• The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Sooner football with WWE legend, OU superfan Jim Ross

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download the […]

  • Ratings watch: Kansas State-Oklahoma telecast gets 19.9 rating

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Nationally, ABC’s Notre Dame-Florida State telecast is highest-rated college game this season

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell praises Dorial Green-Beckham

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Jay Norvell had nothing but all-out praise for Dorial Green-Beckham during his session with reporters Monday afternoon. “He’s like a different guy,” Norvell said. “He’s been working really hard and doing a lot of great things off the field too. … He’s growing and maturing.” Green-Beckham was a five-star recruit and considered the top prospect in the country nearly three years ago. He signed with Missouri, catching 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons there. Despite his extraordinary talent, Green-Beckham struggled to stay out of trouble off the field. He was arrested twice for marijuana-related offenses, and was dismissed from the team in April after an investigation into whether he

  • Oklahoma football: Wide receiver Sterling Shepard returns to No. 1 on top-10 Sooners list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 17 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma dropped to 5-2 on the season after Saturday’s 31-30 home loss to Kansas State, and it’s Tuesday morning. That means it’s time to update my list of the top-10 Sooner football players. Click here for the most recent rankings last Tuesday. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments […]

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell says Dorial Green-Beckham is 'growing and maturing' during year off

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 17 hr ago

    NORMAN — Jay Norvell had nothing but all-out praise for Dorial Green-Beckham during his session with reporters Monday afternoon. “He’s like a different guy,” Norvell said. “He’s been working really hard and doing a lot of great things off the field too. … He’s growing and maturing.” Green-Beckham was a five-star recruit and considered the […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops miffed at fullback Aaron Ripkowski's ejection for targeting

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NORMAN — Senior fullback Aaron Ripkowski was ejected from last week’s loss to Kansas State for targeting, a call that coach Bob Stoops still seemed confused by on Monday. Early in the game, as quarterback Trevor Knight scrambled and was being pursued by K-State defensive end Ryan Mueller, Ripkowski lowered his shoulder and collided with […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber

    staff reports | Updated: 22 hr ago

    What to do with the Sooners' season now? Ask OU writer Ryan Aber what the next step is for Bob Stoops and Co. on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners still have several bowl possibilities

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The Sooners are still in play for a spot in an elite, non-semifinal bowl game. The College Football Playoff committee chooses the matchups for the Cotton, Fiesta, Peach and Orange Bowls, although the Orange Bowl’s tie-ins preclude the Sooners from consideration there.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Joe Mixon trial might be delayed until December

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    A big reason it could be delayed is due to the class schedules of potential witnesses — including other Sooner football players.

  • Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt: 'No one felt worse'

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Sooners kicker Michael Hunnicutt had an uncharacteristic awful day Saturday. He missed a pair of field goals, either of which likely would’ve won the game for Oklahoma, and had an extra point blocked. Monday, Hunnicutt talked to reporters after not being made available following the game. “I was just not really doing my job and […]

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Maddie Manning excited to be back

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Manning, from Ankeny, Iowa, played in six games as a true freshman before suffering a torn ACL in practice. She rehabbed and was set to return last year but tore the ACL in her other knee during a preseason intrasquad scrimmage.

  • OU football: Photographer apologizes to Sterling Shepard for camera incident

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Plenty of people saw the clip of OU receiver Sterling Shepard  falling on a photographer's camera while trying to make a touchdown catch against Kansas State. But not many people have heard the photographer's take. On Monday, Tulsa World photographer Mike Simons blogged about the incident in which Shepard was hurt falling on Simons' Canon 400mm F 2.8 lens. Simons apologized for Shepard's injury, indicating that while his expensive equipment was damaged, it's "nothing in comparison to a player's safety." From Simons: "Some comments have been made about camera gear lying by my side. I have always felt that flat on the ground is the safest place for gear that isn’t being used at that particular moment. It is where most photographers keep their gear. It allows me to move out of a player’s way quickly. And there are no monopods (the metal poles on the bottom of our cameras) sticking up needlessly. It has worked perfectly for 26 years. On Saturday, while lined up with dozens of other photographers in the designated photo area, it didn’t." Shepard left the game in the second quarter, but was able to return for a career-best 15 receptions against the Wildcats.

  • OU football: Bob Stoops refuses to comment on Trevor Knight's health

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    On Monday's Big 12 media teleconference, Bob Stoops declined to address questions about quarterback Trevor Knight's health. “No, I’m not going to give any updates on that today,” Stoops said Monday. Knight was hit hard in the first quarter on a quarterback run and had to leave for one offensive series against Kansas State. Multiple sources saw Knight with his left arm in a sling following the Sooners' 31-30 loss to the Wildcats. Knight returned to the game to finish 26-of-32 for 318 yards and three touchdowns. OU is off this week, so that would give Knight more time to recover should his injury be more serious than he showed on Saturday.

  • OU football: Joe Mixon misdemeanor trial could be delayed

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NORMAN — The misdemeanor trial for Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 27 but could be delayed into December. At a jury selection hearing Monday at the Cleveland County Courthouse, district judge Steven Stice scheduled a Friday pretrial hearing where the date of the trial will become clearer. Mixon, who is suspended from the football team for the season, was charged with one count of acts resulting in gross injury after a July 25 incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of OU’s campus. The incident left 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor with multiple facial fractures. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, estimated the trail could

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    How will the Sooners respond to their second loss of the season? OU coach Bob Stoops steps up for his weekly press conference at noon. Follow our live coverage here.

  • Report: Archie Manning steps down from College Football Playoff selection committee

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Archie Manning will resign from the from the College Football Playoff Committee that will determine the four finalists for the 2014 national championship, ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting, citing a source. An announcement was scheduled to be made Monday morning.  According to the report, Manning is experiencing complications from from knee replacement surgery that will require another surgery. 

  • Oklahoma football: Teammates support Michael Hunnicutt

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    “You have to hug him up and make sure he knows we’re behind him 100 percent,” Sooners linebacker Geneo Grissom said. “He’s been one of the most consistent kickers I’ve been around since I’ve been here. You have to make sure he keeps his chin up and that he knows we’re 100 percent behind him.”

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Cody Thomas' brief appearance shows promise

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    With the game scoreless, Cody Thomas came in and led the Sooners right down the field for a touchdown in what became a 31-30 Oklahoma loss.

  • Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahomans have been relegated to the bystanders in the first four-team playoff. So here’s a somewhat neutral eye on where things stand

  • Oklahoma football: McAlester's Dalton Wood goes from under the radar to Sooner commitment

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder is McAlester’s quarterback, but will play tight end for Oklahoma. He accounted for seven touchdowns — three rushing, three passing and one on a kick return — in last week’s 63-20 rout at Noble.