason Kersey presents his 2015 preseason picks for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year: OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEARTrevone Boykin, TCUBoykin looked like a superstar last season in his first year under the Doug Meacham/Sonny Cumbie offense, finishing fourth in Heisman voting. With that year of experience, he might win it in 2015.DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEARShawn Oakman, BaylorThe imposing, 6-foot-9 Oakman came back for his senior season and is proof that Baylor — for all its offensive success the past few years — is pretty good at defense, too.  NEWCOMER OF THE YEARDede Westbrook, OklahomaLast season, Oklahoma’s offense fell apart after Sterling Shepard was

  • Big 12: Jason Kersey's bold Big 12 predictions

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    OU beat writer Jason Kersey gives his three bold predictions for the 2015 Big 12 football season: 1. Kansas State wins at least one — and maybe two — games it isn’t supposed to win in October. The Wildcats host TCU and Oklahoma and travel to Oklahoma State and Texas that month.  2. Oklahoma loses its final three regular-season games to Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State, putting Bob Stoops squarely on the hot seat entering bowl season — especially if one or two of those losses are blowouts. 3. Mason Rudolph will give Trevone Boykin a run for his money as the All-Big 12 quarterback. I still think Boykin ultimately ends up on the first team, but Rudolph stepped into some high-pressure moments last year and performed well.

  • Big 12: Jason Kersey's Big 12 rankings

    BY JASON KERSEY   | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    OU beat writer Jason Kersey presents his 2015 preseason Big 12 poll ballot: 1. TCU: The Horned Frogs return tons of experience, including the league’s best quarterback. By season’s end, TCU can actually call itself the Big 12’s “One True Champion” and, as such, earn a College Football Playoff spot.2. Baylor: The two-time defending Big 12 champ takes a bit of a dip this season — but just a bit — but remains in the thick of the league title hunt. 3. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys ride the bounce from late last season into a strong 2015 campaign, and Mason Rudolph continues his development into one of the nation’s elite quarterbacks.4.

  • Five questions for Oklahoma football heading into Big 12 Media Days

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    DALLAS — The Big 12 football season unofficially kicks off Monday at the Dallas Omni Hotel, where coaches and players will talk to reporters at the annual conference media days.Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, center Ty Darlington, quarterback Trevor Knight, receiver Sterling Shepard and linebacker Eric Striker will represent the Sooners on Tuesday.After last season’s disappointing 8-5 campaign, the Sooners will certainly face lots of difficult questions. Here is a look at five pressing questions facing Oklahoma entering 2015:5. Where do Joe Mixon and Frank Shannon fit into the Sooners’ plans?Both returning from one-year suspensions, Mixon and Shannon should both have big roles in the Sooners’ offense and defense, respectively.

  • Super 30: Sooners commitment Jon-Michael Terry will switch to LB for senior year, career at OU

    BY JASON KERSEY Staff Writer jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Terry, who committed to Oklahoma in February, is No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the best 2016 college football prospects in the state. He recorded 103 tackles and 20 sacks last season for Victory Christian as a defensive end and will move to inside linebacker this year.

  • Big 12 football: OU not in top two of Big 12 preseason poll, which is a rarity under Bob Stoops

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The Sooners came in third, behind first-place TCU and second-place Baylor, in the poll, which is voted on by media members who cover the league. Oklahoma State was picked fourth, and Texas came in fifth.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing 2015 Big 12 Media Days

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/16/2015 -- Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and OSU beat writer Kyle Fredrickson preview Big 12 Media Days, which are coming up next week in Dallas.




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