• Current and former OU athletes raising money for McKenzie Horton's family

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 9 hr ago

    NORMAN — Jed Barnett had been in Oklahoma less than two months when he met McKenzie Horton during a February 2013 trip to the OU Children’s Hospital. While Barnett and two of his new teammates — Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington — visited with children receiving chemotherapy, they were quickly drawn to Horton and her family. “I’d estimate that we’ve met hundreds of kids, and they’ve all been amazing, every single one of them,” Barnett said. “We thought we were going to motivate kids, but in reality, they are the ones who motivate and inspire us. “McKenzie was a little bit more in every single way. The way her smile lit up the room. The way she talked and

  • Stoops brothers return to Youngstown for charity boccie event

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    With the college football offseason winding down, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops made time to return to their hometown of Youngstown, Ohio over the weekend for the 13th Annual Ron Stoops Sr. and Anthony Pelini Memorial Foundation Boccie Social. The event is facilitated by older brother Ron Stoops, an assistant at Youngstown State under new head coach Bo Pelini. Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, Pelini and Ohio State quarterbacks coach Tim Beck were also in attendance.  "There's nothing like being at home and where you grew up and with all your true friends who you've had forever," Bob Stoops told Vindy.com.

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

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: 13 hr ago

    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: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015 season. How much will Frank Shannon's return mean to the group?  PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/25/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber continue their position breakdowns

  • Hype and Hope: Baker Mayfield is the latest quarterback to make headlines before ever taking a Sooner snap

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    First came the lengthy public and often contentious transfer spat with Texas Tech. Then came the revelations that he has smooth dance moves and a Bedlam girlfriend. Most recently, there was the more serious Twitter discourse on racial violence in the aftermath of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. Baker Mayfield sure has made a lot of headlines for someone who hasn't even been named a starter. Granted, just about everyone with Sooner Nation citizenship believes that is only a matter of time — and many believe stardom is only a matter of time, too — and yet, all of this begs a question.

  • Top Five: Most ballyhooed quarterbacks in OU history

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    With Oklahoma quarterback hopeful Baker Mayfield making all sorts of headlines this summer, it got us thinking about the Sooner signal callers who've been most ballyhooed before ever taking a snap in a game.  Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson takes a stab at the quarterbacks who were most hyped before their Sooner careers began. 1. Jack Mildren: Even though he played in the pre-internet days, no quarterback was more revered by the time he arrived at OU. Mildren was the nation's top recruit in 1968 and the focus on a lengthy Sports Illustrated piece that fall. His legend was so great that even though he was ineligible for the varsity as all freshmen were in those days, Sooner fans flocked to the freshmen games to see him

  • OU softball signee Sydney Romero to face sister, Sierra, at World Cup of Softball

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Romero sisters - Sydney and Sierra - have the rare opportunity to play against each other on a national state Wednesday night in the World Cup of Softball. Sydney, an incoming freshman at OU, will represent the U.S. junior women's national team, while Sierra, a rising senior at Michigan, will play for the U.S. women's national team in the competition. The two teams will face off on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Irvine, Calif. Sydney, 18, had a chance to follow in her sister's footsteps at Michigan, but chose to commit to the Sooners after an official visit to Norman. She was on hand in Oklahoma City with her family this summer for the Women's College World Series, as Sierra and Michigan made it to the Championship Series against eventual national champion Florida.

  • OU's Isaiah Cousins selected for Pan Am Games tryout

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Oklahoma senior guard Isaiah Cousins has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Men's Basketball Team training camp, USA Basketball announced Monday morning. The camp, which will be attended by 22 players, will be used to determine the 12-player roster for the Pan American Games in Toronto in late July. The training camp will be held July 7-12 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Isaiah Cousins 1 of 22 picked for U.S. Pan Am Games training camp in July. See full list: http://t.co/4JmpqSfGlY pic.twitter.

  • OSU football: Cowboys land verbal commitment from Canadian linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Ogbongbemiga, of Calgary, Alberta, is second cousins with OSU defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

  • OU football: Lincoln Riley quickly piling up quarterback recruits

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Sooners secured a commitment from Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison, a four-star prospect, on Friday night.

  • Emergency fill-in at Alamo Bowl put Lincoln Riley on Stoops' radar

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The 2009 Alamo Bowl wasn’t the most conducive environment for success. Not if you were in Texas Tech red. Remember the old George Costanza line, “the sea was rough that day, my friend”? Well, on Jan. 2, 2010, the stadium was rough. Tech had suspended coach Mike Leach, and the Alamodome brewed with discontent. Leach’s staff backed him. So did Tech fans, who held up “Team Leach” signs. But Tech players weren’t so supportive, many indicating they were on the side of teammate Adam James, whose treatment by Leach led to the suspension. Amidst the turmoil, a funny thing happened. The old Texas Tech offense broke out. The Red Raiders, who weren’t having a glorious season, beat Michigan State 41-31. And

  • OU football: Sooners get 2017 QB commit

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Oklahoma still hasn't announced its quarterback for the upcoming season. But the Sooners now have their quarterback for the 2017 class. Chris Robison, who attended an OU satellite camp in Texas recently, committed to the Sooners on Friday. He announced his decision on Twitter. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Robison had offers that included Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Kansas and Tulsa. The Mesquite (Texas) Horn product is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Robison is from the same school as sophomore offensive lineman Jonathan Alvarez. His commitment came shortly after 2017 Denton (Texas) Guyer quarterback Chris Robinson committed to TCU. Robison is the first 2017 commit for the Sooners.

  • Bob Barry Jr. stories will help a hurting state

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    It’s been a rough week. We lost Bob Barry Jr., someone we all knew and seemed like always was part of our lives. The memorial service Friday at Crossings Community Church was historic. The biggest funeral most of us could remember. More dignitaries than empty seats. The Barry family designed a service dedicated to laughter and good memories. Mission accomplished. It’s just what Oklahomans needed. The tonic for BBJ’s family is not so simple, but hopefully the stories helped. High school teammate Greg Blackburn told of BBJ streaking story through Norman’s Central Junior High in 1973, and if you don’t know what streaking is, ask your parents. Don’t google it.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 1, junior quarterback Baker Mayfield

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    NORMAN—After a massively disappointing 2014 season, Oklahoma faces several questions entering the 2015 campaign. This is the last of a 10-part blog series from Jason Kersey and me, breaking down the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015. The list has included players form both sides of the ball and special teamers, a freshman and seniors. The top spot was relatively easy to pick—junior quarterback Baker Mayfield is the most important Sooner for this season.  NO. 1 BAKER MAYFIELD Class: Junior 2014 stats: Had to sit out last season after transferring from Texas Tech. Lost a year of eligibility as well due to transferring

  • College football early betting lines: OU favored at Oklahoma State

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Golden Nugget is the first Las Vegas sportsbook to open its betting on individual college football games. Here are the opening betting lines on some of OU's and Oklahoma State's games this season, along with some other notable national matchups: Oklahoma Sept. 12, Oklahoma at Tennessee -3 Oct. 3, West Virginia at Oklahoma -10 Oct. 10, Oklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (at Cotton Bowl, Dallas) Oct. 17, Oklahoma -3 at Kansas State Nov. 14, Oklahoma at Baylor -13 Nov. 21, TCU -5 at Oklahoma Nov. 27, Oklahoma -3 at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Sept. 26, Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5 Oct. 3, Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4 Oct. 10, Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5 Nov. 7, TCU -11 at Oklahoma State Nov. 21, Baylor -10 at Oklahoma State Nov. 27, Oklahoma -3 at Oklahoma State National Sept. 5 Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington, Texas) Texas at Notre Dame -7.5 Nov. 27 Baylor at TCU -6 Ohio State -13 at Michigan Alabama -3.5 at Auburn

  • Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby expects deregulation of conference title games to be approved

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Is the Big 12 championship game in football on its way back? It could be as early at 2016. A formal proposal for the deregulation of conference championship games, which would allow the return of the Big 12 Championship game in football, was advanced to the NCAA Council this week and is expected to be approved in January, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told ESPN. Bowlsby said "in the end, I expect that it will be approved." Current NCAA rules call for conferences to have 12 teams and two divisions in order to have a conference championship game. The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference currently without a title game. Deregulation would open the door for the Big 12 to have a title game without having to expand to 12 teams, something OU president David Boren said earlier this week the Big 12 "should strive for." Deregulation, however, doesn't guarantee the Big 12 will get a title game in 2016, as Bowlsby said in May that he didn't sense a title game was where the league was headed. In March, Bowlsby said the Big 12's athletic directors are in favor of ending the conference's co-champion policy.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys to face Florida, Minnesota, Auburn in non-conference games

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Matchups against Florida, Minnesota and Auburn highlight the 2015-16 Oklahoma State non-conference basketball schedule. Including the Gildan Charleston Classic field, OSU could potentially face 10 non-conference opponents that finished 2014-15 inside the RPI’s top 135, including four teams that won games in the postseason. "We wanted to construct a non-conference schedule that would prepare us for the rigors of the Big 12, and I feel like this schedule does just that,” said OSU head coach Travis Ford. “This schedule is extremely challenging, with games against tradition-rich programs that will put our team to the test.

  • Mike Gundy: 'If we don't win our league, we're never going to win national championship'

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is putting a Big 12 championship ahead of a quest for a national title. Gundy told ESPN.com that "If we don't win our league, we're never going to win a national championship," citing Ohio State's run to the College Football Playoff in 2014 as a prime example of why the Cowboys should be focused on the Big 12 as the big picture. "They weren't supposed to be in it [after losing at home to Virginia Tech]," Gundy said. "But they stayed the course. They won their [conference] championship, somebody got them in, said "'You get a chance,' then they did it on their own."

  • Tramel: After 49 years, Channel 4 will never be the same

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    In 1966, the Braves were in Milwaukee, the Marines were in Vietnam and the Beatles were in mop-tops. In 1966, Jim Mackenzie coached the Sooners. Phil Cutchin coached the Cowboys. Eddie Sutton coached Southern Idaho Junior College. In 1966, Channel 4 hired Bob Barry. And for 49 years, a Bob Barry, Senior or Junior, delivered the nightly sports into Oklahoma homes. Until last weekend, when Bob Barry Jr. was killed in a motor scooter crash. Gone too young, at age 58. News changes. Television changes. Viewers change. But some things stayed the same. For half a century, Channel 4 had an iconic Bob Barry reporting sports. Channel 4 has changed call letters more often (twice) than it’s changed sports directors

  • OSU football: Oklahoma State, Oregon State agree to home-and-home series

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Oklahoma State and Oregon State have agreed to a home-and-home football series, with the two schools meeting in Corvallis on Aug. 31, 2019 and in Stillwater on Sept. 5, 2020, it was announced today. The two schools have never previously met on the football field. Under head coach Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State has become familiar with Pac-12 Conference opponents, as the Cowboys have compiled an 8-3 record against teams from that league during Gundy’s 10-year tenure. Including last year’s win over Washington in the TicketCity Cactus Bowl, OSU has won six of its last seven and eight of its last 10 games played against teams currently in the Pac-12 Conference, dating back to 2008.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 defensive linemen

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 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: 06/25/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber continue their position breakdowns with a look at the defensive line. Who will fill the massive hole left by Jordan Phillips? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/23/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss OU's offensive