• Oklahoma football: Why the Russell Athletic Bowl is Trevor Knight's chance to stake his claim to the starting quarterback position

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Trevor Knight was so good against Alabama that Blake Bell moved to tight end and Kendal Thompson to Salt Lake City. It’s doubtful that Knight can do enough against Clemson to make Baker Mayfield change positions or zip codes, but it’s completely reasonable to think Knight can stake claim on the job that’s been his the better part of two years.

  • Oklahoma vs. Clemson: How Brent Venables turned around the Clemson defense

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Clemson didn’t field an elite defense during Brent Venables’ first season, but it certainly has become one. The Tigers lead the nation in total defense — allowing 259.6 yards per game — entering Monday’s Russell Athletic Bowl clash with Oklahoma, Venables’ former team.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Matt Romar leaves practice in ambulance

    By Jason Kersey, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OU coach Bob Stoops reported that doctors and trainers believed Romar to be fine but ordered X-rays as a precaution.

  • Oklahoma fooball Q&A: Sterling Shepard say he's 'been feeling a ton better'

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    A groin injury suffered Nov. 1 at Iowa State has kept OU receiving star Sterling Shepard virtually sidelined ever since. Shepard repeatedly has tried to play but was unable to continue. He plans to play Monday in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson.

  • OU football: Defensive tackle Matt Romar injured at practice

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OU defensive tackle Matt Romar was carried off the field in a stretcher and had his neck immobilized at bowl practice in Orlando. An OU spokesman said Romar was taken to the hospital in an ambulance as a precaution. Romar, a redshirt freshman, has recorded nine tackles in 12 games for the Sooners this season.

  • West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett to retire from football

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Multiple concussions in a little over a year have led to the end of Clint Trickett‘s football playing career. West Virgina coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed Friday that Trickett, the Mountaineers' starting quarterback, will not play in the Liberty Bowl on Monday against Texas A&M. Following Holgorsen's annoucement, Trickett said that he was retiring to pursue a coaching career. Trickett revealed that he had suffered five concussions in a little more than a year, even  admitting he hid two of the concussions from West Virginia medical staff.

  • OU vs. Clemson among top bowls in terms of NFL talent

    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Russell Athletic Bowl matchup between OU and Clemson might not have the luster of the College Football Playoff games, but it'll still have its share of NFL caliber talent. ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay ranked college football's remaining bowl games based on NFL talent. He leads with the Rose Bowl between Oregon and Florida State, which features 16 players who could be drafted in 2015. Checking in at No. 7 is the Russell Athletic Bowl, where McShay says "you should keep an eye on the line of scrimmage." From McShay ( Insider content ): "The Sooners have a pair of second-round offensive tackles in Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson. Williams is the higher-graded of the two and is more consistent and powerful, while Thompson is a more natural athlete who needs to remove some inconsistencies from his game. "The entire Oklahoma O-line will have its hands full with the Clemson D-line, starting with DE/OLB Vic Beasley. He's a difference-maker as a pass-rusher whose first-step quickness and closing speed are near elite."

  • OU chat recap: Ryan Aber talks transfers, QB competition and which conference has the clout

    Erik Horne | Updated: 9 hr ago

    There was plenty to talk about on the Power Lunch chat Friday. OU beat writer Ryan Aber answered questions about the Sooners ranging from players who are potentially on the way out to what will happen with the quarterback competition in the spring. Here’s some of the best: Question from Aaron: Do you think Keith […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    staff reports | Updated: 14 hr ago

    We're days away from OU vs. Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Talk about the matchup with Sooners beat writer Ryan Aber on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • College football predictions: Why the Sooners have an edge in Orlando

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Bowl week arrives and this year ends a day early. New Year’s Eve, traditionally a huge day for all kinds of minor bowls, has been commandeered by the majors. The Peach, Cotton and Fiesta bowls have a monopoly on New Year’s Eve bowls. That means lots of bowls on other days — three on Friday, […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners eighth on Forbes' list of College Football's Most Valuable teams

    Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Texas is still on top, but the gap is closing as Notre Dame, Michigan and others draw nearer. The Longhorns are now worth $131 million, down 6 percent from a $139 million valuation last year. Oklahoma comes in at No. 8 with a valuation of $93 million.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' offense should be at full strength for Russell Athletic Bowl

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The 2014 season will be seen as tremendously disappointing, win or lose Monday. At the very least, though, the Sooners should get one more game with all of their top offensive playmakers healthy. Facing Clemson, which leads the nation in total defense, the Russell Athletic Bowl could be a good measuring stick to see what Oklahoma’s offense could look like entering next season.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas still adjusting

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The Sooners have started true freshmen Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas at safety and cornerback, respectively, several times this season.

  • Oklahoma football: Former OU broadcaster and sports information director Mike Treps dies

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Mike Treps, a 1956 Oklahoma grad, retired in 1998 after 27 years as director of media information, sports information director and assistant athletic director at OU.

  • OU football: Former Sooner Tony Jefferson warns against leaving college early

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Former standout safety Tony Jefferson left OU early, but after running a slow 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine — the result of a nagging injury — Jefferson slowly fell off draft boards and eventually went undrafted entirely.

  • OU football: Five draft-eligible underclassman

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Here’s a look at the five Sooners most likely to leave collegiate eligibility on the table and make the jump to professional football next month.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners arrive in Orlando for Russell Athletic Bowl

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Many of the traveling group flew together from Oklahoma, but some players — like center Ty Darlington, who was already in the Orlando area — met the team in Florida. The team visited Universal Studios after their arrival.

  • Media notes: 'Brian and The Boz” to reair as part of '30 for 30' film marathon

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    “Brian and The Boz,” ESPN’s film on former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth, will reair at 4 p.m. Wednesday as part of a “30 for 30” film marathon that begins at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with “You Don’t Know Bo” on two-sport sensation Bo Jackson.

  • 39 numbers on Oklahoma's 39-0 run in Monday's win over Weber State

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Oklahoma set an NCAA record Monday with a  39-0 run in the first half of the Sooners’ 85-51 blowout of Weber State. Here’s a look at 39 numbers that shaped the streak: Time: 11:01 (12:54 to 1:53) Score to begin: 10-4 Score at the end of the run: 49-4 Oklahoma shooting (from bucket that made it 12-4): 16 of 18 […]

  • Oklahoma fans air Festivus grievances about Sooner football

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    NORMAN — Today is December 23, which, of course, marks everybody’s — or at least my — favorite fake holiday: Festivus. Festivus, made famous in the Season 9 Seinfeld episode “The Strike,” calls for participants to put up an aluminum pole instead of a Christmas tree; gather your loved ones around the dinner table and […]