• Oklahoma Caravan notebook: Bob Stoops said he was 'just stating facts' about SEC

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Stoops, who made waves last summer when he questioned the SEC’s overall strength as a football conference, led the Sooners to a surprising 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of two-time defending national champion Alabama several months later.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon will not report for team activities while under investigation

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The freshman running back is being investigated for allegedly assaulting a 20-year-old female OU student early last Friday morning.

  • OU football: Joe Mixon investigation could last another week or more

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    The investigation involving Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon could last another week or more, a Norman Police official said Wednesday. “We are not closer to making an arrest,” Norman Police captain Todd Gibson told the Tulsa World in an e-mail. “and would anticipate having documentation to the Cleveland County District Attorney sometime late next […]

  • OU, OSU players on the Big 12's 2014 All-Name Team

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    FOX Sports writer David Ubben put together his annual list of the best names in the Big 12 -- The Big 12 All-Name Team. His results? Three OU and two OSU players make the list, including Team MVP Eric Striker. From Ubben on Striker: "He's truly the perfect All-Name team candidate. First off, he's good enough to win the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, so there's no doubting his on-field resume. His name is unique, fun to say and hear and it fits perfectly with what he does on the field ." Other All-Name stars include OU's Chuka Ndulue and Michiah Quick, and OSU's Marcel Ateman and Daxx Garman. And there's always classics such as Dreamius Smith (West Virginia) and Fish Smitherson (Kansas).

  • Trent Williams ran hills with Adrian Peterson in 102 degree heat this offseason

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Washington Redskins left tackle and former OU All-American Trent Williams said Adrian Peterson was a driving force in his offseason workouts. Williams worked out with Peterson for the last month before training camp, "running hills in 102-degree weather with weight vests on," he said. "I started doing it with Adrian [Peterson] four years ago, and I love the results," Williams told The Washington Post. "In college, with us coming from the same area (both Williams and Peterson are from Texas, about an hour and 35 minutes apart), he took me under his wing, always held me to a higher standard than everybody else." Williams said working out with Peterson makes training camp feel easy.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jason Kersey

    staff reports | Updated: 12 hr ago

    OU writer Jason Kersey will be on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., answering your questions on Sooners sports -- from Joe Mixon to DGB. Get your questions in now.

  • OU football: Eric Striker No. 52 on ESPN's top 100 college football players

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Editors and writers from ESPN ranked the top 100 college football players, and OU linebacker Eric Striker came in at No. 52. From ESPN: "Striker is already one of the most ferocious pass-rushers in the Big 12 and perhaps the country. To cap his sophomore season, he sacked Alabama QB AJ McCarron three times, and forced the game-clinching fumble. The scary part? Striker is still raw in other areas, and he figures to keep rapidly improving." ESPN has been counting down the top 100 all week, with the list concluding with Nos. 10-1 on Friday. Quarterback Trevor Knight  was listed at No. 81 on Monday.

  • Oklahoma football: Hello, Houston

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    The Houston Chronicle reports that an OU-University of Houston game is being finalized to kick off the 2016 season at NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium).  And if the Sooners indeed play in Houston, only one question arises. What took the Sooners so long? Houston is a big city for the university, both for football recruits […]

  • Oklahoma football: Surveillance video in Joe Mixon investigation likely won't be released soon

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Barring a leak of the tape, it likely wouldn’t be viewed by the public until a preliminary hearing or a trial if there are eventually charges filed in the case. It could also be released if Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn declines to file charges in the case.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon's fate rests in hands of two men — district attorney Greg Mashburn and coach Bob Stoops

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    If Greg Mashburn files a felony charge, Stoops has been relieved of his decision-making. There is nothing else to talk about. But if Mashburn opts for a misdemeanor or no charge, then Stoops has options.

  • Oklahoma scene: Andrew Howe, Kendric Maple join OU wrestling staff

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Oklahoma wrestling will add recent alumni Andrew Howe and Kendric Maple to its coaching staff. Howe has been hired as an assistant coach, filling a vacancy left by Jared Frayer. Maple will serve as a volunteer assistant. Head coach Mark Cody made the announcement Tuesday morning on Twitter. Howe and Maple join current assistant Michael Lightner as Sooner coaches who won a national title during their collegiate careers. Howe was the 165-pound national champion in 2010 while at Wisconsin before transferring to OU and earning All-American honors in 2013 and 2014. Maple was the 141-pound national champion in 2013, and became a three-time All-American as a senior last season.

  • Kurt Warner wants Sam Bradford to 'develop confidence, take some chances'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner wants to see Sam Bradford be successful, and he has some idea for things he wants to see out of the former OU great. Warner went on 101 ESPN in St. Louis on Monday and said he'd like to see "him (Bradford) develop the confidence where he's willing to take some chances with the football." "That he's willing to say, 'Guys, follow me.' I'm going to carry us a little bit. I'm going to take that shot down the field because I see it and I believe I can make it as opposed to second-guessing himself and throwing the checkdown." Warner, who was the quarterback of the Rams' Super Bowl championship team in the 1999 season, acknowledged the need for improvement from the supporting cast around Bradford, but also said Bradford has expectations on his shoulders as the quarterback . Bradford was having his best season as a pro in 2013, throwing 14 touchdowns and four interceptions before going down with a torn ACL in week 7. "They haven’t always had the pieces around him to allow him to make plays but being where he’s at, now they’ve got some young talent here, it becomes that next step for him to take that next leadership role and to take more upon himself," Warner said.

  • Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington among OU athletes leading weekly prayer circles on South Oval

    Jason Kersey | Yesterday

    NORMAN — When OU athletes are wrapping up their annual mission trip to Haiti, they always challenge themselves to find ways to bring what they’ve learned back to Norman. Gymnast Becca Clark suggested a regular prayer circle on the South Oval. Quarterback Trevor Knight excitedly jumped on board, and the spiritual group of athletes have […]

  • How OU did NOT fail Joe Mixon

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

      One of the best parts of my job, no, the best part of my job is the people I meet. Colleagues. Readers. Fans. Heck, even a few of the subjects I write about. And some of the people I meet are rather sharp. Sharp enough to take over my platform from time to time. Whether it’s […]

  • OU football: Police release 911 call in alleged Joe Mixon assault investigation

    Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    In a three-minute call to 911, a Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe employee describes the early Friday incident that has Oklahoma freshman football player Joe Mixon under investigation for alleged assault. “Some girl just got clocked in the face,” the caller said after giving the location and address. The unidentified caller repeatedly mentioned the presence of a […]

  • Report: Blake Griffin has back fracture

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Last week, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA Basketball camp , saying he was doing so to devote his energy to preparing for the 2014-15 season. ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne is reporting that the former OU star also has a small fracture in his back. From ESPN: "Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out international competition this summer for precautionary reasons." With Griffin and Kevin Love both witdrawing from Team USA, the frontcourt depth is thin, particularly at power forward. Atlanta Hawks PF Paul Millsap was added to the roster on Monday.

  • Oklahoma football: Destroying the 'wrong place at the wrong time' myth

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    JOE MIXON — Wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t always mean unlucky. Sometimes it means you placed yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. What can coaches and teammates do to get through to young players that being out late and around alcohol is a sure way to find trouble?

  • Report: Sooners to play Houston in 2016 Advocare Texas Kickoff

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The Houston Chronicle reports that the University of Houston will open the 2016 season against Oklahoma in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU and Wisconsin will play in this year's game, while Texas A&M and Arizona State are slated to play in the 2015 edition. Oklahoma State and Mississippi State played in the inaugural game in 2013. Houston and OU have only met twice, with the Sooners winning both times -- 40-14 in the 1981 Sun Bowl and 63-13 in Norman in 2004.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon meets with police investigators; attorney says 'Joe has done nothing wrong'

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NORMAN — Kevin Finlay, the attorney representing OU freshman running back Joe Mixon, released the following statement to the media Monday afternoon regarding the assault allegations against his client: “This past Friday morning Joe Mixon found himself in a situation where he was subjected to both verbal and physical attacks from a very intoxicated and […]

  • OU football: Trevor Knight ranked No. 81 in ESPN's top 100 College Football rankings

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Editors and writers from ESPN ranked the top 100 college football players. OU quarterback Trevor Knight tied for No. 81. From ESPN.com: "There might not have been a better bowl game performance by a quarterback last year than Knight's against Alabama. But will Knight be a one-hit wonder? Or will the sophomore take the Sooners back into championship contention after a five-year hiatus?" Knight is tied at 81 with, ironically, an Alabama player -- wide receiver Christion Jones. ESPN is revealing its top 100 players throughout the week, ending with Nos. 10-1 on Friday.