• OU football: Former Oklahoma assistant Mark Mangino making an undeniable impact so far as Iowa State's offensive coordinator

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops hired Mark Mangino as part of his first coaching staff in 1999 because of Mangino’s football knowledge, leadership, character, work ethic and toughness. For those same reasons, Stoops doesn’t like looking across the field and seeing his old friend on the other sideline like he will Saturday morning, when OU meets Iowa State.

  • OU football: Sterling Shepard talks about what it's like to get hit coming across the middle

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    AMES, Iowa — Sterling Shepard knew the hit was coming. Last November in Waco, Texas, when Blake Bell stepped up into the pocket and fired a ball to the then-sophomore wide receiver, Shepard didn’t have any doubt that he was about to get decked. Bears cornerback K.J. Morton had Shepard lined up. Morton was initially called for targeting on the play, though the ejection was overturned on review. Shepard was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Shepard initially made the catch, though Morton’s hit and Shepard’s subsequent contact with the ground combined to cause an incompletion. Shepard has had quite a few catches that he held onto after taking a hit, plenty of them coming over the

  • OU football: Defense, not the much-maligned offense, has been the Sooners' problem

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The OU offense has had its share of high-profile problems. Short-yardage failures. Disastrous turnovers. But OU’s offense has actually outperformed OU’s defense, which was expected to be this team’s strength.

  • OU football: Our picks for OU at Iowa State

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Here is our crew’s picks and headline predictions for Saturday’s game between Oklahoma and Iowa State: RYAN ABER, OU writer OU 38, Iowa State 17 FULL BACKFIELD Perine, Ford power Sooners past Cyclines JENNI CARLSON, Columnist OU 38, Iowa State 17 TAKE AMES Trevor Knight hits many marks as OU rolls at Iowa State JASON KERSEY, OU writer KNIGHT'S SHINING ARM OU 31, Iowa State 21 Trevor Knight has another strong passing performance and the Sooners escape Ames. BERRY TRAMEL, Columnist OU 41, Iowa State 27 LINE DANCING Sooner offensive line reasserts itself vs.

  • Big 12 football: Go with West Virginia...again...in an upset special

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    West Virginia was an underdog two weeks ago against Baylor, even though the game was in Morgantown. West Virginia was an underdog last week at Stillwater, even though the Mountaineers clearly had established a level of superiority over OSU. West Virginia is an underdog Saturday, again at home, against TCU. This is nuts. The Mountaineers played well in a 33-23, season-opening loss to Alabama, played well in a 45-33 loss to Oklahoma that might have been different had Alex Ross not returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and have played well in establishing themselves as Big 12 contenders. TCU is a dynamite team, too, and is a 5 1/2-point favorite. But West Virginia has made a believer out of me. Let’s go with the Mountaineers in

  • Big 12 football: TCU at West Virginia the best of this week's games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Here is our rankings for this week’s Big 12 games: 1. TCU at West Virginia, 2:30 p.m., ABC: The conference newcomers take center stage. 2. Oklahoma at Iowa State, 11 a.m., Fox Sports1: The Sooners haven’t lost in Ames since 1960. 3. Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 7 p.m., ABC: OSU has won once in Manhattan since 1988. 4. Texas at Texas Tech, 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports1: Will injured Tech quarterback Davis Webb play? 5. Kansas at Baylor, 2:30 p.m.

  • Big 12 football: Iowa State, QB Sam Richardson still behind the eight ball

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Cyclones’ eternal quest for a star quarterback continues. Sam Richardson, a junior from Winter Park, Fla., has been OK for Iowa State; Sooner defenders this week have raved about Richardson’s mobility. He’s rushed for 318 yards this season while completing 61 percent of his passes. But in a league with star quarterbacks on every corner, Iowa State is behind the eight ball. Always have been, really. Seneca Wallace and Sage Rosenfels were quality quarterbacks 10-15 years ago. David Archer and Alex Espinoza were solid in the ‘80s. Converted tailback George Amundson was a 1972 sensation. But for most of the modern era, Iowa State has tried to compete with below-par quarterbacking. A school like Iowa State

  • Big 12 football: Quarterbacks leading conference newcomers into contention

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Big 12’s game of the day features two schools that weren’t even in the league in 2011. TCU plays at West Virginia on Saturday in a virtual conference-elimination game. Both schools went 4-5 and 2-7 in conference play their first two years in the Big 12, but the Mountaineers are 4-1 and the Frogs are 3-1. And their improvement over those 2-7 showings of last year start at quarterback. WVU’s Clint Trickett has been very good. TCU’s Trevone Boykin has been great. “That’s what happens with quarterbacks when they get a little game experience and have success,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “Those guys are playing with confidence.

  • Q&A with Iowa State assistant Mark Mangino on his return to the Big 12, Paul Rhoads and how football has evolved

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 16 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mark Mangino is making a huge impact in his first season as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator. I’m writing about the former OU assistant and Kansas head coach for Saturday’s editions of The Oklahoman, but our near half-hour telephone conversation earlier this week hit on several topics that won’t make it into […]

  • College basketball: Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll; OU No. 19

    By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Kentucky is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the second straight season. The Wildcats lived up to expectations last season, overcoming a midseason slump to reach the national championship game, where they lost to Connecticut. With most of that team back and another stellar recruiting class in place, Kentucky received 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel to become the fourth team to earn consecutive preseason No. 1s. Two weeks after debuting at No. 19 in the preseason USA Today coaches poll, Oklahoma also appears in the No. 19 slot of the AP poll. OU's No. 19 position marks its first preseason AP ranking since the 2009-10 season when it was No. 17. The Sooners are one of four Big

  • What Barry Switzer told Cowboys to convince them to draft DeMarco Murray

    Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Former OU and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer talked a little Cowboys football with a Dallas radio station on Thursday.  Among the topics discussed: Jerry Jones on the sidelines and DeMarco Murray. Switzer says he told Jones to draft Murray and that they "will be proud to have a representative like this playing for the Dallas Cowboys."  "They took him," Switzer said. "And thank God they did."

  • Joe Mixon's high school coach: 'A split-second does not represent the man I've known for four years'

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 22 hr ago

    NORMAN — Freedom High School football coach Kevin Hartwig is excited for folks in Oklahoma to get acquainted with the “real” Joe Mixon. “You guys haven’t seen the real Joe,” Hartwig said Thursday evening. “When you do, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that. “A split-second does not represent the man I’ve known […]

  • Oklahoma baseball holds second ALS Awareness Halloween Game

    Ryan Aber | Yesterday

    When Pete Hughes took over as Oklahoma’s baseball coach, he brought with him his “19 Ways” program. Each year, Hughes’ team participates in 19 community service projects. Thursday night, the Sooners did one of the wilder and more widely noticeable of the projects, taking part in the second ALS Awareness Halloween Game. Sooners players and […]

  • Arizona Cardinals' Tony Jefferson dealing with concussion

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    While driving after Sunday's game, Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson, pulled over for about 30 minutes. The former OU standout knew something wasn't right. He had just played 73 snaps and made 11 tackles in Arizona's 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but he couldn't recall much, if any, of it. "I don't really remember the game," Jefferson said. "I just remember when I started driving ... I just stopped for 30 minutes. I was like, 'What just happened?' I don't remember what happened. It was kinda scary." Jefferson was diagnosed with a concussion Monday morning. He passed the concussion protocol on Thursday and practiced in a limited role, working on kickoff coverage during the open portion of practice.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Zack Sanchez says defense not missing anything

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Not long ago, Oklahoma’s defense was thought of as one of the best in the country. Now, after some struggles in two losses and even in wins, the perception is much different. Sooner sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez says the Sooners aren’t far away from being that defense again.

  • Oklahoma football: Once-promising receiver Dannon Cavil transferring after never playing a down at OU

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Dannon Cavil arrived at OU hoping to take over some of the production and playing time from Kenny Stills. Less than two years later and without ever having played a down as a Sooner, Cavil is gone from the team after announcing his intentions Wednesday to transfer.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing OU-Iowa State with The Ames Tribune's Bobby LaGesse

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s 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 the […]

  • Big 12 basketball: OU's Buddy Hield, OSU's Le'Bryan Nash make CBSSports.com top 100 college basketball players

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    College basketball season is rapidly approaching, and a Sooner and Cowboy are getting some attention. OU guard Buddy Hield and Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash each appear on CBSSports.com's list of the 100 best college basketball players entering the 2014-15 season. Hield comes in at No. 25 on the list, and Nash is No. 81. Duke's Jahlil Okafor, Louisville's Montrezl Harrell and North Carolina's Marcus Paige headline the rankings compiled by Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Sam Vecenie. Vecinie on Nash : Nash has been nothing if not consistent during his career, averaging between 13.3 and 14.0 points per game in each of his three seasons in Stillwater. Now that Marcus Smart and Markel Brown are gone though, look for Nash to take a step forward and mature as a scorer without them. Parrish on Hield: It's been too long since college basketball had a relevant player named "Buddy," far as I'm concerned. The 6-4 junior averaged 16.5 points per game last season. He'll lead OU back to the NCAA Tournament ... and maybe to a Final Four if TaShawn Thomas gets eligible.

  • OU softball: Sooners release 2015 schedule

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    OU softball released its 2015 softball schedule on Thursday, and the Sooners will open the season Feb. 5 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Sooners kick off the season in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic against DePaul -- the Sooners' first trip Hawaii since opening the 2009 season there. OU will also play in tournaments in Tempe, Ariz. (Feb. 13-15), and Palm Springs, Calif. (Feb. 19-21). The Sooners' first home game is a Feb. 28 doubleheader against IPFW, and they open Big 12 play against Iowa State in Norman on April 3. OU is in pursuit of its fourth consecutive Big 12 title and fifth straight trip to the Women's College World Series.

  • OU football: Joe Mixon reaches plea agreement with District Attorney's office

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon reached a plea agreement, avoiding a misdemeanor trial for acts resulting in gross injury. Mixon’s trial had been scheduled for early January. Mixon entered an Alford plea, continuing to assert his innocence. Mixon was given a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and cognitive behavior counseling. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, released a statement shortly after the agreement became public. “Today, Joe has made the decision that entering an Alford Plea to the misdemeanor and accepting the short period of probation was the best course of action at this point in his life.