• Arlington road trip: Florida State fans impressive

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Florida State fans have a reputation of being mediocre travelers. Nothing like Alabama or Ohio State. But give the Seminole Nation credit. They were all over North Texas during the weekend for the OSU-FSU game Saturday night. The game at JerryWorld drew over 61,000 fans, and there appeared to be few neutral parties. Virtually everyone […]

  • Audio: The Oklahoman helps preview high school football season on Sports Animal

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The Sports Animal’s High School Spotlight spent Sunday morning’s show previewing the upcoming high school football season with The Oklahoman‘s Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright and hosts Van Shea Iven and Brian Aylor. Here is the audio:

  • Oklahoma 48, Louisiana Tech 16: Postgame links and observations

    Jason Kersey | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Oklahoma began its 2014 campaign with a 48-16 rout of overmatched Louisiana Tech. Here’s a look at our coverage for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, followed by a few quick thoughts: * My game story: Keith Ford, Sooners RBs run to 48-16 win over La. Tech * Jenni Carlson’s column: Big win over La. […]

  • OSU student apologizes for 'Trail of Tears' College GameDay banner

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    On Saturday morning, a photo circulated on Twitter of an offensive banner from ESPN’s College GameDay created by Oklahoma State students that referenced the Trail of Tears. Oklahoma State University condemned the banner as “insensitive.” On Saturday night, a personal statement was released from Austin Buchanan, an OSU student who apologized for the banner: “My […]

  • Halftime thoughts: Oklahoma vs. Louisiana Tech

    Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    NORMAN—Oklahoma leads Louisiana Tech 31-3 at halftime in the season opener. Here are a few quick thoughts, things to watch moving forward and stats from the first half. THREE THINGS THAT STOOD OUT -You’ve got to start with the early ejection of linebacker Jordan Evans for targeting. Looking at the replay, it appeared to be the correct call […]

  • OSU-FSU: Five Things To Watch

    John Helsley | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Welcome, finally, to the 2014 football season. As August comes to a close, Oklahoma State’s schedule features an intriguing menu, with No. 1 Florida State more than an appetizer. More than a main course. Maybe much more. This made-for-TV event has been hotly discussed and debated for more than a year, initially drawing the ire […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Get to know five key Florida State players not named Jameis Winston

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    ARLINGTON — Jameis Winston is likely the most polarizing college football player in the nation. Combine his well-documented offseason missteps with a return run for another Heisman Trophy and national championship, and it makes sense why the spotlight is on the Florida State sophomore quarterback.

  • Oklahoma football: Two bold predictions about Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    NORMAN — Here is the final of our three pregame blog posts to preview Oklahoma’s game against Louisiana Tech. Here, Ryan Aber and I each make one bold prediction for tonight’s game. ABER: Keith Ford and Alex Ross will each top 100 yards The game will get out of hand and Oklahoma wants to establish […]

  • Oklahoma football: Two players with something to prove Saturday against Louisiana Tech

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    NORMAN — Here is the second of three pregame blogs from Ryan Aber and I. Here, we each pick one Oklahoma player who has something to prove Saturday against Louisiana Tech. ABER: Jordan Phillips, NG Phillips was on the verge of a monster year last season before a progressive injury ended his season after the […]

  • Oklahoma football: Two pressing questions about the Sooners' season opener against Louisiana Tech

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma kicks off its 2014 season at 6 p.m. against Louisiana Tech on Owen Field. Here is the first of three pregame blog posts from Ryan Aber and I. Here, we each ask a pressing question that we hope to see answered in Saturday’s game. ABER: How will Oklahoma’s secondary hold up? There […]

  • Jim Traber ‘shocked’ that OSU coach Mike Gundy has shut him out

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

      Although some of Jim Traber’s colleagues at The Sports Animal radio network are proclaiming that OSU football coach Mike Gundy has been banned from Traber’s afternoon show, Traber has denied that. Instead, the former OSU quarterback said he has shocked that Gundy has stopped returning his emails and phone calls. “I have a 20-year […]

  • Jimbo Fisher: Coach-in-waiting worked out, but it wasn't smooth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Jimbo Fisher, who takes his Florida State Seminoles into JerryWorld on Saturday night to play OSU, is an example of the success of a head-coach-in-waiting, a concept that fanned across college football a few years ago but has virtually died out. Thank goodness.’ Because even Fisher’s path wasn’t smooth in being the anointed heir to […]

  • When athletes get the mic: Casady's Josh Wariboko-Alali interviews teammate Denver Johnson

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    High school football season starts tonight with Casady traveling to Holland Hall. To get the season started, The Oklahoman is starting a video series titled “When athletes get the mic.” At our recent media day, we had athletes interview a teammate. Hilarity ensued in a lot of the videos. First up on the […]

  • Guide to Casady at Holland Hall

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Holland Hall, 5666 E. 81st Street, Tulsa 2013 Records: Casady 6-4; Holland Hall 3-6 Last meeting: Casady 27, Holland Hall 21 — Trainor Crossno had a big game for the Cyclones, making two field goals and catching two touchdown passes in last season’s opener. Players to watch: Casady — T’Quan […]

  • Should the Browns have hired Kevin Sumlin instead of drafting Johnny Manziel?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    I celebrated the opening of college football Thursday night by frying some okra and watching every game I could. This is what I saw and thought: * Wonder if the Cleveland Browns today are thinking they should have hired Kevin Sumlin rather than drafting Johnny Manziel? Sumlin’s offense was incredibly impressive in a 52-28 rout […]

  • This Sooner fan will miss a home game for the first time since 1956

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Saturday will be strange for Joe and Neville Hancock. OU will play a football game at Owen Field, and the Hancocks won’t be there. It’s happened before. But it’s been awhile. 1956, to be exact. The Hancocks are publishers of the Hobart Democrat-Chief. Neville writes me from time to time, and for years I saw […]

  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • Pride of Oklahoma marching band bringing back press booklets before each home game

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma athletic band director Justin Stolarik is bringing back an old tradition this season by producing a weekly program book for home football games. The press books will contain information about the band and its formations for that week’s specific in-game performances. These books aren’t going to be available for the […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's season opener against Louisiana Tech

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 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 […]

  • Sooners', Trevor Knight's odds improving

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s odds to win the inaugural College Football Playoff and Trevor Knight’s odds of winning the Heisman Trophy have improved since just after the Sugar Bowl. Bovada.lv released its final preseason odds for both earlier this week. The Sooners are 10-to-1 to win the title, up from 20-to-1 on Jan. 7, just after the win […]