• Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The high school playoffs carry on. The Thunder winning streak does as well. Bowl season is near. What's next for Tyreek Hill? Send in your questions to Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners fullback Aaron Ripkowski is as tough as they come

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Nobody needs to see facepaint these days to know Ripkowski is a tough football player. The senior Oklahoma fullback began making that impression on his coaches and teammates within weeks of walking on in 2011.

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with OU beat writer Ryan Aber

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Log on at 11 a.m. to chat live with OU writer Ryan Aber. Ryan will be talking about the team's preparation for Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl as well as a little OU basketball.

  • Mike Stoops, Brent Venables among top paid assistant coaches in college football

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Current and former Oklahoma football coaches are among the top paid assistants in college football. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops rank 11th and 12th, respectively, on USA Today's list of NCAA football assistant coach salaries. Venables, who was on the OU staff from 1999-2011 as a co-defensive coordinator/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, is raking in a reported $875,000 from Clemson. Stoops is right behind him with $856,400. Clemson and Oklahoma will square off in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29. Other interesting tidbits from the salary summary: *LSU's offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator John Chavis are the most expensive coordinator combination in the country, each making $1.3 million. *Clemson had two of the top paid assistants in the country on one staff until offensive coordinator Chad Morris (fifth among assistants at $1.3 million) took the SMU head coaching job. *Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is the highest-paid Big 12 assistant at $897,926 per season. Among head coaches, Bob Stoops has risen to  third in the country in salary ($5,058,333). Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy ranks 15th ($3,500,000).

  • OU football: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to have ACL surgery, will miss Russell Athletic Bowl

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson will reportedly have ACL surgery on Friday, ruling him out of the Russell Athletic Bowl against Oklahoma Dec. 29. The Post and Courier's (Charleston, S.C.) Aaron Brenner reports that the Tigers have decided to shut down Watson, who showed promise for the Tigers in limited action this year, completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Watson's rehabilitation period is expected to be six-to-nine months. Senior Cole Stoudt will fill in as the starter. Stoudt has battled a shoulder injury this season and has thrown for six touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

  • OSU's Emmanuel Ogbah, Tyreek Hill; OU's Samaje Perine honored by Big 12 coaches

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were once again well represented on the coaches' All-Big 12 team, which was released Wednesday. Oklahoma State had two "Player of the Year" award recipients -- Tyreek Hill (Offensive Newcomer of the Year) and Emmanuel Ogbah (Defensive Lineman of the Year).  Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine was named the Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Follow the link below to see all of the honorees, including the All-Big 12 first and second teams.

  • LOOK: The new College Football Playoff rings are sweet

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    The College Football Playoff rings have been revealed and they are pretty sweet. Whoever wins the first ever Football Bowl Subdivision playoff between Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State will sport these rings created by Jostens, complete with the College Football Playoff symbol in the middle.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Ready to talk bowl season? How about Thunder vs. Cavaliers? Bedlam memories? Get your questions in to Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Is the Kansas State debacle still lingering for Michael Hunnicutt?

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Senior kicker Michael Hunnicutt, who entered this season considered one of the nation’s best at his position, clearly hasn’t been the same since missing two field goals and having an extra point blocked in the Sooners’ 31-30 loss to Kansas State on Oct. 18. Hunnicutt’s 44-yard attempt in overtime against Oklahoma State sailed wide left.

  • Bedlam football ratings down 48 percent from last year

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Fox Sports 1’s telecast gets 23.5 rating, down from 45.5 last year on ABC

  • OU basketball: Sooners 15th in latest ESPN Power Rankings

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    ESPN.com college basketball writer Jeff Goodman has bumped Oklahoma up three spots in his latest College Basketball Power Rankings. It's the usual suspects at the top of the list, paced by 9-0 Kentucky, but the Sooners are climbing. A key stat from Goodman: "The Sooners are the best in the nation on the defensive glass. Oklahoma is averaging 31.7 defensive rebounds a night, led by Ryan Spangler (8.9 overall rebounds per game)." The top Big 12 team in the rankings is Texas at No. 9, whose lone loss came to UK last week. The Sooners play at Tulsa on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

  • Blake Griffin's buzzer-beating three lifts Clippers past Suns

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Blake Griffin dunked, and Dr. J clapped in admiration. Griffin made a sweeping drive while being fouled, and Staples Center roared. Griffin, the former OCS and University of Oklahoma standout, connected on a step-back three-pointer as time expired, and his teammates mobbed him on the court. Griffin's approval rating may have never been higher than it was Monday night, his superb play serving as the ultimate rebuttal to the Phoenix Suns and the referees during the Clippers' emotionally charged 121-120 overtime victory.

  • College Bowl Schedule

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    College Bowl Schedule Saturday, Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 10 a.m. (ESPN) New Mexico Bowl UTEP (7-5) vs. Utah State (9-4), 1:20 p.m. (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Colorado State (10-2) vs. Utah (8-4), 2:30 p.m. (ABC) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3), 4:45 p.m. (ESPN) Camelia Bowl Bowling Green (7-6) vs. South Alabama (6-6), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 22 Miami Beach Bowl BYU (8-4) vs. Memphis (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 23 Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois (11-2), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Poinsettia Bowl Navy (6-5) vs. San Diego

  • Big 12 football: OU's Samaje Perine named AP Big 12 newcomer of the year

    By STEPHEN HAWKINS , AP Sports Writer | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL — OSU’s Tyreek Hill and Emmanuel Ogbah, along with OU’s Perine, Daryl Williams, Eric Striker and Zack Sanchez, were named to the All-Big 12 first team.

  • 2014-15 College Football Bowl Guide

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Bowl season is finally here, and we have you covered. There are 39 games in all from Dec. 20 to Jan. 12. Among them are Oklahoma vs. Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl (Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m., ESPN) and Oklahoma State vs. Washington in the Cactus Bowl (Jan. 2, 9:15 p.m., ESPN). But how do the games rate? The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson gives ever bowl a star rating from 1 to 4. One star is mediocre watching. Four stars is a can't-miss matchup. Here's the 2014-15 Bowl Guide.

  • Oklahoma football: Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables will get a crack at stopping OU's offense

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    So far, Venables’ impact at Clemson has been apparent. Entering bowl season, the Tigers lead the nation in total defense with only 259.6 yards per game allowed.

  • Oklahoma football: Former Jenks teammates meet again on Tyreek Hill's punt return

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Dylan Harding’s block on Steven Parker helped spring Hill on the punt return for the game-tying touchdown.

  • We were warned: The Big 12 needs a championship game

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    While the other four big-boy conferences staged championship games over the weekend, the Big 12 finished off its regular-season schedule. And those four title-game victors advanced to the national semifinals.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops says bowl prep not affected by Bedlam

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    The Sooners (8-4, 5-4 Big 12) will face Clemson (9-3, 6-2 ACC) in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29 at 4:30 p.m. The game is played inside Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.

  • Bedlam wrestling: Ninth-ranked Cowboys hold off upset-minded Sooners

    By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    OSU wrestling now leads the Bedlam series 134-27-10.