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Oklahoma athletics: Joe Castiglione says more facilities upgrades on the way

The Oklahoma athletic director would not give any specifics about upgrading Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium but said improvements were on the way.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: July 31, 2013

/articleid/3867858/1/pictures/2172929">Photo - University of Oklahoma athletic director, Joe Castiglione speaks at the 2013 Sooner Caravan on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Cox Convention Center. Photo by Aliki Dyer/ The Oklahoman
University of Oklahoma athletic director, Joe Castiglione speaks at the 2013 Sooner Caravan on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Cox Convention Center. Photo by Aliki Dyer/ The Oklahoman

Sophomore Ryan Spangler, who was at Wednesday's event, spoke highly of the duo.

“I think the biggest part for us will be chemistry,” Spangler said. “We're a young team and playing five games and having the extra practice time is important for us.”

Hield will still travel with the team on the trip, which begins Tuesday.


Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale led Team USA to a gold-medal finish in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, in mid-July.

OU senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg played on the team, averaging 9.2 points per game for the tournament.

“The experience was extraordinary, especially after we won,” Coale said Wednesday. “It was really pressure packed until then, and then it was exhilarating.”

Coale said she expects Ellenberg's experience will make her 2013-14 Sooners team better, and also prepare the 5-foot-7 guard for professional basketball.

“She may have gotten a taste of what it's going to be like at the next level,” Coale said. “The people that we played against — particularly the Russians and the Australians — a lot of size everywhere.”


While Kruger said he was happy his players are able to move into Headington Hall now, the biggest impact will start to be felt over the next few months.

“It's fantastic,” Kruger said. “It's as good as anywhere in the country.

“We'll sure use that in recruiting very strongly.”

The new $75 million privately funded housing center opened Sunday. In addition to housing, it holds a game room, media lounge, study rooms, a 75-seat theater and the Sam Bradford Training Table.

Headington Hall will house 380 students with 49 percent being Sooners athletes.

Stoops said that he will require players to spend their first two seasons at the facility located at Jenkins Avenue and Lindsey Street.


Coale said her team's newcomers have been impressive in the limited time she's spent with them this summer.

The Sooners added freshmen guards Gioya Carter (Carl Albert), T'ona Edwards (Northeast) and Derica Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn.), along with forwards Felisha Gibbs (Earle, Ark.) and Shaya Kellogg (Ames, Iowa).

“I love the new kids,” Coale said. “I'm a little bit envious of my staff because they've gotten to be around them a little bit more than I have this summer.

“I was proud of their competitiveness, their ability to score, how quickly they have learned through the individual workouts this summer.”


by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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