• 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

  • High school notebook: Colorado the latest to extend offer Del City's Terry Wilson

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    For the second straight day, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson has received a scholarship offer from a former Big 12 football program.

  • Thunder job is open, but Ollie says he’s proud to be at UConn

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Interest from the NBA might be flattering, but it does not help a college coach on the recruiting trail this time of year. UConn’s Kevin Ollie tried to get out in front of all the rumors Wednesday morning, but when the Oklahoma City Thunder fired coach Scott Brooks in the afternoon, the rumor mill restarted. “As I have said many times, I am proud and honored to be the head basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and I have no plans to pursue other opportunities,” Ollie said in a statement. “We are already excited about next season and I am looking forward to preparing our team to be the best we can be on the court, in the classroom, and in our community.

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball: Former guard Lakota Beatty will transfer to Oral Roberts

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Oklahoma State guard Lakota Beatty, who announced last week she was leaving the program, is headed to Oral Roberts. ORU broke the news in a Wednesday press release. Beatty — a former Anadarko standout on The Oklahoman‘s Super 5 girls basketball team — will join her younger sister Ashley, who signed with Golden Eagles in […]

  • Gobrecht believes Ivy League experience will translate to Air Force women's hoops

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Chris Gobrecht has undergone some radical adjustments in her career. Unlike most newcomers to Air Force athletics, this won’t be one of them. When Gobrecht went from 19 combined years in the Pac-10 (as it was then known) and the ACC to the Ivy League, THAT was a huge adjustment. To go from the 10 years at Yale to the helm of the women’s basketball program as the academy, that’s much more of a lateral move with some elements that will translate. “There was a very steep learning curve going from the Pac-12 to Yale, that took a few years to get that figured out,” Gobrecht said Tuesday in her introductory press conference in Air Force’s beautiful and underused Hall of Champions. “But I think this will be great

  • 2 ex-Dixie State women's basketball players sue school

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Two former Dixie State University women's basketball players are accusing the college of racial, sexual and religious discrimination in a federal lawsuit. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George, Utah, reports (http://bit.ly/1HtQaMI ) the two women allege former women's basketball coach Catherria Turner treated black players differently than white players and harassed them about their sexual orientation. Nanea Woods and Austen Harris accuse Turner of allowing her father to be a co-coach even though he wasn't employed by school. They also say Turner forced them to practice without water. Dixie State spokesman Steve Johnson says the university doesn't comment on pending lawsuits.

  • Hoiberg to be released from hospital

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Mayo Clinic says Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is expected to be released on Thursday, less than a week after open-heart surgery. Hoiberg had surgery at the clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, on Friday to replace his aortic valve, a procedure he put off twice during the season. Hoiberg is expected to need 4-6 weeks of recovery before returning to work. Hoiberg retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season following heart issues. He just completed his fifth season at Iowa State, leading the Cyclones to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.

  • Kentucky editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ April 22 Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky, on McConnell keeping his promises: Political candidates often make promises to voters. All too often those campaign promises go by the wayside once a candidate is elected. It's a sad reality in politics on local, state and federal levels. For this reason, it is always uplifting to see politicians keep their word and their promises from the campaign trail. One elected official who has done that is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

  • Illinois to face Providence in new Big Ten-Big East series

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says its basketball team will travel to Providence to take on the Friars as part of a first-ever series between the Big Ten and Big East. The Illini will face Providence Nov. 18 in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games. Illinois finished last season 19-14 and lost in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament. Providence finished 22-12 and lost its first game in the NCAA Tournament. The conferences announced last year that their teams would play eight games a season against each other as part of the early-season Gavitt Tipoff series. Each Big Ten team will play in the series a minimum of four times over the planned eight-year run.

  • UCLA hires Bill Roth as new radio play-by-play announcer

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA has hired Bill Roth from Virginia Tech as the Bruins' play-by-play announcer for football and men's basketball radio broadcasts. Roth replaces Chris Roberts, who retired in March after more than 20 years behind the mic. Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced Roth's hiring Wednesday. Roth has spent 27 years as the lead play-by-play announcer for Virginia Tech football and men's basketball. He's an 11-time Virginia Sportscaster of the Year winner and is in the state's Sports Hall of Fame. Roth says he visited former UCLA coach John Wooden in Los Angeles several years ago, describing the experience as "second to none." He will continue to work for IMG College, the multimedia rights partner

  • Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas, Andy Newberry column

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Every team would line up and beg to have MVP candidate James Harden on their team. Two summers ago, Dwight Howard made everyone, including Dallas, bring out the red carpet to beg for his services. But as good as those two are, the Rockets’ 111-99 Game 2 victory was more about the unwanted guys. Guys with easy-to-see deficiencies who made an NBA team say, “thanks, but no thanks, we think we’re better without you.” Detroit thought it would be better with Josh Smith – and was right from its end– but the left-handed forward who often has loved his jumper while his coaches only loved his jumping ability showed the kind of versatility that once made him a Mavs’ target with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebou

  • OSU Baseball: Big Ending, Good Start

    John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Monday night, Josh Holliday let us know it’s  “Go time” in college baseball. His Cowboys had just beaten Baylor to take their Big 12 series, keeping the club tied with Oklahoma atop the league standings. And Holliday deviated from his usual one-game-at-a-time mantra, glancing ahead at the rest of the week, which included a Tuesday clash […]

  • St. John's Pointer wins Haggerty Award

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sir'Dominic Pointer of St. John's won the Haggerty Award on Wednesday, presented to the All-Met Division I player of the year by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. Glenn Braica of St. Francis Brooklyn and Jim Engles of NJIT were named co-coaches of the year while Eric Paschall of Fordham and Angel Delgado of Seton Hall shared rookie of the year honors. Pointer, a senior swingman from Detroit, was the Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year and averaged 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Red Storm (21-12), who reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. Pointer, the 26th St. John's player to win the award since it started in 1933, follows teammate D'Angelo Harrison as the winne

  • Ollie says he has no plans to leave UConn

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie says he has no plans to leave his job. The 42-year-old Ollie, who spent 13 years as an NBA journeyman before returning to his alma mater, has been linked to several NBA job openings since leading the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA championship. This week, several media outlets reported that Ollie is a leading candidate to replace Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City, even though Brooks has not been fired. Ollie issued a statement Wednesday morning saying he is proud and honored to be UConn's coach, is excited about next season and and, "I have no plans to pursue other opportunities." Ollie signed a $15 million, five-year contract with UConn last May.

  • Mavericks in desperate jam after Rockets slam door in Game 2

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    For a little over three quarters Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks put up a pretty good fight against the Houston Rockets. They just couldn’t finish the job. Dwight Howard put on a textbook dunking clinic during a turbulent fourth quarter for the Mavs on Tuesday night, and the Rockets thundered their way to a 111-99 knockout victory before 18,243 at the Toyota Center. With the win, Houston leads this best-of-seven first-round playoff series 2-0 after winning the opening two games on its home court. The series shifts to American Airlines Center in Dallas for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 is at 6 p.m. Friday and Game 4 is at 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Soderberg was content at Lindenwood, but couldn't say no to longtime friend

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The comfort of being settled for more than a decade in St. Charles and having raised his children in the community placed Brad Soderberg as close to content as he was going to get. The itch to jump back into big-time basketball had, by and large, dwindled to an occasional daydream. He was done pursuing other jobs. It was only recently that the six-year Lindenwood coach and former St. Louis University head man told his wife that the only way he would consider a move was if someone contacted him. And there was no way he would want to be an assistant coach, unless one particular person made that call. Then he heard from Virginia coach Tony Bennett. Contentment turned to angst.

  • Unusual April, with top hoops prospects undecided

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Under most circumstances, the news that Duke landed a point guard Tuesday — one who should, technically be a high-school senior next season, not starting in the ACC — would come with a gentle reminder that basketball recruiting in April rarely delivers on the attendant hype. This April is very different, with some of the best players in the country still uncommitted. Even more unusual is how many chips the Triangle schools still have on the table. Six of the top 12 players in ESPN’s rankings, including Brandon Ingram of Kinston, N.C., have waited the entire season to pick a college. Two, big men Caleb Swanigan and Stephen Zimmerman, made their decisions in the past week. Of the remaining four, three are considering Duke

  • Ramsey: Chris Gobrecht, the realist, prepares to tackle massive Air Force women's basketball challenge

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    When Chris Gobrecht started talking about her new job as Air Force women's basketball coach, I was scared she had gotten mixed up and believed she was leading the mighty Huskies from Connecticut. "This is a dream come true for me," she said with a level of enthusiasm that made you believe her. "It's just incredible. . I don't know if it gets any better." Remember, she's talking about a program with 21 victories in its past 247 conference games, a program that finished 2-22 this season, a program that tumbled to its all-time worst moment in November when it lost by 44 points . to Army. When talking about the America's stuck-in-the-dungeon programs, you must mention Air Force women's basketball. Don't worry. She remains i

  • Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton says women's basketball coach Chris Gobrecht was 'no-brainer'

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Jim Knowlton brought in just one candidate for his first hire as Air Force's athletic director. It's not that he didn't take the women's basketball position seriously. He understands the potential value of the sport and the fact that his boss, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, would be peering over his shoulder to track the progress of the program she once dominated as a player. "I felt a little pressure, knowing I better get it right," Knowlton said Tuesday in a press conference to introduce Chris Gobrecht as the Falcons' coach. "Once Chris came on base, it was a no-brainer. She made it easy for me." Knowlton said about 100 candidates applied for the opening created when Andrea Williams' contract was not renewe

  • Ford new leader at Northeast Mississippi Community College

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    BOONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Ricky Ford has been named the new president of Northeast Mississippi Community College. The former basketball coach will succeed Johnny Allen, who is retiring June 30 after 11 years as president. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1zJ7vek ) the school's Board of Trustees approved the hire during a called meeting Tuesday. Ford, a 1975 Northeast graduate, became the school's head women's basketball coach in 1981 and amassed 588 wins over 30 seasons. He will be inducted into the NJCAA Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in July. Ford has also served as athletics director, admissions counselor, dean of students and is currently executive vice president.

  • Oakland unveils new 'blacktop' basketball court

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Oakland University has unveiled its new basketball floor and it has the look and feel of blacktop. The Oakland Press reports ( http://bit.ly/1IicSpD ) coach Greg Kampe had a vision of a black home court and it was one of three options suggested. Fans voted more than 10,000 times for it and it was shown off for the first time last week. Kampe and athletic director Jeff Konya says the response from student athletes has been positive. The court also features the outline of the state of Michigan, and Oakland's athletic website, Twitter handle and its branding campaign #WearTheBear. Konya believes the unique court will help the school push its brand. ___ Information from: The