• Oklahoma football: Delayed football stadium renovations should not affect recruiting

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Not even OU president David Boren can command the price of oil, especially when its precipitous drop coincides with a disastrous Sooner season. So the start of the $370 million project likely will be delayed. Not 10 years, not five, but perhaps until December 2016.

  • Football recruiting notebook: Westmoore's Dahu Green expected to visit OU this weekend

    By Scott Wright and Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Green is verbally committed to Washington State, but he received an offer from OU earlier this week with National Signing Day looming next Wednesday.

  • College basketball: Big 12/SEC Challenge moving to January in 2016

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Big 12/SEC Challenge is moving to later in the season. The conferences announced Thursday that the third-annual men's basketball event next season would be played Jan. 30, 2016 with the conferences creating a common open date during conference play to accommodate the schedule. “We are excited to move this even to January to provide the Big 12 a unique showcase and help ESPN give the Big 12/SEC Challenge the attention it deserves,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “Our teams have shown a commitment to scheduling tough non-conference opponents and should be commended for setting a new standard by placing a key non-league matchup in the middle of the conference season.

  • DeMarco Murray says he's prepared to play elsewhere

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray stopped by the Dan Patrick show on Thursday morning (you can watch the entire interview here ), and said that he's prepared to play elsewhere in 2015 if he doesn't re-sign with the Cowboys. "Yeah. I understand the business aspect of it," Murray said when asked by Patrick if he's prepared to play for another team next season. "There's no hard feelings if we can't reach a deal together, but hopefully we can and we'll see what happens." Murray, who led the NFL in rushing in 2014 (1,845 yards), is a free agent entering the offseason. The former OU running back said it wasn't so much about a final pay day or big contract, but "at the end of the day, it's about winning a Super Bowl." "I don't know yet. We're just taking it day-by-day. We're not worried about it too much right now," Murray said of his contract negotiations. "We just wrapped up the Pro Bowl. We'll touch bases when we have to, but right now we don't." Patrick went on to ask Murray if both he and current Cowboys teammate Dez Bryant can both be re-signed. It's been widely debated whether or not the Cowboys can ( or should ) keep Murray, Bryant, or both. "You're asking the wrong guy," Murray said. "Hopefully, when it's all said and done, we both remain there. We've built a great foundation along with coach (Jason) Garrett and the rest of the team. I think that team is heading in the right direction." Murray's former OU teammate Sam Bradford  also addressed questions about his future Wednesday on WWLS 98.1 FM.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    staff reports | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The Sooners blasted Texas Tech to break a Big 12 basketball slump. Football recruiting is coming down the stretch. Stadium upgrades on hold? Ask Ryan Aber your OU-related questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Wrist not a problem for Isaiah Cousins

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Cousins was 5 of 8 with three 3-pointers for 13 points in Oklahoma’s 81-36 blowout of Texas Tech on Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners hammer Texas Tech, 81-36

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The Sooners wasted little time putting this one away, building a 21-point lead by halftime and then going on a 16-1 run to start the second half en route to a blowout.

  • Oklahoma football: Regents approve offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's two-year contract

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    LAWTON — Lincoln Riley has been on the road recruiting since being hired as Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach earlier this month. The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents made it all official during their Wednesday meeting, approving a two-year contract that will pay Riley $500,000 annually. Riley’s contract also includes a $50,000 […]

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The Sooners, looking to end a two-game losing streak in Big 12 play, take on Texas Tech at 6:30 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Ryan Aber and more from around the web.

  • OU softball: Three Sooners on USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    OU softball has three players on USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List. Senior first baseman Lauren Chamberlain, senior pitcher/infielder Shelby Pendley and junior pitcher Kelsey Stevens have each been tabbed as preseason players to watch. Arizona leads the way with four players on the Watch List. OU will start the season as the No. 3 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 . The Sooners open the season Feb. 5 against DePaul in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • OU football: David Boren denies report of stadium expansion delay

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    LAWTON — University of Oklahoma President David Boren emphatically denied a report that he’s decided to put football stadium expansion on hold.

  • OU football: Sam Bradford on Josh Heupel, DeflateGate and his future with the St. Louis Rams

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    On Wednesday, former OU All-American and current St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was a guest on the WWLS 98.1 FM’s Middle of the Day Show with Mark Rodgers and Dusty Dvoracek. Dvoracek asked Bradford about plenty of relevant topics including Josh Heupel’s firing from OU, the Super Bowl, DeflateGate and Bradford’s status with […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: More recruiting talk as signing day quickly approaches

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    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 […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Berry Tramel discusses the Big 12 basketball race, the Super Bowl, the Thunder's playoff push and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Oklahoma football: Will Austin Seibert be the solution to OU's kicking woes?

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Austin Seibert, an incoming freshman from Belleville, Ill., will sign next Wednesday, and hopes to be the solution to the Sooners’ placekicking woes that seemed solved until senior Michael Hunnicutt’s late-season collapse.

  • Oklahoma football: Former OU halfback Jakie Sandefer dies

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Jakie Sandefer, a 1957 all-Big Seven halfback at OU and then a successful Texas oil man, died Tuesday at St. Luke's Hospital. He was 78.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Frank Booker ready to make an impact for Sooners

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    This year has gotten off to a rough start for Frank Booker. He’s only scored more than five points three times, with a high of 11 against UCLA on Nov. 26. And around that time, Booker’s back started giving him problems.

  • College Football Playoff semifinals not moving says Bill Hancock

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock  told Alabama Media Group on Tuesday that the CFP semifinals will be played on Dec. 31 as scheduled, despite ESPN wanting to move the games to Jan. 2. According to AMG's John Talty, ESPN wanted to move the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl semifinal games to Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, as a one-time deal to maximize ratings and allow 'for a more accessible, fan-and-participant-friendly experience for all' ( per ESPN spokesperson ). But Hancock explained why the games are staying put. "The folks at ESPN understandably said 'Will you consider moving to Jan. 2 for this year?' and then reverting back to the schedule we set up two-and-a-half years ago," Hancock said. "This year's ratings were not a part of it, but the fact they saw an opportunity on Saturday was understandable. "We established a new tradition and we had one year of it; why change for one year?"

  • Oklahoma athletics: Author of Port Robertson book to be honored as Sports Historian of the Year

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Dr. Edgar Frost will be honored as Oklahoma Sports Historian of the Year at an Feb. 11 luncheon in Guthrie

  • OU softball: Sooners No. 3 in ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OU softball will start the 2015 softball season ranked No. 3 nationally in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 preseason poll. Only top-ranked Florida and Oregon sit above the Sooners in the preseason rankings, released Tuesday. Alabama and Florida State round out the Top 5. Florida, the defending national champion, received 15 of 20 first-place votes, with Oregon (4) and No. 6 UCLA (1) picking up the others. The University of Tulsa, coming off a Top 20 national finish in 2014, will begin the 2015 season ranked 22nd. The ESPN/USA Softball poll is voted on by coaches representing nine Division I conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball regions, as well as nationl/local media members.