• OSU football camp ready for opening day

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State begins preseason practices Tuesday, earlier than most of the nation’s teams due to their Sept. 3 season opener at Central Michigan. Dates to know First day of practice: Tuesday Media/Fan Day: Saturday Season opener: Sept. 3 at Central Michigan Last season Record: 7-6 overall, 4-5 Big 12 Bowl: beat Washington, 30-22, in the Cactus Bowl Returning starters Offense (9) QB Mason Rudolph (So.) WR James Washington (So.)

  • OU football: Josh Heupel influence grows at Utah St.

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Updated: 21 min ago

    Former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will have plenty of familiar faces around him this season at Utah State. At least two coaches and a player from Heupel’s time at OU have joined him in Logan, Utah. Former Sooners players and graduate assistants Joey Halzle and Jon Cooper have taken similar roles on Utah State’s staff. Heupel, who was fired at OU after last season’s struggles, is the Aggies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Fullback Joe Palange, a walk-on fullback, announced last week that he would be transferring to Utah State.

  • District 6A-I-2 preview: Coaches buzzing about Southmoore

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 24 min ago

    The results of the District 6A-I-2 coaches’ poll show exactly where Southmoore is predicted to finish in the district, but it doesn’t accurately reflect opposing coaches’ curiosity about the SaberCats. A team that started multiple freshmen and sophomores last season, Southmoore has generated as much buzz as any team in Class 6A early in the preseason. Sophomore Casey Thompson returns at quarterback, with another sophomore, Brey Walker, at offensive tackle. Walker, 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, already has scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Arkansas. “They’re scary right now, and not just because of those young guys,” one opposing coach said of the SaberCats.

  • OSU football: Cowboys' secondary now primary in talent, depth

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — The Cowboys return six — count ’em, six — starters in the secondary. And, no, Oklahoma State hasn’t switched to some 3-2-6 defensive alignment in the giddy aftermath of last December. Yet through returning regulars from the final 2014 depth chart, one player returning from injury and another arriving holding starter credentials elsewhere, OSU carries uncommon experience and depth into this season. “We have a lot of guys coming back, a lot of experience,” said cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie. “Our numbers are really good. We’re just trying to put these guys into position to play and help us win.

  • OKC Dodgers: Dodgers take two in Sunday doubleheader

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The Dodgers won 4-2 in the first game before winning the nightcap 3-1.

  • OU football notebook: Sooners add walk-on quarterback

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    SOONERS ADD WALK-ON QB With Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas dealing with some shoulder soreness during the summer, it was a welcome addition both for the quarterbacks and the wide receivers when OU added a pair of walk-ons at the position last month. Former Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis was expected but the Sooners also added Reece Clark of Cypress (Texas) Woods.

  • No new uniforms for Sooner football this season

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Last season, Oklahoma made waves with the addition of a pair of alternate uniforms. The Sooners wore the “Bring the Wood” jerseys on the road at West Virginia and at home against Baylor. Talk of new alternates got kicked up Sunday when a reporter from the Tidewater News in Frank lin, Va., tweeted that sources had told him that nine teams—including the Sooners—would wear black alternates this season. The attached photo showed a t-shirt, not a jersey, with a black torso, crimson sleeves and “Sooners” in white above the numbers on the chest. It didn’t take long for OU officials to shoot down the idea. “There is no new uniform coming … this season,” OU senior associate athletic director Kenny

  • Evers wins back-to-back tournaments on Bassmaster Tour

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    WADDINGTON, N.Y. — Confidence means a lot to a tournament bass fisherman, and Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers said his was sagging a bit after a couple of tough events earlier this year. A win last month at BASSfest made Evers feel much better — and with a renewed sense of confidence, he went out and claimed his second victory in a row in this week’s Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River. With a four-day total of 77 pounds, 10 ounces, Evers became the first angler to win back-to-back events in the 10-year history of the Elite Series. He cemented the victory with a Sunday catch of five smallmouth bass that weighed 17-8 and earned $100,000 for the second straight time.

  • District 6A-I-1 preview: Edmond Memorial working to replace Wand

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The biggest question surrounding Edmond Memorial this season is how the Bulldogs will replace the production and star power of former running back Warren Wand. Wand is now at Arkansas State after rushing for more than 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career. He was the focus of Memorial’s offense. Now, Bulldogs coach Justin Merideth said people will be surprised with his replacement. “No one player can replace him,” Merideth said. “Our whole team has got to step up and do a good job. We lost a bunch of great players last year, but with that being said, Tate Troxell has had a great summer and I think he’s going to surprise some people with the type of football player that he is.” Troxell played

  • Ordeal with Illinois coach Tim Beckman shows it doesn't pay to be mean in college football

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Tough love isn't dead in college football. But it's sure a lot softer. Or it better be. There was a reminder of that last week, courtesy a familiar face. Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman is the target of increasing scrutiny at Illinois. His three seasons there have been rough, but now, he is facing allegations from some former players who say he mistreated them and mishandled injuries. The Chicago Tribune chronicled the whole mess. It contacted every player Beckman has coached at Illinois and ultimately interviewed more than four dozen of them. There were some conflicting opinions. Some players like Beckman. Some want nothing to do with him.

  • Outdoor Notebook: Deadline looms to apply for bonus antlerless deer hunts this season

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The deadline is Aug. 14 for young hunters to apply to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for a bonus antlerless deer hunt during the upcoming hunting season. The bonus hunts are open to 49 hunters who will be ages 12 to 17 at the time of the hunts and have already completed hunter education. An adult age 21 or older must accompany the youth on the hunt. The deer hunts will be held on private land in Osage County (Oct. 2-4), Ellis County (Oct. 23-24), Love County (Oct. 16) and Carter County (Nov. 20-21). For information on how to apply, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com or call Doug Schoeling at (405) 590-2584. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA 89ER QUAIL FOREVER CHAPTER AUG.

  • OKC Junior Bassmasters Club members capture inaugural tournament for young anglers

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    After getting skunked on the first day of the B.A.S.S. Nation Youth Junior Championship last weekend, Hunter Meadows and Aaryn Minyard were just hoping they could catch a single fish on the second day. “I wanted to at least boat one so we could walk across the stage,” Meadows said. The pair of 13-year-olds, members of the Oklahoma City Junior Bassmasters Club, not only got to appear on the stage, they got to hoist the winning trophy. After catching zero keepers on day one, the duo boated more than 29 pounds of fish on the second day of the tourney to win the inaugural Bass Anglers Sportsman Society's Youth Nation Junior Championship. The two-day national championship event was held on Carroll County's Thousand Acre

  • Longtime southwest Oklahoma fisheries chief retires

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    It’s not easy to be a fisheries chief in southwest Oklahoma, a part of the state that has little water. For the last 26 years, that has been Larry Cofer’s job for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It’s been a challenge, certainly, especially for some of the key species that people want, like bass and crappie,” said Cofer, who retired Friday after 32 years with the Wildlife Department, all in southwest Oklahoma. “Our (southwest) lakes don’t produce that good of bass fishing, but they do better than our eastern lakes in some other species. It all balances out.

  • OKC Dodgers: Seager lights up Zephyrs, Dodgers take first game

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager led the way, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Jose Peraza and right fielder Kyle Jensen had a pair of hits each, and center fielder Darnell Sweeney, who stole his 30th base of the season, drew three walks.

  • Oklahoma State football: Newly established 'Cowboy Back' position group features experienced blockers, pass catchers

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    After 12 years overseeing the offensive line at Montana State, McEndoo will coach a newly formed fullback/tight end hybrid position group for the Cowboys this fall. But OSU coach Mike Gundy wanted to add some flash to that title.

  • New OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Before there was Billy Donovan the iconic coach or Billy The Kid bombing 3s at Providence College there was Billy the kid, a Long Island youth addicted to basketball.

  • OSU football notebook: Glenn Spencer challenges defensive line

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    There’s a call to fill the holes left by departed seniors James Castleman and Ofa Hautau at the tackle spots. And there’s a louder call from defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer for everyone along the front, Ogbah and fellow end starter Jimmy Bean included, to compete.

  • OU Football: Suspended linebacker Frank Shannon returns, with David Boren's blessing

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    As a sophomore, Shannon was the leading tackler on the Sooners’ 2013 Sugar Bowl champion team. He was considered one of the best players returning on a 2014 team with national championship aspirations, until an incident early on the morning of Jan. 20, 2014, that sent the talented linebacker’s life in an entirely different direction.

  • OKC Energy's Danni Konig gains ground on scoring record

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Konig scored two goals on Friday in the Energy's 3-0 win over Arizona United, bringing his United Soccer League leading total to 16. With eight matches remaining, Konig needs just four more goals to tie the single season record set by Kevin Molino in Orlando City last year.

  • Former Tuttle, Oklahoma State standout Cooper Bassett still shares special bond with 9-year-old Taylor Brandt

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    The picture was among the hundreds snapped the night of Cooper Bassett's wedding. None had any more love in them. In the picture, you can see the former Tuttle High football standout turned Oklahoma State football standout. He is hugging a little girl. She has oodles of curly red hair. She is wearing a sparkly purple dress. You can't see her face, but you can see his. And in his expression, you can sense how much Cooper Bassett and Taylor Brandt love each other. She is his Taylor, and he is her Cooper. Still. They met four years ago at one of OSU's Coaches vs. Cancer events. He was a hulking lineman. She was a frail cancer kid. They became fast friends, and about a year later, we told their