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Oklahoma State football notebook: First-year assistant coach Marcus Arroyo updates progress of running backsJul 30, 2015
STILLWATER — When Marcus Arroyo was hired as running backs coach at Oklahoma State this offseason, he inherited a position group marked by more questions than answers. With the departure of senior Desmond Roland, the addition of two junior college transfers — Chris Carson and Todd Mays — and the return of two tailbacks with OSU playing experience — Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor — there has...
Oklahoma State football notebook: First-year assistant coach Marcus Arroyo updates progress of running backs
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jul 30, 2015STILLWATER — When Marcus Arroyo was hired as running backs coach at Oklahoma State this offseason, he inherited a position group marked by more questions than answers. With the departure of senior Desmond Roland, the addition of two junior college transfers — Chris Carson and Todd Mays — and the return of two tailbacks with OSU playing experience — Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor — there has been much for Arroyo to digest through his first spring and summer on the job. Arroyo gave an update Thursday on where the position group stands entering fall camp. “I know the gains that Rennie made in the spring were really good,” Arroyo said. “He did a really good job of applying himself, the whole room did actually … Their challenge of having me come into the room was big because they didn’t know me and I didn’t know them. They embraced me and I think that was a really cool deal. “Rennie did a nice job of growing throughout and he did a nice job in the weight room. Todd Mays, a junior college transfer, got a little banged up in the spring, but he did a great job. Raymond Taylor did great. Chris I got to see right when he got here before we broke for the summer. He was here for a couple of weeks, and we spent a lot of time just getting to know each other. I’m a big believer in that so we can develop that trust. There’s a lot of really good things about him.” POSITION BATTLES HEAT UP AT PUNTER AND IN RETURN GAME OSU special teams coach Robby Discher spoke with reporters for the first time Thursday since joining the program as a graduate assistant in spring 2014. Discher provided insight on position battles as the Cowboys enter fall camp without two key starters from a season ago: punter Kip Smith and return man Tyreek Hill. Discher says three players are in competition for punts: redshirt freshmen Zach Sinor (Medina Valley, Texas) and Matt Hockett (Norman), along with incoming freshman Lane Reazin (Woodward). “Sinor is very, very talented, obviously he’s on scholarship here,” Discher said. “If he wins the job, I have a lot of confidence in him. “(Hockett) traveled to every game last year. We were able to redshirt him, but he was like our backup everywhere. So if something happened to Kip or something happened to Ben (Grogan), he was going in.” The frontrunners to replace Hill in the return game are much less clear. OSU featured wide receiver Brandon Sheperd on both punts and kicks against Washington in the Cactus Bowl, but a large group of athletes from both sides of the ball will have an opportunity to win the job. “All those guys have been working their tails off catching punts and kicks in the summer,” Discher said. “We’ve probably got 20 guys that want to do it, but you can’t get that many guys reps. It’s going to be five or six guys, then we’ll probably cut it to two or three pretty quick. We’ve got a lot of guys vying for that. I really don’t know who it’s going to be yet. It’s kind of nerve wracking, but exciting.” COULD A TRUE FRESHMAN DEFENSIVE TACKLE CONTRIBUTE IN 2015? When news broke that sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni tore his Achilles during summer conditioning and would miss the 2015 season following surgery, a short list of replacements for the projected starter emerged. Sophomore Vincent Taylor and junior college transfer Motekiai Maile appear to be frontrunners, along with the potential for junior Eric Davis, sophomore Ben Hughes and others to contribute. But what are the chances OSU turns to a true freshman to help fill the void? Darrion Daniels, a 6-foot-3 and 320-pound defensive tackle from Bishop Dunne High School (Texas), was among the Cowboys' highest-rated signees of the 2015 recruiting class. In an interview with ESPN earlier this month, Daniels said his goal this season was to "make an immediate impact, come in early and do what I can." OSU defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements was asked Thursday to assess whether Daniels will be in a position to do just that in 2015. "That's a hard question to answer right now," Clements said. "Let's just say this — every practice we have, every meeting we have, every walk-through we have, everything we do is going to be very important for him. That he can handle the information and then carry it out on the field and perform in a manner that can help us win a Big 12 championship. If he can do that, it will determine how big of a role he plays." BY KYLE FREDRICKSON
Oklahoma State added a second running back to its 2016 recruiting class Monday when La'Darren Brown — a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster from DeSoto High School (Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys. Blessed & proud to say I'm a cowboy I have officially committed to the University of Oklahoma St @coacharroyoosu pic.twitter.com/4HxkTh7sEW — Ldee Brown ✌️ (@LdeeBrown1) July 27,...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys receive verbal commitment from 2016 running back La'Darren Brown
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 27, 2015Oklahoma State added a second running back to its 2016 recruiting class Monday when La'Darren Brown — a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster from DeSoto High School (Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys. Blessed & proud to say I'm a cowboy I have officially committed to the University of Oklahoma St @coacharroyoosu pic.twitter.com/4HxkTh7sEW — Ldee Brown ✌️ (@LdeeBrown1) July 27, 2015 // Brown missed the majority of his junior season last year with a dislocated elbow, but has gained plenty of recruiting traction throughout summer with impressive combine performances. Brown clocked a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at an Alabama football camp, according to Scout.com, and then went sub 4.4 in Stillwater, according to GoPokes.com. "Speed, all day speed," Brown told Scout when asked about his strengths. "My versatility. You can just put me anywhere on the field." Rivals lists Brown as a two-star rated all-purpose back and Scout tagged him as a three-star rated athlete. Brown holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, SMU and Louisville. Three days after OSU extended its offer on June 14, Brown told GoPokes what stood out about his time at camp in Stillwater: "The drills were good and I really liked the facilities. The fields are beautiful and the indoor is really nice. I liked it all." Brown is the second running back and 11th overall player verbally committed to OSU's 2016 signing class. Where the list stands today: RB Justice Hill — Booker T. Washington HS (Oklahoma) CB Malik Kearse — Fort Scott CC (Kansas) CB Madre Harper — Lamar HS (Texas) QB Nick Starkel — Liberty Christian HS (Texas) CB Rodarius Williams — Calvary Baptist HS (Louisiana) OT Teven Jenkins — Topeka HS (Kansas) WR Dillon Stoner — Jenks HS (Oklahoma) LB Devin Harper — Karns HS (Tennessee) LB Amen Ogbongbemiga — Notre Dame HS (Canada) OT Dylan Galloway — Coppell HS (Texas) RB La'Darren Brown — DeSoto HS (Texas)
Jul 26, 2015
An abbreviated version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Tulsa painter tackles issue of American Indian mascots with artistic helmet series Under the bright lights, a gleaming line of helmets showcase mascots and logos no team has ever worn -- and almost certainly, no team ever will. A portrait of the pope in his tall hat called a mitre. An American Indian...
Tulsa artist Matthew Bearden takes on American Indian mascot issue with painted helmet series
Brandy McDonnell | Jul 26, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3746143[/img] An abbreviated version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Tulsa painter tackles issue of American Indian mascots with artistic helmet series Under the bright lights, a gleaming line of helmets showcase mascots and logos no team has ever worn -- and almost certainly, no team ever will. A portrait of the pope in his tall hat called a mitre. An American Indian warrior with the feathers of his war bonnet rendered instead as bullets and bombs. A white devil bearing a wide grin. “You still have the Red Devils, you got your Blue Devils, and now you got your White Devils,” said the artist, Matthew Bearden. “A little message behind it … but some of it is just fun.” A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Bearden is addressing the controversial issue of American Indian sports mascots through his latest project, a series of hand-painted helmets titled “Sacred Mascots.” The Tulsa painter most recently showed the painted helmets at Oklahoma City’s Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, where he is a longtime exhibitor in the art market. “He’s one of the young guns, I would say. There’s a group of young artists here in Oklahoma that are making impressions throughout the country. And he’s one of the ones that’s kind of leading the way and making some statement art, and I think those helmets are a good example of what he’s done,” said Red Earth Deputy Director Eric Oesch. “Some of these young guys are kind of branching out and exploring more contemporary art … and that just goes to show that native art doesn’t have to be traditional native imagery.” [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3746144[/img] Versatile artist Broad-shouldered and fair-skinned, the painter practically personifies the wisdom of the old adage “appearances can be deceiving.” Bearden said he’s aware he looks more like a jock than an artist and more like a “white guy” than an American Indian. But along with his Citizen Potawatomi heritage, he has Kickapoo, Menominee and Lakota Sioux ancestry, as well as an affinity for the Osage people that comes from growing up in Osage County, home of the Osage Nation. “When I was at Santa Fe (N.M.) at school everyone there thought I was an instructor. … Nobody thought I was a student because I was a white guy. It wasn’t reverse-discrimination. People were just surprised,” he said. “I don’t have to deal with the prejudices that my mother and her brothers had growing up.” Growing up in Hominy, he was devoted to sports, playing baseball, soccer, basketball and football and running track. He also enjoyed creating art from a young age and studied graphic design at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah before attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Apart from a few portraits of University of Oklahoma football players, he said his love of sports and art never really intersected before “Sacred Mascots.” “Now, I’ve actually written a graphic novel -- haven’t had time to draw it -- and it’s a football-based story. So there you go, it’s kind of coming out,” said Bearden, who spent much of the past winter working on a mural for Schlumberger Limited that chronicles the history of the oilfield services company’s Kellyville training center. “I’ve always painted all kinds of things.” His artwork ranges from to portraits, wildlife paintings and murals that aren’t overtly American Indian to both traditional and contemporary pieces that explicitly express his native heritage. At Oklahoma City’s Kasum Contemporary Fine Art, Bearden’s “The Poser” depicts an American Indian man in traditional dress against a bright pink and orange background reminiscent of Mark Rothko’s famed color-block paintings. His “30 Century Man,” featuring a man in a buffalo horn helmet wearing an elaborate gas mask, gives off a distinctively apocalyptic vibe. Bearden is the only American Indian artist represented at the Plaza District gallery, said Kasum Director and CEO Tony Morton. “I really, really like … the direction of where Matthew’s work is going. It started whenever he kind of left the static, traditional portraiture and started to become slightly surreal. I think he was playing with how to insert unexpected memes into his work,” said Morton, who is also Citizen Potawatomi. “One of the things that I really like about his work, especially in the portraiture, is that he’s kind of evolved the work so that he’s approaching the modern native as a modern person.” [img width="611" height="387" style="" render="w620"]3746145[/img] ‘Sacred Mascots’ Bearden’s “Sacred Mascots” series takes on the hot-button modern issue of American Indian sports mascots. A federal judge this month ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations. Although the NFL team’s president immediately vowed to appeal, it was a big decision in the 20-year battle over the team name, which many American Indian activists say is disparaging. In Oklahoma City, Capitol Hill High School is gearing up for its first year as the Red Wolves after the school board voted unanimously in December to ditch the Redskins moniker. Bearden said he was inspired to start his series of paintings on helmets last fall while trying to explain the native perspective on such mascots to his wife, Camden, who is not American Indian. “I said it would be like Notre Dame putting the pope on their helmet. … Notre Dame would never do that,” Bearden said. “Basically, he’s the chief and he wears a sacred hat and that’s kind of what you get when you start doing chiefs wearing bonnets. Those are religious objects that someone had to earn the right to wear. … You had to earn the right to wear a feather. So, I told my wife, ‘You know what, I’m gonna paint that on a helmet,’ so I did.” Titled “Cupo di Roma,” his helmet picturing the pope won a ribbon at last year’s Cherokee Art Market at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, although the win was not without controversy. “I was approached by a Catholic … and he was a little upset. He went through the long history of the church helping native people, and I said, ‘Look, this is not a knock on Catholicism. It’s just an example, but if you are offended, then maybe you could understand why Native Americans might be,” Bearden said. “I’m not a huge activist but some of these things kind of touch my heart, so I’ll paint them.” Along many schools have ditched nicknames like Savages, Braves and Warriors to avoid offending, the artist acknowledged the issue isn’t that simple. The teams in his hometown are the Hominy Bucks. “Our mascot is an Osage Warrior, but if you tried to change the mascot, the Osage people would be strongly against that,” Bearden said, recalling the pushback a new coach got when he proposed covering the warrior logo on the basketball court. “Redskins, that’s not so good. But some of the mascots I think are done respectfully and are approved by whoever they’re supposed to represent.” [img width="386" height="490" style="" render="w620"]3746146[/img] Helmet messages Beyond the mascot issue -- his “White Devil” helmet is a comment on “Red Devils,” another team mascot that many activists consider offensive -- Bearden has used the unusual canvas helmets provide to pay homage to his heroes, have a bit of fun and make satirical comments on other social issues. His helmet titled “Grandpa Johnny Bruno” features a portrait of his maternal grandfather, who was a first-cousin of Jim Thorpe. Another depicts Patrick Swayze and a tube of Brylcreem, a tribute to the actor’s character from the film adaptation of the Tulsa novelist S.E. Hinton’s book “The Outsiders.” Painted bullet holes riddle a white helmet adorned with a pansy and a pistol. Along with doing commissions, Bearden is working on new paintings for this fall’s Indian Summer Festival in Bartlesville Cherokee Art Market at Hard Rock Tulsa as well as a 2016 state Capitol exhibit, where he hopes to unveil a planned portrait of Thorpe. Plus, he plans to continue painting on helmets. “I’ve got my garage full of helmets right now. I’m friends with a few football coaches here in the Tulsa area, and I’ve already loaded up on inventory. I’ve got a lot more ideas to do, and not all of them are tackling the mascot controversy,” he said. “It’s been pretty interesting, the response so far.” TO KNOW MORE To learn more about Matthew Bearden’s artwork, search for him on Facebook or email email@example.com. UPCOMING EVENTS Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival When: Sept. 17-20. Where: Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd. Information: okindiansummer.org. Cherokee Art Market When: Oct. 10-11. Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 770 W Cherokee Street, Catoosa. Information: cherokeeartmarket.com. -BAM
2016 Oklahoma State verbal commit Tyrell Alexander — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete from Lancaster High School (Texas) — has reopened his recruitment, according to Alex King of thefootballbraniacs.com. 2016 Lancaster, TX WR, Tyrell Alexander (@T_Real07) tells me he's decommitted from #OKState and re-opened his recruitment. @WEBOrecruiting1 — Alex King (@AKing_TFB) July 25, 2015 Alexander, an...
Report: 2016 Oklahoma State football verbal commit Tyrell Alexander reopens recruitment
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 26, 20152016 Oklahoma State verbal commit Tyrell Alexander — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete from Lancaster High School (Texas) — has reopened his recruitment, according to Alex King of thefootballbraniacs.com. 2016 Lancaster, TX WR, Tyrell Alexander (@T_Real07) tells me he's decommitted from #OKState and re-opened his recruitment. @WEBOrecruiting1 — Alex King (@AKing_TFB) July 25, 2015 Alexander, an ESPN-rated four-star prospect, pledged to OSU back in April during the Cowboys' spring game. He's received double-digit scholarship offers from programs like Arkansas, Baylor, TCU, West Virginia and others. OSU now has 10 players verbally commited to its 2016 class: RB Justice Hill — Booker T. Washington HS (Oklahoma) CB Malik Kearse — Fort Scott CC (Kansas) CB Madre Harper — Lamar HS (Texas) QB Nick Starkel — Liberty Christian HS (Texas) CB Rodarius Williams — Calvary Baptist HS (Louisiana) OT Teven Jenkins — Topeka HS (Kansas) WR Dillon Stoner — Jenks HS (Oklahoma) LB Devin Harper — Karns HS (Tennessee) LB Amen Ogbongbemiga — Notre Dame HS (Canada) OT Dylan Galloway — Coppell HS (Texas)
Jul 26, 2015
The small sample sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback.
Oklahoma State football: All eyes fixed on Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph
BY JOHN HELSLEY | Jul 26, 2015STILLWATER – For all the unbridled gushy expectations attached to Mason Rudolph, and in turn this Cowboys season, Mike Gundy offers a gentle reminder: “He’s only played three games." And Gundy is right, although the small sample size sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback. Rudolph looks the part, at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, with a big and accurate arm. His credentials are strong, too, from his high school standout days as a premium recruit to his initial exposure in three games late last season. Still, there’s at least a little curiosity about what’s next for the sophomore. And that’s not limited to outside the program. As soon as last season ended, eyes remained on Rudolph, to see how he’d respond to his instant success. “I watched. I observed,” said senior receiver David Glidden. “I’ve always been a guy who observes things going on around me, especially going into my senior year, it’s a big year for me, whether we’re going to make a bowl game or not. “Yeah, I want to look out for my teammates for one, but I want to see how they handle themselves at the same time.” Rudolph, after all, is now entrusted with a hefty part of Oklahoma State’s near and extended future, installed as the No. 1 quarterback, even with former starter and senior J.W. Walsh back healthy after a mostly lost 2014 season. And life changed dramatically for Rudolph in his first year on campus. As of late November, he remained under wraps as a Cowboy, seemingly embedded as a redshirt and the QB of the future. But with Walsh out as the starter and replacement Daxx Garman battered and dealing with concussion symptoms, Rudolph was needed. “Flip of a switch,” Glidden said. “That’s what it was.” OSU was mired in a four-game losing streak at the time, and Rudolph’s first start, at Baylor, saw the skid reach five. Still, Rudolph played well enough to spur hope in Waco. Then came the upset of Oklahoma and the bowl win over Washington, elevating Rudolph to big man on campus almost overnight. That can be a lot to handle for a kid just 19 at the time. “So did I watch him? Yeah,” Glidden said. “And I’d say he passed with flying colors.” Still, eyes will be firmly fixed on Rudolph going forward, although there’s less curiosity now inside the Cowboys camp. “I think the challenge for him was in the offseason,” said Gundy. “Everybody was looking for him to be a leader and to continue what he started. I think he’s handled it well over the summer.” Glidden is eager to see how Rudolph handles the next step, and how high it goes. “For him, it’s as good as he wants to be,” Glidden said. “If he wants to be that good, he’ll be that good.” Projected starter (height, weight, classification) | Career starts at OSU Mason Rudolph (6-4, 230, sophomore) 3 Backups (height, weight, classification) J.W. Walsh (6-2, 215, senior) 10 John Kolar (6-4, 190, freshman) 0 Future outlook Rudolph is the present and the future, with three years of eligibility remaining. If he excels, there’s the possibility that he could jump to the NFL following his junior season, considering the premium on quarterback play in the pros. Still, that’s assuming a lot at this point. OSU has never had a quarterback declare early for the NFL. Walsh is a senior, so his career is coming to an end. John Kolar, a true freshman from Norman North, enrolled early and went through spring drills with the Cowboys, impressing coaches. He’s a redshirt candidate for 2015. OSU currently claims a commitment from prep quarterback Nick Starkel out of Liberty Christian High School in Texas. Starkel is a three-star prospect and the No. 5 quarterback in Texas by Scout.com.
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Associated Press | Jul 20, 2015Good evening. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Louisiana. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-New Orleans bureau at 504-523-3931 or email@example.com. Chevel Johnson is on the desk. AP-Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 404-653-8460 or JVanAnglen@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORIES: SCHOOL MONEY BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana owes local public schools $137 million because state lawmakers didn't properly pass previous school funding formulas, a state district judge ruled Monday. The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board filed a lawsuit claiming the Legislature didn't meet passage requirements for the formula used in the 2013-14 budget year. Thirty other local school boards, nearly half of Louisiana's parish school boards, joined the lawsuit. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 535 words. JET CRASH-INVESTIGATION NORFOLK, Va. — A decorated combat veteran who died in an F-15 crash in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia was incapacitated and unable to eject, according to an Air Force investigation released Monday. Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr., a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, was killed in the Aug. 27 crash near Deerfield, about 135 miles northwest of Richmond. By Brock Vergakis. SENT: 606 words. DEAD ZONE LAWSUIT NEW ORLEANS — It will be at least spring before there's a new ruling by the federal judge who ordered the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 to act to regulate farm runoff and other pollution blamed for the Gulf of Mexico's annual oxygen-depleted "dead zone." An appeals court ordered District Judge Jay Zainey in March to reassess his order telling EPA to set limits on the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorous in U.S. waterways. Those elements 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. An order signed Friday says Zainey will base his ruling on written motions and responses from both sides. The schedule's final deadline for those filings is March 16. SENT: 238 words. FROM AP MEMBERS: EARLY COLLEGE OPTION GONZALES — A River Parishes Community College program that lets students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree will have its largest freshman class yet when school begins Aug. 10. More than 100 ninth-graders have enrolled in what's called the Early College Option program, a partnership of the community college and the Ascension Parish school district. Early College Option lets public high school students attend the college in Gonzales for all four years of high school while they are still considered enrolled in their home high schools. Students enroll in the program a year at a time, and will take both high school and college classes. When they graduate, they'll have both a high school diploma and an associate's degree in humanities. SENT: 314 words. YOUNGSVILLE GROWTH YOUNGSVILLE — Officials are debating whether to levy a fee for each new residential permit issued in Youngsville that would generate income needed to maintain infrastructure in the coming years. Mayor Ken Ritter said Youngsville's robust population growth — over a thousand permits for new homes issued over the past two years — is putting a strain on the roads, sewer system and other public works responsibilities. Ritter is proposing charging residential developers and home builders a $2,250 impact fee that ultimately would be paid by home buyers. Ritter said the fee is a figure he came up with to get the discussion started. If the five-member City Council approves its passage, Youngsville would be the first government in Lafayette Parish to impose the fee. SENT: 348 words. LAFAYETTE-RETAIL SALES LAFAYETTE — Lafayette Parish retail sales were down by 9 percent in May 2015 compared with May 2014. It's a dip local economic development officials blame on weak oil prices slowing activity in the oil patch. The figures, the most recent available because reporting is behind actual sales by several weeks, were released Friday by the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. May 2015 saw $484 million in sales, compared with $535 million in May 2014. April 2015 sales were off by 5 percent — $494 million in 2015 compared with $522 million in 2014. Year-to-date sales as of May are down 2 percent from 2014, which was a record year for retail in Lafayette Parish. SENT: 278 words. IN BRIEF: --LOUISIANA GOVERNOR-FUNDRAISING — U.S. Sen. David Vitter continues his strong fundraising in the Louisiana governor's race. The Republican candidate for governor said Monday he raised more than $1.3 million in the most recent fundraising quarter ending July 16. SENT: 140 words. --ST TAMMANY FRACKING — St. Tammany Parish says it has told Helis Oil & Gas to stop work on an exploratory well for a proposed fracking project near Mandeville. SENT: 128 words. --VANDALS ARRESTED — Three people have been arrested in connection with vandalism of logging equipment earlier this month in Ouachita Parish. SENT: 140 words. --SHRIMP SEASON-LOUISIANA — The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday to consider open dates for the 2015 autumn shrimp season. That means the season will likely open before the commission's next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 6. SENT: 133 words. --LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN DEATHS — New Orleans police say a 5-year-old boy died Sunday evening in Lake Pontchartrain at about the same spot where a 7-year-old girl drowned Saturday. SENT: 119 words. --LOTTERY RESULTS — The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says nobody won three big weekend drawings, so the jackpots are growing. SENT: 67 words. --TICKFAW POLICE — After serving as Tickfaw's police chief for six months, Frank DiBenedetto feels the department is moving in the right direction. SENT: 129 words. --LOUISIANA REGIONAL AIRPORT — The Louisiana Regional Airport just outside Gonzales grew by about 30 acres last week. SENT: 130 words. --SEX TRAFFICKING SENTENCE — U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says a 26-year-old Dallas man who created a radio program called "Cheap Hoes Gotta Go" has been sentenced after admitting he brought a 16-year-old to Louisiana as a prostitute. SENT: 130 words. --PONZI SCHEME — U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says a Lake Charles man has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in a $5.8 million Ponzi scheme. SENT: 121 words. --OFFSHORE STUDENTS — Marine zoology students at Nicholls State got a rare chance to study offshore aquatic life, thanks to a Mississippi research vessel. SENT: 137 words. --NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING — Three teenagers are recovering after being shot during a fight outside of a Kenner nightclub. SENT: 121 words. IN SPORTS: SUN BELT-MEDIA DAY NEW ORLEANS — Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson wants the league's football programs to work on shedding their "addiction" to big-money, non-conference matchups with heavily favored, Power Five programs. More non-league games with "peer conferences" would improve the chances of a Sun Belt team going unbeaten and getting a bid to one of six prestigious New Year's Day bowl games, the commissioner said at the conference's media day Monday. By Brett Martel. SENT: 834 words. SPORTS IN BRIEF: --PELICANS-BABBITT — The New Orleans Pelicans have re-signed free agent forward Luke Babbitt, who has become one of the club's most accurate long-range shooters. The 6-foot-9 Babbitt played in 63 games with 19 starts last season, averaging 4.1 points in 13.2 minutes per game. He shot 51.3 percent from 3-point range. SENT: 140 words. --LSU-ATHLETIC FUNDS — LSU's athletic department says it'll transfer $10 million to the university -- about $3 million more than its required payment. SENT: 123 words. _____ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at email@example.com or 877-836-9477. MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Louisiana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.
Jul 20, 2015
I'm a rule-keeper. I didn't get kicked out of high school once. But there was one night when I was on the run from the law. I didn't get caught. I fear it may have changed my life forever.
Columnist wonders how his life would be different if he hadn’t run from the law
Steve Eaton, Deseret News | Jul 20, 2015Recently, I’ve been reading through old journals trying to figure out what went wrong and how I got so old, when I remembered a fateful decision I made one night that led me to a life of one crime. I’m a rule keeper. I’m not proud of it. Captain Kirk would not like me. I don’t tear the tags off of my mattresses, I put my seat on the airplane in an upright position when we are landing and even to this day I make sure the water is running when I turn on the garbage disposal. (My mom made that rule and I still stress that I’ll get the sequence wrong and turn off the water before I shut off the disposal.) That makes this story I am about to share all the more unbelievable, but it’s true and it wasn’t a dream. When I was a teenager, several of my friends and I decided we would become certified scuba divers. We lived in Washington state where they had put up an ocean on one side of the state that could be used for recreational purposes — by polar bears and other arctic animals who didn’t mind the freezing temperature of the water. The chain of circumstances that made me a wanted man had nothing to do with my underwater exploits, however, but what happened on the way home from our scuba lessons that took place in a swimming pool. Once a week, we would carpool to class that was held in a city that was about 20 minutes from our home town. One of two cars would be taken and both of them were old, worn-out cars that we called “beaters.” I drove a 1963 Bonneville Pontiac, and I can’t remember what my friend drove. A favorite topic of conversation was the debate about whose car was faster. One day the other driver showed up late so he drove to class alone. That meant when we got out of class there were two cars available for the trip home. As we walked to our cars, my friend challenged me to a street race. Actually, it was a race to be held in a parking lot. Like I said, even back then I was a rule keeper, but as I sized up the situation I realized it would be an off-road race, through a deserted parking lot, near a school that would include two speed bumps and probably would not top 35 mph. I agreed. All cheered and began shouting that we were about to witness “The Battle of the Beaters!” People voted for the car they thought would win by getting into it. One person ended up in my car because there was no room for him in the other car. We pulled up to an imaginary starting line and someone shouted, “Go!” and both cars sort of moaned as we pushed the gas pedals to the floor. I won and I doubt we even topped 40 mph. The speed bumps put a real damper on things. When we got out to the main road and headed to the local hamburger stand for our traditional after-class feast, my friend made it clear, by pulling his car next to my car and making excited gestures, that he wanted a rematch on a street that had real traffic and no speed bumps. I would have nothing to do with the idea. We stopped for food and once it came, I decided to escape this dangerous situation by flying off into the night and eating our food on the run. It didn’t work. He caught up and it started all over again. He would drive up close behind me. Then he would pull alongside me and slowly move into my lane. Then he would drive ahead of me and slow down suddenly. I knew if a cop saw us we would get serious tickets and who knows what might happen if we both went screaming ahead at speeds topping 45 mph. So, I waited until my foe was ahead of me and I suddenly slowed down and took a hard left into a residential neighborhood that was just a couple of miles from my house. My goal was to just get one turn ahead of him and park and watch him go off into the night chasing his own shadow. It didn’t work. He caught up and started chasing me around the neighborhood. Sometime during that process we passed a police cruiser, and I’m guessing that he radioed into all the cops in my home town — all four of them — telling them that a real car chase was underway and he was in pursuit. As we approached a big intersection near my home, my passenger shouted at me that there were “cops everywhere!” I went through the intersection, into the parking lot of a small grocery store, and made a decision that would change my life. I reasoned if the cops were behind my friend, and my friend was behind me, then the angry flashing lights weren’t officially about me and I was under no obligation to stop. That store had been built on a field I used to play in as a child, so I went behind the store, drove on a rough path through the weeds and ended up back on the street in the clear, headed for my house that was only two blocks away. It was like Smokey and the Bandit without the car jumps or Daisy. I did not go home but instead drove down a long dirt driveway nearby and parked my car behind a friend’s house on his lawn — without even asking permission first. It was the wild, reckless behavior of a lawless man. I told my passenger that he was on his own and we both went scrambling off into shadows, running as if we were down behind enemy lines. After I got home, it was only a few minutes later that a cruiser pulled into my driveway. I watched him on my hands and knees peeking out through our front window from our darkened house. I prayed he would not knock on the door and wake up my parents. I didn’t turn on the lights and resisted the instinct to run outside to confess to him. It worked. He left. The next day when I went to school, I found out that my friend had received a $300 ticket and been ordered to go to driving school for several weeks. That was a big deal because $300 in the 1970s was enough to buy a new beater or several silk disco shirts. The chase even made the newspaper. I parked my car, and for the next few weeks, I walked the six blocks to school instead of driving. I assumed a very low profile. I tried to blend in and not draw any attention to myself, as if I was in a very low-budget witness protection program run by dim criminals. When I drove, I wore a disguise. I wonder if I hadn’t been so focused on flying below the radar, would I have been drafted into the NFL right out of high school? What if I had access to unlimited cash and fame early in my life? Would I have been tempted to do something worse, like partially deflating footballs? I guess I’ll never know for sure. I do know that my life with one crime sure hasn’t paid. I’m still driving a beater. I wonder what went wrong.
Barnett, a former prep football star at Tulsa Washington, has started every game for the Wildcats over the past two years and returns as the team’s top tackler with 176 career stops. He received second-team All-Big 12 honors from league coaches following the 2014 season.
Big 12: Q&A with Kansas State safety and former Tulsa Washington standout Dante Barnett
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jul 20, 2015DALLAS — Dante Barnett grew up playing high school football in Oklahoma. Today, he’s a preseason All-Big 12 safety at Kansas State. Barnett, a former prep football star at Tulsa Washington, has started every game for the Wildcats over the past two years and returns as the team’s top tackler with 176 career stops. He received second-team All-Big 12 honors from league coaches following the 2014 season. Barnett is also the latest in a long line of Oklahomans to play at KSU, following in the footsteps of the four Tulsa Washington alumni — Keenan Taylor, along with Kevin, Aaron and Tyler Lockett — and Jenks’ Tremaine Thompson. Barnett discussed his roots with reporters Monday in Dallas during Big 12 Media Days. Q: What are some of your earliest memories playing football in Oklahoma and how did they shape you? A: “I played up a grade and they threw me in at corner. I remember doing some football drills against some of the older guys where you lay on your back, get up, and try to make a tackle. They were juking me, I was missing tackles … I think that’s what built the hard work in me and the will, because I remember crying at practice sometimes just because I couldn’t tackle.” How much pride do you take in having those roots? “I think all athletes out of Tulsa take pride in where we’re from and we love to represent the state of Oklahoma when we go off somewhere … Tulsa has been supporting me and every other athlete since I was probably in elementary and middle school. Tulsa has watched me grow into the player I am now and after every game I see all the social media tweets and pictures about the support that they give me and all the other players out of Tulsa … I love it. Being a student-athlete, you can’t go home as much as you really want to. But just knowing that you have people back home that support you is great. It keeps you motivated during the season.” What’s been the most rewarding part of playing for Kansas State? “Me just growing as a player, I would say. Everyone is athletic in college football, but me being able to study my game in the film room and learn from other players, it’s been great. I’ve loved the experience traveling from state to state, playing games in different stadiums that I would dream of playing in when I was younger.” How do you assess the high expectations for your unit entering the 2015 season? “We kind of know the talent that we have in the back row, but we have to go out and show it. I don’t think any of us are the type where we hear the praise and we kind of get complacent with where we’re at. We still want to go out there and show the things we can do.” Have you taken more time to appreciate the process going into your senior year? “At times, because you know, it’s your last go-round … Now you’re in college and you’re going into your senior season, it’s like, ‘Alright, let’s end it with a bang and let’s have a great season.’ So then, you can further your chances of playing at the next level.”
Jul 19, 2015
TULSA — Tulsa Washington was down 3-0 at halftime against Midwest City in Week 1 last season, and its star running back suffered a dislocated shoulder. But Justice Hill would not be denied. “He was determined because he knew how important that game was,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler recalled. “He wasn’t going to sit back until he knew that game was in hand. So he goes out after...
SUPER 30: Justice Hill's versatility will pay off for Hornets
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jul 19, 2015TULSA — Tulsa Washington was down 3-0 at halftime against Midwest City in Week 1 last season, and its star running back suffered a dislocated shoulder. But Justice Hill would not be denied. “He was determined because he knew how important that game was,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler recalled. “He wasn’t going to sit back until he knew that game was in hand. So he goes out after halftime and scores our only offensive touchdown of the game to break it open for us.” That was a reoccurring story line for Hill, the first verbal commit of Oklahoma State’s 2016 recruiting class, as he battled through injury his entire junior season — despite raking up more than 1,400 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. “It was really irritating, especially at the beginning of the year,” Hill said in a February interview with okpreps.tv. “I would come into a game, it popped out. I went to the next game, it popped out. And the next game after that, it did the same thing.” Even then, Hill’s injury-plagued performance was more than enough for OSU to offer a scholarship. And following offseason shoulder surgery and a completed rehabilitation program, it’s anyone’s guess how much better Hill might become. “It’s good to see he’s back,” Dantzler said. “But I don’t think anyone has seen him at his best outside of watching practice.” At 5-feet-10 and 190-pounds, Dantzler says Hill’s top talent that will translate to the college game is his versatility. Tulsa Washington will ask Hill to run through defenders in power formation sets this season along with his duties as a slot receiver. Ever since Hill emerged as a star midway through his sophomore season, rushing for 200 yards in his first start, Dantzler has looked for creative ways to get Hill the ball. “After that,” Dantzler said, “we couldn’t take him off the field.” Dantzler also says Hill is as impressive outside of football. “He’s a high character kid,” he said. “When you look at his grades, personality and the way he carries himself, there’s not much baggage — if any — that you have to worry about as a coach. He says all the right things, and he does all the right things. “He’s someone you can build a program around.” Hill spent the offseason as a standout member of Tulsa Washington’s sprint relay team working on his speed while also gaining strength in the weight room. Since verbally committing to OSU, Houston and Louisville have also offered Hill scholarships. But consider this: Hill’s father, aunt and uncle all attended OSU. He’s a self-proclaimed lifelong Cowboys fan. That has Hill dreaming in orange and black as he prepares for his final high school season. “You’ve just got to prioritize and work hard,” Hill told okpreps.tv. “You’ll achieve your goals if you want to.”
Super 30: Jenks safety Austin Quillen's SEC opportunity a direct reflection of work ethic, playing styleJul 15, 2015
At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Quillen wondered how far his talent might take him at the next level. Could he contend in what’s widely considered the nation’s top college football conference? “Looking at myself as an SEC player?” Quillen reflected. “That didn’t hit me until Vanderbilt offered.”
Super 30: Jenks safety Austin Quillen's SEC opportunity a direct reflection of work ethic, playing style
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 15, 2015JENKS — Austin Quillen established himself as one of the state’s top football prospects with a playing style that matched his intensity. The senior Jenks safety earned a reputation as a workout warrior and it transitioned to his play on the field. “That’s probably, to me, his strongest suit,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. “He’s just a tenacious kid.” But still, at 6-feet and 195 pounds, Quillen wondered how far his talent might take him at the next level. Could he contend in what’s widely considered the nation’s top college football conference? “Looking at myself as an SEC player?” Quillen reflected. “That didn’t hit me until Vanderbilt offered.” Quillen accepted the challenge and committed back in April. “The secondary coach from Vanderbilt just loves him,” Trimble said. “He fits their mold. He’s a hard hitter and a great open-field tackler. He’s very instinctive, and they’re not worried about the size thing as much.” Trimble — who has known Quillen since he first attended Jenks football camps in his early elementary days — says those talents are only strengthened in the spotlight. “He’s had a couple of amazing moments,” Trimble said. “He always plays well in the big games.” A good example? When Quillen was just a sophomore, Jenks battled Owasso in the state playoffs. Late in the fourth quarter, Owasso put together a comeback drive that threatened the Jenks lead. Enter Quillen, who laid a monster hit that jarred the ball loose and sealed a victory on the road to a state championship. “He also knocked himself out cold,” Trimble said. Added Quillen: “I remember the game. I don’t remember that play.” As Quillen looks forward to the opportunity before him at Vanderbilt, he understands the process ahead. There are no guarantees he’ll contribute immediately his first season, but he’s hoping to increase his chances by putting in the necessary work. “It’s all about how much weight I can put on and what size I can get,” Quillen said. “For now, they’ve talked about using me in a Nickel package my first year and then moving me to safety.” Quillen called the Vanderbilt campus and facilities “beautiful” and says the coaching staff “really sealed the deal” for him. But for now, his main focus is what lies ahead this fall — the opportunity to win a fourth-consecutive state title. “It really hits you how fast life moves,” Quillen said. “Three years have already gone by and I’ve got three trophies, three rings with my team. It would be such a disappointment to fall short in my fourth and last year.” -- No. 12: Austin Quillen School: Jenks Height: 6-0 Weight: 200 Position: Safety Committed to: Vanderbilt (April 12) -- The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Friday with No. 10 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 15. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 210 14. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170 13. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 12. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-2, 200 11. Austin Quillen, S, Jenks, 6-0, 195
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Tuesday with No. 13 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 18. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 200 17. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-0, 230 16. Max Wariboko-Alali, DB, Casady, 5-11, 170 15. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 210 14.
The Oklahoman's Super 30
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 12, 2015The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Tuesday with No. 13 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 18. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 200 17. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-0, 230 16. Max Wariboko-Alali, DB, Casady, 5-11, 170 15. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 210 14. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170
How OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's brilliance carried him from Muleshoe and onto the coaching fast trackJul 11, 2015
Stop almost anywhere in Muleshoe, where grain elevators create the cityscape, and you’re sure to hear a story about its new favorite son.
How OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's brilliance carried him from Muleshoe and onto the coaching fast track
By Jason Kersey | Jul 11, 2015MULESHOE, Texas — As Debbie Conner stood at the chalkboard during her Muleshoe High School honors math courses, one student always sat in the back, rarely taking notes. It would have been easy to mistake him for a goof-off if not for the occasional question as Conner was explaining some difficult formula. “Couldn’t you just do it this way?” he would ask before detailing an alternate route to the right answer. Other students groaned. “Shut up! We don’t understand what you’re saying!” Thirteen years later, Lincoln Riley is using that uncanny brain power in a different realm as Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator, hired by Bob Stoops in January to coach quarterbacks and reinvigorate a Sooner offense that had grown stagnant. The 31-year-old whiz is regarded nationally as one of football’s top young offensive minds, and his rapid rise in the college football coaching world affirms that label. “He had shortcuts that I didn’t even know about,” Conner said. “He’s one of the smartest kids I’ve ever taught. He’s brilliant.” His success can all be traced back to Muleshoe, a small West Texas farm town on the South Plains — located 70 miles northwest of Lubbock, 30 miles east of the New Mexico border and nearly 400 miles southwest of Norman — where four Rileys have quarterbacked the high school team and everyone insists Lincoln can do anything. “I always thought, ‘This is the child who can go out and discover the cure for cancer or do whatever he wants to,’” said Alice Liles, who taught Lincoln’s Advanced Placement English class. “And what does he want to do? He wants to coach football.” ‘What better thing could happen to Muleshoe?’ Stop almost anywhere in Muleshoe, where grain elevators create the cityscape, and you’re sure to hear a story about its new favorite son. At Williams General Store on American Boulevard — one of Muleshoe’s two main roads — owner Roger Williams beams with pride and promises that by football season, he’ll have plenty of Oklahoma apparel and memorabilia in stock. Sooner gear is in high demand here these days. Muleshoe old-timers gather most mornings at the town McDonald’s for coffee. When the conversation turns to football, someone is bound to mention Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator, who they all watched grow up. The same is true at city hall, Leal’s Mexican restaurant and Grandaddy’s BBQ. Heck, if Old Pete — the fiberglass, life-sized mule statue that stands near the only stoplight in town — could talk, he’d probably have some Lincoln Riley stories to share, too. “It put Muleshoe on the map,” Williams said of Riley’s success. “People know who we are now, especially with Lincoln going to OU. “Golly, what better thing could happen to Muleshoe?” Muleshoe, its residents say, is the sort of place where you can leave the door to your house unlocked and your keys in your car. While other small West Texas towns have seen their populations decrease rapidly, Muleshoe’s has stayed steady around 5,000 because of the area’s agriculture and a recent influx of dairies that moved to escape California’s high land prices and taxes. The community is a highly religious and conservative one — Muleshoe residents just voted to allow alcohol sales in town two months ago — and loves its football. But even before Lincoln Riley’s successful coaching career, the town had a few claims to fame. Muleshoe is the hometown of actor Lee Horsley, who starred in the ABC crime drama “Matt Houston” from 1982-85 and had a minor role in the 2012 hit film “Django Unchained.” Legendary Oklahoman Will Rogers frequently visited a friend at the Mashed O Ranch near Muleshoe, and even wrote columns with a Muleshoe dateline in the 1930s. George W. Bush ran for Congress in 1978 and stumped in Muleshoe. The nation’s 43rd president wrote in his 2010 memoirs about receiving a cold reception there. “Laura and I smiled and waved at the spectators from the back of our white pickup truck,” Bush wrote. “Nobody cheered. Nobody even waved. People looked at us like we were aliens. By the end I was convinced the only supporter I had in Muleshoe was the one sitting next to me.” After Bush was elected president in 2000, “Old Pete” was loaded up and hauled to Washington D.C., for the inauguration. Pete even rode on the Texas float in the inaugural parade. But these days, the town’s biggest source of pride is the former quarterback who kickstarted an unprecedented run of Muleshoe High football success and is today tasked with fixing all that ails Oklahoma’s offense. “If you’re not at least 40 years old, you don’t know who Lee Horsley is,” said Gil Rennels, who runs the local cable access channel with his mother. “(Riley) has roots here as deep as Muleshoe (history) is long.” Riley’s family first moved to Muleshoe in the 1930s. His grandfather, Claude Riley, quarterbacked Muleshoe High to an undefeated season in 1938 — the first of four Rileys to play quarterback at the high school — and at age 95, still lives in the town. Riley’s father Mike runs the family cotton warehouse, which stores baled cotton, in nearby Sudan, Texas, and his mother, Marilyn, also has deep roots in Muleshoe. Marilyn’s grandparents ran one of Muleshoe’s grain elevators — a hundred-foot facility where grain is loaded at the bottom, moved upward on a belt and deposited into storage units — and she grew up on a farm that is still run by her brother. Mike played quarterback at Muleshoe in the early 1970s, but those weren’t good times for the Mules. “We were bad,” Mike said. “Very bad. We didn’t win much. We didn’t have very many kids or much participation. We got hammered.” Mike and Marilyn have lived in Muleshoe all their lives except while they attended the University of Texas in Austin, and raised two sons, Lincoln and Garrett, who are six years apart in age. Lincoln is installing an intricate offense and will call plays in front of more than 80,000 fans this fall, but 20 years ago — as an 11-year old playing back-yard football with his buddies — he was squatted down in the middle of a huddle, drawing plays in the grass. “You don’t typically see kids making up plays,” said Jeff King, one of Lincoln’s closest friends growing up and a high school teammate. “It’s usually just, ‘Get open,’ or ‘Go deep.’” ‘Winning football’s good for the church’ Everyone who knew Lincoln as a youngster remembers his high intelligence and maturity. He didn’t get in trouble very often and always made good grades. Some teachers were convinced Lincoln was cheating on some tests, because he would take hardly any notes and then ace the tests. "One teacher made him re-take a test right in front of her, and lo and behold, he still did everything right to the letter," said longtime Muleshoe football coach David Wood. "They figured out real quick that he had a remarkable memory." But for all of Riley’s academic success, he didn’t particularly enjoy school. “I wouldn’t say he loved school; it was a means for sports, although he did well in it,” Marilyn Riley said. Even Lincoln’s math proficiency can probably be traced back to sports. His interest in baseball stemmed from collecting baseball cards and studying their values in collector magazines. “He would just look and look and look through those magazines,” Marilyn said. “By the end of the month, they’d be ragged. But he knew the players and could rattle off all the stats and values. He just had an incredible memory.” Maggie Rennels, who operates the cable TV channel in town with her son Gil, remembers teaching Lincoln’s junior high Sunday school class one week. She taught that Jesus always encouraged those around him and that Christians should do the same. To prove her point, she looked at Lincoln — the junior high team’s quarterback — and asked him, “How would you feel if there was no pep rally before the football game? Or if the band didn’t show up? Or the student body didn’t come? Or there were no cheerleaders?” Lincoln looked back at Rennels and matter-of-factly responded, “That would be OK. I just love football.” But as Lincoln got to high school, the Muleshoe faithful was becoming increasingly fired up about Mules football. Coach David Wood arrived in the spring of 1996 and started building something special with a program that went 1-29 over a three-year period in the early ‘90s. The Mules made their first playoff appearance under Wood in 1998 — Lincoln’s freshman season — but when Lincoln took over as the team’s starting quarterback his junior year, Muleshoe reached new heights. Running a pro-style, I-formation offense that looks nothing like the Air Raid system Riley employs today, the Mules rolled through the 2000 regular season undefeated, then won four playoff games to reach the Texas Class 3A Division II state semifinals. On its way there, Muleshoe beat archrival Friona for only the third time in 17 years, a victory that would lead Lincoln to, several months later, do what most adults in town remember as his only real act of youthful indiscretion. In the summer of 2001, between his junior and senior years of high school, Lincoln and three Muleshoe teammates drove 30 miles north on State Highway 214, climbed the Friona water tower and spray painted the final score, 23-14. The water tower sits next to a nursing home, and someone stepped outside, noticed the four teenagers and alerted the authorities. Wood was vacationing in Colorado when Riley called and began the conversation with, “Coach, I just wanted you to hear this from me.” The guilty parties paid a fine and apologized — and ran a few extra sprints once Wood returned to Muleshoe — but Friona didn’t paint over the score for many years, choosing instead to use it as motivation. Marilyn Riley blushed and grinned when asked about the water tower incident. “That incident was very funny to everyone else at the time,” she said. “Wasn’t very funny to me. But now, in the grand scheme of things, we really were blessed and lucky in that regard.” Muleshoe residents certainly did have a lot more to be proud of than embarrassed by when it came to the oldest Riley boy, and the Mule football team’s trip to the 2000 state semifinals sits near the top of that list. About two weeks before Stoops and then-OU quarterback Josh Heupel — the offensive coordinator Riley replaced at Oklahoma — won a national title by beating Florida State in the Orange Bowl, Riley was leading Muleshoe into its biggest game ever on the Dallas Cowboys’ home field. Forney High routed the Mules 41-17 that day, with speedy running back DaBryan Blanton rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns. Riley completed only five of 12 pass attempts for 95 yards with three interceptions. Coincidentally, Blanton would go on to become a two-sport athlete — football and track — at OU. Despite the disappointing end to that season, people around Muleshoe still remember it fondly. Many even give Riley credit for helping kickstart what has become a strong Mules football tradition. “Lincoln was the main person that took Muleshoe to the next step,” said David Jenkins, who was the Muleshoe High principal back then. “I never will forget, he’s the quarterback who led the team to the state semifinals.” Since Lincoln’s freshman year in 1998, Muleshoe has missed the playoffs only once. “Winning football’s good for the church,” said Stacy Conner, pastor of Muleshoe’s First Baptist Church. “When we started winning, our attendance got better. Part of that is because it’s a nice place to come talk about what happened on Friday night.” Garrett Riley, Lincoln’s younger brother who is now a receivers coach at East Carolina, graduated from Muleshoe in 2008 and was also a Mules quarterback. “Kids in my age group really looked up to Lincoln and the other kids on that team,” Garrett Riley said. “We hadn’t had success like that in a long, long time in our school’s history, so it was a big deal. And having your brother be the quarterback on that team was a really big deal to me.” Rare experiences Lincoln Riley always thought he’d begin his coaching career in a place like Muleshoe, but a surprising opportunity presented itself after a year in college at Texas Tech. He walked on to the Red Raiders football team after his first semester on campus and went through spring drills, but a few weeks later, coach Mike Leach called him into his office. Leach bluntly told him he would never play quarterback for the Red Raiders, but offered him an opportunity to become a student coach. Leach and the other Tech coaches had noticed Riley’s intelligence and football acumen, and thought he could be valuable to the program in an off-the-field role. Leach spent about two hours selling Riley on the idea. “I had to make a decision,” he remembered. “Do you keep doing the college thing … or do you wanna grow up right now? That’s the path I chose.” Riley spent the next three years working for the football program while also going to school full time. “His college experience wasn’t like most people’s,” said Mike Riley, Lincoln’s dad. Leach made Lincoln his full-time receivers coach in 2007, when Lincoln was only 23-years old. He called plays as interim offensive coordinator in the Red Raiders’ 2010 Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State, and the next season, became East Carolina’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, a position he held until accepting the OU job six months ago. His 2014 ECU offense averaged 533 yards per game, ranking fifth in the country. Despite all his success, though, Lincoln Riley has never forgotten where he came from. While still at Texas Tech in the spring of 2007, Riley returned to Muleshoe and helped Wood install a version of the Air Raid for the Mules. On Dec. 11, 2008 — a few days before Muleshoe won the 2008 state championship — Riley came back home and spoke before hundreds of students and town residents at a pep rally. At the time, Texas Tech was enjoying its greatest season ever. The Red Raiders were in the thick of the Big 12 and national championship hunts late in the season. To the fans and students, Riley said, “Get off your tails, get out there to the Metroplex and support these guys. It’s very important.” To the team, Riley said, “Man, it’s hard for me to say how proud I am of you guys. … Do what you’ve done all year, OK? You don’t need to change anything. Just because this is a state championship game doesn’t mean that you have to try any harder or do anything more than you’ve ever done. We always tell our guys before big games, ‘We don’t need any superheroes out there. We need everybody doing their job and doing what you’ve done all year.’ “That’s why you’re 14-0. That’s why you’re in the state championship game, because you’re a damn good football team.” ‘Not for second place’ Texas Tech has been — and probably will remain — Muleshoe’s favorite college football team just because of the proximity. But East Carolina became pretty popular in town over the past five years as Riley ran the Pirates’ offense. Many ECU games were broadcast on ESPN, allowing Muleshoe folks to watch and cheer for their favorite son. Of course, Muleshoe residents are happy that Lincoln is closer to home, and Mike and Marilyn are especially thrilled considering their 2-year-old granddaughter is now only a six-hour drive away. For Lincoln, though, the chief focus is rebuilding an OU offense that struggled mightily last season, when the Sooners finished a disappointing 8-5. Entering a season seen by many as the most high-pressure of Stoops’ tenure, he’s placed enormous trust in the 31-year-old Riley to turn things around. Lincoln Riley has reached impressive heights in the coaching world for someone his age, but no one in Muleshoe is surprised. “Anything Lincoln decides to do, it’s not for second place,” said Jenkins, the now-retired Muleshoe High principal. Debbie Conner, the math teacher who marveled at Lincoln’s brilliance from the back of the classroom, still remembers the day he told her he wanted to be a coach. “I said, ‘Lincoln! You’re gonna be a coach? You could cure cancer!’ “He just smiled.”
Jul 8, 2015
MULESHOE, Texas — The name of this small, West Texas farming town alone made the idea of traveling to it appealing. So I admit I was pretty excited when my boss, sports editor Mike Sherman, gave me the OK to travel to Muleshoe to report on a profile of Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator. The story will run in The Oklahoman this Sunday. I contacted Marilyn Riley,...
The story behind the Sunday story on Lincoln Riley and Muleshoe, Texas
Jason Kersey | Jul 8, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3728311[/img] MULESHOE, Texas — The name of this small, West Texas farming town alone made the idea of traveling to it appealing. So I admit I was pretty excited when my boss, sports editor Mike Sherman, gave me the OK to travel to Muleshoe to report on a profile of Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator. The story will run in The Oklahoman this Sunday. I contacted Marilyn Riley, Lincoln’s mother, to gauge her interest in meeting with me if I traveled to Muleshoe, and she couldn’t have been nicer about it. Of course she’d be happy to meet, she told me, and she even offered to jot down some names and phone numbers of people I might want to talk to once I get here. She delivered in a huge way, emailing me a list of 19 names of people who might have some interesting stories about Lincoln as a youngster. I ended up talking to more than a dozen folks either on the phone or in person, including high school teachers and principals, family friends, his brother Garrett (who is now an East Carolina assistant coach), the Muleshoe city manager and a city council member. Photographer Bryan Terry joined me on the journey to Muleshoe a couple weeks ago. He shot some really cool photos and a great video that will be available online when my Lincoln Riley profile runs Sunday. Terry’s video will also include some old footage of Lincoln playing quarterback for the Mules, courtesy of Channel 6 in Muleshoe, which shoots and airs every Mules football game on Saturday mornings. Channel 6 asked me to come on Wednesday and talk about my trip to Muleshoe and about my Lincoln Riley story, so here is a link to listen to that phone interview. In researching this story and talking to people, I learned a lot about Muleshoe. Despite being the hottest thing from Muleshoe at the moment, Lincoln Riley isn’t the town’s first claim to fame. [brightcove]4342024505001[/brightcove] Legendary Oklahoman Will Rogers frequently visited a childhood friend at the Mashed O Ranch near Muleshoe, and even wrote his July 8, 1932 syndicated newspaper column with a Muleshoe dateline. “Down here at the Mashed O … branding thousands of calves,” Rogers wrote that day. “I have been roping at ‘em all day and they just look around and say go on comedian and do your stuff on the stage, but don’t try a real cowboy’s racket. … I’ll catch one of the little rascals yet if I have to bribe him.” During his losing congressional campaign in 1978, George W. Bush stumped in Muleshoe and wrote in his 2010 memoirs about receiving a very cold reception there. “Laura and I smiled and waved at the spectators from the back of our white pickup truck,” Bush wrote. “Nobody cheered. Nobody even waved. People looked at us like we were aliens. By the end I was convinced the only supporter I had in Muleshoe was the one sitting next to me.” After Bush was elected president in 2000, the city’s iconic mule statue “Old Pete” was loaded up and hauled to Washington D.C., for the inauguration. Pete even rode on the Texas float in the inaugural parade. Actor Lee Horsley, who starred in the ABC crime drama “Matt Houston” from 1982-85, was born in Muleshoe. Muleshoe is the Bailey County seat, and its population has actually stayed pretty steady over the past decade while other West Texas towns have seen theirs diminish. That’s because of the strong agriculture in the area and several dairy farms that moved to the area from the West coast in recent years. Still, Muleshoe hasn’t been immune to problems other small towns have faced. The once-thriving downtown area has several empty buildings and Muleshoe has had a hard time getting its young people to stay, or to return after they graduate from college. “It’s been a challenge, but it’s been good,” said Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. “We’re one of the few communities out here that’s seen some growth in the last 10 or 15 years. That’s been great.” One thing I learned with absolutely certainty during my trip to Muleshoe: They are mighty, mighty proud of Lincoln Riley. Riley’s family has been in Muleshoe since the 1930s. His grandfather, father and younger brother were all also Muleshoe quarterbacks. “All of Muleshoe is really proud of Lincoln and what he’s done,” Brunson said. Be sure to check back on NewsOK.com Saturday night and read The Oklahoman’s Sunday edition for my in-depth story from Muleshoe, Texas, the hometown of OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:July 7Anniston (Alabama) Star on packed prisons:In a sense, Alabama's prison problem mirrors the United States': It wasn't created overnight, and it can't be repaired quickly.Our prisons are among the nation's most overcrowded and under-funded. Our women's prison, in Julia Tutwiler in Wetumpka, has been investigated for a harrowing list of...
Alabama editorial roundup
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jul 8, 2015Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: July 7 Anniston (Alabama) Star on packed prisons: In a sense, Alabama's prison problem mirrors the United States': It wasn't created overnight, and it can't be repaired quickly. Our prisons are among the nation's most overcrowded and under-funded. Our women's prison, in Julia Tutwiler in Wetumpka, has been investigated for a harrowing list of sexual-misconduct claims against staff members. And only this year, with the threat of federal intervention into our prison system, did the state Legislature finally act with real urgency regarding reform. Any way you look at it, Alabama's prisons are a mess. America's prison problem is a global phenomena. U.S. prisons hold nearly 25 percent of the world's total prison population. So frequent has that claim been made by Democratic and Republican politicians that The Washington Post this week decided to fact-check it. Result: It's true. Grab a mathematician and choose a formula; it doesn't matter. Whether you look at total prison population, prison population rates per 100,000 people, or wonkish comparisons of U.S. rates with those from Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics data (member countries and other major economies, The Post explained), the United States is a global incarceration leader. A sole example: the U.S. rate of 478 prisoners per 100,000 people was three and a half times the average European rate. In recent decades, politicians and judges got tough on crime and filled America's prisons, Alabama's included. Crime rates, once high, have plummeted. Alternative-sentencing guidelines for first-time, non-sexual offenders are slowly siphoning off America's stream of inmates. It's unfortunate that Alabama's prison reform may prove more prickly. Reform takes money, and the state's in short supply. Lawmakers must stand behind promises to change how the state imprisons those found guilty. Online: http://www.annistonstar.com ___ July 8 Decatur (Alabama) Daily on veterans: The U.S. government has fallen shamefully short of honoring its commitment to veterans in recent years. One reform measure after another has failed to resolve chronic problems with health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. On Capitol Hill, a new attempt is in the works — this time focusing on workforce shortages and leadership vacuums. The Delivering Opportunities for Care and Services (DOCS) for Veterans Act seeks, among other things, to bolster recruitment efforts through salary increases and tuition loan assistance. It also would expand partnerships with existing agencies to establish more mental health residency programs, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The bill, co-sponsored by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, arrives amid continuing signs of trouble at the VA, including a report more veterans are waiting more than a month for medical care despite repeated attempts to end those delays. The number of veterans who spend more than a month on waiting lists has jumped 50 percent in the past year, according to an investigation by The New York Times. The VA expanded its capacity during that time but underestimated ongoing surges in demand for services. Last year, the VA handled 2.7 million more appointments than in any previous year and authorized 900,000 veterans to see outside physicians, The Times reported. In addition to focusing on recruitment of doctors, mental health counselors and physician assistants, the DOCS for Veterans Act seeks to resolve problems with long-running vacancies in leadership positions at the VA, including in Missouri. McCaskill and Missouri's other senator, Republican Roy Blunt, recently asked VA Secretary Robert McDonald to explain the troubles finding a permanent director for the St. Louis region, which serves about 46,000 veterans a year. Since 2013, the region has had seven acting directors. McDonald's response speaks volumes about the depth of problems at the VA. On two of six attempts to fill the vacancy, there were no qualified applicants, and on other occasions top candidates chose to take jobs elsewhere. The VA is close to naming yet another new director, McDonald wrote back to the senators. Although doctors and nurses are the top priorities, it's essential that medical centers have stable leadership to oversee operations and troubleshoot problems. The proposed legislation calls for assessing and addressing disparities in leadership pay between the VA and the private sector and strengthening policies designed to ensure a line of succession is in place when vacancies occur. The bill has the backing of numerous veterans groups, including the American Legion, the American Mental Health Counselors Association and AMVETS. Mental health groups are pleased with the plans for additional services to address high suicide rates among veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This reform effort deserves support from Congress and the Obama administration — as well as the determination to see an end to recurring, intolerable problems at the VA. It's not enough for America to thank veterans for their service with words. Our men and women in uniform need to be provided the services they were promised — swiftly and efficiently. Online: http://www.decaturdaily.com ___ July 8 Dothan (Alabama) Eagle on homeschooled students participating in public school sports: Earlier this year, the Alabama Legislature passed a measure that would allow homeschooled students to participate in public school sports, an initiative that had long drawn opposition from the state High School Athletic Association. The thin margin for passage was indicative of the reluctance of some to open the door, likely because of the knotty challenge of adapting the rules to ensure fair treatment of both public school and homeschooled students. The initiative, called the Tim Tebow Bill after the collegiate standout who, as a homeschooled student, was allowed to play football on a public high school team. This week, the Alabama High School Athletic Association reversed itself and announced its willingness to get involved in the process of drafting the new rules. That's an outstanding move. Who knows better what issues might arise with regard to standardizing the requirements of attendance and academic performance for all players? Lawmakers expressed relief at the AHSAA's decision to join the team, putting their trust in the organization to draft thorough and fair rules. We applaud the organization's spirit of sportsmanship, and wish all the players, regardless of background, the best in their sports endeavors. Online: http://www.dothaneagle.com
Carl and Bea Kellar held hands as they awaited the eastbound Amtrak train in Newton at 2 a.m. Friday.It was their first time riding the train, they said, waiting among the 10 people gathered in the sleepy hours of the morning.Soon the station manager informed passengers waiting for the westbound train that because of flooding on the tracks, the train would be delayed for about six hours.In...
Amtrak service in Kansas could be cut
Matt Riedl, Associated Press | Jul 4, 2015Carl and Bea Kellar held hands as they awaited the eastbound Amtrak train in Newton at 2 a.m. Friday. It was their first time riding the train, they said, waiting among the 10 people gathered in the sleepy hours of the morning. Soon the station manager informed passengers waiting for the westbound train that because of flooding on the tracks, the train would be delayed for about six hours. In about six months, if circumstances in Kansas City are not resolved, Amtrak could cancel the Southwest Chief line, effectively leaving the state of Kansas altogether. “Amtrak is between a rock and a hard place on this,” said Barth Hague, who serves as the Southwest Chief’s representative on the Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee. The line, which runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, serves 33 cities, six of which – Lawrence, Topeka, Newton, Hutchinson, Dodge City and Garden City – are in Kansas. Amtrak has a federal mandate to install positive train control, or PTC, systems across its tracks by Dec. 31, 2015, an endeavor that’s expected to cost up to $625 million, according to a 2012 Amtrak document. Throughout most of the country, Amtrak operates on rails owned by other railroads – most notably, BNSF Railway. The problem is with one section of track in the Kansas City area. Those tracks are owned by the Kansas City Terminal, or KCT. According to testimony that D.J. Stadtler, Amtrak’s vice president for operations, gave to Congress last month, KCT isn’t willing to foot the roughly $30 million bill to install PTC on its rails, and Amtrak can’t afford to do so. It makes roughly $44 million in revenue for the entire 2,256-mile line. As a result, Amtrak has said that if a solution does not come about by December, it will either terminate or re-route the Southwest Chief, Kansas’ only means of Amtrak transportation. Amtrak hasn’t given any specifics as to where it would reroute the Southwest Chief. The cities along the route of the Southwest Chief “work pretty hard, and to work so hard to preserve passenger rail only to have it pulled away because we can’t satisfy some congressional mandate east of Kansas City is a tragedy for this community,” Hague said. PTC technology In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the Rail Safety Improvement Act, in response to a train crash in California that killed 25 people and injured 101 others. That legislation included the mandate to install PTC systems on Class 1 tracks by the end of 2015. Class 1 tracks include “any railroad main lines over which regularly scheduled intercity passenger or commuter rail services are provided,” according to the Federal Railroad Administration. PTC is a communications-based system designed to prevent train accidents based on human error – basically, processors and wireless signals relay information to prevent train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments and various other scenarios. Railroads have been working toward meeting that goal, but according to a December 2013 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, many are concerned they will not be able to meet the 2015 deadline. This can be attributed partly to the cost of installing the technology – which has been estimated at $10 billion, according to Union Pacific. The Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia this spring brought PTC technology once again to the forefront of public discussion on railroads, Hague said. “The Philadelphia thing was a huge headline,” he said. “There’s probably kind of a public, or official, overreaction to that right now.” Hague said the necessity of installing PTC technology is greater in areas like the Northeast Corridor, where commuters in places like New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., frequently travel by train. In areas like western Kansas, where trains only reach speeds of 79 mph, the need is not as great, he said. “My worry is that Congress is going to start playing hardball, and I don’t think it’s fair,” Hague said. “I think Amtrak in a lot of these cases, and the states who are reliant upon passenger rail, should be given more time, especially where there just is not, in my view, the safety risk that exists in the Northeast Corridor, where there are so many passenger trains a day.” On the federal level, Hague said, there has been “political intrigue” regarding Amtrak funding for years. “Congress would like the long-distance stuff to go away because it requires subsidy, and they don’t want to subsidize it,” he said. “My big worry is, given the sentiment in Washington and in Topeka these days, I worry that if this line gets pulled even under the guise of doing it temporarily, we’ll never see it again. We’ll never get it back, and that would worry me.” In 2013, Amtrak published a news release saying funding for long-distance railroads is a federal responsibility. Its president and CEO Joe Boardman said, “Congress is clearly 100 percent in charge in directing how long-distance train service is provided in the United States and has been ever since it created Amtrak more than 40 years ago.” In May, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut $260 million from Amtrak’s budget, also voting down an amendment proposed by Democrats slated to provide $825 million to install PTC technology. “Given that every year thousands of Kansans ride the Southwest Chief, I certainly hope that Amtrak and the Kansas City Terminal can come to an equitable agreement that guarantees continued service,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, said in an e-mailed statement. “Today’s uncertainty is directly caused by a massive unfunded federal mandate, and is yet another example of the unintended consequences of government intervention in private industry.” Hague said he’s optimistic the federal deadline could be extended to give railroads more time to install PTC. “I’d like to see them work something out, and I think the best thing would just be an extension of the deadline on these long-distance routes where there is simply not the same level of safety pressure that exists in the Northeast Corridor,” he said. Impact of Amtrak’s potential departure According to Amtrak figures, 352,162 people rode on the Southwest Chief line in 2014, which was down 1 percent from its total ridership in 2013. In total, the line brought in $44,631,296 of ticket revenue last year. That made it the sixth-most-popular long-distance route – out of 15 total – Amtrak ran in 2014. Of those riding the Southwest Chief in 2014, 12,871 people boarded or deboarded at the Newton station, which makes $1,427,227 in annual revenue, according to Amtrak. Hague said the economic impact the train has in Newton “is probably not great right now,” because people do not linger in town, waiting for connecting trains. The two passenger trains that come through also arrive in the overnight hours. If the Southwest Chief line is pulled, Hague said, the stakes are a little lower for riders from Newton, because of the town’s proximity to Wichita and Eisenhower National Airport. “But people out of Lamar, Colorado?” he said. “They’re driving to Denver. A lot of these little communities depend on Amtrak as their primary transportation system. It would be a big loss.” Recently, the Newton City Commission voted to invest $12,500 in improvements to the Southwest Chief, “hoping that Amtrak would continue to go west out of Newton,” Mayor Glen Davis said. “Newton is the railroad town,” he said, adding that Newton High School’s athletic teams are called the Railers. “It’s always been a part of Newton.” Sand Creek Station Golf Course, in Newton, has a logo prominently featuring a locomotive. The city’s logo is a circle made up of train tracks. At high school football games, Railer Man revs up the crowd by blowing a train whistle on occasion. Students frequently sing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” at those games. If Amtrak left town – and the state – “it would hurt,” Davis said. Reach Matt Riedl at 316-268-6660 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @RiedlMatt. Reach Matt Riedl at 316-268-6660 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @RiedlMatt. ——— ©2015 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) 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Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
Rawlings’ football helmets are getting sacked far short of their goal.Five years after Rawlings Sporting Goods jumped back into the football helmet business, the company is cutting short its gridiron comeback.Rawlings, a Town and Country-based maker of baseball gloves, softball bats and other sporting goods, confirmed that it is ending production of its football helmets and football shoulder...
End of the line for Rawlings' football helmets
Lisa Brown, Associated Press | Jun 21, 2015Rawlings’ football helmets are getting sacked far short of their goal. Five years after Rawlings Sporting Goods jumped back into the football helmet business, the company is cutting short its gridiron comeback. Rawlings, a Town and Country-based maker of baseball gloves, softball bats and other sporting goods, confirmed that it is ending production of its football helmets and football shoulder pads this year. Rawlings announced the launch in 2010 and began selling football helmets in 2011. Its football helmets worn by youth, high school and professional players are made at an assembly facility in Washington, Mo., and tested at Rawlings’ research and development center in O’Fallon, Mo. Ending production won’t mean the loss of jobs, said Mike Thompson, Rawlings’ executive vice president of marketing, as the football jobs are being shifted to other operations within the company. The move comes as Rawlings is locked in a patent infringement lawsuit with Chicago-based Riddell. The rival sports equipment company sued Rawlings in federal court in Chicago in January, alleging Rawlings’ football helmets and shoulder pads infringe on Riddell patents. The two sides have reached an agreement on a settlement, but the terms haven’t been finalized, according to a motion filed with the court on Friday. Thompson said the decision to stop making football helmets and shoulder pads is unrelated to the lawsuit, however. “It was not a factor,” Thompson said. “We have made a business decision to refocus ourselves on our core product lines, which are diamond sports: baseball, fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball,” he said. “When you have limited resources to spend, you have to look at a longer runway.” Rawlings is the top-selling baseball glove maker — and “we have to defend that position,” Thompson said. The company, which hired Michael Zlaket as its new CEO in January, sees potential in raising its profile in bats, where it doesn’t have a leading market share position, he said. Rawlings is readying to launch a new line of baseball bats for high school players in 2016 and is increasing sales in Japan, the world’s second-largest baseball market behind the U.S. Rawlings has 30 employees in Japan and is growing its presence there, Thompson said. When Rawlings re-entered the football helmet market after a 20-year hiatus, the company sought to extend its brand recognition. Founded in St. Louis in 1887, Rawlings is the official batting helmet and ball supplier for Major League Baseball. After Boca Raton, Fla.-based Jarden Corp., bought Rawlings in 2007, the company put an emphasis on adding new products, a business strategy Jarden aggressively employs with its other products, including Coleman coolers and Mr. Coffee appliances. At Jarden, which had $8.3 billion in revenue last year, about 30 percent of sales comes from products launched in the previous three years. At the time of its football helmet relaunch, Rawlings executives said they planned to fill a gap in their existing product portfolio that included football pads, gloves, uniforms and apparel, but not helmets. Rawlings said it will continue to make other football gear such as apparel and footballs. A move toward diversification can dilute company’s branding power, said Joseph Goodman, an associate professor of marketing at Washington University’s Olin School of Business. “It’s important to be known for something specific in the minds of consumers,” Goodman said. “In marketing language, brands need a clear position in the minds of consumers. While Rawlings is strong in football, they are stronger in baseball and they probably decided to focus on what consumers know about them, which is baseball.” Not all companies have the resources to be like Nike, which succeeds across multiple sports, he added. “Nike can pull it off, but many others are struggling to compete,” he said. One of Rawlings’ biggest competitors is in its own backyard: Litchfield, Ill.-based Schutt Sports, which manufactures football helmets 80 miles east of downtown St. Louis. Schutt ran into its own patent battle with Riddell several years ago. After it lost a multimillion-dollar judgment, Schutt filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010, just as Rawlings was readying its football helmet launch. Rawlings made a bid in bankruptcy court to buy Schutt, but Rawlings lost in the bidding war to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity, which bid $33.1 million. Since the investment by Platinum, Schutt Sports has revved up its product development pipeline, debuting new helmets and technology, including last year becoming the first major football helmet manufacturer to offer a helmet equipped with a camera. Despite competition from its rivals Schutt and Riddell, by 2013 Rawlings’ executives said they reached 9 percent market share, with momentum building from a slate of new products and athlete endorsements, including former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis. “I felt like we were successful with it,” Thompson said, “but growth was not as fast as we’d like.” Combined, Schutt and Riddell have 85 percent of the football helmet market. Thompson said the timing of the launch was a disadvantage, as the number of youth football players declines. “We were operating in a declining market, with fewer players,” he said. Schutt Sports’ director of marketing Glenn Beckmann said participation in youth football began a noticeable drop three years ago, fueled by increased media attention on concussion-related injuries. Participation in high school and beyond remains steady, he said. “We’re learning from a medical and scientific perspective about how to deal with concussions, and that’s making its way into the design of football helmets,” Beckmann said. Lisa Brown • 314-340-8127 @lisabrownstl on Twitter firstname.lastname@example.org ——— ©2015 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003270,t000003555,t000003183,t000002537,t000040178,t000040350,t000002664,t000160437,t000002488,t000002458,t000190288,t000002719,t000040342
BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics:...
Scholar-Athlete: Bios of all the school winners
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 20, 2015BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Varsity letterwinner in baseball and football, too. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Presidential Academic Excellence Award. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Rylee Steward BLANCHARD: DAVID UMMEL Athletics: Second-team all-district in football as a senior. Member of state championship teams in football and powerlifting. Academics: ACT score of 32. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society president. Student council. Class officer. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. College: Undecided Also nominated: Sierra Bailey BRIDGE CREEK: RAEGAN ROGERS Athletics: First-team All-City softball as a junior, second-team as a senior. Coaches’ all-state. One season varsity basketball. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Spanish Club. Helmets of Hope volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jimmy Wynne CARL ALBERT: KALEY HALLMARK Athletics: Honorable mention Big All-City in basketball as a junior and senior. All-state in cross country as a senior. One season varsity soccer. Academics: ACT score of 30. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. National Honor Society. Eco Club. College: Undecided Also nominated: Harrison Hightower, Justin Humphrey CASADY: ELLEN PAYNE Athletics: Four-sport athlete who earned 16 varsity letters combined in field hockey, soccer, softball and track. Will play field hockey at North Carolina. Academics: ACT score of 29. National Science League Award. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student council. College: North Carolina Also nominated: Yogaish Khastgir CASHION: BRETT WILSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-State and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Member of state runner-up teams in football and baseball. Will play football at Oklahoma State. Academics: ACT score of 31. Academic Team captain. Student council. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Peyton Maroney, Alix Robinson CHOCTAW: JACOB RAPP Athletics: Coaches’ all-state, honorable mention All-State and honorable mention Big All-City in football as a senior. Honorable mention Big All-City baseball. Academics: ACT score of 27. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Mackinsey Jo Archer CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY: CREED HENDRICKSON Athletics: All-district football as a senior. Crusader Award, the school’s highest athletic award. Academics: ACT score of 27. Christian Citizenship Award, the school’s highest honor. Salt & Light Leadership Program. Will spend a gap year with Impact 360. Also nominated: Jacquelyn Holdridge CLASSEN: TYLER DANG Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City tennis . Placed eighth in lightweight 8+ at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. Academics: ACT score of 36, a perfect score. Weighted grade point average of 4.5. National Merit Finalist. Youth Council of Oklahoma City. Debate Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None DEER CREEK: BRYCE BALENSEIFEN Athletics: Three-time state cross country champion. All-City cross country runner of the year as a senior. Multi-time state track champion. Three-time Big All-City. Won eight total team titles. Will run at Oklahoma State. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None DESTINY CHRISTIAN: DALLAS BIDDLE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City in football as a junior and senior. Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state twice in football, three times in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.7. National Honor Society. Robotics Club. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Kylie Bowdler, Lynsi Stanley DOUGLASS: CHRISTIAN LUPER Athletics: All-district and all-conference football. All-conference baseball. Two years varsity track and soccer. Team captain football and baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Student council. Yearbook. Douglass Youth Leaders. Special Olympics volunteer. Gates Millennium Scholarship. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: La'Di'ne Thompson EDMOND MEMORIAL: JACLYN HUMMEL Athletics: Two-time first-team All-City cross country. Honorable mention Big All-City track. Member of state championship teams in cross country and track, state runner-up in soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Food Bank volunteer. Bulldog Mentor. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jordan Reed, Kayla Utsch EDMOND SANTA FE: JOBI HEATH Athletics: Second-team Big-All City softball. First-team All-City golf. Member of state title team and state runner-up in basketball. Will play softball at Central Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 26. ACE Program, working with special needs students. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Tanner Kliewer, Jake Martin GUTHRIE: ALEX NELSON Athletics: State wrestling runner-up at 138 pounds as a senior. Second-team All-City wrestling as a freshman, honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior. Four-time state qualifier. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Beau Davis, Bailey Shaffer HARRAH: RYLAN BOYER Athletics: Three-time state swimming qualifier, two-time finalist. Member of state runner-up team. Academics: ACT score of 30. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. Scholars Club president. Reading Club founder and president. Mu Alpha Theta math club. College: Rose State Also nominated: Jena Graves, Rachael Wright HERITAGE HALL: CONNOR McGINNIS Athletics: Little All-City defensive player of the year and first-team All-State in football. Second-team All-City soccer. Won state titles in football and soccer. State basketball qualifier. Will play football at Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 27. Spanish Honor Society. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jessica Borsky, Avery Niemann KINGFISHER: BROOKE BOECKMAN Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 4A All-State basketball as senior. Multiple top-five finishes at state track. Two seasons varsity tennis. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National English Honor Society. Student council president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Garrett Yost LIBERTY ACADEMY: KELSEE CRAWLEY Athletics: Four-time Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state in basketball and volleyball. Won three OCSAA state basketball titles, two volleyball. Varsity track. Varsity golf. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Society. Choir. Gordon Cooper STEM Scholar Award. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None LITTLE AXE: KEITH ROBERTSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state in football. Played three years of varsity football, one year each of varsity basketball and baseball. Voted school’s athlete of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.4. Business Professionals of America. Geography Bee. College: Undecided Also nominated: Katherine Johnston, Nik Storm MACOMB: SHANIA PACE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class A All-State in basketball as a junior. Three-time all-conference. Four-year varsity starter in basketball and softball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Jose Chavez McLOUD: AUSTIN ROOKS Athletics: All-district in football. State qualifier in powerlifting. Varsity football three years. Varsity powerlifting two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Student council treasurer. People to People ambassador. Envision National Youth Leadership Forum. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None MINCO: ASHER BAADE Athletics: Coaches’ Class A all-state football as a senior. Honorable mention Class 2A All-State basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-State baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Gifted and Talented. Student council. Yearbook. College: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None MOORE: COLBY MOATES Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City wrestling. Four-time state qualifier. Three-time state placer, including third as a senior. Academics: Scored 32 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.7. Academic All-State. Award of Excellence Scholar. FIRST Robotics Team. Campfire USA volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: JOE CASTIGLIONE JR. Athletics: Two-time honorable mention Little All-City football. Three years varsity football. Four years varsity baseball. Academics: Scored 26 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. Oklahoma National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Diana Andrade, Tesa Danusantoso MUSTANG: JAYDEN CHESTNUT Athletics: Big All-City softball player of the year as a senior when her team won state. Gatorade Oklahoma player of the year. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Students Assisting Students. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Lance Frost, Brandi Hutchison NEWCASTLE: PARKER BOLLES Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and second-team Little All-City in football as a senior. Two-time state qualifier in powerlifting. Two years varsity soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Scored 27 on ACT. National Honor Society. College: Undecided Also nominated: Madison Granger, Shane Martin NOBLE: BRADY BRADSHAW Athletics: Second-team Big All-City baseball as a senior, two-time reserve. Three-time honorable mention All-State. Honorable mention Big All-City football. Two years varsity basketball. Will play baseball at Crowder (Mo.) College. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Boys State. DECA. College: Crowder (Mo.) College Also nominated: Kodi Holloway NORMAN: GRACIE KOONCE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer. Honorable mention All-City cross country as a sophomore. One year varsity track. Will play soccer at Oklahoma. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student Congress president. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None OKARCHE: MADISON LEE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and first-team Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Played for state title every year, winning two. Three years varsity slow-pitch. Two years varsity softball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society treasurer. Student council vice president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: EMILY ROBERTS Athletics: Two-time honorable mention All-City in volleyball. Honorable mention All-City tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 34 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National French Exam Honor. Academic Team. Book Club. Band. Baylor President’s Gold Scholarship. College: Baylor Also nominated: None PAULS VALLEY: KAYLIE UPTON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state alternate and honorable mention Little All-City in softball as a senior. State qualifier in cross country and track. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma School of Science and Math Regional School. College: Northern Oklahoma Also nominated: Treston Williams PERKINS-TRYON: BAILEY WENSLER Athletics: Coaches’ all-state basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State. Honorable mention Little All-City track. Will play basketball at South Carolina Upstate. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Student council. Academic Team. College: South Carolina Upstate Also nominated: None PIEDMONT: CONNER ST. JOHN Athletics: Five-time state swimming champion. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City as a junior, second-team his three other seasons. Will swim at Saint Louis University. Academics: Scored 27 on ACT. Key Club. USA Swimming Central Diversity High Point Award. College: Saint Louis University Also nominated: Brody Largent PUTNAM CITY: BOLU ONIFADE Athletics: Second-team Big All-City football as a senior. Earned three varsity football letters, four track, one wrestling. Will play football at Abilene (Texas) Christian. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Senior class president. Elementary school mentor. College: Abilene (Texas) Christian Also nominated: Logan Jegelewicz, Zachary Moore PUTNAM CITY NORTH: KATRINA DWYER Athletics: Four-year state swimming qualifier. Honorable mention All-City. Will swim at Beloit (Wisc.) College. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Band. Received $100,000 President Scholarship from Beloit College. College: Beloit (Wisc.) College Also nominated: Casey Herndon, Dylan Rodolf PUTNAM CITY WEST: EASTON RODGERS Athletics: Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star. Four-year starter in baseball. Three-year starter in football. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Scored 24 on ACT. National Honor Society. DECA. Mr. Patriot finalist. College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None SHAWNEE: GARRETT McDANIEL Athletics: State golf champion as a senior. Led team to first title since 1934. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City. Will play golf at Northeastern State. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Junior Investor’s Challenge Team. Christmas Connection volunteer. College: Northeastern State Also nominated: None SOUTHEAST: PAULA CARDENAS Athletics: All-conference in cross country. Voted “most dedicated” by the soccer team. Three years varsity soccer, two years varsity cross country. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Key Club. Business Professionals of America. Student council. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None SOUTHWEST COVENANT: JOSH McMINN Athletics: Two-time first-team Little All-City and Class B All-State in basketball. First-team All-State baseball as a senior. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Will play baseball at Oral Roberts. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.5. Yearbook Club. College: Oral Roberts Also nominated: None TUTTLE: TYLER LESTER Athletics: Little All-City Player of the Year and Class 4A All-State in basketball as a senior. Led Tuttle to its first state appearance. Will play at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. National Honor Society. Alternative Education math tutor. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: Lexi Rumbaugh WASHINGTON: KAILEE ORR Athletics: First-team Little All-City in both softball and slow-pitch as senior. Won back-to-back state titles in both, too. Member of two state basketball teams. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. National Honor Society president. Science Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Kyler Barker WELLSTON: BEAU DANKER Athletics: Basketball team captain senior year. Earned four varsity letters. Started one season. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Class president. Family Career and Community Leaders of America vice president. Coached middle school basketball and little league soccer. College: Undecided Also nominated: None WESTERN HEIGHTS: ALI MIX Athletics: Coaches’ Class 5A all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer as a senior. Will play at Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Academics: Ranked in top third of class. Class officer. Business Professionals of America officer. Choir. Elementary reading volunteer. College: Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Also nominated: None WESTMOORE: REBECCA RANDOLPH Athletics: Coaches’ all-state soccer as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-City. Two-time cross country state qualifier. Will play soccer at Adams (Colo.) State. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. Class officer. Scholastic Team. College: Adams (Colo.) State Also nominated: Calvin Miller, Savannah Waddell YUKON: KEEGAN MEYN Athletics: Reserve All-State, first-team Big All-City and coaches’ all-star in baseball as a senior. Two seasons varsity football. Will play baseball at Arkansas-Little Rock. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. College: Arkansas-Little Rock Also nominated: None
Jun 19, 2015
The best ride we’ve had all week came in a golf cart Thursday. We had just parked near downtown Annapolis, paying $10 to pull our rented Hyundai into a space hard by an inlet of Chesapeake Bay, and were walking down Compromise Street, toward the historic downtown. A guy in a golf cart pulled up […]
D.C. travelblog: The charming city of Annapolis
Berry Tramel | Jun 19, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/downtown-annapolis.jpg]3708475[/img] The best ride we've had all week came in a golf cart Thursday. We had just parked near downtown Annapolis, paying $10 to pull our rented Hyundai into a space hard by an inlet of Chesapeake Bay, and were walking down Compromise Street, toward the historic downtown. A guy in a golf cart pulled up and asked if we wanted a ride. We said sure, and he spent the next 10 minutes zipping us around. Drove us past Annapolis harbor. Went through downtown and told us the various places to eat. Went up the hill to the State House and showed us the government section. Detoured over to the Naval Academy and showed us where to enter as civilians on foot. Then he dropped us off back downtown at a lunch spot he had recommended. Maybe it wasn't 10 minutes. Maybe it was 12. But no more than that. I gave him a $10 tip and marveled already at Annapolis. Historic downtown. The Naval Academy. America's oldest state capitol still in legislative use. All bunched together in a quaint tip of Maryland. All within quick walking distance. It's kind of hard to explain. It's so different from the wide-open West. Annapolis has its open spaces. Navy-Marine Corps Stadium isn't on the academy's campus, for lack of room. But there on the point, sharing a precious few blocks by the waters that lead to the Atlantic, is all the charm and history a city can stand. DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS Annapolis is a city of some 38,000, though there are surrounding municipalities that swell the area population to a much greater number. Annapolis sits about 30 miles east of D.C. and 25 miles south of Baltimore, so don't get the idea that Annapolis is secluded. There are about nine million people within an hour's drive, so long as you're driving in the middle of the night and don't have any traffic. But Annapolis is secluded in spirit. It's a little bit of a throwback in time. Main Street stretches a few blocks and houses buildings a couple of hundred years old. It includes touristy shops and high-dollar clothing stores and capital-related enterprises and law offices and restaurants and bars. Annapolis calls itself America's Sailing Capital, though Newport, R.I., does the same, and the harbor now is virtually all pleasure boats. The streets jutting off Main also are quaint lanes full of antique stores and retail shops and government enterprises supporting the capital, since the State House is just up the hill not two blocks away. I'm trying to give you a mental picture of our part of the country. Imagine if Guthrie had remained the state capital, only with a more opulent state house, and the U.S. had placed the Air Force Academy where Jelsma Stadium is. And then put a huge bay of an ocean up against it all. And instead of springing up in 1889, it sprang up in 1689 (actually 1649). That's Annapolis. Just a charming place. Very crowded, mind you. And expensive. The median home value in Annapolis is $386,000, according to Zillow. The median home value in Norman is $148,200. So you get the idea. We started off our day with lunch. We had slept in, and by the time we found downtown and parked, it was almost noon. Our golf-cart tour guide dropped us off at Market House, which has been in business since 1788. It's a collection of businesses that combine to make what I would a massive deli. A fish counter that serves crabcake sandwiches. A salad bar. A sandwich shop. An ice cream counter. A falafel stand (falafels are Middle Eastern; a deep-fried, pita sandwich). A friend-chicken stand. I had a crab cake sandwich and a cup of crab soup. The dish had a cup of clam chowder. She was going to eat half my sandwich but didn't care for it. It was good, but expensive. Mine was $16. We later walked through downtown, on bricked streets, and the Dish bought a couple of items. People everywhere. One-way driving. Tourists and locals. But the best parts of Annapolis are not on Main Street. ANCHORS AWEIGH [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/navy-chapel.jpg]3708479[/img] The Naval Academy from the perimeter -- walking by the gates, or sailing past along the Severn River -- is nice but not gorgeous. You have to get in the middle to see the grandeur. And we did. We went to the Visitor's Center -- right next to the entrance is a vintage house that flew a Navy Brotherhood flag and an OKC Thunder flag -- and paid $10.50 each for a 75-minute walking tour of the campus. But you can stroll around yourself without the guide. Just go through security at the Visitor's Center, and you're in. I enjoyed the guide. I learned all kinds of things about the academy. Its history and its culture. The tour took us through the LeJeune Hall, which houses Navy aquatics plus the wrestling room. Every Midshipmen has to take classes in wrestling, boxing and judo, though I assume the varsity wrestlers get to test out. That building holds the Navy Athletic Hall of Fame and the two Heismans, won by Joe Bellino in 1958 and Roger Staubach in 1963. We walked through Dahlgren Hall, built as an armory and now used as a multi-purpose building. But still stately-looking. We walked into Bancroft Hall, billed as the largest dormitory in the world. All 4,400 Midshipmen, men and women, live at Bancroft, all four years. It looks like something out of Versailles from the outside and is as regal as one of the Smithsonian building in the U.S. Memorial Hall was closed to the public for renovation, but generally, tourists can walk into the midshipmen-maintained memorial to graduates who have died during military operations. Bancroft Hall serves all the Midshipmen's living requirements. Sleep there. Eat there. Clean clothes there. Purchase necessities there. Few Midshipmen are on campus this time of year, but during the school year, they meet for formation in front of Bancroft, which I'm sure is a sight to behold. Then they march into Bancroft's dining hall and stand at attention while announcements are made. They then take their seats, and within 2 1/2 minutes, all 4,400 Middies are served lunch. We did some quick math and figure it takes 400 civilians to serve a group that large that quickly. The most impressive building on campus at is the Naval Academy Chapel. Its dome is visible throughout Annapolis. The church, which serves both Protestant and Catholic Midshipmen, reminds me of the great Italian structures I saw in Rome. Fabulous architecture. Elaborate stain-glass. Ornate beauty. The chapel was featured on the U.S. postage stamp honoring the Academy's 150th anniversary in 1995. It seats more than 2,000 -- chapel attendance no longer is compelled at Navy, and a Jewish chapel has been built in recent years -- and is popular as a wedding venue for graduates. Midshipmen are not allowed to be married, but they often return for their nuptials -- but only an hour is allowed for the wedding. Which includes guests' arrival and departure. Below the chapel is the crypt of John Paul Jones, who died not only before we had a Naval Academy, but before we had a real Navy. Jones, a hero of the Revolutionary War, was a Scotsman who was eager to fight the British. He was a skilled sailor and led a variety of American sea battles, all victorious, against the superior British brigade. Jones died in 1792 and was buried in France, but more than a century later, the Academy campaigned to find his remains and have them brought to Annapolis. Now he's interred below the chapel in a crypt which serves as a mini-museum to Jones and home to opulent casket. STATE HOUSE SUPREME [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/maryland-state-house.jpg]3708480[/img] I've always been interested in state capitols -- both the city and the building. A few years ago, I ranked the appearance of the state houses I've seen. Probably need to update the rankings. Maryland's would rank high. Maryland's state house served as the U.S. capitol for 10 months from 1783-84. It's the oldest state house still in legislative use. It sits high on a steep hill not three blocks from downtown Annapolis, surrounded by vintage streets and businesses. A few modern government buildings stretch out down the street from the capitol, but many others are sprinkled throughout Annapolis' quaint corridors. The state house is grand inside and out. It was there that George Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief after the Revolutionary War, serving as the spark that we were not to be a monarchy. And the capitol's simplicity inside is fabulous. After winding up a sidewalk to reach the building atop the hill, you walk up 25 more steps to go in the front door. Security greets you, of course, but after clearing security, you're literally 20 steps from both the Senate chamber and the House chamber, which sit on opposite sides of the lobby. The chambers are tight quarters; the Maryland State Senate has 47 members, the Maryland House of Delegates has 141. And they serve in rooms that don't look large enough to house that many chairs and desks. It's all a very intimate setting. The old Senate chamber was open for viewing, too, on the main floor. It all seemed so much more accessible for visitors and voters than we have in Oklahoma. Of course, accessible after you arrive. Getting to Annapolis and parking is no easy thing. CHESAPEAKE BAY We took a boat ride out into Chesapeake Bay. Forty minutes, $15 each. Not a terrible price. We got to see a view of the Naval Academy you really can't see -- the academy sits at the mouth of the Severn River as it enters into the Bay. We viewed some fantastic houses that back up to the water. And we learned a little more history about the history of Annapolis. But it started raining on us the last half of the excursion, so we went down below deck and couldn't hear quite as well. KENT ISLAND [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/fishermans-inn.jpg]3708478[/img] For dinner, we drove over to Kent Island, which is 31 square miles and the largest island in Chesapeake Bay. It's the third-oldest English settlement in American, behind Jamestown and Plymouth. The island has a variety of unincorporated towns, with a total of 16,000 residents in the 2000 census. It's a haven for boaters and vacationers and the affluent. We found a seafood restaurant, Fisherman's Inn, that was very much like Mike's Crab House the night before in Annapolis. We sat outside by the water and had a seafood feast. It wasn't quite as good as Mike's but still enjoyable. I had some more of my new favorite food, crab soup, and a seafood medley of scallops, shrimp, flounder and crabcake. It was rather pricy, $29, but still good and worth it. It's about 18 miles from Annapolis to Kent Island. The only trouble is the Bay Bridge, a four-mile bridge high above Chesapeake Bay. My interest is not high in driving conditions in which I can plunge to my death. But we survived the four-mile bridge. Paid $6 to cross the bridge going, but there's no charge coming back. I guess they want to expedite the process during morning rush hour and make it up on the back end. NAVY-MARINE CORPS STADIUM [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/navy-stadium1.jpg]3708476[/img] I’ve always wanted to attend a game at Navy and Army. I’ve campaigned both Joe Castiglione and Mike Holder to get the Sooners and Cowboys to schedule the service academies. Joe C. got a deal done with Army; the Sooners play at West Point in 2020. Holder was interested in the idea, too, but Navy is a little harder to schedule. But at least now I can say I’ve been to the Midshipmen’s field. Navy's historic football stadium is not on campus. It's not far, maybe a mile or so away in Annapolis, but we drove by it as the sun set, and lucky us, the lights were on. A youth lacrosse game had just been played there. So we got out and walked around. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium seats 34,000, though as many as 38,000 have packed in. It hosts the Military Bowl and a professional lacrosse team. I liked it. Reminded me a little of Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium in design. The seats are painted to spell out GO NAVY. And ringing the field are not the names of Navy heroes, but of Naval battles. Normandy. North Africa. Iwo Jima. Okinawa. If that doesn't get everyone's perspective lined up, I don't know what will.
Jun 18, 2015
The day started in the office of a United States Senator. The day ended with a waterfront seafood dinner in beautiful Annapolis, Md. In between I walked through the theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot and through the room where he died, 150 years ago this April. I discovered why people say “It’s a small […]
D.C. travelblog: From a Senator's office to a President's death bed
Berry Tramel | Jun 18, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/fords-theater.jpg]3707267[/img] The day started in the office of a United States Senator. The day ended with a waterfront seafood dinner in beautiful Annapolis, Md. In between I walked through the theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot and through the room where he died, 150 years ago this April. I discovered why people say "It's a small world" and why people say D.C. traffic is in the worst in America. I discovered some more gems about the U.S. Capitol. If it sounds like quite a day on our D.C. adventure, believe me. It was. IN EVERY HART THERE IS A ROOM [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/tramel-and-lankford.jpg]3707268[/img] I headed to the Capitol complex early Wednesday. Oklahoma senator James Lankford meets with constituents from 9-9:45 a.m. every Wednesday for coffee and informal conversation. Most congressional members try to be available to their electorate, but they're like everyone else. Jam-packed schedules. So Lankford sets up what amounts to office hours for his constituents. The government has three senatorial office buildings just northeast of the Capitol. The Hart Senate Office Building, named for Philip A. Hart, a U.S. senator from Michigan from 1959 until his death in 1976. Hart was known as the "Conscience of the Senate." Too bad he wasn't known as the conscience of architecture. Congress gets a bad rap for its own extravagance, but rest assured, it wasn't opulent in its office buildings. The Hart Building is a fine facility, but it was built in the 1970s and looks it. Nothing at all like the regal government buildings down the hill. Lankford's office is on the third floor -- and he was down in the basement until a few weeks ago. Rookies are banished to the basement, but Lankford, who ranks 92nd in Senate seniority, moved into the main building recently and really hasn't gotten everything in order. He apologized for the giant mirror hanging behind his desk, which he inherited from the previous occupier of the office, whose name will not mentioned to protect the guilty. About 20 Oklahomans gathered to chat with Lankford. A pharmacist from Norman and his family (more on them later). Two ministers (more on them later). Three students in D.C. to compete in the National History Contest, one with her family of four from Broken Arrow plus her teacher and her teacher's mother, two more from Classen with their mothers. A farmers advocate from Hollis. A just-graduated Stillwater High School student and his mother. I think that was it. Lankford's staff, all young, greeted us, then Lankford arrived and could not have been more accommodating. I like several things about Lankford: He's down to Earth. No pretentiousness. He's smart. I assume we have few dilberts in Congress, but Lankford seems exceptionally bright. A good friend of mine is a political reporter who likes Lankford for this reason -- ask him why he voted a certain way on a bill, or what's really going on with the bill, and Lankford actually knows. Doesn't have to ask an aide for a reminder or a briefing. Lankford knows. My friend says it's not the same with our other senator, Jim Inhofe. Lankford is not a career politician. Six years ago, Lankford was running Falls Creek, the Baptist Youth Camp outside Davis, in the Arbuckle Mountains, and had been for more than decade. Now he's a U.S. senator. Mr. Lankford goes to Washington. We need fewer lawyers and fewer career politicians in Congress. Lankford fits the bill. Lankford's wife, Cindy, is in town for the week, because his daughters are at Falls Creek. He said that's a treat, and I'll bet that's right. Lankford told us tries to get home most weekends, but otherwise, he's home only one week out of seven, plus most of August. The Senate session is almost year-round. The congressional members with families usually try to maintain such schedule. Displayed just outside his inner office are five football helmets. Officials from Oklahoma Baptist University brought the first, then Burns Hargis brought an OSU helmet signed by Mike Gundy, and since then OU, Tulsa and UCO have joined the collection. Lankford fielded questions about education and farming and world hunger. Pharmacist Brian Shaw's daughter, who's headed for the fifth grade, asked Lankford the best question -- where does he live while he's in Washington. (Lankford said he lives in a Row House, not far from the Capitol, with eight other congressmen, which sounds insufferable.) I told Lankford I was pleased that his office was next to the office of Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat from Massachusetts who graduated high school from Northwest Classen, and I was glad to see the Republicans and Democrats weren't separated in the building. Lankford gave us a quick tutorial on how things move slower in the Senate, by rule, and how members of opposing parties have to work together more than they do in the House. More common ground is needed in D.C., in my opinion. In D.C. and elsewhere. Lankford even told us about a bill he's working on with noted Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California. So that's encouraging. The time went fast, and Lankford posed for pictures with each individual group. I thought it was cool. I know Congress has a well-deserved rap, but when you meet someone like Lankford, you get a little more faith in the system, and when you're in D.C., you get a little more pride about the process itself. I left Lankford's office with a little more hope. CAPITOL GAINS [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/senate-chamber.jpg]3707266[/img] Lankford's office offered tours of the Capitol and Senate Gallery passes. The Dish still was in conference, until noon, so I figured I'd tour the Capitol again. See if a Senate intern could get me more places than what the official Capitol tour had. And the answer was yes. Josh Jackson, an OSU student from Coweta and a really nice fellow, took a group of seven of us on the tour. Josh wore a light blue sportcoat; I told him he had no future in Washington, where everyone in politics seems to dress alike (dark suit). Just getting to the Capitol was interesting. We went to the basement of the Hart Building, passed the catacomb offices from which Lankford had just escaped and walked under one of the other Senate office buildings. Then we arrived at the underground tram that zips people back and forth between the office buildings and the capitol. We had gone through security to enter the Hart Building, but they rechecked our electronics -- cell phones, primarily -- and we jumped aboard the small train. At the Capitol, Josh went to get our admission tickets and had to stand in line. The Dish and I didn't stand in line at all on Monday. But while we waited, we visited the Capitol Exhibit Hall, which we had skipped Monday. There were some cool artifacts displayed. Maybe the best were the models of the Capitol through the years, from its original 1800 opening to its burning in 1814 by the British to its reconstruction and additions. Then we headed up, and Josh gave us the same general tour as the regular tour, with some notable exceptions. Josh took us to the Will Rogers statue, which sits on the second floor, connecting the House Chamber to the Rotunda. Remember, every state gets two statues in the Capitol. Oklahoma's are Sequoyah and Will Rogers. The latter was placed in the Capitol in 1939, four years after Rogers' death. Josh told us some cool things about the statue. First, it faces the House Chamber, because Rogers warned never to turn your back on Congress. And for some reason, it's become tradition that rubbing Rogers' shoes bring good luck. Sure enough, Rogers' bronzed feet have turned to gold, as people rub them. Presidents walk down that corridor on their way to the inauguration; Josh said D.C. lore is that six straight presidents have rubbed the feet of Will Rogers. Josh also took us into two fabulous rooms we didn't see on the official tour, although I think we could have gone if we had just known to find them. The Old Supreme Court Chamber was a beautiful, intimate room, restored in 1975 to how it looked from 1810-1860. The Supreme Court moved in 1860 to the former Senate Chamber, and the room was converted into a law library. After the Supreme Court left the Capitol in 1935, the Old Supreme Court Chamber was divided into four rooms and used by the joint committee on atomic energy. We also toured the old Senate Chamber, which was used from 1819-1859 by the Senate, then was home to the Supreme Court from 1860-1935. Beautiful and ornate and much more intimate than the current Senate Chamber. Then the tour was over, but we were free to go to the gallery. That required more security, including turning in your cell phone and all electronics. No photos, no cell phones, no nothing. The Congressional chambers are fairly serious places. So we checked our cell phones, went up an elevator and walked through some halls before again going through security. Then we were ushered into the gallery, what amounts to the balcony. The chamber was mostly empty except for officials at the front, doing whatever they do. We couldn't see every Senate seat, but there couldn't have been more than five senators in the room. When we sat down, Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski was talking about immigration, telling success stories about young, illegal immigrants. While she talked, Jim Inhofe came in and sat down by her, and later they had a conversation. Which again, to me, was symbolically encouraging. We need more dialogue between the parties. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, Virginia senator, then started speaking, but we couldn't see him, and I figured I had seen enough to get inspired. So out I went. Down the hall, down the elevator, back to the cell-phone holding room, out the doors and into the sunlight of a free nation. It had been a good day already. FORD'S THEATER It was a little after noon, and the Dish got out of her conference at noon. I texted her before relinquishing my cell phone to the United States Senate, asking if she wanted to grab a cab and meet me at Ford's Theater. We had tickets to tour the shrine at 1:30 p.m. I jumped in a cab myself and we met almost at the same, about 12:15. Too early to enter the theater, so we walked across the street to a deli and got a sandwich. Cosi, is the name of the place. Sort of like a Panera Bread. It was decent and popular. Then we went back to Ford's Theater, which is located a few blocks north of the National Mall, basically in downtown D.C. Ford's Theater sits in the middle of a city block on 10th Street. It was a Baptist church for the first half of the 19th century, but the church sold it, and John Ford turned it into a theater in 1863. It's estimated that the Lincolns attended Ford's Theater a dozen times. We were disappointed to learn that the theater, as is, is not original. After Lincoln's assassination, the government decreed it should no longer be an entertainment venue. It was converted into a warehouse and office building. In 1893, part of the building collapsed, and 22 people died. The site mostly languished until 1955, when Congress approved a study for its renovation. In 1968, Ford's Theater reopened as a performance hall and national historic site. You generally have to purchase tickets in advance, which we did Monday, for timed-entry. You enter and descend into the basement, where there's a Lincoln museum. I've been to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., and it's hard to top that. The Ford's Theater museum has some notable displays which kept the Dish interested, but it's best served to history buffs. The Civil War timeline, with Lincoln's many concerns over leadership and generals, is fascinating. I stayed there an hour and felt like I had completed a Civil War history course. The only thing I missed was a good-sized exhibit on the conspirators, John Wilkes Booth and Co. But they have hourly presentations in the theater itself, and it was time to go. So went ascended back into the theater, and people filled up most of the 661 seats in the place while a U.S. Parks ranger took the stage and told the story of the theater and the night of Lincoln's murder. Even though the theater is a complete restoration, it was quite eerie to be sitting in a seat, looking at the private box where the Lincolns sat 150 years ago, and the stage where Booth leaped to and suffered a broken leg after firing the fatal shot. After the presentation, you walk across the street and get in line to enter the Petersen House, which is where Lincoln was taken after the shot and where he died. The Petersen House is part of the historical site, and you tour three rooms recreated to look like the night of April 14, 1865. The front parlor is where Mary Todd Lincoln sat much of the night. The adjoining room is where Washington police superintendent Almarin Cooley Richards interviewed witnesses and ordered the arrest of Booth. And then you walk through the bedroom where Lincoln died. The original bed long ago was bought by a collector and now is in the Chicago History Museum. But the blood-stained pillow remains with the Petersen House. Upstairs are more Lincoln exhibits, including the stories of the chase for Booth and his conspirators, their capture, arrest, trial and execution. There is much information about Lincoln's family, which was fascinating and much-cursed. Two Lincoln children died young. Robert Todd Lincoln became a prominent American, serving a variety of presidential administrations. Robert Todd Lincoln was at the White House when his father was shot and rushed to the Petersen House. Robert Todd Lincoln was at the Sixth Street Train Station in D.C., serving as Secretary of War, and was an eyewitness when President James Garfield was assassinated by Charles Guiteau on July 2, 1881. And at President William McKinley's invitation, Robert Todd Lincoln was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo on Sept. 6, 1901, when McKinley was shot and killed by Leon Czolgosz, though Lincoln did not witness the killing. I think most Americans have a general understanding of Abraham Lincoln's status in history. A rather unassuming political figure who was thrust into the darkest days our nation has seen. And he handled it with uncommon wisdom that cost him his life. You'll appreciate Lincoln even more when you walk the site where he was shot and where he died. IT'S A SMALL WORLD Back to Lankford's office. Twenty or so Oklahomans gathered. Out of how many? Four million. And I had connections to two of them. The pharmacist I mentioned? Brian Shaw and his lovely family. Turns out Brian is a pharmacist at the Walgreen's in Norman, at Main and Flood. That's our Walgreen's. That's where we get our prescriptions filled. I went on the tour with the Shaws and they were a delight. The ministers I mentioned? One of them was the Rev. Lori Walke, associate pastor at Mayflower Congregational Church. She was in town for a world hunger conference. You might remember her as Lori Allen, who played basketball at OSU a few years ago. She was recruited by Dick Halterman and she played for Julie Goodenough and Kurt Budke. Lori mentioned to me that I included her a few years ago in our annual Father's Day tribute and that it remains a great memory for their family. And a few hours later, the Dish and I sat down in Ford's Theater for the ranger's presentation, and sitting right behind us was a woman who introduced herself as Robyn Turney, the mother of Tasha Diesselhorst, the Pond Creek-Hunter girls basketball coach who I wrote about during the 2014 state tournament. Think about it. I'm 1,500 miles from, and within a few hours, totally random, I meet someone I wrote about a few years ago, the mother of someone I wrote about last year and my pharmacist. Amazing. Robyn Turney, whose husband Randy is a long-time coach himself, is in town as part of the Oklahoma Youth Tour, sponsored by the National Rural Electric Co-Op Association. That's the group I've seen around town. They were at the airport when we flew out Saturday, they were at the FDR Memorial when we strolled through on Saturday evening, they were at the Museum of American History on Sunday and they were at Ford's Theater on Wednesday. If you didn't know any better, you'd think somebody was following somebody. TRAFFIC? WHAT TRAFFIC I've been saying all week that the horror stories of D.C. traffic are overrated. I haven't seen much of it. I got into a cab at 8:10 a.m. Monday, wondering if I'd be able to get across town to Lankford's office by 9. I was in front of the building at 8:35. I found taxis easily and found them able to navigate. When we left the Petersen House, we needed to take a cab to Reagan National Airport to rent a car, and when a couple of cabs passed us, an unmarked cab stopped. Guy said he had his own service and would give us a ride: $15 to Reagan. We jumped in and he was great. Told us more stuff than any taxi driver had. Got us there quickly, even though it was rush hour. We rented a car and set out for our hotel, to pick up our luggage. I thought it might take an hour, since it was right at 5 p.m. Rush hour. Took us 10 minutes to go the 31/2 miles. Nothing at all. But then we found it. To get to Annapolis, you have to cross D.C. And getting through downtown was bad. Probably took us 25 minutes on L Street, which becomes Massachusetts Avenue, which becomes New York Avenue, which becomes Highway 50. And after we got out of downtown, the traffic worsened. We went two miles in about 50 minutes. I had no deadline, so I didn't get stressed, and I didn't know how else to go anyway. But it was brutal. Finally, we got to the freeway of Highway 50, and it opened up quickly. It's only 30 miles from D.C. to Annapolis. It took 100 minutes, and we made the last 18 miles in about 18 minutes. But I now know what people mean. ARLINGTON NATIONAL One thing we hadn't seen was Arlington National Cemetery, and the Dish really wanted to see it. After getting our rental car at Reagan, en route back to the Melrose Hotel, the GPS told us to go a certain way. Including pulling off the Jefferson Davis Highway, which seemed dubious to me. Seemed like the Jeff was going to take us right where we needed to go. But I dutifully turned off, onto Iwo Jima Boulevard in Arlington, Va., and suddenly, there was Arlington National. It wasn't the main entrance. But we were driving alongside the stone wall that surrounds the cemetery. We saw a turn-in, where we could park and walk in, and the Dish took a bunch of pictures of the gorgeous, serene place. The setting is idyllic. We didn't see any of the famous graves, like the Kennedys'. But Arlington National isn't about fame. It's about service. And the white headstones, row after row, remind you of the ultimate price some have paid for our freedom. DINNER ON THE SOUTH RIVER [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/mikes-seafood.jpg]3707269[/img] We're spending two nights in Annapolis, because we've always wanted to see the Naval Academy and the beautiful setting of the Maryland capital. It was 7 p.m. when we got checked in at the Residence Inn, and we were hungry, so our Annapolis exploration will have to wait. But dinner didn't wait. We found a place called Mike's Crab House, which sits hard by the South River, and it was the best meal I've had in months. You can sit outside, by the water, and so we did. I don't like pretentious restaurants, and this wasn't. You can always tell a good seafood joint by the availability of combination dinners. I don't mind paying a lot of money for a lot of seafood. I just don't like paying a lot of money for a little seafood. For instance, at Clyde's the other night in D.C., my dinner was $26 for two good-sized crabcakes and some kind of green bean dish. At Mike's on Wednesday night, my dinner was $28 for a good-sized crab cake, some scallops, several good-sized shrimp and a big piece of grouper, plus a baked potato and salad bar. Even better, I got the Dish's crab soup, because she didn't care for it. Might have been the best soup I've ever had. Thick. I like thick soup. The weather was pristine, about 74 degrees, sitting on the water in the home of our nation's Navy, and the food was fantastic and I got to share it with the Dish, my favorite person in the whole world. I haven't had many better meals in my life. Truth is, this whole day was hard to beat.
Jun 16, 2015
Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything,...
Scholar Athlete Awards: OU's Ty Darlington says time for Sooners to cast aside distractions
By Erik Horne and Jacob UnruhStaff Writers | Jun 16, 2015Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything, I think that we’re just motivated by everything. All of the potential distractions, I think it’s just time for us to cast them aside and focus in.” Darlington was honored as OU’s recipient of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award at Tuesday’s 31st annual All Sports Scholar Athlete Awards luncheon. Afterward, he spoke of how the team welcomed both players back. He said both have been impressive in workouts and he was particularly happy to see Shannon back with the team. “I love Frank Shannon, man,” Darlington said. “We missed him last year and I think the whole team — just beyond as a player, but as a person — we’re happy to have him back. He’s a brother and he’s family. We got to welcome one back in that wasn’t able to be with us for a year.” Shannon was accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment in January 2014. He was never charged criminally, but was suspended for one year after a university Title IX investigation. Mixon was involved in an altercation with a female OU student that turned violent and ended with Mixon punching her and breaking multiple bones in her face in July 2014. He was suspended for the entire season. MORE AWARDS TO COME FOR OSU'S RUDOLPH? As Mason Rudolph took his place in a line of award recipients at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, he and Bedlam football rival Darlington gave each other a slight head nod and a smile. Darlington, a decorated OU senior offensive lineman, is going into his last season with the Sooners, but Rudolph is just beginning what appears to be a budding career with Oklahoma State. While he's been touted as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate entering this season, Rudolph received the first true hardware of his OSU career at the 31st Annual All-Sports Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheon. The 6-foot-4 quarterback was named one of 10 state school players honored as College Players of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The award highlights student athletes who "have excelled on the playing field, in their classrooms and in their communities." "I'm only a rising sophomore, so I haven't really done a lot to receive a whole lot," Rudolph said. "I'm very honored. Obviously, it's an incredible award and, like you mentioned, Ty (Darlington) he's a great guy. I've gotten to know him pretty well. It's a great group of guys seems like, and an overall great afternoon." Based on the end of his season with OSU, leading the Cowboys to consecutive wins in Bedlam against OU and in the Cactus Bowl against Washington, there's more hardware in the future for Rudolph. "I think the whole team has done a great job of really getting after it this offseason," Rudolph said. "Winter program went great, spring practice went great. We're fired up and looking forward to bigger things this fall." Along with Rudolph and Darlington, the following state school players were honored as their school's recipient of the College Player of the Year award: Landon Chappell, University of Central Oklahoma; Chace Green, Langston University; Tanner Hallford, Oklahoma Panhandle State University; William House, Southern Nazarene University; Justin Schanbacher, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Garrett Stafford, University of Tulsa; Ty Watkins, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College; Cole Weber, East Central University. MCGINNIS MEETS SWITZER FOR FIRST TIME Former Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis had a chance to meet legendary coach Barry Switzer and was surprised to learn Switzer remembered him from a high school game two years ago. “That was really cool,” McGinnis said. “He said a few really nice things about me. I guess he came to watch one of our games — the Casady game two years ago. “Just the fact that he came and he took his time to come out and watch one of our games and to remember me two years later that means a lot.” McGinnis is a 6-foot-5 dual-threat quarterback who is walking on for the Sooners. He was honored at the luncheon as the Jim Thorpe Player of the Year and also a runner-up in The Oklahoman’s Bob Colon Scholarships. After leading Heritage Hall to the Class 3A state championship last season, some questions remained as to whether he would play quarterback, receiver or defensive back in college. He’s working to address those issues by cleaning up his throwing motion. “Going to the college level everything is much quicker, so making my release quick enough for the college level,” McGinnis said. JIM THORPE WINNERS HONORED The annual Jim Thorpe Player of the Year Award winners were honored at the banquet. Winners include Edmond Memorial’s Colin Simpson (baseball); Deer Creek’s Dakota Vann (girls basketball) and Owasso’s Shake Milton (boys basketball); Henryetta’s Daisy VanMeter (girls cross country) and Norman North’s Ben Barrett (boys cross country); Jenks’ Mackenzie Medders (girls golf) and Edmond North’s Tyson Reeder (boys golf); Jenks’ Marlo Zoller (girls soccer) and Heritage Hall’s Garrett McLaughlin (boys soccer); Edmond North’s Ally Robertson (girls swimming) and Norman North’s Justin Wu (boys swimming); Southmoore’s Jordan Henry (girls tennis) and Mount St. Mary’s Blake Crawford (boys tennis); Vinita’s Carsyn Spurgeon (girls track) and Westmoore’s Calvin Miller (boys track); Elgin’s Jentry Holt (volleyball); and Stillwater’s Joe Smith (wrestling).
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 9, 2015
Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph could be the next Brandon Weeden or the next West Lunt. Time will tell.
Is OSU's Mason Rudolph the next Brandon Weeden or the next Wes Lunt?
By BERRY TRAMEL | Jun 9, 2015STILLWATER — Optimism abounds over OSU football 2015, much of it rooted in Master Mason Rudolph. Hero of the Cactus Bowl. Bedlam victor. Patron Saint of Lost Causes after his first college start, in Waco. Can’t really blame anyone in the stands, on the field or in the pressbox for such euphoria. Rudolph, as a true freshman, looked like the real deal against good competition. But is it’s too early to tell if Rudolph will be the next Brandon Weeden or if he’ll be the next Wes Lunt. Either seems possible, since Rudolph still is one month shy of his 20th birthday and has taken all of 205 college snaps. “He’s only played in three games,” Mike Gundy said. But even Gundy acknowledges it was quite the three games. A put-up-a-fight defeat at Baylor. A stirring win in Norman. A commanding performance against Washington out in the bowl game. Without so much as an inkling that he might play until a few days before going to Waco, Rudolph was impressive. Stunningly impressive. “I don’t know if stunned’s the right word,” offensive tackle Zach Crabtree said. “I kind of thought, ‘He’s a heck of a player. He’s made a lot of plays.’” Most analysis of a raw quarterback’s future is dicey. But OSU is in an interesting place: 2 1/2 seasons before Rudolph took the reins, another true freshman QB did the same. The situations of Lunt and Rudolph weren’t exact. Lunt was proclaimed the starter in April 2012, right after spring practice and before his high school class had staged its graduation, and thus went through an entire off-season as the anointed leader. Rudolph’s rise to the top was sudden, after Daxx Garman’s concussion suffered against Texas. And the OSU offenses of 2012 and 2014 weren’t congruent. The 2012 Cowboys were rebuilding to some degree. The 2014 Cowboys were wiped out, particularly on the offensive line. Lunt had Joe Randle at tailback; Rudolph most certainly did not. Still, enough similarities exist to create a solid comparison. Discounting the Savannah State opener, a non-competitive game if ever there was one, Lunt made three starts before losing his job to injury and eventually transferring. Lunt in those three games played competition similar to Rudolph’s trio. Lunt lost at Arizona 59-38, beat TCU 36-14 in Stillwater and lost 44-30 at Kansas State. A Big 12 champ in KSU (just like Rudolph faced at Baylor) and two other bowl teams. One notable difference, of course, was the stage. Rudolph, who has yet to take a snap in a home game, held up in an arch-rival game like Bedlam. How did they fare? Rudolph actually has better numbers, with much less preparation time. Rudolph, for all intents and purposes, was the No. 3 quarterback last August, then still got limited practice time backing up Garman. Yet in those three games, Rudolph’s numbers were 57 percent completions, 284.3 yards per game, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Lunt in his three games had 58.4 percent completions, 314.7 yards per game, six TDs and seven interceptions. One Cowboy receiver was around for both freshman debuts. David Glidden, who will be a senior in 2015, played on both the ’12 and ’14 Cowboy teams. Glidden’s assessment: “Quite a few similarities. Both big guys. Pretty composed. For being so young and put in those situations, they both kept their cool and stayed pretty composed overall. That to me was one of the biggest similarities. Very impressive to see out of a young guy. Both real level-headed kids. “They both got a little style to ‘em. Wes is probably little more of a true pocket passer. Mase has that about him, but I think he likes to get out and make plays on his own and show he can move around a little bit. He’s not afraid to get out of the pocket, run for a first down, break a tackle. Whatever it may be.” Lunt transferred to Illinois in 2013, after growing discouraged with the quarterback situation and his relationship with Gundy. Last season, Lunt played reasonably well as a third-year sophomore with the Illini; 14 touchdown passes, three interceptions, 63.5 percent completions. He was injured again, but there’s reason to believe he will be a good Big Ten quarterback. Lunt was not the Cowboys’ next Weeden, and I don’t think he’ll be to Illinois what Weeden was to OSU. All-Big 12. First-round draft pick. Quarterback of the 2011 Cowboys conference championship team. Will Rudolph? Too early to tell. But it looks quite promising. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. 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.
Jun 5, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school.Jolene Burdge of Billings, Montana, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the FBI interviewed her last month about Hastert, who was charged last week in a federal indictment alleging that...
Woman says her brother was sexually abused by Dennis Hastert
By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Jun 5, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school. Jolene Burdge of Billings, Montana, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the FBI interviewed her last month about Hastert, who was charged last week in a federal indictment alleging that he agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to someone so that person would stay quiet about "prior misconduct." Fifteen years before Hastert allegedly promised to pay that money, Burdge's brother died. But years before his death, his sister said, he told her that his first homosexual contact was with Hastert and that it lasted throughout his high school years. Stephen Reinboldt attended Yorkville High School, where Hastert was a history teacher and coach from 1965 to 1981. In an interview aired Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Burdge said Hastert had been a father figure to her brother but also caused him irreparable harm. "He damaged Steve, I think, more than any of us will ever know," she told the TV show. The AP could not independently verify her allegations. A friend and former classmate of Reinboldt's said Reinboldt told him in 1974, during college, that he'd had a sexual relationship with Hastert in high school. That friend spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity so as not to betray a personal confidence. A person familiar with the allegations in the indictment has told the AP that the payments mentioned in the document were intended to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Hastert has not been charged with sexual abuse. But Burdge's story indicates there could be more victims beyond the "Individual A" named in the indictment. The former congressman has not appeared in public or addressed any of the allegations since he was indicted. He did not respond to a message left on his cellphone Friday. Emails and phone messages sent to his son, Ethan Hastert, also went unanswered. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on Burdge's allegations. Reinboldt died in Los Angeles in 1995 at age 42. Burdge told ABC that he died of AIDS. An obituary published in The (Aurora) Beacon News said Reinboldt had "a unique and fascinating mind" and was drawn to the arts, especially film, drama and music. He was a manager of the wrestling team that Hastert coached, the AP found. He was also manager of the football team, student council president and a member of the pep club, letterman's club, the French club and the yearbook staff. Reinboldt graduated in 1971 and later moved to the Los Angeles area, where he worked for Columbia Pictures in sales and distribution. He also worked for several software companies. "He wanted to be in TV and film and all that," his brother, Daniel Reinboldt, told the AP on Thursday. "He went to New York and L.A., back and forth, trying to get into the movie business." On Thursday, Daniel Reinboldt, who still lives in Yorkville, refused to talk to the AP about whether his brother was abused by Hastert. Another sister, Carol Reinboldt, of Lakewood, Colorado, did not respond to messages. Burdge said her brother told her about his past with Hastert in 1979, after she graduated high school, but never brought his story out into the open because he feared "nobody would believe him." "He never had a life," she said. "He spent his life trying to run away from it and trying to dull the pain." The federal indictment, announced May 28, accuses Hastert of evading bank regulations by withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars in smaller increments and lying to the FBI about the reason for the withdrawals. The document says Hastert agreed to pay someone identified only as "Individual A" to "compensate for and conceal (Hastert's) prior misconduct" against that person. But it does not go into any detail about the alleged misconduct. Hastert, who has a home in the Chicago suburb of Plano, resigned from the Washington lobbying firm where he worked. Burdge said she considered telling her brother's story in 2006, as a scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley unfolded. Foley, a Florida Republican, was discovered sending inappropriate emails and sexually explicit instant messages to former House pages while Hastert was speaker. Burdge spoke briefly with news outlets, including the AP, but she ultimately decided against coming forward with a statement at that time. Hastert was later criticized for failing to follow up on warnings about Foley's conduct. He stepped down in 2007 after Republicans lost control of the House. In the last six months, Burdge said, she had started to put her brother's story "on the shelf" trying to move past it. Then the FBI visited her home. Today, she said, she is hopeful that any other victims come forward. "We can help each other," Burdge said. ___ Associated Press writers Tammy Webber in Chicago; Michael Kunzelman and Kerry Lester in Yorkville, Illinois; and Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report. ___ This story has been corrected to spell the alleged victim's name as Reinboldt, not Reinbolt.
So what if seemingly everyone with a reporter’s notebook and Twitter handle says it’s a done deal.Until the official word comes that Fred Hoiberg has become the Bulls coach, Iowa State alum and Hoiberg friend Dickson Jensen says: “There’s always hope. I would love to see Fred stay.”Everyone in Ames would.“He’s an icon around here,” said Tracy Drury, general manager of Hickory Park, a restaurant...
Iowa hometown reveres Fred Hoiberg as a ‘genuine’ icon
By Teddy Greenstein, Associated Press | Jun 1, 2015So what if seemingly everyone with a reporter’s notebook and Twitter handle says it’s a done deal. Until the official word comes that Fred Hoiberg has become the Bulls coach, Iowa State alum and Hoiberg friend Dickson Jensen says: “There’s always hope. I would love to see Fred stay.” Everyone in Ames would. “He’s an icon around here,” said Tracy Drury, general manager of Hickory Park, a restaurant that has served Cyclones fans in 1970. To begin to understand Hoiberg’s popularity, consider that he was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball and led Ames High School to the 1991 state title by averaging 38.1 points in six tournament games. (As a quarterback, he also was named the state’s top football player by Gatorade.) He and wife Carol both attended Iowa State, where teammates dubbed him “The Mayor” during a career in which he played in three NCAA Tournaments, scored 1,993 points (third in school history), hit 34 consecutive free throws and earned a finance degree as a first-team Academic All-American. “He grew up here, was a ballboy at Iowa State, played for (coach) Johnny Orr,” said Marty Tirrell, who co-hosts an afternoon drive CBS Sports Radio show that originates from Des Moines. “I think part of the Cyclone fan base is in denial thinking: There’s no way he is going to leave.” He’d be leaving a lot. Hoiberg has built a remarkable program since taking over in April of 2010, guiding the school to its first stretch of four straight NCAA Tournament berths. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman put Iowa State at No. 4 in his 2015 preseason rankings, higher than Duke and Kentucky. If that were not enough, he’s young (42), handsome (think Robert Redford in “All the President’s Men”) and a father of four who has remained approachable. “He’s a down-to-earth guy,” said Jensen, a 25-year season-ticket holder at Hilton Coliseum. “There’s not a shred of cockiness or arrogance. He can go out with the elite and then hang out with a regular Iowa farm family and feel comfortable. He is genuine.” Hoiberg’s departure would not have the same feel as when coach Tim Floyd left Ames for the Bulls in 1998. “He told the fan base: ‘I will be your coach,’ ” Tirrell said. “It was good riddance.” Hoiberg never has hid his affection for the NBA, cultivated during a 10-year career during which he played for Larry Brown, Larry Bird, Flip Saunders, Kevin McHale and, in Chicago, Floyd, Bill Berry (two games) and Bill Cartwright. Hoiberg led the NBA by hitting 48.3 percent from 3-point land in 2005, but he retired after the season because of a heart ailment, necessitating surgery to repair an aneurysm in his aortic root. (He underwent a second planned surgery, in April, to replace his aortic valve.) He then spent four seasons in the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves before adding to his legend in Ames and signing a 10-year, $20 million extension in 2013 that Cyclones fans hoped would keep him there. He has been a regular at Hickory Park, where Drury often sees him doing more talking than eating while dining with recruits. “We love him,” she said. “He’s always the same — calm, kind, cool and collected. Everybody’s heartbroken (about his expected departure) but you can’t blame somebody for making a different choice in their life. We’re all going to miss him, but this should be awesome for him and his family.” The Bulls dismissed Tom Thibodeau on Thursday, and within minutes Tirrell predicted what it meant, telling his listeners that Hoiberg was bound for Chicago. Tirrell actually went into the season thinking it would be Hoiberg’s last. Why? Because top assistant T.J. Otzelberger had left the University of Washington after just two seasons to return to Iowa State, indicating that Hoiberg had developed an exit strategy. “He’s a winner,” Tirrell said of Hoiberg. “Look at his life and he has done everything right. I just hope he does not turn out like John Calipari in New Jersey (72-112 record). Fred is a great college coach, but the last season took a huge toll (in part because of player arrests), and the NBA is a grind.” Jensen, a real estate developer and AAU basketball coach, has known Hoiberg since he was raining jumpers at Ames High School. “We have Nike teams that travel all around the country,” he said. “Most high school kids are knuckleheads. I coached Harrison Barnes (now of the Golden State Warriors) and he and Fred are in a unique category with their maturity. Fred has never changed. On game day he is very reserved, externally very calm. But you know what burns inside.” And as a recruiter, Jensen said, “Fred was able to get some dudes. You can’t make a steak out of hamburger.” Jensen has 10 center-court seasons tickets at Hilton Coliseum and said the atmosphere is “right up there with Kansas and Cameron Indoor (at Duke). Basketball is who we are, and I think we’ll keep the ball rolling.” But they’ll surely have to do it without the icon of Iowa State basketball, a man whose Twitter handle of @ISUMayor32 (for his retired jersey) has gone silent since May 24. ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000065682,g000362661,g000066164
SEATTLE — Monday may be the last game of the season for Houston, which needs a Memorial Day win to avoid being swept out of the Western Conference finals by Golden State.It may also be the last time Jason Terry, who is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, suits up for the Rockets.However, the 37-year-old Seattle native has no plans of ending his 16-year NBA career this summer.“He wants...
Rockets’ Terry has no plans to call it a career
By Percy Allen, Associated Press | May 24, 2015SEATTLE — Monday may be the last game of the season for Houston, which needs a Memorial Day win to avoid being swept out of the Western Conference finals by Golden State. It may also be the last time Jason Terry, who is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, suits up for the Rockets. However, the 37-year-old Seattle native has no plans of ending his 16-year NBA career this summer. “He wants to do 19 years,” said Terry’s mother, Andrea Cheatham. “But if he can eke out two more years he’d be happy, but no less than two. Ultimately three and even four years would be amazing to make it an even 20.” What’s truly amazing is Terry, whose first love was football, has endured so long in a sport where he’s often been overlooked and underappreciated. Rarely has he been the best player on his team and yet, the skinny point guard with the shaved head and headband built a legendary basketball career highlighted by winning championships, draining three-pointers and extending his arms wide while running down the court with a big toothy smile. “He was a late bloomer because he really didn’t get into basketball until he was 13,” Cheatham said. “He always wanted to be a football player, but I thought he was too thin to play football so I pushed into basketball.” As junior at Franklin High, where Terry helped the Quakers to back-to-back Class AA state basketball titles in 1994 and ’95, he played on a Pop Warner football team in Federal Way. He kept the gridiron pursuits a secret because he didn’t want to turn away potential college basketball recruiters. On the hardcourt, Terry was a four-star prospect, but inexplicably he wasn’t voted team MVP as a junior or senior. “In high school, he played defense and ran the offense, which is what Franklin needed,” said Michael Johnson, one of the state’s most prolific scorers at Ballard High who played at Washington. “They didn’t need him to score 20 or 30 points. “He did all the little things. He got steals and assists. He got rebounds. He scored when he had to and he won two state titles.” At Arizona, Terry was the sixth man, averaging 10.6 points and 4.4 assists on a star-studded 1996-97 NCAA championship team that included future pros Michael Dickerson, Mike Bibby and Miles Simon. Two years later, Terry was a consensus first-team All-American and earned National Player of the Year honors from Sports Illustrated, CBS and Basketball Times while averaging 21.9 points, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals as a senior. “People forget that Jason was a sophomore on that team when we won it all and somebody had to come off the bench,” Dickerson said last year. “He was the youngest and that’s just how it worked out. “But after we left, Jason stayed and showed everybody how good he is.” Terry spent five seasons (1999-04) with the Atlanta Hawks, who selected him 10th overall in the draft. However, he thrived during an eight-year stint (2004-12) with the Dallas Mavericks that included winning the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2009 and teaming up with Dirk Nowitzki to capture the 2011 NBA title. In the past three years, Terry has been traded three times while making stops at Boston, Brooklyn and Sacramento before landing in Houston. He has played in 1,213 regular-season games and 108 in the playoffs. He also ranks third with 2,076 three-pointers behind Ray Allen (2,973) and Reggie Miller (2,560) for the most in NBA history. (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) Cheatham knows Terry, who is averaging 8.7 points and 2.7 assists while starting all 15 playoff games, and the Rockets are in trouble. They’re down 3-0 and no NBA team has ever won a playoff series after losing the first three games. Still, last week she was in Houston and watched the Rockets recover from a 3-1 deficit to overtake the Los Angeles Clippers in the conference semifinals. “He has so much faith in himself and his ability that he never gets down,” Cheatham said. “No matter what anyone else may think, Jason will say there’s always an opportunity. He never sees anything finished.” Whenever Terry stops playing, he plans to pursue an NBA coaching career. “These last few years have been like an apprenticeship,” Cheatham said. “He’s always coaching or cheerleading.” (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) Once Terry is permanently on the sideline, perhaps then it’ll be easier to quantify a career that ranks among the Seattle greats. “If I’m putting together a list of the top guys to come out of this area, I put Jason in the top 2-3, at least from the guys that played in my era,” Johnson said. “There’s Jamal (Crawford), Nate (Robinson) and Brandon (Roy), but I might even consider Jason No. 1 as far as guys who have come out and had success. “I can’t think of another guy whose played almost 20 years and won at every level.” ——— ©2015 The Seattle Times Visit The Seattle Times at www.seattletimes.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. ————— PHOTOS (for help with images, contact 312-222-4194): Jason Terry _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000362661,g000066164,g000065594
May 21, 2015
Foster was known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness.
Former OU All-American offensive tackle Eddie Foster was the rarest of football heroes
By Berry Tramel | May 21, 2015MOORE — Dewey Selmon, just recently arrived on the OU campus as a freshman in 1972, sat in his dorm room with brothers Lee Roy and Lucious one day when a huge shadow passed by his open door. “What was that?” Dewey asked. Lucious informed him it was Eddie Foster. Later that night, Dewey suggested to Lee Roy that they avoid Foster. “Guys that big can hurt you.” That might have been the last time anyone wanted to avoid Edward Jay Foster, a prince of a man who died last week at age 63 and was memorialized Thursday in a 190-minute service at LifeChurch. Foster, an All-American offensive tackle and co-captain for Barry Switzer’s first OU team in 1973, is the rarest of football heroes. Known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness. “If anybody was made in God’s image, it was Eddie Foster,” said Billy Sims, who came to OU three years after Foster’s final season but who joined Dewey Selmon as one of the speakers Thursday. Joe Wylie, the grand halfback in the early wishbone years, was Foster’s OU roommate and became his lifelong friend. Wylie said that after Foster married Kim Watson, his Monahans (Texas) High School sweetheart, Wylie was so inspired by their relationship, he proposed to his girlfriend. Wylie and Karen Pilgrim are married still. Max Barnett, who led the Baptist Student Union when Foster was in school, said that Wylie and Foster were such leaders that when they were juniors, they visited 26 of OU’s 43 signees in their homes, inviting them to the Bible study they had established in their dorm. From the stage Thursday, Wylie admitted there had been a time or two when he figured his bride could be a better wife. “But I’ve never in my life thought that Ed could be a better friend.” Wylie said OU gave him great blessings, including a great education and 70,000 screaming fans on Saturdays. “But Ed was the best gift OU ever gave to me.” Old football tales were fun, but the core of Foster’s life was his family. He and Kim home schooled their children and pioneered home school athletics in Oklahoma. Eddie coached his sons to national success in home school basketball. All five of Foster’s grown children spoke glowingly, so much so that LifeChurch pastor Michael Metcalf said his son asked him during the service, “Are you that good of a dad?” Charles Foster, the second-born son, recounted the story of the summer before his senior year, driving a car his grandmother had given him and having spent his money on new CDs instead of getting leaky radiator fixed. One night in Edmond, the car overheated, and Eddie’s suggestion was to spend the night with cousins, then try to drive home the next morning, so if there was trouble along the road, it would be daylight. But Charles told his dad he was determined to drive home. Long about Crossroads Mall, going south on I-35, Charles noticed a set of lights following him. Followed him off the interstate exit, through the streets of Norman and into the Fosters’ neighborhood and driveway. It was Eddie, having driven north to meet his son and make sure he got home safely. Usually, it was the other way around. Foster taking the lead. Kim Foster talked about the old Monahans days, when the star quarterback revealed the Loboes’ secret play. “Someone would get the ball and follow Eddie.” Following Eddie Foster never was a bad idea. “His heart completely dwarfed his physical status,” said eldest son Neal. Charles Foster told the story of the national home school tournament in Wichita, when the Oklahoma City Knights were in the national semifinals. In the final seconds of a tie game, a Knights player became confused and intentionally fouled an opponent. Eddie Foster was a competitor. You didn’t block for Joe Wylie and Joe Washington without being a competitor. And those who remember Foster coaching youth sports knows he could raise his voice. But he also knew when to lower it. As timeout was called and the Knights trudged to their sideline, knowing victory was slipping away, Eddie Foster didn’t map a strategy. He grabbed the player who had committed the foul and embraced him. The opponent made a foul shot, the Knights lost and settled for third place in the national tournament. Lost a game but won a heart. 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.
WASHINGTON — NCAA vice president Kevin Lennon on Tuesday told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics that schools should resist pressure to change the rules on what it means to be an amateur college athlete.“We know degree completion will best serve them in the long run,” Lennon said. “The introduction of pay may lead some — not all, but some — to not take full advantage of these...
NCAA urges caution on idea of paying college athletes
By Renee Schoof, Associated Press | May 19, 2015WASHINGTON — NCAA vice president Kevin Lennon on Tuesday told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics that schools should resist pressure to change the rules on what it means to be an amateur college athlete. “We know degree completion will best serve them in the long run,” Lennon said. “The introduction of pay may lead some — not all, but some — to not take full advantage of these educational opportunities that are available to them in their college years.” On the sidelines of the meeting, Lennon, the National Collegiate Athletic Association vice president of Division I governance, said in an interview that he wouldn’t talk about his organization’s investigation into the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill academic scandal. Federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein found athlete eligibility at the heart of the scandal, in which fake classes were created in the African studies department. Lennon said the answer wasn’t necessarily more public information about what classes athletes took. They shouldn’t be given extra scrutiny, he said. “Depending on what an institution likes to do for all their students, I would think they’d apply the same policy to their student athletes,” Lennon said. During the commission’s meeting, no individual infractions cases were discussed. Lennon, speaking on a panel about compensating athletes, said public support for college sports would drop off if the line blurred between amateur players and professionals. “Amateur status, as defined by being college eligible, is compromised when they use their athletic skill for pay,” he said at the meeting, which the Knight Commission described as a “public examination” of issues surrounding pay for college athletes. The commission, which was founded in 1989 after a series of high-profile college sports scandals, has no connection to the NCAA. Other panelists suggested that there are ways colleges and universities could do more for athletes without running afoul of the laws that protect competition. The discussion came as the NCAA is appealing a federal judge’s decision to allow football and men’s basketball players to be compensated in addition to scholarships for the commercialized use of their names, images and likenesses. Other cases that could change the status of amateur players include one that seeks a free market to pay college athletes. Another ruling allowed Northwestern University football players to form a labor union. “The sand is shifting underneath the feet of NCAA, and it’s important to re-evaluate the model of intercollegiate athletics that we’ve been working with,” said Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College. He argued that schools could treat athletes better and stay within the model of amateurism, for example by offering year-round health insurance and lifetime disability insurance for college athletic injuries. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Zimbalist also said that Congress should establish a presidential commission on college sports. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., introduced a bill, H.R. 275, in January that would set up such a commission to examine issues such as how athletics are financed, health and safety protections and the recruitment and retention of athletes. (EDITORS: END OPTIONAL TRIM) “Whether you think they’re employees or not, they certainly work,” said Doug Allen, a professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University. His ideas included covering athletes’ full cost of attendance, including travel to and from their homes, and giving four-year scholarships that can’t be taken away if their athletic performance falters. These and other improvements should be granted in exchange for athletes agreeing to be full-time students making progress toward their degrees, he said. Some of the panelists mentioned the many hours football and basketball players spend practicing. Currently there is no alternative to college as a path to professional football or basketball. Neither the NFL nor the NBA has a farm system like baseball, and both prevent athletes from being drafted out of high school. Ronald Katz, an attorney and board chairman of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University, said that “student athlete” was a term that should be jettisoned, because it implied two separate roles. He also made five other proposals: Students should be on track for graduation in order to be eligible to play; sports scholarship recipients should commit to four years in college; red shirting should be banned (allowing a student to practice and attend classes while not using one of his or her four years of athletic eligibility); NCAA bylaws should be simplified; and retired judges, not NCAA officials, should decide when rules are broken. One of the members of the commission said those suggestions seemed simple and wondered why they weren’t carried out. Katz responded by referring to the millions of dollars at stake in college football and basketball. “The one-word answer,” he replied, “is money.” ——— ©2015 McClatchy Washington Bureau Visit the McClatchy Washington Bureau at www.mcclatchydc.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008056,t000003183,t000002776,t000049144,t000002786
May 19, 2015
Well, the Johnny Bench mystery is solved. As I blogged yesterday, there seemed to be some confusion about Johnny Bench’s hometown. Not from me. Not from anyone in Oklahoma. But from baseball researchers over literally decades. You can read that blog here. The bible of baseball research, baseball-reference.com, long has listed Bench as being from […]
The Johnny Bench mystery is solved
Berry Tramel | May 19, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/0517151544d.jpg]3671090[/img] Well, the Johnny Bench mystery is solved. As I blogged yesterday, there seemed to be some confusion about Johnny Bench's hometown. Not from me. Not from anyone in Oklahoma. But from baseball researchers over literally decades. You can read that blog here. The bible of baseball research, baseball-reference.com, long has listed Bench as being from Anadarko High School. And someone finally noticed. That someone being Oklahoman page designed Rob Backus. Anyone, my guess was that Bench played American Legion ball in Anadarko, about 20 miles south of Binger, and sure enough, that was the issue. First, I got an email from Bill Hancock, the lover of all things southwestern Oklahoma. Hancock you know as the guy who runs the College Football Playoff, but he's still more Okie than anyone I know. "Enjoyed your pieces on Johnny Bench," Hancock wrote. "I can help with one thing: he did play American Legion ball for Anadarko. In fact, he was one of the first Legion players to hit a home run out of Hobart's park -- he did it in the state tournament Aug. 6, 1964. He pitched and played first base in that game, which Anadarko lost to eventual champion Guthrie." And the Society of American Baseball Research, which is responsible for the biographical information that is on baseball-reference.com and thus on baseball-almanac.com and even on the Cincinnati Reds website, has been alerted to the error. Jacob Pomrenke, who runs the social media aspects of SABR, sent this email: "Kudos to Rob Backus for discovering an error in SABR’s bio data for, of all people, Johnny Bench. We had the wrong high school listed for him (it’s Binger HS, not Anadarko HS), and it turns out this error has been circulating for more than 40 years and no one noticed. Bench actually played for Anadarko’s American Legion team, which was coached then by the same man who coached at Anadarko HS. After Rob pointed it out, I found several wire stories from 1969-70 about Bench 'playing for Anadarko' and the coach 'coaching Bench at Anadarko.' Somehow this got conflated into his playing for Anadarko HS … even though one of his nicknames was The Binger Kid. Go figure. Even the Cincinnati Reds and other MLB sources had the wrong info listed." Fascinating. Bench is perhaps the greatest catcher in baseball history. Bench or Yogi Berra. That makes Bench one of the top 25 players in baseball history. His exploits do not live on dusty book shelves or in the tales we heard from our grandfathers. Most of the people who care about baseball history and baseball data saw Bench play. Most of those people watched Bench in World Series throughout the 1970s -- '70, '72, '75, '76 -- and heard the tales about Binger. But it just goes to show you, details sometimes get avalanched in memory. We remember Bench's big hands and his stance and his stocky build and his No. 5. But do we remember other details? Let's take a test. You can take it with me. I won't cheat. I'm going to think of other superstars from the '70s and try to remember where they grew up. Joe Morgan? I want to say Oakland. Is that right? Reggie Jackson? Don't remember. Something says Alabama, but I have no idea. Tom Seaver? I think Connecticut, but I'd be wildly guessing. Carl Yastrzemski? I know it was Long Island, but I don't remember the town, and I read Yaz's biography multiple times. Pete Rose? I have no idea. Was it Cincinnati? Was he a hometown guy? Catfish Hunter? Somewhere in North Carolina, but I don't remember where. Lou Brock, one of my all-time favorites? Somewhere in Louisiana, but I don't know where. Steve Garvey, who was as famous as anyone in baseball? Seems like Michigan, but that's a guess. Mike Schmidt? Don't know. Rod Carew? Panama. I know he's from Panama. I assume Panama City. Some things you remember, like Thurman Munson being from Canton, Ohio, and Brooks Robinson being from Little Rock (though Brooks was more of a '60s star). But most of those guys, I never knew or I've forgotten. So if I saw on baseball-reference.com that Steve Carlton is from Miami, when he's actually from West Palm Beach, I wouldn't know any better. So I'll cut SABR some slack. Mistakes happen. Things fall through the cracks. Sometimes even for decades. Rather than rip SABR for not knowing Johnny Bench was from Binger, I salute SABR for a quick correction. Salute SABR and Rob Backus for noticing and Bill Hancock for reading and Binger for caring about Johnny Bench in the first place. And by the way, here are the answers to the hometowns of '70s stars: Joe Morgan indeed went to high school in Oakland, Castlemont High School. Tom Seaver is from Fresno, Calif. Now I remember. He was a Southern Cal guy. I don't know where I got Connecticut. Probably lived there when he was a Metropolitan. Reggie Jackson is from Cheltenham, Pa. I'll say this. I didn't forget that. I never knew Jackson was from Pennsylvania. Yastrzemski? Yep, Long Island. Bridgehampton, N.Y. Pete Rose? Yes, Cincinnati. Western Hills High School. Catfish Hunter? Perquimans, N.C. Never heard of the place, and my brother used to live in North Carolina, so I've tried to follow the geography. Lou Brock? Monroe, La. Union High School. Steve Garvey? Tampa, Chamberlain High School. He went to Michigan State. That's where I got Michigan. Mike Schmidt? Dayton, Ohio. I sort of remember Dan Patrick, who is from Dayton, talking about Schmidt on the radio. Rod Carew? Carew actually went to high school in New York City, George Washington High School, but he did grow up in Gatun, Canal Zone, Panama.