• [UPDATE]: Bob Stoops unsure about Du'Vonta Lampkin's status with Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    OU freshman defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin got on the field with the Sooners on Wednesday, and the snippet of video he shared was impressive. Lampkin posted a video of himself pushing junior college transfer Jamal Dantley several yards into the backfield. Lampkin certainly has the power and size at 6-foot-4, 306 pounds to make an impact alone the Sooners' defensive line, but the question remains when he'll actually be eligible to play for OU. Lampkin was cleared to practice yesterday , but last weekend Texas coach Charlie Strong said he would not release Lampkin from his letter of intent. Lampkin signed with Texas in the Class of 2015. Bob Stoops announced earlier this week that Lampkin will be put on scholarship, but that OU is still working through his eligibility .

  • Oklahoma State-Auburn basketball gets primetime treatment for Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Times and networks have been released for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, and Oklahoma State will get the primetime treatment against Auburn on Jan. 30. OSU at Auburn will tip off at 7 p.m. central on ESPN2, one of seven game times and networks finalized by the conferences and ESPN. Oklahoma's game at LSU will be played no earlier than 1 p.m. and no later than 6 p.m., and will air on ESPN. ESPN's College GameDay will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date. 2015-16 Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday, Jan. 30 (all times central) Vanderbilt at Texas (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. West Virginia at Florida (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. Tennessee at TCU (ESPN2), 1 p.m. Mississippi at Kansas State (ESPNU), 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Arkansas (ESPNU), 3 p.m. Georgia at Baylor (ESPN2), 5 p.m. Oklahoma State at Auburn (ESPN2), 7 p.m. Kentucky at Kansas (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Oklahoma at LSU (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Iowa State at Texas A&M (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m.

  • Seahawks' Bennett calls out Sam Bradford, mediocre quarterbacks as protected, overpaid

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett made it clear Tuesday that he isn't a fan of the inflated market for NFL quarterbacks. He's also not fond of the way some of them react to getting hit. Former OU quarterback Sam Bradford falls into both categories for Bennett, who is wrangling for a new contract.  During an interview with Brock and Salk  on 719 ESPN Seattle on Tuesday, Bennett said that "quarterback is the only position in the NFL you can be mediocre at and get paid," using quarterbacks such as Philadelphia's Bradford and Miami's Ryan Tannehill as examples. "At every other position, you can't be mediocre," Bennett said. "If I was Ryan Tannehill and the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get a $100 million for that? I guess that's the value of the position." Bennett then brought up Bradford, who has been the focus of a controversial play involving Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. In a preseason game last Saturday, Suggs was flagged for roughing the passer on a hit on Bradford  that was later deemed a legal play by the NFL . Bradford was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in 2014 playing for the St. Louis Rams. "There's some mediocre quarterbacks in the NFL that make a lot of money," Bennett said. "You take a guy like Sam Bradford -- he's never played really in the last three years, but he's made more money than most guys in the NFL. Bennett continued: "Then quarterbacks get protected more than any other player. I mean, he gets hit in his knees and he's about to cry. 'They hit me in my legs.' Everybody gets hit in their legs. Every play somebody tries to hit me in my legs. So what makes him different? What makes his life better than mine? I've got kids. I've got stuff I like to do on the weekend. But because he gets hit in his legs, he gets a flag. He gets up with a sad face like the world just ended because he got hit. I mean, you got hit in an NFL game. Who cares? Get back up and be like, 'Good job.'"

  • ESPN addresses Curt Schilling tweet comparing Muslims and Nazis

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Former MLB pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling tweeted out a meme Tuesday which compared Muslims to Nazis. Not a good look for Schilling, or his employers. The tweet was deleted, but screenshots predictably captured the mess Schilling left behind when he tweeted the meme of Adolf Hitler along with the caption "The math is staggering when you get to the true #'s." The meme reads:  ESPN PR representative Josh Krulewitz responded Tuesday afternoon , saying the company has removed Schilling from its Little League World Series coverage. "Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company's perspective," Krulewitz said. "We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration."

  • OU football: Du'Vonta Lampkin says he's cleared to practice with Sooners

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday night Du'Vonta Lampkin - the Texas signee turned OU late arrival - still had to be medically cleared before he could join the Sooners. Lampkin said Tuesday that he eligible to practice. "Cleared for practice. Time to get to work," Lampkin said on Twitter. Texas coach Charlie Strong said this weekend he wouldn't release Lampkin from his letter of intent.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant talks about the inspiration behind his new KD8 colorway 'Hunt's Hill Night'

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Nike Basketball released a video on Tuesday of Kevin Durant talking about his latest KD8 colorway - the Hunt's Hill Night. Durant's newest version of the KD8 is inspired by the hours he spent training on Hunt's Hill as a youngster in Maryland. "Late nights at Hunt's Hill they were tough because I had to run up 25 times or 30 times," Durant says. "It was a rough neighborhood so you never knew who was gonna come through there." The KD8 Hunt's Hill Night is available Sept 2.

  • David Cornwell out of the quarterback race at Alabama?

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Is David Cornwell out of the quarterback race at Alabama? Just last week, the former Norman North quarterback and high school All-American looked like the frontrunner for the starting job in Tuscaloosa after senior Jacob Coker went down with an injury. Now, it appears that redshirt junior Alec Morris has jumped both Cornwell and Coker as the leader to start against Wisconsin on Sept. 5. "Redshirt freshman David Cornwell,  who put himself firmly in the mix for the starting job  with his play during the spring, appears to no longer be a part of the competition,"  writes al.com's Matt Zenitz . Zenitz said Alabama coach Nick Saban hasn't mentioned Cornwell during either of his last two news conferences when discussing the Crimson Tide's quarterbacks.

  • Chip Kelly refutes NFL's interpretation of hit on Sam Bradford

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Quarterback Sam Bradford was not running a zone-read play when he was hit low by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday. In the Ravens-Eagles preseason game on Saturday, Suggs was flagged on the play for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, but the NFL came back on Monday and said a flag should not have been thrown on the play. Kelly refuted what NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino called "not a foul by rule." "He said it was a read-option play, but it wasn't a read-option play," Kelly said. "I know our quarterbacks can get hit on a read-option play, but not every run we have is a read-option run. We run sweep, power, counter, trap -- all of those things out of the gun. "Everyone in the league runs shotgun runs. Are they going to hit every quarterback in the league when they hand off in the shotgun? That's up to the league. I think it would be troubling for the league if every quarterback in the shotgun can be hit." The play has drawn up more controversy than most low hits, considering Bradford was playing in his first game in a year since tearing his ACL playing for the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 preseason.

  • PHOTO: Dez Bryant, Kendall Hunter traded jerseys and a Sooner photobombed the pic

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State standouts Kendall Hunter and Dez Bryant were rivals on the field on Sunday, but came together at the end of the game. Hunter, a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, and Bryant, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, played together at Oklahoma State from 2007 to 2009. So when the 49ers beat the Cowboys 23-6 on Sunday in preseason play, it didn't stop the two friends from swapping jerseys soccer style. Also, check out former Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell on the left. Bell had one catch for five yards in the 49ers' win. Bryant and Hunter didn't play.

  • Former high school football standout, OSU signee, wanted on arrest warrant tied to armed robbery

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    BROKEN ARROW — Felony cases against a former star football player at Broken Arrow High School are stacking up. Devon Thomas, 20, is wanted on an arrest warrant connected to an armed robbery a month ago, according to court records. Thomas is charged in Tulsa County District Court with robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm after juvenile adjudication. The latest charges were filed Friday. Online court minutes indicate the crimes took place July 22.

  • Ex-Oklahoma State signee Devon Thomas sought on armed robbery charges

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    New warrants have been issued for one-time Broken Arrow football standout Devon Thomas. Thomas, a four-star running back signee with Oklahoma State in the Class of 2014, is wanted on a count of robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm after juvenile adjudication. It's the third time in a year that Thomas has faced criminal charges. 

  • [UPDATE]: Former Texas signee Du'Vonta Lampkin says he's been admitted to OU. Have Horns granted release?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Du'Vonta Lampkin was a longtime OU commit before decommitting, committing to Texas and signing with the Longhorns in the Class of 2015. So much for that. Lampkin said via Twitter today that he's enrolled at OU. In May, Lampkin posted an apology letter to Twitter under the caption "Thank you Longhorn nation," saying that he would be attending another university. He then confirmed to the Cypress Creek (Texas) Mirror that OU would be his likely landing spot. It remains to be seen if Lampkin will be a part of OU's fall roster.

  • [UPDATE] Chris Peterson says in statement he informed Baylor's Briles about Sam Ukwuachu's past

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A much-talked-about football player at Baylor - whom coaches expected to contribute this fall - was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault on Thursday. Questions now swirl around what the program knew and when they knew it about defensive end Sam Ukwuachu. Texas Monthly first reported that Ukwuachu was indicted June 25, 2014, on two counts of sexual assault against a female Baylor student athlete. Ukwuachu was kicked off of the Boise State football team in 2013 for a previous incident involving violence against a female student. Texas Monthly says "for the next year, the legal process played out without mention of Ukwuachu’s felony charge by the press or from school officials, even though it was all in the public record." "Zero," Baylor coach Art Briles said when asked how much he knew about Ukwuachu's prior allegations at Boise State. "I talked to (former Boise State coach) Chris Peterson personally ... no mention of anything beyond Sam being depressed, needing to come home. That was our information, that's what you go by." Listen here for complete audio from Briles when asked about Ukwuachu by the media: bit.ly/1NK6R7W

  • Tennessee loses second offensive lineman to season-ending injury

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Tennessee will enter its game against Oklahoma without a starter at offensive guard and now a key backup on the offensive line. Tennessee redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Austin Sanders (6-foot-5, 318 pounds) has been ruled out for 2015 after tearing a biceps tendon. The injury to Sanders was confirmed by Volunteers coach Butch Jones on Thursday. Sanders appeared in five games last season. He  joins redshirt senior Marcus Jackson  as the Vols' second offensive guard to be ruled out for the season during preseason practice. Jackson, who started 12 games last season, including the Vols’ 34-10 in Norman, underwent surgery for an undisclosed injury last week and is expected to miss eight to nine months. “Again, you never recover, but that is a position where we have built some depth there, and it’s next man in," Jones said,  per 247sports.com . "It’s another person’s opportunity." OU plays Tennessee Sept. 12 in Knoxville.

  • Report: Bradford 'in control' in Eagles practice | Philly.com

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Sam Bradford had a few red-zone struggles, but reportedly had a strong final full practice before Saturday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. In the second of three joint workouts this week against the Ravens, Bradford led the Eagles on a nine-play scoring drive against Baltimore's defense in team two-minute drills, according to Philly.com, capped off by a touchdown run by Kenjon Barner. Friday's Eagles practice will be a light workout, so it was Bradford's last chance to get some live work in before his expected preseason debut Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Thursday he's made no guarantees about playing time on Saturday. Bradford was held out of the Eagles' first preseason game last week against the Indianapolis Colts. 

  • Mixon, Andrews among Athlon's top Big 12 freshmen to watch

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Athlon Sports picked its Big 12 freshmen to watch this season, and OU has two players on the list. One (predictably) is Joe Mixon -- the much-hyped running back who was suspended for all of 2014. Mixon is getting a lot of high praise from coaches and teammates during preseason camp. "The immensely talented all-around running back should thrive in new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's system," Athlon's Allen Kenney writes. "But that also will require that he withstand intense scrutiny away from the field following an altercation with a female co-ed." The other player is WR/TE Mark Andrews -- another redshirt freshman -- who caught a touchdown in OU's most recent scrimmage and who quarterback Baker Mayfield says compares to former Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro . From Athlon: "The scariest part for opposing defenses is that Andrews has the speed and athleticism to get downfield in a hurry and win jump balls." See here which other freshmen Athlon thinks will make a splash in the Big 12 this season.

  • Sam Bradford's accuracy getting Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner comparisons in Eagles camp

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Kurt Warner-like accuracy coming from Sam Bradford? Hold on. Peyton Manning-like accuracy coming from Sam Bradford? That’s what Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole is hearing out of Philadelphia Eagles camp. The former OU quarterback is apparently making an impression on offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who is reportedly lumping Bradford’s accuracy in with two of the best to ever throw. “He (Shurmur) believes that Bradford can throw the ball on the move to a receiver and pinpoint it at any time,” Cole said. “All of that has led to great confidence in Bradford as they go through training camp.” That accuracy has yet to reveal itself fully in Bradford’s NFL career. Completion percentage can't be the sole measure of a quarterback's accuracy, but it's an important one. Bradford has a 58.6-percent completion percentage in 49 career games, which ranks him 25th among active quarterbacks . You have to take into account that Bradford hasn’t only played 16 games twice in five seasons, and he’s never played with a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver. In Bradford's time in St. Louis, no player registered more than 800 yards receiving. Bradford was absurdly accurate in college and must be showing flashes of his OU days (64.3 completion percentage) in practice with the Eagles, and that’s a good sign. But Manning and Warner are each tied for fourth all-time in completion percentage (65.5 percent). Lofty comparisons. Maybe Chip Kelly's offense, some good health, better receivers and more reps can help Bradford live up to Shurmur's hype.

  • Sam Bradford, David Cornwell connected by quarterbacks coach Terry Shea

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    What do Sam Bradford and David Cornwell have in common? Well, besides both being former Oklahoma prep quarterbacks, each have been tutored by former Rutgers head coach and NFL offensive coordinator Terry Shea on some of the intricacies of quarterback play. Shea spoke to AL.com about Cornwell, the former Norman North product who's competing for the starting quarterback job at Alabama. Shea first came in contact with Cornwell at a camp in Florida when Cornwell was in middle school, and they've worked together numerous times since, including "six or seven sessions, each lasting for a minimum of a few days" since January. Bradford, who's projected as the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, worked with Shea for eight weeks at the API Training Center in Pensacola, Fla., prior to the 2010 NFL Draft. Cornwell may have vaulted into the lead for the starting spot since senior Jacob Coker is sidelined for a few days with a foot injury. "I know how important it is for him to win the starting job," Shea said of Cornwell. "Sometimes when you are a young redshirt freshman like David is, you don't have that intensity yet. It would not surprise me one bit to see him win that job."

  • Adrian Peterson spent year off 'inside his manufactured community,' writes ESPN

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    What did Adrian Peterson take from a year away from football? After being suspended by the NFL for a misdemeanor assault charge, it doesn't look like Peterson changed much at all, according to ESPN. Eli Saslow writes that Peterson's time away from the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 and 2015, "he acted as if not much had changed." "It's all part of the strategy by which Peterson has built his record-setting career," Saslow writes. "The people he trusts are those who enable him. The reality that matters is the one he creates and they help maintain." Peterson returned to Vikings camp in June  after a brief stalemate with the team over his contract situation. 

  • Oklahoma ranked among '12 Best College Football States' | collegespun.com

    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Collegespun.com took a crack at naming its Top 12 college football states, and Oklahoma made the Top 10. The Sooner State is No. 10, with collegespun.com saying "Not many states can boast a better 1-2 combo than Oklahoma, which is home to one of college football's greatest powers, the Sooners, and a very solid program in Oklahoma State." "Few states have better traditions, too," collegespun.com says. "Oklahoma is one of the winningest programs in the history of the sport while Oklahoma State produced possibly the greatest individual season in college football history (Barry Sanders' 1988 Heisman campaign)." Texas comes in at No. 3 on the list and Alabama ranks No. 1.