• Big 12 spread offenses taking their lumps

    Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Gary Pinkel’s Missouri offense seemed to be at the top of the class. With stars like quarterback Chase Daniel and receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Tigers appeared unstoppable. OU football notebook: Bob Stoops stands by former assistant Mark Mangino

  • Texas Longhorns' Dan Buckner backs up talk

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas — Dan Buckner likes to talk. No, like really talk. Like late-shift radio DJ talk. Quick start for Miami running back Graig Cooper Colorado needs a quick fix for running game College football notebook: Colt McCoy undaunted by Sam Bradford's injury

  • Longhorns' Acho brothers don’t fit Texas prep mold

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas — In Texas, which annually produces many of the top high school players in the country, private schools are considered the shallow end of the talent pool. Big 12 notebook: Missouri not looking to live down to expectations; Mike Leach says Texas Tech 'balanced' Staff picks for Week 2 college football games (PDF)

  • Zac Robinson is chasing top gun status at OSU

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    STILLWATER — Quarterback Mike Gundy’s status could fall this football season. But if it does, coach Mike Gundy’s status will rise. All-time OSU quarterbacks Comparison between Mike Gundy and Zac Robinson OSU notebook: Jamal Mosley still learning tight end position Georgia wideout A.J. Green on the verge of a breakout

  • Debunking the mystery of BYU

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Next weekend, fans of Oklahoma and Brigham Young will congregate outside Cowboys Stadium for tailgate parties, with one discernible difference. OU football notebook: Sooners announce captains Fast facts about BYU Famous BYU alums College football notebook: Missouri boots backup quarterback Blaine Dalton

  • Big meeting put Sooner offensive line on same page

    Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    NORMAN — On a late night in early July, they gathered. Seniors Brian Simmons and Trent Williams sent out the call: meet at Williams’ house. What they’re saying about OU’s offensive line Fans can still get in to see OU-BYU OU football notebook: Jay Norvell sees freshman receiver Jaz Reynolds playing

  • KU eyes another Big 12 title

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    FRONTENAC, Kan. — The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team enters the 2015-16 season in search of its 12th consecutive Big 12 Conference championship. Keeping that legacy alive remains a priority for the KU players. "It's very important," Kansas junior guard Frank Mason III said. "We can't be the team to end the streak and mess things up for the tradition. We definitely take a lot of pride in that. I think the guys are locked in and ready to roll." Mason and five of his teammates — senior forward Jamari Traylor, junior guard Wayne Selden Jr., junior forward Landen Lucas, sophomore guard Devonte' Graham and freshman forward Carlton Bragg — served as coaches for the All-Area Fantasy Basketball Camp on Friday at Fro

  • Ten causes of the Big 12's fall

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    1. TALENT DIP Everything starts with ballplayers. The Big 12 doesn’t have the quality of players it once had. In each of the last two NFL Drafts, the Big 12 has produced just three first- or second-round selections. In 2014, the Big 12 had just 17 players selected overall. As recently as 2010 and 2011, the Big 12 had 30 players selected each year, with eight first-rounders in 2011 and nine first-rounders in 2010. In 2005, the calendar year in which OU played for a national championship and in which Texas qualified for the title game that it would win, the Big 12 had 34 draftees. That’s twice as many as were drafted in 2013. Even accounting for two fewer teams, that’s a huge dip.

  • Super 30: How Edmond Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage transformed into state's top recruit

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    EDMOND — On a hot summer day two years ago, Cayman Bundage had his little brother broken and in tears, not in typical big brother fashion but as a mentor and workout partner. Bundage was back from his first season as an offensive lineman at Arizona. He was running two miles, but also dragging along Calvin Bundage, who was then about to enter his sophomore year as a short, pudgy baseball player who was turning away from football. “He’s crying,” Cayman Bundage said. “He said, ‘Man, I’m done. I ain’t running this,’ and then he ran inside.” It was that breaking point that led Calvin Bundage down a new path to prove people he could make it.

  • Sherri Coale headlines women's basketball hall class of 2016

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said it was a surreal moment when she got the phone call that she would be part of the women's basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall announced its six-person 2016 class on Saturday, headlined by the longtime leader of the Sooners. It also includes former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, Olympic gold medalist Natalie Williams, longtime official June Courteau, Texas girls high school coach Joe Lombard and the late AAU girls basketball official Bill Tipps. The 1996 U.S. women's basketball Olympic team will receive the Hall's trailblazer award. "I still feel like I'm young in my coaching career and still have so much left to do," Coale said in a phone interview. "I'm honored b

  • The Statesman Interview: Tom Herman

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    This state’s top committed football prospect is ticketed to play for none other than Tom Herman’s Houston Cougars. Surprised? Don’t be. Herman, the offensive brains behind Ohio State’s national title last season, has assembled pound for pound the state’s top recruiting staff. That’s arguable, of course, but consider that all but one of his nine assistants had lived in Texas before coming to Houston. Included among them is Major Applewhite, the former Texas quarterback and Longhorns offensive coordinator. On May 21, the Cougars pulled off a recruiting stunner and landed five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver of nearby Spring Westfield. According to 247Sports’ composite ratings, Oliver is the state’s No. 2 p

  • After charges dismissed, Rick Brunson addresses court of public opinion

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    For close to 16 months, Rick Brunson has remained publicly silent. The former Bulls player and former Bulls assistant coach listened as his name was sullied and as taunts were tossed at his son, the reigning Mr. Basketball of Illinois and Villanova-bound Jalen. He watched as job opportunities for his coaching career dwindled. And he waited for his day in court, when he took the stand and told his truth of what happened on April 2, 2014. Lake County (Ill.) Judge James Booras agreed with Brunson, swiftly dismissing all charges he had sexually abused a massage therapist at Vernon Hills’ Lifetime Fitness. Sometimes, the court of public opinion is tougher. “I want to move forward,” Brunson said. “I just w

  • East defensive end Xavier Kelly picks Clemson

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    East High defensive end Xavier Kelly committed to Clemson on Friday afternoon, announcing his decision online. “I wanted to go to a place with good academics, good athletics and a place I can excel,” Kelly said. “For the next four years, I’ll be attending the University of Clemson. “They have a family environment and that’s what I love about them. I have a good vibe with the coaches, and they’re all about me … that’s one of the big-time schools in the ACC.” Kelly (6-foot-5 and 250 pounds) orally committed to Kansas State in November 2014, but withdrew it in March to re-open his recruitment. A four-star recruit, Kelly pared his list down to eight schools earlier this month.

  • NCAA: Southern Miss, Tyndall committed multiple violations

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men's basketball program during former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure. The charges, which include arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the governing body's investigation, were outlined in a notice of allegations released by the university on Friday. There were seven alleged Level I violations — which are judged the most serious by the NCAA — in the 43-page notice. Though things could be worse for the Golden Eagles. The NCAA notably did not include the dreaded lack of institutional control charge, instead placing most of the blame on Tyndall and his st

  • Bill Hancock says the College Football Playoff shouldn't expand, and when the executive director bases his argument on player safety, it's hard to disagree

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Even though the Hobart native is widely regarded as one of the nicest guys on the planet, he's not about to give fans what they want in this instance. No expansion of the playoff. No more teams in the bracket.

  • Oklahoma football: Teammates say Joe Mixon's play could keep him in the spotlight

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NORMAN — It’s been exactly one year since the narrative changed surrounding Joe Mixon, who in an instant went from ballyhooed five-star running back prospect to suspended persona non grata.Mixon has worked his way back from that early-morning incident, when he punched a female OU student and broke four bones in her face. His coaches, teammates and fans vigorously defend his reinstatement, but in the post-Ray Rice era, they also understand that Mixon’s place on the team will continue to be debated, discussed and questioned.“People are going to talk about it,” said senior center Ty Darlington. “If he has the type of year that I believe he’s going to have, it’s going to get dragged into the spotlight. That’s the reality of

  • How Samaje Perine dropped the mic during a weight-room workout

    BY ERIC BAILEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Samaje Perine, Oklahoma’s solid-rock running back, dropped weight during the summer according to Coach Bob Stoops. That weight was replaced by more speed and strength, which can only delight OU fans and give headaches to opposing defenses. “He's really trimmed up a bit,” Bob Stoops said this week. “He probably lost five pounds, but he's faster and still has the same strength and maybe more strength with another year in the weight room. So I believe he'll just continue to improve.”

  • Marshall forward TyQuane Goard transfers to West Virginia

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added graduate transfer TyQuane Goard to its roster. Coach Bob Huggins said Friday that Goard will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers this season. Goard averaged 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the 2013-14 season at Marshall. Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni dismissed Goard last October for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The 6-foot-7 Goard earned a health sciences degree at Marshall this year. He will pursue a master's degree at WVU in athletic coaching education. Goard adds depth to a position that thinned after Brandon Watkins underwent knee surgery this offseason.

  • Dallas Cowboys: RB Joseph Randle gets 6 months of probation for mall theft

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    McKINNEY, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been put on six months of probation for stealing $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a Texas mall. Collin County jail records reviewed Friday show that the former Oklahoma State standout pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft in a plea deal involving his Oct. 13 arrest. A judge in McKinney put Randle on 180 days of deferred adjudication probation. Tuesday's agreement means the guilty plea will be dismissed if Randle successfully completes probation. He also paid $706 in court-related costs. Prosecutors say the items were stolen from a department store at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco.

  • WWE severs ties with wrestling star Hulk Hogan

    FROM STAFF, WIRE REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    STAMFORD, Conn. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with its biggest star, Hulk Hogan. The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had terminated its contract with the wrestler. The company did not give a reason, but issued a statement saying it is "committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide." According to a report from TMZ.com, WWE cut times with Hogan after learning of a racist remarks Hogan made that were captured on a sexually explicit video. Hogan is in the middle

  • OSU basketball: Walk-on Codey McElroy trading minor league baseball for court burns

    BY TYLER PALMATEER The Lawton Constitution | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAWTON — Fiercely guarding the post, Codey McElroy reached out and slapped his hand on the basketball, just before his body hit the flat surface of Eddie Sutton Court inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. He proceeded to make two more fully-extended dives for the ball, the last of which was at least 10-feet out of bounds. This is McElroy's new life. The former two-sport Chattanooga standout, who played bigtime college and minor league baseball, became an Oklahoma State men's basketball walk-on earlier this month.

  • ESPN, Missouri Valley Conference agree on 10-year extension

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference have agreed to a 10-year extension on their media rights deal that increases coverage of the league through the 2023-24 academic year. ESPN retains the rights to the MVC's men's and women's basketball tournaments. Multiple men's basketball games as well as Olympic sports will be telecast across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS. ESPN and the 10-member MVC schools will work together to develop on-campus production capabilities involving students. Using those productions, ESPN3 will show a minimum of 820 events a year, including at least 70 men's basketball games, in the final six years of the agreement. The MVC has been one of the top men's basketball conference outs

  • UTEP Miner great Harry Flournoy recovering from stroke

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Harry Flournoy, a co-captain on the famed Texas Western 1966 NCAA championship team, is recovering from a stroke in Atlanta. Flournoy, who lives in the Atlanta suburbs, had a stroke on July 14 and then had a setback but all signs are that he is recovering. Fred Schwake, an assistant trainer for the 1966 team, spoke recently with the 71-year-old Flournoy. "His speech is not slurred but drags a little," Schwake said. "But he sounds good and positive. He told me he wouldn't miss the 50th anniversary celebration with the team in El Paso in February." Flournoy's brother, Robert, said he thinks his brother might be headed home in the next few days.

  • SLU basketball team gets busy early

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    St. Louis University coach Jim Crews hopped a plane for Las Vegas on Wednesday to go in search of future Billikens in the heat of the college recruiting season. When he returns Sunday, he’ll find himself thrust into what will essentially be the beginning of an extended preseason at SLU in the form of an exhibition tour in the Bahamas and the 10 bonus practices the program will get as a result. While the gyms in Vegas will offer a lot of unknowns, the return will come with an abundance of familiarity. The Billikens will open practice for the Bahamas trip with nine returning players who received the bulk of the playing time last season. That alone gives Crews and his staff a better starting point than last year when pra

  • Oklahoma State football: Mix of young returning starters and key transfer raise optimism on offensive line

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    As the Sept. 3 season-opening kickoff between Oklahoma State and Central Michigan nears, The Oklahoman will take a closer look at where each Cowboy position group stands entering fall camp. First up, offensive line.

  • Integris basketball tournament raises $560 towards nursing scholarships

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    MIAMI— The third annual Integris Baptist Regional Health Center Auxiliary-sponsored basketball game was held in the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College gymnasium Wednesday evening. A total of $560 was raised with all of the proceeds going toward the Integris nursing scholarship at NEO. The hospital gives three $500 scholarships per year. The basketball game was one of five major fundraisers the auxiliary department sponsors a year. This year’s winning team was Swoosh of the ER Department. The team was led by captain Greg Smith, Integris director of education. Swoosh was the reigning champion of the first annual Integris basketball game. Swoosh played three games and was undefeated each game. Their highest score