• Who in their right mind thinks OSU isn't one of the best 25 football teams in the nation?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 11 hr ago

    This past weekend, the Associated Press poll became the latest preseason poll to exclude the Cowboys. Much like the coaches' poll released several weeks ago, the AP poll had voters who included OSU but did not have enough for it to make the top 25.

  • Writer's Room - Why Oklahomans Love Football

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON, tgibson@opubco.com | Yesterday

    Why do Oklahomans love football so much? Enterprise reporter Juliana Keeping talks about her new Oklahoma Observed piece on the state's passion for the game.

  • Why football is a big deal in Oklahoma

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writer jkeeping@oklahoman.com | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Reporter Juliana Keeping, an Oklahoma transplant, steps onto the field to find out why football is the state's favorite sport.

  • Business Q&A with Michael R. Pacewicz

    Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The National Labor Relations Board did not address the question of whether the Northwestern University players are employees and have the right to organize. Instead, the board declined to exercise jurisdiction over the case.

  • Oklahoma State football: Who voted for OSU

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A look at Associated Press poll voters who put Oklahoma State on their preseason ballot and where they ranked the Cowboys: Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald, 12th Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Star, 20th Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21st Eric Avidon, MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.), 22nd Brett McMurphy, ESPN; Jim Dunaway, WJOX (Birmingham, Ala.); Joel Klatt, Fox Sports; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman, 23rd Adam Jude, Seattle Times, 24th Mitch Vingle, Charleston (W.V.

  • Thunder guard D.J. Augustin remembers living through Hurricane Katrina


    On the week of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Thunder guard and New Orleans native D.J. Augustin shared his memories of living through that devastating disaster in a first-person account on theplayerstribune.com. In this must-read essay, Augustin, who was three months shy of his 18th birthday when Katrina made landfall, begins his account painting the picture of how evacuations were commonplace for New Orleans residents. Everyone in his family knew the drill and everyone had specific items of significance they made sure to pack. Augustin’s were the orange Nike shoeboxes he kept under his bed. “My mom used to record all my basketball games since I was 4 years old, all the way through high school. Never missed a

  • OU football: Could the Sooners develop another 'Belldozer' package for Trevor Knight?

    BY RYAN ABER | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Four seasons ago, after Oklahoma’s offense struggled in the red zone, Bob Stoops and the Sooners’ offensive coaches came up with a plan to use Blake Bell to help boost their chances to be successful. The result was the Belldozer and it worked like a charm, turning Bell into a star for two seasons even as Landry Jones was OU’s starting quarterback. So when Stoops on Monday named Baker Mayfield the starting quarterback to begin the season, it was no surprise when one of the first questions for Stoops was whether or not there would be a package similar to the Belldozer to take advantage of the special skill set of deposed quarterback Trevor Knight. Knight won the quarterback job over Bell two seasons ago

  • Heritage Hall's Paige Miles prepared for challenge Navy presents

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Heritage Hall’s Paige Miles always hoped volleyball would open the door to an elite academic university. It worked for her sister, Sydney, who had a variety of college options before she settled on Emory University, where she is a standout player. Then one day, Paige Miles got an email from the United States Naval Academy. They were interested in her as an athlete, and as a student. “My dad told me I should look into it, because I’ve always wanted to go to a strong academic school,” Miles said. “I visited Annapolis (Md.), and I fell in love. “I really liked that everyone at Navy is working hard to become better, not just for themselves but for everyone around them, to serve in every facet of their

  • OU football: What they're saying about Baker Mayfield

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Here’s what some on the defensive side of the ball have said about Mayfield.

  • Oklahoma State football: Blake Jarwin's relentless drive puts him in focus

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Jarwin has done plenty right in his three-plus years at Oklahoma State, rising from way off the radar as an unknown walk-on to what appears to be a significant role in the offense’s intriguing new position of “Cowboy back.”

  • What separated Baker Mayfield from Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas? What made the difference?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    “Baker was able to minimize some mistakes a fraction more than those guys did,” offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “That’s the biggest reason we made the decision.”

  • Outdoors notebook: OSU group studies the economics of fishing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on outdoor recreation in 2014, Oklahomans spend more total days fishing than wildlife watching and hunting combined. Anglers spend more than $800 million annually on fishing-related purchases, generating $77 million in state and local tax revenue and supporting more than 11,000 jobs.  “One of the most popular forms of outdoor recreation in Oklahoma is sportfishing,” said Tracy Boyer, associate professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. “To evaluate the economic benefits of recreational fishing at Oklahoma lakes, we recently conducted an economic demand analysis of sportfishing trips taken by state residents.

  • Wildlife Department will use federal grant money to lease private land for public use

    By Ed Godfrey   | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will receive $2.26 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the state agency plans to use to lease private land for public hunting. Oklahoma is one of 15 states that will receive grant money from the USDA, a total of $20 million, to encourage private landowners to open their ranches, farms or other property to hunting, fishing or other wildlife recreation. Micah Holmes, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said the agency would use its share of the grant funds to lease private land to provide walk-in access for Oklahoma sportsmen, primarily hunters. “One of the things we hear from hunters is that it is harder than it used to be to

  • It's almost time for the elk to begin bugling in the Wichita Mountains

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Earlier this year, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was voted as the best national wildlife refuge in the country in a poll conducted by USA Today. Twenty national wildlife refuges were selected for consideration by a panel of wildlife experts, and readers voted for their favorite. Such polls are highly subjective, but anyone who has visited the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge can’t argue with the result. It’s probably the top outdoors destination in a state that has several great choices. The refuge is home to free-range bison, longhorn cattle, elk, deer and many other critters. A great time to visit the refuge is in September and October when the elk are bugling.

  • Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Mason Rudolph’s personality, supporting cast and improved decision making raises confidence he’ll avoid sophomore slump

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph hopes to avoid a sophomore slump in 2015.

  • District 2A-6 preview: Hartshorne, Vian should battle for title again

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Miners are loaded with speed Scott Pratt is inheriting a good team at Hartshorne. After 15 years at Broken Bow (the last three as head coach), Pratt takes over at Hartshorne where the Miners are defending district champions and return six starters on both sides of the ball. Pratt has been impressed with his new team’s athleticism. “We can run,” he said. “We got some kids who are football fast.” The fastest is senior wide receiver and safety Troy Ray, who was clocked electronically at a combine in Dallas with 4.4 speed in the 40. “He is one of the fastest kids I’ve coached in my 20 years,” Pratt said. “He is one of those kids that has flew under the radar. I think he is a Division I

  • District 2A-7 preview: Adair expected to repeat

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Mark Lippe's team returns nine on offense and nine on defense from a team that went 12-1 last season with the only loss coming to eventual champion Davis in the playoffs.

  • OKC Thunder: How Billy Donovan built a basketball powerhouse at Florida

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Billy Donovan and his up-tempo, fan-friendly style of play transformed Florida into a national power.

  • OU football: Lincoln Riley's offense could help the Sooners defense improve against Air Raid opponents

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    While the focus on Riley’s arrival in Norman has been on Bob Stoops’ efforts to revitalize the offense, the defense is also getting a boost from the Air Raid’s return.

  • Oklahoma State tennis standout Viki Lushkova striving towards a better future with on-going trouble back home

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Lushkova is from Simferopol. Some say the city is in Ukraine. Others say it is in Russia. For nearly two years, the region known as Crimea has endured difficult and even violent times. Political uncertainty in Ukraine led to a power grab by its Russian neighbors. It has become known as "the annexation of Crimea," but really, that sanitizes what happened.