• Oklahoma football: How Londell Taylor went from being on his last straw to 'a consummate team guy'

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Londell Taylor doesn’t hold back on the sense of entitlement he felt just a few years ago. After being a multi-sport star at Vian High, he played in the Detroit Tigers organization before eventually coming to OU as a walk-on.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon's trial set for Jan. 12; Hearing on video to be held Oct. 31

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon’s misdemeanor trial has been scheduled for Jan. 12 in Cleveland County District Court. Looming earlier, however, is a hearing to decide whether the surveillance footage from the incident that led to the charge of acts resulting in gross injury would be made public before the trial.

  • Big 12 football: How do you explain K-State's dominance of Texas?

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Kansas State leads the Big 12 football race. The team with the next-best position is TCU, which is 2-1 and has yet to play any of the four teams that figure to bring up the rear. After that, Baylor and West Virginia are the prime contenders. Parity reigns mightily in a conference which has produced five different champions in each of the previous five seasons: Texas 2009, OU 2010, OSU 2011, Kansas State 2012, Baylor 2013. What gives in Middle America? “There’s so much that goes into it,” K-State coach Bill Snyder said this week. Then he expounded on how football games are won. “A guy might not be a 4.4 40-yard sprint guy,” Snyder said. “He may be 5-flat.

  • Big 12 football: OSU and West Virginia, both at 5-2, headed in different directions

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    OSU and West Virginia opened the 2014 in similar fashion. Excellent performances on neutral fields against heavily-favored national powers. In Arlington, the Cowboys took Florida State to the wire before losing 37-31. In Atlanta, West Virginia played Alabama tough before losing 33-23. West Virginia built off that promising start. OSU did not. WVU, 5-2, knocked off fourth-ranked Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown last Saturday and is a bona fide Big 12 title contender. OSU is 5-2 also but has played the Big 12’s weakest teams. The Cowboys were rolled 42-9 last Saturday at TCU. OSU is favored by 31/2 points over the Mountaineers. Sometimes the wrong team is favored. This is one of those times. Let’s go with West

  • Big 12 football: OSU's Daxx Garman had better step it up if he hopes to contend in 2015

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Daxx Garman had a solid Big 12 debut. Really, more than solid. He threw four touchdown passes against Texas Tech, completing 17 of 31 for 370 yards, and Garman’s two interceptions seemed unimportant. But Garman’s production has regressed in every subsequent Big 12 game. Yards: Iowa State 271, Kansas 161, TCU 132. TDs: Iowa State one, Kansas one, TCU zero. Garman completed just 10 of 25 passes against TCU, including no second-half completions. Now comes 22nd-ranked West Virginia into Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. Garman has the job because junior J.W. Walsh suffered a foot injury on Sept. 6 against Missouri State and Cowboy coaches have not wanted to baptize true freshman Mason Rudolph.

  • Big 12 football: OSU vs. West Virginia tops this week's slate of games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Here is our rankings of this week’s Big 12 games: 1. West Virginia at OSU, 2:30 p.m., ESPN: If WVU’s Kevin White gets at least 100 yards receiving Saturday, he’ll join Justin Blackmon (OSU 2010) as the only Division I-A receivers in the last decade to start a season with eight straight 100-yard games. 2. Texas at Kansas State, 11 a.m., ESPN: Longhorns’ only win in Manhattan came in 2002. 3. Texas Tech at TCU, 2:30 p.m., FOX: Crazy world. TCU has the better offense.

  • Pride of Oklahoma: OU sufficiently embarrassed to do something

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The great Pride of Oklahoma flap at OU is over, after 14 months of furor. Band director Justin Stolarik resigned under pressure Thursday. If you heard a bunch of brass sounds flowing through Cleveland County, it likely was band members celebrating in the streets. The tipping point, of course, was the full-page ad that appeared […]

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Cody Thomas was ready for action when Trevor Knight went down

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Cody Thomas was limited throughout most of preseason training camp with a back injury, but is fully healthy today. The Colleyville (Texas) native said he was ready for his moment, and that was apparent as he calmly led the Sooners down the field on a touchdown drive.

  • Report: Mack Brown offered $4 million per year to coach SMU

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Dallas Morning News suggests that SMU is "floating $4 million annually" as an offer to former Texas coach Mack Brown. Sources say SMU officials "have already had preliminary discussions" with Brown over an eight-year deal. From DMN's Bill Nichols: "Brown, 63, fits the Larry Brown model -- a national championship winner who can leand star prospects on name alone."

  • OU basketball: SG Christian James commits to Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Oklahoma’s men’s basketball picked up a commitment from shooting guard Christian James. James (6-foot-4) picked the Sooners over Houston and Oregon. James visited Norman last weekend. The Bellaire, Texas, product is ranked No. 138 on the latest Rivals150 ranking of the nation’s top recruits for the 2015 class. James’ commitment comes just more than a week […]

  • College football picks: West Virginia can win the Big 12

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    West Virginia can win the Big 12 football championship. And I don’t mean that in the sense of, the Mountaineers have a mathematical chance of winning the Big 12 title. I mean, watch out for West Virginia. They very well could, like a thief in the night, finish first in the Big 12. WVU is  […]

  • How DeMarco Murray's big year could actually cost him

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    DeMarco Murray is off to a historically great start in a contract year. The problem: Every yard he gains could be costing him the big payday he’s trying to earn. Andrew Brandt of Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback blog, says Murray's expiring contract brings up the question of his present and future value. Murray currently leads the NFL is rushing yards with 913 yards, but concerns about the short shelf life of running backs and Murray's past health concerns may keep him from getting the big deal he probably deserves.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Cowboys vs. Sports Illustrated. Sooners vs. the off week. Thunder vs. injuries. Join columnist Jenni Carlson at 11 a.m. with your OU, Oklahoma State and Thunder questions on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Oklahoma football: Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops frustrated by un-penalized downfield blocking

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    As Oklahoma’s defense spends its bye week working to correct the mistakes made lately, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is also upset about one issue that he believes officials should watch more carefully — illegal downfield blocking on passing plays.

  • OU football: DeMarco Murray purchased iMacs for the Dallas Cowboys offensive line

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on a record-setting pace for rushing yards in an NFL season, and the former OU star has one of the league's best offensive lines in front of him. In the Instagram video above, ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins showed that Murray purchased iMac computers for each of his linemen, presumably as a sign of gratitude for his hot start. Murray leads all NFL rushers in carries (187), yards (913) and touchdowns (7) through seven games.

  • OU football: Aaron Colvin back on the field with Jacksonville Jaguars for first time since ACL tear

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Former Oklahoma defensive back Aaron Colvin took the field for the first time since tearing his ACL in the spring. Colvin tore his ACL during Senior Bowl practice in March and hasn't played since. Even with the knee injury, he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft in June. A few days ago, Colvin tweeted about his long-awaited return to the field.

  • Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in club who took cell phone pic

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been accused of slapping and squeezing the neck of a man in a Las Vegas club last week. According to a TMZ Sports report, Griffin and Clippers teammates were partying at a Las Vegas nightclub when a man took a cell phone photo of the crowd. Griffin was reportedly bothered by the flash and "grabbed my phone with one hand," according to the man. When security arrived to the scene, Griffin told them to get the man out of the club. According to a statement the man gave to nightclub security, Griffin then "slapped me in the right side of the face."

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Berry Tramel is answering your questions from H&H Shooting Sports on the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in on the Sooners, Cowboys, Thunder and more.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Sooner football with WWE legend, OU superfan Jim Ross

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 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 […]

  • Ratings watch: Kansas State-Oklahoma telecast gets 19.9 rating

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Nationally, ABC’s Notre Dame-Florida State telecast is highest-rated college game this season