• Cheers to selling beer at college football games

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A couple weeks ago, Texas decided to open the tap to serving alcohol at football games. Among schools that play big-time college football, it becomes the 33rd to sell alcohol throughout its stadium. Even though that's only about a fourth of all Division I schools, the total could be counted on two hands not so long ago. And the total now doesn't include schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State selling alcohol in premium seating areas such as suites and clubs. Texas is by far the biggest name on the list of schools selling beer and wine at football games, so it seems like it may only be a matter of time before more follow suit. Cheers to that. Many university leaders including OU president David Boren

  • Big 12 stability solution: Expand to 14 teams, start a network

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Following on OU president David Boren saying that he's in favor of the Big 12 Conference expanding , foxsports.com's Clay Travis wants to take that idea a step further. Instead of expansion to 12 teams, how about 14? And add a network as well. The only way the Big 12 expands is with a Big 12 Network, Travis says. But that would mean Texas would have to give up the Longhorn Network and roll it into the Big 12 Network. And even if that were to happen, the monetary pieces of the pie wouldn't be big enough for schools besides Texas. "You'd probably have to guarantee Texas an unequal share of the revenue since they'd be giving up the LHN in the process," said Travis. The solution: Expansion to 14 schools, with Travis offering up Cincinnati, Central Florida or South Florida, BYU and Memphis as options in order to dip into larger TV markets (and football-crazed fan bases) of Ohio, Tennessee and Florida.

  • List of major college football programs selling alcohol in their stadiums continues to grow

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

      ON TAP Major-college football schools that are expected to sell alcohol throughout their stadiums during the 2015 season:  On-Campus Stadiums Akron Bowling Green Cincinnati Colorado State Houston Kent State Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Louisville Minnesota Nevada North Texas SMU Syracuse Texas Toledo Troy Tulane UNLV UTEP Western Kentucky West Virginia Off-Campus Stadiums Connecticut Georgia State Hawaii Massachusetts Memphis Miami San Diego State South Alabama South Florida Temple Texas-San Antonio

  • Hype and Hope: Baker Mayfield is the latest quarterback to make headlines before ever taking a Sooner snap

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    First came the lengthy public and often contentious transfer spat with Texas Tech. Then came the revelations that he has smooth dance moves and a Bedlam girlfriend. Most recently, there was the more serious Twitter discourse on racial violence in the aftermath of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. Baker Mayfield sure has made a lot of headlines for someone who hasn't even been named a starter. Granted, just about everyone with Sooner Nation citizenship believes that is only a matter of time — and many believe stardom is only a matter of time, too — and yet, all of this begs a question.

  • Top Five: Most ballyhooed quarterbacks in OU history

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    With Oklahoma quarterback hopeful Baker Mayfield making all sorts of headlines this summer, it got us thinking about the Sooner signal callers who've been most ballyhooed before ever taking a snap in a game.  Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson takes a stab at the quarterbacks who were most hyped before their Sooner careers began. 1. Jack Mildren: Even though he played in the pre-internet days, no quarterback was more revered by the time he arrived at OU. Mildren was the nation's top recruit in 1968 and the focus on a lengthy Sports Illustrated piece that fall. His legend was so great that even though he was ineligible for the varsity as all freshmen were in those days, Sooner fans flocked to the freshmen games to see him

  • OU softball signee Sydney Romero to face sister, Sierra, at World Cup of Softball

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Romero sisters - Sydney and Sierra - have the rare opportunity to play against each other on a national state Wednesday night in the World Cup of Softball. Sydney, an incoming freshman at OU, will represent the U.S. junior women's national team, while Sierra, a rising senior at Michigan, will play for the U.S. women's national team in the competition. The two teams will face off on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Irvine, Calif. Sydney, 18, had a chance to follow in her sister's footsteps at Michigan, but chose to commit to the Sooners after an official visit to Norman. She was on hand in Oklahoma City with her family this summer for the Women's College World Series, as Sierra and Michigan made it to the Championship Series against eventual national champion Florida.

  • OU football: Lincoln Riley quickly piling up quarterback recruits

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Sooners secured a commitment from Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison, a four-star prospect, on Friday night.

  • Emergency fill-in at Alamo Bowl put Lincoln Riley on Stoops' radar

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The 2009 Alamo Bowl wasn’t the most conducive environment for success. Not if you were in Texas Tech red. Remember the old George Costanza line, “the sea was rough that day, my friend”? Well, on Jan. 2, 2010, the stadium was rough. Tech had suspended coach Mike Leach, and the Alamodome brewed with discontent. Leach’s staff backed him. So did Tech fans, who held up “Team Leach” signs. But Tech players weren’t so supportive, many indicating they were on the side of teammate Adam James, whose treatment by Leach led to the suspension. Amidst the turmoil, a funny thing happened. The old Texas Tech offense broke out. The Red Raiders, who weren’t having a glorious season, beat Michigan State 41-31. And

  • OU football: Sooners get 2017 QB commit

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Oklahoma still hasn't announced its quarterback for the upcoming season. But the Sooners now have their quarterback for the 2017 class. Chris Robison, who attended an OU satellite camp in Texas recently, committed to the Sooners on Friday. He announced his decision on Twitter. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Robison had offers that included Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Kansas and Tulsa. The Mesquite (Texas) Horn product is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Robison is from the same school as sophomore offensive lineman Jonathan Alvarez. His commitment came shortly after 2017 Denton (Texas) Guyer quarterback Chris Robinson committed to TCU. Robison is the first 2017 commit for the Sooners.

  • Bob Barry Jr. stories will help a hurting state

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    It’s been a rough week. We lost Bob Barry Jr., someone we all knew and seemed like always was part of our lives. The memorial service Friday at Crossings Community Church was historic. The biggest funeral most of us could remember. More dignitaries than empty seats. The Barry family designed a service dedicated to laughter and good memories. Mission accomplished. It’s just what Oklahomans needed. The tonic for BBJ’s family is not so simple, but hopefully the stories helped. High school teammate Greg Blackburn told of BBJ streaking story through Norman’s Central Junior High in 1973, and if you don’t know what streaking is, ask your parents. Don’t google it.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 1, junior quarterback Baker Mayfield

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    NORMAN—After a massively disappointing 2014 season, Oklahoma faces several questions entering the 2015 campaign. This is the last of a 10-part blog series from Jason Kersey and me, breaking down the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015. The list has included players form both sides of the ball and special teamers, a freshman and seniors. The top spot was relatively easy to pick—junior quarterback Baker Mayfield is the most important Sooner for this season.  NO. 1 BAKER MAYFIELD Class: Junior 2014 stats: Had to sit out last season after transferring from Texas Tech. Lost a year of eligibility as well due to transferring

  • College football early betting lines: OU favored at Oklahoma State

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Golden Nugget is the first Las Vegas sportsbook to open its betting on individual college football games. Here are the opening betting lines on some of OU's and Oklahoma State's games this season, along with some other notable national matchups: Oklahoma Sept. 12, Oklahoma at Tennessee -3 Oct. 3, West Virginia at Oklahoma -10 Oct. 10, Oklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (at Cotton Bowl, Dallas) Oct. 17, Oklahoma -3 at Kansas State Nov. 14, Oklahoma at Baylor -13 Nov. 21, TCU -5 at Oklahoma Nov. 27, Oklahoma -3 at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Sept. 26, Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5 Oct. 3, Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4 Oct. 10, Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5 Nov. 7, TCU -11 at Oklahoma State Nov. 21, Baylor -10 at Oklahoma State Nov. 27, Oklahoma -3 at Oklahoma State National Sept. 5 Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington, Texas) Texas at Notre Dame -7.5 Nov. 27 Baylor at TCU -6 Ohio State -13 at Michigan Alabama -3.5 at Auburn

  • Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby expects deregulation of conference title games to be approved

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Is the Big 12 championship game in football on its way back? It could be as early at 2016. A formal proposal for the deregulation of conference championship games, which would allow the return of the Big 12 Championship game in football, was advanced to the NCAA Council this week and is expected to be approved in January, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told ESPN. Bowlsby said "in the end, I expect that it will be approved." Current NCAA rules call for conferences to have 12 teams and two divisions in order to have a conference championship game. The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference currently without a title game. Deregulation would open the door for the Big 12 to have a title game without having to expand to 12 teams, something OU president David Boren said earlier this week the Big 12 "should strive for." Deregulation, however, doesn't guarantee the Big 12 will get a title game in 2016, as Bowlsby said in May that he didn't sense a title game was where the league was headed. In March, Bowlsby said the Big 12's athletic directors are in favor of ending the conference's co-champion policy.

  • Tramel: After 49 years, Channel 4 will never be the same

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    In 1966, the Braves were in Milwaukee, the Marines were in Vietnam and the Beatles were in mop-tops. In 1966, Jim Mackenzie coached the Sooners. Phil Cutchin coached the Cowboys. Eddie Sutton coached Southern Idaho Junior College. In 1966, Channel 4 hired Bob Barry. And for 49 years, a Bob Barry, Senior or Junior, delivered the nightly sports into Oklahoma homes. Until last weekend, when Bob Barry Jr. was killed in a motor scooter crash. Gone too young, at age 58. News changes. Television changes. Viewers change. But some things stayed the same. For half a century, Channel 4 had an iconic Bob Barry reporting sports. Channel 4 has changed call letters more often (twice) than it’s changed sports directors

  • OU, OSU land six players on Athlon All-America teams

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Athlonsports.com released its 2015 All-America teams on Thursday and several Sooners and one Cowboy are on the list. OU has two offensive players and two defensive players on Athlon's All-America squads. Linebacker Eric Striker and defensive back Zack Sanchez lead the way as second-team All-America selections. Running back Samaje Perine and wide receiver Sterling Shepard are each on Athlon's fourth-team offense. For Oklahoma State, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was selected as a third-team All-American. The publication released its preseason All-Big 12 team earlier this month.

  • Ten most important 2015 Sooners: No. 2, senior linebacker Eric Striker

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NORMAN — Continuing our 10-part blog series on the players whose performances will be most critical to the Sooners’ success in 2015, here’s a look at No. 2. NO 2: ERIC STRIKER Position: Outside linebacker Class: Senior 2014 stats: 68 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two fumble recoveries, five pass breakups The skinny: Striker is clearly one of the elite players on the team — and one of the best pass rushers in college football — but OU coaches are still tinkering with his role, figuring out exactly how to use the immensely talented senior. He’s made 17.

  • OU's 2014 football team was better than the Sugar Bowl squad says Athlon

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    In the last two seasons, one Oklahoma team went 11–2 and upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Another went 8–5 and got offensive coaches fired. At initial glance, one team is clearly better than the other, but Athlon Sports says otherwise. The magazine took a look at Football Outsiders' F/+ ratings, which is "an opponent-adjusted look at per-play and per-drive efficiency," looking at what is "most sustainable and controllable" as opposed to just a team's record or rankings in the polls. The result? OU's Sugar Bowl season ended with the Sooners having an F/+ ranking of 23rd, but following 2014's collapse against Clemson, OU actually went up to 19th. How? A combination of luck in 2013 and unluckiness in 2014. There's more to it here from Athlon's Bill Connelly, but here's a sample from athlonsports.com: "In 2013, Oklahoma recovered 68 percent of all fumbles. In 2014, the Sooners recovered 39 percent. In 2013, they went 8–0 in games decided by 15 or fewer points. In 2014, they lost three games by eight combined points. The dis-spiriting losses to Baylor (48–14 in Norman) and Clemson (40–6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl) proved that the Sooners were not an elite team, but 2013’s late-season luck set an unfair bar. And when Oklahoma failed to meet that bar, the demands for change set in."  

  • Boren says Big 12 should expand, but be selective

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Boren expressed his desire to see the league expand back to 12 teams — if the right fit is available — at the board of regents meeting on OU’s campus and said the perception that the TV deal could hold back a possible expansion was inaccurate.

  • Media notes: Russell Westbrook gets ESPY nomination for best NBA player

    By  Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has been nominated for Best NBA Player in the 2015 ESPY Awards. Westbrook led the NBA in scoring with 28.1 average and put up 11 triple-double performances, seven more than his closest competition. Also nominated in the category are Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James. Former OU softball player Lauren Chamberlain was nominated for Best Record-Breaking Performance for breaking the a 13-year-old NCAA softball record with her 91st home run. She set the record in 52 fewer games than the previous record holder.

  • OU athletics: University president David Boren says no beer at OU events

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

      University of Oklahoma president David Boren dismissed the idea that beer sales would be permitted at football and other athletic events any time soon.   “I don’t think it creates a very good game day environment,” Boren said. “That’s my view.”   Texas will begin selling beer at football games this season. The Longhorns allowed beer sales at basketball, baseball and softball games last year.