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Jul 3, 2015
MIDWEST CITY — The architect of one of the state’s top baseball programs walked away from his post earlier this week. Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier officially resigned as baseball coach Tuesday, he told The Oklahoman. The resignation ends a 17-year tenure that saw the Titans capture five state championships, win more than 550 ballgames and produce six professional baseball players. “It’s just...
High school sports: Carl Albert baseball coach Wayne Dozier resigns
BY JACOB UNRUH | Jul 3, 2015MIDWEST CITY — The architect of one of the state’s top baseball programs walked away from his post earlier this week. Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier officially resigned as baseball coach Tuesday, he told The Oklahoman. The resignation ends a 17-year tenure that saw the Titans capture five state championships, win more than 550 ballgames and produce six professional baseball players. “It’s just time,” Dozier said. “It’s time to do something else.” Dozier, 51, will remain the assistant softball coach and a teacher with the school. But baseball simply became too consuming due to personal reasons and he was unwilling to make any cutbacks from the program in which he added multiple junior varsity teams, a wildly successful summer program along with building big tournaments and college showcases. “I was either going to have to cut back on some baseball stuff or get out,” Dozier said. “The simple fact was I wasn’t going to cut back on anything. I refused to cut back on anything we’ve added to make the baseball team, program as good as we could. When I got that feeling that I wanted to cut back, I knew it was time to get out.” Carl Albert athletic director Gary Rose said a search for Dozier’s replacement will begin next week. Rose, who is also the football coach, joined the school after Dozier and was always impressed with the baseball program. “His leadership in the baseball program over the last really 20 years has really been superb,” Rose said. “I think most people in our business would say that’s one of the best baseball programs around. There’s Owasso in big schools and there some of those little schools — Asher — and there’s Carl Albert baseball. Wayne’s a big reason for that.” Dozier first coached Carl Albert from 1995-2000, leading the Titans to state runner-up finishes 1998 and 1999. He then stepped away until returning to the program in 2005. Carl Albert then became a juggernaut with five state titles, including a Class 5A record three straight from 2012-2014. The Titans finished as the Class 5A state runner-up this spring and in 2006. The Titans won 563 games under Dozier. “It was really unique the things that we were doing and we talked about that with the players all of the time,” Dozier said. “The simple fact is, most players don’t get to play with that expectation. A lot of times the players that do play with that expectation fail because they are not able to step up there and get the job done. We were always able to find guys and find an approach through the coaching staff and players to find guys to produce in those situations.” Dozier coached a half dozen players who have played professional baseball, most notably Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Recently, Corey Zangari was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in June just one year after the Cincinnati Reds selected Gavin LaValley. Former Titans Chad Carman, Taylor Hawkins and Mark Meadors also played or are playing professionally. Now, Carl Albert is searching for a coach to follow that successful tenure. “We’ve lost a very, very good coach,” Rose said. “We’ve got a great program under his leadership. I’m disappointed that he’s gone because how do you replace a guy like that? “Whoever we hire is going to have a huge onus on his back. We’ll get a good coach. I’m not worried about that.”
When Michael Center walked into the West Campus multiple-bedroom house that his tennis players had rented not long ago, he entered at his own risk.The Texas men's tennis coach couldn't remember for sure if there were eight or nine Longhorns living in those cramped quarters, but he did know it was a cleaning lady's nightmare."I walked in a few times, and I saw some things growing in the...
The Scholarship Game: At UT, a Moneyball mentality for sports programs
Ryan Autullo and Kirk Bohls, Associated Press | Jun 20, 2015When Michael Center walked into the West Campus multiple-bedroom house that his tennis players had rented not long ago, he entered at his own risk. The Texas men's tennis coach couldn't remember for sure if there were eight or nine Longhorns living in those cramped quarters, but he did know it was a cleaning lady's nightmare. "I walked in a few times, and I saw some things growing in the corners," Center said. His student-athletes were into cutting corners, not cleaning them. Such is life, at least as far as the young men and women who are on partial scholarships at the University of Texas know it. In a highly competitive, post-Title IX world of shrinking scholarship money, higher tuitions and rising college costs, athletes who compete in non-revenue producing sports learn how to save wherever they can to make ends meet. The same goes for the scholarship-pinched coaches of those Olympic sports, forced to juggle the small numbers like an NFL salary capologist to build a team that is equal parts elite superstars and depth-creating contributors who receive less financial aid. The full cost of an out-of-state scholarship at Texas, in Center's 15 years here, has increased 168 percent, from roughly $19,000 to $51,000, according to the university. Coaches have to become as adept at reading spreadsheets as evaluating a tennis player's forehand or a sprinter's work ethic. Of the 537 Longhorns athletes on campus this past academic year, 55 percent received no more than half of a scholarship, and 26 percent received no assistance at all. Of the 189 athletes on a full scholarship, two-thirds came from football, men's and women's basketball and volleyball, or what the NCAA calls "head-count sports" because they offer only full scholarships. Texas is armed with the nation's second largest athletic budget and had $161 million in revenue for the 2013-14 school year, but many Longhorns coaches say they are disadvantaged in recruiting. They cannot exploit legal loopholes like many of their peers do at other schools who supplement athletic scholarships with academic aid because their schools are actively seeking to expand their enrollments. Texas, which rejects nearly 31,000 applicants ever year, has a shallow pool of academic aid available to students, be it Joe English Major or the nation's fastest 100-meter sprinter. Stunningly, Longhorns track and field coach Mario Sategna says that none of his 100 or so men's and women's athletes are on a significant academic scholarship. Other schools, however, have it easier than Texas:In men's golf, Oklahoma State has been known to greatly boost its 4.5 scholarships through academic aid. An Oklahoma resident qualifies for $2,000 per year — $8,750 for out-of-staters — by scoring a 26 on the ACT and attaining a 3.60 grade-point average. Cowboys golfers have won 10 NCAA titles and 54 conference titles.Arkansas offers reduced tuition to Texas residents with strong academic scores. The discount can save Texans more than $10,000 a year.Private schools aren't obligated to disclose their financials, but many of them are working the system by dipping into academic funds. At SMU, eight of the nine players on the golf team are from out of state, including 2015 NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau. The estimated cost to attend SMU next year is more than $64,000. Three private schools — TCU, Miami and Vanderbilt — reached this year's baseball College World Series. A Vanderbilt official declined to say how the school made room for a whopping 18 recruits this year. Texas signed 10 players.At TCU, one of the Horned Frogs' top tennis players surrendered his athletic scholarship money to help recruit a would-be teammate for the nation's fourth-ranked team. "His parents had the economic resources to do so," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said. "He was willing to do that for the good of the team."To bolster their recruiting flexibility, coaches in Georgia tap the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally scholarship, a lottery-funded grant program created by a Georgia governor in 1993. An athlete who earns a 3.00 GPA in high school can receive up to $3,500 per semester at the University of Georgia. Two other states, Tennessee and South Carolina, also have HOPE scholarships available.In April, Stanford announced that it will offer free tuition to students whose families make less than $125,000. The previous threshold for getting that deal was $100,000. Additionally, Stanford will also offer free room and board to those from families making less than $65,000. Texas, meanwhile, has overcome the scholarship limitations, capturing 10 Big 12 titles among its 20 programs in the recent school year. Volleyball was the only head-count sport among the conference champions. 'At one point, you run out of money' Sategna tries to build a team that can succeed in everything from sprints to distance races to field events. His method is working — the Longhorns swept the Big 12 outdoor and indoor titles and finished in the top 10 nationally at the NCAA outdoor championships this month. "At one point, you run out of money," Sategna said. "Our coaches are doing a great job of recruiting the best of the best, and they're doing a great job of finding diamonds in the rough that we can develop." Finding diamonds on a cubic zirconium budget, that's the key. And all of Texas' smaller-sport coaches use a Moneyball mentality to spread the wealth and look for bargains. They're doing their jobs well. This past season, John Fields' men's golf team ascended to No. 2 in the national rankings; Eddie Reese captured his 11th national championship in men's swimming; Center took his team to the Sweet 16; and Longhorns newcomer Dave O'Neill led Texas rowers to the NCAA meet for the first time in program history and finished seventh. Augie Garrido's baseball team won the Big 12 tournament and qualified for an NCAA regional one year after tying for third at the College World Series. Thanks to Title IX federal guidelines that since 1972 have mandated equal opportunity for both genders — and thus equal participation numbers — these coaches and athletes have to scrimp and scrounge for every dollar. Take Lloyd Glasspool, Center's No. 2 singles player from England, who stretches the dollar as well as any Texas athlete. In May, Glasspool teamed with fellow senior Soren Hess-Olesen to win the NCAA doubles championship, the school's first in 71 years. "Lloyd is the king of savings with his per diem," Center said. "Why? Because he's the cheapest. When we go eat, he'll buy the cheapest meal or save a sandwich for later. And he's not a good tipper. Let's put it this way: You do not want to be his waitress." Distance runner Craig Lutz, who finished fourth nationally in the 10,000 meters, lives with several Longhorns athletes across multiple sports. He said the housemates used to cook for one another, but that was before the NCAA approved unlimited access to free food this past school year. "I don't think any of us have used the kitchen in the last year," Lutz said. "The ceiling looks like it's gonna cave in, so no one goes in there anyway." Getting inventive with numbers Because football eats up the bulk of the men's total scholarships (at Texas, that's 85 of 141.2), schools compensate by finding women's sports that feature large numbers to balance the ledger. At Texas, about 70 of those extra slots go to rowing, which, inexplicably to many, benefits from 20 full rides. However, former rowing coach Carie Graves used to carry a roster upward of 90 and scoured campus dining halls and dormitories for prospects who could become rowers. No experience necessary. Similarly, Baylor introduced an acrobatics and tumbling program five years ago, the only Big 12 school to carry that sport. The roster size is 40. Baylor also offers equestrian, with a roster of 70. "That's a big number for us," said Baylor executive athletic director Nick Joos. TCU also has equestrian and just became the first Big 12 school to add sand volleyball, with six scholarships spread around 15 female athletes. Track has one of the greatest gender disparities: Sategna can offer 12.6 scholarships to men, but 18 to women. That gap grew out of NCAA legislation in the 1970s that whacked 10 percent of scholarships from all men's sports. Women's sports, left unaffected from the cuts, grew in participation as schools added more programs. "I'd like to see an increase on the men's side," Sategna said. "There's a lot of people that might pass on coming to Texas because we can't make a significant offer." In tennis, Center gets only 4.5 men's scholarships while the women's tennis program has the luxury of eight. Texas women's athletic director Chris Plonsky advocates docking women's tennis a scholarship or two and awarding them to track and field and volleyball. Plonsky added she believes the NCAA will soon revisit the issue of scholarship allotment. "Tennis has it the toughest," said Reese, who apportions 9.9 scholarships in swimming. "It's tough. We're putting in the same number of hours (as the head-count sports)," said Texas senior tennis player Jacoby Lewis. "Unfortunately, we have less money, especially when we're having the most success. The non-revenue sports here have been the best. Look at us — swimming, track and field. We're all the best." C.J Hinojosa, a shortstop on the baseball team, said that his $700 monthly stipend did not cover the full cost of his housing and that his mother had to pay the rest. "It's tough, but you're able to live," Hinojosa said. "It's not always comfortable, but you're able to live." Reese said two of his stars, 2015 NCAA champions Joseph Schooling and Will Licon, are not on full rides. Conversely, quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and point guard Isaiah Taylor are, just as every Longhorn who plays football, basketball or volleyball. "When they come here, I tell them whatever scholarship they come on, they're usually gonna stay on," Reese said. "If they get seven golds in the Olympics and they're on a half scholarship, they're gonna stay on a half scholarship." Reese said that when two-time Olympian Shaun Jordan came to Texas in 1988, he started on a books scholarship. "He called himself my K-Mart bluelight special," Reese said. How many full scholarships has Center given in his 15 seasons at Texas? "Zero," he said. Softball coach Connie Clark said she had three players on a full-ride this past season; she can offer the equivalent of 12 scholarships. "We offer anywhere from books to fulls," Clark said. To compensate in recruiting, Plonsky urges her coaches to highlight the university's strong academics and Austin's vibrance. "I promise you our equivalent sport coaches have the ability to make a 10- to 50-percent scholarship look like they just opened Fort Knox," she said. Balancing scholarships with success Garrido said he has awarded only one full ride in baseball in 19 years at Texas — senior outfielder Mark Payton, who was from Chicago, after other upperclassmen departed and left unforeseen scholarship money last year. Garrido filled out his 2015 roster with eight walk-ons. Even then, such players had to be accepted into Texas no later than December and finish in the top 7 percent of their graduating class. "I think 11.7 is a ridiculously low number for what we're asking a baseball coach to do," Plonsky said. Unlike other sports, baseball is required to give scholarship athletes at least 25 percent of a scholarship, a restriction the NCAA passed in 2007 to deter coaches from signing too many players and then cutting the ones they didn't want. "We forgot about trying to get sympathy for anything," Garrido said. "They don't even sell sympathy cards at Hallmark in Texas." Starting next year, the NCAA will mandate that scholarships in all sports be for four years, a controversial departure from the year-by-year model that allowed coaches to dismiss athletes for performance or behavior. While baseball somehow has to stretch a budget, rowing's cup runneth over. O'Neill couldn't even recall if he currently has eight or nine athletes on full rides. But even he's looking to stretch his dollars; he had several rowers fill out federal student aid forms for financial assistance in the form of $10,000 Pell Grants. Scholarship limitations at Cal, where he led the Golden Bears to a pair of national titles, helped push O'Neill to Texas last summer. "I was always looking at those big-time athletic departments and what can be done there," O'Neill said. "Having the weight of one of the most powerful athletic departments at a cool school behind you in a cool city was appealing. I felt it was time to try something new." Fields, on the other hand, is caught in the middle when he tries to split up his 4.5 golf scholarships to build a roster littered with elite recruits who are U.S. Amateur champions and have already played in PGA majors. First-team All-American Beau Hossler — who competed in this weekend's U.S. Open — and national freshman of the year Scottie Scheffler occupy a large portion of Fields' recruiting pie. Some coaches, however, don't mind pushing the ethical envelope in recruiting. Fields said one well-known Pac-12 golf coach was "renowned" for telling prospects he'd give them a 100 percent scholarship, only to send them their national letter of intent the day before signing day that indicated they got only full tuition and nothing else. "Word got out," Fields said. "He didn't care." Some help is on the way. The NCAA just approved a full cost of attendance proposal that will create some wiggle room for coaches of equivalency sports. At Texas, coaches can promise their athletes an additional $4,310 a year per full scholarship. "For us, yes," Center said, "it's a godsend." And could they ever see men's scholarship allotments increase? "I don't see any hope," Center said. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000037502,t000002879,t000003183,t000190861,t000002776,t000049144,t000008056,t000003199,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
BEREA, Ohio — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel held a funeral Wednesday for Johnny Football.“I’m trying to really close a chapter on my life and move forward and really continue to build on the things that I’ve done throughout this offseason,” Manziel said in his first interview since Dec. 29 after the Browns wrapped up their second practice of mandatory minicamp.Manziel admitted he became...
Browns QB Manziel closes chapter on ‘Johnny Football’
By Nate Ulrich, Associated Press | Jun 17, 2015BEREA, Ohio — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel held a funeral Wednesday for Johnny Football. “I’m trying to really close a chapter on my life and move forward and really continue to build on the things that I’ve done throughout this offseason,” Manziel said in his first interview since Dec. 29 after the Browns wrapped up their second practice of mandatory minicamp. Manziel admitted he became overwhelmed by the Johnny Football persona he helped create when he took college football by storm and won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M in 2012. The hype, celebrity and partying became too much to handle. It played a part in his nightmarish rookie season with the Browns after they drafted him 22nd overall last year, and it ultimately contributed to him spending more than 10 weeks this offseason in an inpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in alcohol and drug addiction treatment. “I think it just overtook who I was just as person, too,” Manziel said. “I think, at times, Johnny Football probably took over me a little bit, too, and I bought into that. I think I didn’t do my best to hush things down, push down the hype. I think at times I welcomed it with immaturity and just accepted that a little bit, and that’s my fault. “At the end of the day, everything that happened last year is not on anybody else but myself. I guess I wasn’t prepared to handle the type of spotlight that I got and all the hype that came with it. So moving forward, I’m trying to do my part to push that down, suffocate that a little bit and just try to live my life and come out here, and I’m happy being back out here on the football field, I’m happy being back out here with these guys and I’m excited to come to work every day.” In an effort to bury Johnny Football, Manziel vowed to no longer flash his popular “money sign” hand gesture. In the past, he would routinely rub his fingers against his thumbs after making plays on the gridiron or while posing for photographs. He even did it on stage at Radio City Music Hall when he was drafted. “The money sign will not be back,” Manziel said. “I will not be making it.” Manziel, 22, politely told reporters he wouldn’t discuss details of his private life, but it’s clear the issues he faced off the field last year interfered with his job. He led the offense to just three points in six quarters as a starter and finished 0-2 after taking veteran Brian Hoyer’s spot in the lineup in December. He described his rookie season as a time he is not “proud of, not one that I want to look back on very much.” His poor performances and behavior away from the field cast a large shadow of doubt on whether he’ll ever live up to the expectations the Browns placed upon him when they traded up four spots to pick him. “Obviously, last year was, in my mind, for me personally, a disaster,” Manziel said. “I didn’t come out and perform. “I think it’s even my fault — the way that I’ve built myself up. I set myself up for a little bit of failure in that regard if I didn’t come out as a rookie and really perform.” Manziel thanked the Browns for their support throughout this offseason. He said his teammates embraced him when he rejoined the team after rehab and acknowledged his TMZ lifestyle has put many of them in difficult positions in the past. “My private life has been out there to a maximum degree,” Manziel said. “There’s no doubt about that. So for me, one thing that I want to do moving forward in this offseason is just try to quiet that to the best of my ability — whatever I can do to help quiet the noise that has surrounded this team and surrounded myself. I don’t want that anymore. I just want to be another player on this team that is in here trying to get better and trying to be successful. We want to win here. “Off the field, I was a little bit of a distraction. I feel bad about that today. I feel bad about that throughout the last months of my life really thinking back and seeing how much of my life outside of this field and outside of this locker room was documented. It’s not fair for [Pro Bowl cornerback] Joe Haden to be having to answer questions about me every day. It’s not fair for [All-Pro left tackle] Joe Thomas and all these guys to just continue to have questions asked about me. I don’t think that’s fair at all, and I don’t want that.” (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) Manziel has promised to change before, only to fall short of delivering. After he landed on injured reserve last year, he didn’t show up to receive treatment on his hamstring the morning of Dec. 27 — the day before the season finale — at team headquarters because he stayed out too late the previous night partying with friends. The Browns reportedly sent security to rouse Manziel at his former downtown Cleveland apartment because they couldn’t reach him by phone. Two days later, he told reporters he needed to “look myself in the mirror and hold myself accountable and start making some deals with myself.” But the next day, a video of Manziel hanging out with friends at a nightclub in Miami Beach, Fla., appeared on social media. His partying continued during stops in Houston and Aspen, Colo. He checked into rehab Jan. 28 and news of his release broke April 11. Manziel realizes he must earn trust this time around. “Actions speak way louder than words,” he said. “So as much as I may have intended to do some of those things [I promised to do] last year and really truly wanted to, I don’t think I was in a position personally. Now I think I’m doing the right things and taking the right steps necessary for me to put myself in the best position possible to be exactly what this organization drafted me to be. I don’t want to give up on that fact at all. I’m not giving up on the fact that they brought me in here as a first-round pick and want to see something out of me. That’s not lost on me and hopefully not other people in this locker room, either.” Manziel has been working as the No. 2 quarterback throughout spring practices. Coach Mike Pettine has labeled veteran journeyman Josh McCown the favorite to head into the coming season as the starter. Last year, Pettine pitted Manziel against Hoyer in training camp, but this year, there has been no hint of a quarterback competition. “Obviously that’s Coach Pettine’s decision,” Manziel said. “But for now, I’m just doing all that I can do … to try and get better.” Manziel has been inconsistent this spring. He fumbled three shotgun snaps on Tuesday but rebounded with a better showing Wednesday, highlighted by an impressive back-shoulder throw for a completion to rookie running back Duke Johnson in team drills. Late last year, Manziel admitted he didn’t take his job seriously enough. Now he’s focused on improving his dedication and commitment, spending much more time at the team’s training facility, even when the players are off practice. “This position is extremely demanding, and for me now, even if I feel I may be doing enough, I need to continue to try and do more,” Manziel said. “And the more time I spend in this building, the better.” Pettine said Manziel has made strides this offseason “in all the little things that it takes to be an NFL quarterback.” He also has moved from downtown Cleveland and into a suburban golf course community west of the city. Julius Scott, his mentor and former offensive coordinator at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, is living with him, a measure Pettine said he “absolutely” views as positive. “I have made steps to ensure a better chance of success for me moving forward,” Manziel said. The Browns are hoping Manziel can still thrive despite a turbulent start to his career. It might happen. It might not. Either way, Manziel wants his future to be determined without Johnny Football as part of the equation. “I think I’ve done a good job throughout this offseason of really trying to get back to my roots and who I really am as a person,” Manziel said. “I got back to doing some things that I grew up doing that I really enjoy, that are quiet, that occupy my time in a better way other than traveling or anything else of that sort. I’m here in Cleveland. Obviously, I’ve kind of made this my home, so moving forward just doing things that I really, truly love to do.” ——— ©2015 Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) Visit the Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) at www.ohio.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003195,t000046469,t000003183,t000158025,t000003194
Jun 6, 2015
Current ESPN radio personality honored as an ‘Outstanding American’
Former NFL player Mike Golic inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
By Nathan Ruiz, Staff Writer | Jun 6, 2015Mike Golic grew up in Buckeye country, but from the age of 11, his heart belonged to Notre Dame. Golic played football for four years and wrestled for two for the Fighting Irish before an eight-year NFL career with the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. After he retired, he joined ESPN, eventually forming the notable “Mike and Mike” morning radio show with Mike Greenberg. The pair has now been together for 16 years. This weekend, Golic was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater as an honorary “Outstanding American.” In his rise from a boy in Ohio, to NFL player, to ESPN personality, his biggest influence was not only on the field, but also in his home: his father, Bob, a former Canadian Football League player, who died in 2013. I was never one that looked up to pro athletes. I always looked up to my dad. I tell kids that, as well. Instead of looking up to an athlete that can you can see on the field but you don’t really know as a person, find someone closer to you, someone that you know as a person. My dad was always, always my role model in the way he conducted himself both on the field of play and coaching us, and then certainly as a husband and a father. More and more, I hear my wife or my kids say, “You’re just like your father.” You joke about that as you get older, that you turn into your parents, or for me, my father, but I couldn’t think of a better compliment. I’ll catch myself with his mannerisms or using a line that he used, but I’m happy to because I think he was a great role model. My parents really stressed education with us. You knew you had to make times for your studies because if you didn’t have your grades where they needed to be, you weren’t going to play sports. You definitely learned to manage your time. That’s one thing I think sports gives you, the ability to manage your time. I think if you look at most athletes, a lot of times they have their best grades during their sports. Now, going to college, it’d be one sport, but a lot of times, you have your best grades during that sport because your time is so managed for you, where free time can be the enemy a little bit at times in the offseason. At all the places that offered me, I made sure when I talked to the coaches, that they were OK with me wrestling as well. I would miss some of the wrestling season, obviously, but then when I would wrestle, that would be during winter workouts, but all you had to do was tell a coach “Come watch my wrestling practice, and you know I’m getting just as good or a better workout going to wrestling practice.” It wasn’t an issue with any of them that I was able to do that as well. I was doing a sport and I was staying in shape and I loved it. My brother Bob had gone (to Notre Dame) in ’75. I was only 11 years old. When you’re from Ohio and you’re highly recruited like we were and you don’t go to Ohio State, you’re kind of shunned or looked upon as a traitor, so my brother was first in that. When I was 11 and I’d go there, I got to meet some of those guys. They seemed like giant heroes to me when I was 11 years old and 12 years old and going to Notre Dame. My brother Greg is just a year and a half older than me and one grade up from me, so he went to Notre Dame as well. When he went there and I’d go to see him when I was senior in high school, now all those athletes that seemed like big sports gods to me when I was 11, now I looked at them and I said, ‘I could be one of them.’ I got to see Notre Dame in a couple of different lights. I know everybody has an allegiance and loves their school, and I’m no different. I’ll bleed blue and gold for the rest of my life. I only wrestled my sophomore and junior year. Freshman year, I still needed to gain more weight, so after the football season, I really just concentrated on lifting a lot to gain some weight. Senior year, there was nothing I could do – I had to prepare for the draft. I had to go to the combine and do all that. It was hard, but I was doing it to achieve a goal of making it to the NFL, something I knew I wanted to do at that point. It wasn’t like I could go on to anything else wrestling-wise, and football-wise, you could. So because I was focused so much on that goal, wrestling I knew wasn’t part of it, but I certainly miss wrestling. I loved wrestling easily just as much as football, no doubt about it. I was always one of those, again, from my father, when you’re a young person going into a situation where older people are there with experience, it’s keep your mouth shut and your eyes and your ears open. You learn from them, and that’s what I did. I got drafted by the Houston Oilers, and I was playing D-line and their nose tackle, Mike Stensrud was his name, had been playing for a while. He was very, very good to me in taking me under his wing. I watched him, how he acted as a professional and how he handled practice and how he did what he did. He was very good with showing me how to be a professional football player. I wish more players would do that. I think in this day and age, unfortunately, too many players come into a sport thinking they know more than they really do. Reggie White, I believe, was the best. God rest his soul. I think he was the greatest defensive end to ever play the game. I know others may disagree, but certainly, as we like to put it, in the team picture. There’s just a few, but I would have him right there, without a doubt. Now, I say, ‘Without a doubt.’ If you asked, “Who I played the most with as the greatest player?” it’d be Reggie. But I can’t say, ‘Without a doubt,” because I played with another guy, but only for one year. My last year in Miami, I played with Dan Marino, and obviously, Dan’s pretty darn good as well. But Reggie, I played with him for six years. I played with him a little longer. Randall Cunningham, our quarterback (with the Eagles), had a show, and I did a little segment called Golic’s Got it, which was kind of a humoristic look at our upcoming opponent. Like, if we were going to play the Cleveland Browns, I would go to a dog pound since that’s what they were known for. I’d mess around with dogs, just kind of a funny thing. Right place, right time. It won a mid-regional Emmy for that goofy stuff. I guess ESPN took notice of that and asked me in the offseason if I wouldn’t mind coming in and doing some things for them, so I did. I basically started a relationship with them while I was still playing. Then, when I was done playing, I did some different pieces for ‘em. I started calling college games for ESPN and for ABC, and then one thing led to another, and all of a sudden, I’m doing a national radio show for 16 years. It certainly worked out pretty well. I met Greeny literally five minutes before (a show). It wasn’t even his job. He was just filling in for a day. I never knew him, and I didn’t know who he was. I just remembered — he is what he is. He’s a fan. He was never really an athlete, but he’s incredibly smart. He went to Northwestern, the Medill School of Journalism. He’s incredibly smart and incredibly good at what he does. But we were opposites. One thing I probably thought when I met him is, ‘We are really opposite.’ There’s no doubt about that. I loved wrestling easily as much as I loved football, so to be recognized at all by the Wrestling Hall of Fame is just fantastic. Listen, I would be lying if I didn’t say I’d love to be going in the Wrestling Hall of Fame as like a two-time national champ, one loss in my college wrestling career, but I’m not. I wasn’t that type of wrestler, but I always loved wrestling. And any time I could, I talked about wrestling, and any time I could help the sport, I would help the sport. I’ll always stay close to it. When they told me that they were going to recognize me for this, I was completely humbled that they would think enough of me to put me in the Hall of Fame.
May 30, 2015
Fayette, Iowa, native started as high school baseball, then an assistant softball coach at University of Southwestern Louisiana — now Louisiana-Lafayette — while a graduate student
Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy takes unique path to success
By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer | May 30, 2015Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy led the Crimson Tide to their 10th Women’s College World Series appearance this season, beating Oklahoma in a Super Regional last weekend in Tuscaloosa. Murphy has become one of the most successful head coaches in college softball, but took a unique path to get there. He grew up in Fayette, Iowa, and graduated from Northern Iowa in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in history education. After coaching high school baseball two years in Sumner, Iowa, he enrolled at the University of Southwestern Louisiana — now Louisiana-Lafayette — for graduate school in communications. While there, softball coach Yvette Girouard asked him to also help her team as an assistant coach. He spent one year as interim head coach at Northwest Missouri State in 1995, then joined Alabama as an assistant coach in 1997, the program’s first year of existence. Two years later, Murphy took over as the Crimson Tide’s head coach. In the summer of 2011, he briefly accepted LSU’s head coaching position — replacing Girouard, his old mentor who had retired — but changed his mind and went back to Alabama a few days later. Less than a year after that, he led Alabama to its lone national title by beating Oklahoma in the WCWS championship series. Murphy is very media-friendly and engaging in press conferences. He’s also very active on social media with over 30,000 Twitter followers. I can remember back when I was probably 5-years old, we would go to family reunions at my grandparents’ farm in Dumont, Iowa. My mom has five siblings, and two of her brothers have farms, and they were right in a row. Three gravel roads apart. At grandma’s house, we had a huge front lawn, and after everyone got done eating, invariably we’d go out to the lawn and play softball. Two of my uncles played fastpitch in the Army in the '50s and ‘60s. They all had daughters, and they played fastpitch, so that was naturally the game we played from when I was 5 until I graduated high school. When I got to college, I did work study in sports information at Northern Iowa. I got to work with all these different teams and coaches, and that’s what started the bug. I thought I was gonna be the next Bobby Knight. I was a huge college basketball junkie. In the winter in Iowa on a Saturday, there’s nothing to do if you’re snowed in. I’d watch NBC Sports, Don Criqui and Dick Enberg would do Notre Dame basketball, and I would sit with a frozen, microwave pizza and watch basketball from 1 to 5 p.m. every Saturday, and think I would be the next star at Notre Dame. I’m an Irish, Midwest Catholic, but I didn’t grow too tall so I didn’t get to play basketball and didn’t coach basketball. When I went to grad school in Lafayette, Yvette Girouard, who was the coach at the time, lost her assistant. I’m going in there thinking I’m gonna work in the SID office, and she took me out for pizza and said, "Hey, do you want another duty?" So I was taking classes, working in sports information, doing my thesis, but I thought, "What the hell? Yeah I’ll do it." It was $6,000, no benefits. I didn’t have a car. She let me borrow her dad’s 1974 Ford pickup. You couldn’t open the door from the inside; I had to roll down the window and open the door from the outside. I think having that communication background has really helped me. I still was the SID three years into the assistant job at Lafayette, so I was feeding stuff to the media as an assistant coach, which was really weird. But I could tell you what everybody hit, their ERA, how many walks, everything. I just think I’ve kept up with that a little bit and pay attention to details. They were very good. They had two pitchers who were incredible, and Girouard had worked her butt off for years and years and years, and I was just the beneficiary of being in the right place at the right time. It was such an awesome game and the fans there were incredible. We went to regionals every year. After we made it to the World Series the first time in 1993, I was hooked. It was such a fun game, fast-paced. Lots of strategy. It was too good to pass up. I went to Northwest Missouri as an interim coach for one year. I wanted to be a head coach and I knew some kids on that team who were from Iowa. I only spent one year there because they wanted somebody with a PE master’s who could teach, and I didn’t have that. I’d probably still be there if I’d gotten the job, because I really enjoyed it. I never expected to be at Alabama this long. I mean, I had an apartment for 12 years. I was stupid for wasting all that money. I thought, it’d be three or four years and then I’d go back to the Midwest. I never, ever dreamed that I’d be in the football capital of the United States and that softball would be so accepted. They love it, so it’s hard to leave. In our hallway in the Coleman Coliseum, the guy next to me is Mic Potter. He won a women’s golf national championship. The guy next to him is Jay Seawell, he won the men’s golf back-to-back. Down the hall was Sarah Patterson, who won six national championships in gymnastics. So you had 10 national titles in one hallway, and football was across the street. I think everybody in the hallway secretly competed against each other, but we tried to keep up with each other. I think it’s that way with every sport now. We’ve improved in so many sports since I’ve been there. It’s unbelievable, but you can’t not use that tradition to your benefit. My biggest professional challenge was probably the very first year as head coach at Alabama. I was the assistant for two years, and everybody loves the assistant. I remember playing in a tournament at Arizona State, and my star player was Kelly Kretschman, who became an Olympic gold medalist. I recruited her daily. I was a good friend to her. Now I’m the head coach, and I’m not a friend. She was at third base in a game against New Mexico, and it was 0-0. She took a big lead, and I said, "Do not get picked off. We’re not scoring many runs today." The next pitch, she got picked off. I looked at her and said, "On the bench." As soon as I did it, I thought, "Oh my God. I hope she comes back. I hope she doesn’t quit." I look up in the stands, and her mom and dad get up to leave. I thought, "Oh my God. The best player I’ve ever had is gonna quit." It turned out, they had to catch a flight. They were upset with the kid and fine with me. It was a lesson she needed to be taught. Right then and there, I learned the biggest lesson between being an assistant and a head coach. You have to make some decisions that aren’t gonna be very favorable with some people, but that’s part of the job. I’ve tried to keep that in mind with every decision I’ve made ever since. The thing that helped us out the most was getting our stadium. We played at a city park for three years, and then in 2000, they finally started to break ground. That was the biggest key to the program, because then you could take a recruit. It was basically modeled off of Hall of Fame Stadium. I don’t know what I really expected, but I knew with that passionate fan base, you could do something good. There are too many rabid fans. You could win in bowling, and they would come to watch. We won a conference title one year, and got our rings at halftime of a football game. At the time, Bryant-Denny seated about 90,000. I thought to myself right then, “If I can’t get 2,000 of these rabid fans to come to our games — a great, fun sport to watch — they need to get rid of me.” That was the year we really pushed to sell season tickets. We sold almost 2,200 season tickets this year. We try to go where the girls are from at least once in their career, so we’ve played in Maryland, Miami, Houston, all over the country, really. And almost every time, we have more fans than the home team. It’s a lot of fun to see. There’s a lot of red and white, but it makes for a better atmosphere, and the home team loves it because they’ve got a sellout crowd. The fans follow us a lot. I could tell you what every former player is doing, whether they’re married, if they have kids, what their husbands name is, just everything, because I’ve been here from Day One. I used to joke that I was the Tom Landry of college softball, but that’s the neat part. I have everybody’s email address, everybody’s address. When we have alumni functions, it is a lot of fun because about 80 percent of the kids come back and it’s like one big family. We’d just come back from the 2011 World Series, and we had lost Sunday night. It was a rough game. Got off the plane, got a phone call from LSU. When you’re down in the dumps and all of a sudden, somebody says, ‘You’re the one we want.’ Wow. Then the whole week was a roller coaster. You go over there and feel the love, and then you don’t get the right feeling. It just didn’t feel right. It was nothing against the people or the program, because obviously they’re doing really well right now. It was probably a rushed decision. I would probably tell everybody in the same situation to take your time and really, really look it over. Alabama is kind of like the top dog to me. There’s not a bigger stadium. The winning tradition is there. The kids are still coming. The fans are awesome. The administration is great. There’s not much more that you could want. This year, our theme was grit. We started on August 25 at the very first team meeting. I watch a lot of TED talks and read a lot of books, and grit is the number one factor in predicting success later on in life. Not IQ, not a bunch of other things. It’s the ability to bounce back after failure. That’s what softball does to a kid. Softball, baseball, any sport where you lose, are you gonna bounce back or are you gonna pout for a month or two? That’s teaching you the most incredible life lesson of all. All of these girls know what it means to have grit now. So when they get that job, maybe they don’t get the boss that they like or maybe they get fired, or maybe they can’t stand their job, but they’re gonna be the one who is able to keep pushing forward and making things better.
May 19, 2015
Well, the Johnny Bench mystery is solved. As I blogged yesterday, there seemed to be some confusion about Johnny Bench’s hometown. Not from me. Not from anyone in Oklahoma. But from baseball researchers over literally decades. You can read that blog here. The bible of baseball research, baseball-reference.com, long has listed Bench as being from […]
The Johnny Bench mystery is solved
Berry Tramel | May 19, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/0517151544d.jpg]3671090[/img] Well, the Johnny Bench mystery is solved. As I blogged yesterday, there seemed to be some confusion about Johnny Bench's hometown. Not from me. Not from anyone in Oklahoma. But from baseball researchers over literally decades. You can read that blog here. The bible of baseball research, baseball-reference.com, long has listed Bench as being from Anadarko High School. And someone finally noticed. That someone being Oklahoman page designed Rob Backus. Anyone, my guess was that Bench played American Legion ball in Anadarko, about 20 miles south of Binger, and sure enough, that was the issue. First, I got an email from Bill Hancock, the lover of all things southwestern Oklahoma. Hancock you know as the guy who runs the College Football Playoff, but he's still more Okie than anyone I know. "Enjoyed your pieces on Johnny Bench," Hancock wrote. "I can help with one thing: he did play American Legion ball for Anadarko. In fact, he was one of the first Legion players to hit a home run out of Hobart's park -- he did it in the state tournament Aug. 6, 1964. He pitched and played first base in that game, which Anadarko lost to eventual champion Guthrie." And the Society of American Baseball Research, which is responsible for the biographical information that is on baseball-reference.com and thus on baseball-almanac.com and even on the Cincinnati Reds website, has been alerted to the error. Jacob Pomrenke, who runs the social media aspects of SABR, sent this email: "Kudos to Rob Backus for discovering an error in SABR’s bio data for, of all people, Johnny Bench. We had the wrong high school listed for him (it’s Binger HS, not Anadarko HS), and it turns out this error has been circulating for more than 40 years and no one noticed. Bench actually played for Anadarko’s American Legion team, which was coached then by the same man who coached at Anadarko HS. After Rob pointed it out, I found several wire stories from 1969-70 about Bench 'playing for Anadarko' and the coach 'coaching Bench at Anadarko.' Somehow this got conflated into his playing for Anadarko HS … even though one of his nicknames was The Binger Kid. Go figure. Even the Cincinnati Reds and other MLB sources had the wrong info listed." Fascinating. Bench is perhaps the greatest catcher in baseball history. Bench or Yogi Berra. That makes Bench one of the top 25 players in baseball history. His exploits do not live on dusty book shelves or in the tales we heard from our grandfathers. Most of the people who care about baseball history and baseball data saw Bench play. Most of those people watched Bench in World Series throughout the 1970s -- '70, '72, '75, '76 -- and heard the tales about Binger. But it just goes to show you, details sometimes get avalanched in memory. We remember Bench's big hands and his stance and his stocky build and his No. 5. But do we remember other details? Let's take a test. You can take it with me. I won't cheat. I'm going to think of other superstars from the '70s and try to remember where they grew up. Joe Morgan? I want to say Oakland. Is that right? Reggie Jackson? Don't remember. Something says Alabama, but I have no idea. Tom Seaver? I think Connecticut, but I'd be wildly guessing. Carl Yastrzemski? I know it was Long Island, but I don't remember the town, and I read Yaz's biography multiple times. Pete Rose? I have no idea. Was it Cincinnati? Was he a hometown guy? Catfish Hunter? Somewhere in North Carolina, but I don't remember where. Lou Brock, one of my all-time favorites? Somewhere in Louisiana, but I don't know where. Steve Garvey, who was as famous as anyone in baseball? Seems like Michigan, but that's a guess. Mike Schmidt? Don't know. Rod Carew? Panama. I know he's from Panama. I assume Panama City. Some things you remember, like Thurman Munson being from Canton, Ohio, and Brooks Robinson being from Little Rock (though Brooks was more of a '60s star). But most of those guys, I never knew or I've forgotten. So if I saw on baseball-reference.com that Steve Carlton is from Miami, when he's actually from West Palm Beach, I wouldn't know any better. So I'll cut SABR some slack. Mistakes happen. Things fall through the cracks. Sometimes even for decades. Rather than rip SABR for not knowing Johnny Bench was from Binger, I salute SABR for a quick correction. Salute SABR and Rob Backus for noticing and Bill Hancock for reading and Binger for caring about Johnny Bench in the first place. And by the way, here are the answers to the hometowns of '70s stars: Joe Morgan indeed went to high school in Oakland, Castlemont High School. Tom Seaver is from Fresno, Calif. Now I remember. He was a Southern Cal guy. I don't know where I got Connecticut. Probably lived there when he was a Metropolitan. Reggie Jackson is from Cheltenham, Pa. I'll say this. I didn't forget that. I never knew Jackson was from Pennsylvania. Yastrzemski? Yep, Long Island. Bridgehampton, N.Y. Pete Rose? Yes, Cincinnati. Western Hills High School. Catfish Hunter? Perquimans, N.C. Never heard of the place, and my brother used to live in North Carolina, so I've tried to follow the geography. Lou Brock? Monroe, La. Union High School. Steve Garvey? Tampa, Chamberlain High School. He went to Michigan State. That's where I got Michigan. Mike Schmidt? Dayton, Ohio. I sort of remember Dan Patrick, who is from Dayton, talking about Schmidt on the radio. Rod Carew? Carew actually went to high school in New York City, George Washington High School, but he did grow up in Gatun, Canal Zone, Panama.
May 18, 2015
MIAMI (AP) — Even the mother of the Miami Marlins' new manager is questioning the wisdom of the choice.Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected Monday to replace Mike Redmond in the dugout. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed."It is outside the box, I will not deny that," Jennings said at a news...
Marlins GM Dan Jennings becomes Miami's manager
By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press | May 18, 2015MIAMI (AP) — Even the mother of the Miami Marlins' new manager is questioning the wisdom of the choice. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected Monday to replace Mike Redmond in the dugout. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed. "It is outside the box, I will not deny that," Jennings said at a news conference. "My mom, whom I love deeply, asked me, 'Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind?'" Redmond was fired one-quarter of the way into his third season Sunday after the Marlins were nearly no-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta. The defeat dropped Miami to 16-22, but team president David Samson said a change had been in the works since the Marlins started 3-11. Jennings' first game was Monday night, a 3-2 loss in 13 innings at home against Arizona. The shake-up was the latest orchestrated by owner Jeffrey Loria, reinforcing his reputation for impatience. Jennings is Loria's sixth manager since June 2010. "Jeffrey Loria makes me laugh!" former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones tweeted. No other candidates were considered, Samson said, in part because the Marlins have gone through so many managers already. "There's nowhere else to look anymore," Samson conceded. "We're running out." The Marlins consulted with Commissioner Rob Manfred and complied with Major League Baseball's minority hiring requirements, Samson said. Former players have become first-time managers in the majors, but the move from the front office to the dugout is unusual. According to Baseball Reference, Jennings is the first major league skipper with no experience as a manager or big league player since Braves owner Ted Turner managed his team for one game in 1977. Outside observers weren't the only ones surprised by the choice of Jennings. "The first thought was, 'What's going on here?' It's only natural for the players to have that, too," slugger Giancarlo Stanton said. "But you've got to realize what's positive about this, and know he's a baseball guy who's here to turn us around." Jennings met with the team before batting practice Monday. "One of the questions was, 'Are you going to wear a hat?'" reliever A.J. Ramos said. "Because I've never seen him with a hat on. But he fills out the uniform." Jennings' father, who is 77, has been a high school football coach for nearly 50 years. But Jennings' only coaching experience was with a high school baseball team in Mobile, Alabama, in the 1980s. "There are going to be cynics," he said. "There are a lot of managers who arrive in that chair via a different path. We now have a new path." Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said he's optimistic Jennings will do well despite his lack of managing experience. "We wanted a leader," Hill said. "We wanted a motivator. We wanted someone knowledgeable in the game. There's no better person I can think of. There's no one who knew our players better than DJ." Jennings said he hesitated before agreeing to change jobs, and stipulated he wanted Mike Goff as his bench coach. Goff, who had been an advance scout, was a coach for the Mariners in 2005-2007. He replaces Rob Leary. The 54-year-old Jennings, who was in his second season as general manager, has been with the Marlins on the personnel side since 2002. The Alabama native had a brief tryout as a pitcher in the Yankees organization, and then paid his dues by driving up to 50,000 miles on his car every year while scouting 300 games before he joined the Marlins. "I feel like a rookie manager and an experienced baseball man," he said. By going with Jennings, Loria avoids the expense of adding someone to the payroll. Redmond was under contract through 2017, and the Marlins are also still paying Ozzie Guillen, who had three years left on his deal when he was fired as manager in 2012. Loria didn't attend the news conference. "Looking forward, we need a different set of skills to harness the potent combination of talent we've put together," Loria said in a statement. "We can't think of anyone better suited for the job than Dan Jennings." Jennings is under contract through 2018, and it's possible he'll return to the job of general manager after this season, Samson said. For now the GM duties will be delegated to others in the front office. The Marlins had the same 16-22 record in May 2003 when Loria fired Jeff Torborg as manager. Replacement Jack McKeon led a turnaround that resulted in an improbable run to the World Series title. The Marlins haven't been to the postseason since, but they began this year with high hopes after a busy winter. "In my heart, this is a playoff team," Jennings said. "That's the message that is now my job to convey to them."
NORMAN — Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season — when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 — and replaced him with […]
Oklahoma football: K.J. Young the latest in troubling trend of OU receiver busts
Jason Kersey | May 17, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season -- when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 -- and replaced him with Cale Gundy coaching inside receivers and Dennis Simmons coaching outside receivers. Here is a look at every wide receiver prospect signed in the seven seasons Norvell was in charge of the position group. There have been legal problems, lack of on-field development, transfers and dismissals. Of the receivers Norvell signed, very few became much more than a role player. Here's a look at all 25 wide receivers signed by the Sooners between 2008 and 2014. (NOTE: This does not account for NCAA Division I transfers Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. This chart only includes players signed out of high school or junior college). 2008 JOSH JARBOE Hometown (School): Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 10 receiver; No. 69 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Jarboe picked OU over offers from Florida, Georgia and LSU and was one of the Sooners' prized commits in 2008, but he was arrested in March 2008 on felony gun charges. He pled guilty and was expelled from school, but OU gave him another chance after he finished graduation requirements online. After he arrived at OU, a video of Jarboe rapping about guns and violence surfaced online and Stoops dismissed him before he even played in a game. He transferred to Troy and was kicked off the team there after two arrests, but eventually got things turned around and recorded 1,300 receiving yards and six touchdowns over two seasons at Arkansas State. JAMEEL OWENS Hometown (School): Muskogee (Muskogee) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 8 receiver; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Owens joined the Sooners along with high-school teammate and highly-touted defensive tackle prospect Stacy McGee. He played some as a true freshman, but fell out of favor with coaches and transferred to Tulsa, where he only played one season. DEJUAN MILLER Hometown (School): Metuchen, N.J. (Metuchen) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 32 receiver; No. 232 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Miller played four seasons at OU, recording a total of 75 receptions for 892 yards and two touchdowns. But after Miller's final game at OU -- a 31-14 Insight Bowl win over Iowa in 2011 -- Miller's father ripped Norvell on Twitter, calling him "flaky" in a rant about his son not getting more snaps in the bowl game. 2009 CAMERON KENNEY Hometown (School): Dacula, Ga. (Garden City CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Kenney became a solid contributor in two seasons at OU, finishing his career with 55 catches, 812 yards and five touchdowns. JAZ REYNOLDS Hometown (School): Aldine, Texas (Eisenhower) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 92 receiver (3-star) What happened: Reynolds was suspended multiple times throughout his OU career -- including for the entire 2012 season -- but finished with 68 career catches for 1,187 yards and six touchdowns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans but didn't make the team. In a lengthy May 2013 interview with The Oklahoman, Reynolds praised Bob Stoops for giving him so many chances. 2010 TREY FRANKS Hometown (School): Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 74 receiver (3-star) What happened: Franks was one of three receivers suspended for the entire 2012 season. During that suspension, he still practiced with the team and switched to safety, but was back at receiver by the time the 2013 season began. He didn't record any statistics that year, but appeared in 12 games and started once. Franks chose to end his college football career with a year of eligibility still remaining. JUSTIN MCCAY Hometown (School): Shawnee, Kan. (Bishop Miege) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 6 athlete; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: McCay redshirted in 2010 and made only three appearances with no catches in 2011, then decided to transfer to Kansas to be closer to his family. The NCAA denied his appeal for immediate eligibility -- despite Bob Stoops and Joe Castiglione supporting his transfer -- and only caught 27 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons at KU. JOE POWELL Hometown (School): Dallas (Skyline) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 57 athlete (3-star) What happened: Powell was at OU for two seasons -- switching to defensive back -- before he was arrested on felony drug charges and kicked off the team. SHELDON MCCLAIN Hometown (School): Cibolo, Texas (Steele) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 94 receiver (3-star) What happened: McClain tore an ACL during his senior year of high school and redshirted as a true freshman. He left the team before OU's 2011 Insight Bowl appearance. KENNY STILLS Hometown (School): Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 23 receiver; No. 147 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Stills became one of the best players on the Sooner offense, finishing his career with 204 catches, 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns. He's already had a productive NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, and was traded to the Miami Dolphins during this offseason. 2011 KAMEEL JACKSON Hometown (School): Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 34 receiver (3-star) What happened: Jackson caught 12 passes for 165 yards during his true freshman season, but was suspended indefinitely after the 2012 spring, and then dismissed a few months later. TREY METOYER Hometown (School): Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 2 receiver; No. 12 overall prospect (5-star) What happened: Metoyer was one of the most hyped OU signees of the Stoops era, but couldn't qualify academically in time for the 2011 season. He spent that year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and got eligible, then shined in the 2012 spring game. He started the first few games of his freshman year, but fell out of the lineup after Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders was granted eligibility. A few games into the next season, he was kicked off the team after being charged with indecent exposure. A judge recently sentenced Metoyer to eight years probation. 2012 LACOLTAN BESTER Hometown (School): Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Bester appeared in 24 games over two seasons at OU, saving his best game for last. He caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners' Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama. He also made "The Play That Changed It All" in Bedlam 2013. COURTNEY GARDNER Hometown (School): Roseville, Calif. (Sierra CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Gardner was unable to qualify academically and never made it to campus. DURRON NEAL Hometown (School): St. Louis (DeSmet) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 9 receiver; No. 62 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Neal was the Sooners' second-leading receiver last season, but on the whole, hasn't contributed nearly as much as anyone expected. He's got 60 career catches for 764 yards and three touchdowns. STERLING SHEPARD Hometown (School): Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 20 receiver; No. 131 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Shepard has become -- arguably -- the best player on the current OU football team. He would've easily surpassed 1,000 yards receiving last season if not for a nagging hamstring that essentially sidelined him for the final six games of the season. DERRICK WOODS Hometown (School): Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 31 receiver; No. 216 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Woods redshirted as a true freshman, only caught two passes during his career and was booted from the team in the middle of last season for unspecified team rules violations. 2013 AUSTIN BENNETT Hometown (School): Manvel, Texas (Manvel) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 71 receiver (3-star) What happened: Bennett played some as a true freshman, but entering his junior season only has three career catches for 42 yards. DANNON CAVIL Hometown (School): San Antonio (Madison) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Cavil redshirted as a true freshman and never saw any action in 2014. He announced his decision to leave the program midway through that season. JORDAN SMALLWOOD Hometown (School): Jenks (Jenks) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 46 receiver (3-star) What happened: Smallwood suffered an ACL tear during fall camp before his true freshman season and redshirted. He appeared in all 13 games last year, but only caught three passes for 21 yards. He tore another ACL during spring practices and is expected to miss at least the first couple games of next season. K.J. YOUNG Hometown (School): Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Young redshirted as a true freshman and started three games last season, ending the year with 19 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown. He was dismissed from the team Sunday. 2014 MARK ANDREWS Hometown (School): Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 25 receiver; No. 176 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Andrews redshirted last year and switched positions to tight end. He apparently had a huge spring and is expected to really take off in Lincoln Riley's new offense. JEFFERY MEAD Hometown (School): Tulsa (Union) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 75 receiver (3-star) What happened: Mead played some early last season, but fell out of the regular receiver rotation by the end of the year. A big, tall receiver, Mead could find a more consistent role in the new offense. MICHIAH QUICK Hometown (School): Fresno, Calif. (Central East) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 4 athlete; No. 76 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: It took Quick a few games to get going last year as a true freshman, but he ended up catching 25 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He's expected to be a big part of the offense moving forward. DALLIS TODD Hometown (School): La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 50 receiver (4-star) What happened: Todd redshirted last season.
SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 4 p.m.; Shawnee vs. Carl Albert; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Championship; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon; Atlanta at Miami; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Saturday, May 16-Sunday, May 17
May 15, 2015SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 4 p.m.; Shawnee vs. Carl Albert; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Championship; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon; Atlanta at Miami; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37) 8 p.m.; Colorado at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 8 p.m.; Boston at Seattle; MLBN (Cox 264) NHL Noon; Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING 3 p.m.; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m.; Sprint Cup Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m.; Sprint Cup Series; FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 6:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 1:30 p.m.; Preakness Stakes Prep; NBCSN (Cox 251) 3:30 p.m.; Preakness; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m.; OSU at Michigan; KSPI-FM 93.7 11 a.m.; Virginia at N. Carolina; ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon; Mississippi St. at Tenn.; SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m.; TCU at Oklahoma; FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 2:30 p.m.; C. Carolina at Campbell; KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 3:30 p.m.; Vanderbilt at Alabama; SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m.; LSU at S. Carolina; SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 1:30 p.m.; Texas A&M at Oklahoma; KRXO-FM 107.7 1:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 5:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 8:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S LACROSSE 2 p.m.; Albany vs. Notre Dame; ESPNU (Cox 253) 4:30 p.m.; Ohio State vs. Denver; ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m.; Southampton vs. A. Villa; NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m.; English Premier League; NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m.; Liverpool vs. C. Palace; NBCSN (Cox 251) ARENA FOOTBALL 6 p.m.; Tampa Bay at Orlando; CBSS (Cox 249) SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL 7 p.m.; Dallas vs. OKC; KEBC-AM 1560 SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; ESPN (Cox 29)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM NBA 2:30 p.m.; Playoffs; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) NHL 2 p.m.; Chicago at Anaheim; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING Noon; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 1 p.m.; Xfinity Series; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; ARCA Series; CBSS (Cox 249) GOLF 6 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) COLLEGE BASEBALL 5 p.m.; Texas at Baylor; FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE SOFTBALL Noon.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) Noon; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 2:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) if necess. 2:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. 6 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. MEN’S LACROSSE 11 a.m.; Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1:30 p.m.; Maryland vs. N. Carolina; ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m.; Swansea vs. Man. City; NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m.; Man. United vs. Arsenal; NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m.; Los Angeles at Orlando; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Philly at D.C. United; FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S SOCCER 8:30 p.,.; U.S. vs. Mexico; FS1 (Cox 67) MOTOCROSS 6:30 a.m.; FIM MotoGP; FS1 (Cox 67) CYCLING Noon; Tour of California; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) HOCKEY 1:30 p.m.; IIHF Championship; NBCSN (Cox 251)
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 11 a.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 1:30 p.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 4 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; OKC at New Orleans; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, May 15-Sunday, May 17
May 14, 2015FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 11 a.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 1:30 p.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 4 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; OKC at New Orleans; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9 p.m.; Colorado at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 NBA 2 p.m.; Draft Combine; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Atlanta at Washington; ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m.; Golden St. at Memphis; ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 11 a.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 12:45 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m.; Sprint Cup Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) 4:30 p.m.; Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; Sprint Cup Series; FS1 (Cox 67) 7:30 p.m.; Truck Series; FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 4:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) 8:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) 11:30 a.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 2 p.m.; Susan Stakes; NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE BASEBALL 5 p.m.; OSU at Michigan; KSPI-FM 93.7 6 p.m.; TCU at Oklahoma; FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m.; UCF at USF; CBSS (Cox 249) 7 p.m.; LSU at S. Carolina; ESPNU (Cox 253) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 12:30 p.m.; USC Upstate vs. Washington; ESPNU (Cox 253) 12:30 p.m.; Lehigh vs. Texas A&M; SECN (Cox 275) 2:30 p.m.; Pittsburgh vs. California; ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m.; C. Arkansas at OU; KEBC-AM 1560 3 p.m.; Fairfield at Alabama; SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m.; Oakland at Michigan; ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m.; San Diego St. vs. Texas; LHN (Cox 274) 6 p.m.; Texas Southern at LSU; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 10 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) BOXING 8 p.m.; R. Ojeda vs. M.M. Clay; ESPN2 (Cox 28) SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 4 p.m.; 5A Championship; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Championship; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon; Atlanta at Miami; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37) 8 p.m.; Colorado at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 8 p.m.; Boston at Seattle; MLBN (Cox 264) NHL Noon; Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING 3 p.m.; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m.; Sprint Cup Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m.; Sprint Cup Series; FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 6:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 1:30 p.m.; Preakness Stakes Prep; NBCSN (Cox 251) 3:30 p.m.; Preakness; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m.; OSU at Michigan; KSPI-FM 93.7 11 a.m.; Virginia at N. Carolina; ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon; Mississippi St. at Tenn.; SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m.; TCU at Oklahoma; FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 2:30 p.m.; C. Carolina at Campbell; KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 3:30 p.m.; Vanderbilt at Alabama; SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m.; LSU at S. Carolina; SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 1:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 5:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 8:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S LACROSSE 2 p.m.; Albany vs. Notre Dame; ESPNU (Cox 253) 4:30 p.m.; Ohio State vs. Denver; ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m.; Southampton vs. A. Villa; NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m.; English Premier League; NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m.; Liverpool vs. C. Palace; NBCSN (Cox 251) ARENA FOOTBALL 6 p.m.; Tampa Bay at Orlando; CBSS (Cox 249) SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL 7 p.m.; Dallas vs. OKC; KEBC-AM 1560 SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; ESPN (Cox 29)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM NBA 2:30 p.m.; Playoffs; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) NHL 2 p.m.; Chicago at Anaheim; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING Noon; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 1 p.m.; Xfinity Series; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; ARCA Series; CBSS (Cox 249) GOLF 6 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) COLLEGE BASEBALL 5 p.m.; Texas at Baylor; FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE SOFTBALL Noon.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) Noon; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 2:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) if necess. 2:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. 6 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. MEN’S LACROSSE 11 a.m.; Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1:30 p.m.; Maryland vs. N. Carolina; ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m.; Los Angeles at Orlando; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Philly at D.C. United; FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S SOCCER 8:30 p.,.; U.S. vs. Mexico; FS1 (Cox 67) MOTOCROSS 6:30 a.m.; FIM MotoGP; FS1 (Cox 67) CYCLING Noon; Tour of California; KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — General manager Doug Whaley joked the Buffalo Bills could have saved some money on scouting by simply targeting Florida State players.After all, three of the six players the Bills selected in the NFL draft this weekend wound up being Seminoles."Shortly after the Pegulas bought the team, they came to me and said, Doug, we spent $1.4 billion on this so we're going to...
Bills stock up on Florida State Seminoles in NFL draft
By JOHN WAWROW, Associated Press | May 2, 2015ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — General manager Doug Whaley joked the Buffalo Bills could have saved some money on scouting by simply targeting Florida State players. After all, three of the six players the Bills selected in the NFL draft this weekend wound up being Seminoles. "Shortly after the Pegulas bought the team, they came to me and said, Doug, we spent $1.4 billion on this so we're going to have to cut somewhere,'" Whaley said with a smile on Saturday, referring to new owners Terry and Kim Pegula. "Nah," he added before explaining how Buffalo is suddenly turning into Tallahassee North. "They've what, lost one game in two years," Whaley said, referring to the Seminoles 27-1 record, which includes winning the 2014 National Championship. "There's talent there. It just so happens that we picked a lot of it, and deservedly so." The Bills closed the final day of the draft by using two of their final four picks on Seminoles players. Buffalo selected FSU running back Karlos Williams in the fifth round and then tight end Nick O'Leary with the second of its two sixth-round selections. They join Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby, who was selected in the second round on Friday. "It almost feels at home being in Buffalo," Williams said. The Bills could use any edge they can get. Their 15-season playoff drought is the NFL's longest active streak, while their 9-7 record last year matched their best in a decade. Buffalo's current roster now counts six former Seminoles, rounded out by quarterback EJ Manuel, linebacker Preston Brown and long-snapper Garrison Sanborn. The Bills rounded out the draft by selecting Clemson linebacker Tony Steward in the sixth round, and Central Arkansas receiver Dezmin Lewis in the seventh. Of the four late-round selections, O'Leary has the best chance to make an immediate impact in a tight-end friendly offense being installed by new coordinator Greg Roman. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, O'Leary won the John Mackey Award last season, which is presented to the nation's top tight end. In four seasons, he set the school record among tight ends with 114 catches for 1,591 yards and 18 touchdowns, including one rushing. "He's not the fastest. He's not the tallest. He's not the most athletic," Bills player personnel director Jim Monos said. "But then you watch him and all he does is make plays on one of the best teams in the country." Williams, selected 155th overall, played both safety and linebacker during his first two seasons at FSU before switching to running back. He scored 11 touchdowns rushing in each of his past two seasons, and is also an adept special teams player. Williams joins an already crowded backfield after the Bills acquired LeSean McCoy in a trade with Philadelphia. He will compete with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon for a No. 3 spot behind backup Fred Jackson. Williams, like Darby, ran into off-field trouble at Tallahassee, Florida. In November, a police investigation into a domestic battery assault against Williams ended without charges being filed because the alleged victim declined to speak to police. Darby was cleared of any wrong-doing after acknowledging he witnessed sex between quarterback Jameis Winston and a woman who accused Winston of raping her in December 2012. Winston, who was selected with the No. 1 pick in the draft by Tampa Bay on Thursday, was never charged and was cleared by the school. The two join a team that also signed offensive guard Richie Incognito in January. Incognito missed 15 months of football after being a central figure in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal in 2013. Whaley said the Bills were comfortable in drafting Darby and Williams after investigating what happened and asking both players about it during pre-draft meetings. "We do that on any issue, be it domestic violence, any indiscretion," Whaley said. "We're going to dig as deep as we can and can. And sitting down and looking at someone in the eye for me is a telltale sign. Is the guy remorseful? Did he do it?" Domestic violence concerns have become a major issue in the NFL. The league recently suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games after concluding there was credible evidence he roughed up his former girlfriend. NOTES: Steward overcame injuries to both knees in high school and his freshman college season to record 4-1/2 sacks and 13-1/2 tackles for losses in 38 games. ... Lewis is listed at 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, and had 197 catches for 2,618 yards and 24 touchdowns in four seasons at Central Arkansas. ... O'Leary is golfer Jack Nicklaus' grandson. . ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 2, 2015
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season.The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine...
Saints take 3 more defensive players on draft's last day
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | May 2, 2015METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season. The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine total selections. It was the most defensive players the Saints have selected since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994. "We needed to improve our defense, clearly," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "We needed to improve our depth on defense. I think all of us would have said coming into the draft that would have been a goal and yet we don't know that we can always achieve that. ... It worked out for us and I'd say we're pretty excited about it." New Orleans began the day by selecting Chattanooga outside linebacker Davis Tull at No. 148 overall, then took Fresno State defensive tackle Tyeler Davison with the 154th pick, which had been acquired in a March trade that sent former Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs. The Saints then traded their sixth-round picks for this year and next to the Washington Redskins in order to draft Georgia cornerback Damian Swann with the 167th overall pick. They'll all join a defense ranked second-to-last in the NFL in yards allowed last season (384 per game) and 23rd in sacks per pass attempt. The Saints closed out the draft by selecting Missouri running back Marcus Murphy, who excelled as a kick and punt returner in college and initially will be a candidate for that role in New Orleans, coach Sean Payton said. Murphy said he liked the way the Saints once used small-but-speedy Darren Sproles out of the backfield and hopes he can play a similar role. New Orleans did not draft a new passing target, even after trading away start tight end Jimmy Graham and wideout Kenny Stills, who led the club in yards receiving last season. Payton said the Saints were interested in a couple receivers who were drafted before the Saints could take them, but added, "We didn't approach it like we had to get a receiver." Rather, Payton expressed confidence in several young receivers already on the roster, including 2014 undrafted free agents Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman, who spent most of last season on the practice squad. He added that the Stills trade to Miami, which brought the Saints veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick, "probably doesn't happen if we didn't have didn't have that same confidence about some younger (receivers) on the roster." The 6-foot-2, 246-pound Tull was named Southern Conference defensive player of the year three times. He was credited with 18 tackles for losses and 10 ½ sacks last season. He's had 37 sacks and 60 tackles for losses in his career in college football's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Tull said he prides himself on the effort he exhibits on every play — the result of a drive which he said came from being lightly recruited by colleges after missing most of his senior season in high school with a broken leg. "We were just talking about losing scholarships in high school and having a broken leg and having people not believe in you and having that chip," Tull said. "You always want to prove other people wrong." Tull was the second edge pass-rusher drafted by New Orleans, joining Washington outside linebacker and second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha. The 6-foot-2, 316-pound Davison was credited with 8½ sacks last season and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team. But Davison, a former competitive wrestler, said his aggressiveness getting into the backfield won't undermine his ability to defend the run. "You don't want to be a one-trick pony," Davison asserted. "A lot of people attach the stigma to nose guards that they can't get after the quarterback. I think that you can't buy into that mindset." The 6-foot, 189-pound Swann was named an All-Southeastern Conference second-team player by The Associated Press last season, when his four interceptions tied for a team high. Swann also was fourth on the team in tackles with 65 and had a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Swann was the second cornerback drafted by the Saints, who also took Florida State's P.J. Williams in Friday night's third round. Swann said he was hoping to join a team with well-respected veterans at his position, and expects to learn a lot from starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Keenan Lewis. "I'm in a great position," Swann said. "I'm going in eyes wide open, ears open, ready to work." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Doran Grant picked up the phone for his first interview session as a professional football player and almost immediately blurted out: "Steelers, bro!"The former Ohio State cornerback's youthful enthusiasm was palpable. Consider it fitting for a team whose secondary is in the midst of a long awaited makeover.Pittsburgh grabbed Grant in the fourth round of the NFL draft on...
Steelers grab Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant in 4th round
By WILL GRAVES, Associated Press | May 2, 2015PITTSBURGH (AP) — Doran Grant picked up the phone for his first interview session as a professional football player and almost immediately blurted out: "Steelers, bro!" The former Ohio State cornerback's youthful enthusiasm was palpable. Consider it fitting for a team whose secondary is in the midst of a long awaited makeover. Pittsburgh grabbed Grant in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, hoping he can bring the same physical presence that helped him become a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season as the Buckeyes stormed to the national championship. The 5-foot-10, 199-pound Grant is the second defensive back taken by the Steelers, who picked up Mississippi's Senquez Golson in the second round on Friday as the club tries to find capable bodies to replace the likes of Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Brice McCain. Polamalu and Taylor retired last month while McCain left for Miami in free agency. "There concerns when you have so many starters leave you at once," Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake said. "You want to make sure you replace them and make sure you replace them with quality players." Golson tied a school record with 10 interceptions last fall for the Rebels. Grant had five picks for Ohio State, including two in a 59-0 rout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Akron, Ohio native played at the same high school where LeBron James once roamed and joins several Buckeyes who have carved out nice careers for themselves in Pittsburgh, including defensive end Cameron Heyward and linebacker Ryan Shazier. Heyward and Shazier were among the first people to reach out when the Steelers used the 121st pick in the draft on Golson. Heyward has often talked about how the set-up at Ohio State made the transition to the Steelers seamless. Golson expects the same. "I love the history and the championship culture there," Golson said. One that finds itself at a crossroads of sort during the offseason. The Steelers went 11-5 and won the AFC North last season almost in spite of their defense, which ranked 18th in points and yards allowed and 27th against the pass. Exit Polamalu and Taylor — who called it a career when it became apparent they were not part of Pittsburgh's 2015 plans — and McCain, who parlayed a solid year into a lucrative deal with the Dolphins. In their place will be holdovers like William Gay and Cortez Allen and newcomers like Grant and Golson. Lake praised Grant's strength. Grant finished with 63 tackles last season played in 54 games in four seasons. That kind of versatility should help him find a spot on special teams while he learns the ins and outs of new defensive coordinator Keith Butler's 3-4 scheme. Lake said there's a chance the Steelers could give Grant a look at safety, where Mike Mitchell and Shamarko Thomas are slated to start. Grant has never played safety in an actual game but is willing to learn if that's what it takes to see the field. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The secondary is the first priority in the NFL draft this year for the Green Bay Packers.Another position of need on defense — inside linebacker — will have to wait at least another day.Quentin Rollins is the latest defensive back to head to Titletown after the Packers took the cornerback from Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the NFL draft with the 62nd overall...
Packers add to secondary, take CB Quentin Rollins
By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press | May 1, 2015GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The secondary is the first priority in the NFL draft this year for the Green Bay Packers. Another position of need on defense — inside linebacker — will have to wait at least another day. Quentin Rollins is the latest defensive back to head to Titletown after the Packers took the cornerback from Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the NFL draft with the 62nd overall selection Friday. Rollins was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He finished with 72 tackles and seven interceptions in 2014, his only year of college football at Miami. He was the first of two selections for the Packers on Day 2 of the draft. In the third round, Green Bay took receiver and return man Ty Montgomery from Stanford. Green Bay took defensive back Damarious Randall from Arizona State in the first round on Thursday night. He played safety in college but the Packers think his skills could translate well as a cornerback at the next level. Rollins will join him in the secondary. Rollins did play four years of basketball, finishing his career second in school history with 214 career steals. He played football in high school. Rollins thinks lateral quickness developed as a point guard helps in man-to-man coverage on the field, while the responsibility of seeing the whole floor helps with zone coverage. "I think the overriding theme for our tenure here has been competition is great," said Brian Gutenkunst, the team's director of college scouting. "I think anytime guys are challenged, you usually get the best out of them. So I think that's a positive." The back end of the defense has been replenished after Packers lost cornerbacks Tramon Williams (Browns) and Davon House (Jaguars). It was one of the Packers' biggest needs. Sam Shields is the starter at one corner. Casey Hayward seems likely to fill the starting job held by Williams. Micah Hyde plays safety and corner. "The best players will play. The next guys will sit there and work to get ready to play," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. "Are they going to play inside? Are they going to play outside? We'll let practice and all that figure that out. Inside linebacker is another big need on the defense after Green Bay cut ties with veterans A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones in the offseason. But that position will have to wait until Friday — the Packers next pick in the fourth round with the 129th selection. Sam Barrington, a seventh-round pick in 2013, passed Hawk and Jones on the depth chart and played well down the stretch. Pass rusher Clay Matthews played inside more in the second half of the season to help shore up the defense. Typically guarded general manager Ted Thompson isn't divulging much about his plan at inside linebacker, other than that he was confident with the team's options. Don't read the moves as signs that Matthews might play inside again, either. "I don't know if it means that, no. I'm not the defensive coordinator," Thompson said. Linebacker Carl Bradford, a fourth-round pick last year who didn't play in 2014, could also be an option on the inside. Paul Dawson was available for the Packers in both the second and third rounds, but the Packers passed on the inside linebacker from TCU. Three other linebacker prospects — Miami's Denzel Perryman, UCLA's Eric Kendricks and Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney — were taken earlier in the second round. Montgomery was the 94th overall selection in the third round. He led the Cardinal last season with 61 catches for 604 yards. He also has five career special teams returns for touchdowns. The senior missed two games last season with a shoulder injury. Montgomery will join a crowd of receivers in Green Bay led by Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. The Packers also drafted three receivers last season, including second-rounder Davante Adams.
May 1, 2015
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A couple more inches on his 5-foot-9 frame and Senquez Golson probably would have been long gone by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock Friday night. A couple more big plays and Sammie Coates could have said the same.Defensive backs with a habit of finding their way to the football like Golson have a way of rocketing up draft boards and enjoying nice long...
Steelers begin revamping secondary, take cornerback Golson
By WILL GRAVES, Associated Press | May 1, 2015PITTSBURGH (AP) — A couple more inches on his 5-foot-9 frame and Senquez Golson probably would have been long gone by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock Friday night. A couple more big plays and Sammie Coates could have said the same. Defensive backs with a habit of finding their way to the football like Golson have a way of rocketing up draft boards and enjoying nice long careers. So do wide receivers like Coates who are a threat to reach the end zone every time they touch the ball. The number on a ruler didn't scare away the Steelers from taking Golson in the second round of the NFL Draft. Neither did videotape of the talented but raw Coates dropping catchable balls. When Coates was available in the third round, Pittsburgh added him to a stable full of wide receivers who came to town relatively unheralded but helped quarterback Ben Roethlisberger treat the team's offensive record books like a dry erase board in 2014. Golson and Coates join linebacker Bud Dupree — the team's first-round pick — as the most likely rookies to make an immediate impact for the defending AFC champions next fall. There will be job opportunities aplenty in the secondary and at outside linebacker while Coates gets to learn from All-Pro Antonio Brown — a former sixth-round pick — and Martavis Bryant, a third-round pick a year ago who had eight touchdown receptions despite sitting out the season's first six games. "You put the ball in his hands, he's going to make some yards," Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann said of Coates. "Put those pads down, he's going to make some tough yards." Coates at least has the luxury of being brought along somewhat slowly. That won't be the case for Golson, who tied a single-season school record with 10 interceptions and was named a first-team All-American. Not bad for a player who pondered playing major league baseball coming out of high school and spent his college career trying to cover an unending stream of game-breaking wide receivers in the SEC. "He's not one of the bigger corners but what I really like, what I measure DBs on is how tough they are," Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake said. "They have to check that box for me and I think he'll do that." Golson will have to if the Steelers want to cushion the blow left by the retirements of safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor and Brice McCain's departure for Miami in free agency. Dupree finds himself in a similar spot at linebacker, where the Steelers hope his edge rush skills will help offset the loss of Jason Worilds, who retired in March a week after his 27th birthday. "This opportunity I have right now," Dupree said after being introduced. "I believe this is the right place for me." It's a sentiment echoed by Golson, who turned down a lucrative offer from the Boston Red Sox to stick to football. He even flew to Boston as a high schooler to meet with Red Sox officials but left without signing a contract. "I looked down at the paper, there was a million dollars on it," Golson said. "It was hard to turn down. But football is what I love do to. Football is in my heart." And it's also in his future. Lake praised Golson's versatility. Golson will likely work in the slot in nickel and dime packages as he transitions to the NFL. William Gay and Cortez Allen figure to be at the top of the depth chart when training camp opens, with Antwon Blake the most likely candidate to start in the slot. Given Golson's instincts— his 10 picks were one less than the Steelers managed as a team last season — he'll be given every chance to show what he can do. In a division that includes Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green among others, Lake expects Golson to be targeted often. It's part of the league's very public initiation process. "He's going to be challenged, just like they challenge all of our defensive backs," Lake said. "If you're 6-2 they're still going to throw at you. If you're 5-8 they're going to throw at you. He's going to have to prove himself." Pittsburgh's defense struggled at times last season. The Steelers finished 18th in yards and points allowed and managed just 10 interceptions as a team. They won the division anyway but have made restoring some aggressiveness a priority during a vital offseason. "With us getting Bud yesterday putting pressure on the quarterback and now we've got a ball hawk corner," Lake said. "It's going to work out pretty well." ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two.Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday.And as Danny beamed with pride on the first day of a new chapter in a life he once...
Browns' pick Shelton overcame brother's death to make NFL
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | May 1, 2015BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two. Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday. And as Danny beamed with pride on the first day of a new chapter in a life he once thought impossible, his mom grappled simultaneously with loss and love. "It was painful because I don't see my other son," she said. "And this is his anniversary, so we were are here for Danny. Some of our family in Seattle are celebrating his anniversary today. When we go back we'll go visit him. We're proud to be here with him today." Shelton was introduced Friday by the Browns, who selected the outgoing and hulky Washington defensive tackle with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Shelton's selection was one of the more memorable in Chicago because when he came onstage, he hugged and lifted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell off his feet. "He was just excited, just like I was," Shelton said of Goodell. "He was shocked at the same time but he was happy for me." Hours after he was taken by the Browns, who selected Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving with the No. 19 overall pick, Shelton was flown to Cleveland to officially begin his pro career. The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton quickly won over Browns fans with his positive vibe and his eagerness to play for them. "How's the Dawg Pound?" he asked to open his welcoming news conference. Four years ago, his brother was shot and killed following an argument and fight that quickly escalated in Auburn, Washington, the Shelton's hometown. Shelton was 17, so badly shaken by the incident that he became withdrawn and nearly gave up football. But Shelton matured, persevered and is now living a dream. "It's just crazy to think, because four years ago I would never see myself here," he said. "It's definitely a blessing." Not long after introducing Shelton and Erving, the Browns got back to building their team by selecting Utah defensive end Nate Orchard with the No. 51 overall pick. Orchard , who had 18 1-2 sacks last year, will shift to outside linebacker in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme and should help a unit that recorded just 31 sacks in 2014. A converted wide receiver, Orchard has a knack for getting to the QB. "That is the head of the snake," Orchard said. "It can really change a ballgame. It is just my thing." Browns general manager Ray Farmer ignored playmakers in the first two rounds before selecting Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 overall pick. Johnson ran for 1,652 yards last season and finished as the Hurricanes career rushing leader despite just playing three seasons. He'll give the Browns backfield depth and could work into the rotation with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, who both showed promise as rookies last year. Before taking Orchard and Johnson, the Browns traded the No. 43 to Houston for the No. 51 selection, and Cleveland also dealt the 229th pick to the Texans for picks Nos. 116 and 195. The Browns will have seven picks on Saturday. Oneone Shelton said Danny, the second youngest of her four sons, was often in trouble during high school but she always thought he would turn out OK. He went to Washington, and with the support of the Huskies coaching staff, Shelton figured things out and became a team leader and academic All-American. "I'm so proud of him," she said. "He's a role model for our family." Shelton said he majored in anthropology in college so he could better connect to the Samoan heritage on his mother's side. He has learned the value of family and community, and Shelton aspires to have a career like others of Polynesian descent, including Pro Bowlers Troy Polamalu and Haloti Ngata. "Those are guys who represent our culture really well and I just want to follow their footsteps," he said. Shelton often thinks about his late brother, and although there have been many difficult moments since his passing, he's sure Shennon is proud of him. "It's a time to celebrate," he said. "I'm just glad that my mom and my uncle are here to celebrate it with me because it's a hard time for my family. I definitely know that my brother's smiling down on us, and I just can't wait to go back and see my family and be with them." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfersThe Joplin Globe, Mo.Both Missouri Southern basketball teams have signed a Division I transfer, it was announced Tuesday.The men added Vince Fritz, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw limited action at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He scored five points while playing a total of 28 minutes over five games."Vince is a ked we recruited out of...
MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfers
The Joplin Globe, Mo. (TNS), Associated Press | Apr 29, 2015MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfers The Joplin Globe, Mo. Both Missouri Southern basketball teams have signed a Division I transfer, it was announced Tuesday. The men added Vince Fritz, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw limited action at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He scored five points while playing a total of 28 minutes over five games. "Vince is a ked we recruited out of high school," Lions coach Jeff Boschee said in a release. "He will give us some toughness on both ends of the floor along with an ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter. We are extremely excited to add him to our family." Fritz, a native of Overland Park, was a four-year letterman and two-time first team all-Eastern Kansas League selection at Blue Valley Northwest. He also earned all-state honors twice and finished as the third leading scorer in school history. Coached by his father, Ed Fritz, Vince helped Blue Valley Northwest win two state championships, including a 25-0 mark as a junior when Northwest was ranked No. 19 nationally by USA Today Fritz also played football and earned all-league honors at defensive back and punter. He comes from a basketball family. His dad played at Baker, and his mother, Ann, played at Nebraska and is the girls basketball coach at Blue Valley Northwest. His grandfather, Vince Costello, played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns (1956-66) and New York Giants (1967-68) and is a member of the Browns Hall of Fame. After his playing career, he was an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, serving as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator in 1975-76 until retiring. The Lions' women's team landed BriAnna (Bri) Shavers, a 6-0 post player from the University of New Orleans. "Bri is going to be a tremendous addition to our post corps," MSSU coach Ronda Hubbard said in a release. "We have a young group in the power forward and center positions and look forward to watching them all grow together over the next few years. Bri will bring strength and versatility to our team that will be needed right away. Her experience at the D-1 level will be beneficial to her transition into the ever so tough MIAA." Shavers, from Carrollton, Texas, sat out the 2013-14 season at New Orleans with an injury. Last season she played in 22 games and averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in six minutes per game. As a senior at Creekview High School, Shavers, the daughter of Anna McNeace, averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds and was named second team all-state. "Bri has a strong, athletic body," Hubbard said, "and we expect her to make an immediate impact to our rebounding and back to the basket game while also being able to face up with her mid-range game. We are ecstatic to welcome Bri to our Lion family." ——— ©2015 The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) Visit The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) at www.joplinglobe.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Apr 28, 2015
CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Chuck Martin needed only a few minutes of watching basketball practice in December 2013 to realize he had quite an unexpected find on his hands.Point guard Quinten Rollins had decided to spend his final semester of eligibility trying his hand at football, a sport he hadn't played since high school. So the RedHawks' first-year head coach decided to watch a practice and...
Miami of Ohio point guard headed to NFL as defensive back
By JOE KAY, Associated Press | Apr 28, 2015CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Chuck Martin needed only a few minutes of watching basketball practice in December 2013 to realize he had quite an unexpected find on his hands. Point guard Quinten Rollins had decided to spend his final semester of eligibility trying his hand at football, a sport he hadn't played since high school. So the RedHawks' first-year head coach decided to watch a practice and look for hidden potential. "I made the shortest recruiting trip of my life," Martin said, in a phone interview. "I walked 30 yards from my office to the gym. I watched him play basketball. He was crazy gifted — explosive, strong, could change direction. His competitiveness was off the charts. It didn't take but 5 minutes to know he could do the job of a defensive back physically." The 6-foot, 203-pound point guard showed up for spring football aiming to win a starting job at a position he'd never really played much. He not only won a starting job, but became one of the nation's top cornerbacks, picking off seven passes and earning the Mid-American Conference's award as Defensive Player of the Year. And now, it's on to the NFL. Rollins is expected to be drafted in one of the early rounds this week as either a cornerback or a safety. He has worked out for 15 teams, telling his story and showing the athleticism that made him so good despite so little experience at covering receivers. Although he always thought he had the physical ability to play in the NFL, he never figured on this. "I didn't expect it to come this fast," Rollins said. Rollins was a multi-sport star at Wilmington High School in Ohio, playing running back most of the time with a little work at cornerback mixed in. Miami — located in nearby Oxford — offered a basketball scholarship that represented his best opportunity to play collegiate sports. Football became an afterthought. Rollins became a lockdown point guard on defense. He had seven steals in a game twice during his career and finished second in Miami history with 214 steals. If he didn't have to be on the basketball court, Rollins would attend RedHawks football games and watch the team struggle through one of its lowest times. Miami went 0-12 in 2013, and Martin — the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame — was hired to rebuild the program. Watching from the stands, Rollins wished he could be out on the field. "I would go to the game and watch and be like, 'Man, I could be out there doing this, doing that.' I'd just say it to myself; I didn't let anybody know," he said. "It crossed my mind every now and then." He finally told Miami's athletics department about his desire to play football as a fifth-year senior. "Our basketball operations guy gave me a call right when I got hired and said, 'We've got a senior point guard who's got a fifth year (of eligibility) and is thinking about trying football,'" Martin said. Given the state of the RedHawks, Martin was open to the idea. The question was where to play him. Rollins would have preferred running back or receiver, but either position would involve a learning curve. Martin decided that playing cornerback would be the closest thing to playing point guard. "I said, 'I've watched you play cornerback all night in basketball,'" Martin said. "I said that would be the easiest transition, even though you've never played it. As a receiver or running back, there was going to be more stuff on his plate that may slow the process down. He was good with it." Once he got on the field, Rollins was better than good. "You know of some basketball guys who become NFL tight ends, but it's not very often you hear of a guy playing (cornerback)," Martin said. "It's pretty rare that you can run and jump and change direction, and now you put on pads and cover and tackle. "I've never been part of it." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Apr 20, 2015Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. CANADIAN DIPLOMAT'S TEENAGE SON DUE IN MIAMI COURT IN MURDER CASE The 15-year-old son of a Canadian diplomat is making his first appearance in adult court on murder charges in a drug-related shootout that killed his older brother. The attorney for Marc Wabafiyebazu says his client will plead not guilty to felony murder, attempted murder and other charges. Wabafiyebazu is due in a Miami courtroom Monday morning after his indictment on adult charges by a grand jury. Wabafiyebazu's brother was fatally shot in a March 30 confrontation over a marijuana deal that also left a 17-year-old dead. FLORIDA FOOTBALL PLAYER ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY A University of Florida redshirt freshman football player faces charges after a robbery at a Gainesville apartment. Police say Jerald Christopher "J.C." Jackson of Immokalee entered an acquaintance's apartment Saturday with two men. Police say Jackson left but the others stayed. One allegedly pulled out a gun, and police say they took two video game consoles and $382 from the apartment's three residents. Jackson was booked into the Alachua County jail Sunday on a charge of robbery with a firearm. He was held on $150,000 bond. CRUISE SHIP SPENDING ACCOUNTED FOR $7.3 BILLION IN FLORIDA IN 2013 A business-oriented research group says the 9 million cruise passengers that came through Florida in 2013 accounted for $7.3 billion in direct spending. Florida TaxWatch says the state is responsible for more than a third of all cruise-industry direct spending in the United States. They also say Florida accounts for more than half the U.S.-based cruise-ship employment. MIAMI-DADE EX-DETECTIVE GUILTY OF PROTECTING POT RING A former Miami-Dade County police detective is facing a minimum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to providing protection for a violent marijuana operation. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola is scheduled to sentence 45-year-old Roderick Silva in July. The conspiracy aiding and abetting conviction carries a maximum 40-year sentence. Silva is the 21st defendant convicted in the long-running investigation involving Miami's notorious Santiesteban family. Investigators say the clan operated 20 indoor marijuana grow houses that produced millions of dollars in drug distribution profits. BUCHHOLZ HIGH SCHOOL WINS 11th STRAIGHT MAT TITLE The Buchholz High School math team broke a state record at a two-day competition in Orlando. They won their 11th straight championship at the competition. Some 60 schools from around Florida sent about 1,300 students to compete in the event which began on Friday. The Buchholz team won each of the three divisions. Coach Will Frazer told The Gainesville Sun there were about 30 to 40 individual competition in the three divisions that included pre-calculus, calculus and algebra. The team got $1,000 for each division it won.
Bob West has moved on in his life.Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee.It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words.So how did you get to...
Questions and Answers with Bob West on his career as News sports editor
Gabriel Pruett, Associated Press | Apr 11, 2015Bob West has moved on in his life. Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee. It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words. So how did you get to Southeast Texas from Missouri? To make a long story short, I hated cold weather and wanted to move somewhere, anywhere away from snow and ice in the winter. I had a good friend and golfing buddy named Dave Wilson who felt the same way. We went to a guy named Al Chandler, who was the head pro at Columbia Country Club, as well as the golf coach at the University of Missouri, and asked him he if had any contacts in the South. Turns out, he’d played golf at Lamar in the 1950s. He set it up for us to attend Lamar. I never looked back. What were you first attempts at sports journalism? A part-time job at the Beaumont Enterprise in 1966, taking high school football calls on Friday night for their Louisiana edition. Did you start as sports editor or reporter? When did you become sports editor? Started full time as a reporter at the Beaumont Journal in 1967. Was also attending Lamar full time and writing for the school newspaper. Came to the PA News in August, 1971 as a reporter, mainly covering Beaumont’s six high schools. Became sports editor in June of 1972. Who was the most important person in your success at this job? That one’s easy. Bill Maddox was the managing editor in Port Arthur who hired me. Bill was the best newspaper person I’ve ever been around. What he did that was so important to my career was encourage me to take strong stands and give opinions. I would never have gotten established without Bill because a lot of folks weren’t ready for some of the things I had to say. Bill had only been here for a few months before I was hired, but he set the table for me with the stance he took on the football tab cover in August of 1971. Little Joe Washington was going to be a senior at Lincoln and was a high school All-America. Bill thought he should be on the cover of the football section but was told, “We don’t put ‘n-word’ on the cover of anything.” Bill said, “Well, that’s about to change.” Knowing how things were at that time, I feared he would get fired. But the publisher , a man named Jack Scott, gave him the green light. So Little Joe and Big Joe, who was the football coach at Lincoln, were on the cover of the tab that year. When Bill named me sports editor the next summer, I knew he’d have my back when I changed the entire approach to covering Lincoln’s teams. We both took some serious heat from readers who resented the attention being given to black athletes, but it was worth it. Why sports journalism? What drove you to this job? Just sort of fell into it. I was a pretty good athlete and sports nut as a kid. I devoured the sports section of every newspaper I could get my hands on in the small town of Centralia, Missouri. English was my best subject in high school and I got high marks in creative writing courses. For some reason I can’t explain, I enrolled in business school at Missouri and wound up hating every minute of it. I didn’t really move toward journalism until I was at Lamar. When I took the part-time job at the Enterprise, the light quickly went on that sports writing was the direction I needed to go. I started getting into all the communications courses I could take at Lamar. I learned a lot from a teacher named Bob Wilkerson. As good at this job as you are, were there ever times you almost left for a bigger paper? Why stay? I had a couple of interesting offers, including one in Mesa, Ariz., that I thought about it long and hard. But my wife was from Port Arthur and I preferred my kids attend schools that weren’t too big. A major factor in staying was that newspaper higher ups allowed me to branch out into radio and TV. My first talk show was at KTRH in Houston in 1980 -- four hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays with a guy named Jim Nantz. I also had the opportunity to do color on several Lamar basketball telecasts on Channel 6 in the early and mid ‘80s. My TV highlight was doing the Southland Conference championship game in 1983 with Bill Worrell. The game was shown on a network that was just getting established called ESPN. I also had a sideline writing gig with Pro Football Weekly covering the Houston Oilers. After KTRH, I did sports talk on KLVI in Beaumont for several years. The outside opportunities enabled me to feel comfortable staying at the PA News and helped me to build a treasure trove of contacts I don’t think many guys at small and medium size papers could match. I was also lucky to have good bosses who appreciated my skills and gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to do what I wanted as long as the nuts and bolts stuff were handled. To that end, it would have been a lot tougher if I hadn’t been able to hire some guys who were outstanding in their own right in the early years. Guys like Burt Darden, Howard Roden, John Curylo, Tom Halliburton and Anthony Andro. I also should mention two of the greatest “stringers” any sports editor could ever hope to have — John DeVillier and Larry Bodin. You have seen it all. Championships. Bad times and the good. What will you take away from the sports scene in our area? The unbelievable number of guys I was exposed to in Southeast Texas who have gone on to make a name for themselves, both as players and coaches. It’s amazing, really, that from a small town in Missouri I landed in one of the most prolific areas of producing sports talent you could find anywhere. Just getting the opportunity to cover the incredible success of Lamar basketball in the late 1970s and early 1980s under Billy Tubbs and Pat Foster was extraordinary. It’s mind boggling to think during one period I was covering Bum Phillips and the Luv Ya Blue Oilers, Billy Tubbs and a Lamar basketball team that was shocking the college basketball world, an innovative high school football coach named Ronnie Thompson at TJ who was changing attitudes about the passing game in Texas and maybe the best high school basketball coach in Texas during the 1970s and 1980s — James Gamble at Lincoln. You have seen great, great athletes perform in Southeast Texas. Which ones were the best of the best? In football, I always start with Little Joe Washington. For years and years I thought he’d be the greatest I’d have the opportunity to cover. But Jamaal Charles broke Joe’s records and is proving to be one of the premier running backs to ever play in the NFL. That’s terrific bookends to a writing career. In basketball, Lincoln’s Earl Evans, to this day, is far and away the best I covered.. His senior year he was ranked second in the nation to Moses Malone among high school players. In baseball, TJ’s Xavier Hernandez and Lincoln’s Chuck McElroy, as they would go on to prove in MLB, were the top two. And I certainly need to include two golfers — Bruce Lietzke and Chris Stroud — who made their mark on the PGA Tour. Bruce won 14 times on the PGA Tour which is pretty amazing. Friendships have been made with legends like Nantz, the Phillips family and Jimmy Johnson. What has that been like for you? It’s been pretty amazing, both professionally and personally. There was nobody like Bum. I learned so much from being around him, watching him and seeing the impact he had on professional athletes and people in general. I could never repay Bum for all he did for me, what I learned from him and what he meant to me. That’s why I pushed so hard to make the Bum Phillips trophy become a reality, and for it to be a really unique, really special trophy. I was probably closer to Bum than to Wade, although Wade and I are basically the same age, my wife was in his wedding and his wife was in my wedding. I have so much respect for Wade and what he’s accomplished as a football coach. I don’t think he gets proper credit for his genius as a defensive coach. Jim Nantz, to me, is too good to be true. I got to know him when he was a senior at the University of Houston doing that sports talk show with me at KTRH. From there, his ascent to being one of the top guys in network TV sports happened with stunning swiftness. But Jim never changed. He always returns my phone calls and e-mails and has been wonderful about offering a helping hand on special projects when I ask for his assistance. He was the emcee of the very first Homecoming Roast for Jimmy Johnson. He’s been terrific about using tidbits I’ve passed along when he’s doing a telecast involving a Jamaal Charles or a Chris Stroud. I was just amazed at the effort he made to get mention of the Bum Phillips trophy on a CBS national telecast. As for Jimmy Johnson, I didn’t start getting to know him until he won the national championship at Miami and we had that first roast. One year later, he was the head coach of the Cowboys and it put me in a position to witness and write about one of the most remarkable coaching jobs in NFL history. Jimmy is maybe the shrewdest, most intelligent guy I’ve ever been around. I was never as close to him as I was to Bum, but he provided me with amazing material as a columnist. I’ll never forget him mentioning me at the final press conference before the Super Bowl when the Cowboys beat Buffalo in Atlanta. Must have been 2,500 media people in the room and he singled me out in front of them and talked about the roast we had for him in Port Arthur after the first Super Bowl win. To this day, when I need his opinion on something in the NFL, he is quick to respond. The roasts became such a big deal and raised a tremendous amount of money for the Museum of the Gulf Coast. How did they get started? When Jimmy Johnson won the national championship at the University of Miami after the 1987 season, I wrote in a column that Port Arthur needed to put on a special event to honor him. I thought the city would be quick to follow up on the suggestion. When there was nothing but silence from city hall, Richard Marler, the football coach at Stephen F. Austin High School, suggested that I put something together. I loved the roast format and phoned Jimmy, who I didn’t know very well at the time, to see if he would be interested in being honored with a roast in his hometown. He jumped at the idea and said he would use his influence, which was considerable, to help get some big names involved. In that first one, the newspaper didn’t have a role. Marler was my right-hand man on the project, we got Sam Monroe involved and formed a committee. The way the thing came together was amazing, especially since we had no budget, no operating funds, nothing that you really need to pull off something like a big roast. Jim Nantz, who was then doing college football for CBS, agreed to be the emcee. Because Jimmy was such a hot name in the coaching profession, we had people all across college football eager to be a part of it. We probably had reps from half a dozen bowls make arrangements to attend. It got so big I wound up adding a golf tournament the day before the roast. When it was over, and things had gone so well, Marler said this is something you need to do on an annual basis. It seemed like a great idea, so I pitched it to Dub Brown, who was then the editor of the Port Arthur News. I told him the newspaper needed to get behind this as a civic project, that we could call it the Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast. Dub, who was one of the those terrific, old-time newspaper guys, said he thought it was a great idea. We decided we’d donate whatever funds were raised to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, singled out Bum Phillips as the next honoree and the rest, as they say, is history. I am extremely proud of what we accomplished with those roasts, the money we were able to raise for the museum and the big names who came to Port Arthur to be a part of them. I am just elated that as I go out the door of the newspaper I’m going to have the opportunity to do another roast to honor Jamaal Charles. Why the hate for Jerry Jones every week? Hate may be a bit strong. I have strongly disliked Jerry since he fired Jimmy, then said there are 500 coaches who could have done what he did with the Cowboys. My stance might have softened a bit if he’d put Jimmy in the Ring of Honor, but that’s not ever going to happen. Jones is obviously a very savvy individual who is a genius when it comes to making money. As an NFL general manager, he’s shown over and over that he’s an abysmal failure. What is it in the last 20 years, two playoff wins? Jethro is just such a perfect foil for somebody who does a notes column on a weekly basis, especially for somebody who grew up watching the Beverly Hillbillies. Every now and then, I try to see if I can go a few weeks without mentioning him in my Sunday column. That’s a real challenge because of the things he says and does, and because he’s just so damn desperate to convince people that he’s a real football guy. I have no doubt he’d make a deal with the devil if it could get him another Super Bowl. You and Tom Halliburton worked together for many years. How special did that working relationship and friendship grow to become? Tom is one of the people I mentioned earlier who made me look good and made my job so much easier. Tom and I were together for more than 30 years, and pretty much knew what each other thought and was going to do next. I don’t even want to think what it would have been like to not have Tom as my right-hand man. Tom had the journalistic background I didn’t. He worked for a newspaper while he was still in high school in Arkansas. He got a journalism degree at the University of Texas. Tom was an excellent writer and the kind of guy who would tackle any assignment. Tom did so much for the sports section that readers would never notice. I’ll always love him for his loyalty to me and for the things he did to make our sports section so strong for so many years. Over the years is there an interview subject that really stuck with you? There were many, but I think the two I remember most were an author named George Plimpton and the comedian, Don Rickles. You have to be a bit of an old timer to remember Plimpton. He was famous for what was called “participatory journalism.” One year he went to training camp with the Detroit Lions, actually played quarterback in a pre-season game and wrote a book about the experience called “Paper Lion.” The book was later made into a movie. Plimpton also wrote a book titled “Bogey Man” about playing on the PGA Tour during the glory days of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He sparred with boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson and pitched in an exhibition game against Willie Mays and other National League stars at Yankee Stadium. All of it was done for books or magazine pieces he was writing. He was in Beaumont in 1972 for a piece he was doing on the great football player, Bubba Smith. I’d come to know Bubba pretty well, he told me about Plimpton being in town and I talked him in to bringing Plimpton to our home for dinner. Bubba, Plimpton and Tom Vance came down — Genie and I were living in Nederland at the time — and it turned into a fascinating interview. It was one of my favorite pieces ever. GOOGLE George Plimpton and you’ll be amazed at what you find. As far as Rickles, I got to interview him in his dressing room at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and I have Walter Umphrey to thank for that. Walter was our roastee in 1991. I wanted to get somebody really funny, along with Ann Richards, to roast him. Because of his status as a “whale” in Vegas, I knew Walter had considerable clout. So I asked him if he could lean on somebody out there and arrange to get Rickles for the roast. It was a done deal within hours, which was quite a tribute to Walter. Executives with the Mirage agreed to fly Rickles in on their private jet. To have Don Rickles coming to Port Arthur was off the charts, so I made the “sacrifice” of going to Vegas to interview him in advance of the roast. It was a little intimidating to be honest, but he was delightful. He must have spent an hour with me. Then, the week of the roast, I had Walter on my radio show and Rickles agreed to join us by phone from his home in Beverly Hills. I had to pinch myself. I had watched Rickles so many times when he was on with Johnny Carson and had seen his act several times in Las Vegas. To get a one-on-one with him, to be part of bringing him to Port Arthur, was such a thrill. And it made for a terrific piece in the Port Arthur News. You took on a lot of causes. Is there one that didn’t work out the way you wanted? For years, I advocated in columns that the Beaumont Independent School District needed to come to its senses, do the right thing and name its beautiful football complex after Jerry LeVias. Jerry was such a pioneer in breaking football racial barriers in the Southwest Conference and should be front and center in Beaumont as an inspiration to all young athletes. It was disgusting to see the stadium named after a superintendent who meant nothing to the city’s history. In light of all that’s gone down in that school district the past few years, I’d think this would be the perfect time for a name change. Who cares if the other guy gets his feelings hurt. At the very least, there needs to be a statue of LeVias inside or outside the stadium. How much golf do you plan to play now and will your wife really be comfortable having you home and not at the office? I only plan to play on days ending in “y.” Golf has long been my passion away from family and job. Writing about golf opened the door for me to play many of the world’s greatest courses and with people like Jack Nicklaus, Darrell Royal and astrounaut Alan Sheppard. My game isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but I enjoy playing more than ever. I’ll pretty much be on call seven days a week. Billy Tubbs is already licking his lips thinking about getting into my wallet. As for the second part, I’m pretty sure Genie will be quite comfortable with me being around. For the 46 years we’ve been married, my hours have been long and I’ve been gone a lot. Beyond that, I know our two boxers, Bogey and Champ, will be pleased to see me on a more regular basis. What do you say to all the readers and supporters through the years? I sincerely appreciate all the readers, even those who didn’t agree with a lot of the things I wrote. It’s always nice to get an e-mail or phone call from somebody who liked something I wrote, or somebody who wanted to challenge something I wrote. I didn’t mind criticism as long as it wasn’t nasty or personal. To me, one of the purposes of writing columns is to express opinions. As most folks know, I tended to have strong opinions and I think I backed them up with a degree of expertise. I never expected or wanted everybody to agree with me. That would be pretty boring. My goal with columns was to be informative and entertaining and to give people something to think about. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most over the years is having some little old lady come up to me and say she enjoys reading my column. You would be surprised at how often that has happened. I’d also like to say how overwhelmed I’ve been with the e-mails and phone calls since my retirement was announced. 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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — For Miami coach Al Golden, spring football might seem like a breeze compared to the whirlwind leading up to signing day.Subsisting on gas-station sandwiches hurriedly picked up between meetings, dealing with delayed and canceled flights, spending the better part of a week fighting off the flu and getting an average of about five hours sleep per night were just some of...
After frantic recruiting season, Golden eyeing spring ball
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Feb 16, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — For Miami coach Al Golden, spring football might seem like a breeze compared to the whirlwind leading up to signing day. Subsisting on gas-station sandwiches hurriedly picked up between meetings, dealing with delayed and canceled flights, spending the better part of a week fighting off the flu and getting an average of about five hours sleep per night were just some of the highlights from Golden's calendar leading up to signing day earlier this month. Spring football starts Tuesday at Miami, meaning Golden's schedule — like most coaches around the country after the recruiting frenzy — should have more normalcy. "The structure allows you to get your feet underneath you," Golden said. "I took some time off this weekend. There's so many things that are random that we can't control in our job. Anytime you can get the structure of spring ball, that's why coaches are all smiles." The Associated Press reviewed Golden's itinerary for the three weeks leading up to signing day. Here's a look at some of what went into those frantic days when he was working on closing out the signing class of 2015 but also on the groups for 2016 — ranked as the nation's best so far based on early commitments — and 2017: ___ WORK DAY Golden averaged about a dozen meetings or events per day during the 21-day stretch, everything from individual talks with players or recruits, chatting with high school coaches, home visits and sometimes receptions for parents and families. Excluding retweets, Golden posted only one thing on his Twitter account over that time, but he was hardly eschewing social media. Many mornings started with Golden exchanging direct messages with recruits and commits, and his shortest work day in that span appears to be about 12 hours. Idle time was nonexistent. While some of Golden's assistants were visiting one school, he stayed in the car and spent the next 90 minutes calling recruits from a nearby parking lot. ___ TRAVEL Golden took at least 13 flights — commercial, private and even one in a helicopter — in just over a week, the first three of those flights all being delayed or canceled. He visited at least eight different states, with the shortest stop being just about two hours. The AP analysis of Golden's schedule showed he logged about 12,000 air miles in one eight-day span alone. ___ FOOD Grab-and-go seemed to be the norm. The luxury of sit-down meals often didn't fit into the schedule. The first stop each morning was usually Starbucks, for Golden's standard large black iced coffee. A bag of almonds got him through the bulk of one day, and picking up some fast food to take on a flight wasn't unheard of, either. "I've become more disciplined as I get older," Golden said. "To get a sandwich, turkey on wheat or something as opposed to running in and getting a burger, I try to do a better job of that. Drink more water, fewer Diet Cokes, things of that nature." He made at least two stops for gas-station Cuban sandwiches while on the road, another trips to sub shops and sometimes caught a break when recruits' mothers would cook for home visits. Among those meals: country breakfast casserole and sausage at offensive lineman Brendan Loftus' home in Tallahassee, Florida. Must have been a good meal and conversation, Loftus wound up signing with Miami. ___ SLEEP Golden averaged about five hours of daily sleep over the 21-day stretch going into the day that recruits could formally sign their letters of intent. Some nights, sleep was in very short supply. On Feb. 3, the day before signing day, Golden started work the moment he awoke — and didn't stop for the next 20 hours. The biggest sleep total he got during that stretch was about seven hours, which many doctors consider to be on the low end of a basic requirement for most adults. ___ FLU Given all that, it's no wonder Golden got sick. He was dogged by the flu for parts of five days, loading up on three bottles of Gatorade and over-the-counter medication at pharmacies some mornings before beginning his daily schedule. Nonetheless, no meetings appear to have been canceled or postponed by him fighting off the virus. ___ IN THE END After the class of newcomers was revealed on Feb. 4 — another player would sign the next day — Golden headed home for one last event. He and his wife Kelly hosted a Signing Day party at their home, thanking football staff, school employees, administrators, educational advisors, coaches and all the others "who helped us during recruiting cycle," Golden said. It lasted several hours, and Golden was busy cleaning up when the clock struck midnight. With that, a new recruiting year had officially arrived. "There's never a year on record where you didn't want one or two more kids to come," Golden said. "But you've got to take a deep breath and show gratitude to all the people that help you along the way."
Air Force football recruiting: Signing day listBrent BriggemanThe Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the...
Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list
Brent Briggeman, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2015Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list Brent Briggeman The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the media. #BoltBrotherhood Tweets The following is an unofficial list compiled by The Gazette's Brent Briggeman of players who are expected to commit to the Falcons on Wednesday. The list was gathered through social media, recruiting sites and other sources. It will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday as more information becomes available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any needed changes to the information listed. Other Air Force recruiting coverage: 2015 Air Force signing day recruits (with video links below each profile) Tyler Adams DT 6-3 240 Goodyear, Ariz. (Estrella Foothills) Recorded 13 tackles for loss -- including four sacks in nine games as a senior; lists 40 time at 5.0 and vertical at 29 inches. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1662743/highlights/180136384 Yaquarri Adams DB 6-0 170 Lithonia, Ga. (Arabia) One of the latest commitments in the class, as he announced his intentions on Tuesday night. He lists a 470-pound squat. Goes by the name Dre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRW-wYHpIc Justin Agner QB 6-1 200 Woodstock, Ga. Also held an offer from Navy. Threw for 2,071 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 402 yards and nine scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igiv_ss0_Ns Miles Alexander RB/CB 5-10 183 Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest) A burner with 4.44 speed. Ran for more than 1,300 yards as a junior. A native of Kansas City area, with its jazz-rich background, and is named after legend Miles Davis. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1489984/highlights/206703382 Garrett Amy WR 5-8 170 Dallas, Texas (Dallas Jesuit) Caught 61 passes for 1,346 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1793217/highlights/209758375 Eric Autry K/P 6-3 175 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) A kicker who can move a little, boasting a 4.85 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3370174/highlights Sam Barry QB/DB 6-2 190 Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine) One of just three members of this Air Force class to receive a three-star rating (his from 247Sports.com). Held an offer from Northern Colorado. Runs a 4.64 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/776201/highlights/99489377 Streator Bates TE 6-3 220 Phoenix, Ariz (Brophy Prep) Caught 28 passes for 337 yards and five TDs. Doubled up as kicker, booting a 47-yard field goal. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2584364/highlights/220478391 Ryan Brand QB 5-10 190 Detroit, Mich. (U. of Detroit Jesuit HS) Three-star recruit according to several sites. Was invited by Trent Dilfer to the Elite 11, though his only other offer was Indiana State. "I would bet on Ryan Brand," Dilfer told USA Today. "I would stake my reputation on that kid. He'll do it. He will make it. He plays big. He eats up a lot of space physically, emotionally and mentally. When you're around him, you feel him. I just love this kid." http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1550176/highlights/168961375 Curran Brandt LB 6-1 205 San Mateo, Calif. (Aragon) Made 76 tackles with seven sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/817620/highlights/167785376 Tommy Bruns OLB 6-3 205 Kings Mill, Ohio (Kings) Was a finalist for the National Football Foundation That's My Boy Award, given for success in football, academics and school/community activities. Led team to an 11-1 mark in 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1578770/highlights/143125378 Jaylen Burgess RB 5-11 210 Maryville, Tenn. Had an offer from Army and was at West Point when Air Force won there in November. Rushed fore more than 1,000 yards in helping his team repeat at 6A champions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473615/highlights/161772375 Harris Cannon FB 6-2 210 Oviedo, Fla. Bruiser who could play tight end or fullback. Runs a 4.80 40. Had considered walking on at Central Florida. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1694755/highlights/204382377 Nick Capella OL 6-6 273 Ventura, Calif. (St. Bonaventure) Named the Marmonte League Offensive Lineman of the Year. Also carries a 3.51 GPA, scored a 28 on the ACT and is a member of the National Honor Society. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1598432/highlights/206789379 Eric Carrera SS 6-1 200 St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers) Displays size, speed and ball-hawk skills that helped Christian Brothers to a perfect 15-0 season and a state title. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/540170/highlights/175545378 Cameron Castleberry WR 6-3 175 Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge) Runs a 4.7 40 with a 28-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1914957/highlights/209688381 Campbell Clarkson OL 6-4 245 Houston, Texas (St. Thomas) Rare combination of 500-pound squat, 28-inch vertical and 4.99 40 with a frame that large. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/650778/highlights/207556387 Ronald Cleveland WR 5-9 165 Franklin Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy) Has family history in the Army, Navy and Air Force and held an offer from Navy. Will be used as a slot receiver and kick returner. "Any way to get me on the field and let me try to do something with the ball," he told The Tennessean. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/313855/highlights/214416375 Dalton Collins LB 6-1 200 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Played quarterback and linebacker in high school. Runs a 4.67 40 and has a 33-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1097552/highlights/184333375 Blake Davis OL 6-2 270 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Played center and defensive tackle in high school. Also had an offer from Charleston Southern. Benches 340 pounds, squats 550 and runs a 5.1 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/923121/highlights/175448383 Lesley Dalger WR 6-5 205 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Westminster Acad.) Caught 31 passes for 482 yards and a touchdown, including 10 for 170 in his team's lone loss. Has a 38-inch vertical to go with that tall frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3945947/highlights/163626380 Malik Dawkins DB 6-0 175 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Could profile as a tall cornerback for the Falcons with a 4.48 40 and a 38-inch vertical. Is a sprinter for the track team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3188837/highlights/168200376 Luke Dekker DT/C 6-3 240 Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva) Brother of former Falcons tight end Travis Dekker. Scored a 26 on the ACT and carries a 3.69 GPA. Moved to center as a senior and earned first-team all-state honors. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2997949/highlights/215589378 Cole Delgado OL 6-5 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) The offensive tackle is one eight players in this Air Force recruiting class listed at at least 6-foot-5. Also plays first base for his school's baseball team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2678101/highlights/185622375 Ryan DeLung OL 6-4 275 Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge) Honor student benches 365 pounds, squats 525, runs a 4.99 40 and, according to 247Sports.com, had an offer from Nevada. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2774873/highlights/77106400 Michael DeVries DL 6-2 250 Lafayette (Centaurus) The in-state two-way lineman runs a 4.84 40, according to his hudle.com profile, and plays basketball. Credited style of d-line coach Tim Cross for helping draw him to the academy. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/412936/highlights/105788377 Steve Dinneen OLB 6-5 220 Mountain View, Calif. (Saint Francis) Piled up 41 solo tackles and 14 sacks in 13 games and was named his league's top defensive lineman. Also had an offer San Diego. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1171374/highlights Dylan Draper OLB 6-4 208 Colorado Springs (Discovery Canyon) The Gazette's 3A-A Football Player of the Year after guiding the Thunder to an 11-1 record with 167 tackles, 17 sacks, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and four blocked punts. He also had 367 receiving yards with two touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1586740/highlights/211097382 Cade Erwin S 5-11 180 Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus) The free safety had initially committed to North Texas and also had offers from Southern Methodist, Eastern Michigan and Texas State. Averaged about eight tackles a game last year with two interceptions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/911068/highlights/163558377 Cole Fagan LB 6-1 220 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Runs a 4.86 40 with a 29.5-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 545 squat. Also a star wrestler, going 46-3 last year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1398310/highlights/170142375 Blake Fall DB 6-0 190 Newhall, Calif. (Hart) The safety picked off three passes and defended four others in eight games according to MaxPreps. He also caught six touchdown passes. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2223330/highlights/175510383 Kyle Floyd S 6-3 205 Humble, Texas Held offers from Army and Cornell. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1624629/highlights/87772375 Matt Gaiter OL 6-4 250 Littleton (Chatfield) The in-state lineman held offers from Northern Colorado and South Dakota State. Was also recruited by Colorado State and Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/961164/highlights/198865380 Gavin Graham DB 6-2 200 Austin, Texas (Anderson) Brother of Air Force basketball player Hayden Graham gave up basketball after his junior year, bulked up by 20 pounds and earned the D1 offer he sought. The only problem, his dad said, was paying for all the food that helped him put on that extra weight. "I'd be full because we just ate two hours ago and he'd want to eat again," said William Graham, a six-year starter for the Detroit Lions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/805484/highlights/199275385 Parker Hammond OL 6-4 240 Colorado Springs (Pine Creek) Local recruit part of the dominant Pine Creek squad that has won back-to-back state titles and dominated Colorado Springs 4A for the better part of a decade. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2736321/highlights/177799377 Tristyn Hanson LB 6-1 212 Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North) Held offers from Illinois State and North Dakota. Runs a 4.68 40 and carries a 3.9 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/489427/highlights/175727380 Ben Harris DE 6-6 230 Peculiar, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar) A three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) has 4.99 40 speed to go with a large frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1181294/highlights/163748387 Alex Heil OL 6-2 250 Cleveland, Ohio. (Benedictine) Helped his team amass 4,200 rushing yards and a state title. He played guard, tackle and started the final four games at defensive tackle after a teammate was injured. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/672585/highlights/171453386 Danny Highland DE 6-3 240 Loveland (Thompson Valley) The in-state two-way lineman had offers from Chadron State and Cornell and interest from Wyoming, according to the Denver Post. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1800113/highlights/97020377 Elijah Hill K/P 6-3 195 Tumwater, Wash. Averaged 40.8 yards per punt as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1413322/highlights/164467379 Zach Honnold OLB 5-11 203 Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge HS) Made 75 tackles with three sacks as a senior. Falcons likely to look at him at the spur position, the hybrid defensive back/linebacker spot. "At one point it was Dartmouth and Valparaiso, but as soon as I stepped on [Air Force's] campus, there was no other choice," Honnold told the Orlando Sentinel. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1395129/highlights/171437379 Noah Hoxie OLB 6-2 215 Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville West) Physical tools include a 4.6 40, 31-inch vertical and 295-pound bench press, according to his hudl.com profile. Had offers from Army, Princeton and Yale, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1351714/highlights/170778377 Braden Hucks ATH 5-11 185 San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central) District MVP threw for 3,070 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 1,339 yards and 22 touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1601972/highlights/210893375 Jamie Hudson QB 6-1 210 Austin, Texas (Vandegrifft) Threw for 3,315 yards, 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions while rushing for 1,215 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading his team to the Class 5A, Division I semifinals. Was one of 25 finalists for the Mr. Texas football award. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/534034/highlights/207967400 RJ Jackson TE 6-4 215 Beloit, Kan. Versatile athlete who played fullback, tight end, defensive end and linebacker, throws the shot put, runs on relay teams and has logged a 52-second 400-meter time in track and plays basketball. Had an offer from Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/931254/rj-jackson Ryan Jacobs K 6-2 172 Arlington, Texas (Lamar) All-state academic first-team honors, all-state honorable mention as a kicker. Hit 11-of-14 field goals, with two of the three misfires coming as the result of blocks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/676764/highlights/105811400 Jalen Johnson RB 5-9 165 Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) Ran for 2,615 yards and 37 touchdowns over the past two years. Also caught 24 passes and returned kicks. Had an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1248238/highlights/205752375 Dominieke Jones DB 6-1 170 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham) Had 53 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. Had offers from Army, Wyoming and Jacksonville State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1637947/highlights/160857375 James Jones IV DB 6-1 180 Denver (Mullen) The in-state defensive back with 4.5 speed reportedly had offers from Army, Navy, Eastern Washington and Hawaii, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1546520/james-jones-iv Garrett Kauppila SS 6-2 195 Rocklin, Ga. Safety picked off a pair of passes this past season, runs a 4.61 40 and claims to never have had a GPA under 4.0. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/147960/highlights/164478375 Josiah Klingenberg DE 6-3 240 Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints) Made 17 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks over the past two years. Also throws the discus and runs the 200 and 400 in track. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/372938/highlights/163764378 Griffin Landrum OL 6-1 283 Cumming, Ga. (South Forsyth) Had 93 pancake blocks as a senior. Held an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1731008/highlights/172981376 Patrick Lee DT 6-3 248 Kennesaw, Ga. (Mount Paran) Runs a 4.87 40 with a 29-inch vertical. Helped his team to a state championship as a senior. Two-time all-region, 165 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 18 sacks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/933547/highlights/162256375 Jacob Littlefield LB 6-0 200 Las Vegas, Nev. NevadaPrepReport.com calls Littlefield one of the most productive and active defenders in the state, crediting him with 200 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions over the past two years. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/622556/highlights/199089375 Jake Matkovich WR 6-5 175 Milwaukee, Wisc. (Marquette Univ. HS) Was the Al Toon Award winner, given to the best receiver in Wisconsin after setting state records with 1,725 yards and 22 touchdowns. Had offers from Drake, Northern Iowa and Valparaiso. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1562086/highlights/206764381 Nick Maxey OL/LS 6-0 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) Long-snapper had an offer from Cornell. No. 4 by Prokicker and No. 7 by Khol's in national long snapper ratings. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/867932/highlights/85553401 Drew McAdams DB 6-1 185 Coppell, Texas The football and lacrosse player made 69 tackles as a senior for a 6-5 squad. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295821/drew-mcadams Sean McKinney OL/DL 6-2 265 Davidson, NC (Cox Mill) Late addition signed and committed on Wednesday. Levi McQuinn OLB 6-0 201 Fort Myers, Fla. Had an offer from James Madison. Being looked at for the spur position. Also an all-state wrestler and carrying a 4.4 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1635099/highlights/18913373 Malik Miller RB 5-10 200 Griffin, Ga. Runs a 4.52 40 with a 37.5-inch vertical, according to his hudl.com profile. Initially committed to Furman. Full stats are not available, but he had 1,579 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns through 10 games as a senior, all victories for his team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1259833/highlights/172307378 Stone Miller DE 6-4 245 Mason, Mich. Two-way lineman earned all-state honors with 98 tackles and nine sacks for an 8-4 team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2993489/highlights/167717382 Chris Musselman LB 6-1 210 San Tan Valley, Ariz. (Poston Butte) Runs a 4.57 40. He is the first player from his high school program to commit to a Division I program. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1459105/highlights/160963376 Torre Parker Jr. ATH 5-10 180 Wildwood, Fla. Versatile player who runs a 4.66 40. He often played quarterback in high school, but might fit in elsewhere for the Falcons. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1222384/highlights/179591375 Carson Pearlman LB 6-2 215 Fort Myers, Fla. (Evangelical Christian) Versatile player who caught 10 touchdown passes this year and starred on defense with 118 tackles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/936977/highlights/176475377 Jared Pulu OLB 6-4 225 Federal Way, Wash. Missed five games with an injury, but returned to help his team make a deep playoff run. The youngest of four brothers, including Andru, who played at Washington and had a free-agent look with the Seattle Seahawks. "There's no doubt he's the best," Andru told the Seattle Times. Jared reportedly had interest from Boise State, Colorado and Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1513147/highlights/107979382 Josh Rice OL 6-1 290 Lake Nona, Fla. Had at least 11 offers, including Army, Navy, Marshall, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. Benches 385 pounds, squats 545 and runs a 5.55 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/877132/highlights/214371386 Nick Searcy OL 6-2 270 Woodstock, Ga. (Etowah) The center and competitive weightlifter had offers from Coastal Carolina and Davidson. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1371301/highlights/167613381 Matt Smith ATH 6-1 237 Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield Christian) Ran for more than 6,000 yards in high school will naturally get a look at running back. However, he is versatile enough to fit in elsewhere, too. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/430795/highlights/139941377 Dailen Sutton DB 6-1 170 Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne) Runs a 4.52 40 and has a 32.4-inch vertical. Had offers from Miami of Ohio, S.F. Austin and Yale. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1407975/highlights/172397376 Corey Taylor II RB 5-10 200 Tulsa, Okla. (Holland Hall School) Reports a 4.5 40, 37.2-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 450 squat. Ran for 1,233 yards and nine touchdowns, while adding 57 tackles and three sacks as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/631268/highlights/204318380 Lorenzo Thomas LB 6-2 220 Tulsa, Okla. (Union) Runs a 4.76 40. From the same Oklahoma powerhouse as former Falcons QB Kale Pearson. Had offers from Penn and Tulsa. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1597188/highlights/175167377 Nolan Thompson WR 6-4 190 Huntington Beach, Calif. Caught 40 passes for 682 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games as a senior. Father played in backfield for UCLA, brother played as San Jose State. Had an offer from Navy http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1564786/highlights/160530375 Sam Turner TE 6-3 203 Fort Myers, Fla. Spent his junior year solely as a blocking tight end, but said he worked on his route-running in the offseason and amassed 300 receiving yards as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2583808/highlights/195416388 Samuel Valleroy TE 6-3 255 Guyton, Ga. (South Effingham) A local magazine reported that Valleroy has wanted to be an aerospace engineer since the seventh grade and is thrilled to have the opportunity to play at a program that offers that major. He also had an offer from Army http://www.hudl.com/athlete/510262/highlights/91057375 Tyler Vaught ATH 6-1 170 Maryville, Tenn. Played a little at receiver as a junior before guiding team to unbeaten state championship run as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473492/highlights Jonathan Vogt OL 6-4 277 Canutillo, Texas Tackle had an offer from New Mexico State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1931244/highlights/214817378 Bryce VonZurmuehlen S 6-0 180 Coppell, Texas Second-team all-district cornerback. Picked off a pass and blocked a kick as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295823/bryce-vonzurmuehlen Ethan Walton LB 6-1 220 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) Led his team with 85 tackles as a senior. Runs a 4.69 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2634994/highlights/199495392 Jacob Welborn DL 6-5 270 Dripping Springs, Texas Runs a 5.2 40, benches 295 pounds and squats 375 according to his hudl.com profile. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2644058/highlights Mitchell Williams OL 6-4 275 Bentonville, Ark. Earned all-state honors after helping his team to back-to-back state titles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/410625/highlights/118577376 Parker Wilson RB 5-11 215 Coppell, Texas Starred at fullback in a prolific rushing offense. http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/tx/coppell/coppell-high-school/parker-wilson Arion Worthman QB 6-0 205 Normal, Ill. (University) A rarity with 4.43 speed while weighing in over 200 pounds, with those numbers from his hudl.com profile. Held six offers, including Army, Illinois State and several Ivy League programs http://www.hudl.com/athlete/673541/highlights/185741376 Daniel Zivney K 5-11 190 College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated) First-team all district as a receiver and punter. Ran a 4.47 40 at a combine in Jan. 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1434051/highlights/118800378 ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 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Feb 4, 2015
DALLAS (AP) — New SMU coach Chad Morris wasn't joking about his focus for recruiting targeting Texas and the Dallas area.All 22 of the Mustangs signings announced Wednesday were high school players from in-state. Morris was a high school coach for 16 years in Texas before moving on to the college ranks as an assistant.Morris was hired Dec. 1, and said it wasn't necessarily the fast recruiting...
New SMU boss Morris serious about recruiting home turf
Associated Press | Feb 4, 2015DALLAS (AP) — New SMU coach Chad Morris wasn't joking about his focus for recruiting targeting Texas and the Dallas area. All 22 of the Mustangs signings announced Wednesday were high school players from in-state. Morris was a high school coach for 16 years in Texas before moving on to the college ranks as an assistant. Morris was hired Dec. 1, and said it wasn't necessarily the fast recruiting track for his first class that dictated staying close to home. "Being a Texas high school football coach, I think right here in our own area, in our own state there are some unbelievable players," Morris said. "I don't want to drive past a player to get the same caliber of player in another state. It doesn't make any sense for us." Topping the list for Morris was quarterback Ben Hicks of Waco Midway. Hicks enrolled in January after a brief visit to campus the weekend before the latest dead period started. Morris coached some top Texas quarterbacks before going to Tulsa and then Clemson, where he was one of the nation's highest-paid offensive coordinators for one of the most prolific units in the country. That was enough to persuade Hicks, who threw for more than 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. "He's been extremely important in the process of the other high-profile players that we got on our roster," said Morris, who also landed receiver James Proche from nearby DeSoto while hiring that team's coach, Claude Mathis, as an assistant. Elsewhere in Texas, UTSA landed Southlake Carroll defensive tackle King Newton, the son of former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner Nate Newton. Newton is part of a huge class of 37 for UTSA coach Larry Coker, who won the 2001 BCS championship at Miami. The largest signing class in the program's four-year history includes former Oklahoma receiver Dannon Cavil and eight junior college transfers. Houston officially added receiver Chance Allen, who played five games for Oregon during the Ducks' run to the first championship game in the College Football Playoff. Allen played at a Houston-area high school. The Cougars are also adding quarterback Adam Schulz, a former Wisconsin high school star who played eight games for Utah before transferring. Tight end M.J. McFarland is joining UTEP after transferring from Texas. He played at an El Paso high school.
Feb 4, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia signed a recruiting class without a lot of the "glitz and glamour" of five-star athletes, but a "blue-collar" group that fills needs on the Cavaliers' roster, coach Mike London said.The class includes 21 players who signed on Wednesday, and two more who have already enrolled.It also includes two players, cornerback T.J. Griffin of Virginia Beach and...
Virginia loads up on defense with 'blue collar' class
Associated Press | Feb 4, 2015CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia signed a recruiting class without a lot of the "glitz and glamour" of five-star athletes, but a "blue-collar" group that fills needs on the Cavaliers' roster, coach Mike London said. The class includes 21 players who signed on Wednesday, and two more who have already enrolled. It also includes two players, cornerback T.J. Griffin of Virginia Beach and linebacker Dominic Sheppard of Miami, who were originally headed for Wisconsin, but followed new assistant coach Chris Beatty to Virginia. "He's paid off right away," London said of Beatty, Virginia's new running backs coach. The class is heavy on defensive players with five linebackers, four defensive linemen and three prospects for the defensive backfield. The Cavaliers lost two linebackers to graduation and had two underclassmen decide to leave school early to make themselves available for the NFL draft. In all, five of the top six tacklers on last season's team that finished 5-7 have departed. One of the top candidates to play right away is 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker C.J. Stalker of West Chester, Ohio. He, along with offensive lineman Grant Polk of Punta Gorda, Florida, are already enrolled, and "You can tell he's going to be a big player," London said of Stalker. Linebacker Jahvoni Simmons of Virginia Beach also will get an opportunity to play early in defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta's unit. Simmons and Griffin were teammates at Ocean Lakes High School, which went 51-2 over the past three seasons. The class includes nine players from Virginia. Virginia also signed 6-2 wide receiver Warren Craft of Roanoke, who originally signed with Virginia Tech to play basketball. "I think he might be one of the sleepers of this class," London said, noting that Craft has only played football for two seasons, but can use his leaping ability and frame to his advantage. --- Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Jahvoni Simmons, LB, Virginia Beach, Va. Best of the rest: Grant Polk, OL, Punta Gorda, Florida, and C.J. Stalker, LB, West Chester, Ohio. Late addition: T.J. Griffin, CB, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Dominic Sheppard, LB, Miami. One that got away: Sage Hardin, LB, Georgia.
The evolution of defensive backs: Analyzing the development, recruitment and play of safeties and cornerbacksFeb 2, 2015
The rise of seven-on-seven in high school, integration of spread offenses in college and the visibility of NFL stars have, in some ways, redefined the defensive back position
The evolution of defensive backs: Analyzing the development, recruitment and play of safeties and cornerbacks
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Feb 2, 2015Back in 1984, Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones had two defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft. Cleveland nabbed Chris Rockins in the second round. The LA Rams picked Rod Fisher in the 12th. However, what these players became is as noteworthy as where they began. Jones was the Cowboy assistant who signed both out of high school. “Rockins was a very lightly recruited guy that I almost overlooked, but he long jumped over 24 feet,” Jones said. “Fisher was a split-back veer quarterback.” A common scenario in those days: Have a talented athlete lost on a skill-position depth chart? Throw him in at cornerback or safety. Not anymore. Tuesday night’s presentation of the Jim Thorpe Award in Oklahoma City given to college football’s top defensive back and Signing Day on Wednesday provides a fitting time line to examine the evolution of the position. Jones argues, “football players are football players, regardless of generations,” but changes at the high school level have made an imprint on the college and professional game. Gerod Holliman — the 2014 Jim Thorpe winner from Louisville — is a good example. “I knew I wanted to be a defensive back before I got to high school,” Holliman said. “I played corner most of my life in Pop Warner growing up.” With the integration and success of the spread offense, like so many top prep programs in warm-climate areas, Holliman’s high school team in Miami played extensively in seven-on-seven summer leagues. The pass-happy format gave Holliman countless game-speed repetitions that allowed him to develop his talents. It also aided those recruiting Holliman to play at the next level. “With as much seven-on-seven stuff,” Jones said, “it’s easier to evaluate defensive backs and wideouts probably than it was back before there was much of that.” Increased visibility leads to increased scrutiny. Andy Bogert — a 27-year Oklahoma high school football coaching veteran who retired after leading Heritage Hall on its 3A state championship run last season — says pure athleticism for defensive backs isn’t enough. College recruiters are searching for speed, soft hands, hard hitters, flexible hips, leaping ability and more. “You’ve got to find an unbelievable athlete to play defensive back in college or pro football,” Bogert said. “Before, you could have gotten away with a big guy that can run a little bit and really tackle.” Here’s where it gets even trickier. Holliman was well-deserved in winning the Thorpe Award this year. His 14 picks tied the NCAA record for single-season interceptions set by Al Worley (Washington) in 1968. Two of Holliman’s picks came against Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State. He credits his success to, “capitalizing on all the mistakes of the offense and the different schemes that the coach put me in.” But are interceptions a true measure of a defensive backs worth? Darqueze Dennard, a Michigan State turned Cincinnati Bengal cornerback, won the Thorpe Award in 2013. He recorded just four interceptions that season. “I probably went five or six games where the quarterback didn’t throw to my side once,” Dennard said. “If you can take out a player, that’s huge in the game.” While the merits of taking a possession away and taking a threat away can be debated, there’s no doubt dominant defensive back play has become popularized in recent years. The Patriots’ Darrelle Revis and the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman have made sure of that, each becoming household names through their play and often brash public personas. That’s how it all loops back to the high school level. Just look at the latest edition of the Madden football video game series. In 2015, Sherman graces the cover. “As a kid growing up, I saw Michael Vick on the Madden game, I wanted to be like him,” Dennard said. “Now it’s the first-time ever to have a cornerback on the (cover). You’ve got big household names at the position. “Watching the game and listening to commentators saying this and that about them, you might have a different mindset about it. Instead of wanting to play quarterback, you might want to play defensive back.”
Jan 31, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group."I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us."A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed...
Sons represent late Junior Seau at Hall of Fame announcement
By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Jan 31, 2015PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group. "I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us." A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed suicide at age 43 in 2012, was the only first-time eligible candidate in the Hall's class of 2015. Also getting in Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl, were modern-day players Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields, contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. "It's hard when you come into a group of men that have done what they've done, at their caliber, and they're sharing stories and memories that they had together and playing against each other," Tyler Seau said. "It makes you emotional." Researchers who studied Junior Seau's brain said it showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease connected to repeated head injuries, including concussions. His death, less than 2 1/2 years after the end of his playing career, resonated among players in the league, raising worry about the physical and emotional toll the sport takes. Junior Seau played in the NFL for 20 seasons, the first 13 with the San Diego Chargers, followed by three with Miami and four with New England. He was Defensive Player of the Year for San Diego in 1992, made six All-Pro teams, and was a member of the league's All-Decade team of the 1990s. "He never really needed an award to solidify how good he was. This kind of stuff was more for his family, for his mom, his dad, his brothers. Just to make them proud, make his family proud," Tyler Seau said. "For him, he knew what work he put in. So he knew where he was and where he stood amongst these men. And he's rightfully in." Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week he "loved" having Seau on his roster. "I can't imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it," said Belichick, whose team plays the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl. "I'd say the one word that comes to me when I think about Junior and football is 'passion.'" Bettis was a burly running back nicknamed The Bus who began a 13-season career by earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Rams. He capped it by winning the 2006 Super Bowl with the Steelers in a game played in his hometown of Detroit. His 13,662 yards rushing rank fifth in history. "To think a little fat kid who had never played football until high school," Bettis said, "to think I can ascend to this level, this is something I never thought of, never dreamed of." When Brown retired after the 2004 season, he ranked No. 2 in NFL history with 14,934 yards receiving, No. 3 with 1,094 catches, and No. 3 with 100 touchdown catches. This was his sixth year of eligibility. "You know you have to wait your turn," the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner said. "I came in this year hoping for better things." Haley, a defensive end and linebacker, needed to wait 11 years to get in after becoming the first player in NFL history to play on five Super Bowl-winning teams. He called the late 49ers coach Bill Walsh "a father figure to me." Shields was a guard for Kansas City from 1993-2006, never missing a game in his 14 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro three times, a second-team All-Pro four times, and was a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Polian and Wolf were general managers who built Super Bowl champions. Tingelhoff retired in 1978 after starting all 240 games of his career as the center for the Minnesota Vikings. Five nominees were eliminated in Saturday's final vote: Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. Earlier in the day, the 46 members on the selection committee reduced the list of 15 modern-day finalists by cutting players Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis and John Lynch, and coaches Don Coryell and Jimmy Johnson. A candidate needs 80 percent of the vote to get in. The induction ceremony is in August at Canton, Ohio. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this story. ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 31, 2015
The number of native Oklahomans to sign with either football program out of high school has been small the past several years. In 2014, there were only 23 scholarship players from Oklahoma on the two teams combined.
A look at why Oklahoma and Oklahoma State don't recruit more Oklahoma high school athletes
BY JASON KERSEY AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jan 31, 2015More than 30 Oklahoma high school seniors will sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play college football at the highest level. No more than six of those players, though, will become Sooners or Cowboys. Some of the greatest players in both programs’ histories have come from in-state. Four of OU’s five Heisman Trophy winners — including the two most recent — played high school football in Oklahoma. Even in the last five years, many of the best OU and OSU players have been homegrown. Think about Cowboys like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and Sooners like Ryan Broyles and Sterling Shepard. Former Oklahoma high school football players have won 19 of the Sooners’ 36 national awards. Blackmon won back-to-back Fred Biletnikoff Awards as the nation’s best wide receiver, and former Southwest Covenant standout Dan Bailey won the 2008 Lou Groza Award, given to college football’s best kicker. Still, the number of native Oklahomans to sign with either football program out of high school has been small the past several years. In 2014, there were only 23 scholarship players from Oklahoma on the two teams combined. Don’t expect that number to improve next year, either. Oklahoma has three current commitments from the state — Midwest City safety Will Sunderland, McAlester tight end Dalton Wood and Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton — and Overton is an academic risk who might not make it to Norman. Norman North quarterback John Kolar is expected to be the only Oklahoman in OSU’s 2015 signing class. Meanwhile, the schools have eight commitments each from Texas high school players. The sheer number of talented high school players from the Lone Star State make it fertile recruiting ground for both schools. While Oklahoma produces around 30-40 FBS-caliber high school seniors each year, Texas produces at least 10 times that many. Pat Jones, who coached the Cowboys from 1984 through 1994, plucked lots of top talent from Texas, including wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes and running back Thurman Thomas. But Jones said he thinks the most important thing Mike Gundy has done since becoming the Cowboys’ head coach 10 years ago is take that dedication to recruiting Texas even further. “You can play the numbers game way better down there,” Jones said. “There’s just so many Jenks and Unions, that’s the way I’d put it. “(Gundy’s) coaches spend a ton of time in Texas. I think they’ve probably done as good a job of evaluating down there as probably anybody in the league.” That dedication to Texas — or other states overflowing with talent — has a tendency to upset some high school players and coaches in Oklahoma. Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning isn’t one of them, but he can understand it. Manning has sent several players to FBS schools, including current OU freshman quarterback Justice Hansen. “Some Oklahoma high school coaches take it personally, and it’s because they care about their players,” Manning said. “But the fact is, (college coaches’) jobs depend on making sure they don’t miss and they recruit the right kids for their program.” Many times, that means OU and OSU coaches passing on local players. Sometimes, Oklahoma players are made late offers after other OU and OSU targets fall through. The Sooners just offered Westmoore receiver and Washington State commitment Dahu Green a scholarship last week. Current OU starting linebackers Dominique Alexander (Tulsa Washington) and Jordan Evans (Norman North) were both offered scholarships late in the 2013 recruiting cycle. Former OU fullback J.D. Runnels owns and operates Nutrition & Athletic Club of Choctaw, where he often works with local high school football players hoping to play at the next level, and he often advises them not to get their hopes up about getting attention from OU and OSU. “It does affect these kids,” Runnels said. “There’s a lot of kids around here that wanna stay local, and quite frankly, I have to tell them, ‘Don’t worry about it. Chances are, it’s not gonna happen.’” Runnels knows how they feel, though. As a Carl Albert standout in the 2002 recruiting class, he was committed to Texas A&M until almost Christmas, when OU came with a scholarship offer. “Bob’s the same talent evaluator that gave me a scholarship,” Runnels said. “If he sees a player who’s like me, chances are, he’s gonna give them a scholarship. If there aren’t those players, that’s not really on him. “If this state only has two or three people that he’s really looking at, then to me, that just tells me that the talent is down around here.” That doesn’t mean there aren’t talented players who slip through the cracks. Former Heritage Hall star Wes Welker didn’t get attention from the local schools, went to Texas Tech and became a five-time NFL Pro Bowler. Rafe Watkins thinks OU and OSU coaches have been better the last several years at giving local kids a chance, but still doesn’t understand some decisions. “I really thought Donte Foster deserved a better look from the local schools,” said Watkins, the longtime Guthrie High coach who just finished his first season at Muskogee. Foster, a superstar wide receiver at Guthrie, got so little attention football-wise that he played a season of basketball at Seminole State before transferring to Ohio and catching 21 career touchdown passes. He went undrafted a year ago, but signed with the Minnesota Vikings and is still with the team. Ringling product Jackson Dillon’s father was a Sooner football player, but Dillon didn’t get an OU scholarship offer. The linebacker just wrapped up his sophomore season at Memphis with an 11-tackle, two-sack performance in the Miami Beach Bowl. And sometimes, the best Oklahoma high school players simply choose to go elsewhere. Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko — the state’s top-ranked 2015 prospect — will choose Wednesday between OU, Ohio State and UCLA. Still, the fact remains: Players with top-flight talent don’t go unnoticed by OU and OSU coaches very often. “As an Oklahoma kid, you grow up around here and you see the treatment that OU football players get,” Runnels said. “With the system being what it is and us recruiting all Texas players, as an Oklahoma kid, you’re like, ‘Why not me?’ “Then when you get there, you’re like, ‘Oh, OK. That’s why.’ These guys are huge. They’re fast.”
Five former Oklahoma high school baseball stars and three Los Angeles Dodgers prospects highlight ESPN baseball insider Keith Law’s Top 100 prospects list released Thursday morning. The two-part list is Insider access only, but can be found here and here. Former Broken Arrow star and Oklahoma football commitment Archie Bradley is the highest Oklahoman on […]
Former Oklahoma stars, Dodgers prospects highlight ESPN Top 100 prospects
Jacob Unruh | Jan 29, 2015Five former Oklahoma high school baseball stars and three Los Angeles Dodgers prospects highlight ESPN baseball insider Keith Law's Top 100 prospects list released Thursday morning. The two-part list is Insider access only, but can be found here and here. Former Broken Arrow star and Oklahoma football commitment Archie Bradley is the highest Oklahoman on the list at No. 21, though he dropped from last year's list where he was ranked No. 9. "It was something of a lost year in 2014 for Bradley, who missed two months in the first half because of an elbow injury (called a flexor mass strain) that didn't require surgery," Law writes. "He never quite looked like his old self after his return, even in his stint in the Arizona Fall League." Law goes on to say Bradley still has the makeup of a top-of-a-rotation starter. Other former Oklahoma stars on the list include former Sooner and Colorado Rockies prospect Jon Gray at No. 22 (down from No. 12 in 2014). Former Owasso star and Baltimore Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy climbed the list to No. 26. Former Putnam City and Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Heaney is ranked No. 58 (down from No. 34) after a brief stint in the majors last season. He was traded twice during the offseason and is now the Los Angeles Angels' top prospect. Former Carl Albert star and Miami Marlins prospect J.T. Realmuto also made the list for the first time at No. 72. Former Oral Roberts pitcher and Texas Rangers prospect Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez is ranked No. 86 on the list. The highest-rated player among the Dodgers is shortstop/third baseman Corey Seager, who is ranked No. 5. Seager reached Double-A Chattanooga last season and could likely spend the majority of the upcoming season with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. "Seager still has MVP-type upside at third base, where I expect him to be an above-average or better defender, just as his brother Kyle has become, but with a much stronger hit tool," Law writes while pointing out that it's likely Seager won't play shortstop in the majors. Other Dodgers prospects include left-hander Julio Urias at No. 9 and outfielder Joc Pederson at No. 28.