Jason Kersey
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Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for the Newcastle Pacer. During his time with The Oklahoman, he has also coordinated Thunder coverage, worked on the copy desk and covered several NFL games, including Super Bowl XLV. A Noble High School and OU graduate, he lives in Norman.


  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Two bold predictions about OU-Clemson

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Here is the final of our three pregame blog posts to preview the Russell Athletic Bowl. Here, Ryan Aber and I each make one bold prediction for this morning’s game. KERSEY: Vic Beasley sacks Trevor Knight three times. Beasley is a two-time, first-team All-American defensive end for Clemson, and he’ll have his […]

  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Two pressing questions about OU-Clemson

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Unranked Oklahoma takes on No. 17 Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl today inside Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. This is the first of three pregame blog posts from Ryan Aber and I. Here, we each ask a pressing question that we hope to see answered Monday. KERSEY: How will the Oklahoma run […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: OU-Clemson pregame preview from the Russell Athletic Bowl

    Jason Kersey Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    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 […]

  • Oklahoma football: Dabo Swinney has had Bob Stoops-like consistency at Clemson

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    When Dabo Swinney was promoted and became Clemson’s head football coach, one of his primary goals was to make the program a consistent winner. In other words, he wanted his program to resemble what Bob Stoops has built and maintained at Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Matt Romar unlikely to play after injuring neck Friday

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Matt Romar’s X-rays came back negative, but Bob Stoops said he was still sore Sunday and probably wouldn’t be able to play.

  • Oklahoma football: Ty Darlington finally gets his chance to play in the Citrus Bowl Stadium

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Ty Darlington didn’t get a chance to play for a high school championship at Apopka High School with his father Rick as his coach. But Monday, Oklahoma will face No. 17 Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl in the same stadium where high school championships are won in the state of Florida.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Clemson's Dabo Swinney praises Samaje Perine

    BY JASON KERSEY AND BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Dabo Swinney was asked Saturday to compare Oklahoma freshman phenom Samaje Perine to some of the backs the Tigers have seen this season, and the Clemson coach had nothing but praise for Perine.

  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney praises Samaje Perine; 'He's No. 1 in the world'

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Clemson has faced its share of good running backs this season, with Georgia star Todd Gurley being the clear best among that group. Swinney was asked Saturday to compare Oklahoma freshman phenom Samaje Perine to some of the backs the Tigers have seen this season, and the Clemson coach had nothing but […]

  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables could get a raise

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — In his third year as Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables has transformed the Tigers into the nation’s No. 1 total defense this season. He could soon be rewarded financially for that work. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked Saturday if he’s started to work through any potential staff raises — and was […]

  • Oklahoma football: Former Sooner All-America linebacker Teddy Lehman talks about Brent Venables

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Oklahoma faces former defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday. Since Venables became Clemson’s defensive coordinator, the Tigers have made drastic improvement on that side of the ball. Clemson enters the bowl game with the nation’s No. 1 total defense. I wrote about the job Venables […]

  • Oklahoma vs. Clemson: How Brent Venables turned around the Clemson defense

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Clemson didn’t field an elite defense during Brent Venables’ first season, but it certainly has become one. The Tigers lead the nation in total defense — allowing 259.6 yards per game — entering Monday’s Russell Athletic Bowl clash with Oklahoma, Venables’ former team.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Matt Romar leaves practice in ambulance

    By Jason Kersey, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OU coach Bob Stoops reported that doctors and trainers believed Romar to be fine but ordered X-rays as a precaution.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' offense should be at full strength for Russell Athletic Bowl

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The 2014 season will be seen as tremendously disappointing, win or lose Monday. At the very least, though, the Sooners should get one more game with all of their top offensive playmakers healthy. Facing Clemson, which leads the nation in total defense, the Russell Athletic Bowl could be a good measuring stick to see what Oklahoma’s offense could look like entering next season.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas still adjusting

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The Sooners have started true freshmen Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas at safety and cornerback, respectively, several times this season.

  • OU football: Former Sooner Tony Jefferson warns against leaving college early

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Former standout safety Tony Jefferson left OU early, but after running a slow 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine — the result of a nagging injury — Jefferson slowly fell off draft boards and eventually went undrafted entirely.

  • OU football: Five draft-eligible underclassman

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Here’s a look at the five Sooners most likely to leave collegiate eligibility on the table and make the jump to professional football next month.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners arrive in Orlando for Russell Athletic Bowl

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Many of the traveling group flew together from Oklahoma, but some players — like center Ty Darlington, who was already in the Orlando area — met the team in Florida. The team visited Universal Studios after their arrival.

  • Oklahoma fans air Festivus grievances about Sooner football

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    NORMAN — Today is December 23, which, of course, marks everybody’s — or at least my — favorite fake holiday: Festivus. Festivus, made famous in the Season 9 Seinfeld episode “The Strike,” calls for participants to put up an aluminum pole instead of a Christmas tree; gather your loved ones around the dinner table and […]

  • Podcast: A Clemson beat reporter joins the Non-Fiction Writers

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber.

  • OU dismisses men’s hoops support staff member

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Oklahoma basketball strength coach Jozsef Szendrei has been dismissed after the OU compliance staff discovered an NCAA extra-benefit violation, sources confirmed Monday evening. The violation came during the men’s basketball team’s trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament late last month, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. A booster provided cash to a traveling staffer, who was supposed to pass the money along to players. It is unclear at this time if the cash ever reached players’ hands, but a statement from OU Athletics said that any eligibility matters stemming from the issue had been resolved. The statement did not name Szendrei.




Jason Kersey Today at 7:32 PM Oklahoma women's basketball: Gioya Carter leads Sooners past Texas Tech LINK
Jason Kersey Today at 7:32 PM Oklahoma football: How Bob Stoops might fill the final two positions on his staff LINK
Jason Kersey Today at 7:20 PM RT @USUFootball: If you missed today's press conference introducing Josh Heupel and Kevin Clune as the new Utah State Football... LINK
Jason Kersey Today at 5:46 PM RT @ryaber: HALFTIME: Baylor leads #Sooners 30-24. OU fortunate to be down just 6 but had a chance to be even closer before late 3. Hield h…
Jason Kersey Today at 5:04 PM Women's basketball final: Oklahoma 70, Texas Tech 64
Jason Kersey Today at 4:59 PM 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers LINK (via @berrytramel)
Jason Kersey Today at 4:44 PM Oklahoma football: A look at potential candidates for OU's open receivers and cornerback coaching positions LINK
Jason Kersey Today at 3:52 PM Women's basketball halftime: Oklahoma 31, Texas Tech 26. Peyton Little leads #Sooners with 8 points.
Jason Kersey Today at 3:43 PM 3:37 left in the first half, and the OU women are in a tougher-than-expected battle with Texas Tech. Tied 24-24. #Sooners
Jason Kersey Today at 1:51 PM I'm back at Lloyd Noble Center for today's OU-Texas Tech women's hoops game. #Sooners are 6-0 in @Big12Conference play
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 10:29:31 PM CST RT @kelly_clarkson: Maybe my favorite picture I've been sent in a very long time. #ShamelessSelfPromotion #It'sMyGravitationalPull LINK
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 09:21:37 PM CST @curtgOK I remember. I'm also wondering why OU's football media relations guy would bring that up
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 09:20:44 PM CST I can only assume that last RT is referencing this: LINK
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 09:18:49 PM CST ?? RT @PeteMoris: How many #Sooners though of @Barry_Switzer when we learned DFW Airport most guns in bags in 2014? LINK
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 04:48:25 PM CST Sharane Campbell #Sooners RT @Big12Conference: 3 #Big12WBB student-athletes named candidates for the @SnrCLASSAward LINK
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 03:30:25 PM CST RT @ChipBrownHD: Aledo 4-star WR Ryan Newsome picks #UCLA
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 03:17:19 PM CST @j_wool13 They tried that once. It didn't work out so well.
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 03:10:29 PM CST .@stanmiller3 @CowanBrew @DanForPrez @NewsOK You can have your opinion. And we can respond with ours. That's precisely how America works
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 12:25:40 PM CST RT @JetBlackEarl: @stephaniebice @stanmiller3 @jasonkersey @CowanBrew pretty sure the people drinking in car after the liquor store don't c…
Jason Kersey Fri, Jan. 23 2015 12:17:00 PM CST RT @Soonermagic16: @jasonkersey Now we need to sell liquor on Election Day, hammered is about the only way to vote with a clear conscious.

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