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The Oklahoman hires award-winning reporter Travis Haney to cover OU football

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 8, 2011

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.

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