• 8 photos of Bob Stoops every OU football fan needs to see

    Richard Hall | Updated: 1 min ago

    Bob Stoops is the man at the University of Oklahoma. The man has led the Sooners to more than 160 wins since 1999, which include eight Big 12 Championships and one National Championship. The guy's a living legend, just ask any OU football fan. Even non-OU fans would agree with that assessment. Being in the national spotlight means dealing with cameras day-in-day-out. We here at NewsOK/The Oklahoman have more than 4,800 photos of the guy (don't let that creep you out, though -- we didn't snap every single photo, as our archives pull in images from other sources like the Associated Press). But that kind of binder (looking at you Mitt Romney) catalog of photos lends itself to some pretty great photos. Some

  • OU Football: While Baker Mayfield was fighting for the quarterback job, his mother was fighting for her life

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    At the same time Baker Mayfield was fighting for the starting quarterback job at Oklahoma last spring, his mother was halfway across the country fighting for her life. Ryan Aber, one of two OU beat writers for The Oklahoman, will tell the story of Gina Mayfield’s accident and recovery, and how her son Baker handled his mother’s trials in Saturday's editions of The Oklahoman. He and columnist Jenni Carlson discuss the Mayfield's story in this video. Spoiler alert: There’s a happy ending that will play out in Norman on Saturday when Mayfield makes his debut as the Sooners’ starting quarterback in the 6 p.m. season-opener against Akron. It's just one more chapter in an already compelling story of

  • OU football: Tell us how you get to Owen Field on gameday

    Erik Horne | Updated: 1 hr ago

    It appears that the road to Owen Field is going to be a congested one for the foreseeable future. OU writer Jason Kersey wrote about some of the potential traffic problems facing fans who are trying to get to Owen Field (you can read that story here). Gameday traffic is always an issue in Norman, but it's gonna be potentially worse with the current construction going on at the Lindsey Street and State Highway 9 exits , as well as additional road work beyond those exits. So we had a bright idea: We want your best strategies for getting to an OU home game. Tell us about where you're leaving from, when you leave, and what route you take.

  • OU chat recap: Jason Kersey on breakout players, 11 a.m. games and Baker Mayfield's leash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Jason Kersey answered your OU football questions on the Power Lunch chat Wednesday. Here's the recap.

  • 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football

    Richard Hall | Yesterday

    We published a story last week in which reporter Juliana Keeping stepped out of her comfort zone and onto a high school football field. Not as a player, but as an Oklahoman. She admitted she didn't care much for the sport. But, being a dutiful person, went ahead with her assignment: To find out why Oklahomans love football. As she spent time learning the reasons why, she also found her attitude toward the sport had changed. So, what changed it? Here are 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football. No.

  • Oklahoma football: Week One depth chart released

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Oklahoma released its Week One depth chart Monday evening, a few days before the 2015 season kicks off against Akron on Owen Field. Here is a look at the depth chart. To download and save a copy, click here. It appears you don't have a PDF plugin for this browser. No biggie... you can click here to download the PDF file.

  • OU football notebook: DirecTV and U-Verse PPV details set for OU-Akron

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, staff writers | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse will carry the broadcast nationally, joining Cox, Suddenlink, PTSI, Cim-Tel and Pioneer cable systems in Oklahoma and Texas.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Breaking down the first 2015 OU depth chart

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from 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 podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 09/01/2015 -- Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey discuss this weekend’s Akron game and the recently released OU depth chart.

  • Beware of the MAC: The Mid-American Conference teams play football with a chip on their shoulder

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The MAC, the league with a chip on its shoulder, lives to knock off a team from one of the prestigious leagues with much more exposure and resources.

  • OSU vs. Central Michigan: With a chip on their shoulders, Mid-American teams have become known for pulling upsets.

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Upsetting an opponent from a big-money league has become a MAC calling card. In the 15 seasons of the 2000s, the MAC has 51 victories over power-conference foes. That's an average of 3.4 per season. Among their victims: Alabama, Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State: 2014: Central Michigan 38-17 at Purdue 2014: Akron 21-10 at Pitt 2014: Bowling Green 45-42 vs. Indiana 2014: Northern Illinois 23-15 at Northwestern 2013: Northern Illinois at Iowa 30-27 2013: Northern Illinois at Purdue 55-24 2013: Ball State 48-27 at Virginia 2012: Ball State 41-39 at Indiana 2012: Kent State 35-23 at Rutgers 2012: Ohio 24-14 at Penn State 2012: Central Michigan 32-31 at Iowa 2012:

  • OSU vs. Central Michigan: Mid-American Conference long has been a market for power-conference schools

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The Mid-American Conference long has been a breeding ground for coaches wishing to jump to a more prestigious conference.

  • OU football fans among Top 10 ... in grammar

    Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Among the Associated Press's Top 25 teams, OU is No. 10. No, not on the field, but in the comments section. Grammarly, an automated proofreading company, took 100 comments of at least 50 words from SB Nation's blogs on each AP Top 25 team so see how schools' fan bases ranked when it came to grammar. OU is 10th out of the 25 with an average of 3.1 grammatical mistakes per 100 words. Alabama was the worst of the Top 10 schools with 6.4 mistakes in grammar, punctuation and spelling per 100 words. Topping the list is Auburn, whose fans only made 0.9 mistakes per 100 words. The Top 5 includes TCU, Oregon, Ole Miss and LSU. Grammarly ran similar tests with MLB and NFL fans, with Mets and Redskins fans averaging twice as many mistakes per 100 words than Alabama fans.

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Predictions on the OU and Oklahoma State openers, College Football Playoff

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Berry Tramel jumps on the Power Lunch for his first chat of the football season at noon. Get your questions in now on the season openers for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the start of college football and more.

  • Oklahoma football: Some thoughts on the first depth chart

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma released its Week One depth chart Monday evening. You can check that out here. I wanted to get the depth chart posted as quickly as possible, but want to use this post to give a few quick thoughts about it. There were a couple surprises. * Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon topping the running back position is no surprise at all, obviously, but I was a little surprised that Daniel Brooks is No. 3 and Alex Ross isn’t listed. Ross was the team’s second-leading rusher last season, averaged 6.8 yards per carry and even started last year’s season opener. Obviously, what this says is that Brooks is a much better fit in Lincoln Riley’s new offense than is Ross.

  • Former OU receiver Jalen Saunders traded from Saints to Patriots

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Jalen Saunders is on the move again. The former OU wide receiver has been traded to the New England Patriots by the New Orleans Saints, with the Patriots reportedly sending a future conditional seventh-round pick to the Saints. Saunders, 22, was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Jets in 2014, but was cut just three games into his rookie season. Saunders landed on the Saints active roster in November after stints with the Cardinals' and Seahawks' practice rosters. He had one reception for 11 yards with the Saints in preseason.

  • Oklahoma football: Samaje Perine tops first top-10 Sooners list of 2015

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma kicks off the 2015 season with Saturday evening’s game against Akron on Owen Field, and it’s Tuesday morning. That means that for the first time in several months, it’s time to update my list of the top-10 Sooner football players. I last completed this list the week after Oklahoma’s regular-season finale loss to Oklahoma State in 2014. I didn’t re-rank the players after the Russell Athletic Bowl because, frankly, it didn’t seem like there were 10 players worth ranking after that 40-6 debacle. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below. Previous rankings are in parentheses. Samaje Perine, So.

  • Tennessee defensive lineman Andrew Butcher arrested

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Tennessee defensive lineman Andrew Butcher was arrested for public intoxication and underage drinking, according to multiple reports. "University of Tennessee freshman football player was 'running around' Interstate 40, near James White Parkway, on Sunday when officers arrested him for public intoxication," court documents said. Butcher, 18, "had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet when they spotted him around 1:45 p.m." Butcher (6-foot-2, 257) is a four-star recruit out of Alpharetta, Ga., who arrived at Tennessee this fall. Butcher wasn't listed on Tennessee's two-deep roster for the Volunteers' season opener against Bowling Green on Saturday. Butcher's status is unknown for the game against Bowling Green. The Volunteers are already going into the season opener with several injuries to key players , including season-ending injuries to offensive linemen Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders. Tennessee plays OU in Knoxville on Sept. 12

  • Rally held to underline dangers of prescription drug abuse

    RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Gail Box has a photograph of her son that gives her strength. Austin Box had just intercepted a pass against Oklahoma State on Nov. 27, 2010, in Stillwater. Amid the jubilation, he pointed at the University of Oklahoma student section. "Whenever I see that picture today, whenever I see Austin pointing, I think, you know, it's a challenge to me," Gail Box said Monday at a state Capitol rally. "He's pointing to me and everyone else to make a change so that we do not lose any more of our citizens in Oklahoma, citizens of the nation, to a prescription drug overdose." Austin Box died on May 19, 2011. In his system were oxymorphone, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxycodone with alprazolam.

  • OU football notebook: How freshman Austin Seibert won the Sooners' kicking and punting job

    By JASON KERSEY, RYAN ABER AND BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

      True freshman Austin Seibert will handle field goal kicking and punting duties in Oklahoma's season opener against Akron this weekend, coach Bob Stoops announced at his Monday news conference. Seibert hit 13 field goals as a senior at Belleville West (Ill.) High School, with a long of 51 yards. He also averaged 44.89 yards per punt. “He has a great mentality about it all,” Stoops said of Seibert. “He's been confident about it. “The other day we were in the stadium for a simulated scrimmage. We had a two-minute drill in the middle of practice. To win it, he had to kick a 52-yard field goal and put it right through.” Stoops said that senior Nick Hodgson, who was competing with Seibert to kick

  • OU football: Joe Mixon's highly anticipated debut only a few days away

    BY JASON KERSEY   | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Mixon makes his highly anticipated college football debut Saturday evening, when Oklahoma opens the 2015 season on Owen Field against Akron.