• OU gets commitment from four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 12 hr ago

    For the second time in as many days, Oklahoma picked up a commitment from a defensive standout. Los Osos (Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.) outside linebacker Bryce Youngquist committed to the Sooners on Friday, announcing his decision on Twitter.   I am officially committing to the University of Oklahoma! #OU16 #OUDNA #CALISOONER #BOOMERSOONER #B2Gcertified pic.twitter.com/O3g2rKqqLl — Bryce Youngquist (@49BryceFootball) July 31, 2015   The Sooners picked up a commitment from Louisiana safety Chanse Sylvie on Thursday. Youngquist (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, which has him as the No. 14 outside linebacker and the

  • 'Voice of the Cowboys' Larry Reece says he's cancer free

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Good news from Cowboys Country, as OSU announcer Larry Reece announced via Twitter that he's cancer free. Reece confirmed earlier this year  doctors found a cancerous tumor in his throat. The diagnosis required seven weeks of radiation on the tumor and lymph nodes in his neck and weekly chemotheraphy. Following his announcement in January, the Oklahoma State community rallied behind the longtime "Voice of the Cowboys," and Reece thanked his supporters on social media Friday. "Prayer POSSE you did it.. Pet scan showed no cancer!!," Reece said via Twitter . "I'm cleared for some @CowboyFB."

  • Oklahoma football: Lincoln Riley, Jay Boulware praise Joe Mixon's effort, ability

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 16 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said redshirt freshman running back Joe Mixon is learning the new “Air Raid” offensive system well. “This system maybe is a bigger change for the running backs than anyone else,” Riley said. “We’ve thrown a lot at him and he’s handled it well. He loves to play. He loves to be in meetings. He loves to practice. “His motivation is so high that learning that stuff is going to be no problem for him.” Mixon, a former five-star prospect in the Sooners’ 2014 signing class, was supposed to make an immediate impact as a true freshman before an off-the-field incident resulted in him being

  • Oklahoma football: Ty Darlington now 'the old guy' on Sooners' offensive line

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NORMAN — Senior center Ty Darlington sat at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas earlier this month, marveling at how time flies. He backed up Gabe Ikard his first two years on campus, then started all 13 games last season. “I went from being Gabe’s understudy and him showing me the ropes to now, I’m sitting here where Gabe was sitting two years ago,” Darlington said. “Now I have to be the old guy.” The Sooners lost five seniors off last year’s team who had starting experience. Darlington and senior right guard Nila Kasitati are the experienced guys on the 2015 offensive line. “It’s a very different dynamic but it’s one that I was preparing for,”

  • Why Oklahoma State is a sleeper in Big 12 basketball

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oklahoma State isn't getting a big push as a contender for the Big 12 men's basketball title this season. But why not? CBSSports.com's Jon Rothstein lists the Cowboys as his sleeper team in the conference this season, pumping up Travis Ford in an underdog role and the Cowboys' cast of role players. From Rothstein: "Travis Ford has quietly gotten to Cowboys to five  NCAA Tournament s in his seven years in Stillwater and just like last season, his team is starting the season in the shadows. That's just fine with Oklahoma State. Two years ago this program was deemed a Final Four contender early in the preseason and history has proven that Ford does his best work when he has to coach with an edge. "Like last year, Oklahoma State won't start the season on everyone's Big 12 radar, but don't be shocked if it ends up there."

  • Oklahoma football: Specialists Nick Hodgson, Jack Steed are on scholarship

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior kicker Nick Hodgson and junior punter Jack Steed — who both joined the program as walk-ons — are on athletic scholarship, special teams coordinator Jay Boulware said this week. Hodgson, who has handled kickoff duties for the Sooners in every game the last two years, ranked second in the nation in both touchback percentage (67.1) and total touchbacks (58) in 2014. Boulware said he was awarded a scholarship at the beginning of the summer. Steed, from Katy, Texas, is a redshirt junior but has never appeared in a game. Boulware said he’s actually been on scholarship for the past couple of years now as he’s waited for his opportunity behind former OU punter Jed Barnett.

  • Dez Bryant says $70 million deal 'no pressure'

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant says the $70 million contract he recently signed doesn't add pressure and that he's glad to be back with the team after skipping much of the offseason program. The former Oklahoma State receiver is now among the highest-paid receivers in football, with a contract that guarantees him $45 million. "It's no pressure, man," Bryant said after Day 1 of minicamp on Thursday. "It's no pressure. That deal don't make me. It don't make me. I play this game because I love this game. I don't give a damn about none of that. It's not going to change the way I play. It's not going to change the way I act. I'm here. Like, thank you, I can go buy me a home and now I'm able to take care of my family. Yeah, I love that, but as far as me performing on the field, like, I take full pride in that.""

  • Why late OU football great Kurt Burris was The Boss

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Then as now, Burris was a highly-decorated ballplayer who sometimes had to wait on his honors. Some of that changes Monday night, when Burris, who died in 1999, is inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

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

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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.

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

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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.

  • OU football picks up safety commit Chanse Sylvie

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma picked up its seventh commitment for the 2016 class Thursday when Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy safety Chanse Sylvie committed to the Sooners. Sylvie announced his decision on Twitter. I will like to announce that after many prayers and restless night I have committed to the University of Oklahoma #OU pic.twitter.com/0v7x4luhSP — Chanse Sylvie (@ChanseSylvie) July 30, 2015 The three-star recruit according to Rivals.com chose the Sooners from a long list of offers that also included Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

  • 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.

  • OU football No. 19 in preseason coaches poll; Oklahoma State unranked

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma is No. 19 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday. It's only the second time since the Sooners' 2000 national championship that OU is outside the top ten in the preseason coaches poll. In 2013, Oklahoma was at No. 13 in the preseason poll and finished the season with a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and a No. 6 ranking. The Sooners, who were 8-5 last season, are one of three Big 12 teams in the poll. OU was N0. 3 in last year's preseason poll but finished unranked for just the third time in Bob Stoops' tenure. TCU, coming off a 12-1 season, is No. 2 in the poll behind top-ranked Ohio State. The Horned Frogs received one first-place vote. Baylor,

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

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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.

  • Frank Shannon's suspension was 'a tough time for him' says OU coach

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Once OU's leading tackler, Frank Shannon is back from his one-year suspension. When the Sooners have their first football practice next Thursday, Shannon - the linebacker who was forced to sit by the school following violations of OU's sexual misconduct policy - will be on the field. Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World spoke to OU linebackers coach Tim Kish about the return of Shannon. “That was a tough time for him," Kish said. "He served his sentence and ultimately ended up having the opportunity to make a decision to come back, and I couldn’t be more happy that he decided to finish out here.”

  • Is Notre Dame gaming the system with no 13th game?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Big 12 members are not the only football teams contending for a spot in the College Football Playoff that play only 12 games. Notre Dame is in the same boat. And some coaches don’t like it. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, an OSU graduate, tweeted out a couple of recent quotes from coaches. Missouri’s Gary Pinkel: “Give Notre Dame year to join a league. They don’t have independents in NFL.” Clemson’s Dabo Swinney: Absolutely Notre Dame needs to be in conference or play 13 games to be in College Football Playoff.” It’s actually a legitimate question. Swinney seems to be in the Big 12’s corner, saying the Irish ought to play 13 games or be in a

  • 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 | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    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.