• 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    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: 7 hr ago

    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.

  • Best NBA rule suggestion: Reduce timeouts

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Sports Illustrated has asked its six NBA writers a simple question. “If you were commissioner for a day, what rule changes would you make to the NBA?” Excellent question, and a good discussion. You can read the responses of the SI panel here. I’ll give you their answers, sans explanation, with my thoughts. And these are in order of how much I like them: Phil Taylor: Reduce timeouts. No. 1 answer. Each team gets six timeouts, plus TV timeouts. It kills the flow of the game in the final four minutes. In the final minute, there often are more timeouts than possession. A timeout is followed by a possession, which is followed by a timeout, which is followed by a possession, which is followed by a timeout.

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

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: 9 hr ago

    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.

  • Seven former local standouts named OBU football captains

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Eight players were recently named football team captains for Oklahoma Baptist University, with seven of them being from local high schools. Junior offensive line Zach Clark of Westmoore, senior defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert of Southmoore, junior quarterback Cooper Koons of Tuttle, senior running back Dawson Myers of Cushing, senior linebacker Brynden Pitzer of Edmond North, junior defensive lineman Gage Wimer of Blanchard and junior quarterback Blake Woodard of Newcastle were all elected by their teammates along with Searcy, Ark., native Dez Stegall. It is the third year for Gilbert to be voted a captain along with the second year for both Koons and Woodard. OCU opens its season at 11 a.m. Saturday against Harding

  • Tuttle, Davis to split admission from Week Zero game

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Last week’s Week Zero game between Tuttle and Davis was originally scheduled to be a scrimmage, but after each team lost an opponent this season the school’s turned it into a game. Now, both schools are reaping the benefit of that. Tuttle athletic director Bobby Odam said the school will split the net profit from admission with Davis. “One of us was going to be void of our fifth home game and we’re not in a year of the two-year cycle that I can return the favor next year,” Odam said. “Since I couldn’t repeat the favor it was only fair to split so both of us would get some benefit of playing it.” Tuttle won the game 31-14, snapping Davis’ 30-game win streak.

  • Oklahoma State football: Kevin Peterson gives his take on position battles at cornerback

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 15 hr ago

    STILLWATER — For the first time in his life, Oklahoma State senior cornerback Kevin Peterson was forced to use crutches this past month. A short-term side effect of undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. But the silver lining in Peterson's recovery — aside from the fact he is expected to play Thursday night against Central Michigan — was his sideline view throughout much of fall camp. It provided a unique perspective of the deep position battle the Cowboys feature at cornerback this fall. "Everybody is trying to make their name," Peterson said, "trying to play in Thursday's game.

  • Oklahoma football: Some thoughts on the first depth chart

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 16 hr ago

    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.

  • Chicago travelblog: Feeling small in the Museum of Science & Industry

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Scientists are smart. Really smart. Perhaps I’m not the first to make that proclamation. But just in case you weren’t sure, take a tour through one of Chicago’s greatest attractions, the Museum of Science & Industry. That’s what the Dish and I did Monday, hard by Lake Michigan, five miles south of downtown, in a massive building with architecture straight out of Rome. I had visited the Museum of Science & Industry 10 years ago, but the Dish had not, so away we went. GALILEO & FRIENDS As you walk into one of the galleries on the third floor of the museum, a robot methodically climbs a wire wall. The danged thing looks like something out of “Lost in Space,”

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

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 20 hr ago

    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.

  • Tucker Halstead, Minco get off to fast start

    scott wright | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Brock Wardlaw’s first game as the Minco head coach went about as smooth as it could have. The coach opened with a 60-12 road victory over Watonga in Week Zero last Friday, behind a breakout performance from running back Tucker Halstead. The junior had touchdown runs of 19 and 25 yards in the first quarter, ultimately finishing with 183 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. Quarterback Hunter Jones was 8-of-12 passing for 128 yards and a touchdown. Shannon Williams added a pair of big plays for Minco as well, returning a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, then going 64 yards for a rushing score.

  • Bethany RB Cole Pinion has torn ACL

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The first 15 minutes of Cole Pinion’s senior season couldn’t have been more exhilarating, or more painful. The Bethany senior running back took his first carry of the season 51 yards for a touchdown in the Bronchos’ win over Lone Grove last Friday. His second carry went for 26 yards and set up another Bethany TD. But Pinion’s third carry left Pinion crumpled on the field in pain. Running left along the line of scrimmage, he tried to cut up field and his knee buckled. Monday’s tests showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. According to his family, Pinion will work to rehabilitate the injured knee with the hope of returning during his senior season.

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools meets OSSAA deadline; ADM likely coming Tuesday

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The proper average daily attendance numbers for Emerson High School were delivered to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association by Monday’s deadline, executive director Ed Sheakley told The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Public Schools was required to determine from the ADM how many students apply to each OKCPS school based on their previous school or if they never attended an OKCPS school in what district they reside. Eleven students from Emerson competed with other OKCPS schools last year, but were not applied properly to the ADM, an issue Claremore raised in August in an effort to move to Class 5A. Under the new ADM, it’s likely that Capitol Hill will move to Class 6A and Claremore will move to Class 5A.

  • The real reason Illinois fired Tim Beckman

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Illinois fired football coach Tim Beckman last week, and maybe the reasons were multiple. But we know of one. Beckman didn’t win enough games. That was unstated, of course. Beckman was booted after a preliminary review of an external investigation following a Chicago Tribune project that interviewed 50 former Illinois players, some of whom alleged mistreatment from Beckman in terms of recovering from injuries. Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said the findings of the probe “does not reflect our values or our commitment to the welfare of our student-athletes.” Maybe so. But Chicago media have asked why Thomas still has a job.

  • Choctaw's Kickoff Classic double-header returns Saturday

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    After a great experience with its inaugural event last year, Choctaw High School is set for its second annual XR Tickets Kickoff Classic on Saturday. Choctaw will play host to a high school football double-header, starting with Jones vs. Vian at 11 a.m. and Davis vs. Lincoln Christian at 3 p.m. “The teams were really excited to be a part of it again,” Choctaw coach and athletic director Todd Dilbeck said. “We’re really proud of this event, and we think it will be great again this year.” Choctaw begins its season Friday night with a visit from Sapulpa.

  • Del City's Terry Wilson invited to Semper Fidelis All-America Game

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Del City quarterback Terry Wilson received an official invitation to the Semper Fidelis All-America game on Monday. The game is scheduled to be played on Jan. 3, 2016, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised by Fox Sports 1. Verbally committed to Nebraska, Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.

  • Oklahoma football: True freshman Austin Seibert will kick field goals and punt in season opener

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    NORMAN — 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.

  • Oklahoma football: Du'Vonta Lampkin's eligibility still up in the air

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said freshman defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin still hasn’t been released from the National Letter of Intent he signed with Texas, and that Texas still hasn’t denied Lampkin admission into school. Lampkin, who committed to the Sooners in November 2013 and then decommitted the next summer, signed with the Longhorns on national signing day in February, but two days after that, UT defensive line coach Chris Rumph left for Florida. Lampkin, a Houston native, announced at a summer news conference that he couldn’t satisfy Texas’ foreign language requirement so he would be attending a different college.

  • VIDEO: Richard Sherman wanted Tyler Lockett returns set to Mario Kart sounds, and he got his wish

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Want to see a Tyler Lockett punt return touchdown set to Mario Kart sounds? Of course you do. Lockett, the former Tulsa Washington and Kansas State standout, has been an immediate success for the Seattle Seahawks this preseason. He already has two special teams touchdowns in three games, including a 67-yard punt return score in the Seahawks' 16-15 win against the San Diego Chargers on Saturday. He's been so good, teammates and coaches are raving about his performance. Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman is loving it, and he had one wish: To get Lockett's returns set to the iconic "Here we go!" from the Mario Kart video game. Seahawks fan Jose Rivera made it happen, and bless him for

  • How Terry Bowden lost his big chance at Owen Field

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    I wrote about Terry Bowden for the Monday Oklahoman, a column which you can read here. Bowden is a fascinating story, going from a 20-0 start as the Auburn coach more than 20 years ago to now coaching at Akron, which plays on Owen Field to open the 2015 season. A few Oklahoma writers chatted with Bowden last week, and he gave us more material than we ever could use. Including some great stories. I’ll start with this one. * Bowden never has coached on Owen Field. But he’s played on Owen Field. Bowden was a West Virginia walk-on senior halfback in 1978. His dad, Bobby, already had left West Virginia for the Florida State job, but Terry stayed behind and on the football team, playing for Frank Cignetti.