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  • Source: Haith front-runner for Tulsa job

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Missouri coach Frank Haith is in position to replace Danny Manning at Tulsa. A person with knowledge of the situation at Tulsa says Haith is the front-runner for the job, and he traveled to the school on Thursday afternoon to discuss a possible deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing had been finalized. Haith coached at Miami (Fla.) before taking over at Missouri. He led Missouri to a 30-5 record in 2011-12 and was The Associated Press Coach of the Year. The Tigers went 23-12 this season. Manning left Tulsa after two seasons to take over at Wake Forest. He coached the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA tournament this season. Haith would be leaving

  • College football: Q&A with Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Hancock spoke Thursday at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s quarterly leadership luncheon about the impending four-team playoff. Here are some excerpts on his talks:

  • College baseball: West Virginia manhandles Oklahoma

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    West Virginia scored five runs in the top of the first inning, and starting pitcher John Means made it stand up as the Mountaineers whipped Oklahoma 7-0 on Thursday in Big 12 baseball before 818 fans at Mitchell Park.

  • OU football: Frank Shannon's status at OU remains very much in limbo

    By Jason Kersey and Nolan Clay | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Title IX matters in OU’s ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations against linebacker Frank Shannon.

  • Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota State football players ended their boycott of spring practice and said Thursday they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone. The players had refused to practice Wednesday as a show of support for interim coach Aaron Keen, who took over after Hoffner was arrested in 2012 because images of his naked children were found on a university-issued cellphone. A judge later said he had been wrongly accused and the images were an innocent video of his children playing after a bath.

  • UALR to host Troy in Sun Belt college baseball

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is to host Troy in a three-game Sun Belt Conference college baseball series. UALR and Troy are to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. UALR is 14-20 overall and 3-12 in the SBC while Troy is 19-18 on the season and 6-8 in conference play.

  • College baseball: Too much Bedlam baseball?

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Bedlam series hasn’t even gotten real yet, with three Big 12 games coming next month. If things spun just right, OU and OSU could conceivably face off 10 times, with potential meetings in the Big 12 Tournament and the Super Regional round of the postseason.

  • Wyoming football to be on ESPN networks 5 times

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will be featured on five ESPN network telecasts during the 2014 college football season. The Mountain West Conference and its television partners, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, on Thursday released the entire planned national telecasts of Mountain West teams for the 2014 college football season. As part of that announcement, four more Wyoming football games were added to the ESPN networks telecast schedule for 2014. Games involving the Cowboys to be televised are: Sept. 6 home game against Air Force; Oct. 18 home game against San Jose State; Nov. 1 game at Fresno State; Nov. 7 home game against Utah State; and Nov. 22 home game against Boise State.

  • Arkansas hosts Vanderbilt in college baseball

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas is set to host Vanderbilt in a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series. The Razorbacks and Commodores will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Arkansas is 23-15 overall and 7-8 in the SEC while Vanderbilt is 28-10 on the season and is also 7-8 in conference play.

  • Jeff Brohm winding down 1st spring as WKU coach

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky's third straight spring with a different coach has at least included some familiarity. Rookie Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm hopes that knowledge of the team's personnel and his offensive expertise as the coordinator last season under Bobby Petrino helps WKU follow up an 8-4 finish with its second bowl bid in three years. Brohm replaced Petrino in January after Petrino returned to Louisville for a second stint as head coach. He retains a pass-oriented strategy as well as senior quarterback Brandon Doughty, continuity necessary for WKU's move from the Sun Belt Conference to Conference USA.

  • New Arkansas women's coach completes staff

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — New Arkansas women's basketball coach Jimmy Dykes has completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Chris Johnson. The university announced the hiring Thursday. Johnson comes to UA after serving as an assistant at TCU where he focused on recruiting, academic monitoring, scouting, game preparation and on-court coaching. Johnson previously was a high school head coach in the Houston area and was an NAIA All-American at Houston Baptist. He joins Christy Smith and Tari Cummings on Dykes' staff.

  • Hatchell: Star freshman DeShields leaving UNC

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said star freshman Diamond DeShields plans to transfer. In a statement Thursday from the school, Hatchell said she does not know "or understand" why DeShields is leaving. Hatchell, who was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame before the season, didn't coach this year while she focused on treatment for leukemia, which is in remission. "It breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond and help develop her on and off the court," Hatchell said. "I love her and wish her well." It's unclear when DeShields, the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields, notified Hatchell of her plan to leave or where she plans to go next. The news was first reported by The

  • Dan Dierdorf back in booth for Michigan football

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Dan Dierdorf is coming back to the booth and will be the radio analyst for University of Michigan football games this fall. The Pro Football Hall of Famer will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter, one of his teammates while playing for the Wolverines during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. The announcement Thursday was made by Michigan and IMG College, the school's multimedia rights partner. "This is the only broadcasting job that I would have considered after retiring from the network television," Dierdorf said in a statement. "It's a chance to return to the city where Bump (Elliott) gave me an opportunity to play for the greatest program in the world and Bo (Schembechler) made me a man.

  • Nebraska-Fresno St. will kick off at 9:30 p.m. CT

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's football game at Fresno State on Sept. 13 will be televised by CBS Sports Network with kickoff set for 9:30 p.m. CDT. The Mountain West Conference made the announcement Thursday. The game will be the second all-time between the schools, following Nebraska's 42-29 win in Lincoln in 2011. The Bulldogs will make a return trip to Lincoln in 2016. Fresno State is coming off an 11-2 season in 2013.

  • Michigan and IMG get Dan Dierdorf back in booth

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Dan Dierdorf is ending his brief retirement as a broadcaster to be the radio analyst for University of Michigan football games this fall. The school and IMG College announced Thursday that the Pro Football hall of famer will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter, one of his teammates while playing for the Wolverines. Brandstatter has been Michigan's radio analyst for football games with play-by-play voice Frank Beckmann, who retired after last season. Dierdorf said in November he was ending his broadcasting career because the traveling was getting to be too tough with two artificial knees, two artificial hips and a bad back. He was an NFL analyst for CBS Sports last season and spent

  • Kansas coach Weis makes Cozart starting QB

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart has won the starting job at Kansas, beating out Jake Heaps and T.J. Millweard after a strong spring game. Cozart was 6 of 10 for 58 yards while running for 70 yards and two touchdowns in a leading his blue team to a 20-10 victory over the white team last Saturday. Heaps, who lost the starting job to Cozart last season, was just 3 of 9 for 41 yards. Millweard, a transfer from UCLA, was 2 of 8 for 16 yards. Weis opened the quarterback competition in spring practice, and it was expected to continue into the fall. Instead, he said in a brief statement Thursday that Cozart earned the job. The Jayhawks open their season Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State

  • DA declines to prosecute OU's Frank Shannon; School to determine his future

    By Jason Kersey and Nolan Clay | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    NORMAN - Prosecutors weeks ago declined to file sexual assault charges against Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday. The district attorney said Shannon was not charged based on the woman's wishes at the time and based on the facts that were presented. He explained the woman said she did not want Shannon prosecuted. He also said it was unclear from the accounts of both the woman and the player "what had actually taken place." Shannon's future at the University of Oklahoma will be determined through an appeals process there over the allegation that he sexually assaulted a female student at his off-campus apartment early on the morning of Jan. 20.

  • OU football: Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon accused of sexual assault

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment Jan. 20, according to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by The Oklahoman.

  • Oklahoma football: Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko-Alali has decommitted from the Sooners

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NORMAN — After being committed to Oklahoma for nearly a year, Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko-Alali has decommitted from the Sooners. Wariboko-Alali’s decommitment was first reported by Rivals.com, and he subsequently confirmed the report. Wariboko-Alali (6-foot-3, 310 pounds) had been committed to the Sooners since late June. His younger brother, Max, a 2016 recruit, picked up his first Division I offer earlier in the week when Louisville became the first to offer the defensive back. Rivals reported that Wariboko-Alali called Sooners offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh nearly a week ago to inform him of his decision. Wariboko-Alali said the Sooners remained in consideration.

  • Peyton Manning shares message of how to be a game changer in Oklahoma State speech

    By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    STILLWATER — As a Super Bowl Champion and five-time NFL MVP, Peyton Manning is used to being a game changer. When the Denver Broncos’ quarterback spoke to 4,250 people at Oklahoma State University’s Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday, having a game-changer mentality in life was a big part of his message. Manning said that’s the mindset he took into the huddle in his first game as a Tennessee Volunteer. Jerry Colquitt, UT’s starter, was injured, forcing Manning to take over as a freshman playing at UCLA on national television. Manning said he immediately thought of what his father, Archie, told him: “Son, if you ever get in the huddle, it’s your job to be the leader and take control.