• SEC, Big 12 announce women's basketball challenge

    Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference announced plans for the formation of a women's basketball challenge beginning in the fall of 2014. Texas will play Texas A&M, and Oklahoma will face off against Arkansas on Dec. 21 at the Verizon Center in Little Rock, Ark. In 2015, the games will move to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, with Texas A&M vs. OU and Texas vs. Arkansas. The Big 12 announced on its website Thursday that the two teams from each league will participate in the initial two years of the challenge in an effort to promote the 2015 SEC Championship in Little Rock, and the 2016 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City.

  • OU-Tulsa kickoff time set for 11 a.m.

    Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The American Athletic conference announced Thursday that Oklahoma and Tulsa will kickoff at 11 a.m. on Sept. 6 at TU's Chapman Stadium. The game will be published on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Columnist Berry Tramel is answering your questions on Thunder, Big 12 football and more from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • OU, OSU each appear in ESPN's 'Position U' defensive rankings

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    On Tuesday, ESPN released its "Position U" offense rankings in an attempt to grade the best programs by position in the 2000s. Oklahoma was well represented on that side of the ball, taking home "Quarterback U" honors, but how did the Sooners -- and Oklahoma State Cowboys -- fare when under the defensive microscope? Results were good again for the Sooners under the ESPN scoring system, as OU ranked in the top five on the defensive line (fourth), linebackers (tied for second with Alabama) and defensive backs (second). Ohio State dominated the defensive side of "Position U," racking up the most points in linebackers, defensive backs and kickers. Oklahoma State was ranked No. 4 in kickers, with points coming from the decorated trio of Matt Fodge, Dan Bailey and Quinn Sharp.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins practices 'full speed'

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Oklahoma junior-to-be Isaiah Cousins practiced “full speed” Monday as he recovers from a gunshot wound, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said Tuesday. Cousins was shot in his left shoulder on May 27 in his hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y., during a gang-related shooting. “Isaiah’s doing great,” Kruger said. “He practiced full speed yesterday. He was very lucky to come out of it as he did. … That bullet could’ve gone anywhere.” Neither Cousins nor anyone in his group were involved with the gangs, but were bystanders when he was struck as he walked to a friend’s house. In a story posted on SoonerSports.com on Monday, OU athletic trainer Alex Brown said Cousins could be cleared to fully return at any time.

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell's love for the game shines through in annual youth football camp

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Jay Norvell Football Camp concludes Wednesday at Whittier Middle School, wrapping up what the Sooners’ co-offensive coordinator calls one of his favorite events of each year.

  • OU is 'Quarterback U' of 2000s according to ESPN rankings

    Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    It was a close call, but OU came out as "Quarterback U" in ESPN.com's rankings of the best schools at specific positions in the 2000s. With two Heisman winners and plenty of national awards, Oklahoma's quarterbacks from 2000-01 to 2013-14 scored a 142 to Southern Cal's 134 in ESPN's Position U rankings. The rankings awarded programs points based on college football award winners, consensus All-Americans, NFL first-round draft picks, coaches' first-team all-conference picks, NFL draft picks through rounds 2-4, and draft picks through rounds 5-7. OU grading out better than USC came down to college football awards, says ESPN's David Ching: "Other schools might have a better record of placing quarterbacks in the pros," said Ching. "But the Sooners have been one of the nation's most consistent programs in the 2000s thanks in part to solid quarterback play from the likes of (Jason) White, (Sam) Bradford, Josh Heupel and Landry Jones." Rounding out ESPN's top five in the "Quarterback U" rankings were Texas (122 points), Florida State (102) and Florida (100). Oklahoma State tied with Pittsburgh and TCU with 16 points on the "Quarterback U" rankings.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins 'full speed' in practice after recovering from gunshot wound

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma junior-to-be Isaiah Cousins practiced “full speed” Monday as he recovers from a gunshot wound, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said Tuesday. Cousins was shot in his left shoulder on May 27 in his hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y., during a gang-related shooting. “Isaiah’s doing great,” Kruger said. “He practiced full speed yesterday. He was very lucky to come out of it as he did. … That bullet could’ve gone anywhere.” Neither Cousins nor anyone in his group were involved with the gangs but were bystanders when he was struck as he walked to a friend’s house. In a story posted on SoonerSports.com on Monday, OU athletic trainer Alex Brown said Cousins could be cleared to fully return at

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Join columnist Jenni Carlson at 11 a.m. to discuss the NBA offseason, Thunder changes, the World Cup, Big 12 football and more on the Power Lunch chat. Get your questions in now.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins doing limited basketball work, waiting for shoulder to finish healing

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    OU trainer Alex Brown said Isaiah Cousins could be fully cleared in a week or less barring a setback.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners No. 4 in Phil Steele's projected end-of-season top 5

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Phil Steele's annual dictionary-sized college football preview has the Oklahoma Sooners as the No. 4 team in the country at season's end. Only defending national champion Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State will finish higher than the Sooners according to Steele. Rather than rank teams by where they will begin the season, Steele projects where they'll end up after all the games are played. In Steele's eyes, the Sooners will will be one of four teams in the inaugural College Football Playoff. "No team in the country outside of Florida State comes into the season with more momentum than the Sooners," Steele says in his OU analysis. Steele ranks OU in all eight categories of his top positional units, with four positions ranked in the top 12 nationally. He says the Sooners' schedule also helps their lofty ranking. OU's schedule is rated 49th in the nation according to Steele, and he also points to not having a conference championship game and playing Baylor in Norman as advantages for the Sooners. "In their five true road games they take on just one team that had a winning record last year (although TCU will be tough)," he says.

  • Oklahoma football: Blake Bell weighs in on relationship with Trevor Knight, transition to tight end

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    In an interview with The Oklahoman last week, Blake Bell said he remained close with Trevor Knight throughout last season's back-and-forth position battle and that the two have "always been buddies."

  • Oklahoma football: OU's projected to contend, but recent projections have been deceiving

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    In the eight seasons after the 2000 title, seven times in the final AP poll OU placed no more than three spots away from where it was projected in the preseason AP poll. Now, the opposite is true. In the previous five seasons, only once has OU finished within 10 slots of its preseason poll placing.

  • OU basketball: Sooners get commitment from 7-footer Akolda Manyang, cousin of Longar Longar

    ryan aber | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    OU basketball received a commitment for the Class of 2015 in center Akolda Manyang (Indian Hills CC, Ottumwa, Iowa). Manyang, the cousin of former Sooners center Longar Longar, averaged 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as a freshman for Indian Hills. The 7-foot, 220 pounder, is reportedly OU's top target in recruiting for 2015. Manyang is OU's first commitment in the 2015 class.

  • Teammates forever: The story of former Sooner Brewster Hobby's longtime dedication to teammate Bob Cornell's rehab

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Every Tuesday and Thursday, Brewster Hobby comes to Bob Cornell’s home and puts his old quarterback through a physical therapy workout.

  • Collected wisdom: Glenn Sullivan, former OU baseball and football standout

    Interviewed by Ryan Aber, raber@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Age: 49 Residence: Bixby When he left the University of Oklahoma to begin his climb through professional baseball, Glenn Sullivan didn’t know he wanted to be a high school coach. The three-sport standout in high school and two-sport player for the Sooners — Sullivan was also a backup quarterback at OU — had a degree in public affairs and administration. But after a minor league career that led him as far as Triple-A in the Cubs’ organization, Sullivan decided to give coaching a try, first in independent ball and then at Jenks. He coached the Trojans to a state title in 2000 before leaving coaching for a few years to spend more time with his family.

  • Oklahoma football: Blake Bell's resilience, flexibility resonate with residents from his hometown of Wichita

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Wichita, Kan., native Blake Bell's up-and-down 2013 season, subsequent position change and sprained knee have done nothing but enhance the way those in his hometown view him, largely because of the graceful way he handled the adversity.

  • OU chat: Ryan Aber talks football recruiting, Isaiah Cousins and more

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    OU writer Ryan Aber jumped on the Power Lunch chat Friday to talk about Sooners sports, including the latest recruiting surge, the backup quarterback race and basketball. Here's the full transcript.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners get commitment from guard Dominique Hearne

    ryan aber | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma’s strong June recruiting push continued Thursday when the Sooners picked up a commitment from guard Dominique Hearne. Hearne (6-foot-3, 288 pounds) announced his commitment on Twitter. The three-star prospect is the third commitment in the last nine days for the Sooners. All three are from Texas. Hearne is from Lancaster, Texas. The school is already well-represented on OU’s roster, with alums Quentin Hayes and Dakota Austin playing for the Sooners. While Hearne didn’t go through drills during the Sooners’ camp over the weekend, he came to Norman to get a feel for the coaches and players. He is the seventh commitment for the 2015 class for the Sooners.

  • Oklahoma senior Blake Bell on his 2014 expectations: 'National championship'

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Legendary former OU running back Joe Washington, who knows a thing or two about winning national championships, hopes the Sooners carry their momentum from the Sugar Bowl into next season. But he also knows they also need to remember how 2012 ended.