• Coaches Poll: OU up two spots; Tennessee to No. 23

    Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    OU vs. Tennessee will be a matchup of two Top 25 teams. In this week's Amway Coaches Poll, the Sooners climbed two spots to No. 17 following their 41-3 win over Akron in Week 1. Tennessee, which started the season at No. 25, jumped two spots as well to No. 23. Oklahoma State is on the cusp of the Top 25, behind only Mississippi State and Arizona State among other teams receiving votes. Ohio State remains No. 1 after a convincing 42-24 win over Virginia Tech on Monday night. Alabama leapfrogged TCU for No. 2 in the rankings, with TCU, Baylor and Oregon rounding out the Top 5. See the entire poll here .

  • Jackrabbit invades football field to show off touchdown dance

    Published: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    This rabbit somehow found himself in the middle of McMahon Stadium in Calgary and has NO idea what to do about it, Mashable reports. The speedy rabbit takes off down the field, at a pretty impressive gallop. When he finally crosses into the end zone, he celebrates his touchdown with an ostentatious leap in the air.

  • Bears sign Jalen Saunders to practice squad

    Published: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    The Chicago Bears signed 10 players to their practice squad on Sunday, including former OU wide receiver Jalen Saunders, who was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft by the New York Jets. Saunders was traded from the New Orleans Saints to the New England Patriots this offseason, but was cut from the Patriots.

  • UPDATE: Texas high school football player stayed in game after hitting referee

    Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    Two players from San Antonio John Jay high school could face criminal charges after targeting a referee in a Friday night game. Both players were immediately ejected from the game and suspended from the team and school. According to Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott, the referee was "very upset" and "wanted to press charges." "The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again."

  • Former OU lineman Donald Stephenson getting a big chance at left tackle for Chiefs

    Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    The Kansas City Chiefs are replacing their former No. 1 overall pick with a former OU lineman. Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Monday that former OU offensive tackle Donald Stephenson will start for Kansas City at left tackle, while Eric Fisher will move to right tackle. The move is a shocker considering Fisher was the team's No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but Stephenson has had an outstanding preseason on the left side of the line. Stephenson, drafted by the Chiefs in the third round in 2012, is in the final year of a four-year, $2.8 million deal. The move to left tackle presents a big opportunity for Stephenson to potentially earn a big contract in free agency.

  • OU among top colleges in NFL jersey sales

    Published: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    Dick's Sporting Goods released its rankings of college teams based on number of NFL jersey sales by former players, and former OU players are representing in the pros. OU ranks fifth in Dick's sales, with players like Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray putting the Sooners among elite company. OU's opponent Saturday, Tennessee, ranks third on the list. Florida ranks No. 1, followed by Stanford, Tennessee, LSU and Oklahoma.

  • Tennessee DBs coach Willie Martinez suspended for 'impermissible contact'

    Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Former OU defensive backs coach Willie Martinez was suspended from the University of Tennessee's Saturday opener against Bowling Green for "impermissible contact" with a recruit during the 2014 evaluation period. Tennessee's athletic department made the announcement Saturday, stating that it worked with the NCAA on the violation. “Our coaches are aware this is a new point of emphasis relative to recruiting parameters and we concurred with the NCAA’s classification as a secondary violation,” UT said in a statement. “Willie Martinez cooperated fully throughout the process and he will continue to be an integral member of our football staff and resume his coaching duties on Sunday morning.” Martinez, who also serves as the Vols’ assistant head coach, has been with the program since 2013. He was fired as OU defensive backs coach in January of 2013. It's unclear if Martinez will be back with the Vols when OU plays in Knoxville on Sept. 12.

  • VIDEO: Ex-OSU standout Tyreek Hill scores on punt return for West Alabama

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Remember, Tyreek Hill ( yes, you do ). He's not at Oklahoma State anymore, but his world-class speed is back on the field at West Alabama. Hill scored on an 88-yard punt return against Stillman College on Saturday night. Hill was rumored to be headed to Akron , but the all-purpose back has landed at West Alabama - a Division II school which plays in the Gulf South Conference. Hill was dismissed from the football and track teams at OSU after he was charged with domestic abuse by strangulation in December 2014.

  • OSU quarterback commit Nick Starkel shows up at OU game

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Nick Starkel certainly isn't short on confidence. The Oklahoma State commitment showed up at the OU-Akron game Saturday in Norman wearing an OSU shirt among a sea of crimson. “When your friend asks you to go to an OU game but you're loyal to OSU,” Starkel tweeted. Starkel is one of the top rated quarterbacks in the high school Class of 2016.

  • Baylor DE Shawn Oakman suspended for opener against SMU

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Baylor has suspended All-American defensive end Shawn Oakman on the eve of the Bears' season debut against SMU, according to Bleacher Report. Oakman, the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, tied for the Big 12 lead in sacks last season with Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah. The reason for the suspension, as well as the length, is unclear. In June, Jenni Carlson wrote about Oakman's big personality at Big 12 Media Day.

  • Du'Vonta Lampkin released by Texas, eligible for OU football

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    The question with new OU football arrival Du'Vonta Lampkin was when Texas would release him from his letter of intent. That question was answered Thursday, as Lampkin's mother, Vanessa, broke the news that her son has been released from his letter of intent by the Longhorns. Lampkin signed with Texas in the Class of 2015, only to spurn the Longhorns and arrive on campus this fall in Norman. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound defensive tackle was originally an OU commitment before decommitting and signing with Texas in the Class of 2015.

  • Serge Ibaka makes SI.com's Top 25 NBA players

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    SI.com is counting down its Top 100 players in the NBA for 2015, and it looks like (as expected) the Thunder is going to have serious influence on the Top 25. Starting the final 25 is Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. From SI.com's Rob Mahoney: "Many of the flawed bigs in the NBA have interior offensive skill sets without the means to sufficiently protect the rim. Ibaka is the perfect complement and perhaps the only one this side of Anthony Davis able to give those players room to operate while still covering for their weaknesses." Other players of note that have been revealed in SI.com's list include former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson at No. 94. Kobe Bryant (54), Dwyane Wade (30), and Carmelo Anthony (15). Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be in the Top 10, which is to be released on Thursday. The question is where will they land?

  • Lawton native Rico Noel called up by Yankees as brother awaits new heart

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Lawton native Rico Noel was promoted Tuesday to the New York Yankees as part of the roster expansion, but he has other things on his mind. Noel's 24-year-old brother Orlandus is currently in Dallas waiting on a new heart, according to NJ.com. "Twenty-four [years old]," Noel told the paper. "Young. Came out of nowhere. But he'll be all good once he gets that new heart...It shouldn't be too long of a wait. A lot of people think it's a lot longer, which I thought when I first heard the news, but once you get on the list it's pretty quick for the most part." Noel was called up strictly for his speed. Across six minor league seasons, he has 283 stolen bases. Here's a story from last summer on Noel when he played against Oklahoma City.

  • RGIII blames intern for liking Instagram post critical of Daniel Snyder

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    After Redskins Coach Jay Gruden announced Monday that “it’s Kirk’s team” in the latest chapter of Robert Griffin III’s fall from grace, a disgruntled Redskins fan blasted owner Daniel Snyder and the team’s front office in an Instagram post defending Griffin. Griffin (@rgiii) was tagged in the post, which featured the hashtag #ImpeachDanSnyder. Whoever was managing Griffin’s Instagram account “liked” the post on Monday night, as noted by countless sites. The “like” was later retracted.

  • Sony Altered ‘Concussion’ Film to Prevent N.F.L. Protests, Emails Show

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    When Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to make a movie focusing on the death and dementia professional football players have endured from repeated hits to the head — and the N.F.L.’s efforts toward a cover-up — it signed Will Smith to star as one of the first scientists to disclose the problem. It named the film bluntly, “Concussion.” In the end even Sony, which unlike most other major studios in Hollywood has no significant business ties to the N.F.L., found itself softening some points it might have made against the multibillion-dollar sports enterprise that controls the nation’s most-watched game. In dozens of studio emails unearthed by hackers, Sony executives; the director, Peter Landesman; and representatives of Mr. Smith discussed how to avoid antagonizing the N.F.L. by altering the script and marketing the film more as a whistle-blower story, rather than a condemnation of football or the league.

  • OU football fans among Top 10 ... in grammar

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Among the Associated Press's Top 25 teams, OU is No. 10. No, not on the field, but in the comments section. Grammarly, an automated proofreading company, took 100 comments of at least 50 words from SB Nation's blogs on each AP Top 25 team so see how schools' fan bases ranked when it came to grammar. OU is 10th out of the 25 with an average of 3.1 grammatical mistakes per 100 words. Alabama was the worst of the Top 10 schools with 6.4 mistakes in grammar, punctuation and spelling per 100 words. Topping the list is Auburn, whose fans only made 0.9 mistakes per 100 words. The Top 5 includes TCU, Oregon, Ole Miss and LSU. Grammarly ran similar tests with MLB and NFL fans, with Mets and Redskins fans averaging twice as many mistakes per 100 words than Alabama fans.

  • Pop culture: Mike Tyson added to Wizard World Tulsa guest list

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A new guest will add punch to the celebrity lineup for a Wizard World Tulsa pop culture convention, scheduled Oct. 23-25 at Cox Business Center. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has committed to multiple Wizard World tour stops, including Tulsa. Tyson is scheduled to appear only on Saturday, Oct. 24 in Tulsa. Admission tickets – including Mike Tyson VIP experience tickets – are available at  wizardworld.com . Tyson joins a guest list which has celebrities from all across the pop culture spectrum, including wrestling star The Undertaker, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil and “The Walking Dead” actors Norman Reedus, Alexandra Breckenridge and Sonequa Martin-Green.

  • Dez Bryant the best receiver in the league in ESPN's #NFLRank

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Just like with its annual  #NBARank , ESPN enlisted numerous analysts, reporters and statisticians to rate the top 100 players in the NFL for 2015. Dez Bryant is obviously on the list. Very high on the list. Bryant is rated as the No. 6 overall player in the NFL, and is tied with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson as the No. 1 wide receiver in the game, according to more than 70 voters. Bryant, the former Oklahoma State star, has slowly gained ground on Johnson for the title of NFL's best receiver in the past three seasons. Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, and is expected to be among the league's touchdown leaders again after catching 16 touchdown passes in 2014.  "Those two [Bryant and Johnson] are in their own class. If you have two defenders on [Bryant], it's even. One-on-one, he's open," said a voter and ex-NFL front-office member.

  • Former OU receiver Jalen Saunders traded from Saints to Patriots

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Jalen Saunders is on the move again. The former OU wide receiver has been traded to the New England Patriots by the New Orleans Saints, with the Patriots reportedly sending a future conditional seventh-round pick to the Saints. Saunders, 22, was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Jets in 2014, but was cut just three games into his rookie season. Saunders landed on the Saints active roster in November after stints with the Cardinals' and Seahawks' practice rosters. He had one reception for 11 yards with the Saints in preseason.

  • Tennessee defensive lineman Andrew Butcher arrested

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Tennessee defensive lineman Andrew Butcher was arrested for public intoxication and underage drinking, according to multiple reports. "University of Tennessee freshman football player was 'running around' Interstate 40, near James White Parkway, on Sunday when officers arrested him for public intoxication," court documents said. Butcher, 18, "had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet when they spotted him around 1:45 p.m." Butcher (6-foot-2, 257) is a four-star recruit out of Alpharetta, Ga., who arrived at Tennessee this fall. Butcher wasn't listed on Tennessee's two-deep roster for the Volunteers' season opener against Bowling Green on Saturday. Butcher's status is unknown for the game against Bowling Green. The Volunteers are already going into the season opener with several injuries to key players , including season-ending injuries to offensive linemen Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders. Tennessee plays OU in Knoxville on Sept. 12