• OU women's basketball: Gioya Carter getting healthy, making a difference

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The junior guard from Carl Albert has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, including a season-high 17 points in Wednesday’s 71-69 home loss to Oklahoma State.

  • OU basketball: OU assistant Steve Henson ready for a head coaching position

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Saturday night, as Lon Kruger and Henson return to their alma mater coaching the top-ranked team in the country, Kruger knows it might be their last visit to Bramlage Coliseum together.

  • Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings

    Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, John Helsley | Yesterday

    Oklahomans who have won Super Bowl rings share their stories with The Oklahoman.

  • OU basketball: Buddy Hield, Ryan Spangler keep an eye on other teams, players

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Oklahoma faces Kansas State on Saturday (5 p.m., ESPNU) in Manhattan. The Sooners beat the Wildcats 86-76 in Norman on Jan. 9 but haven’t defeated Kansas State in Manhattan since 2012, before any of the players on this year’s team were on campus.

  • Signing day: Bob Stoops calls Tulsa McLain's Joshua Jacobs an 'excellent player'

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    NORMAN — Bob Stoops said he knew that once his staff offered Tulsa McLain’s Joshua Jacobs a scholarship, the floodgates could open. “As soon as it happened, we said, ‘Here it goes,’” Stoops said during Wednesday’s signing day news conference. “And it did.” Jacobs signed with Alabama on Wednesday, choosing the Crimson Tide over Missouri and Oklahoma. He played quarterback for McLain, rushing for 2,704 yards and 36 touchdowns last season and leading his team to the playoffs. Just in the last two weeks, Jacobs saw his recruitment go from almost nothing to insane. Stoops said his staff thought Jacobs could play slot receiver for the Sooners. He

  • OU football: Signing day odds and ends on problems with recruiting, Jon-Michael Terry, emojis and more

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    [brightcove]4739400308001[/brightcove] NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced his 2016 signing class Wednesday, meaning that — barring any surprise additions to the class in the next few months — we have a pretty solid idea of what next year’s team will look like. The Sooners signed 18 players this year, with another one — four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist — to be determined based on the personal issue he’s dealing with. Here are some odds and ends from yesterday that either didn’t make Thursday’s newspaper or could use some expanding on.

  • Big 12 baseball: OSU picked second, OU fourth in preseason poll

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Just four points separate the three top teams in the Big 12 baseball preseason coaches' poll. TCU tops the poll with 57 points, while Oklahoma State is second with 55 and Texas sits third with 53. All three teams earned three first-place votes marking the first time in conference preseason poll history that three or more teams have received multiple first-place votes. The two-point separation between No. 1 TCU and No. 2 Oklahoma State is the closest in preseason history along with the 2011 poll, which separated Oklahoma and Texas by two points. The Frogs claimed the Big 12 title in 2015 with an 18-5 conference mark. TCU advanced to its second straight College World Series after an appearance in 2014 when the Frogs also

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' recruits

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Oklahoma boosted one of the nation's top recruiting classes with the addition of linebacker Caleb Kelly late Wednesday. Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Clovis West High School in Fresno, California, was listed as a five-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. He chose the Sooners over Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas and others. Kelly's addition is critical because Oklahoma lost five of its top six linebackers from its squad that reached the College Football Playoff, including second-team All-American Eric Striker. THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OU'S CLASS: * Top 25 Class: Yes. * Best in class: Caleb Kelly, LB, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) * Best of the rest: Zach Farrar, WR, Southlake Carroll

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's OU writer Ryan Aber to talk about Sooners football, basketball and the 2016 football recruiting class in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Bedlam women's basketball: Cowgirls win, sweep Bedlam series over OU

    By Trent Crabtree, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Despite having five players finish with double-figure scoring, the No. 20-ranked Sooners fell to Oklahoma State 71-69 at Lloyd Noble Center. With the victory, the Cowgirls swept this season’s Bedlam series. OU lost the Jan. 16 matchup in Stillwater 73-42.

  • College Signing List

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.

  • Oklahoma football: Jon-Michael Terry stayed true to Sooners

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Wednesday, Terry made his longstanding commitment official, signing with the Sooners and drawing heaps of praise from Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners nab five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly

    By Andrew Rich, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Kelly chooses the Sooners over Notre Dame. He hopes to contribute right away in Norman.

  • Will Horns' haul translate into wins and Big 12 championships?

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Charlie Strong had been talking for nearly an hour during his National Signing Day press conference when the question he'd been expecting finally came. Do you have enough talent now to win the Big 12? "I knew that was coming," the Texas coach said. He chuckled. "We'll put it together and see what we got." What Strong got Wednesday was not only one of the best recruiting classes in the country but also the biggest story of signing day. The Longhorns surged like no other team, going from outside the national top 25 recruiting rankings to solidly in the top 10. It was a Horn haul. But, of course, we've heard this song and dance before.

  • Recruiting notebook: Sons of former OU linebackers Coats, Bowden joining up at Lamar

    By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Mike Coats Jr. and Jaylon Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends.

  • Oklahoma football: Top-100 commitments bookend a suspenseful signing day for Sooners

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    All told, the Sooners signed 18 players Wednesday — although another commitment, four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist, didn’t sign amid an undisclosed “personal issue” — and addressed several positions of need with the 2016 class.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooner coaches confident in freshman quarterback Austin Kendall

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley are both confident that true freshman Austin Kendall will be fine as the Sooners’ second-team quarterback next season. Kendall, a four-star prospect from Waxhaw, N.C., is enrolled for this semester and will work out with the team during spring practice. Trevor Knight transferred to Texas A&M and Cody Thomas will focus on baseball this spring, leaving just Baker Mayfield, Kendall and A&M transfer Kyler Murray as the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. Murray is ineligible to play in 2016 because of NCAA transfer rules. “He’ll be there every day, whether he’s with Baker or Lincoln, working

  • Oklahoma football: Linebacker commit Bryce Youngquist's status up in the air

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Two days before signing day, longtime OU linebacker commitment Bryce Youngquist announced on his Twitter account that he wouldn’t sign just yet, citing “personal reasons.” The four-star prospect from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., still came up at Bob Stoops’ signing day news conference, although because Youngquist is unsigned, Stoops couldn’t address him by him. “You just always care about the young man,” Stoops said. “Since he didn’t sign, I don’t know that I can say. All about the young man. Want him to be healthy and everything in his life to be what he needs it to be, believe he’s on that road. “It isn’t anything concerning

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops confirms Dalton Wood is enrolled at OU, working with team

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed during Wednesday’s signing day news conference that tight end Dalton Wood is enrolled and working out with the football team. “He looks good,” Stoops said. “Hopefully he can take over in some of that fullback/H-back role as we go.” Wood was a member of the Sooners’ 2015 signing class and showed up for summer workouts, but then left after spending less than a day on campus. The former McAlester High standout never returned, creating an oddly dramatic situation just before the start of the 2015 season. Wood contacted OU coaches midway through the season, but because he left the team before, he lost his scholarship and was forced to

  • Oklahoma football: Coaches surrounded by trophies during signing day news conference

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma's signing day news conference was unlike any before in terms of pageantry. Coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy addressed reporters one-by-one behind a podium that was surrounded by trophies. All nine of the Sooners’ Big 12 championship trophies, bowl trophies, Heisman Trophies and the 2000 national championship trophy were all displayed. “This is a little different setup, I guess,” Bob Stoops said with a smile as he stepped to the podium. “I wasn’t in charge of this. Everybody has their props now on signing day and I guess these are ours.