• John Roddick's fire is what fuels the men's tennis team at Oklahoma

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    On the day that OU continues a quest for the program’s first national title, it’s impossible to overstate how far the program has come under Roddick.

  • The secret to Oklahoma's 'perfect' freshman pitcher Paige Parker

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Paige Parker owns a national record-tying four perfect games — as a freshman. Here’s the story of why she’s so good so soon, and how she became a Sooner about the same time she became a teenager.

  • Aaron Hesler is proof that OSU's Coaches vs. Cancer program works

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Even though OSU ranks in the top 10 nationally for fundraising among CvC programs, it goes far beyond dollars. Athletes and coaches from every team at OSU are involved with outreach. They visit hospitals. They celebrate cancer survivors. They host cancer kids and their families. That’s how Aaron Hesler got involved.

  • Jordan Phillips has his own 'Blind Side' story

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — Here’s the story of how former Oklahoma Sooner defensive tackle Jordan Phillips went from a troubled teen-ager to a first-round hopeful in the NFL Draft Thursday night in Chicago, thanks to a classmate’s parents in Wichita, Kan.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Catching up with the Final Four point guard who is still leading

    By Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    ANDRE OWENS — Twenty years ago this month, Andre Owens was a point guard leading the Oklahoma State Cowboys to the Final Four in Seattle. Now he’s back home in Indiana, teaching, coaching and still making things special.

  • Oklahoma State report card: Grading the Cowboys' 2014-15 season

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Oklahoma State finished with an 18-14 record after losing its NCAA Tournament opener to Oregon. It was a disappointing ending to an overachieving season.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Anthony Hickey embraced every moment of his NCAA Tournament experience

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    He scored, defended and rebounded. He made hustle plays and big plays. The only thing he didn’t do was win the game for the Cowboys.

  • OSU's Le'Bryan Nash has not been a savior, but he's done everything asked of him

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Over his career, Nash has been asked to fill just about every role. Leader. Sidekick. Shooter. Post. Scorer. Defender. Lots of players would’ve revolted over being yanked around that much. Not Nash.

  • Recruiting just got a whole lot tougher for Oklahoma

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    We’re not just talking about recruiting the next five-star running back or the next Big 12 Player of the Year. We’re talking about recruiting the next National Merit Scholar or the next University of Oklahoma Student Association president.

  • Reat and Popeye: How OU honored a family after tragedy

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Mindy Corporon always hoped her son would end up at Oklahoma, and maybe if she was lucky, she might get to see him sing the national anthem before a game at her alma mater, too. Saturday, both dreams came true — but it was nothing like she had envisioned.

  • No hurdle has been too great for John Register

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The hurdler who lost a leg hasn’t stopped jumping over obstacles.

  • OU and Iowa State provided some must-see TV basketball

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Frankly, if these two teams want to sign on for about 10 more games this season, college basketball would be the better for it. The Sooners and the Cyclones have made a habit of playing grand ball games, and this one was as fun as any contest in college basketball this season.

  • No one means more to Josh Wariboko-Alali than the man always by his side

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    On the day he made his college intentions known, pulling a baby blue hat from out of his backpack and picking UCLA over Oklahoma and Ohio State — who the offensive lineman would pick was the biggest National Signing Day suspense in our state — no one was more important to Wariboko-Alali than the man by his side. That’s where his father was Wednesday. That’s where Benson Wariboko-Alali has always been.

  • Recruiting: Casady's Josh Wariboko turns down Sooners, commits to UCLA

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, jcarlson@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Offensive line standout Josh Wariboko-Alali signed with UCLA on Wednesday morning. He chose the Bruins over Oklahoma and Ohio State. Wariboko-Alali is the top player on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 and is considered one of the best recruits in the nation at his position. His decision Wednesday ended several years of intense recruitment of the Casady standout. Wariboko-Alali committed to OU in June 2013 and stayed with that pledge for nearly a year. Then in April, he decommitted and re-opened his recruiting. That created a frenzy for the 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman, who amassed more than 30 scholarship offers. Late in the season, he let it be known that he would announce his verbal commitment at the Under Armour

  • Josh Wariboko-Alali is more than just a name on a letter of intent

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    For the 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman, signing that national letter of intent will be a big deal all on its own. The reason can be found in the very name that he will sign.

  • Lincoln Riley does not have all the answers — but that's OK

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Before anyone in the Sooner Nation starts calling for another offensive coordinator’s head, take a deep breath and consider this uncertainty a good thing. It shows that Riley is flexible. Adaptive. Responsive.

  • Oklahoma football: Why Bob Stoops hired Lincoln Riley to bring back the Air Raid offense

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    It is obvious that Lincoln Riley now has one of the most prestigious coordinator jobs at one of college football’s most prestigious programs for lots of reasons. But as much as he was hired for who he is, he was also hired for what he runs.

  • This season, Travis Ford is not losing sleep over an uncertain future

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    As the Cowboys get ready for Bedlam again, Ford is in the midst of his best coaching job since arriving in Payne County. He lost two NBA players, not to mention three other guys who could’ve contributed this season, but OSU has become a player in the Big 12 race.

  • A college football power in Dallas-Fort Worth? Fear the Frogs

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    This bowl season has been many things in the Big 12, but as much as anything, it’s been a wake-up call. TCU is for real.

  • OU football: Dorial Green-Beckham entering the NFL Draft

    By Jason Kersey, Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    OU NOTEBOOK — Bob Stoops expresses no disappointment at the five-star receiver’s departure from Norman without ever playing a down, saying “I went in with eyes wide open.”