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  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' brand has gotten stronger

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    STILLWATER — The USA Today Coaches Poll came out, and Oklahoma State didn’t make the cut for the Top 25. Yet expanded out, considering the others receiving votes section, the Cowboys sat in what would equate to the No. 30 spot. And to Mike Gundy, that was a statement on how the program had...

  • Oklahoma State football: The perfect system arrives, but three years too late

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF — OSU would have benefited from a four-team playoff in 2011.

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy embracing opener with Florida State

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Cowboys’ coach usually prefers a less-formidable foe early in the season. But he’s getting his players excited to play the Seminoles at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 30.

  • K-State's Truman makes world stop in weight room


    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Every school has "max-out day," when guys try to better their best in a bunch of weight-lifting exercises — bench press, squat, hang clean. It's no different at Kansas State. But when linebacker Jonathan Truman wraps his fingers around the bar, and there is so much iron...

  • Jayhawks trying to adjust to running back injuries


    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ben Heeney may know better than anybody the challenge that faces Kansas after losing its top two running backs to season-ending injuries just one day apart. The senior linebacker has had to tackle Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox in practice, and he's close friends with both...

  • Oklahoma football: Depth a strength for Sooners on offensive line

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma lost a couple valuable players on the offensive line from last season with Gabe Ikard and Bronson Irwin lost to graduation. But this might be the deepest group of offensive linemen the Sooners have had in a long time. “Since I’ve been here, there have been five or six...

  • Oklahoma football: Optimism reigns over defense

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    COMMENTARY — But a warning: The unit could be high risk, high reward again.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Receiver depth involves walk-ons

    By John Helsley and Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Kameron Doolittle, a former Edmond Memorial star who joined the Cowboys from Northeastern A&M Junior College, could play a significant role as an inside receiver. He’s been bragged on for his blocking and toughness. And he’s regularly caught most everything thrown his way.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have good depth on defensive line

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State lost All-Big 12 defensive tackle Calvin Barnett... and got better up front? That’s the value of depth, which Mike Gundy said has never been better along the defensive line in his time as Cowboys head coach. “I believe we’re better than we were last year,” Gundy...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys trying to piece together offensive line

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    STILLWATER — Bob Connelly arrived for spring practice under the gun. First, he was replacing longtime offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who left to join Charlie Strong at Texas. Second, and more importantly, he faced a major overhaul of a line that had been ravaged by injury and defections....

  • Oklahoma football: Lawyers for OU, Frank Shannon meet with referee

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The referee will make a recommendation to the justices regarding the case.

  • College football: Could Adrian Peterson be the end of the feature back era?

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, Staff Writer, | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    END OF AN ERA — Some say it’s cyclical. Some say it’s just the way things are now. But are we seeing the end of the feature back era? Former Oklahoma standout Adrian Peterson is one of the last true feature backs. Both OU and OSU now feature the running back position by committee and many NFL...

  • Oklahoma football: Julian Wilson the favorite at cornerback

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Wilson has started 13 career games over the past two years at dimeback and nickelback, but played corner in high school at Southmoore.

  • Top 2 Jayhawks RBs sustain season-ending injuries

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The top two running backs on the Kansas depth chart will each miss their senior season after Brandon Bourbon tore his ACL and Taylor Cox tore his Achilles' tendon in separate incidents. Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis announced the injuries in a statement Tuesday. He said that...

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon breaks silence with Tuesday tweet

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    OU freshman Joe Mixon quietly reactived his Twitter account Monday evening — hours after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge — then broke his silence Tuesday afternoon. “Comeback Season In The Work But Now I'm Thinking Bigger,” Mixon tweeted, quoting lyrics from a Drake song. The former...


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