• OU football: A look at the Sooners' recruits on the defensive side of the ball

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    [pagebreak] EMMANUEL BEAL, Linebacker SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Lackawanna Community College 6-2 215 @In_EB_We_Trust Beal was the last of the Lackawanna College trio to commit to the Sooners. He’s originally from the Columbus, Ohio, area, so OU’s upcoming games against Ohio State will be particularly meaningful to him.

  • Live Coverage: National Signing Day

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Follow up-to-the-minute coverage of National Signing Day from our high school and college coverage team and more around the web.

  • OU football: Sooners get Signing Day commitment from 4-star receiver Mykel Jones

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Oklahoma has picked up its first Signing Day surprise. Mykel Jones, a four-star wide receiver out of Patterson, La., committed to Oklahoma Wednesday morning. Jones took a surprise visit to OU this past weekend while most figured he would commit to Ole Miss.  Jones, at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, held offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Clemson, LSU, Tennessee and USC among others.

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball Q&A: Senior point guard Roddricka Patton prepares for final Bedlam

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Patton — who is averaging the second-most assists per game in the Big 12 (7.7) — discussed a variety of topics prior to tipoff with The Oklahoman.

  • For the first time in years, Signing Day in Oklahoma carries Bedlam suspense

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    When signing day dawns Wednesday, there will be several big names with local ties who have yet to announce their choices.

  • How technology shifted the recruiting sands and left parents on an island

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Imagine if your kid was talking to a stranger on the phone or on social media — and you had no idea who the person even was. Stuff like that makes most everyone squeamish. But that's seen as normal nowadays in recruiting.

  • OU women's basketball: Sooners constantly reminded of recent Bedlam embarrassment as OSU comes to town

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    “It’s probably the poorest game an Oklahoma team has played in the last 17 or 18 years,” said OU coach Sherri Coale.

  • OU student-athletes set school GPA record

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma student-athletes set a school record in the 2015 fall semester by achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better for the eighth straight semester. The department's 3.06 cumulative GPA also tied the fall 2013 and fall 2014 marks as the highest in recorded school history. "We are extremely proud of our student-athletes for their outstanding performance as students as well as athletes," said OU President David L. Boren. "They continue to break all records in terms of their academic performance. Our aspiration is to be number 1 in both academics and athletics." Fifteen of OU's 19 athletics teams held a 3.00 cumulative GPA following the fall semester, and two more owned a cumulative GPA of at

  • OU football: Ty Darlington receives FCA's Bobby Bowden Award

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Oklahoma center Ty Darlington was presented the Bobby Bowden Award by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at a luncheon Tuesday at the Petroleum Club. The award, named after the former Florida State coaching great, is presented annually to a Football Bowl Subdivision football player who epitomizes a student-athlete. "He must conduct himself as a faith model in the classroom, on the field, on the campus and in the community," according to award criteria. Nominees must carry a 3.0 grade-point average. Other finalists were Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and Arkansas running back Johnathan Williams.

  • Big 12 basketball journal: Conference coaches were not happy to be playing SEC teams in the middle of the league season. But that changed as the day progressed.

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    “A lot of coaches weren’t excited about it,” said Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford, whose squad took a 74-63 road win at Auburn. “I wasn’t overly excited about it in April, June, July and leading up to it."

  • OU basketball: OU's Khadeem Lattin went a different route than most high school athletes

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    He talked his mother into letting him homeschool — using part traditional homeschooling mixed with some online instruction and some group classes — as a way to grow himself as a basketball player.

  • Oklahoma football: Monday was all about linebackers for Sooners, who flipped Mark Jackson from Texas A&M

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Jackson, ranked as the 13th-best weakside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com, is projected to play outside linebacker for the Sooners. His commitment came on the same day when longtime linebacker commit Bryce Youngquist announced that he won’t sign Wednesday due to “personal reasons.”

  • Could Baker Mayfield transfer and get his fourth season elsewhere?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    If the school from which the player graduated signs off, the NCAA routinely allows transfers to transfer again. Heck, we’ve seen that happen twice in recent months involving OSU players.

  • OU basketball: Defense helped the Sooners come back and beat LSU

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    In the 77-75 win over the Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, the defense helped turn it around.

  • As much as Cody Thomas loves football, baseball has always had his heart

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    In his first extended interview since he announced his move from football to baseball and left the Sooners extremely thin at quarterback this spring, Thomas indicated that his decision was based on several factors. None had anything to do with being disgruntled about football.

  • OU football recruiting: Five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly is the Sooners' top remaining target for 2016

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is tentatively scheduled to hold his annual signing day news conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday, when he will announce his 2016 recruiting class and — for the first time — be able to discuss those players publicly. But signing day anxiety in Sooner Nation won't stop then, because Oklahoma's most important remaining target isn't announcing his decision until around 7:30 p.m. Five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly is choosing between OU, Notre Dame and Oregon, although it's widely believed to really be a two-team race between the Sooners and Fighting Irish. The Fresno, Calif., native would be — without a doubt — the crown jewel of OU's 2016 class if he picks the Sooners.

  • OU women's basketball: No. 21 Sooners hold off Iowa State 77-71

    By the Associated Press | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Peyton Little, Gabbi Ortiz and Maddie Manning scored 13 points apiece to help No. 21 Oklahoma beat Iowa State 77-71 on Saturday.

  • Oklahoma football: A look at the Sooners' top remaining recruiting targets

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    This is the final weekend before National Signing Day, so Oklahoma coaches are giving their final recruiting pitches to their top remaining targets.

  • OU women's basketball: Previewing the Sooners' game at Iowa State

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    No. 21 Oklahoma at Iowa State • When: 1 p.m. Saturday • Where: Hilton Coliseum — Ames, Iowa • TV: FSOK (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 412, DirecTV 676-5, U-verse 751/1751) • Radio: KREF-AM 1400 Three things to know • Oklahoma is coming off a 57-54, come-from-behind victory at home Wednesday over West Virginia. The Sooners trailed by 16 points in the first half before rallying after halftime. • Iowa State has lost four straight games entering Saturday's contest. The Cyclones most recently lost 72-62 at home to TCU on Wednesday. • This is the first meeting of the season between OU and Iowa State. The Sooners lead the all-time series 35-23, and the teams play again Saturday, Feb. 27 in

  • OU basketball: Comparing LSU's Ben Simmons and OU's Buddy Hield is inevitable

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    “It’s not me against (Hield),” Simmons told reporters earlier this week, brushing off the matchup talk. “If you watch basketball, you know it’s not me against him. If you’re saying it’s me against him, then you clearly don’t know too much about basketball because I won’t be guarding him.”