• 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

  • Young Washington roster ready for challenges ahead

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — Midway through Lorenzo Romar's news conference on Thursday the Washington coach was asked if he could assess each of his new players. "All nine of them?" Romar asked incredulously, half-joking. While it may have been a time-consuming answer — one that Romar completed without complaint — it also holds the key to the Huskies' season: Will the new players be able to contribute and how quickly will they be ready to do so? Washington, which has missed the NCAA Tournament the past four seasons, will need to fill the holes left by eight departed players who left by way of graduation, transfer and dismissal. Most notably, former McDonald's All-American Nigel Williams-Goss left the program for Gonzaga, where

  • Kansas still awaiting clearance for touted freshman Diallo

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Touted freshman Cheick Diallo has been cleared to begin practicing with Kansas this week. He's still awaiting word from the NCAA on whether he can play this season. The five-star prospect from Mali attended Our Savior New American, a private high school in Centereach, New York. But the legitimacy of the school's classes has come under scrutiny by the NCAA, and Alabama and Oklahoma State have had recruits from there ruled ineligible. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Thursday he is hopeful Diallo will be cleared, but also said there is no timetable for a decision. Kansas plays its exhibition opener Nov. 4. "It gets very frustrating.

  • Sunny Golloway: The train wreck you can't look away from

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    In a state where sports provides an array of interesting characters, none has been any more fascinating over the past couple decades than this guy.

  • Florida Media Day Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Florida guard Chris Chiozza during NCAA college basketball media day, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla.

  • NC State's Rowan arrives to help depleted Wolfpack roster

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Maverick Rowan arrived just in time to help short-handed North Carolina State. The freshman wing was a late addition to the Wolfpack's recruiting class, a player who reclassified to graduate from high school over the summer instead of waiting until 2016. He joins a team that needed him badly, both from a numbers standpoint and the fact that his skillset appears to fit perfectly on a team with some significant losses from last year's NCAA Sweet 16 team. "It was definitely a big factor," Rowan said Thursday during the team's preseason media day. "I didn't want to go to a team where there was 14 other guys or they already had the team set and I was just going to come and be just another body. But here I ca

  • Utah Basketball Upgrade

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    This photo shows the new Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility at the University of Utah, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Utah unveiled a $36 million basketball practice facility Thursday with dramatic upgrades from what players and coaches were accustomed to inside the university's 46-year-old arena. The 90,000-square-foot building will house the men's and women's programs and features two 12,000-square-foot practice gyms.

  • Kansas’ Diallo allowed to practice, still waiting on word from NCAA Eligibility Center

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The decision will likely have no bearing on his final status, but for the moment, Cheick Diallo has received welcome news from the NCAA: He can practice with the Kansas team while he awaits a ruling from the NCAA Eligibility Center. Kansas coach Bill Self received word from the NCAA earlier this week, he confirmed to The Kansas City Star on Thursday morning. Diallo, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward, was previously sidelined from team activities while the NCAA mulled his academic eligibility. The NCAA’s decision to allow Diallo to practice is perhaps more procedural than a positive sign. Previously, Diallo was effectively kept in limbo while the NCAA looked into his case, which stems from three-plus years he spent at Our Savior N

  • Utah unveils $36 million basketball practice facility

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah unveiled a $36 million basketball practice facility Thursday with dramatic upgrades from what players and coaches were accustomed to inside the university's 46-year-old arena. The 90,000-square-foot building will house the men's and women's programs and features two 12,000-square-foot practice gyms, recruiting lounges, a yoga room, rooftop terrace, a nutrition center and underground tunnels to the arena. Coaches' offices have a panoramic view of the mountains. There is also a new strength and conditioning room and an athletic training center. "There isn't a nicer facility in our conference, for sure," coach Larry Krystkowiak said.

  • Indiana eager to get to work with tough schedule ahead

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The new rule in college basketball allowing teams to begin practice two weeks earlier is one that is being embraced by Indiana coach Tom Crean. Indiana will open practice for the 2015-16 basketball season on Friday with a pair of workouts. The Hoosiers will also have a practice on Saturday. Crean said October will be an important month for a team that he believes could be facing its most challenging November schedule in his eight seasons in Bloomington. The Hoosiers host Creighton at home Nov. 19 and will play in the Maui Invitational that will feature teams including Kansas, UCLA, St. Johns, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. On Dec. 2, IU will play at Duke in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

  • Five-star basketball recruit Gabriel commits to Kentucky

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Five-star power forward Wenyen Gabriel announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Thursday, giving the Wildcats an important addition to the recruiting class of 2016. “I really like Kentucky because of how Calipari was recruiting me,” Gabriel told ESPN. “He recruited me (himself) since day one. … His approach has always been the same with me. He’s really excited about me, and I feel exactly the same way.” Gabriel — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Manchester, N.H. — plays for Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts and was one of the biggest risers in the national recruiting rankings over the summer. Scout.com, which did not have him ranked going into the summer, now pegs Gabriel as the No. 10 overa

  • SMU’s Frazier says he was unaware someone was taking class as him

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Keith Frazier, the SMU guard and key figure in an NCAA investigation into the Mustangs’ men’s basketball program, told ESPN on Thursday he knows what observers might think. They will assume he knew that a former employee of the SMU basketball program was taking a course for him so he could be eligible. Frazier says that wasn’t the case. “I didn’t even know what was going on,” Frazier said. “I didn’t know she was doing that class for me. I wasn’t aware of that. I know it looks that way on the outside looking in, but I didn’t know.

  • NCAA women's tournament returns to Saturday start

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The NCAA women's basketball tournament is reverting to its old format. The tournament will have first-round games on Saturday and Sunday this season a year after moving them up a day to begin on Friday. Regional semifinals will also be on Saturday and Sunday. "The committee made the day shift change in response to a significant amount of feedback from stakeholders in the game looking to improve in-person attendance and improve television ratings, without sacrificing one for the other," said women's basketball oversight committee chair Jean Lenti Ponsetto. "Along with these changes, we will continue to conduct a strategic format review.

  • Kansas Begins Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    FILE - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Kansas head coach Bill Self looks on during practice for an NCAA college basketball tournament second round game in Omaha, Neb. The perfect tonic has come for Kansas fans weary of the Jayhawks' 0-3 start in football: basketball.

  • Indiana New Start Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    FILE - In this March 20, 2015, file photo, Indiana head coach Tom Crean reacts on the bench during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game against Wichita State in the Round of 64 in Omaha, Neb.Crean is ready to get back on the court. He hopes his players are, too. After a tough spring and a miserable summer, the Hoosiers can finally leave their off-the-court problems in the past and focus on basketball.

  • Lanie Page to miss basketball season

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Former Wamego High standout Lanie Page won't play for the Kansas State women's basketball team this season. A K-State official confirmed on Wednesday that Page will redshirt for the 2015-16 season due to an injury she reportedly sustained during her senior season at Wamego. The 6-foot-3 freshman, who was named All-Flint Hills League Player of the Year, averaged 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season for the Red Raiders. Page initially signed a letter of intent with Nebraska, but was released and signed with K-State after her older sister Kaylee transferred from Nebraska to K-State during her first semester with the Cornhuskers. Follow @MERCnewsroom ——— ©2015 The Manhattan Mercury (Man

  • Youth movement in UW men's and women's basketball teams

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — As the Wyoming men's and women's basketball teams prepare to begin practice for the new season, both squads will have rosters dominated by young, inexperienced players. Eight players will begin their first season with the Cowboys when practice starts on Friday. Among the players gone from last year's team that won the Mountain West Conference tournament and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament is Larry Nance Jr., who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. Guard Josh Adams is the only senior on coach Larry Shyatt's team. The Cowgirls have to find replacements for three key players, including all-conference forward Kayla Woodward. The roster consists of mostly underclassmen, includin

  • Attention on Lady Roughers three-pronged

    Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    This didn't surprise anybody. But the offseason has been a busy one for Muskogee girls basketball and coach Doyle Rowland. Four starters return from a team that came within a possession of claiming a Class 6A championship, losing in overtime to Broken Arrow. Three of those, including two seniors, have spent the summer on select teams while also getting heavy attention from Division I schools. Jada Ford has accepted one of those offers, committing this month to Arkansas State. Missouri and Wichita State were also recruiting the two-time All-Phoenix selection who averaged 19.5 points last year. "They were all on her pretty hard but she really liked Arkansas State," said Rowland. Attempts to talk to Ford have b

  • Husky Run Basketball

    Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Connecticut basketball coach Kevin Ollie and Donalyn Wall remember Wall's husband John before a Husky Run, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Storrs, Conn. "I lost him 5-months ago yesterday," said Wall of her husband, to whom she was married 37-years. "This would have been his 16th run.

  • CU men's basketball: Tad Boyle says staying healthy holds key for Buffs

    Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Tad Boyle doesn't hesitate when asked what his No. 1 priority is as his University of Colorado men's basketball team begins official workouts for the 2015-16 campaign. "Staying healthy is at the top of my to-do list, without a doubt," Boyle said. "With the injuries that we've sustained over the past 2 ½ years, staying healthy is going to be key for this team. "I like the pieces that we have. I like the personnel that we have. I think everybody had a good offseason. But we have to stay healthy as we move forward." It sounds so simple. Yet as the Buffs partake in the first official workout of the program's 115th season Friday morning, injuries not only have affected CU's recent fortunes, but also will factor into the tea

  • Kansas transfer Dwight Coleby tears ACL

    Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Dwight Coleby, a transfer big man at Kansas, will miss out on a season of practice time after tearing the ACL in his left knee, KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced Wednesday. Coleby, a 6-foot-9 junior, came to KU this summer after spending his first two seasons at Mississippi. He was set to sit out the 2015-2016 season anyway, in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, but now he will lose a year of daily workouts with the Kansas team. The injury, Self said, came last Friday during a “light team workout.” “It was a noncontact injury that was unfortunate for him, particularly because he came here this year to practice against our guys and get better,” Self said.