Oklahoma scene: Bob Barry Sr. to receive Chris Schenkel Award

The late Bob Barry Sr. will receive the Chris Schenkel Award, presented by the National Football Foundation to “recognize a sports broadcaster who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university.”
From Staff Reports Published: July 12, 2012
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NFF to honor Bob Barry Sr.

The late Bob Barry Sr. will receive the Chris Schenkel Award, presented by the National Football Foundation to “recognize a sports broadcaster who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university.”

“For more than five decades, Bob Barry played an integral role in the fabric of football in the state of Oklahoma,” said Steve Hatchell, the NFF's president and CEO. “He possessed an unmatched passion for his job, and he captured the drama and excitement of the game for legions of fans for generations. Bob was truly one of the happiest men in college football.”

Barry died Oct. 30, 2011, at the age of 80. He called OU football games on the radio from 1961-72, and again from 1991 until his retirement in 2008.

He called Tulsa games on the radio from 1973-74, and Oklahoma State games from 1973-90.

Nixon wins at IAAF Juniors

Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Gunnar Nixon needed a big-time performance in the final event of the decathlon at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona on Wednesday.

Nixon entered the 1,500-meter run needing to beat Australia's Jake Stein by 14 seconds to win.

Nixon did, turning in a personal best 4:22.36, nearly 24 seconds ahead of Stein, to set an American junior record with 8,018 points and win the championship.

Stein jumped ahead of Nixon, a sophomore-to-be at Arkansas, in the next-to-last event, the javelin, before Nixon pulled off the win in the final event.

Nixon's gold was the first of the event for Team USA.

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