• OU basketball: Former Sooners commit Payton Pritchard picks Oregon

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Pritchard initially committed to Oklahoma in November, but announced that he was reopening his recruitment July 6. Pritchard was also considering Michigan and Kansas.

  • OU football notebook: Evans, Shannon competing for starting spot

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Regardless of who wins the starting inside linebacker spot between Jordan Evans and Frank Shannon, the Sooners will have plenty of experience there. Evans started all 13 games last season, finishing second on the team in tackles, and Shannon started all 13 games the season before. Shannon was forced to miss all of last year while serving a one-year university suspension. “Competition is what it's all about at every position,” said linebackers coach Tim Kish. “It's what make you a better team. It's been awesome. “They've been great together. They know what's at stake. To be honest, we'll need everyone at the end of the day. What everyone's role will be will be determined as the season progress.

  • Bill Bedenbaugh's experience makes him the perfect Air Raid offensive line coach for Oklahoma

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    NORMAN — In less than a week, the Air Raid offense will return to Oklahoma when the Sooners kick off the 2015 season at home against Akron. New offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and new starting quarterback Baker Mayfield are getting most of the attention — not undeservedly — but an important, yet sometimes overlooked, part of this system is offensive line play. And Oklahoma couldn't possibly have a better Air Raid offensive line coach. “Maybe the No. 1 selling point to come here,” Riley said. “There's probably not a more experienced line coach for this system than him. It's as big as it gets.

  • Bedlam soccer: Sooners trip Cowgirls, 2-0

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Kaylee Dao and Emily Parker scored goals for the Sooners, who improved to 1-2-0.

  • Where does OU rank among college football's running back units?

    Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Even without Joe Mixon playing a snap in college football, the OU backfield is getting a lot of hype headed into the 2015 season. Only one team is ahead of the Sooners in Athlon Sports' rankings of the Top 35 running back units in the country. Georgia is No. 1, as the Bulldogs return three running backs that rated as five-star recruits out of high school in Heisman Trophy candidate Nick Chubb (1,547 yards, 14 touchdowns in 2014), Sony Michel and Keith Marshall. OU's trio of running backs isn't far behind. Samaje Perine (1,713 yards, 21 TDs) returns after a stellar freshman season, and Alex Ross averaged 6.8 yards per carry last season. Mixon is coming off a year-long suspension, but is expected to play a big role in the Air Raid offense. Ohio State, Alabama and Florida State rounded out Athlon's Top 5. Check out the entire list here .

  • OU football: Q&A with Sooner safety Steven Parker

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Parker, a former Jenks standout, started four games last season as a true freshman and appeared in all 13, recording 31 tackles and breaking up six passes.

  • Which position is in the crosshairs for OU in the Air Raid offense?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    2015 FOOTBALL PREVIEW -- The key position to watch in the Air Raid offense? Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel disagree and look ahead to the 2015 Football Preview in this college football update.

  • Tramel: Fine college football players? When will we start fining coaches?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    College football coaches need a little more self-awareness. Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville both said their schools would consider docking money from players who violate team rules or athletic department policies or even fail to meet academic requirements. Do these guys know how bad they sound? College athletes finally caught an economic break with the recent NCAA rule change that allows schools to pay cost-of-attendance stipends. Money for travel, or laundry, or clothing allowances, now can be included with the scholarship. And before the first football game of 2015, coaches making millions of dollars are talking about issuing fines.

  • OU football: Little did Tinker Owens know the little boy he signed an autograph for would someday be OU's starting quarterback

    BY RYAN ABER | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Owens, Oklahoma’s All-American receiver in 1974 and ’75, was just trying to do a nice thing for a couple of young Sooners fans when he sent off a package to the Austin, Texas, area in 2005.

  • Oklahoma State soccer Q&A: Coach Colin Carmichael previews Bedlam and the upcoming season

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    OSU (1-0) will face Oklahoma (0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.

  • Tennessee football loses safety LaDarrell McNeil for 'extended period of time'; WR Howard suspended

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Another day, another key injury for Tennessee. The Volunteers will be without starting safety LaDarrell McNeil for an "extended period of time," according to coach Butch Jones. McNeil is undergoing further examination for "neck instability," Jones told the media Thursday afternoon. Jones also announced that senior receiver  Pig Howard  is suspended for the season opener against Bowling Green for violating team rules. "It could be a lengthy period of time," Jones said of how long McNeil will be out. McNeil is the latest long-term injury for the Volunteers during preseason football, following season-ending injuries to offensive linemen Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders. McNeil started for the Volunteers against Oklahoma last year in Norman, logging seven tackles and an interception in Tennessee's 34-10 loss. Howard had four catches for 22 yards against the Sooners in 2014, and is expected to make his season debut against OU Sept. 12 in Knoxville.

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin shows off some tricks at Clippers facility

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Behold the skills of Blake Griffin. The former OU All-American has emerged as an all-around player since entering the league in 2010. He's not just dunks anymore. There's range, passing, dribbling ... and apparently ball tricks. Griffin posted a video to his Facebook in which he's rolling a ball around on his shoulders, arms and neck at the Clippers' practice facility. Impressive stuff. (h/t Melissa Rohlin)

  • Kirk Herbstreit has OU making the College Football Playoff

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Every year, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit hands out preseason awards called Herbie Awards. This year, he's picking OU to win the Big 12 ... and make the College Football Playoff. Herbstreit has Ohio State, LSU, OU and Arizona State in his final four for the second go-round of the College Football Playoff, with Ohio State repeating as national champions. Herbstreit also had a number of OU and Oklahoma State players nominated for his annual awards. Below are some of the players with OU or Oklahoma State ties who were nominated for a Herbie: Ryan Simmons, LB, Oklahoma State ("The Enforcer" award) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma ("Ultimate Game-Changer") Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma ("Ultimate Herbie") Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State ("Breakout Star") (Side note: Herbstreit also picked LSU to beat Tennessee in the SEC championship game. OU player Tennessee on Sept. 12 in Knoxville). The Herbies Preseason Special will air tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

  • Sports media: ESPN analyst Mack Brown expects Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield 'to be a great combination' for OU

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Former Texas football coach Mack Brown has taken an expanded role with ESPN in his second season with the network. In addition to retaining his Saturday role as a studio analyst with ABC, Brown will join Dave Flemming and reporter Allison Williams to cover ESPN's Friday night games. Brown discusses his new role and other college football topics in a conference call Wednesday: Q: What are your impressions of new OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, whom you coached against in 2013? "I think Baker already has proven himself. He was a great player in a system and it probably hurt him some at Lake Travis (High School in Austin, Texas).

  • [UPDATE]: Bob Stoops unsure about Du'Vonta Lampkin's status with Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    OU freshman defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin got on the field with the Sooners on Wednesday, and the snippet of video he shared was impressive. Lampkin posted a video of himself pushing junior college transfer Jamal Dantley several yards into the backfield. Lampkin certainly has the power and size at 6-foot-4, 306 pounds to make an impact alone the Sooners' defensive line, but the question remains when he'll actually be eligible to play for OU. Lampkin was cleared to practice yesterday , but last weekend Texas coach Charlie Strong said he would not release Lampkin from his letter of intent. Lampkin signed with Texas in the Class of 2015. Bob Stoops announced earlier this week that Lampkin will be put on scholarship, but that OU is still working through his eligibility .

  • Oklahoma State-Auburn basketball gets primetime treatment for Big 12/SEC Challenge

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Times and networks have been released for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, and Oklahoma State will get the primetime treatment against Auburn on Jan. 30. OSU at Auburn will tip off at 7 p.m. central on ESPN2, one of seven game times and networks finalized by the conferences and ESPN. Oklahoma's game at LSU will be played no earlier than 1 p.m. and no later than 6 p.m., and will air on ESPN. ESPN's College GameDay will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date. 2015-16 Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday, Jan. 30 (all times central) Vanderbilt at Texas (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. West Virginia at Florida (ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m. Tennessee at TCU (ESPN2), 1 p.m. Mississippi at Kansas State (ESPNU), 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Arkansas (ESPNU), 3 p.m. Georgia at Baylor (ESPN2), 5 p.m. Oklahoma State at Auburn (ESPN2), 7 p.m. Kentucky at Kansas (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Oklahoma at LSU (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m. Iowa State at Texas A&M (ESPN), no earlier than 1 p.m.; no later than 6 p.m.

  • Will the Sooners run enough in Lincoln Riley's Air Raid?

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The Sooners say they have embraced the Air Raid.

  • OU notebook: Quarterback commit Austin Kendall falls on Rivals250 list

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Kendall, from Waxhaw, N.C., was ranked No. 72 overall, but is now 161st on the list.

  • Seahawks' Bennett calls out Sam Bradford, mediocre quarterbacks as protected, overpaid

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett made it clear Tuesday that he isn't a fan of the inflated market for NFL quarterbacks. He's also not fond of the way some of them react to getting hit. Former OU quarterback Sam Bradford falls into both categories for Bennett, who is wrangling for a new contract.  During an interview with Brock and Salk  on 719 ESPN Seattle on Tuesday, Bennett said that "quarterback is the only position in the NFL you can be mediocre at and get paid," using quarterbacks such as Philadelphia's Bradford and Miami's Ryan Tannehill as examples. "At every other position, you can't be mediocre," Bennett said. "If I was Ryan Tannehill and the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get a $100 million for that? I guess that's the value of the position." Bennett then brought up Bradford, who has been the focus of a controversial play involving Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. In a preseason game last Saturday, Suggs was flagged for roughing the passer on a hit on Bradford  that was later deemed a legal play by the NFL . Bradford was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in 2014 playing for the St. Louis Rams. "There's some mediocre quarterbacks in the NFL that make a lot of money," Bennett said. "You take a guy like Sam Bradford -- he's never played really in the last three years, but he's made more money than most guys in the NFL. Bennett continued: "Then quarterbacks get protected more than any other player. I mean, he gets hit in his knees and he's about to cry. 'They hit me in my legs.' Everybody gets hit in their legs. Every play somebody tries to hit me in my legs. So what makes him different? What makes his life better than mine? I've got kids. I've got stuff I like to do on the weekend. But because he gets hit in his legs, he gets a flag. He gets up with a sad face like the world just ended because he got hit. I mean, you got hit in an NFL game. Who cares? Get back up and be like, 'Good job.'"

  • OU football: Pay-per-view details released for Sooners opener vs. Akron

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NORMAN — Fox Sports Oklahoma has announced Oklahoma's football season opener vs. Akron on Sept. 5 will be made available via pay-per-view. The game is being televised on a pay-per-view basis because it was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. It will be available on a dedicated pay-per-view channel on participating Oklahoma program providers, and nationwide via participating satellite and Telco distributors. Pricing will vary by distributor. Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee will call the game, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.. Viewers outside the state of Oklahoma can purchase a live stream of the pay-per-view broadcast on SoonerSports.tv. The online pay-per-view price is