Travis Haney, an award-winning journalist who has covered South Carolina football for 4½ seasons, is joining The Oklahoman sports staff as beat writer for the University of Oklahoma football.
"I'm very aware of the culture, history and tradition that has defined Sooners football for longer - much longer - than I've been alive," Haney said. "This opportunity is one I embrace with excitement, to deliver a fervent fanbase the information and stories it desires about the team it loves."
Haney covered the University of South Carolina and Southeastern Conference athletics for The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier. Part of that, of course, was building a relationship with Steve Spurrier, the coaching legend who is among Sooners coach Bob Stoops' best friends.
Additionally, Haney, 29, was the reporter of record for the Gamecocks' consecutive College World Series titles in 2010 and 2011, the first men's national championships ever won by the school. As a byproduct of that, he wrote his first book, “Gamecock Glory,” about the team's 2010 run.
Before his stint in South Carolina, Haney covered the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball for two-plus seasons, in 2005 and 2006. He covered SEC sports in his first two jobs, with The (Anderson, S.C.) Independent-Mail and The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. The native East Tennessean, a 2003 graduate of the University of Tennessee, had a story selected for inclusion in the 2005 edition of the Best American Sports Writing series. He has also received a number of state and national awards for feature writing.
"Travis comes to The Oklahoman with a track record of the kind of writing, reporting and relationship-building it takes to tell compelling stories," said sports editor Mike Sherman. "We're excited about what he'll do for our readers."
Joining Haney on the OU beat will be Mike Baldwin, a writer for The Oklahoman for more than 30 years. Baldwin has covered many events and teams for The Oklahoman, including Oklahoma State, the Dallas Cowboys and Oklahoma City Thunder.