Ryan Aber
Sports OU Athletics Reporter

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The Oklahoman, Aber worked for the Muskogee Phoenix, Southwest Times-Record in Fort Smith, Ark., and the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas.


  • Oklahoma football: Could less of Samaje Perine mean more?

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Perine has lost some weight and could be paired in the same backfield with Joe Mixon.

  • Oklahoma volleyball: Madison Ward's musical talent goes far beyond Oklahoma

    BY RYAN ABER | Yesterday

    The Oklahoma volleyball player remains serious about sports, but music — singing, songwriting and playing the guitar and other instruments — takes a huge role in her life now.

  • NFL: DeMarco Murray 'not worried about' recent criticism

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Former Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray isn’t taking any more shots at former Dallas Cowboys’ teammate Joseph Randle, even as a couple of other high-profile former stars have agreed with Randle.

  • SoonerVision named top collegiate video-board display

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    NORMAN—For the second consecutive year, the University of Oklahoma was recognized by the Information Display and Entertainment Association at its annual Golden Matrix Awards in Seattle. OU was named the Best Overall Big Screen Display in the college division at the July 17 awards. The school has won the award, which has been issued since 2001, four times—the most of any school. OU also won the award in 2010, 2011 and 2014. Voting for the award is based on a five-Minute compilation of each department's best content of the year. It is judged by other schools.

  • Bob Stoops says Sooners never got over Bedlam loss

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    OU fan and Oklahoma City native Skip Bayless grilled the Sooners coach on last season’s collapse that included an overtime Bedlam loss and a 40-6 blowout to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

  • 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.

  • Big 12: Trevor Knight takes on media questions like a pro

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    DALLAS — Every other player at Big 12 Media Days will be a clear-cut starter for their team this season, barring injury. The lone exception was Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight. Knight was the Sooners’ starter last season when healthy, but a rocky season last year left him in a quarterback battle with Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas entering this season.

  • Big 12: Joe Mixon brought up early in Bob Stoops' meeting with media

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The second question asked of Stoops was on the former five-star recruit who had to sit out last season after being charged following an incident that left a female OU student with multiple broken bones in her face. Mixon was suspended for all of last season and was not allowed to practice with the team during the suspension.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma basketball picks up guard commit Kameron McGusty

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Oklahoma thought it had a point guard for the 2016 class. Monday, Kameron McGusty gave the Sooners a commitment at the spot once again, when he announced that he intended to sign with OU. Truly blessed to say I have committed to the University of Oklahoma.. Feels good to be a sooner #boomersooner pic.twitter.com/Z3Qh9ldB4v — Kameron McGusty (@KamMcgusty) July 20, 2015 The 6-foot-5 Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes product also had offers that included Baylor, Indiana, Louisville and Texas. West Linn, Ore., product Payton Pritchard, whose father played at Oklahoma, was a longtime Sooners' commit before reopening his commitment earlier this

  • Texas Tech's Kingsbury: Hope Baker Mayfield plays good in every game but one

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    For the second consecutive season, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was asked about Baker Mayfield during his interview session at Big 12 Media Days. Monday, Kingsbury was complimentary of Mayfield, now a quarterback at Oklahoma, when asked if he regretted how the situation played out last year. "Hopefully he plays good in every game but one," Kingsbury said.  Mayfield started at quarterback for Texas Tech for seven games in the 2013 season, becoming the first walk-on true freshman to start a season-opener at quarterback for a Power Five school. But the relationship between Mayfield and Kingsbury soured late in the season and Mayfield announced after the regular season that he would

  • Big 12 Media Days: Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says expansion not on the horizon

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby didn’t take long to address how last football season ended for the conference — with Baylor and TCU being left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff. “This year has been interesting, challenging,” Bowlsby said Monday in his opening address at Big 12 Media Days. “It certainly was a wild football season last year and ended in a way that was hard to accept. “It is what it is.” Still Bowlsby said conference expansion was not on the horizon, despite University of Oklahoma President David Boren’s recent statements in favor of a 12-team league. “At the present time, I don’t think there’s critical

  • 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.

  • Professional baseball: Is big league baseball in Oklahoma City's future?

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The success of the NBA has helped Oklahoma City gain respect in the big league sports world.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Bedlam 2014 and 'The Play That Changed It All, Part 2'

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 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: 07/14/2015 -- Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and OSU beat writer Kyle Fredrickson reflect on Bedlam 2014 and "The Play That Changed It All, Part 2." PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/07/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber wrap up their position-by-position breakdowns

  • OSU’s Peterson, OU’s Sanchez on Jim Thorpe Award watch list

    ryan aber | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Oklahoma’s Zack Sanchez and Oklahoma State’s Kevin Peterson are two of the 42 players on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, released Monday by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. The award, which will be presented Feb. 2 in Oklahoma City, is awarded to the top defensive back in college football. The winner will be announced from three finalists Dec. 10 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Sanchez was a semifinalist for the award last season, when he had 43 tackles and six interceptions. The cornerback is also on the watch lists for the Bednarik and Nagurski awards, given to the top defensive player in college football.

  • Former OU gymnast Legendre hired as Sooners assistant

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    NORMAN—Former Oklahoma star gymnast Steven Legendre has been hired as an assistant coach for the Sooners, head men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams announced Thursday. Legendre won the Nissen Emery Award as the top senior collegiate gymnast in the country in 2011. He served as a volunteer assistant with the Sooners in the 2013-14 season. He continues to compete and will participate for the United States in the Pan American Games from later this month in Toronto. "I"m excited about adding Steven Legendre to the men's gymnastics coaching staff," Williams said in a release. "He has continued to train with our program since his graduation in 2011. Steve brings a wealth of experience and amazing

  • OU's Cousins makes first cut for U.S. Pan Am Games team

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Oklahoma senior guard Isaiah Cousins survived the first round of cuts and is one of 16 players still alive for a chance at making the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men's Basketball Team, USA Basketball announced Thursday. Cousins was among 21 players who started off training camp earlier this week at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 12-man roster is expected to be announced by Sunday. Cousins is one of 11 collegiate players in the running for the roster and one of two from the Big 12. He's joined by Baylor's Taurean Prince. The team will compete at the Pan American Games from July 21-25 in Toronto. Once the roster is set, the team will train July 13-16 at the Chicago Bulls

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 special teams

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 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: 07/07/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber wrap up their position-by-position breakdowns with a look at OU's 2015 special teams. Could freshman Austin Seibert kick field goals and punt?  PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/02/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber




Ryan Aber Mon, Jul. 27 2015 08:04:53 PM CST Oklahoma football: Could less of Samaje Perine mean more? http://t.co/KBXourxX7c
Ryan Aber Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:23:04 PM CST @BrianJMackey Could always say you have Twitter notifications sent to your phone?
Ryan Aber Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:17:57 PM CST @geneburrus Follow back if you get a chance. Want to send a DM about rushing the field
Ryan Aber Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:13:25 PM CST That was a LONG earthquake
Ryan Aber Mon, Jul. 27 2015 01:05:33 PM CST Looking for a few #Sooners & #OKState fans to talk to about storming court/field. Been a part of one of those events? Let me know
Ryan Aber Mon, Jul. 27 2015 10:01:57 AM CST RT @wesrucker247: #Vols’ opponent preview series continues with a look at the Oklahoma Sooners: http://t.co/xWJdxDSH45 http://t.co/tmPPnLAS…
Ryan Aber Sun, Jul. 26 2015 09:05:32 PM CST Limited number of single-game OU football tickets go on sale Monday morning: http://t.co/exlPTVjpeZ #Sooners
Ryan Aber Sun, Jul. 26 2015 08:10:31 PM CST @madisonward22 Thank you for taking the time to share your story (and your music)
Ryan Aber Sun, Jul. 26 2015 08:09:53 PM CST Also, check out the video w/ the @madisonward22 story, esp her singing her original song “No Thanks To You” http://t.co/9akVVgQl0X #Sooners
Ryan Aber Sun, Jul. 26 2015 07:43:16 PM CST .@OU_Volleyball player @madisonward22 is making an impression with her musical talent http://t.co/CoVrOJBqgT #Sooners
Ryan Aber Sun, Jul. 26 2015 07:09:51 PM CST Oklahoma volleyball: Madison Ward's musical talent goes far beyond Oklahoma http://t.co/bKVUia22vc
Ryan Aber Sun, Jul. 26 2015 06:25:02 PM CST Just finished story on @madisonward22. Her singing talents have been noticed far & wide. What she really wants? To sing for @TobyKeithMusic
Ryan Aber Sun, Jul. 26 2015 05:13:19 PM CST @BoydDee I appreciate it. Looking forward to seeing how he does in Philly
Ryan Aber Sat, Jul. 25 2015 06:18:04 PM CST NFL: DeMarco Murray 'not worried about' recent criticism http://t.co/tXCDV0pwIh
Ryan Aber Sat, Jul. 25 2015 05:48:15 PM CST @KVrska7 Let’s hope so
Ryan Aber Sat, Jul. 25 2015 05:47:09 PM CST @Kevin_TimesRec Don’t rub it in or anything.
Ryan Aber Sat, Jul. 25 2015 05:46:26 PM CST @KVrska7 You. Shut. Your. Mouth.
Ryan Aber Sat, Jul. 25 2015 05:44:16 PM CST Welp … @CubsNoHitStreak. It’s been fun.
Ryan Aber Thu, Jul. 23 2015 08:22:08 PM CST SoonerVision named top collegiate video-board display http://t.co/jGbkLimmgj
Ryan Aber Wed, Jul. 22 2015 08:36:30 PM CST Bob Stoops says Sooners 'never got over' Bedlam loss http://t.co/vbSMff6p3T

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