• OU football: What it's like to commit before a game with Will Sunderland

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    The hard part was over for Will Sunderland long before Oklahoma took the field against Tennessee last Saturday. The Midwest City cornerback made a surprise — even to him — commitment to the Sooners in the morning. The rest of the day was relaxing for Sunderland, who took in the game relieved his decision was behind him. “It was just a good feeling after I committed,” he said. “There was a lot of pressure and I can say I’m a Sooner now and for the next three or four years. I was walking around campus with my head up high knowing I’m going to be a part of that program.” During the game, Sunderland received plenty of congratulations from those around him. “It was a blessed moment,” he said. “The

  • OU football: Julian Wilson's role infinitely clearer in second trip to West Virginia

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: 16 hr ago

    OU vs. West Virginia — Senior cornerback Julian Wilson has played several different roles on the Oklahoma football team since arriving from Southmoore five years ago, including linebacker one night two years ago in what turned out to be a disastrous defensive game plan. He’s been excellent through three games as a starting cornerback this season, but will get his biggest test by far Saturday against the Mountaineers.

  • OU vs. West Virginia: Mike Stoops vs. Dana Holgorsen a classic matchup of football minds

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 16 hr ago

    COMMENTARY — Dana Holgorsen downplays it. Mike Stoops admits it. Saturday’s matchup between Oklahoma’s defensive guru (Stoops) and West Virginia’s offensive whiz (Holgorsen) is the dominant storyline of the game. Holgorsen, though, says he doesn’t buy into the hype. Stoops on the other hand? ‘It makes me sleep a lot less. It gives me headaches.’

  • OU football: Play-by-play hero Gus Johnson to call OU vs. West Virginia

    BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Fox’s lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call the game. Johnson, 47, gained fame for his enthusiastic style calling “March Madness” games for CBS. Davis, 49, a former University of Tennessee defensive back, also works for the NFL Network. McGrath, 25, a former Boston College cheerleader, got her start as the Celtics’ TV host. She also co-hosts “America’s Pregame” show for Fox Sports 1.

  • OU football: The Oklahoman's picks for Saturday's OU vs. West Virginia game

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Here is a look at our picks for OU at West Virginia: RYAN ABER, OU writer OU 35, West Virginia 27 BROUGHT THE WOOD Sooners keep Trickett scrambling, escape WV JENNI CARLSON, Columnist OU 31, West Virginia 13 RUDE After calling WVU fans obnoxious, Ndulue and OU defense are the ones who aren’t very nice in beatdown of Mountaineers JASON KERSEY, OU writer PERINE AND DANDY OU 41, West Virginia 31 This turns out to be nothing like the classic Tavon Austin clash two years ago, but still a competitive, entertaining game. OU freshman Samaje Perine rushes for 100 yards and two scores.

  • Big 12 football: Kansas State-Auburn game catastrophic to the Big 12's prestige

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    The Wildcats could have won. Should have won, considering they reached at least the Auburn 25-yard line on six possessions and came away with just two scores.

  • Big 12 football: Go with Central Michigan to 'upset' Kansas

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    KU is getting worse, not better. Now Central Michigan comes to Lawrence, and the Chippewas are a solid Mid-American Conference team. They were routed by Syracuse 40-3 but beat Purdue 38-17.

  • Big 12 football: Wes Lunt leading troupe of Big 12 quarterback transfers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Quarterback transfers from Big 12 schools have had an up-and-down season so far. Then there’s Illinois’ Wes Lunt.

  • Big 12 football: Slow week for conference teams

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Berry Tramel ranks the week’s Big 12 games.

  • Adrian Peterson's mother speaks out

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    HOUSTON — Adrian Peterson's mother is defending the Minnesota Vikings running back in the wake of child abuse allegations against him, saying that he is "trying hard to be a good parent." Bonita Jackson said she and Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, were "big disciplinarians" who used hands, switches and belts to occasionally spank all six of her children. An indictment by the Montgomery County grand jury accuses Adrian Peterson of felony child abuse for swatting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch and his team has taken him off the active roster while the case plays out. "I don't care what anybody says. Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes," Jackson, 50, told the Houston Chronicle in an interview from her home in suburban Houston. "But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world."

  • Dad forces 15-year-old son to play drinking game during OU vs. Tennessee

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    An Athens, Tennessee, man was arrested this week after officials said he forced his 15-year-old son to play a drinking game during the Oklahoma-Tennessee football game on Saturday. Several people at the home said the teen's father, 35-year-old Mark Allen Hughes, forced his son to play a drinking game with him while watching Tennessee take on OU. Witnesses told police that Hughes made his son play the game after he caught the 15-year-old drinking. Some of the witnesses then left the home, but when they came back, the teen was lying unresponsive on the kitchen floor. Hughes started fighting with the people in the house when they tried to take the boy to the hospital, so they put the 15-year-old in the back of a car and called police.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

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  • Oklahoma football: Why Zack Sanchez's competitiveness pushes him forward and holds him back

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Zack Sanchez and the rest of the Sooner secondary will get a big challenge Saturday when they take on West Virginia on the road.

  • West Virginia football: Why Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers are finally getting comfortable with each other

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    For the first three years, Dana Holgorsen lived in a suite and lived on the edge with West Virginia fans. But now, he’s found a home and seems to be finding his home with the program.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops wants draft declaration deadline pushed back

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday that he would like to see the NFL’s deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft pushed back.

  • Big 12 coaches not surprised by Oklahoma State, West Virginia games

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma State and West Virginia lost by a combined 16 points to Florida State and Alabama, the respective No. 1 and 2 teams in the country. Strong showing, indeed. So the question of the day was this: What does OSU’s effort against Florida State and WVU’s against Alabama say about the strength of the Big […]

  • OU holding off on paying for loss-of-value insurance policies for football players

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A recently enacted NCAA rule gives schools the flexibility to pay the insurance premiums for loss-of-value insurance to protect players whose draft stock falls The premium on such a policy was estimated by Yahoo to be $55-60,000. The money, though, isn’t unlimited. Schools can use money from the Student Assistance Fund, which is generally used […]

  • OU DE Charles Tapper expects a big Baltimore crowd Saturday vs. West Virginia

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Sooners defensive end Charles Tapper’s mom is organizing a bus trip from Tapper’s native Baltimore to Morgantown for Saturday game. The cities are about three and a half hours apart. “We’re trying to get a bus load of at least a hundred deep,” Tapper said. “Trying to. We’ll see if the guys will give me […]

  • Report: OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel a candidate for SMU job

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is a candidate for the SMU head coaching job, EJ Holland of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and the Dallas Morning News reported Thursday. The job came open when June Jones resigned earlier this month two games into the season. Tom Mason is the Mustangs’ interim coach. Heupel, who starred at OU, […]

  • OU WR Durron Neal itching for the end zone

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma junior wide receiver Durron Neal is having the best season of his career so far, already topping last year’s reception and yardage marks. But Neal is still missing something very important—a touchdown. He has 33 catches for 434 yards so far in his career but has yet to find the end zone. He’s had […]