• Fine college football players? When will we start fining coaches?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 8 hr ago

    College football coaches need a little more self-awareness. Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville both said their schools would consider docking money from players who violate team rules or athletic department policies or even fail to meet academic requirements. Do these guys know how bad they sound? College athletes finally caught an economic break with the recent NCAA rule change that allows schools to pay cost-of-attendance stipends. Money for travel, or laundry, or clothing allowances, now can be included with the scholarship. And before the first football game of 2015, coaches making millions of dollars are talking about issuing fines.

  • Report: Thunder star Russell Westbrook getting married this weekend

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Last summer, Thunder star Russell Westbrook proposed to long-time girlfriend Nina Earl. This summer, the two are getting married. TMZ is reporting that Westbrook’s wedding will take place on Saturday in an undisclosed Los Angeles location. It’ll reportedly be a low-key event, which matches Westbrook’s private personality. The couple met at UCLA back in the late 2000s, when […]

  • Mike Gundy raves about Emmanuel Ogbah

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Mike Gundy occasionally goes for a jog at lunch. When he does, he often sees a sight that warms his heart. Emmanuel Ogbah returning from class. The OSU defensive end is a star and might be more than that. “It’s hard to evaluate our (offensive) tackles, because of Ogbah,” Gundy said. “He just runs everybody over and gets to the quarterback. (Zach) Crabtree and Victor (Salako) have been really good. But it’s not fun all the time if you got a guy running around you. Ogbah may flatten out, but he’s been difficult to deal with.” Ogbah has been a projected first-round draft pick since he incessantly harassed Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in the 2014 season opener.

  • Updated All-City Preview scrimmage schedule

    scott wright | Updated: 18 hr ago

    A couple of changes were made to the All-City Athletic Conference Football Preview scrimmage schedule that conflict with what was published in Thursday's editions of The Oklahoman, particularly related to Star Spencer and Centennial, and the locations where they'll play. Here is the correct schedule for Thursday night's scrimmages:  All-City Preview schedule Thursday At Taft Stadium Northwest Classen vs. Western Heights, 5:30 p.m. Centennial vs. Northeast, 6:15 p.m. John Marshall vs. NW Classen/Western Heights winner, 7 p.m. Millwood vs. Centennial/Northeast winner, 7:45 p.m. At Speegle Capitol Hill vs. U.S. Grant, 6 p.m. Star Spencer vs. Southeast, 6:45 p.m.

  • NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Unveiling 2015 preseason football rankings

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh reveal and discuss their preseason top 10 rankings in each class for the upcoming football season. PODCAST ARCHIVE NewsOK Varsity 2-17-15 Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid talk about the first edition of the 2016 Super 30, Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry, state wrestling championships and preview the Class 6A and Class 5A basketball

  • Thunder's Nick Collison ranks fifth on NBA list

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    LeBron James was the first pick in the 2003 draft. Turns out the Cavs knew what they were doing. Darko Milicic went second; turns out the Pistons didn’t have a clue. Then came Carmelo and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Chris Kaman went sixth, Kirk Hinrich seventh, T.J. Ford eighth. With the 12th pick, the Seattle SuperSonics took Nick Collison. The franchise was owned by Howard Schultz, coached by Nate McMillan and led by Ray Allen and Gary Payton. The Sonics no longer are in Seattle. Schultz isn’t the owner, McMillan isn’t the coach, and Allen and Payton are long-since retired, finishing with other teams. But Collison remains with the team. In fact, Collison is high on the NBA longevity

  • OSU fans have spoken: Expect 9 wins

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    OSU fan Dave Hudson of Oklahoma City conducts an annual survey of Cowboy fans. His results are rather interesting. I thought I would share some of them with you, and you can see more yourself here. Hudson said he received a total of 1,509 surveys, which is quite an impressive number. I don’t know if he has some filters to weed out infidels — OU fans or Texas fans or Baylor fans, trying to skew the results. But either way, it’s an impressive number. * Predicted regular-season wins: 8.9. This is actually a little low, in my opinion. I’ve got the Cowboys going 11-2 overall, so I guess my regular-season win total is 10.5. Hudson has been doing the survey since 2008, and more often than

  • Former Oklahoma State DB Tyler Patmon next man up in Dallas Cowboys secondary

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    With Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick ruled out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, a former Oklahoma State Cowboy is stepping into a spotlight role. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told the media Wednesday that Tyler Patmon would replace Scandrick as the primary corner covering slot receivers. Jason Garrett says Tyler Patmon will replace Orlando Scandrick covering the slot receiver pic.twitter.

  • Tramel: Frank Shannon holds Bob Stoops' career in his hands

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    I wrote about the Baylor scandal for the Monday Oklahoman, which you can read here, and my general thesis was that convicted rapist Sam Ukwuachu is a watershed figure in collegiate athletics. From now on, coaches aren’t going to get a free pass when they choose to bring to their campuses players of questionable character. And that includes Bob Stoops. Player behavior became a hot-button Sooner issue in 2014 with Dorial Green-Beckham, Joe Mixon and Frank Shannon. Mixon became the poster child for that discussion and remains so.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook jams at Taylor Swift concert in L.A.

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    T SWIFT... WAS ROCKINNNN LAST NIGHT! ... @taylorswift13 http://t.co/gI9Ap8jX53 — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) August 26, 2015 Now we know one more way Russell Westbrook enjoys his time off. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard posted a video of himself at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night taking in the Taylor Swift concert. Swift is performing five shows at the Staples Center (Kobe Bryant showed up at Friday's show), and Westbrook caught Show No. 4 of 5, which included a cameo from John Legend. Oh, and Westbrook signing Swift's hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."  

  • Guthrie adopts drug-testing policy for extracurricular activities

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Guthrie will begin a random drug-testing program for students this fall involved in extracurricular activities. The program will be implemented at both the high school and junior high levels. It’s part of an update to an existing policy that did not test students. The school board allotted the money for the tests into this year’s budget. GuthrieNewsPage.com was the first to report the policy. “It was a deal when we reviewed the policy, coming into the new district I didn’t know we had it in policy,” fourth-year Guthrie superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson said. “As I realized we had that, I asked the question why we’re not doing that already.

  • Central Michigan's program has dipped in recent years

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Oklahoma State opens the season in eight days, in the unfamiliar place of Mount Pleasant, Mich., against the Central Michigan Chippewas. CMU has a new coach, John Bonamego, who we wrote about last week as he battles cancer. You can read that story here. Dan Enos became head coach at Central Michigan in 2010. He coached the Chippewas for five seasons and at the end of the 2014 season found himself as the second-longest tenured coach in the Mid-American Conference. But Enos jumped to Arkansas last off-season to become Bret Bielema’s offensive coordinator. He did so for two reasons: 1) That’s a good job. Offensive coordinator in the SEC is not a bad gig at all, and Fayetteville is a wonderful place to live;

  • Use of OU tailbacks most interesting decision for Lincoln Riley

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about Lincoln Riley’s Air Raid and whether it will run the ball enough. The consensus is yes, but it will be interesting to find out. You can read that column here. But I had some leftover material that is germane to the Sooner offense. Here you go. Riley, on his players: “I think they’re confident about our schemes because they know everybody’s going to be involved. They understand to be good, we have to be able to do both” run and pass. My take: How Riley uses his tailbacks is the most mysterious part of his first year. How he incorporates Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon together. How much Baker Mayfield throws to the tailbacks out of the

  • Dez Bryant lands on Rolling Stone magazine's 'NFL Special' cover

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is continuing to reach new heights as a football player and a marketing star. The former Oklahoma State all-american revealed that he'll be on the cover of Rolling Stone's upcoming NFL special issue, on newsstands Sept. 10. Bryant posted a photo of the cover on his Instgram on Tuesday. Bryant will be the subject of a story entitled "The Trials and Triumph of Dez Bryant."   I'm blessed and no one in this world can take that away from me... I wouldn't change a inch of me for the world... God wanted me this way.. so I embrace it and try to be a strong example for the ones who struggle and think it's

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback commit Austin Kendall drops 89 spots in latest Rivals250

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall fell 89 spots in the latest Rivals250, ranking the top college football prospects in the country. Kendall, from Waxhaw, N.C., was ranked No. 72 overall, but is now 161st on the list. He committed to the Sooners on Aug. 7. “Kendall has a chance to be prolific in Oklahoma’s offense, but this offseason could have gone better for him,” wrote Rivals Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Adam Friedman. “He throws the ball with great accuracy and his mechanics are crisp, but there were moments when he had trouble matching his timing with the receivers and hitting them in stride. Those things will come as he gains more experience.

  • Edmond Memorial's Coren Davis off to hot start

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Playing an unfamiliar position hasn’t stopped Edmond Memorial’s Coren Davis from hitting. Davis is off to a monster start for the Bulldogs with a .607 batting average through the first 10 games. She had a big week last week in which she had 17 hits in 28 at-bats. This all comes while she pitches instead of playing her natural position in the outfield to help lead an inexperienced team that is 2-8 to open the season. “It was really good to see her lead them even though we didn’t win any ballgames,” Edmond Memorial coach Janet Chartney said. “The potential is there. She was doing great.” Davis is filling in for pitcher Carsen Heron, who is battling some tendonitis and

  • Trevor Knight & J.W. Walsh give Bedlam rivals great QB depth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Baker Mayfield is the OU quarterback, and we don’t know how Mayfield will play. Heck, there’s much more optimism about how OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph will play, and truth is, we don’t even know how Rudolph will fare, being just three games into his college career. But this we know about the Cowboys and Sooners at the quarterback position. They have uncommon leadership, and they have uncommon depth. OU’s Trevor Knight has been elected captain for the second year in a row. OSU’s J.W. Walsh almost surely would be elected captain, if the Cowboys voted on seasonal captains. OSU goes game-to-game with captains, a quirky method that might have benefits I’m not seeing. Either

  • Edmond North's Scott Burger pleased with defense

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Edmond North’s new base defense left coach Scott Burger pleased following Thursday’s scrimmage with Lawton. “Defense did pretty good. I thought they were aggressive and flew around to the football,” he said. “Considering it was Lawton, they’ve got speed everywhere. I thought they handled that pretty good since they’ve never seen that before.” Burger said one thing he liked about the defense was it freed the linebackers to run. But he also knows the Huskies have a lot to work on considering it’s a young squad. “We need more consistency. We would have times where we would put three or four plays together and have some bad ones. We just need to more consistent

  • Cris Carter's advice a symptom of NFL arrogance and Roger Goodell incompetence

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

      Cris Carter, who normally has a lick of sense when it comes to all things NFL, proved to be a buffoon with his comments at the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium. Carter, the Hall of Fame receiver and now-ESPN analyst, suggested to NFC rookies last summer that they have a “fall guy in your crew” in case they get in trouble. In other words, if you’re out committing a crime, have a designated offender. Someone who takes the legal rap. It’s excellent advice for lawbreakers. Pro football players? In a forum sponsored by the NFL itself? Not so much. The revelation says a lot about Carter, who isn’t who we thought he was, and it says a lot about the NFL, which is what we thought it

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops confirms Du'Vonta Lampkin is on campus, will receive scholarship

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday that freshman defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin is on campus and in the process of joining the football team. “Good to have Du’Vonta here,” Stoops said. Stoops said Lampkin didn’t practice Monday, as he still has to be medically cleared like every newcomer. Lampkin, from Houston, committed to the Sooners as a high school junior in November 2013, but decommitted the following summer. He then committed to Texas, signing with the Longhorns last February. But two days after signing day, Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph announced he was leaving to take the same position at Florida. Lampkin was openly upset about the