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

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 3 hr ago

    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", he's been part of the football program for nearly three decades. He's the video coordinator, which means he oversees the recording of games and practices, the breakdown of opponents, and the logging of visual data crucial for coaches to scheme and players to learn. "When you first get here, he's one of the first guys you meet," receivers coach Kasey Dunn said Thursday during OSU's annual preseason golf outing. "He's one of the first

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: First-year assistant coach Marcus Arroyo updates progress of running backs

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    STILLWATER — When Marcus Arroyo was hired as running backs coach at Oklahoma State this offseason, he inherited a position group marked by more questions than answers. With the departure of senior Desmond Roland, the addition of two junior college transfers — Chris Carson and Todd Mays — and the return of two tailbacks with OSU playing experience — Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor — there has been much for Arroyo to digest through his first spring and summer on the job. Arroyo gave an update Thursday on where the position group stands entering fall camp.

  • Rickie Fowler bought beer for the media after his walk-off Par 3 ace

    Erik Horne | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler was in a generous mood on Thursday at the Quicken Loans National. Starting his round on the back nine, Fowler's last hole of the day was the Par 3 No. 9 ... which he aced. WALK OFF. Rickie Fowler just aced No. 9 to shoot an opening-round 67. #QuickHits http://t.co/fOEaTsnkXW — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 30, 2015 // In celebration, Fowler provided beer for the media in attendance, along with a note that read "It's not a mortgage for a year, but enjoy a cold one on me! Cheers, Rickie!" Great move by @RickieFowler. He aced par 3 9th and bought drinks for media members. The

  • Oklahoma State football: Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements discusses potential immediate impact of freshman defensive tackle Darrion Daniels

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 4 hr ago

    STILLWATER — When news broke that sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni tore his Achilles during summer conditioning and would miss the 2015 season following surgery, a short list of replacements for the projected starter emerged. Sophomore Vincent Taylor and junior college transfer Motekiai Maile appear to be frontrunners, along with the potential for junior Eric Davis, sophomore Ben Hughes and others to contribute. But what are the chances OSU turns to a true freshman to help fill the void? Darrion Daniels, a 6-foot-3 and 320-pound defensive tackle from Bishop Dunne High School (Texas), was among the Cowboys' highest-rated signees of the 2015 recruiting class.

  • Oklahoma State football: Talent, depth make WR a major asset for Cowboys

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Three starters appear to be set: Brandon Sheperd, who came on late last season as a dominant presence; David Glidden, the man of the reliable hands who led last year’s squad with 42 catches; and James Washington, whose six touchdowns a year ago ranked fourth nationally among true freshmen. Beyond them – and including them – the competition is on.

  • Oklahoma State football: Position battles for punter and in the return game heat up as Cowboys enter fall camp

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 5 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State special teams coach Robby Discher spoke with reporters for the first time Thursday since joining the program as a graduate assistant in spring 2014. Discher provided insight on position battles as the Cowboys enter fall camp without two key starters from a season ago: punter Kip Smith and return man Tyreek Hill. Discher says three players are in competition for punts: redshirt freshmen Zach Sinor (Medina Valley, Texas) and Matt Hockett (Norman), along with incoming freshman Lane Reazin (Woodward). “Sinor is very, very talented, obviously he’s on scholarship here,” Discher said. “If he wins the job, I have a lot of confidence in him.

  • Cowboys Camp: McFadden hamstring injury opens door for Joseph Randle

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Dallas Cowboys opened training camp Thursday in Oxnard, Calif., by announcing that linebacker Rolando McClain and running back Darren McFadden have been placed on the physically unable to perform list. McFadden, who is expected to compete with former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle for the starting job, has a hamstring injury that also limited him during the spring. "Just because a guy starts on PUP doesn't mean he'll be there long," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday. "A lot of times they start there to get a good feel for them and then move right off." Problem is, McFadden has a history of injuries that have limited the former Arkansas standout throughtout his seven-year pro career. The door is open for Randle to take over as the clear No. 1 back following the departure of DeMarco Murray to Philadelphia this offseason in free agency. Randle is the Cowboys' leading returning rusher (51 carries, 343 yards, three touchdowns), and team owner Jerry Jones said himself  Wednesday that Randle has the potential to be the No. 1 back.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys go unranked in preseason coaches poll

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Oklahoma State received 89 votes in the 2015 preseason coaches poll, but failed to crack into the top 25. The Cowboys finished three spots outside the lead group, No. 28, behind Texas A&M and Mississippi State and ahead of Virginia Tech and Utah. Here's how the rest of the Big 12 shakes out: No. 2: TCU No. 4: Baylor No. 19: Oklahoma No. 31: Kansas State No. 38: Texas No. 45: West Virginia You can read the full rankings here. This marks the second-straight year OSU enters the season unranked in the coaches poll. Here's the rundown since 2010: 2014: Unranked 2013: No. 14 2012: No. 19 2011: No.

  • Fines for storming the basketball court and football field?

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last week at Big 12 Media Days, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league would not go to a system of heavy fines to try and limit storming of basketball courts and football fields from happening, even after an incident in Manhattan, Kan., last basketball season where a Kansas State student dropped his shoulder into a Kansas player and Jayhawks coach Bill Self was trapped against the scorer’s table.

  • OSU wrestling legend Pat Smith: 'Pretty incredible' says his brother

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME -- Pat Smith, one of the greatest wrestlers in NCAA history, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. The Oklahoman's John Helsley spoke to Pat's brother, Lee Roy, about Pat's upcoming induction.

  • Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Pat Smith's drive, determination led to greatness

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    After romping unbeaten to three state championships at Del City High, Smith forced his way into the lineup at OSU and kept dominating, closing his collegiate career with a school-record 98 straight wins and four titles.

  • Big 12 adds affiliate members in gymnastics, wrestling


    The Big 12 Conference has added six affiliate members to its postseason wrestling competition, while Denver has been added as an affiliate member in gymnastics. Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming are joining Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia for future Big 12 Wrestling Championships. Denver will take part in the Big 12 Gymnastics Championships with Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia. The schools will be added to the respective postseason competitions effective the 2015-16 academic year. The Big 12 Wrestling Championship will shift to a neutral site and expand to a two-day event starting with the 2016 championship, March 5-6 in Kansas City. The Big 12 Gymnastics Championship will makes its neutral site debut March 19 in Frisco, Texas.

  • Oklahoma State football: Running backs group highlighted by intriguing but untested newcomers

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma State enters the season without its top two producers at tailback — Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill — from a season ago. That has Cowboy fans wondering who will carry the rushing load next season.

  • Former Oklahoma State wrestler Yojiro Uetake Obata lives in Japan, but his heart lies in Stillwater

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Obata — who went 58-0 in three seasons as a Cowboy — will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

  • OKC Thunder: What fans think of the leaked orange jerseys

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Recently, an orange Thunder alternate jersey leaked on the web. To get a better gage of fan reaction, we reached out to the Thunder faithful for their response.

  • 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 test?

  • Oklahoma State baseball adds six transfers

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma State's recent recruiting classes have been high-ranked and productive. Josh Holliday's latest class could offer immediate impact, too, with the program announcing the addition of six junior college transfers, including Garrett Benge, a former Yukon High standout who was named NJCAA Division I Player of the Year this past season. Benge, an infielder, is one of three players coming to the Cowboys after their freshmen years at junior college. “When you look at this particular group of transfers, what really sticks out for me is the statistical success that some of them have had, as well as having been parts of big-time winning teams,” Holliday said.

  • Kirk Herbstreit hasn't forgotten his Boone Pickens Stadium earthquake experience

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Kirk Herbstreit will never, ever forget his trips to Stillwater. The Internet won't let him, either. The ESPN college football analyst reminded everyone on Tuesday just how spooked he was while broadcasting at Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium in 2011. Herbstreit (who was perched high atop Boone Pickens Stadium) was talking to Chris Fowler on ESPN after the Cowboys' 52-45 win over Kansas State when the aftershock of a 5.6 earthquake visibly scared the living daylights out of him. And gifted us with the above iconic photo. And that was just the first time Herbstreit happened to be in Stillwater for an earthquake. Another one struck six miles northeast of Stillwater on the eve of

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys receive verbal commitment from 2016 running back La'Darren Brown

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Oklahoma State added a second running back to its 2016 recruiting class Monday when La'Darren Brown — a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster from DeSoto High School (Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys.  Blessed & proud to say I'm a cowboy I have officially committed to the University of Oklahoma St @coacharroyoosu pic.twitter.com/4HxkTh7sEW — Ldee Brown ✌️ (@LdeeBrown1) July 27, 2015 // Brown missed the majority of his junior season last year with a dislocated elbow, but has gained plenty of recruiting traction throughout summer with impressive combine performances. Brown clocked a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at an Alabama football camp,

  • Oklahoma State football: All eyes fixed on Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The small sample sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback.