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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
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Shannon Fagan of the Cherokee County Herald received the Alabama Sports Writers Association's highest writing award.Fagan was presented with the award and two others Sunday night at the group's 44th annual convention.The Herby Kirby Award is given in memory of longtime Birmingham Post-Herald sports writer Herby Kirby, who died in the press box after covering Notre Dame's...
Cherokee County's Fagan wins top ASWA writing award
Associated Press | Jun 14, 2015MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Shannon Fagan of the Cherokee County Herald received the Alabama Sports Writers Association's highest writing award. Fagan was presented with the award and two others Sunday night at the group's 44th annual convention. The Herby Kirby Award is given in memory of longtime Birmingham Post-Herald sports writer Herby Kirby, who died in the press box after covering Notre Dame's 24-23 national football championship win over Alabama in the 1973 Sugar Bowl. The Tuscaloosa News took home a convention-high eight awards. Three journalists won two awards apiece, including Tom Green of the Opelika-Auburn News and Tommy Deas and Cecil Hurt, both of The Tuscaloosa News. The other winners included Rob Ketcham of the Cullman Times, Tony Tsoukalas and Robert DeWitt of The Tuscaloosa News and Christopher Walsh of Saturday Down South. A list of the award winners honored Sunday in Mobile: Best Sports Story, Writing On A Deadline, Professional Or College Event Co-Runners Up: Teddy Couch, The Gadsden Times, JSU Tops Eastern Illinois to clinch DVC title; Christopher Walsh, Saturday Down South, Crimson Tide will remember 2014 SEC title as truly something special Winner: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, Longtime University of Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson retires Best Sports Story, Writing On A Deadline, Prep Or Other Amateur Runner Up: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, Hale County girls basketball team playing after the death of a teammate Winner: Tom Green, Opelika-Auburn News, Rashaan Evans signs with Alabama Best Column, Four Columns Any time Of The Year Runner Up: Mike Szvetitz, Opelika-Auburn News Winner: Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News. Best Football Feature Without A Deadline Runner Up: James Crepea, Montgomery Advertiser, Chris Davis Jr. journey to the NFL far longer than 109 yards Winner: Tom Green, Opelika-Auburn News, David Eastridge battles back from car accident, coma Best Basketball Feature Without A Deadline Runner Up: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, Former University of Alabama basketball player is reunited with his SEC Championship ring four decades after losing it Winner: Rob Ketcham, The Cullman Times, Good Hope's Cofer shakes off visual impairment, blazes trail to scoring milestone, Eli Thomas Award Best Baseball Feature Without A Deadline Co-Runners Up: Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser, Outfielder Ty Morrison endures the same surgery and rehab that derailed his brother's Olympic decathlon hopes; D.C. Reeves, The Tuscaloosa News, Feature on heckling fans in right field at University of Alabama baseball games Winner: Tony Tsoukalas, The Tuscaloosa News, Feature on Tim Anderson, who went from high school kid with one junior college scholarship offer to first-round draft pick Best Outdoors Feature Without A Deadline Runner Up: Kim Craft, The Gadsden Times, Tharp leads Bassmaster Classic while Carden passes Alabama anglers Winner: Robert DeWitt, The Tuscaloosa News, Red Snapper Best General Sports Feature Without A Deadline Runner Up: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, Death of University of Alabama swimmer John Servati Winner: Cecil Hurt and Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, University of Alabama reverses decision and reaches out to NCAA to support immediate eligibility of transfer women's basketball player after she alleges Title IX violations Best Enterprise Story Runner Up: Mike Szvetitz, Opelika-Auburn News, Auburn's athletic budget grows to $100 million-plus Winner: Christopher Walsh, Saturday Down South, Reclaiming the crown; How Alabama can get back to the apex of college football Best Story or Series Writing, Column - Non Daily Runner Up: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, -"Just one of the guys" Sophomore Kaitlyn Rogers kicking for Spring Garden this season Winner: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, "A Starr at Cinderella's Ball" Centre native receives "No Excuses" award in Washington Best Story or Series Writing, Non Daily, Game Story Runner Up: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, "Drought ended" Spring Garden rallies, hold on to defeat Cedar Bluff, 21-20 Winner: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, "Ready for Round 3" Cedar Bluff survives shootout against Hackleburg, 56-48 Best Headlines Runner Up: Michael Wetzel, The Decatur Daily Winner: Staff, The Tuscaloosa News Best Sports Layout Runner Up: Michael Wetzel, The Decatur Daily Winner: The Tuscaloosa News Best Supplement or Special Edition: Runner Up: The Gadsden Times, Kickoff with The Times Winner: The Tuscaloosa News, Reboot, Alabama makes fresh start for the playoff era Herby Kirby Memorial Award Best Story From All Categories Above Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, "A Starr at Cinderella's Ball" Centre native receives "No Excuses" award in Washington
Jun 14, 2015
We flew low over the Potomac River and onto the runway at Reagan National. The last time I was in Washington, D.C. (April 1981), Air Florida flight 90 had yet to crash into the Potomac. That would be nine months later. The last time I was in D.C., its close-by airport was called Washington National. […]
D.C. travelblog: A sobering day at the Memorials
Berry Tramel | Jun 14, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/korean-memorial.jpg]3702689[/img] We flew low over the Potomac River and onto the runway at Reagan National. The last time I was in Washington, D.C. (April 1981), Air Florida flight 90 had yet to crash into the Potomac. That would be nine months later. The last time I was in D.C., its close-by airport was called Washington National. Ronald Reagan had been in office less than three months. But now we were back, the Dish and I. She has a fund-raising conference this week, and I tagged along. I figure an American ought to see his capital every 30 years or so. I came through D.C. when I was 15, 1976, and spent a day. Then another day in 1981, just after my brother's Virginia wedding. Now I've got several days, with the perspective of half a century on Earth, to take in our seat of government. I had a friend who once joked that he thought a career as a schoolteacher would be tremendous, except for all those kids he'd have to deal with. D.C.'s a little like that. If it wasn't for the politicians, what a heck of a place Washington would be. So it's good in D.C. to try to focus on the government, and not the politics. Government gets a bad rap. Politics don't. Politics deserves its sewer-rat status. But government doesn't. Government has helped us produce a fabulous nation. You realize that walking the streets and the sights of D.C. We're staying at the Melrose Hotel, on the edge of Georgetown in northwest D.C. It's a good-sized room. The desk is built into a little enclave. Above the desk, on the wall, is not a picture or a window. It's a giant script, proclaiming, "We the People," continued in smaller type by remnants of the Constitution. I'm a little like Annie when she goes to spend Christmas at Daddy Warbucks' house. I think I'm gonna like it here. MEMORIAL ROW [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/washington-monument.jpg]3702692[/img] We had a 7:05 a.m. flight out of OKC on Saturday, which meant waking up at 5 a.m., and we didn't get to sleep very early Friday night, so we were running on empty when we got to our hotel about 4 p.m. Eastern time. Still, that's almost five hours of daylight. So our gameplan was this. Try to knock out the western side of the National Mall, which is a national park, rectangular in shape, that stretches from the U.S. Capitol on the east to the Lincoln Memorial on the west. It's 1.9 miles long, east-to-west, and varies north-to-south. Think Central Park, only with historical monuments. We figured we'd be walking a ton, so we took a cab to the Mall, which is about two miles from our hotel. We drove by George Washington University, which sounds cool but which has a setting a little too urban for my taste, and the State Department, which is a massive compound without much character (no political jokes here). The cabbie let us out on the north side of the park. And our stroll was tremendous. ‘* We entered the Vietnam Veterans Memorial without even knowing it. I guess we entered from the wrong side, though I don't know why it matters. You've heard all about the Wall. But the Vietnam Memorial is not something adequately experienced in print or video. The names are on two gabbro walls -- gabbro is a reflective rock -- each 246 feet, 9 inches in length. They are placed L-shaped and sunk into the ground, so you enter from either side and begin walking at a downward angle. The rock walls are just eight inches in height at the top, which means we didn't even know we were walking past them. Eventually, we figured it out, and at the bottom, the walls are over 10 feet tall. It's a sobering experience to walk past the walls. As of last year, there were 58,300 names listed. We went through six memorials Saturday; the Vietnam was easily the most reverent. It's the names, of course. Individual names personalize a war. At each end of the memorial are books, protected from the elements but accessible to the public, to look up a particular name. Fortunately, I couldn't recall a family member or friend who had been killed in Vietnam. I found the name of Bob Kalsu, the former OU star. I thought of Del City's football stadium, named for Kalsu, and the first time I saw it and wondered who Bob Kalsu was. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/lincoln-memorial.jpg]3702693[/img] * The Lincoln Memorial stands majestically to the south of the Vietnam Memorial. We didn't get to the west of the Mall during either of my previous two trips to D.C., so I was looking forward to the Lincoln Memorial. I've always remembered the Gomer Pyle episode, when Gomer is supposed to sing at some big function in D.C., and Sgt. Carter has him signing some goober song, but a commander suggests "Impossible Dream" instead. Then Gomer finds out he's singing for the Vice President loses his voice because he's nervous. Gomer trudges off in shame and finds himself at the Lincoln Memorial, where a National Parks Service guard tells him that Abe Lincoln never lost his serve. Gomer starts reciting the Gettysburg Address, which is in huge type on the east wall of the Memorial, and gets his voice back. It's not completely kooky. I can think of few things more inspirational than reciting the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial. I did it myself, in my head, Saturday. What a speech. On the west wall is Lincoln's second inaugural address. And the massive sculpture, with Lincoln sitting in a chair, is fantastic. The Lincoln Memorial is a Roman-style monument that sits 55 steps above the ground, overlooking the Mall. Lincoln himself is looking out over the Mall, in the direction of the Washington Monument. It's a glorious setting. As we descended the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, we noticed a singing group standing at the bottom, not far from the long reflecting pool (2,029 feet by 167) that stretches toward the Washington Monument. We went down and listened. I have no idea who they were; about 20 people dressed in blue shirts, most of them older but a few young people, singing "Shall We Gather at the River." * The Korean War Veterans Memorial was next. Full confession. Until Friday, I didn't know we had a Korean War Memorial. And it was the best surprise of the day. The Korean memorial includes a 164-foot-long granite wall, that contains more than 2,500 photographic images sandblasted, representing the land, sea and air troops who served. The main memorial is in the shape of a triangle, in which are 19 stainless steel statues, each over seven feet tall. They represent a squad on patrol. The entire memorial is gorgeous. It contains a short wall listing the nations that participated in the war. Inscriptions list the numbers killed, wounded, missing in action and captured. A plaque proclaims: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met." I wondered how the people of South Korea felt about Americans today. South Vietnam fell. South Korea didn't. South Korea is a thriving nation. North Korea is, well, North Korea. Then I got my answer. At the top of the triangle with the 19 soldier statues, sits a wreath, with these words: "We remember you forever. With people of the Republic of Korea. Presented by: Class of 1963, College of Commerce, Seoul Nation University." My father-in-law served in Korea. I wish he could have seen this. He died in 1995, the same year the memorial opened. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/mlk-stone1.jpg]3702691[/img] * I've been to the Civil Rights Museums in Memphis and Montgomery, Ala., which in many ways are tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., and I've been to the MLK museum in Atlanta. So no reason to skip the MLK Memorial in D.C. The D.C. Memorials are more tributes than museum. They're not designed to tell the whole story. But the MLK Memorial, and the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, come close. Both Memorials are across Independence Avenue, toward the Potomac River, which means they're outside the Mall. They sit on the Tidal Basin, the partially man-made reservoir between the river and the Washington Channel. It's a beautiful setting; it's the focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. To enter MLK's Memorial, you walk through huge stones. Almost Egyptian in feel, and see back of the MLK monument, made out of the same stone. On one side is the inscription, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." MLK's likeness then looks out over the Tidal Basin. Almost Egyptian in feel, and see back of the MLK monument, made out of the same stone. On one side is the inscription, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." MLK's likeness then looks out over the Tidal Basin. The memorial, which didn't open until 2011, contains rock walls, also looking out onto the water, with 14 famous MLK quotations. Like this, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." * You walk maybe an eighth of the way around the basin to get to the FDR Memorial, which opened in 1997. It's spread over 71/2 across of rock formations and contains four sequences, each representing an FDR term in office. Sculptures include FDR with his dog, iconic Great Depression scenes such as men waiting in a bread line and a citizen listening to a fireside chat, and Eleanor Roosevelt standing before the United Nations emblem. FDR quotes are inscripted upon the rocks. The most famous, of course, is "There is nothing to fear but fear itself." I heard a young woman in her 20s say, "Hey, I like that." Yep, it might have some staying power. * The Jefferson Memorial is on the opposite side of the Tidal Basin, which is 107 acres of water. So it's a nice walk. The Jefferson Memorial is not as famous as the Lincoln Memorial but is very similar. Roman-style columns, massive steps, covered but open-air sculpture. Jefferson is standing, not sitting, but same as Lincoln, some of his famous pronouncements are displayed on the sides of the memorial. Most historians agree that Jefferson was the smartest of our presidents. Maybe the smartest of our Americans. I had a history professor once say that the Theory of Evolution takes a hit when you compare modern presidents to Thomas Jefferson, who maybe wasn't the Father of our Country but was the Father of How We Think, as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. By this time, we were pretty gassed. The Dish has one of those Fitbit things, and she was in the 18,000-step range (she would finish with 22,000-plus), so we decided to start planning for dinner. We continued to circle the Basin, back towards the Washington Monument, and near the Monument we hailed a cab. Our tour for the day was over. Lots more still to see, but unlike my previous trips to D.C., this time, I've got time to see them. COLD OR HOT Here's the problem when you travel in summer. It's hot outside. It's cold everywhere you go inside. Our Southwest flight from OKC to Atlanta was freezing. I wore a sportscoat for that very reason, and because that's how I keep track of everything, with interior pockets. But the Dish had my coat before we hit cruising speed. At dinner Saturday night, a famous D.C. place called Clyde's, the temperature had to be 66. It was freezing. But it wasn't freezing in our hotel room. The Melrose is an elegant hotel, seems to have all the amenities, but our room was hot when we checked in. I turned on the fan, thought maybe that was it, and when we returned Saturday night, it was no better. So I called the front desk, and about 20 minutes later they sent up an engineer. He found the problem in about 10 minutes. Some valve something or other. So it cooled off. But the Melrose isn't in the business of prompt service. They don't have ice you can retrieve yourself. You have to call for it. This isn't a resort. I don't mind getting my own ice. But you have to call for it. The Dish doesn't function without ice water at night, so I called for it. And 15 minutes later, it hadn't come. So I went down and made them hand it over. Some things done in the name of service are the exact opposite. The flights were mostly uneventful. The Atlanta airport, Hartsfield, is massive, of course, and they've got great dining options. Chick-fil-A is headquartered in Atlanta. So is Coca-Cola. Both had big airport presence. Varsity, a longtime Georgia institution, was there, too. I ate at one in Athens. The Dish got a good window seat for the flight to D.C., in front of the wing, but you have to be careful. You don't really want to watch baggage-handlers. Sort of like watching people make your food. You might be better off ignorant. It was nice to see them load both of our bags, but they were treated with all the delicacy of potting soil. GEORGETOWN I assume we'll start using the Metrorail, but it was all taxis Saturday. Reagan National sits on the south side of the Potomac, in Arlington County, Va., but literally on the banks of the river. So it's an easy jaunt over to the bridge that takes you right by the Lincoln Memorial. The cab ride from the airport to our hotel was $19. The cab ride from the hotel to the Mall was $6.22. The ride from the Washington Monument to Georgetown was $13, a lot of it caused by traffic. Traffic is bad in Georgetown. Georgetown is the neighborhood with the university of the same name, but it's also the trendy area of D.C., with great shopping, dining and housing. We had lunch at the Atlanta airport -- shared a cheesesteak at Charley's Cheesesteak, which was good -- but were hungry by 8 p.m. So we went to Clyde's, which has several locations in the D.C. area. It's sort of an old-saloon atmosphere. Quaint and lively, I'd say. We sat in the corner, literally in the corner, in rounded booth-like seats. The Dish had pasta carbonara; I had a Thai seafood stew. The carbonara was good, though it had bacon and I prefer chicken. My stew was good; really wasn't much of a stew. More just a collection of seafood, with rice, but it was excellent. The prices weren't too bad; mine was $19, I think, and the Dish's was $17. I'd go back. Then we got a piece of chocolate next door at Godiva and walked back to the hotel, ready to conk out and get rested for another day of adventure in our nation's capital.
Jun 4, 2015
Natural curiosity. But the answer will not determine the Sooners’ fortunes in 2015. The key to OU football this season is not who, but how. Move the w to the back of the word. How will the quarterback play, no matter who it is?
Quarterback mystery is paramount in the minds of Sooner Nation
By Berry Tramel | Jun 4, 2015DALLAS — From the back of the room in Prestonwood Country Club, a man in a crimson OU shirt yelled out a question. “Who’s your quarterback?” Bob Stoops responded, “Hey, Bud, go to the restroom again.” Don’t worry, Stoops hadn’t lost his manners at the OU Caravan pep rally Thursday night. The guy really was Bud — Bud Hebert, who played safety for the Sooners in the 1970s and now is a long-time friend of Stoops who doesn’t mind being a rabble-rouser. But Hebert spoke for the room. The quarterback mystery is paramount in the minds of Sooner Nation. Baker Mayfield or Trevor Knight or even Cody Thomas? Natural curiosity. But the answer will not determine the Sooners’ fortunes in 2015. The key to OU football this season is not who, but how. Move the w to the back of the word. How will the quarterback play, no matter who it is? Truth is, OU still has some talent, despite an 8-5 record last season. The Sooners went into October with national championship aspirations and limped out of December with the most depressed status of the Stoops era. But that doesn’t mean the shelves are empty. The offensive tackles are untested, and the receiving corps has been disappointing, and the defensive backs were burned a time or two dozen last season. But there still are good ballplayers in Norman. Samaje Perine, Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker, Sterling Shepard, Charles Tapper, Nila Kasitati, even the returned-from-exile Frank Shannon. That’s some upper-tier talent. All but Shannon were around last season, along with six players taken in the NFL Draft — Blake Bell, Geneo Grissom, Jordan Phillips, Aaron Ripkowski, Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams. That’s a solid foundation for a football team. “I think it’s really good,” Stoops said of the OU talent base. “And we have good players coming up, even young guys. For instance, true freshman a year ago Jordan Thomas, had his good moments, had his bad moments. But true freshman, that’s what you’ll usually get. He’ll be better this year.” But will the quarterbacking? Without strong quarterback play, a 21st-century football team is adrift at sea. Knight, the hero of the Alabama conquest in the Sugar Bowl, was spotty in 2014. Knight didn’t produce nearly enough big plays to offset the game-changing interceptions he threw against TCU and Kansas State. Off came the wheels. OU went from fourth in the nation to a three-way tie for fourth in the Big 12. If the Sooners get better quarterbacking, the 2015 season gets interesting real fast. If not, it gets old with the same speed. “For any team, college, high school, NFL, so much of it directly reflects on the quarterback,” Stoops said Thursday night. “It’s quarterback play. The guy handles the ball every play. His decisions make a major difference.” Certainly did in 2014, which is why most of us believe Mayfield will be the quarterback. No one really has any idea how he will play as a Sooner, but we’ve seen enough of Knight to know it’s time to see how Mayfield will do. Because despite what was shown against Baylor and Clemson, 34-point defeats both, Stoops has some ballplayers on campus. What he really needs now is a quarterback. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Had a great chat with former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, who is partnering with the Austin school district and Eastside Youth Services and Street Outreach to make some much-needed improvements to the Eastside Yellow Jacket Stadium and track at the old L.C. Anderson High School.After his sophomore year at Anderson, Henderson moved to Oklahoma City to live with his...
Austin American-Statesman Cedric Golden column
Cedric Golden, Associated Press | Jun 1, 2015Had a great chat with former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, who is partnering with the Austin school district and Eastside Youth Services and Street Outreach to make some much-needed improvements to the Eastside Yellow Jacket Stadium and track at the old L.C. Anderson High School. After his sophomore year at Anderson, Henderson moved to Oklahoma City to live with his grandmother — he later attended Langston University before being drafted by the Cowboys in 1975 — but he returned to live here after his NFL career ended. He has kept a low profile but has always been a lover of community, particularly East Austin. He will spend 42 hours this week — 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday — at the Anderson track, where he will sign copies of his 2001 book "In Control," which chronicles his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, for a $10 donation. Proceeds will go to ESYSSO to help resurface the track. "The bad news is the track is torn up," said the 62-year-old Henderson, who splits time between homes in Austin and Florida. "The good news is the track is torn up, which means people are using it. I've gotten several estimates, and it's going to cost $100,000 to fix it up." Henderson added that anyone struggling in recovery will receive a free autographed book. He encourages the public to come out and support the project or just stop by for a handshake. This is Henderson's second project involving the track and the stadium. He rebuilt the stadium and football field in 1994, then fasted for an entire week and raised $250,000 for improvements in 1997. Anyone interested in donating to the project can do so by mail: ESYSSO, P.O. Box 1415, Austin, TX 78767. Did we miss the NBA Finals? No. Just feels that way. There was nothing that could be done about this gap between games since the conference finals were pretty noncompetitive, but now that Game 1 is almost here, the question I can't wait to see answered is, "How much?" How much will we see LeBron James guarding Stephen Curry? How much will the layoff affect these teams? How much will we see Steph's 2-year-old daughter at postgame pressers? On that last question, you can count me as a card-carrying member of Team Riley. Curry's daughter is absolutely adorable, but he could really help the writers there by leaving her with the family for the five minutes it takes to answer questions. Not that he cares about non-television media — she's great for the cameras — but many of the writers are on brutal deadlines created by these 8 p.m. tipoffs and need every single minute after the game. Finally, some real hope for American men's tennis. Jack Sock went down in four sets to the great Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday but showed the kind of moxie we need to see if this country is to regain some international respect in the men's game. Sock lost 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Not lost in Rafa improving to 70-1 all-time at Roland Garros was Sock coming very close to handing him that second loss. The first two sets were a wash, but Sock grabbed the third set and had the king of clay looking absolutely unsure of himself. Sock, who's only 22, is ranked 37th in the world and has the game to become a top-five player — a booming forehand, thunder from an improved backhand and just enough nastiness — I like that — to give the big boys something to worry about. After losing to Roger Federer in the round of 16 at Indian Wells, Sock won his first ATP title at the U.S. Clay Court Championships over fellow American Sam Querrey in Houston. All of this after he missed the first two months of the season following hip surgery. John Isner (ranked 16th) and Querrey (38th) are good players, but at 30 and 27 years of age, respectively, they have already shown us their best, which falls short of winning a major. While the U.S. men are now 0-46 in grand slams dating back to Andy Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open win, Sock brings with him some hope for the future. If he keeps his wits about him and continues to develop a better on-court mentality, he could be the American to break that long drought. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000048049,t000177580,t000176110,g000222672,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164,g000065577
May 27, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s quarterback derby is down to three. Redshirt freshman quarterback Justice Hansen announced Wednesday that he will transfer. He released a statement on Twitter. News of Hansen’s transfer was first reported by SoonerScoop.com. Hansen, a former Edmond Santa Fe standout, signed with OU in the 2014 recruiting class and redshirted last season. He […]
Bob Stoops issues statement on Justice Hansen, says no transfer restrictions in place
Jason Kersey | May 27, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/05/Justice-Hansen.jpg]3679819[/img] NORMAN — Oklahoma’s quarterback derby is down to three. Redshirt freshman Justice Hansen will transfer, he announced in a Wednesday statement released on Twitter. “I have done a lot of thinking, talking with friends and family, and most importantly, praying,” Hansen said in the statement. “In the end I feel it is in my best interest to move on from the University of Oklahoma and continue my football career elsewhere. “The university was a great experience and I appreciate the opportunity I had to proudly represent it. I wish nothing but the best for OU in the future.” Hansen, a former Edmond Santa Fe standout, competed throughout the spring with juniors Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield and sophomore Cody Thomas to be the Sooners’ starting quarterback in 2015. Based on last month’s spring game, though, Hansen was clearly fourth in the pecking order. He only attempted five passes, compared to 13 for Knight and Mayfield and 12 for Thomas. His transfer leaves Knight, Mayfield and Thomas as the Sooners’ only scholarship quarterbacks for 2015. Former Heritage Hall standout Connor McGinnis will walk on this fall as a true freshman, but Oklahoma did not sign a quarterback in the recruiting class of 2015. The Sooners already have a commitment, though, for 2016 from Austin Kendall, a four-star prospect from Waxhaw, N.C. Kendall is ranked as the 2016 recruiting class’ No. 27 overall by Rivals. Knight started 10 games last season, but was inconsistent and played very poorly in the Sooners’ Russell Athletic Bowl loss to Clemson. Thomas started the other three games while Knight recovered from a neck injury. Mayfield sat out last year after transferring from Texas Tech, and is considered by many to be the favorite in the Sooners’ ongoing quarterback battle, which Bob Stoops has said will continue into fall camp. Wednesday evening, Stoops issued a statement confirming Hansen’s decision, and said he won’t place any restrictions on his transfer. “We have met with Justice and certainly understand his desire to explore options that might provide him with more opportunity,” Stoops said in the statement. “He has our full support. He has been an outstanding team member and will make someone a good quarterback.” Hansen signed with OU in the 2014 recruiting class and redshirted last season. He chose the Sooners over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M. After impressive sophomore and junior high school seasons — which both ended in district championships — Hansen missed five games of his senior season with a high ankle sprain. Hansen’s father, Dusty, was part of Oklahoma’s 1994 national championship baseball team. With Wednesday’s news, Hansen becomes the fifth player to leave the OU football program since the end of last season. Running backs David Smith and Keith Ford and tight end Taylor McNamara all transferred, and wide receiver K.J. Young was dismissed for team rules violations. More from NewsOK Ten things to know about Justice Hansen
May 14, 2015
OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. […]
Can Keith Ford still make the NFL?
Berry Tramel | May 14, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/keith-ford-bedlam.jpg]3666336[/img] OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. Rugged, fast, hard-running. I liked him a lot. He looked like an NFL-caliber tailback to me. And don’t bet on his football future being over. Ford will transfer to some school and play. And don’t discount the NFL from Ford’s future. OU football history is rife with tailbacks who transferred and still found their way to the NFL. I found 13 players who made the NFL after transferring from OU. There could be more. I went to profootball-reference.com’s list of Sooner alumni, which includes players who played at OU even if they finished up at another school, and just did an eyeball/memory survey. Someone might have slipped past me. But 13 is in the neighborhood. And out of those 13 players, eight — eight! — were tailbacks. The non-tailbacks were Troy Aikman; cornerback Elbert Watts, who transferred to Southern Cal and played nine games for the ’86 Packers; Keith Traylor, who played linebacker at OU but transferred to Central Oklahoma and ended up as a 16-year NFL veteran, playing mostly defensive line, including a major contributor to Denver’s two Super Bowl champs in the ’90s; defensive lineman Tyrone Rodgers, who transferred to Washington U. and played 37 games for the 1992-94 Seahawks; and offensive lineman Jerry Crafts, who transferred to Louisville and played 54 NFL games for the Bills and Eagles. An interesting list. But not as interesting as the tailbacks. Here are the eight tailbacks who transferred from OU and still made the NFL: 1. Mike Thomas: From Greenville, Texas. Transferred to Nevada-Las Vegas during the loaded wishbone days of the early 1970s, ended up a fifth-round draft pick of the Redskins (108th overall) in 1975. In four seasons with Washington, Thomas rushed for 3,359 yards on 878 yards. He gained 1,101 yards in 1976, a 14-game season in the NFL. Thomas finished out his career with two seasons as a Charger. His NFL totals: 4,196 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. 2. Dexter Bussey: From Dallas. Another talented tailback squeezed out in the Greg Pruitt-Joe Washington era of OU football. Transferred to Texas-Arlington and was taken in the third round (65th overall) of the 1974 draft, by Detroit. Bussey played 11 seasons with the Lions, rushing for 858 yards in 1976, 924 yards in 1978 and 720 yards in 1980. He finished with 5,105 yards rushing and 23 total touchdowns. Bussey is the Lions’ No. 3 all-time rusher, trailing only Barry Sanders and Billy Sims. 3. Glyn Milburn: From Santa Monica, Calif. Transferred to Stanford after playing as a 1988 OU freshman. Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) by the Broncos in 1993, Milburn played nine NFL seasons. He was used primarily as a receiver out of the backfield and as a kick returner. In 1998 with Chicago, Milburn returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. Milburn rushed for just 817 yards in his NFL career but had 170 catches for 1,322 yards. 4. Tashard Choice: From Hampton, Ga. Played sparingly as an OU freshman but transferred to Georgia Tech and became a star, rushing for 3,365 yards in three seasons. The Cowboys drafted Choice in the fourth round (122nd overall) in 2008. He played six NFL seasons, rushing for 1,579 yards for the Cowboys, Bills, Redskins and Colts. 5. Marcus Dupree: From Philadelphia, Miss. You know all about him. Was a national sensation as a freshman but left OU midway through his sophomore year. Dupree transferred to Southern Miss but never played for the Eagles. Dupree went to the World Football League and finally found his way to the NFL. Dupree joined the Rams, who had drafted him in the 12th round (327th overall) of the 1986 draft. Dupree played 15 games in 1990 and 1991, gaining 251 yards on 68 carries. 6. Donald Brown: From Annapolis, Md. Never really played at OU and transferred to Maryland. Drafted by San Diego in the fifth round, 129th overall, in 1986. Brown played defensive back for 18 games for the Dolphins, Chargers and Giants in 1986 and 1987. 7. Clifford Chatman: From Clinton. Never really played at OU and transferred to Central Oklahoma. The Giants took Chatman in the fourth round (85th overall) of the 1981 draft. He played for the ’82 Giants, gaining 80 yards on 22 carries. 8. Jimmy Edwards: From Oklahoma City’s Classen High School. Another talented player caught up in OU’s talent load of the early 1970s, Edwards transferred to Louisiana-Monroe. He wasn’t drafted but made the 1979 Vikings as a 27-year-old and was used primarily as a kick returner..
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TOP STORIES DEAD ZONE LAWSUIT NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge who ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to regulate farm runoff and other pollution blamed for the Gulf of Mexico's annual oxygen-depleted "dead zone" must take a second crack at his ruling. An appeals court has ordered U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey to reassess his 2013 order telling the EPA to set federal limits on the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorous, which feed huge algae blooms that contribute to loss of oxygen in part of the Gulf of Mexico every summer, killing or chasing away marine life. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 678 words. MISSISSIPPI-CONGRESS JACKSON —Thirteen candidates are competing in a special congressional election in north Mississippi. With so many on Tuesday's ballot, the race is expected to go to a June 2 runoff between the top two. The winner will serve the final year and a half of a two-year term started by Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died of brain cancer in February. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 330 words, photos. With: BC-Mississippi-Congress-Glance. By Emily Wagster Pettus. PLAYER ELIGIBLE CHALLENGE OLIVE BRANCH — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled a high school athlete can challenge a decision that barred him from playing football for Olive Branch High School. The ruling came Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the family of Ross Trail. The case now returns to DeSoto County Chancery Court. SENT: 411 words. (Eds: Also filed to sports lines) IN BRIEF VICKSBURG BAR SHOOTING — A Louisiana man will stand trial Nov. 30 on charges in a fatal shooting at a Vicksburg nightclub in February. SENT: 130 words. OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING — A Jefferson Parish deputy fatally shot a Harvey man Friday night after the man reportedly threatened officers with a gun. The victim was identified Saturday as 48-year-old Dedrick Marshall. SENT: 165 words. LAFAYETTE-VA FACILITY — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it has identified a location for a clinic in Lake Charles. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson says in a letter than a lease for a temporary clinic in Lake Charles could be awarded by the end of the summer. SENT: 130 words. DOUBLE SLAYING-METAIRIE — A Jefferson Parish jury has convicted a New Orleans for his role in a 2013 double slaying in Metairie. Jason Thomas faces a mandatory life sentence in the deaths of Demektric Anderson and Tacara Williams-Moss, both of Memphis, Tennessee. SENT: 125 words. COACH-SEX-SENTENCE — The former coach of the Moss Point High School boys' basketball team has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for having sex with a student. SENT: 128 words. CARJACKING CONVICTION — A Jackson man convicted on two counts each of armed robbery and armed carjacking and one count of receiving stolen property will be sentenced May 18. SENT: 129 words. BROOKHAVEN SLAYING — A Brookhaven man has pleaded guilty to charges involving a 2013 fatal shooting in Brookhaven. SENT: 126 words. FBI MEMORIAL — A memorial service is set in New Orleans for FBI agents who have died in the line of duty. The FBI says Monday's service will be held at the New Orleans Museum of Art at City Park. SENT: 80 words. CHILDREN'S ADVOCATE — Former East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Judge Kathleen Stewart Richey has landed a position heading a statewide children's advocacy association. SENT: 109 words. MEMBER EXCHANGE EXCHANGE-FEMALE-OFFENDERS SOUTHAVEN — The road to a new life for Crystal Dye and her young son is a long, narrow one, lined with years of group sessions for her addiction, after-care and counseling for 3-year-old Evan, visits to state drug court and random drug screenings. By Henry Bailey, The Commercial Appeal. EXCHANGE-WATER QUALITY PROJECT DIAMONDHEAD — Over the past year, while many peers were shopping for formal dresses, Rutherford spent time collecting water samples from the Bay of St. Louis and Mississippi Sound as part of an expanding science project she started in sixth grade. By Justin Mitchell, The Sun Herald. EXCHANGE-LOUJISIANA TRIBES HOUMA — For local Indian tribes seeking federal recognition, congressional pushback is disappointing, but nothing new. U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is demanding the Obama administration hold off on new rules that could make it easier for Indian groups to win federal recognition as tribes. By Jacob Batte, The Courier. EXCHANGE-FARM TO TABLE LAFAYETTE — The growing farm-to-table movement seems like it would be a win-win for Louisiana. Farmers get to sell and spotlight their products on local restaurant menus. Chefs get to work with the freshest local ingredients. Customers get to support and learn more about local agriculture. But the movement hasn't given Louisiana farmers the financial backing they'd like. By Megan Wyatt, The Advertiser. GUAM HOSPITAL CHIEF HAGATNA, Guam —Theodore "Ted" Lewis said he's no stranger to managing struggling stateside hospitals. So when the chance came up to be the next chief executive officer for financially strapped Guam Memorial Hospital, he saw an opportunity that others might run away from. Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in the hospital industry including, senior leadership positions at Riverside Medical Center in Louisiana and Baton Rouge General Medical Center. By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, Pacific Daily News. SPORTS PLAYER ELIGIBLE CHALLENGE OLIVE BRANCH — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled a high school athlete can challenge a decision that barred him from playing football for Olive Branch High School. The ruling came Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the family of Ross Trail. The case now returns to DeSoto County Chancery Court. 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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Football and rugby are getting together to promote player safety.A youth clinic featuring the Heads Up Tackling program will be held on May 31as part of the final day of the Collegiate Rugby Championship.Former players and NFL executives will help educate coaches and young players on the value of safe tackling at the new Academy Fields located on the grounds of PPL Park in...
Youth football and rugby to get together
Associated Press | May 6, 2015PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Football and rugby are getting together to promote player safety. A youth clinic featuring the Heads Up Tackling program will be held on May 31as part of the final day of the Collegiate Rugby Championship. Former players and NFL executives will help educate coaches and young players on the value of safe tackling at the new Academy Fields located on the grounds of PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. All players and coaches are invited to stay for the day's final Rugby 7's championship match. NFL director of football development Matt Birk and former players Hollis Thomas and Ike Reese will participate. "I'm looking forward to learning more about rugby and its techniques, some of which I anticipate being useful and applicable to football," said Birk, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in the 2012 season. "We at the NFL are open to learning and interested in any relationships or discussions that can help make our game safer." Rhino Heads Up Tackling is a step-by-step protocol to safely teach the core principles of the skill, utilizing five fundamentals through a series of drills. The purpose is to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach them with a focus on reducing helmet contacts. It is a technique rugby long has used, significantly reducing head injuries and concussions in both 15's rugby and 7's, the game which will be part of the 2016 Olympics. "Both football and rugby have a common core of athleticism and teamwork," said tournament director Donal Walsh, but most importantly they need to be safe and fun for all involved. We think this clinic will have great value for anyone interested in either football or rugby, and will educate both on how to play correctly." The clinic will help conclude the two-day Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship festival, the largest gathering of collegiate and high school rugby teams in America. Twenty schools will be competing for the national title. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.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
Jamie Thomas wasn’t supposed to be a starting linebacker on the 1975 Oklahoma football team. But the fifth-year senior became the second-leading tackler on a national championship team. Thomas died on April 20 in Denver of pancreatic cancer. “I hated it,” said Thomas’ OU coach, Barry Switzer. “He was one of the good ones. He […]
1975 OU linebacker Jamie Thomas dies
Berry Tramel | Apr 29, 2015Jamie Thomas wasn't supposed to be a starting linebacker on the 1975 Oklahoma football team. But the fifth-year senior became the second-leading tackler on a national championship team. Thomas died on April 20 in Denver of pancreatic cancer. "I hated it," said Thomas' OU coach, Barry Switzer. "He was one of the good ones. He was one of my doctors. I had four or five guys become doctors out of that bunch. He was a good kid. Good player. Could run. Smart." Thomas was a 1971 Ada High School graduate who played sparingly at OU before 1975. In 1974, Thomas had 24 tackles as a backup to Rod Shoate (one of two three-time all-Americans at OU) and Gary Gibbs (who spent six years as the Sooner head coach). In 1975, Bill Dalke and Obie Moore were the projected starters at linebacker, but Thomas became the starter alongside Dalke and had 120 tackles, including eight for loss, as OU went 11-1 and won the national championship. Only Leroy Selmon had more tackles on that Sooner squad. Thomas graduated from OU with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and then from the Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Two years later, Thomas was admitted to Boston University, where he completed his master's degree in endodontics dentistry and joined the BU faculty and opened a practice. Thomas later relocated to California and also practiced and taught general dentistry in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. "He was a tried and true Ada Cougar and Oklahoma Sooner," said Blanchard dentist Dr. Tom Mayhue. "He also was a legendary counselor at Kanakuk Kamp in Branson, Mo. I worked with him there in the summers in the '70s before he and I left out for dental school. He was such a great guy and soooo much fun. I have a lot of great memories of that rascal."
Apr 25, 2015
New defensive backs coach is from Irving, Texas and coached at Notre Dame before taking Sooner job
OU football: Job in Norman gets Kerry Cooks close to home
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Apr 25, 2015NORMAN — Kerry Cooks didn’t seem to have much need to find a new job. He’d been at Notre Dame for five seasons, helping coach the Fighting Irish to the national title game after the 2012 season and bowl wins in each of the last two years. But when Bob Stoops needed to shake up his coaching staff and then-defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery started feeling out Cooks to see if he’d be interested, Cooks jumped at the chance to be the Sooners’ new defensive backs coach. The reason was more than 20 years coming. Cooks left his hometown of Irving, Texas after high school to play football at Iowa. What followed were coaching stops around the midwest — Kansas State, Western Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin before landing at Notre Dame in 2010. “I haven’t been home since I was 18,” Cooks said. “I’ve been very fortunate to coach at some tremendous places under some tremendous coaches. But one of the major moves for me was location. My mom’s getting older. I’ve got two girls. They see their grandparents twice a year right now. So that was one reason why.” But he wasn’t about to leave Notre Dame for just anywhere. “I’ve had other opportunities in the past and I’ve turned them down,” Cooks said. “The reason why I took the Oklahoma job is it has very similar history and tradition as the place I just came from. They’ve proven to be winners here. They’ve won championships here.” Cooks had known Montgomery since not long after he arrived at Iowa. “We’ve been very close,” Cooks said. “He reached out to me a few times and I guess was kind of gauging my interest really without me knowing because he didn’t give much insight.” Montgomery, though, left for a job with the Green Bay Packers not long after Cooks arrived. In Cooks’ first meeting with his players, the coach wrote “114” on a sheet of paper and put the number on the projector for them to see. “That’s what you guys finished in pass defense this past year,” Cooks told them. “We attacked that right off the get-go.” Cooks followed up that number with something that was much easier to digest for the players — video clip after video clip of the plays that helped contribute to that stat. A 68-yard touchdown from Clint Trickett to Kevin White in the win over West Virginia. A 39-yard scoring pass from Trevone Boykin in the loss to TCU — one of seven pass players of 20 or more yards for the Horned Frogs that day. A 62-yard touchdown by Glenn Gronkowski from Jake Waters in the loss to Kansas State. Plays of 48 and 41 yards from Bryce Petty to Corey Coleman in the loss to Baylor. A 43-yard touchdown by Brandon Sheperd from Mason Rudolph against Oklahoma State that helped set up Tyreek Hill’s heroics that forced overtime and led to another Sooners’ loss. Several more big passing plays by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, including a 65-yard scoring pass from Cole Stoudt to Artavis Scott. “I can’t even count how many it was,” Cooks said. “We sat down and watched the clips and talked about why those big plays happened. And then we started coaching those things throughout the spring.” Cooks’ approach has been quite a bit different from Mike Stoops’. Stoops teamed up with Bobby Jack Wright to coach the secondary last year but now coaches outside linebackers in addition to his defensive coordinator duties. “Coach Cooks is a quiet guy,” Jordan Thomas said. “He tells, but it’s when something big happens. All the little stuff, he’ll talk you through it. It’s a lot of constructive criticism.” Stoops has never been accused of being a “quiet guy” and though the players who have now been under both say Stoops’ coaching worked, they also said the fresh voice has helped. “I feel like it’s just a different tempo,” Dakota Austin said. “Coach Cooks brings a lot of energy. Just change gives a lot of people a lot of chances. … It’s a fresh start with Coach Cooks coming in with all the DBs. You just feel like you have a new start to get it going again.” It’s also been a rejuvenation for Cooks. Though he’s spent plenty of time recruiting and trying to build the Sooners’ secondary back to where it was early in Stoops’ tenure, he’s also had plenty of time to get back home. “We’ve been here for two months and my baby girl, Kenadee, who’s 5, has been home four times,” Cooks said. “That’s more than what she would go in a year from South Bend. So that answers that. My decision, at the end of the day, was the right decision just from that standpoint. “They love it. Family, at the end of the day, is all that matters. When you’re thousands of miles from those guys since I was 18, at some point you’ve got to come back home.”
The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately.Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most...
Timeline Ties Newspaper, Community
Jack "Miles" Ventimiglia, Associated Press | Apr 17, 2015The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately. Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most coming from the newspaper’s own pages. 1800s 1833: Martin Warren settled on land that would become Warrensburg. 1860, May 18: James D. Eads and J. Milton Bonham edited The Western Missourian, Warrensburg. The paper carried news and advertising, including about runaway slaves. 1861-1865: No one published a paper in the city during the war years. The county clerk, having lost an election to Marsh Foster, editor of the former Western Missourian, murdered Foster at the courthouse on Main Street in February 1861. 1865, April 17: The Journal opened under J.D. Eads. • July 20: Johnson County’s county records returned after being absent during the Civil War. • Sept. 20: “The first Pacific passenger train completed a trip across the state, leaving Kansas City at 3 a.m. and arriving at St. Louis at 5 p.m. on the same day.” 1867: (circa) Vigilantes who first put to death murderers then went after other people, with guards posted at The Journal office “as threats were made against that paper for counseling the vigilantes to disband.” • The newspaper reported the organization of the first teachers college in Warrensburg. 1868: The newspaper reported the organization of the first public schools in Warrensburg. 1870: George Graham Vest eulogized a dog, Drum, marking a milestone for animals. 1871: The Democrat newspaper opened in Johnson County. 1874, Oct. 4: Wallace Crossley is born. 1876, Oct. 27: The Journal and The Democrat merged as The Journal-Democrat. • David Nation, husband of Warrensburg’s nationally infamous bar basher, Carrie Nation, at one point served as a Journal-Democrat partner. 1878, Nov. 12: The Women’s Christian Temperance Union organized to address “drunkenness in our midst, notwithstanding that there are no licensed saloons,” but also expressed a belief that druggists in town sold alcohol and thus resolved to seek “suppression of the places of dubious character.” 1883, Nov. 22: Someone robbed the Hyatt and Boyle safe at Hazel Hill. • The Johnson County Star moved from Knob Noster to Warrensburg. 1886, Nov. 6: The newspaper advertised Superior cook stoves. 1892, Jan. 1: Downhome humor would spin within the pages of the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat: “Stranger: ‘You say the editor died with his boots on?’ Printer: ‘Yes, sir. You see, he knew the town so well he wouldn’t pull ’em off for fear they’d steal his socks.” 1894: Mrs. Joseph Carmack, who would become a long-term Star-Journal employee, set type by hand. 1895: The Missouri Press Association, including Warrensburg’s newspaper, met at Pertle Springs. 1896, April 18: The newspaper reported Cora Carter, a student at St. Cecelia College, Holden, visited her relatives in Warrensburg. 1897, June 7: Fire burned the Gordon House on South Normal Avenue, the paper reported. 1898: The editor/publisher of The Journal-Democrat, Maj. Henry Reed, started raising a company to serve in the Spanish-American War. 1899: Murray Reed served as the Journal-Democrat’s news staff. 1900s 1900, Nov. 18: The newspaper quipped: “The electric fan has long since ceased to put on airs.” 1901, Feb. 3: A man and wife argued about who should get up to make the fire and the man won by slapping his wife, who then took him to court where he received a $1 fine. 1902, June 29: The newspaper reported Col. H.P. Farris owned a cycle-auto. • Dec. 30: Wallace Crossley married Erma Cheatham. 1903: Wallace Crossley acquired The Star. 1905, June 15: James C. Kirkpatrick is born. • Crossley began his first term in the Missouri House. 1911: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri House. 1912: Negotiations to combine The Journal-Democrat and The Star got under way. • Crossley won election to the Missouri Senate. 1913: Crossley bought out his Star newspaper partner, W.C. Capp. 1914: Bill Tucker is born in Fulton, Mo. • Crossley’s newspaper started a half century-stay at 108-110 W. Culton St. 1915, April 17: The staff celebrated The Journal turning 50. • The newspaper reported that only the Dockery Gym survived a fire at the State Normal School, now the University of Central Missouri. 1916: Crossley became Missouri lieutenant governor. 1917: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri Senate and began serving as lieutenant governor. 1918, Feb. 6: Crossley combined the Journal-Democrat and The Star to create a single publication, The Star-Journal. 1921: Crossley became The Star-Journal’s sole owner. • Crossley finished his tenure as lieutenant governor. 1922: Crossley served as a member of the state’s constitutional convention. 1925: Mrs. Bert Thompson began writing what became a long-time Daily Star-Journal column, New Hope. 1926: The newspaper reported completion of the first concrete parts of U.S. 50 through the county. 1927, Sept. 20: In what may be the first “Backward Glances” printed in The Daily Star-Journal, the paper stated the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce planned to meet for lunch. “This is an important meeting and the committee hopes that at least 100 men will be present,” the newspaper reported. • Sept. 21: The college achieved a record enrollment of 900. • Kirkpatrick belonged to the first journalism class at Central Missouri State College. 1929: Tom Benton Hollyman moved to Warrensburg with his father, the Rev. John Hollyman, and family. • James C. Kirkpatrick, who previously worked for The Normal Student publication at the Normal School in Warrensburg, began working in November for The Daily Star Journal. He later became The Star-Journal news editor. 1930: The newspaper reported that Gas Service Co. had 100 customers in Warrensburg. 1931, Jan. 22: The newspaper began publishing “No Hard Feelings,” a serialized version of the story of World War I Medal of Honor recipient John L. Barkley, Holden. He became the most decorated American in World War I. The first column in the series states stuttering almost kept Barkley out of the war. • Feb. 6: The paper stated, “Born of high ideals and by able and efficient management, the paper has become indispensable to the reading and progressive families of Warrensburg and Johnson County.” 1932, June 7: The paper reported Warrensburg City Council would discuss having all electricians licensed. 1933: Crossley served as state relief administrator. 1934: Wallace Crossley finished his term as Missouri Press Association president. • Kirkpatrick interviewed Senate candidate Harry Truman at The Star-Journal. 1935: University of Missouri School of Journalism awarded general excellence to The Star-Journal. • “… Inside the door (to The Star-Journal) was the most bustle and urgency one could find in Warrensburg in 1935,” Tom Benton Hollyman wrote. A nationally recognized photographer, Hollyman early in his career “freelanced,” with the emphasis on “free,” for The Star-Journal. 1936, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported homes without water due to freezing temperatures. 1937, Feb. 17: The newspaper reported Warrensburg’s city marshal continued to investigate why fire claimed a 1927 Essex parked on Holden Street, on the wrong side, next to a fire hydrant. 1938, Nov. 9: The Star-Journal ran a national news story about Nazi violence against Jews, which became known as Kristallnacht; crowed at the success of the newspaper’s election night party; and reported doctors disagreed about the need for a Johnson County hospital. 1939, June: Hollyman took most of the photos for The Star-Journal’s modern publication, Photo News. In the 1939 section, Gov. Lloyd C. Stark remarked, “It is in keeping with the modern trend whereby newspapers keep their readers informed of current events not only through the medium of print, but by means of pictures.” • MU School of Journalism awarded Crossley a journalism medal of honor. 1940, April 15: The Star-Journal’s diamond jubilee, marking 75 years in business, came and went with nothing about the anniversary. The issue included information about the Rev. J.C. Hollyman, Warrensburg, being named a Presbyterian commissioner at a denominational meeting in Rochester, N.Y.; news snippets about fighting in Germany; and an advice column by Dale Carnegie, who as a younger man had attended UCM. • May 10: Robert Wadlow, 22, Alton, Ill., known as the Alton Giant for standing 8-11, visited Warrensburg. The newspaper reported he wore size 37 shoes. “Mr. Wadlow asked the tallest man in the crowd to get a silver dollar off Robert’s head. Donald Martin, a freshman at the college, surprised Mr. Wadlow and the crowd as well by standing on his tip-toes, and getting the silver dollar, which was presented to him by Robert Wadlow. Martin is 6 feet 8 inches tall and played on the basketball team at the college last year.” • June 17: The Daily Star-Journal’s 1939 Photo News, a publication devoted to community photos, took first place in the National Newspaper Contest. • July: Hollyman received recognition in print for his work on Photo News. He is described in personal terms: “fine, manly character, dependable, straightforward, enthusiastic, persistent…” The publication states further, “Tommy’s pictures have won numerous prizes for their quality and originality. Many have appeared in the rotogravure sections of metropolitan newspapers.” • Bill Tucker married Avis Green. • Kirkpatrick left The Daily Star-Journal to do publicity for a St. Louis brewery. 1941, Dec. 8: The Star-Journal’s banner headline roared “U.S. DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN.” 1942, Aug. 10: Nan Carnahan Cocke born. 1943: Wallace Crossley died. 1944, March 14: The newspaper reported that while stationed in the South Pacific, Cpl. Bert Brasington, a clarinetist and son-in-law of W.M. Foster, Warrensburg, won $50 and a case of beer, in a talent contest. • June 6: The newspaper announced, “ALLIES LAND IN NORMANDY,” making a same-day announcement of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Europe, marking the beginning of the Allied drive on Berlin. 1945, May 8: President Harry Truman declared victory in Europe, or V-E Day. • Aug. 6: Truman announced the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Japan. • Aug. 15: The newspaper, using a 3-inch tall news headline, likely the largest headline in the paper’s history, yelled ecstatically, “JAPS SURRENDER.” Warrensburg held a noisy celebration. • Nov. 18: The Star-Journal offered this observation: “Doing business used to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys but we can hardly tell the difference anymore.” 1946, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported the college would become the location for 10 temporary federal housing units. 1947: Bill and Avis Tucker bought and began to operate The Daily Star-Journal. 1948, Oct. 1: The State Historical Society of Columbia announced plans to microfilm newspapers, including The Star-Journal. The society today has microfilmed copies of the paper available for viewing. 1949, Jan. 17: The newspaper reported polio coin boxes would be in stores so people could donate to end the disease. Since then, the disease has been wiped out in this country, and thanks in large part to the work of Rotary International and individual clubs in Warrensburg, most of the world today is polio-free. 1950, Oct. 2: The newspaper carried news of fighting in Korea, including sniper fire in Seoul. 1951: The Tuckers went for a carriage ride across their Sunrise Farm. 1952: Bill Tucker’s boyhood dream came true when he could buy horses, the Missouri Press News, a news association publication, reported. 1953: KOKO radio started. 1954, July 7: The newspaper announced community plans to integrate public schools. • Sept. 23: The football field at the college became named for Vernon Kennedy. 1955, July 1: The Daily Star-Journal published an issue touting the city’s 100th anniversary. Contents including a story about Warrensburg as a railroad town, identifying then-Mayor A.G. Taubert as the Warrensburg Standard-Herald’s editor and part owner; and noting the Christian Church in Warrensburg also had turned 100 years old. 1956, March 13: Missouri Senate members considered crowding a problem at the Warrensburg college. 1957, Feb. 17: The paper reported Warrensburg leaders considered a city manager form of government. 1958: Kirkpatrick spoke to Central Missouri State University students about his journalism career. 1959: Kirkpatrick, then of the Windsor Review, served as the MPA president. 1960, Oct. 14: Future Daily Star-Journal reporter Bill Dedman is born in Chatanooga, Tenn. • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and lost to Warren Hearnes. • The Tuckers bought KOKO radio. 1961, April 17: The newspaper reported on the Bay of Pigs, which resulted in disaster for Cubans opposed to the Castro regime. 1962, Oct. 18: Keith Sproat joined the newspaper and would become the chief press operator. 1963, Nov. 22: The newspaper reported on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. 1964, July 14: The youngest full-time member on The Daily Star-Journal staff, Keith Sproat, worked on a Linotype machine. • July 15: Robert C. Jones wrote for The Daily Star-Journal about the new office at 115 E. Market St.: “The new building is an elegant, svelte-looking Colonial dame with four columns in front, a recessed walkway…” • September: Rea Wilson and Jean Smith, teenage girls who had won a contest and received Daily Star-Journal press credentials, interview The Beatles in Kansas City. The girls’ report includes: “From a picture of Paul’s father, it is evident that the elder McCartney has thinning hair. … ‘It ought to be, he’s 65!’ retorted Ringo. Scratching thick black hair, Paul smiled and said, ‘Well, if it thins, it thins.’” The interview predates the release of a 1967 Beatles’ hit, “When I’m Sixty-four,” written by Paul and starting, “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now. …” • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and, helped by Hearnes, the new governor, won. • A bank, wanting the space to build, demolished the old Star-Journal office, 108-110 W. Culton St. • Cocke graduated with a degree in math from Arkansas Polytechnic College in Russellville. • The Tuckers built a printing plant at 135 E. Market St. 1965, Dec. 7: The Tuckers printed The Daily Star-Journal’s 100th anniversary edition. A former employee, Mrs. Joseph Carmack, recalled having once set type by hand for about $4.50 per week; President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote to The Daily Star-Journal, “A tradition of responsible journalism is a cause for pride and I hope that the years to come will add continued success to the fine record of a century”; and the issue contained history about the paper and the community. • In contrast to comments about the wonders of train travel in 1865, the biggest news of the year as of Dec. 7, 1965, involved Gemini Four orbiting Earth 62 times for a total of 1.61 million miles in 98 hours. 1966: Bill Tucker died of a heart attack and Avis Tucker took over as publisher. 1967, June 7: The Six-Day War ended with victory for Israel, the newspaper reported. 1968, Jan 31: North Vietnam began the Tet offensive, an incursion into South Vietnam, which failed, ultimately, but showed U.S. vulnerability. 1969: Avis Tucker maintained control of KOKO radio after her husband’s death. 1970, Oct. 14: The newspaper reported that hope ran high among community leaders that this area would become home to ballistic missiles, and homecoming marked the start of the college centennial, “which is as significant to the town of Warrensburg as it is to the college.” 1971, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported work continued on North Park Shopping Center on Business 50 near Route 13. 1972, June 29: The U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional. 1973, Jan. 29: The newspaper reported the government rested in the Watergate case (which would end in the resignation in shame of President Nixon), and the last American killed in Vietnam before the peace declaration came from Michigan. 1974, April 21: The Warrensburg Heritage Collection, a set of six sketches by James Barkarth, went on sale to benefit the Johnson county Historical Society. 1975, Dec. 13: Continuing a long focus on community news, the newspaper reported on meetings by the Sunshine and Centennial clubs. 1976, July 2: The Daily Star-Journal published a bicentennial issue recognizing the nation’s 200th birthday. The cover asked why the town is called Warrensburg rather than Groversburg. • Dedman worked as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times. 1977, Oct. 25: The paper, long a friend to scouting, reported on the Boy Scout Troop 400 Court of Honor. 1978, April 9: Warrensburg junior high students took first-place honors at the college science fair. • Nov. 1: Cocke, after having worked for a typesetting business in Tennessee, and as a math teacher, joined The Daily Star-Journal staff. • Dedman graduated from Baylor University. 1979, Oct. 1: Kenneth L. Amos, a Central Missouri State University graduate, began work at The Daily Star-Journal. “I am looking forward to working with a professional staff in covering the news of the area,” he said. He replaced Bruce Reynolds. 1980, Dec. 22: The Daily Star-Journal suggested in an editorial that the Reagan transition team should engage in “a big dose of silence.” 1981, Feb. 25: The Daily Star-Journal suggested the Warrensburg City Council should control “rowdyism and the frequency of fisticuffs and brawls” in downtown bars. 1981, March 20: In a letter, Kirkpatrick suggested a Warrensburg street should be named for Crossley. • April 1: The paper stated, “We remain staunch in our support,” and noted, then as now, that a levy issue for improved facilities, including a track, failed twice before and a third time might be a charm. • April 14: An article in The Daily Star-Journal introduced Dedman, then 20, to the community, with him saying of his former part-time job at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “There you don’t get a chance to know everyone in the building like you do here,” adding this about reporting, “It’s just something I felt suited for. I like writing and I like the atmosphere.” • Sept. 12: The newspaper on Sept. 4, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, 1981, accidentally published with an 1881 date. A reader brought the error to the newspaper’s attention. • Nov. 3: The Daily Star-Journal endorsed Republicans and Democrats for national and statewide offices, including Ronald Reagan for president and Thomas Eagleton for U.S. Senate. • Nov. 18: “It is young people like Warrensburg’s David Pearce who stoke the fire of hope for a bright future in this community, the state and nation,” the newspaper wrote, and congratulated him on being named an FFA national vice president. Today, Pearce chairs the Missouri Senate Education Committee. • After less than a year on the job, Dedman quit and Cocke replaced him on the police beat. 1982, Feb. 17: Star-Journal reporter Jeff Murphy photographed country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, performing at the University of Central Missouri. • June 17: Boys State honored The Daily Star-Journal with a plaque for the newspaper’s support. • Aug. 11: The newspaper referred to the Hancock Amendment as a “smorgasbord of flaws.” • Oct. 18: The newspaper held an open house. “Seemingly, most popular with the crowd was watching our offset web press run.” • Dec. 23: Under the direction of Amos, The Daily Star-Journal printed the paper’s first color image. • Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female president. 1983, Dec. 30: The newspaper stated in the year-end issue, “We renew our pledge to do our best in fulfilling our obligation to serve you as individuals and the best interests of the community.” 1984, Jan. 31: Surveys showed “a groundswell of support” for removing the city’s parking meters. • March 19: The Star-Journal crowed “A salute to champions” when the Mules and Jennies basketball teams each won an NCAA Division II crown. “Never before have teams from the same school won both the men’s and women’s title in the same year.” • March: Amos left the newspaper. • March: Cocke replaced Amos as news editor. • Dec. 13: The paper marked the county’s sesquicentennial and included a quote from the man for whom the county is named, Kentucky Col. Richard M. Johnson: “Freedom of speech and the press, the rights of conscience, the responsibility of political agents to the people and the universal education – main pillars.” 1985, May 15: The Daily Star-Journal wrote, “Every letter to the editor received is given careful consideration. Unless it is in violation of one of our guidelines, it is printed.” • June 21: An editorial challenged the sense of creating the drink, New Coke, stating “all indications are there’s considerable rebellion out there.” • Oct. 28: On the World Champion Royals: “The heart and pride with which the Royals played was something to be reckoned with, perhaps underestimated by those even closest to the players.” • Kirkpatrick retired as secretary of state. 1986, July 14: Warrensburg marked the city sesquicentennial with an editorial explaining the city received the name in 1836, but did not incorporate until 1855, so that meant the city could celebrate one date in 1986 and another in 2005. 1987, Jan. 6: “Yesterday, 4th District Congressman Ike Skelton was a messenger with especially good news for this area. He made the first official announcement that Whiteman Air Force Base has been selected as the first base in the nation to receive the new stealth bomber.” • July 15: The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that made 21 the drinking age for all states. • Nov. 16: Johnson County United Way reached the fundraising goal of $100,600. • Dedman, after working at several papers, went to work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1988, June 2: “Never have we been more pleased about being told we were wrong than when a group of fifth-graders did it this week.” Twenty-five Martin Warren Elementary School students wrote to say they disagreed with an editorial stating children put a low priority on reading. 1989, March 14: The newspaper reported Warrensburg advanced a plan to annex property north of Highway 50, which became the site of Wal-Mart. • April 12: “Foremost is the need for understanding by parents and some coaches that a newspaper of our size is unable to indulge in the luxury of maintaining a sports staff. Instead, one man serves the complex role…” • July 24: The Star-Journal opined that plans by TV networks to use actors to recreate news events represented bad journalism. • July 28: The Star-Journal recognized Civil War warrior Francis Cockrell, a lawyer in the Drum dog case and a U.S. Senate member, as deserving of Francis Marion Cockrell Day. • Dedman, while working at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He exposed racial discrimination practiced by Atlanta’s leading financial institutions. 1990, March 1: The Kansas City Times folded. • March 7: The Star-Journal participated in Newspapers In Education, a project that continues to this day, which involves newspaper-based student learning. • April 24: “Rumor, gossip, half-truths and misinformed individuals who think they are ‘in the know,’ but don’t know that they don’t know, are not the stuff that responsible newspapers use in publishing news.” 1991, March 25: “Surprising (is) the number of letters we receive that merely vent personal vendettas. They make charges of a vindictive nature. That sort of letter is material for the round file.” • April 26: “While some members of public boards may not fully understand what can and cannot be discussed behind closed doors, there are those who, at times, attempt to hide some specific action under the guise of executive privilege. That poses dangers in a free society. … Some elected officials who lack conscientiousness would ransack the public store.” • Nov. 8: The Daily Star-Journal backed putting labels on food so that Americans could consider healthier diets. 1992: Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female Hall of Famer. 1993, Aug. 12: “Racism is an issue that must be addressed until the goal of eliminating radicalism and making consistent progress toward equality and a greater commitment to collective and individual responsibility is reached.” 1994, May 3: The Johnson County Courthouse on North Main Street and the Garden of Eden gas station, built around 1928, north of town, joined the National Register of Historic places. • May 30: Gov. Mel Carnahan signed a bill to make Warrensburg the site of a Missouri Veterans Home. • Dec. 13: Work began to revitalize downtown Warrensburg. 1995, Feb. 10: After running an unpopular editorial cartoon involving the Enola Gay, which dropped an atomic bomb on Japan, the newspaper wrote that cartoons do not necessarily reflect the editor’s opinion and, “Distasteful as it sometimes is, freedom of expression must be enforced. And we defend it.” • June 20: Recognizing Kirkpatrick’s 90th birthday, the paper wrote, “A warm outgoing person throughout his life, he has built a huge network of admiring friends in Missouri and outside state borders.” • Oct. 2: The newspaper referred to the O.J. Simpson trial as a “courtroom circus.” • Nov. 20: In a case of “then as now,” due to a budget crisis in Washington, the newspaper observed, “Polls, political commentators and the general public have been derisive of the silly antics played out by the politicians in Washington. And rightly so.” 1996, June 5: Ground broke on the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay St. • July 12: A copper time capsule, which took six hours to chisel free from the granite cornerstone and open at the Old Johnson County Courthouse, contained 10 different newspapers published in the county in 1896. “It is noteworthy that all four of the county newspapers now published were in existence when the courthouse was built 100 years ago.” • Aug. 15: The 100-year-old time capsule, from Aug. 24, 1896, included information from The Johnson County Star and the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat, both forerunners of the Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 25: Kirkpatrick spoke at the groundbreaking for the James Kirkpatrick Library at the University of Central Missouri. The Star-Journal headlined an editorial, “A singular honor richly deserved.” 1996: The National Local Media Association named Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia Journalist of the Year. 1997, Jan. 30: The newspaper noted the price of attending college is getting harder to pay. • July 14: A settlement between the government and tobacco companies meant an icon of tobacco marketing, Joe Camel, is dead. • Dec. 26: Kirkpatrick died. In addition to the UCM library, The James Kirkpatrick State Information Center in Jefferson City is named in his honor. 1998, Jan. 8: The newspaper bemoaned that children no longer played with corn husk dolls, and hoops with a stick to make them roll – such toys replaced by “dinosaurs with laser beams and missiles.” • March 10: Voicing a continuing complaint, the newspaper wrote, “Government entities are spending taxpayers’ money and making decisions on how they will spend it. This is the public’s business. Therefore, it must be conducted in the open.” • May 26: In a case of “when will it end,” the newspaper wrote, “In the latest episode, at a high school in Springfield, Ore., a 15-year-old boy with three guns devastatingly sprayed bullets into a crowd of students in the cafeteria.” The boy, Kipland P. Kinkel, a freshman at Thurston High School, killed one student and wounded 23 others at the school, and killed his parents at home. • Sept. 17: Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died and is remembered “as one who sincerely repented his racist views and tried to make amends.” • Dec. 23: Guests gave opinions about the call to impeach President Bill “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” Clinton following his dalliance with Monica Lewisky. 1999, April 21: The paper reported on the murdered students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 2000 2000, Dec. 13: The newspaper reported presidential contender Al Gore conceded the presidential race. The Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling making George Bush president; some still maintain Gore won. 2001, Sept. 11: The Daily Star-Journal reported heightened area security after terrorist attacks on East Coast sites, including the World Trade Center. 2002, Nov. 5: David Pearce won a Missouri House seat, capping a good night for Republicans, who also captured Congress. 2003, April 9: Baghdad fell, with dancing, cheering and looting. 2004, Sept. 16: Oil neared $50 per barrel. 2005, Sept. 1: After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, bringing death and criticism for a slow government response, Johnson Countains responded with aid. 2006: Dedman joined NBC News. 2007, March 29: Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia won the 2006 National Local Media Association Editor of the Year award.. • The News Press Gazette Co. bought The Daily Star-Journal from Avis Tucker. Longtime newspaperman and Missouri Press Hall of Fame member Bill James became The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. 2008, April: Ventimiglia, whose work as editor resulted in his news staffs winning the Southern Illinois Editorial Association’s General Excellence award, four Missouri Gold Cups and the Kansas Press Association’s Sweepstakes award – became The Daily Star-Journal’s editor. He holds an M.A. from the University of Central Missouri. 2009: Hollyman died.2010, June 5: The Kansas City Press Club named The Daily Star-Journal Newspaper of the Year. • June 16: Cocke died. • August: The National Newspaper Association awarded first place for a news photo to The Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 15: Keith Sproat retired as press man. • Dec. 17: Avis Tucker, 95, died. 2011, Feb. 2: The Great Blizzard of 2011 shut down the city, the post office and the newspaper. • May 2: For the only time known in the newspaper’s history, The Daily Star-Journal threw out an entire press run to cover President Obama’s announcement that Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden. • Sept. 9: The Daily Star-Journal captured the Missouri Press Association’s Gold Medal Newspaper award in the small daily circulation class. 2012, Feb. 18: Fire forced the evacuation and relocation of more than 65 Johnson County Care Center residents in downtown Warrensburg to The Daily Star-Journal; from there they went to nursing homes. No one suffered injuries. • Sept. 22: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Nov. 8: Inland Press Association, representing newspapers nationally, awarded Ventimiglia the Editorial Excellence Sweepstakes Award for best editorial writing among newspaper of all circulation classes. 2013, July 24: The Star-Journal for the first time presented live, streaming video to the public while covering President Obama’s visit to the University of Central Missouri. • August: The Missouri Press Association named the William E. James Outstanding Young Journalists of the Year Awards for William E. James, The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. • Sept. 7: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Sept. 29: Bill Dedman coauthored the New York Times best seller, “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugeutte Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.” • November: James, 65, the newspaper’s publisher, died after battling lung cancer. A Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame member, James marked a lifetime of service. 2014, Sept. 27: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • After replacing James, Brad Slater served a year as publisher before taking a new job and being replaced by Joe Warren. • Dedman joined Newsday, a Long Island paper, as a senior reporter. 2015, Feb. 13: The Daily Star-Journal won the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors General Excellence award for small newspapers, continuing the award-winning tradition begun by Wallace Crossley. ——— ©2015 The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) 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Oklahoma State football: Former Cowboy receiver Josh Stewart thankful for second chance in NFL following season-ending injuryApr 14, 2015
Stewart, who tore his Achilles shortly after signing a free-agent rookie deal with the Tennessee Titans, says he’ll report back to the team next week.
Oklahoma State football: Former Cowboy receiver Josh Stewart thankful for second chance in NFL following season-ending injury
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Apr 14, 2015Josh Stewart heard the pop and thought it was all over. His rookie season. His career with the Tennessee Titans. Just maybe, his NFL dreams altogether. “I usually don’t cry a lot,” Stewart said, “but I broke down in tears.” The former star Oklahoma State receiver tore his right Achilles tendon during a walk-through practice on the third day of organized team activities with the Tennessee Titans last summer. Stewart left Stillwater with a year of eligibility left for an opportunity at the next level and to secure the financial future of his then 1-year-old son, Kayson. But Stewart was forced to sign a free-agent deal with the Titans after going unselected in the 2014 NFL Draft. And now, his first season was done before it ever really began. “Being an undrafted guy who got hurt, I heard how the league is just ruthless — like they don’t care, it’s a business,” Stewart said. “So at that point, I thought I didn’t do enough.” Ten months later, it was easy to sense the relief in Stewart’s voice during a phone interview. After a rigorous rehabilitation process paired with months of strength and conditioning work, he’s ready for an NFL comeback. But that’s not even the best news. The Titans want Stewart back. “Coach (Ken) Whisenhunt, when I got hurt, told me I was doing what they needed to see, to not worry about it and that they would take care of me when I needed another shot next year,” Stewart said. “And as of now, they’re sticking to what they said. I got the email and will be at our first meeting on Monday (April 20).” Stewart — who finished his OSU career sixth all-time with 2,204 receiving yards and fourth all-time with 180 career receptions — also took some time to discuss his decision to leave early, the NFL Draft and more. Q. Give us an update about where you’re living and where you’re at in recovery? A: “I’m at the point now where I’m back at home in Denton, Texas. I’ve been training the last two months with my old high school strength coach that I worked with throughout my high school career. We linked back up and he’s training me, getting my Achilles stronger, running routes, doing everything I can to be as confident as I can be before I get back to Tennessee … Right now, I would say I’m at 85 percent.” How did your OSU teammates and coaches react when you decided to pass on your senior year for the NFL? “I think it was a mixture between being excited for me, seeing me grow and wishing I stayed another year. I had a lot of mixed feelings toward it, but at the end of the day it came down to what I wanted to do. Because all those coaches and all those players, they make decisions for their life, too. That was just one I made for myself. But I know they’re happy for me.” What was your reaction when you were not selected in the NFL Draft? “Definitely, I was hoping I got selected. I would be a liar if I said I was OK with being an undrafted guy. But my agent was pretty good. He was straight up with me that I would be anywhere from the fifth to seventh round. And if not that, we knew for sure I would get the opportunity for a deal after the draft. Sure enough, I had multiple calls. Almost every team called me. Believe it or not, I actually said I was going to San Diego. But my agent actually told me, ‘No.’ He’s been in the business a long, long time and he obviously heard something that made him say, ‘Hey, Tennessee is your best opportunity.’” Do you have any regrets about the decision to leave early? “I do feel like it was the best choice for me, because all I wanted to do was get an opportunity. This whole year, I don’t have any regrets. Obviously, I miss the guys and being around the coaching staff. But I felt I was ready for the business world, whether it was football or a different job. Everything I wanted to happen, happened, minus the injury. But the Titans took care of me and I was able to provide for my family this year.” How much did having a young son influence your decision to leave early? “Big time. There’s been nothing like this whole year. If my son wanted this toy or to go to Thomas the Train events, there’s nothing better than being able to say, ‘Let’s do it.’ And I’m not necessarily saying it’s all about the money, but this opportunity has definitely been a blessing.” Were you able to watch the OSU football team very much last season? “I definitely watched a little bit. No doubt, it was cool to see all the guys I worked out with play. I wished they would have had a better season, but it was just a cool experience. I actually grew pretty close with (former OSU cornerback) Tyler Patmon, because he would give me a lot of Dallas Cowboys tickets. So it was cool to see the outside, the fans of football. It really made me appreciate it more.” Have you stayed in touch with your former high school teammate J.W. Walsh? “I talked to him a lot actually. Then he got hurt, so we could kind of relate on different levels. We kept each other positive because we know we’ve got years to play left. I actually just called him.” What does having another shot to make the Titans roster mean to you? “It’s literally overwhelming for me. Just overwhelmed with blessings. It’s definitely something I look at and just get big smiles about. Because not everybody gets to have this opportunity. Not everybody gets an injury like I did, undrafted, and gets a team to hold onto them. They could have easily just said, ‘Hey, we’re going to pay you off and take care of your rehab, and find another team.’ But they didn’t. To have another opportunity, it pumps me up. I know I’m going to go back there and kill it.”
The award ballots are due Thursday, the day after Wednesday’s close of the regular season. Like the standings, plenty remains to be decided.So, for now, one man’s view at the moment, very much subject to change, of the NBA’s postseason awards.———Most Valuable Player (weighted ballot on 10-7-5-3-1 basis requires five names): 1. Stephen Curry, 2. James Harden, 3. Chris Paul, 4. LeBron James. 5....
Ira Winderman: Curry spices NBA award possibilities
By Ira Winderman, Associated Press | Apr 12, 2015The award ballots are due Thursday, the day after Wednesday’s close of the regular season. Like the standings, plenty remains to be decided. So, for now, one man’s view at the moment, very much subject to change, of the NBA’s postseason awards. ——— Most Valuable Player (weighted ballot on 10-7-5-3-1 basis requires five names): 1. Stephen Curry, 2. James Harden, 3. Chris Paul, 4. LeBron James. 5. Anthony Davis. Thoughts: The best player on the best team is never a bad way to go, especially when that best team put together a season like the Warriors’ season. Yes, Curry had more in support than Harden, but he still stood as the definitive face of the Warriors. All of that said, LeBron James remains the best player in the game, but he also played in the Eastern Conference, where value is relative. ——— Defensive Player of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Draymond Green 2. Kawhi Leonard, 3. Rudy Gobert. Thoughts: The Warriors played defense this season, really good defense. Andrew Bogut was a big part, but Green was the face of the defensive consistency. Given a few more weeks at his currently ridiculous defensive pace, Leonard likely would have been the choice. And Gobert was Whiteside-like in the middle, just more consistent. ——— Coach of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Steve Kerr, 2. Mike Budenholzer, 3. Jason Kidd. Thoughts: A truly loaded field, with Kerr the pick by the slightest of margins over Budenholzer, with both accomplishing the same wonderful objective: getting their teams to play like a team. Any other year, Kidd might rank higher for merely keeping the Bucks afloat, no matter where the Bucks finish. ——— Sixth Man Award (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Mo Speights, 2. Isaiah Thomas, 3. Lou Williams. Thoughts: Another case of when it doubt, return to the Warriors. By the slightest of margins. Thomas has been exactly what a sixth-man should be, a fuse that sizzles and often leads to an explosion. Williams has experienced a revival in Toronto. ——— Most Improved Player (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Jimmy Butler, 2. Draymond Green, 3. Hassan Whiteside. Thoughts: Amid the constant uncertainty with Derrick Rose, Butler continued to rise as arguably the Bulls’ most essential player, a two-way force. Green similarly went from role player to invaluable amid the Warriors’ ascent. And coming back from nowhere deserves notice for Whiteside. ——— Rookie of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Andrew Wiggins, 2. Nikola Mirotic, 3. Elfrid Payton. Thoughts: This is among the toughest calls, because Mirotic’s contributions came in minutes that mattered. But do you penalize Wiggins because he was traded to the Timberwolves from the Cavaliers (where he might have offered more than Kevin Love)? Payton proved to be a difference maker, with an impressive motor. As for Nerlens Noel, the stats just seem empty, like the 76ers’ season. ——— All-NBA teams (three teams, position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: C: DeMarcus Cousins, F: LeBron James, F: Anthony Davis, G: Stephen Curry, G: James Harden. Second team: C: Marc Gasol, F: Blake Griffin, F: LaMarcus Aldridge, G: Chris Paul, G: Russell Westbrook. Third team: C: Tim Duncan, F: Kawhi Leonard, F: Pau Gasol, G: Damian Lillard, G: Klay Thompson. Thoughts: Hate the fact that this not only is position-specific, but that it’s not even like the All-Star ballot, with three front-court players, but rather comes with a specific position designation at center. ——— All-Defensive teams (two teams, position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: C: Andrew Bogut, F: Kawhi Leonard, F: Draymond Green, G: Tony Allen, G: Trevor Ariza. Second team: C: Rudy Gobert, F: Tim Duncan, F: Anthony Davis, G: Patrick Beverley, G: John Wall. Thoughts: As the game moves to the perimeter, never have wing defenders been more important. This was an impressive class this season. As with so many of these awards, just difficult to find a place for any Hawks. ——— All-Rookie teams (two teams, not position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Elfrid Payton, Nerlens Noel, Marcus Smart. Second team: Jordan Clarkson, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach LaVine, Langston Galloway. Bojan Bogdanovic. Thoughts: What a middling rookie class. The injuries to Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle made it difficult to come up with 10 names. ——— IN THE LANE PLAYERS CHOICE: All of that said when it comes to awards, there is no issue here about the union having their own “Players Choice” awards. In fact, the players could trump the NBA by including the postseason in their balloting, something that is not the case with the official NBA awards, where ballots are void if not received by Thursday. In a league where the postseason lasts as long as a third of the regular season, why not count the most significant portion? Yes, not everyone makes the postseason, but so many of the awards are based on team success, such as those championing Mirotic over Wiggins for Rookie of the Year, so why not factor in ultimate success (or, quite possibly for awards like Coach of the Year, when falling short should matter, ultimate failure)? The NBA points to its Finals MVP award as its postseason honor, but that factors in only one round and two teams. The NBA’s official awards would be so much more relevant if every game, regular season and postseason, counted, with an offseason televised ceremony to announce them, as the NHL does. IRONY: League executives, not the media, vote for Executive of the Year, but the irony is that a case could be made for Danny Ferry, the in-limbo Atlanta Hawks general manager, who built the roster and made the coaching hire that produced the surprise story of the league this season. David Griffin probably will be the winner for the moves he made with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ferry has been on a leave of absence since his racially questionable comments about Luol Deng became public during the offseason regarding his free-agency recruitment of the now-Heat forward. HALL OF SHAME?: First, congratulations to the newest members of the Basketball Hall of Fame announced during the Final Four. Second, it is time for the NBA to have its own Hall of Fame. Like the NFL does with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sarunas Marciulionis in but Tim Hardaway still waiting? There is a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. There is a FIBA Hall of Fame for international basketball in Alcobendas, Spain. There is a College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. And there are, of course, various state high school halls of fames throughout the country. But the NBA, with its propping up of the Basketball Hall in Springfield, has no such stand-alone facility. So there is a separate path for those from the international game, for those from the women’s game, for those from the college game, but domestic NBA players basically fall into the toughest of entry brackets, left with only a single Hall option. NUMBER 22. Years since both Florida NBA teams missed the playoffs in the same season, with the Magic and Heat both failing to advance in 1992-93, an outcome that could be repeated this season, with Orlando already out. ——— ©2015 Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Visit the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at www.sun-sentinel.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,t000040506,t000045865,t000045869,t000045810,t000045804,t000045812,g000065577,g000362661,g000066164
Apr 12, 2015
Oklahoma’s top three safeties — juniors Ahmad Thomas, Hatari Byrd and sophomore Steven Parker — have all made progress this spring and played well in Saturday’s Red-White Game. But after that, the Sooners are currently pretty thin at those positions. The second-team defense Saturday mostly featured walk-on safeties, meaning incoming freshmen Will Sunderland (Midwest City), Kahlil Haughton...
Oklahoma football notebook: Incoming safeties could see early action
By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Apr 12, 2015Oklahoma’s top three safeties — juniors Ahmad Thomas, Hatari Byrd and sophomore Steven Parker — have all made progress this spring and played well in Saturday’s Red-White Game. But after that, the Sooners are currently pretty thin at those positions. The second-team defense Saturday mostly featured walk-on safeties, meaning incoming freshmen Will Sunderland (Midwest City), Kahlil Haughton (Waco, Texas) and Prentice McKinney (Dallas) will all have the opportunity to compete for early playing time. “The guys that are here in the spring, they want that opportunity and … they’re not going to let go of it,” said junior cornerback Zack Sanchez. “The freshmen coming in, they've got to have the mindset that it's going to be a competition and they're not going to be handed anything. “The guys that are here, they want it just as bad as the freshmen coming in. It's going to be exciting to have that many guys competing.” All three incoming safeties were four-star prospects. KENDALL INVITED TO FIVE-STAR CHALLENGE Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall punched his ticket to this summer’s prestigious Rivals Five-Star Challenge with an excellent performance at Sunday’s Rivals regional camp in Charlotte, N.C. The Five-Star Challenge — billed as “the premier high school football camp in America” — will be held June 5-7 in Baltimore. Kendall, currently a four-star prospect, according to every major recruiting service, committed to the Sooners last week. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson is ranked as the No. 27 player nationally across all positions by Rivals. Kendall committed to Tennessee last August, but withdrew that commitment in March. The Sooners’ interest in Kendall increased after the hiring of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley in January. Oklahoma did not sign a quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. It was the first quarterback-less recruiting class for the Sooners since 2005. QUOTABLE Junior Baker Mayfield, on the quarterback battle: “I wouldn’t be surprised if it carried on all the way through camp. We have to be prepared for that. It won’t be over by the end of spring — or it seems that way — and I’m fine with that. I know the other guys are fine with that. We’ve just gotta battle throughout the summer and hang in there. It’s gonna be work anyway. We might as well have fun with that.” BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER
Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Daniel Brooks turns in another dominant spring game performanceApr 11, 2015
Daniel Brooks carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards Saturday, leading OU in rushing for the second straight spring game. Last year, he rushed for 67 yards on eight carries.
Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Daniel Brooks turns in another dominant spring game performance
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Apr 11, 2015Oklahoma junior running back Daniel Brooks only has six career carries — all of which came last season — but in spring games, he’s been dominant. Brooks carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards Saturday, leading OU in rushing for the second straight spring game. Last year, he rushed for 67 yards on eight carries. Brooks’ opportunities came with several other running backs either not playing or playing very little. Sophomore Samaje Perine, who led the Big 12 Conference in rushing last season, wore a special red jersey with blue numbers, signaling to opponents that he’s not to be tackled. Redshirt freshman Joe Mixon didn’t play as part of his suspension for an off-campus incident last summer, and junior Keith Ford is suspended indefinitely for academic and team rules reasons. MIKE STOOPS COACHES FROM BOX In his eight total years — over two stints — as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator, Mike Stoops has always coached from the sideline. That looks like it will change for the 2015 season, as Stoops called defensive plays from the press box during Saturday’s spring game. Stoops’ erratic sideline demeanor had become a spectacle — and, to some OU fans, an embarrassing one — over the last year, most notably when he and former Sooner cornerback Julian Wilson got into a screaming match in the third quarter of last year’s Baylor loss. The Sooners have also struggled with defensive substitutions, especially against up-tempo Big 12 offenses. OU was caught with 12 defenders on the field multiple times last year, resulting in either costly penalties or timeouts. “I can see more of the field being up in the press box,” Stoops said. “Being able to see the alignments, not just the position I coach, but all 11 players is key. You get a much greater sense of anticipating what’s going to happen before it happens. “Formation recognition is such a big deal for coaches, and I just have to make sure we have the best eleven guys out there at all times.” SHEPARD ALSO LIMITED Like Perine, senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard didn’t play much either Saturday and was protected from tackling. Shepard wore a yellow jersey to keep defenders from tackling him. The former Heritage Hall standout has caught 147 career passes for 2,194 yards and 15 touchdowns. Last season, he was the team’s leading receiver despite missing most of the final six games of the season with a lingering groin injury. Shepard finished Saturday’s spring game with only one reception for minus-5 yards. HODGSON GOES LONG Senior kicker Nick Hodgson has yet to score a point for the Sooners but has plenty of game experience. Hodgson has handled kickoffs for Oklahoma for the last two years full-time and has 148 overall kickoffs the last three seasons with 97 ending in touchbacks. With Michael Hunnicutt departed and incoming kicker Austin Seibert yet to arrive, Hodgson handled the kicking duties Saturday and came up with one of the biggest plays of the first half in the process. Hodgson nailed a 47-yard field goal to end the half. “Nick’s really good,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. “We probably kick eight or 10 live for 12 practices and he’s missed three the whole spring. “We’ve had some windy — some pretty tough — days too, so I’m elated with what he’s doing.” Hodgson attempted a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter. The low kick had the distance but went just wide. Earlier in the game, he hit a 20-yard field goal. THOMAS FOCUSED After starting the final three games of the regular season at quarterback last season, Cody Thomas made the decision to quit baseball and focus solely on football this spring. “It was really hard to give up baseball,” Thomas said. “It’s a sport that I love but I’m definitely confident that it was the right decision, and I’m glad that I’m full-time football right now and committing myself more than I ever have, and I definitely have seen that it’s made a lot more strides for myself.” The grind of going back and forth wore Thomas down a bit at times last spring. “I’d be in between throwing the football and throwing the baseball which would jack me up a little bit with my throwing motion and all that stuff, but I’ve been really able to harp on my footwork, my release point and stuff like that that I really wouldn’t be able to if I would’ve been playing both sports.” KELLY VISITS SOONERS Five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly visited Norman for Saturday’s spring game, landing in Oklahoma only a few hours after announcing OU in his top 10. The Fresno, Calif., native, who plays at Clovis West High School, tweeted that OU was joined in his top 10 by Cal, Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, UCLA, Florida State, Oregon, Michigan and LSU, while stressing that those schools were listed in no particular order. Rivals ranks Kelly as the 12th best player in the nation for the recruiting class of 2016, and he’s the top-ranked player in the state of California. Other recruits there included Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Calvin Bundage, four-star outside linebacker Marvin Terry (Dallas South Oak Cliff), and Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis, who doesn’t have an OU offer as of Saturday but has offers from Nebraska, Ohio and Tulsa. SANCHEZ PICKS UP MEDIA AWARD Junior cornerback Zack Sanchez received the inaugural J.D. Runnels OU Media Cooperation Award after the spring game Saturday. Sanchez, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, rarely misses media sessions throughout the season and spring practices, and is always thoughtful, respectful and honest, even in the face of sometimes tough questioning. A group of 14 writers who regularly cover the team voted for the award Dec. 31, with Sanchez receiving six first-place votes. The award is named for Runnels, a former OU fullback who always was — and remains — very cooperative and friendly with the media. Runnels attended the spring game Saturday and was on hand in the post game when Sanchez received his plaque.
Apr 10, 2015
There was a time not long ago when these sorts of opportunities weren’t so rare. Two-a-days and all preseason scrimmages were open to the public until around the 2006 season, and since then, coach Bob Stoops has slowly closed off access to his program.
Oklahoma football: Students, media get a sneak peek at Sooners
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 10, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma opened a portion of Friday’s football practice to students and media members, a recent trend where Sooners coach Bob Stoops has reversed — ever so slightly — his policy with regard to openness to the public. “They don’t have to do this,” said 21-year-old student Roger Dyrda. “They could say, ‘Oh, no, we want to be exclusive.’ If we got more, I’d definitely come out to more opportunities, but I’m definitely cool with what we have.” There was a time not long ago when these sorts of opportunities weren’t so rare. Two-a-days and all preseason scrimmages were open to the public until around the 2006 season, and since then, Stoops has slowly closed off access to his program. The annual Red-White spring game is Saturday, providing most fans their only opportunity to see the Sooners in action before the 2015 season opener Sept. 5 against Akron. In a day and age of cell phones and paranoia from college football coaches around the country about espionage, what are the costs and benefits of such secrecy? Up-and-coming programs Baylor and TCU — which shared last year’s Big 12 championship — and Texas A&M have hosted “Friday Night Lights” scrimmages for fans in addition to their annual spring games. Those scrimmages have played well with recruits because of the electric atmospheres, but Stoops said he doesn’t plan to add anything like that in the near future. “I don’t think that has anything to do with recruiting,” Stoops said. “If I could open practice to everybody and they could recruit for us, I’d open it in a minute. From what I understand, they’re not allowed to have any contact with anybody that’s here. “So if they change that rule, I’ll open it up to everybody and they can help us come recruit.” Former OU fullback J.D. Runnels fondly remembers fans watching practices and scrimmages during his career from 2002 through 2005. Bleachers would be set up for fans to watch two-a-days, and thousands of fans showed up to see preseason scrimmages on Owen Field. “It’s totally different with the fans around,” Runnels said. “It ups the intensity. It gives you a chance to show out in front of people who normally wouldn’t be there. It’s a ton of fun.” Fan interest in the Sooners remains so high that Saturday’s spring game will once again be televised, making it unlikely Stoops and his coaching staff will show much. Two years ago, with Trevor Knight, Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson battling for the starting quarterback job, the Sooners ran an extremely limited offensive playbook and played loud music on the field, making it virtually impossible to hear anything that was happening on the field. Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen are all vying for the quarterback job this year, so fans hoping to see much of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s system might be disappointed. Runnels, who now works with high school athletes hoping to be recruited at his Choctaw gym, said he thinks OU is going to have to begin opening things back up, at least a little bit. “Everybody wants to be around and do those types of things, and if you don’t, it could possibly hurt your program,” he said. “You’re gonna have to get the fans involved. We have stadium renovations coming. You’ve gotta put butts in the seats, and you’ve gotta have people who want to be involved.”
The open part of practice is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The first 500 students who arrive will receive a free hot dog and water, with all remaining hot dogs and waters available for 50 cents each.
Oklahoma football notebook: Friday's practice open for students
By Jason Kersey | Apr 9, 2015Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will open the team portion of Friday’s practice to OU students with a current ID. The open part of practice is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. This is the third time in the last year Stoops has done this, beginning the week of last year’s spring game. The Sooners also invited students to part of one practice during the preseason last fall. The first 500 students who arrive will receive a free hot dog and water, with all remaining hot dogs and waters available for 50 cents each. Students will be invited onto the field to meet the players after practice ends. KNIGHT: COMPETING FOR JOB ‘A PRIVILEGE’ Trevor Knight is the most experienced quarterback — by far — on the Oklahoma football roster. He was the 2014 Sugar Bowl’s Most Valuable Player. But as the Sooners near the end of spring practices, Knight is still competing with Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen for the starting job. After inconsistent play last season, capped by a dreadful performance against Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Knight is fighting to hold onto the job that was solidly his only a year ago. “Honestly, it’s a privilege to be able to compete,” Knight said. “To be alongside Baker and Cody and Justice, it’s an honor. It’s an honor to come and wear these colors.” Asked if he feels like he needs to perform well in Saturday’s spring game, Knight said he isn’t worried about impressing anyone on the outside. “I don’t necessarily owe anybody anything,” Knight said. “I owe myself the fact that I should go out there and play as hard as I can and have fun with it. Hopefully, that shows up.” PERINE, SHEPARD WON’T PLAY MUCH Stoops said this week that he isn’t sure how he will handle his running back situation in Saturday’s spring game. Joe Mixon won’t play as part of his suspension for punching a female student in the face before last season, and junior Keith Ford is suspended indefinitely. “I’ll be honest, I’m not real keen on seeing Samaje (Perine) run a whole bunch,” Stoops said. Perine led the Big 12 Conference with 1,713 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns last season as a true freshman. Stoops also said he didn’t expect senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard to play much, either. Shepard missed most of the second half of last season with a groin injury, but still led the team with 51 catches and 970 receiving yards. CANADA-TO-OU PIPELINE GETTING STRONGER Josiah St. John hosted defensive tackle recruit Neville Gallimore on Gallimore’s official visit last season, and St. John noticed something strange happening. “I felt that Canadian connection,” St. John said. “We were hanging out and talking, and the accent came back out. I started talking like I used to talk before.” St. John, a Toronto native and offensive tackle, became the first Canadian-born player to see game action for Oklahoma last season. Gallimore, a four-star prospect, signed with OU two months ago out of Canada Prep Football Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario. The school plays a schedule of top high school football teams from the United States. “I have a lot of people reaching out to me saying they’re excited about the Canadian pipeline that’s starting here, so more Canadians want to come here,” St. John said. “I feel like as of right now, any top Canadian prospect would love to come to Oklahoma just because of the Canadian players who are coming here.” St. John, a senior, is currently atop the OU depth chart at left tackle. He signed with the Sooners out of Trinity Valley Community College in Texas in the recruiting class of 2013 and redshirted his first season in Norman. Oklahoma has to replace both of its offensive tackles from last season. Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams are both expected to be picked in the NFL Draft later this month. Gallimore was ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect in the recruiting class of 2015, according to Rivals. He was the Sooners' highest-ranked 2015 signee and is expected to compete for playing time immediately after he arrives on campus this summer.
O’Hara served as offensive coordinator at Newcastle the past two seasons, helping the 2014 Racers to one of their best seasons in recent years.
High school notebook: Scott O'Hara named Purcell's new football coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 9, 2015Purcell’s two-month search for its next football coach has ended. Scott O’Hara will be the Dragons’ next head man, the Purcell Register reported Thursday morning. O’Hara served as offensive coordinator at Newcastle the past two seasons, helping the 2014 Racers to one of their best seasons in recent years. He has also served as a head coach at Luther and Burns Flat-Dill City. O’Hara will be the fourth head coach in the last five seasons at Purcell. He replaces Greg Willis, who was not retained after going 13-9 in two seasons with the Dragons. OCA GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE TEAM NAMED The Oklahoma Coaches Association released the rosters Thursday for the annual All-State girls basketball games, which will be played at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center on July 29 beginning with the small-school game at 7 p.m. Here are the rosters: Small East: Kylie Looney, Adair; Krisha Young, Latta; Addy Clift, Kiowa; Jordan Paige Campagna, Red Oak; Maddie Miller, Kiefer; Raylee Conner, Woodland; Shanessiea Walters, Vian; Jhonett Cookson, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Courtney Risenhoover, Verdigris; Bailey Wensler, Perkins-Tryon Small West: Dagan Lampkin, Washington; Sadie Mason, Fairview; Kenadey Grellner, Okarche; Hailey Duffy, Lomega; Lora Riley, Alva; Kate Sander, Cheyenne/Reydon; Carley Frymire, Thomas; Madison Lee, Okarche; Summer Pennington, Cheyenne/Reydon; Sydney DeVaughan, Ft. Cobb-Broxton Large East: Hailey Tucker, Bartlesville; Taylor Jones, Broken Arrow; Marcia Reed, Tulsa East Central; Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central; Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove; Desiree Phipps, Fort Gibson; Madison Davis, Locust Grove; Shaiann Tramble, Shawnee; Kendriana Washington, Tulsa Washington; Olivia Wells, Ada Large West: Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore; Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Dakota Vann, Deer Creek; Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower; Ashley Beatty, Anadarko; Blake Blessington, Harrah; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Hayden Priddy, Piedmont; Jentry Holt, Elgin; Adrienne Berry, Mount St. Mary. PC WEST’S JOLLY, SANTA FE’S JEFFRIES LEAD OKLAHOMA FAITH 7 TEAM Putnam City West’s Tyson Jolly and Edmond Santa Fe’s DaQuan Jeffries highlight a talented Oklahoma roster for the annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl, set for June 6 in Shawnee. Oklahoma Baptist University will host the game pitting Oklahoma stars against Texas stars at 7 p.m. on June 6. Verdigris coach Randy Upshaw will get the chance to coach his son, Cade Upshaw, one last time in the game as well. Randy Upshaw and Marlow’s Kirk Harris will serve as coaches for the Oklahoma squad. The Oklahoma roster also includes Conner Avants, Deer Creek; A.J. Cockrell, Tulsa Memorial; Chris Crawford, Victory Christian; Hayden Howell, Carl Albert; Cory Kilby, Ada; Ty Lazenby, Glencoe; and Curran Scott, Edmond Memorial. OKLAHOMA ALUMNI TURNPIKE CHALLENGE SET FOR SATURDAY IN TULSA The Oklahoma Alumni Turnpike Challenge will reignite rivalries of old once again Saturday evening in Tulsa. Tulsa Washington High School will host the event, which begins at 5 p.m. with a game between Tulsa McLain and Star Spencer alums. Tulsa Washington and Douglass alumni will square off in the nightcap. Among the notable alumni expected to attend are former Oklahoma State star Leroy Combs of Star Spencer, Douglass standout and current head coach Kendal Cudjoe and Tulsa Washington’s R.W. McQuarters, who went on to play in the NFL. Shae Seals, who played at McLain and coached at Tulsa Washington, and William Tisdale are also expected to attend. Cudjoe played in the Douglass-Tulsa Washington rivalry in the 1970s under his father, legendary Douglass coach Lawrence Cudjoe. “This was the oldest and most popular rivalry in the state,” Kendal Cudjoe said. “It’s unfortunate that it had to end in football and basketball. It goes back as far as the 1930s.” Tulsa Washington alum Fred Jones has organized the event, which began four years ago. “We are celebrating 95 years of athletic tradition,” he said. “Both schools truly bleed orange and black. We will have plenty of former players from all schools in the building, so this will be an awesome night.” TOLEDO OFFERS HARRAH’S LOGAN ROBERSON Add Harrah offensive lineman Logan Roberson to the ever-growing list of Oklahoma players to add scholarship offers the past few weeks. Roberson was offered by Toledo on Wednesday, Harrah coach Phil Webb told The Oklahoman. The offer is the second for Roberson, who was offered by Arkansas State early in the offseason. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior is ranked No. 13 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. TEAGUE’S HOMER LIFTS MOUNT ST. MARY Mount St. Mary’s Jeff Teague might have found a way to ignite his team. Teaque hit a decisive three-run homer in the seventh inning at Heritage Hall on Monday, propelling the Rockets to a 10-8 victory to return to .500. “We haven’t had many of those kind of events happen this year, so naturally it’s an ignited of many sorts,” Mount St. Mary coach John Keilty said. Teague, a left-handed hitter, hit the three-run blast off last week’s Player of the Week, Joe Buckendorff. He allowed five earned runs in just 11/3 innings of work. Teague finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs. The Rockets are now 8-8 and host Crossings Christian on Monday.
Apr 8, 2015
The Masters starts Thursday, and all eyes will be on Tiger and Rory. But I’ll be pulling for the classy Australian who I’ve vowed to pick in every major until he wins one. Here’s my projected top 20: Jason Day: Hasn’t really exploded like it looked like he might, but he seems to always be […]
Masters predictions: Jason Day's time
Berry Tramel | Apr 8, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/04/jason-day.jpg]3628111[/img] The Masters starts Thursday, and all eyes will be on Tiger and Rory. But I'll be pulling for the classy Australian who I've vowed to pick in every major until he wins one. Here's my projected top 20: Jason Day: Hasn't really exploded like it looked like he might, but he seems to always be in contention at Augusta, and he's a swell fellow. I'm pulling for him. Bubba Watson: He's won two of the last three years and apparently is quite unpopular with his peers. I might have guessed that. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy has the easiest path to a green jacket. Just cut out the disastrous holes. Get rid of the triples and doubles that torpedo his rounds. Adam Scott: If Scott wins, it would be two out of three for him at Augusta. And why not? The Aussies are cool customers. Matt Kuchar: Three straight top-eight finishes in the Masters. That's good prep for a jacket. Phil Mickelson: It's possible that Lefty's time has passed as a contender. Possible, but not probable. I still think he's capable. Jordan Spieth: Boy, everybody loves him, I assume they have good reasons. I'll wait until he wins a major before I get too excited. Brandt Snedeker: He challenges and carries himself like a contender. Sometimes, that's half the battle. Louis Oosthuizen: Could have won in 2012 and did win a British. Count out South Africans at your own risk. Angel Cabrera: The guys weighs, what, 220 pounds, even after a serious weight loss? But anytime he challenges, it seems like a victory for the little guy. Dustin Johnson: I have no idea why America is so infatuated with Augusta. It's not very complex as a golf course. Hit it long and putt well. And Johnson has the first part down pat. Tiger Woods: If a 59-year-old Tom Watson can come within inches of winning at Turnberry, Tiger Woods can summon back the magic at Augusta. Hunter Mahan: Come on, at least one Cowboy should be in contention. Lee Westwood: I'll be pulling for him, and he always plays well at Augusta, but you get the feeling it's just never going to happen for Westwood in a major. Thomas Bjorn: I'm outlawing it now: No Bjorn Supremacy headlines if he's the winner Sunday night. J.B. Holmes: I know people like to get to Augusta and test out the course, but I like guys who play -- and win -- in Houston the week before. Sort of like how I want my high school basketball players to play football, too. John Senden: A top-10 finish last year. Rickie Fowler: Played great at Augusta last year. I'll be pulling for him, too. But he sure hasn't done much this year. Charl Schwartzel: Winning once in Augusta means you can always do it again. Jimmy Walker: Oklahoma City-born. I need to get his story. How long was he here? Walker went to high school in New Braunfels, Texas.
Apr 7, 2015
NORMAN — Cody Thomas got a taste of being Oklahoma’s starting quarterback last season. Now, he’s one of four candidates to take over as the full-time starter this season, joining Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Justice Hansen. On Monday, Jason Kersey gave you 10 things to know about Hansen (you can read that here). Here […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Seven things to know about Cody Thomas
Ryan Aber | Apr 7, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-4.jpg]3626944[/img] NORMAN -- Cody Thomas got a taste of being Oklahoma's starting quarterback last season. Now, he's one of four candidates to take over as the full-time starter this season, joining Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Justice Hansen. On Monday, Jason Kersey gave you 10 things to know about Hansen (you can read that here). Here are seven things to know about Thomas: [pagebreak] 1. Thomas brings back experience [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-3.jpg]3626946[/img] Thomas started three games last season, throwing for 342 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He was 2-1 in his starts, beating Kansas and Texas Tech but falling to Oklahoma State. He was elevated to starter after Trevor Knight’s injury against Baylor. [pagebreak] 2. Thomas was a big-time baseball prospect in high school [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-6.jpg]3626939[/img] Thomas wasn’t drafted until the 30th round by the New York Yankees as a senior but that late pick was largely because he made it known that he was going to go to Oklahoma to play both football and baseball. He was determined to be a quarterback in college. Seeing him follow through with that was a welcome sight for Sooners fans, as the MLB Draft claimed another OU quarterback signee just a few years ago when Broken Arrow’s Archie Bradley signed with the Diamondbacks. Thomas, an outfielder, wasn’t going to go as high as Bradley did but he would’ve been picked up somewhere along the way. He hit .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs as a senior. [pagebreak] 3. Thomas gave up baseball this offseason [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-1.jpg]3626940[/img] Thomas played for Pete Hughes’ OU baseball team last year but played sparingly. He played in 14 games, starting one, with an .083 batting average, going 1 for 12 with an RBI. Thomas quit baseball to focus on earning the starting quarterback nod. Last year, football got top priority but baseball was still a pull. It was a difficult balance to pull off. [pagebreak] 4. Thomas put up huge numbers in high school [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-71.jpg]3626947[/img] As a senior, he threw for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions. You can read about his demeanor here from Jason Kersey. Check out some of Thomas’ high-school highlights below. [pagebreak] 5. He’s multi-dimensional [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-8.jpg]3626949[/img] While Thomas throws right-handed in both football and baseball, he hits left-handed. Here’s a high school highlight film that includes a bit of both: [pagebreak] 6. Thomas turned down top schools for OU [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-5.jpg]3626943[/img] Thomas chose the Sooners over offers that included Alabama, Oklahoma State, USC, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oregon and TCU. He was the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the country according to Rivals.com and the No. 125 overall player in the nation. [pagebreak] 7. He’s friends off the field with his fellow QBs [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-9.jpg]3626945[/img] His Twitter username is @codythomas_12, though he rarely posts. One of his most recent posts, as of Tuesday, was a retweet of a recent photo of Thomas with fellow quarterback candidates Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield along with Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. #mentality pic.twitter.com/PBdfaRrAsV -- Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) March 18, 2015
Apr 6, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster — Trevor Knight, Baker […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Ten things to know about Edmond Santa Fe product Justice Hansen
Jason Kersey | Apr 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Justice-Hansen.jpg]3625854[/img] NORMAN -- Oklahoma's spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster -- Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen. This is the first of four posts this week in which Ryan Aber and I will get you up to speed on all four quarterback candidates. Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Edmond Santa Fe, is the dark horse in the race, and by far the least experienced OU quarterback. Here are 10 things to know about Hansen. Shattuck roots Hansen's grandfather, Jarel Hansen, was a longtime coach at Oklahoma eight-man powerhouse Shattuck and was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His father, Dusty, was a three-sport All Stater at Shattuck and his uncle, Troy Bullard, coached Shattuck to seven Class C state championships. Bullard also led the Indians to a national eight-man record of 93 consecutive wins. Hansen grew up dreaming of playing for Shattuck. Dad was a Sooner national champion -- in baseball After his incredible high school sports career, Dusty Hansen played baseball at Oklahoma. He was an outfielder on the Sooners' 1994 national championship squad. A sophomore phenom Hansen became Edmond Santa Fe's starting quarterback his sophomore season, and it was evident even in the first game that he had special talent. In the Wolves' 2011 season opener, he threw for 123 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and a score as Santa Fe routed Edmond Memorial 31-6. Not great individual numbers, but it was his first career start -- and he was already 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He fueled Edmond Santa Fe's resurrection Edmond Santa Fe -- a football program with a proud history since the school's founding in 1993 -- went 1-9 the season before Hansen took over as starting quarterback. Then the school hired Lance Manning as head coach, Hansen became the quarterback and things instantly got better. The Wolves went 10-2 in 2011 and won a district championship, then won another district title the next year. Hansen was injured much of his senior year in 2013, but Santa Fe still made the playoffs. He can punt Hansen was fantastic as a junior, throwing for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns -- and also rushing for 773 yards -- that season in leading the Wolves to a second straight district championship. He was named to The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State team as the punter (he averaged 36 yards per punt that year); Carl Albert's Steven Thompson was the All-State quarterback. He committed to OU before the 2013 spring game Hansen picked Oklahoma over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M. He ended up naming OU and Texas A&M as his finalists, and committed to the Sooners a few hours before the 2013 spring game. Hansen vs. Cornwell Hansen and Norman North's David Cornwell were considered two of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in the recruiting class of 2014. Rivals ranked Cornwell as the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback and Hansen at No. 6. Cornwell never received an OU offer and committed to Alabama. The two faced off in a preseason scrimmage before their senior seasons -- and both got hurt. He enrolled early Hansen missed five games of his senior season in 2013 with a high ankle sprain, so he ended up with only 966 passing yards and eight touchdowns. He enrolled early at Oklahoma, so he went through 2014 spring football and participated in last year's spring game, completing 4 of 8 pass attempts for 58 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He's a dual threat Despite Rivals considering him a "pro-style" quarterback, Hansen is very much capable of making plays with his legs. Oklahoma coaches seem to be moving away from the designed quarterback runs that they'd installed over the past couple of years, but Hansen's athleticism adds an element to his game that could make him dangerous to defenses if the pocket collapses. Quotable Here's a cool quote I found in the archives about Hansen from his high school coach, Lance Manning, in 2013. "I probably shouldn't get a paycheck for coaching Justice, to be honest with you." More OU from NewsOK Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent D.J. Ward turning heads at DE for Sooners Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall has OU, Auburn, Kentucky in final three
A look at Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports as of April 4.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: April 4, 2015
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 4, 2015BASEBALL T.J. Black, Stillwater (NOC-Enid) Brayden Blaylock, Tulsa Union (NEO) Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aidan Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Wade Hanska, Edmond Memorial (NOC-Enid) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Kale Keith, Verdigris (Connors St.) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Blake Shepard, Ponca City (Fort Scott CC) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Madison Watkins, Sperry (Cowley County) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Harrison Whitworth, Broken Arrow (Fort Scott) Ryan Wieligman, Stillwater (Cowley County) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Will Lienhard, McGuinness (Navy) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Alyssa Jones (Southmoore (Midwestern St.) DeRae Lewis, Millwood (North Texas) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Hayden Priddy, Piedmont (SWOSU) Raven Prince, Millwood (North Texas) Bre Reid, Piedmont (Southern Utah) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Don Berger, Owasso (St. Mary’s) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Feather River) Bryson Bowers, Deer Creek (McPherson) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Dominique Briggs, Tulsa Union (Coffeyville CC) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Daulton Cardwell, Glenpool (Evangel) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Nathan Christmon, Carl Albert (OSU)* C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Derek Cole, Cascia Hall (Drake) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Isaac Dake, Tulsa Memorial (Langston) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Danny Donley, Jenks (Drake) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Joe Erwin, Jenks (William Penn) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Mason Farquhar, Tulsa Union (SW Baptist) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Omorrie Franklin, John Marshall (Langston) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Tim Giddings, Casady (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Jaymes Ginn, Owasso (William Jewell) Malik Givens, Tulsa Washington (Drake) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Maleek Greenlee, Tulsa Memorial (NSU) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Razhon Hines, Tulsa Washington (SW Baptist) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Daniel Hubler, Bartlesville (Evangel) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Nick Jackson, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Baylor Jenkins, Skiatook (Haskell) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Roderick Kirby, Muskogee (NSU) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) A.J. Lewis, Tulsa Rogers (Langston) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Ryan Martin, Tulsa Kelley (Air Force) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Rasha McKnight, Tulsa Washington (Midwestern St.) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa Webster/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Michael Ott, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penney, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson (SNU) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Roman Rodriguez, Wagoner (NSU) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) Grant Scherber, Deer Creek (UCO) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Matt Tate, Tulsa Union (SWOSU) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Darwin Thompson, Jenks (NEO) Dylan Thompson, Skiatook (Haskell) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) William Wampler, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Chance Wenglewski, Tulsa Union (Lindenwood) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) BOYS GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) John Bonaobra, Tulsa Union (Central Missouri) Cody Burrows, Chickasha (ORU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) J.T. Neuzil, Bixby (UCO) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) GIRLS GOLF Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Corey Perron, Edmond Memorial (Missouri Valley) Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Junior Andrade, Santa Fe South (OBU) Jake Burger, Edmond Memorial (Fort Lewis) Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Wyatt Carroll, Putnam City North (Barton County) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Cooper Mosely, Chickasha (Harding) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Keegan Radichel, Mustang (SNU) Munashe Raranje, Jenks (Tulsa) Martin Romero, Southmoore (OBU) Cutter Smith, Mustang (SNU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Skylar Bozarth, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Bianca Cardenas, Piedmont (USAO) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (OCU) Bri Demuth, Jenks (OCU) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Catlin Harris, Piedmont (USAO) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Brandi Hutchison, Mustang (USAO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Alina Magruder, Mustang (Iowa) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Addy Pritchard, Oologah (Rogers St.) Victoria Segui, Putnam City North (Cowley County) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Samantha Snow, Lawton Eisenhower/NEO (Rogers St.) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Tayler Stover, Broken Arrow (Rogers St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Taylor Williams, Claremore (Rogers St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Michelle Brandon, Piedmont (ECU) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Casey Jones, Mustang (Seminole St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Dagan Lampkin, Washington (Seminole St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Madison Morris, Piedmont (SWOSU) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kaylee Sallee, Noble (Cowley County) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Kasady Uhr, Mount St. Mary (St. Gregory’s) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Casady Webb, Davis (North Texas) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) 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Mar 26, 2015
Upstate New York is a beautiful part of the country. Mountains. Lots of waters. Lots of quaint villages. Now, upstate New York in March is no fun. The snow can be gorgeous for about 15 minutes, but I’m already tired of it, after about 30 hours in Syracuse. I’m sure the locals, after a long, […]
Syracuse travelblog: A trip to Cooperstown
Berry Tramel | Mar 26, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/babe-ruth.jpg]3614906[/img] Upstate New York is a beautiful part of the country. Mountains. Lots of waters. Lots of quaint villages. Now, upstate New York in March is no fun. The snow can be gorgeous for about 15 minutes, but I'm already tired of it, after about 30 hours in Syracuse. I'm sure the locals, after a long, hard winter, can't wait for spring. Wednesday was our dead day in Syracuse. No basketball business. So we drove over to Cooperstown. We had visited Halls of Fame both Monday and Tuesday, no reason to stop now. The Baseball Hall of Fame waited in Cooperstown, so off we went. THE VILLAGE A copy of the weekly Cooperstown newspaper, The Freeman's Journal, sat on a counter, proclaiming “COOPERSTOWN’S NEWSPAPER FOR 207 YEARS.” Made us who work at The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World and the Norman Transcript, all in the neighborhood of 120 years old, feel like whippersnappers. Yep, Cooperstown is old. Founded by the father of author James Fenimore Cooper. Incorporated in 1807, named Cooperstown in 1812. James Fenimore Cooper wrote his series, The Leatherstocking Tales, based around Cooperstown. The Last of the Mohicans. The local high school team is called the Hawkeyes. Cooperstown sits on the shores of massive Lake Otsego, which can be beautiful but was frozen over Wednesday. Cooperstown is a seasonal town. Lots of beautiful homes sit in and around Cooperstown. An Opera company operates outside town during the summers. The village is home to the Farmers Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum. It has a huge medical center that doesn't fit at all, with architecture that looks like it belongs at 33rd and Classen, not in a Dickens village. The town's population in 2010 was 1,852. Much of the commerce in the village has dissipated, replaced by tourist enterprises on the charming stretch of Main Street. Cooperstown can remind you of the village in "Funny Farm," the Chevy Chase comedy in which Chevy and his wife move to a charming little town that is inhabited by kooks. I came across no kooks in Cooperstown, but the village was completely charming. Much of the business in town is baseball-related. Shops named Yastrzemski's and Shoeless Joe's. The town was mostly dead on Wednesday. In the summers, the place is hopping. Induction Weekend, I'm told, you can't even move up and down the streets. But things were slow Wednesday. We parked just down the street from the Hall of Fame, on the street. Two-hour parking. I went out and moved the car after awhile, got even a closer spot. Probably not necessary. I doubt the meter maid was on duty. BASEBALL'S SHRINE [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/cooperstown-fans1.jpg]3614910[/img] Here's my lasting impression of the Baseball Hall of Fame. As I walked up a wide staircase to reach the second floor of the exhibits, a boy about 10 years old sat on a step, playing on his cell phone. I couldn't really blame him. Let's see. I first went to Cooperstown in 1976. Went back in 2000. First went to Canton in 1998; went back in 2004 and 2006. So that's baseball '76, football '98, baseball '00, football '04, football '06, football Monday, baseball Wednesday. I consistently have said that Canton's Hall of Fame trumps Cooperstown's Hall of Fame. Monday, I wavered. Just wasn't wowed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame anymore. I remain unwowed. But I rescind my order of preference. The Baseball Hall of Fame wows me even less. It sits in a gorgeous, stately building on Cooperstown's Main Street. It's OK. But it's nothing special. Especially after going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the day before. The gallery of Hall of Famers, for instance. Plaques on a wall in a high-ceilinged room that makes you think you're in a library. Jim Traber called me while I was touring the gallery. I was ashamed when my phone rang; like I had allowed my phone to ring in church or something. The exhibits lack pizazz. There's a room that dedicates a locker to each major league team. Inside each locker are a few items, most of them contemporary. Why not uniform progression for each team? Why not tribute to the ballparks of each team? The Hall of Famers for each team? The Babe Ruth exhibit is cool. Lots of interesting stuff in there. And a decent Hank Aaron section. The African-American experience and the Latin experience both are well-displayed. But the exhibit to women in baseball is almost as big as either. Cooperstown has been victimized by baseball's sins. A tribute to baseball records specifies that all records are through 2006. It's not Cooperstown's fault that baseball history stopped with Barry Bonds. But it is Cooperstown's fault that it thinks fans want to celebrate Frank Thomas in a Blue Jays jersey and Tom Glavine wearing the threads of the Mets. Thomas and Glavine, two of the most recent inductees, are honored in an early exhibit. Thomas hit his 500th homer with Toronto. Glavine reached 300 victories with New York. The Hall of Fame lacks much in the way of interaction. The videos seem outdated. There's a heavy reliance on words, which will be the death of any museum. Heck, on the plaques themselves, modern curators have gotten fat. Babe Ruth's plaque has about 28 words of description. Ty Cobb's about 25. The 21st-century inductees include about 80 words. If you need three times as many words to describe the feats of Bert Blyleven as you need for Babe Ruth, there's a problem. The museum costs $23 to enter, and I'd still say a baseball fan needs to go. Once. Not necessarily thrice. I'd like to come back to Cooperstown some day. Bring the Dish. But if I do, I don't know if I'll go to the Baseball Hall of Fame. COOPERSTOWN DINER [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/burger.jpg]3614907[/img] We grabbed a late lunch/early dinner at the shotgun-shaped Cooperstown Diner. A place with about four tables and maybe eight chairs. Typical diner fare. But atypical cheeseburgers. We ordered the jumbo cheeseburger and were rewarded with the tallest hamburger I've ever seen. Literally. It was two inches tall. The meat was shaped like, I don't know, two hockey pucks stacked on top of each other. I have no idea how we were supposed to eat it, but the bread was thin -- which is good, breads weighs you down -- so I mashed mine down and was able to get it in my mouth. I don't know how you cook a burger that thick, but the diner pulled it off. I also had mashed potatoes and brown gravy; any place that serves brown gravy is OK by me. The Cooperstown Diner has been in business since 1921. I'm telling you. This is an old place. NEW YORK STATE OF MIND Despite its beauty, upstate New York is in many ways a depressed place. The slow loss of industry over the last 50 years has hurt the economy in places like Rome and Utica and Schenectaday. The drive from Syracuse east on I-90 takes you over the Erie Canal, which sounds majestic but isn't all that impressive. The Verdigris River at the Port of Catoosa is much more impressive. The Erie Canal is just not that wide. The drive from I-90 to Cooperstown is charming. Go along two-lane highways through quaint villages and pretty lakes when not covered by snow. Lots of interesting houses back up to Schuyler Lake and I'm sure make for great summer homes. SYRACUSE HISTORY My old pal Ed Frost sent a note after he found out I was in Syracuse. Ed is always good for some historical perspective: "'If you were in Syracuse on October 11, 1959, you could have bought a grandstand ticket for $2.50 to watch Mickey’s All-Stars vs. Willie’s All-Stars with former middleweight champion Carmen Basilio as umpire. There was a home run hitting contest, too.' "That’s a quote between pages 240 and 241 in the Mickey and Willie book I’m reading. It’s on a page of pictures. Mickey, Willie, Rocky Colavito and Hank Aaron were all there, but the book doesn’t say who won the home run contest. It does say Willie hit a grand slam and his team beat Mickey’s 8-2 in the game. It was at Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, says the book. Funny. I don’t think I ever thought of Syracuse in connection with baseball, but I just encountered this passage a while ago when I was reading after our hail and wind and rain settled down. I’m still just a little over halfway through the book and enjoying it. Thought I’d give you a little history on the city’s sports history. Of course, I’m more prone to think of Jim Brown there, and Bud Wilkinson working on his master's and helping Ossie Solem coach. I had to look up that name — thought it was Ossie Salem, but it was Solem. "I tend to think of most things in sports frameworks, I guess. If I happen to glance at a clock and it says 7:14, you know what I think of (Babe Ruth). And it’s amazing to me how often it happens — I glance, and it’s 7:14..." If you look at a clock and think of Babe Ruth, you would enjoy the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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V Forum," is schedule to open Thursday and continue through Saturday, March 21; Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave. Contact: David Sauer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-582-3754. 8:30 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer participates in these events. —8:30 a.m. — Brewer hosts a meeting of Manhattan Borough Board members; 19th floor, 1 Centre St. —1 p.m. — Brewer and City Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo hold a City Hall news conference to call for state government officials to include Democratic state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins in negotiations about the state budget for the next fiscal year; steps, City Hall. Contact: Kristia M. 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Contact: Tammie Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-490-9535. 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. During Thursday's conclusion of The Diller-Quaile School of Music's "Piano Pedagogy Festival & Conference" that began Tuesday, March 17, titled "A Keyboard Celebration: An Exploration of Traditions and Innovations in Pedagogy," an adviser to Ecuador's education minister, choral conductor Jose Criollo, delivers a 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. presentation about Latin American music education techniques including the system titled "El Sistema"; 24 E. 95th St. --Note: Thursday's 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. conference activities include a 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. presentation by Criollo. Contact: Julie Livingston, email@example.com or 347-239-0249. 10 a.m. Finalists in fifth grade through eighth grade compete in the 51st annual "Daily News New York City Spelling Bee," scheduled to open Thursday and conclude Friday, March 20; Celeste Bartos Forum, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Ave. Contact: Anina Bose, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-792-8494 or 201-532-0891. 10 a.m. Members of the city Taxi and Limousine Commission hold a monthly public meeting; 19th floor, 33 Beaver St. --Note: An Internet broadcast will be accessible through the websites http://nyc.gov/taxi and http://new.livestream.com/nyctaxi/ Contact: Allan J. Fromberg, email@example.com or 212-676-1013, or Greg Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-676-1013. 10 a.m. Members of City Council's Committee on Governmental Operations hold a preliminary budget hearing to discuss the mayor's budget proposals for the next fiscal year, and examine spending during the current fiscal year by eight city agencies, boards, commissions, departments and offices, as well as community boards; Committee Room, City Hall. Contact: Sarah Anders, SAnders@BenKallos.com or 212-860-1950. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. holds an annual event marking the March observance of "Women's History Month," honoring the founder, president and chief executive of the Morris Heights Health Center, Verona Greenland, an actress from the public television children's show "Sesame Street," Sonia Manzano, and communications firm AT&T Inc.'s state president, Marissa Shorenstein; Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Courses, 870 Shore Road, Bronx. Contact: Bharati S. Kemraj, email@example.com, 718-590-3541 or 347-229-3664, or John DeSio, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-209-4974. 10:30 a.m. Transit Wireless LLC CEO William A. Bayne Jr., state Chief Digital Officer Rachel S. Haot, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials including Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast and communications firm AT&T Inc.'s state president, Marissa Shorenstein, recognize teams that won an "App Quest 3.0 Challenge" competition featuring $50,000 in prizes, during an event featuring demonstrations of the winning mobile device applications for commuters; Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St. Contact: Aaron Donovan, email@example.com, 212-878-7440 or 212-878-4728. 11 a.m. Representatives and supporters of the Coalition for the Homeless discuss Thursday's release of the coalition's annual "State of the Homeless" report during a news briefing; fourth floor, 129 Fulton St. Contact: Dan Levitan, Dan@Berlinrosen.com, 646-452-5637, 646-200-5315 or 201-67-7475. 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Construction industry representatives, government officials and transportation advocates hold a City Hall news conference to discuss Thursday's release of a report about road conditions in the city and state, and call for increased government funding of public works and renovation projects; steps, City Hall. --Note: Must RSVP. Contact: Joshua Knoller, firstname.lastname@example.org, 201-294-9586 or 212-938-0836, or Jody Fisher, email@example.com or 347-419-0444. Noon About 100 religious officials including state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., the Rev. Johnnie M. Green Jr., and members of the nonprofit coalition Mobilizing Preachers and Communities, or MPAC, and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization Inc. and representatives of the advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools hold a City Hall news conference to call for state government officials to overhaul the school system statewide; steps, City Hall. Contact: Ann Noonan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-251-6069, or Khan Shoieb, Khan@StuLoeser.com or 646-650-5503 or 347-596-6389. 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. During St. John's University's sixth annual fundraiser for two pediatric cancer charities, Locks of Love and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, employees and students will have their heads shaved while honoring a 5-year-old boy from Babylon and a 4-year-old boy from Queens receiving treatment for cancer; living room, D'Angelo Center, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens. Contact: Nancy Haberman, email@example.com or 212-843-8021, or Elizabeth Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-578-1985. 3 p.m. German soprano Diana Damrau, starring in The Metropolitan Opera's production of French composer Jules Massenet's 1884 comic opera "Manon," signs compact discs including her album released Tuesday, Jan. 13, "Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor"; Met Opera Shop, north lobby, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, near Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street. --Note: Must RSVP. Contact: Michael Cavarretta, email@example.com, 212-843-9284 or 978-578-7631. 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. To mark this year's 80th anniversary of 1935 publication of the board game "Monopoly" by Parker Brothers, before the company's 1991 purchase by toy manufacturer Hasbro Inc., the parent company's senior vice president of global brand strategy and marketing, Eric Nyman, rings Nasdaq's closing bell; broadcast studio, Nasdaq MarketSite, Four Times Square, near Seventh Avenue and 43rd Street. Contact: Jennifer DeAngelis, firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-727-6833, or Christine Barna, Christine.Barna@nasdaq.com, 646-441-5310. 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Board members from the Police Athletic League of New York City including attorney and broadcaster Rikki Klieman and Chairman Robert J. Morgenthau, the president and chief executive of the New York Giants professional football team, John K. Mara, and the league's Executive Director Frederick J. Watts visit the league's William J. Duncan Center to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completed renovation of the center's first floor, funded by a $250,000 donation from the Mara family to the NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation and an additional $100,000 raised by the foundation as part of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee's fundraising initiative; 552 W. 52nd St. Contact: Andrea Kotuk, email@example.com or 212-353-9585, Frederick J. Watts, 212-477-9450 ext. 324, or Caroline Waldman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-353-9585. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets professional basketball player Mason Plumee and members of the team's youth basketball development staff lead a clinic for about 45 children who participate in the Police Athletic League of New York City's programs at the league's Armory Center, organized as part of the team's "Get the Ball Rolling" health initiative and attended by representatives of the initiative's sponsor, beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola Co.; practice court, use Calvin Klein VIP entrance, Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. --Note: Must RSVP; 4 p.m. speaking program followed by 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. basketball clinic. Contact: Josh Gold, email@example.com or 310-920-3666, Barry Baum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-942-9533 or 917-847-1737, Mandy Gutmann, email@example.com, 718-942-9587 or 937-477-1880, or Stuart Bryan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-942-9574 or 919-218-0047. 6 p.m. A regional director of the United Auto Workers, Julie Kushner, and the international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Marc Perrone, will receive the Jewish Labor Committee's human rights awards during a dinner where U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler is scheduled to speak; New York Hilton Midtown hotel, 1335 Sixth Ave. --Note: Must RSVP; 6 p.m. cocktail reception followed by 7 p.m. award presentation, dinner and speaking program. Contact: Arieh Lebowitz, email@example.com or 212-477-0707. 6 p.m. The Doe Fund co-founder George T. McDonald and the Rev. Alfonso Wyatt speak during an annual cap-and-gown graduation ceremony for formerly homeless men and former male inmates who completed the fund's yearlong "Ready, Willing & Able" job training program; Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave. Contact: Alexander Horwitz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-672-4236. 6 p.m. Health care workers, including nurses, and union officials publicize a campaign about state budget funding for the next fiscal year and risks of hospital closures, introduced during a Wednesday, March 18, lobbying event in Albany; Service Employees International Union Local 1199 United Healthcare Workers East, 310 W. 43rd St. Contact: Dave Bates, email@example.com or 212-603-3788, or Erin Malone, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-603-0016 or 917-494-2631. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants in the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce's "Young Entrepreneur Academy" program compete in a business pitch competition judged by local business advocates and executives; auditorium, R. 605 Staten Island Technical High School, 485 Clawson St., Staten Island. Contact: Jen Remauro, email@example.com, 347-865-8038 or 347-308-0348. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Diplomatic officials from Germany and the Maldives participate in a forum titled "Countdown to Paris: Update on Global Climate Treaty Negotiations," presented by environmental organization 350.org's city chapter and the New York Society for Ethical Culture; auditorium, first floor, 2 W. 64th St. Contact: Lyna Hinkel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-284-8987, or Mark Dunlea, email@example.com or 518-860-3725. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. During a "Songbirds of Civil Rights" fundraising concert to benefit the Department of Africana Studies of The City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice and mark the March observance of "Women's History Month," more than a dozen dancers, drummers, guitarists, jazz musicians, pianists and singers are scheduled to perform; Gerald W. Lynch Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 524 W. 59th St. --Note: Must RSVP. Contact: Doreen Vinas-Pineda, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 212-237-8645 or 212-237-8764. 8 p.m. Choreographer Jamie Benson premieres his modern dance "FOMO," short for the phrase "fear of missing out," during a "Comedy in Dance Festival" scheduled to open Thursday and continue through Sunday, March 22; Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer St., Brooklyn. Contact: Jamie Benson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-704-5298. -------------- LONG ISLAND ----------- 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nassau County attorneys and court employees model spring apparel provided by retailer Hudson's Bay Co.'s department store chain Lord & Taylor and elaborate hats during the Nassau County Bar Association's "Dressed to a Tea" fashion show fundraiser, featuring the theme "A Day at the Races" and benefiting a half-dozen area charities; 15th and West streets, Mineola. Contact: Valerie Zurblis, email@example.com or 516-747-4070 ext. 204, or Jodi B. Zimmerman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-801-3900. -------------- WESTCHESTER ----------- 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, delivers a 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. keynote speech to open Thursday's 14th annual "Human Rights Institute for Student Leaders" and rally at Iona College, attended by about 340 teenagers from 25 high schools in Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties and Connecticut's Fairfield County; 715 North Ave., New Rochelle. Contact: Aaron Biller, email@example.com or 212-663-4862. 4 p.m. Yonkers city officials including Mayor Mike Spano and Superintendent of Schools Michael Yazurlo and the chancellor of The State University of New York, Nancy L. Zimpher, mark the start of a "Yonkers Thrives Partnership" education initiative during an event attended by members of the Yonkers Thrives Partnership Leadership Council; Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bruce Pearl is sitting on the bench at Rupp Arena, watching his Auburn players launch shots on the morning of the Kentucky game.“Basketball,” he said in a voice that harkens to Sammy Sosa and a “Saturday Night Live” skit, “has been berry, berry good to me.”Pearl is a youthful 54 but has had a half-dozen incarnations, starting with the time he donned an eagle costume as a...
Bruce Pearl trying to rehab his scandal-tainted image — again — at Auburn
By Teddy Greenstein, Associated Press | Mar 10, 2015LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bruce Pearl is sitting on the bench at Rupp Arena, watching his Auburn players launch shots on the morning of the Kentucky game. “Basketball,” he said in a voice that harkens to Sammy Sosa and a “Saturday Night Live” skit, “has been berry, berry good to me.” Pearl is a youthful 54 but has had a half-dozen incarnations, starting with the time he donned an eagle costume as a student assistant at Boston College. “From BC to Stanford to Iowa to Southern Indiana to Wisconsin and then Knoxville,” he said. To Auburn, which he calls “the perfect situation,” a powerhouse athletic program in a conference he once ruled. “The game has taken me everywhere,” he said, “and you realize what an amazing, beautiful, wonderful country it is. I have been happy every place I’ve been. I like the South probably the best because of the weather and the sense of community. Plus I’m more of a conservative Republican — and I’m surrounded by them!” And with that, he lets out a laugh. You’re not supposed to talk politics in a sports story, let alone reveal your affiliation. But Pearl has never followed convention, starting with the time he taped that telephone conversation with Deon Thomas. Before his players take on Kentucky, he’ll tell them they have pretty much no chance to win and joke that at least the game will be “good for our RPI.” ——— ‘I knew he was remorseful’ At 35 and building Southern Indiana into a Division II national power, Pearl’s name already was synonymous with scandal. Dick Vitale had blasted him, saying Pearl had committed “coaching suicide” in 1989 by trying to secure proof of what he had told his boss, Iowa coach Tom Davis: that Thomas had reneged on a verbal commitment to Iowa after Illinois dangled $80,000 and a Chevy Blazer. “I’m still not comfortable with my methodology,” Pearl told me then, “but I thought exposing this was necessary for college athletics.” Illini Nation rejoiced when the NCAA slapped Pearl with a three-year show-cause penalty in 2011. By then Tennessee had severed ties, even though Pearl got all six of his Volunteers teams into the NCAA tournament. He stayed in Knoxville and took a marketing job with a grocery company to “pay the bills,” he said. Then he flourished as a broadcaster on SiriusXM Radio and ESPN. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs called Pearl the day after firing Tony Barbee, the seventh straight Tigers coach to depart with a losing record (18-50) in Southeastern Conference games. Jacobs met with Pearl at a hotel in Bristol, Conn. Jacobs said in a telephone interview that he “cut right to it” and asked Pearl why he lied to the NCAA. “As Bruce began to tell me the story, a lot of emotions came through,” Jacobs said. “I knew he was remorseful — and that the toughest challenge would be getting him to forgive himself. I knew he had repented. He talked about the harm it had done to college basketball, the University of Tennessee and to his family. He didn’t talk about himself.” Asked if he was squeamish about hiring someone with five months left on a show-cause penalty, which meant he could not meet or even contact recruits, Jacobs replied: “I was not. I was squeamish about hiring a guy who had misled the NCAA, but everything else about Bruce far outweighed not being able to travel and recruit for a few months. We even agreed not to appeal it. We teach student-athletes that if you make a mistake, there are consequences. It doesn’t matter if you are 15 or 55.” You get more chances, of course, if you are wildly successful at your job. A seven-time conference coach of the year, Pearl got Milwaukee to a Sweet 16 and went a league-best 65-31 in SEC games from 2006 to 2011. And if you can make money for your employer. Auburn Arena drew an average of 5,823 fans last season. This season the final average was 7,825, ranking third in the SEC at more than 85 percent of capacity. “I saw a guy (in the arena) who played football with me,” Jacobs said, “and I asked him, ‘Are you lost?’ These are people you never see in the wintertime.” Pearl somehow has gotten football-mad fans to support a basketball team that finished the regular season 12-19 and 4-14 in the SEC. “It’s not about marketing and showmanship,” says the man who once cheered on the Lady Vols basketball team with his chest covered in orange paint. “It’s about commitment and being all in, whether that means speaking in classes, talking to freshmen at orientation, raising money for charity. The (fans) know we cannot do this without them.” Billboards around town read “LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER.” That was Pearl’s idea. “He is the most generous person I’ve ever been around,” Jacobs says. “He takes every phone call, returns every text. He genuinely loves people, so they love him.” ——— ‘We ran clean programs. Period.’ What is it about Pearl that keeps me defending him after all these years? His explanation for the Thomas affair made sense: As a 28-year-old assistant, he went to Davis with his contention that Illinois had cheated to land Thomas, the 6-foot-8 Simeon star. An Iowa official supplied the recording device, and Thomas seemed to confirm the inducement. (He later explained he was just agreeing in hopes of ending the call.) When NCAA officials asked for his tape, Pearl said he felt compelled to turn it over. “Look, I was the guy who cooperated with the NCAA in the Illinois investigation,” he says now. “And I did some things in the course of that that I was uncomfortable with. And then because of that, we had to run clean programs. And we ran clean programs. Period. Period. “Then when you make the mistakes we made, it’s even more embarrassing and costly.” His explanation for what transpired at Tennessee: Guard Aaron Craft, a high school junior, had verbally committed. He and his father got wind that Pearl was hosting a barbecue and asked if they could come by. Though having them and other recruits at his house that day was against the rules, Pearl said OK. Someone took a picture of Craft at Pearl’s house. That photo got in the hands of NCAA investigators. Pearl met with them in 2010 regarding what he thought was a charge of improper contact with recruits, and they confronted him with the photo. He says he panicked and claimed ignorance. His assistant coaches had been called in previously, and he says he did not want to contradict what they might have said. “Not 10 minutes after, I brought my staff in and said, ‘Guys, I didn’t tell the truth,’ ” he said. “They had answered the way I answered. I said, ‘We’re going to fix this.’ I asked friends what I should do. I talked to my AD and waited for the NCAA to come back. We tried to tell the whole truth, but it made no difference.” A lot of scummy stuff transpires in college basketball that goes either ignored or unproven. Not in this case. Tennessee fired him in March 2011, fearing sanctions also involving other alleged misdeeds by the coaching staff. That August, the NCAA slapped him with the three-year show-cause penalty. He had become a full-blown pariah. ——— ‘Am I worthy?’ At practice earlier this season, Pearl got angry when one of his players turned the ball over. Or failed to get back on defense. Guard KT Harrell can’t recall the circumstances, but he’ll never forget Pearl’s reaction. “He lost his mind,” Harrell said. “He was screaming and ended up taking his shirt off. It was hard for me to keep a straight face. And then when we saw he had a smirk on his face, everyone knew it was cool (to laugh).” Pearl has the gift of being able to put those around him at ease. After his team got drilled by Kentucky on Feb. 21, falling behind 30-4 after 11 minutes, he mentioned to the media that in 1995, his Southern Indiana team trailed UC Riverside 30-8 in the Division II national championship game. “This game,” he said, “reminded me nothing of that game.” People laughed. After all, UC Riverside did not start a front line of 7 feet, 6-11 and 6-10. “I’ve never had a losing season,” Pearl said during the team shootaround. “But I’ve enjoyed this team more than many I’ve coached. They haven’t quit. They keep listening.” Recruits even got Pearl’s message before they could hear him speak. His show-cause penalty meant he could not contact recruits until Aug. 24. While recruits toured Auburn’s campus, Pearl stayed at Jacobs’ lake house, figuring, “Let there be no question.” Yet Pearl has managed to attract a five-man class (four signed, one verbal) that is 12th nationally in 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Danjel Purifoy is a former Mr. Basketball in Alabama who attended three high schools and was reportedly pursued by Maryland, Kentucky and the rest of the SEC. The 6-6 forward chose Auburn despite having never met Pearl. “My staff and (Auburn football coach) Gus Malzahn delivered the message I couldn’t,” Pearl said. When Jacobs first contacted him about the job, Pearl says he wondered, “Am I worthy?” Then he asked himself, “Can I change the perception of Auburn basketball?” Pearl is well on his way to doing that. Can he change the perception of Bruce Pearl among his many detractors? 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Mar 9, 2015
OSU lost its starting tailback from last season and added three assistants with strong influence on the run game in 2015
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys open spring football with retooled run game
By Kyle Fredrickson | Mar 9, 2015STILLWATER — The first day of Oklahoma State spring football practice was met with light rain and heavy optimism. Still riding the momentum of Bedlam and Cactus Bowl victories, the Cowboys return a wealth of experience across the roster. OSU must replace just 19 lettermen from a year ago — a stark contrast from the 33 lettermen lost entering the 2014 season. With sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph in the lead, OSU will feature 11 additional returning starters on offense to go along with eight on defense. But any way you slice it, there’s one area of uncertainty that stands alone this spring: the Cowboys’ retooled run game. Starting tailback back Desmond Roland fulfilled his eligibility and three of OSU’s four new assistant coaches — Marcus Arroyo (running backs), Greg Adkins (offensive line) and Jason McEndoo (tight ends/fullbacks) — are tasked with finding and developing the right pieces to make the Cowboy rushing attack flourish. In 2014, OSU ranked No. 102 in rush yards per game: 136.62. For coach Mike Gundy, improvement starts up front. “In all positions, other than offensive line, I’m really comfortable with our football team,” Gundy said. The good news for Adkins, OSU’s third offensive line coach in three years, is there are a plethora of options. Of the 13 offensive linemen on the spring roster, five made at least one start last season. And two transfers — Brandon Pertile (Mesa CC, Ariz.) and Victor Salako (UAB) — also enter the mix. But a new coach doesn’t play favorites. Consider spring an open tryout. “I’m ultimately in charge of putting the best five football players on the field at that position,” Adkins said. “Regardless of what they’ve done in the past, what they have done in high school or whatever it might be.” McEndoo joins the Cowboys’ staff after 12 seasons as the offensive line coach at Montana State. That expertise will be key in Stillwater, as McEndoo says he’ll work “hand-in-hand” with Adkins. “One of the things Coach Gundy wants here is to be able to run the ball,” McEndoo said. “Tight ends are going to be an intricate part of that, and fullbacks, also.” Now, to a bigger question: Who carries the ball? Junior Rennie Childs is the springtime frontrunner. As the third option behind Roland and since-dismissed Tyreek Hill last season, Childs tallied 78 carries, 314 rushing yards and three touchdowns. “Rennie has a choice now to step up,” Gundy said. “He’s got to make those plays. We have to trust him to carry the ball 20 times a game. He has to be physical. He has to be reliable. And he’s going to have every opportunity to take that.” But the OSU run game will need more than one featured tailback. The spring contenders include junior Raymond Taylor (a walk-on from Kansas State who carried the ball 18 times last season), redshirt freshman Sione Palelei (a Louisiana native who returns from a season-ending injury) and first-year transfer Todd Mays (E. Mississippi JC). The Cowboys must wait until summer workouts for 2015 signees Chris Carson (Butler CC, Kan.) and Jeff Carr (Temple HS, Texas) to arrive on campus. It’s up to Arroyo, one-year removed from calling plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to put the right parts in place. “I have not coached running backs specifically at any time,” Arroyo said, “and I’m more excited about it than probably anything.” Arroyo certainly did his homework before arriving in Stillwater. In discussing the rich history of OSU running backs, he rattled off the names of Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Dantrell Savage, Kendall Hunter — and even Bob Fenimore. “This is Tailback-U,” Arroyo said. “And to get back to those 2,000-yard categories and 35 touchdowns, that’s where we’re headed.”
COLUMBIA, Mo. • University of Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith has a problem. His throat is sore from countless interviews he has conducted, but he has more phone calls to make. Smith’s Tigers, the best team on Missouri’s campus, just won a milestone event. For that, the Tigers now are ranked No. 1 in the country.Smith should be watching film of upcoming opponents, but on this busy weekday...
Smith built Mizzou wrestling into national powerhouse
Dave Matter, Associated Press | Mar 3, 2015COLUMBIA, Mo. • University of Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith has a problem. His throat is sore from countless interviews he has conducted, but he has more phone calls to make. Smith’s Tigers, the best team on Missouri’s campus, just won a milestone event. For that, the Tigers now are ranked No. 1 in the country. Smith should be watching film of upcoming opponents, but on this busy weekday afternoon two things top his list. Chicken wings and wine. For Smith, in his 17th season as Mizzou’s wrestling coach, the job requires non-stop grassroots fundraising to maintain the program’s facilities and sustain its future. While the Tigers prepare to host this weekend’s Mid-American Conference tournament, Smith scrambles to plan Friday’s fundraiser at Deja Vu Comedy Club, where donors will pay $75 a ticket to benefit the wrestling program. His phone beeps with texts and emails. Each one, Smith hopes, is final confirmation on donations to secure the wings and wine. “Every day I feel like I have to raise money,” Smith said. “But it’s part of being a wrestling coach. “When I first got here, I had to fool people that we had a budget. … It’s just hustling.” Smith, 49, has hustled Missouri into college wrestling’s penthouse suite. Division I college wrestling has crowned only 11 schools as national champion since 1928 — and the last 26 titles have been won by Penn State, Iowa, Minnesota or Oklahoma State — but Smith doesn’t apologize for outsized expectations for the NCAA Wrestling Championships, set for March 19-21 in St. Louis. Missouri (24-0) enters the MAC tournament as the nation’s only undefeated team in dual matches, highlighted by last month’s 18-12 win over then-No. 1 Iowa at the National Duals in Iowa City, Iowa. Wrestling doesn’t draw the biggest crowds at Mizzou or haul in the most cash — in the 2014 fiscal year, MU wrestling revenue was $220,210, compared to $1.17 million in expenses — but Smith has built the school’s biggest winner at the national level. In two weeks, he could deliver the school its first national team championship since the men's track team won in 1965. “Brian has really done things the right way,” said MU senior associate athletics director Sarah Reesman, who oversees the wrestling program. “He built a program from the ground up. He didn’t cut any corners. He laid the foundation for what we know as ‘Tiger Style,’ and it’s grown into something that’s more than a wrestling team. It’s a philosophy.” “You’ve got to expect to win,” Smith said, “but you can’t be overconfident. You can’t say, ‘I’m going to walk on the mat, I’m wearing a Missouri singlet so I’m going to win.’” In the Missouri wrestling room, sacrifice breeds confidence, and no one knows sacrifice like the Tigers’ coach. In 1980, Smith’s parents, Brian and Linda Smith, packed up their family and moved from Binghamton, N.Y., to Orlando, Fla. The move came on doctor’s orders. “I was a sickly kid,” Smith said. The coach suffered from asthma throughout childhood. He had pneumonia seven times. He was hospitalized for a month in first grade. When Smith turned 14, the family doctor gave the Smiths two options: major lung surgery or move to a warmer climate. “Binghamton was the coldest place in the world,” Brian Smith, the elder, said in a phone interview. “So we moved to Florida.” Smith, 35 years later, still is awed by his family’s decision. “We moved for me,” Smith said. “They made a huge sacrifice.” Smith’s father had just taken a sales job in New York, but in Florida he’d return to his earlier career as a high school teacher and football coach. Little Brian, as the son was known, would repeat eighth grade when the family moved south and play his favorite sports: He was a point guard in basketball and option quarterback in football. After Smith’s ninth grade football season, Dad made a suggestion during a car ride that forever changed Smith’s life. He suggested Brian try wrestling. Smith had wrestled some as a fifth grader and hated it. “He was small,” Smith’s dad said, “and it was a good sport for him.” Dad was right. Smith soon fell in love with wrestling and quit football. “It became my life,” Smith said. He qualified for the Florida state meet as a sophomore and won the championship as a junior. Spring breaks and summer vacations were spent back in New York wrestling with his cousins. For Smith’s senior year, it was time for another family sacrifice. Randy Miller coached the state’s best high school program at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, nearly four hours away. The Irish Catholic son moved south to live with his Jewish grandmother, Lillian Bluver, and wrestle for Miller. Smith still cherishes the experience. “I had such a great upbringing,” Smith said. “One side, my dad’s side, was all into sports. The Jewish side was very much into education.” After winning another state title as a senior, Smith went to Michigan State, where Miller wrestled in college. Smith, wrestling at 126 pounds, earned All-Big Ten honors three times. He also settled on his future. “My dad is why I’m in coaching,” he said. “It’s all I ever wanted to be, like my dad.” After two years coaching high school wrestling and football in Florida, Smith went north again and became an assistant wrestling coach at Cornell. He landed his first head coaching job in 1997, at Syracuse. At the time, several schools were shutting down wrestling programs. Smith had to raise $2 million to keep Syracuse’s problem alive. He raised $300,000 but after a year looked for other opportunities. Smith interviewed for 10 different jobs before Missouri took a chance on the 32-year-old, in May 1998. “He was an outsider and not a well known name,” said Montana State AD Peter Fields, who worked at Mizzou at the time and headed the selection committee that chose Smith. “I talked to a lot of people in the wrestling world, and they talked about Brian as up-and-coming coach that was really going to do a good job.” In the five-team Big 12, Mizzou finished fifth at the conference meet in six of Smith’s first eight years. Within the program, though, the foundation was taking shape. When the basketball team moved to Mizzou Arena in 2004, Smith’s wrestlers took over the fourth floor of the Hearnes Center, converting the old basketball practice gym into a wrestling room. Piece by piece, Smith built a weight room that’s exclusively for wrestlers. In 2011, Smith built the 3,500-square foot Olympic Training Center, where he hires former wrestlers to stay on campus and work with current wrestlers — a luxury for recruiting and training but a costly expense that requires significant funding. On the mats, the breakthrough came in 2006, when 174-pounder Ben Askren won MU’s first of five NCAA titles under Smith. In 2007, the Tigers finished third at the NCAA meet. In 2012, Mizzou won the Big 12 title. Smith has produced 20 All-Americans, including current 197-pound star J’Den Cox, who last year became MU’s first freshman national champion. Along the way, a brand was born. In the early 2000s, Mizzou wrestler Jeremy Spates would shout “Tiger Style” when the team broke down its huddle at practice and meets, a custom he took from his high school team in Oklahoma, the Norman Tigers. “Tiger Style” stuck with Smith, who had begun to keep a journal of all of his thoughts and philosophies on the sport and coaching. Smith wanted Mizzou wrestling to mean more than takedowns and pinfalls. Over time, Smith devised a pyramid that came to define his program. The base foundation is one word: Believe. “It’s a commitment to a lifestyle that we expect,” he said. “The guys have completely bought into it.” ?Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter email@example.com ——— ©2015 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003183,t000003654,t000177929,t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000416230,t000143290,t000008056,t000008060,t000003277,g000065614,g000362661,g000066164,g000065577,g000065682,g000065556
Mar 3, 2015
With Trevor Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle. Baker Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it.
Oklahoma football: Will Baker Mayfield once again make the most of an opportunity?
BY JASON KERSEY | Mar 3, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield was too slow and didn’t have a strong enough arm to start for his high school freshman football team, until an injury gave him an opportunity and he started the rest of the season. Two years later, coaches at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, picked a different quarterback to start the 2011 season opener, but by the end of the year, Mayfield had accounted for 55 touchdowns and led his team to a state championship. “Those things are what drove him to the success that he had at Texas Tech early on, and that’s what’s gonna end up driving him to play at Oklahoma,” said Ryan Priem, a Lake Travis assistant when Mayfield played there. “Baker was never a guy who accepted his role.” Mayfield’s decision to walk on at Oklahoma more than a year ago seemed crazy at the time. Trevor Knight was coming off a Sugar Bowl MVP performance against Alabama and appeared firmly entrenched as OU’s starter for the forseeable future. With Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle in spring practices beginning Saturday. Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it. Mayfield took over as Lake Travis’ quarterback midway through the first quarter of his junior season after an injury sidelined the starter, and threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two more scores in a 35-7 victory over Westlake. By the time his high school career was over, he’d thrown for 6,255 yards and 67 touchdowns and led Lake Travis to a 25-2 record. He seemed like the next Lake Travis quarterback destined for big-time college football, following Garrett Gilbert and Michael Brewer, but his recruiting never took off. He only received scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Rice and Washington State. High school teammate and longtime friend Luke Hutton remembers catching passes for Mayfield at a workout for Oregon State coaches. “He didn’t have one incompletion; he was just perfect,” said Hutton, who now plays at Harvard. “But they didn’t offer him. They offered a guy who was four inches taller.” Mayfield chose to walk on at Texas Tech, and by the season opener, had won the starting job. He completed 43 of 60 pass attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns against SMU in what is believed to be the first-ever season opener in which a walk-on true freshman quarterback started for a power five conference school. He ended up starting seven games — throwing for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions — but decided to transfer, he said, because he was frustrated with a lack of communication with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. Mayfield announced his plans to walk on at Oklahoma around the time of the Sugar Bowl, despite Knight’s incredible performance against the mighty Crimson Tide. Then in the OU spring game, he completed all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. His appeals to Texas Tech and the NCAA for immediate eligibility last season were denied, although he was put on scholarship last fall. Still, because he transferred within the Big 12 Conference, he not only had to sit out the 2014 season, but lost that year of eligibility. Knight failed to replicate his Sugar Bowl performance last season, and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel was fired. Riley — who tried unsuccessfully to recruit Mayfield to East Carolina after he left Texas Tech — runs a system similar to Kingsbury’s, leading many to believe Mayfield’s the best candidate to take over the OU offense in 2015. He’ll compete with Knight, sophomore Cody Thomas and redshirt freshman Justice Hansen for the job. “A whole lot of people doubted him about playing at OU,” said Hagen Patterson, another of Mayfield’s Lake Travis teammates who now plays at Columbia. “People would ask me, ‘What is Baker doing? What is he thinking?’ “I told them, ‘Just wait. He’ll find a way to play.’”