• Oklahoma football: Versatility of Geneo Grissom and Eric Striker has made the Sooner defense stronger in 2014

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Oklahoma is entering its second season with its current defensive scheme, and because of versatile athletes like Geneo Grissom and Eric Striker, Sooner coaches are better able to implement their full vision of it.

  • Oklahoma football: Surveillance tape in Joe Mixon case to be viewed by media on Thursday

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    After an open records request was filed by The Oklahoman, the Norman Police Department will show the surveillance video associated with the Joe Mixon case to members of the media at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Copies of the tape will not be made available. The department will not allow any cameras or image recording devices during the viewing. Mixon, 18, was charged with misdemeanor acts resulting in gross injury stemming from an early morning incident July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of the campus. Mixon allegedly punched 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor following a confrontation at the restaurant. Molitor suffered a fractured jaw, fractured cheek bone, fractured sinus and fractured orbital bone.

  • The Big 12 Conference should have listened to Kevin Weiberg

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The league’s former commissioner wanted to form a Big 12 Network. But he couldn’t sell it to enough schools, and now the Big 12 has been passed by other conferences and their channels.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: The Tulsa World's Kelly Hines talks about this weekend's game

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 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 […]

  • OU kicker Michael Hunnicutt closing in on DeMarco Murray's record

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Before Saturday’s opener against Louisiana Tech, former Sooners and current Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray texted Sooners coach Bob Stoops. “Coach, don’t kick too many field goals this year because you have to keep my record intact,” Murray said. Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt scored 12 points—two field goals and six extra points—in Saturday’s 48-16 win […]

  • Know the foe: Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship talks about facing OU

    Ryan Sharp | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Tulsa football coach Bill Blankenship met with the media on Tuesday to preview his team’s game against Oklahoma on Saturday. Here is the transcript of Blankenship’s press conference: Blankenship’s opening statement: “Certainly we’re getting ready for Oklahoma. Very prestigious program. A lot of tradition. We have great admiration. You don’t grow up in Oklahoma and […]

  • OU basketball: Sooners unveil new uniforms for 2014-15 season

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    The OU Equipment twitter account showed off the Sooners' new uniforms for the 2014-15 season. Standard fare for the most part. At first glance, there's not much change except for the new Big 12 logo on the chest, no red stripe on the shoulders, and a thinner red stripe down the sides of the...

  • VIDEO: 'Adrian Peterson vs. Machine' in new Castrol commercial

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Former OU running back Adrian Peterson is the star of a new commericial for Castrol EDGE motor oil. Peterson -- in his Minnesota Vikings colors, his skin painted chrome and apparently wearing some eerie black contacts -- races a car through a cone drill, then ends up colliding with the car and exiting through the driver's side in an expensive-looking suit. Pretty crazy stuff. Check it out above.

  • Sooners No. 4, OSU unranked in Week 2 AP College Football Poll

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Despite Oklahoma State pushing Florida State in their season opener, the Cowboys didn't make the AP Top 25 for week 2. FSU retains the No. 1 ranking, followed by Alabama, Oregon, OU and Auburn. Oklahoma is one of seven schools to receive a first-places vote. Texas A&M and Georgia were the big movers in the poll, as the Aggies moved from 21st to ninth, and the Bulldogs went from 12th to sixth. Texas and Oklahoma State are the first two teams outside the top 25.

  • OU football: Tennessee OT Jacob Gilliam out for season with ACL injury

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Tennessee's task against OU just got a little tougher. Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that senior starting left tackle Jacob Gilliam had suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Two weeks away from playing Oklahoma in Norman, the injury to Gilliam can't be good for a Tennessee team already lacking depth up front. The Volunteers entered the season with new starters at every position on their offensive and defensive lines. "I feel for Jacob because he earned the respect of his peers and has worked so hard for the tackle position," Jones said. "This will serve him later on when dealing with adversity. I love him, I love his family and everything he stands for." Tennessee opened the season with a 38-7 win over Utah State. The Vols host Arkansas State on Saturday before facing OU on Sept. 13.

  • OU No. 3, Oklahoma State just outside Week 2 Amway Coaches Poll

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

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  • Oklahoma football: Ranking the 10 best Sooners following the 2014 season opener

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 15 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma opened its 2014 season with a 48-16 rout of Louisiana Tech, so it’s time to update my list of the top-10 Sooner football players. I last updated it April 24 after the spring game. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below. 1. Eric Striker, Jr., LB: Striker’s […]

  • Joe Mixon surveillance video to be shown to media members

    Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    After an Open Records request filed by The Oklahoman, the Norman Police Department will show the surveillance video associated with the Joe Mixon case Thursday morning to members of the media. The department will not allow any cameras or image recording devices during the viewing. Mixon, 18, was charged with misdemeanor acts resulting in gross injury stemming from […]

  • OU WR Sterling Shepard gets stiffed by official

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 15 hr ago

    After scoring a touchdown midway through the first quarter Saturday, Sterling Shepard’s attempt to give side judge Craig Faulkner a five was rebuffed. As Shepard stuck out his right hand walking back to the sideline, Faulkner slid his right hand behind his back. Shepard tweeted a television clip of the sequence on Sunday, posting “Why […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Jason Kersey

    staff reports | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Get your questions in to OU writer Jason Kersey on the Power Lunch chat. He'll be on at 11 a.m. with a look-ahead to Tulsa and to talk about the Sooners' opener against Louisiana Tech.

  • Oklahoma football: More on Sooner linebacker Eric Striker and his mother

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 16 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker told me a couple weeks ago that he is inspired every day buy his mother, Lia Skelton. “I get my kindness from her,” Striker said. “My humbleness from her. My relentlessness from her.” Skelton is a single mother of three, and after Eric — her youngest — left to […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard's biggest fan isn't crazy about his new role in the return game

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Scary memories from Oct. 30, 1988 — when she watched her husband Derrick knocked unconscious during a kick return — are why Cheri Shepard is uneasy about her son Sterling taking over as Oklahoma’s punt returner.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners' Eric Striker compares Kenneth Dixon's flop to LeBron James

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Late in the second quarter of Saturday's 48-16 win over Lousiana Tech, Bulldogs’ running back Kenneth Dixon and Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker got tangled up a bit after a play. When Striker raised his arm, Dixon fell back like he’d been hit forcefully. There was no flag on the play, which came two plays before Louisiana Tech kicked a field goal. Striker was asked Monday whether it looked like a soccer flop. “He did, didn’t he?" Striker said. “Flopping like that. Or LeBron James. Something like that.” Striker talked to Dixon about it after the game ended. “I was kind of caught off guard,” Striker said. “That’s just him trying to get a penalty. He sold it a lot, didn't he? Like he almost

  • Big 12 notebook: From Ames to Waco, critical injuries across the conference

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    The first week of college football was an injury-filled one for Big 12 teams. The biggest news came out of Austin, where Texas coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback David Ash will miss the Longhorns’ game against BYU this week due to a concussion. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will get his first start at quarterback. Ash played in just three games last season due to concussions. Strong said that Ash’s family and medical staff will need to consider if he’ll continue playing. It gets worse, as starting center Dominic Espinosa — UT's most experienced lineman — suffered a broken ankle and will miss the rest of the season. It’s even worse news for UT considering the slate of games the Longhorns have coming

  • Big 12 rankings: OSU, West Virginia move up

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    I’ll rank the Big 12 football teams each week, usually on Sunday, but since the fightin’ Baylor Bears played Sunday night, this is a Labor Day special. I try to rank them based on this: how will the teams finish in the conference race? That’s not exactly the same as ranking them in terms of […]