• OU women's basketball: Peyton Little named Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Oklahoma's Peyton Little was tabbed the Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Newcomer of the Year, as announced by the conference on Wednesday. Little, a tranfer from Texas A&M, will play for the Sooners for the first time this season after sitting out a year. The redshirt sophomore played in all 35 games for A&M as a freshman, averaging 4.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per game. The Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll will be annouced Oct. 8. See the full list of Big 12 women's basketball preseason honors here .

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel at H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Join Berry Tramel at 11 a.m. today for some sports talk -- OU vs. TCU. OSU vs. Iowa State. Thunder preseason. MLB playoffs -- on the Power Lunch chat, live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Oklahoma football: Alex Ross has unique personality, talent

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Teammates call him a ‘character,’ but running back is becoming more known for his big plays on the field.

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Boulware defends Sterling Shepard

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    No one questions Sterling Shepard’s fantastic skills at wide receiver, but so far this season, he’s struggled in his newest role as a punt returner. Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware said there’s nothing to be too concerned about. “He’s new back there,” Boulware said. “Some guys are new and they drop the ball. Some guys are new and it takes them a little while to know when they can take it and when they can’t. Whatever those things are, I mean, he’s a phenomenal football player as we all well know. “He’s doing a good job catching it, so he’ll work his way through anything else that might be coming up in terms of getting a better feel back there.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's game at TCU and talking Baker Mayfield

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s new OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download […]

  • NCAA gives OU scholarship waiver for Baker Mayfield

    Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    A day after learning the walk-on quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility was denied,  Mayfield got some good news. In a statement Tuesday, the Oklahoma athletic department confirmed that Mayfield’s appeal to the NCAA had been denied but said the NCAA had granted the school a waiver to exceed the scholarship limitation […]

  • OU football: Four reasons why the Sooners are the most likely College Football Playoff contender to go unbeaten

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Which College Football Playoff contender is the best bet to go undefeated? Florida State and Oklahoma are the choices of ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, respectively. McShay picks the Sooners for a number of reasons most who've watch OU play this season already know: 1. Trevor Knight is a good quarterback and getting better . McShay's case for Knight: "While he might not be ready just yet to lead his team to a come-from-behind win in obvious passing situations, I think he will be by the end of the season. His touch and ball placement on the shorter, quick-hitting throws in this offense are essential to its success, he has flashed good ability as a downfield passer, and his intangibles are excellent." We'll see what happens as the Big 12 slate gets tougher. We saw Knight tear up Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but in four games this season, he hasn't really been pressed to make any game-changing plays. Why? No. 2 is why. 2. The running game could be one of the best in the country by the end of the season . No brainer. McShay lauds Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams as "future NFL tackles" before he mentions the Sooners' stable of RBs in Samaje Perine, Alex Ross and Keith Ford. Even without Ford, who will  miss his second consecutive game this week against TCU, OU was unstoppable on the ground against West Virginia. 3. The defense is back to having the elite-level talent it did during the early- and mid-2000s . I've been hesitant to say it, since I wanted to see how his back would hold up, but I'll go ahead and say what I've been thinking for the better part of a year: defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is a serious prospect 2015 NFL Draft, even as a redshirt sophomore. He's that good. McShay thinks so too. From McShay: "Phillips possesses outstanding athleticism for a man who is 6-6 and 334 pounds, and not only can he occupy blockers, but he is able to shed blocks and pursue and make plays." Besides Phillips, OU has an NFL-potential player at every level of the defense. 4. Oklahoma's schedule is tougher than Florida State's, but it's still managable . If you don't count the Red River Shootout vs. Texas in two weeks, OU has three road games to go - at TCU this week, at Iowa State (Nov. 1) and at Texas Tech (Nov. 15). They arguably may have played their toughest road game of the season already, and it turned into a runaway against West Virginia in Morgantown. Every contender remaining for the College Football Playoff (besides Florida State) has a tough road game or two left.

  • Oklahoma football: Howard Schnellenberger writes a book

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    When Howard Schnellenberger arrived in Norman in December 1994 as the Oklahoma football coach, he announced that books would be written and movies would be made. Schnellenberger finally is half right. The Colonel has penned a book: Passing the Torch: Building Winning Football Programs … with a Dose of Swagger Along the Way. Schnellenberger, who retired […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    staff reports | Yesterday

    The Sooners are ready for another Big 12 road test this weekend at TCU. Are you ready? Get your questions in to OU writer Ryan Aber on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Jed Barnett and Nila Kasitati become Internet sensations for music

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The duo visited The Children’s Hospital last week, performing music for patients with Barnett’s guitar and Kasitati’s voice. After one patient’s mother posted a video online of the two Sooners singing Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning,” it went viral, appearing on ESPN.com and several other major, national websites.

  • Oklahoma football: NCAA denies Baker Mayfield's waiver request

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The former Texas Tech quarterback will sit out this season and lose a year of eligibility.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: OU-Texas game to kick off at 11 a.m. Oct. 11

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The game will be telecast nationally on ABC.

  • Big 12 football notebook: Texas receiver John Harris offers bulletin board material for Baylor

    BY RYAN SHARP, Assistant Sports Editor, rsharp@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    “They’re still Baylor,” Harris said. “Just because they started playing better, that’s good for them. We’re still Texas.”

  • Sooners trying to develop young receivers

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Part of the focus for Oklahoma’s offense during the off week was trying to continue to bring their young wide receivers along as the Sooners continue to try to build depth at the spot. Of the young receivers, only redshirt freshman K.J. Young has made a significant impact on the offense. Young has 13 catches, […]

  • Oklahoma football: Cornerback Zack Sanchez says shoulder 'feels good' following bye week

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez said the bye week helped his injured shoulder heal some. “Right now it feels good,” Sanchez said. “It’s felt the best since the injury. It’s progressively getting better. It’s a muscle injury, so it’s going to be nagging. It’s going to be a lot better than it has […]

  • Oklahoma football: Running back Keith Ford expected to miss TCU game

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that he doesn’t expect sophomore running back Keith Ford to play Saturday at TCU. “I’ll find that out for sure, but I doubt that,” Stoops said. Ford was the team’s leading rusher through its first three games, but suffered a broken fibula against Tennessee on Sept. 13. […]

  • Source: Baker Mayfield's NCAA appeal denied

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NORMAN—It appears the chances of quarterback Baker Mayfield playing for Oklahoma is over. Mayfield, the walk-on who transferred from Texas Tech in the offseason, has his appeal for eligibility denied by both the NCAA and the Big 12, a source close to the situation said Monday. Due to Big 12 rules governing transfers within the conference, […]

  • Oklahoma football: Red River game set for 11 a.m. kickoff

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NORMAN — The annual Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas will kick off at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning. The game will be telecast nationally on ABC. The Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) will make two straight trips to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. OU plays at […]

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    The Sooners are coming off a bye week and are gearing up for TCU. Bob Stoops steps to the podium at noon for his weekly press conference. Follow our live coverage here with Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Oklahoma football uniforms: Fans weigh in in favor of the new alternate uniforms

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    OU fans on both sides had strong opinions of the alternate “Bring the Wood” uniforms the Sooners wore last week at West Virginia. Drew Jackson, Oklahoma City: “I like the traditional ones, but it’s nice to see a switch every now and then. It gets players and young fans fired up.” Billy Dyer, New York: “They aren’t gimmicky. They had a theme and stuck to it with a retro twist. I like the “Oklahoma,” 47 straight and the wood details.” Taylor Jolley: “I liked them for one game per season, but definitely already miss the regular unis. Good recruiting pitch, though.” Kevin Lewis, Norman: “It definitely took some getting used to, but I wouldn’t care if the Sooners wore trash bags and leather