• Oklahoma football: With new dorms, new blood and a stadium renovation, OU's got one key recruiting piece left to get

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Over the last year, Oklahoma has been steadily crossing off any reason for recruiting excuses. So what do the Sooners need now? A recent national title could provide the biggest boost.

  • Book review: 'Port Robertson: Behind the Scenes of Sooner Sports' by Edgar L. Frost

    By Hayley Riggs McGhee, Assistant Sports Editor | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Nonfiction book shares stories about former OU coach Port Robertson.

  • Oklahoma athletics: Traditional students weigh in on life in Headington Hall

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    What is life like for the traditional students who live in a stunning facility that was built for athletes? Here’s a look at what several folks had to say about the subject.

  • Oklahoma athletics: What's it like to be a non-athlete living in Headington Hall?

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Despite the fact that OU student-athletes represent a minority inside the $75 million, state-of-the-art residence hall that was built for them, non-athletes who lived in Headington Hall during its inaugural year say they didn’t feel like outsiders or unwelcomed.

  • Oklahoma athletics: Why more than half of Headington Hall's residents are non-athletes

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    NCAA rules prohibit any campus housing facilities being designated exclusively for athletics, so 51 percent of the residents must be non-athletes.

  • AUDIO: Trevor Knight lauded for impressive Manning Academy

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is one of 40 top college quarterbacks — a group that includes Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Baylor’s Bryce Petty — who are working as counselors at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. Mike Detillier is a Louisiana-based sports journalist and football analyst, and he’s […]

  • Lawton's Jalin Barnett to decide between OU and Arkansas

    ryan aber, jason kersey | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett, one of the top recruits in the state for the 2015 class, has narrowed his choice to two. Barnett said he will choose between Oklahoma and Arkansas, though a choice is not eminent. The 6-foot-3, 303-pound offensive guard said he will still take his five officials visits this fall and […]

  • Oklahoma football: Cornerback Zack Sanchez lands on 2014 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

      NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez is one of 39 players listed on the watch list for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award, given each year to college football’s best defensive back. Sanchez joins TCU senior Sam Carter and Texas senior Quandre Diggs as the three Big 12 defensive backs to appear on the […]

  • OU football: Trevor Knight among elite quarterbacks at Manning Passing Academy

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    OU's Trevor Knight is among a who's who of top college quarterbacks at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodeax, La., this week. Knight is joined by fellow Big 12 quarterback Bryce Petty, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and others in a group of 40 college quarterbacks who are serving as counselors to more than 1,000 high school football players from around the country.

  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma defenders Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper were named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, released Thursday morning by the Football Writers Association of America. The 81-man list included 13 from the Big 12 Conference, and the Sooners were one of 12 schools to land at least three players […]

  • OU basketball: Sooners guard Buddy Hield impressing at the LeBron James Skills Academy

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    OU’s Buddy Hield is making a name for himself in Las Vegas. Much of the buzz the initial two days of the LeBron James Skills Academy has come from Hield’s play. The Sooners guard, wearing No. 2 at the prestigious invite-only camp, has impressed the legion of media members on hand Wednesday and Thursday. Been impressed with Oklahoma’s […]

  • Oklahoma football: Daryl Williams named to 2014 Outland Trophy watch list

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior offensive tackle Daryl Williams was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy Watch list, which was released Thursday morning by the Football Writers Association of America. The 64-man list included 19 players from the Southeastern Conference. Williams was one of nine lineman on the list from the Big 12. The Outland Trophy […]

  • College football awards watch list release schedule

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Here is a tentative schedule (including state school nominees) of when the preseason college football awards lists will be released, as provided by the National College Football Awards Association. Some awards lists have already been announced this week as well as earlier this year: Monday Bednarik Award (college football’s top defensive player): Charles Tapper, Eric […]

  • Power Lunch chat recap: Mike Sherman talks Pau Gasol, LeBron James, Dorial Green-Beckham and the US Senior Open

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    On Wednesday, Sports editor Mike Sherman was on the Power Lunch chat from H&H Shooting Sports, discussing the Thunder free agency watch, OU and Dorial Green-Beckham, and Reggie Jackson's contract. Here's the full transcript:

  • Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt on Lou Groza Award Watch List

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Oklahoma senior Michael Hunnicutt is one of 30 players on the Lou Groza Award preseason watch list, presented to the nation's best kicker, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The list chooses kickers based on statistics from the 2013 season and expectations for 2014. Hunnicutt returns to OU as one of the nation's most accomplished kickers. A Lou Groza semifinalist in 2012 and 2013, Hunnicutt was 24-of-27 least season and 47-of-48 on extra points. He's just 40 points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer in OU history, regardless of position. The list will be updated throughout the season, with 20 semifinalists announced on Nov. 6. Three finalists will be selected by Nov. 24 and the national winner will be announced Dec. 11 during the Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla.

  • Oklahoma football: J.C. Watts discusses college football's changing landscape

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    J.C. Watts, a former OU quarterback and four-term Republican congressman, spoke with The Oklahoman about Congress meddling in college football, the new playoff system and the debate over paying college athletes.

  • Former OU players Cameron Clark, Amath M'Baye on Los Angeles Clippers summer league roster

    Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    The Los Angeles Clippers today announced their roster for the 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, and two formers Sooners are on the 12-man squad. Forwards Cameron Clark and Amath M'Baye will each play for the Clippers in the tournament-style summer league starting this week. Clark and M'Baye each went undrafted in the 2014 and 2013 NBA Drafts, respectively.

  • OU's Buddy Hield heading to Vegas for LeBron James Skills Academy

    ryan aber | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Oklahoma junior guard Buddy Hield said he wanted to use his performance in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy to earn a spot in LeBron James’ similar event. Hield did just that and will head to Las Vegas on Tuesday to participate in James’ skills academy this week. The academy begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday […]

  • Oklahoma football: Blake Bell, Taylor McNamara named to John Mackey Award watch list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    NORMAN — Blake Bell hasn’t played a single snap at tight end in his entire life. Regardless, he was named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding tight end, on Tuesday morning. Joining Bell on the Mackey watch list is fellow Sooner tight end Taylor […]

  • Former OU football player Larry Birdine faces assault charges

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    A former University of Oklahoma defensive end with a history of domestic violence, faces two more domestic abuse charges after an incident July 2 in Norman requiring the victim to get her head stapled to close a wound, as first reported by the Norman Transcript. Larry Dean Birdine Jr., 30, of Norman was charged Monday in Cleveland County District Court. His charges included domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor. Birdine went undrafted out of OU in 2007 and spent three seasons between four teams in the NFL from 2007-2009. He last played professionally for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 2010.