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Feb 6, 2016
J.C. Watts is the ideal person to lead Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children — he's a man with a high public profile and a shining reputation and, as a former Baptist youth minister, understands the concept of doing the Lord's work. That's what Feed the Children has done since 1979, providing food and care to people across the country and around the world. Yet the charity has struggled to...
Oklahoma ScissorTales: Feed the Children in good hands with J.C. Watts
The Oklahoman Editorials | Feb 6, 2016J.C. Watts is the ideal person to lead Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children — he's a man with a high public profile and a shining reputation and, as a former Baptist youth minister, understands the concept of doing the Lord's work. That's what Feed the Children has done since 1979, providing food and care to people across the country and around the world. Yet the charity has struggled to recover from the poor publicity that accompanied the ousting of founder Larry Jones in 2009. Several leaders have followed. Watts, 58, provides potential long-term stability at the top as president and CEO, which is highly important to any organization. Through his eight years as a member of Congress, and 15 more as head of his own consulting and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., Watts has amassed considerable contacts in the corporate and faith communities that will help his efforts to build new support for Feed the Children. He's also a dynamic public speaker, a skill that will only help his cause. Watts told The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay this week that Feed the Children has sound infrastructure and organization. His immediate goal, he said, is to spread the word to others “that we're good, fertile soil that they can sow into … and we would love to have them join us.” We wish him and Feed the Children only the best. Caucus chaos Every now and then, some politico will suggest that Oklahoma should shift from presidential primaries to presidential caucuses. Yet the recent outcome in Iowa's Democratic presidential caucus highlights why a simple primary vote may still be the better option. The Des Moines Register reports that in a handful of Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a delegate was awarded with a coin toss. In one precinct, the coin toss was chosen due to a dispute over the results “after 60 caucus participants apparently disappeared from the proceedings.” Statewide, Hillary Clinton won five delegates via coin toss. (Given the amount of luck involved in that outcome, Clinton might have better spent her time in Vegas that night.) While many romanticize the town-hall style democracy of a caucus, the chaotic reality can lend itself to outcomes that appear far less democratic or fair than those generated by a simple primary vote system. Hashtag diplomacy fail When the Islamic militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls, it became trendy to use the #bringbackourgirls hashtag on social media. First lady Michelle Obama even tweeted a photo of herself holding up a sign with that message. What was the result of the Obama administration's “hashtag diplomacy”? The Daily Mail in Britain bluntly noted in a recent article, “The Nigerian girls never were rescued despite high-profile displays of support for military intervention from the first lady and celebrities like Amy Poehler.” And what has become of Boko Haram? The Associated Press reports its latest atrocity involved firebombing huts in Dalori, Nigeria, killing 86 people. A survivor described hearing the screams of children being burned alive. To the surprise of no one (other than perhaps some officials in the Obama administration), barbarians are not impressed by social media prowess, and tweeting is still no substitute for action. Absentee minded Don't like standing in line on Election Day? You can always cast an absentee ballot, and this week the state Election Board made it easier to obtain one. Instead of filling out a printed form requesting an absentee ballot, which has been the norm, registered voters can now submit their requests online via the board's website, http://elections.ok.gov. “This new system will make voting by mail easier than ever,” said Paul Ziriax, Election Board secretary. Those who choose to vote by mail will receive a ballot in the mail, usually at least a month before the election. Voters can then, at their leisure, fill out the ballot, get it notarized and mail it back. Long road ahead Does the outcome of this week's Iowa presidential caucuses, particularly on the Republican side, truly indicate who the “top” contenders are? Is this race really down to Sen. Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida? History suggests you can't read too much into the Iowa results. In 2000, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came in fifth in Iowa, trailing Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer (remember them?). McCain went on to easily win the New Hampshire primary and gave George W. Bush a run for his money for the next several months. The same thing holds true for New Hampshire's primary. In 1992, Bill Clinton declared himself the “comeback kid” after coming in a distant second in New Hampshire's Democratic primary. There's still many votes to be cast and a long way to the finish line in the presidential nominating process. Keep it civil There will plenty of debate this legislative session over education funding, school choice and other issues. Here's a call for voices on both sides to keep the rhetorical low blows to a minimum. Our concern stems from some of the things written by bloggers at #OklaEd, a site that allows educators to use Twitter to “share ideas, resources and inspiration.” One English teacher attached a graphic to his anti-education reform post that said, “Admitting you're an a--hole is the first step.” Writing about Education Savings Accounts, an administrator at Sand Springs said, “If you are a parent who wants to use the Bible as your child's Biology text, ESA's are for you.” Passionate defense of education and educators in Oklahoma is one thing. But such uncivil discourse does little to help the cause. Greener pasture Altus won the Class 5A state football championship in December. This week it lost its coach, Jeremy Reed, after two years on the job. Reed said that as “more and more was talked about with the condition of our state education,” he felt he owed it to his three young children to move to Lake Hamilton High in Pearcy, Ark. That high school and district are rated among the top 25 in Arkansas. However, those who would point to this story as a prime example of Oklahoma's education woes would be off base. Coaches move all the time — Lake Hamilton will be Reed's fifth career stop in nine years. And public education in Arkansas certainly has its concerns. As the Tulsa World's Wayne Greene wrote recently, Oklahoma's ACT results are slightly higher than Arkansas, as is Oklahoma's high school graduation rate. Education Week gives both states Ds in kindergarten through 12th-grade achievement; overall, it ranks Oklahoma a D-plus, Arkansas a C-minus.
Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams:___ARIZONATop 25 Class: No.Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense.Best of...
Pac-12 football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams: ___ ARIZONA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense. Best of the rest: OL Michael Eletise. The 4-star recruit from Hawaii is considered one of the best guards in the country. At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Eletise should give the Wildcats some much-needed depth on the offensive line. Late addition: WR Shawn Poindexter. Arizona got a last-second flip on this one. Poindexter, of Glendale Community College, committed to Marshall on Tuesday, but changed his mind a day later and signed with the Wildcats. One that got away: QB Victor Viramontes whittled his decision down to Arizona and California, ultimately signing with the Bears on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: Arizona has had one of the Pac-12's worst defenses over the past few years and the new recruits should help provide the Wildcats with some size and depth. The Wildcats also signed receiver Devaughn Cooper and running back J.J. Taylor, adding to their cache of offensive playmakers. ___ ARIZONA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: N'Keal Harry. Big and athletic, the 6-foot-4 200-pound Harry not only gives the Sun Devils a big-play threat, but is a local product who decided to stay in the Valley of the Sun. "I can't tell you how excited I am about this guy," coach Todd Graham said. Best of the rest: ATH Chase Lucas. Though thin for his frame — 6-foot, 170 pounds — Lucas can play safety or cornerback and could play slot receiver. He was a teammate of Harry's at Chandler High School. Late addition: none. One that got away: DB Byron Murphy. The Sun Devils made a big push to get the local product, but he signed with Washington on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: The Sun Devils have some holes to fill after a disappointing six-win season in 2015. Harry should have an immediate impact in ASU's high-octane offense and two JUCO transfers should solidify the O-line. Arizona State also took steps to shore up its pass rush and shaky secondary. ___ CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: No Best in class: WR Melquise Stoval, California Best of the rest: CB Nygel Edmonds, Tennessee Late addition: RB Zion Echols, California. One that got away: Three-star offensive guard Francisco Perez had verbally committed to Cal before switching plans and instead signing with UCLA. How they'll fit in: Because he arrived on campus in September, three-star early enrollee Max Gilliam has a slight edge on the starting quarterback job but don't make too much of it just yet. Three-star signee Victor Viramontes is a 240-pound athlete who has a strong arm and is a capable runner, two traits that fit in well with coach Sonny Dykes' Bear Raid offense. There are three other quarterbacks on the roster, including Luke Rubenzer who was Jared Goff's backup in 2014 before switching to defense in 2015. ___ COLORADO Top 25 class: No Best in class: Beau Bisharat, RB, Sacramento, California. Best of the rest: WR Johnny Huntley III, Plantation, Florida; Anthony Julmisse, WR, Plantation, Florida; Ronnie Blackmon, DB, Atlanta; Drew Lewis, LB, Coffeyville; Juwann Winfree, WR, Coffeyville One that got away: Craig Watts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Signed with South Florida. How they'll fit in: Bisharat and Winfree could step in and start right away. A three-year starter in high school, Bisharat rushed for 4,130 yards along with 43 TDs. Winfree had 55 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Coffeyville. ___ OREGON Top 25 Class: Yes. No. 23. Best in class: Tristan Wallace, an athletic 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, hails from DeSoto, Texas. He could make an impact right away. Coach Mark Helfrich said Wallace wants to play at receiver, so the Ducks will go with that at the start, but he did not rule out moving him in the future. "I don't know what he is, but he's great," Helfrich said, adding that the position coaches will likely fight for him. Best of the rest: Dillon Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver out of Memphis, Tennessee, was wooed by many elite programs, including Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State. Part of his appeal is that he also plays basketball, although it's not certain that he'll double up at the college level. He's already enrolled in classes. Late addition: Four-star linebacker Keith Simms of Maryland had offers from Stanford, Cal, Michigan State and Virginia Tech, among other schools, but over the weekend committed to the Ducks. One that got away: Running back Vavae Malepeai verbally committed to Oregon but signed with USC. Malepeai holds the career prep rushing record for the state of Hawaii. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on the quarterback situation at Oregon and how it evolves over the next few years. But the Ducks got a solid recruiting class that included 17 high school players and a junior college transfer. While some fans grumbled that there were no five-star recruits and that most national class rankings put the Ducks in the 20s, Helfrich maintained the importance of signing players who will enroll at Oregon and play, as opposed to players who won't ultimately qualify. ___ OREGON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Shurod Thompson, a safety out of Brentwood, California, had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Washington State, among others. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, the speedy Thompson was considered among the top 10 players in the nation at his position. Best of the rest: Christian Wallace, a cornerback out of Sealy, Texas, was considered among the top 25 prospects out of Texas. He also rushed for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior and Andersen said he will also carry for the Beavers. Late addition: Defensive tackle David Fangupo, a 350-pound JC transfer from Cerritos College who signed with the Beavers after earlier committing to Utah. One that got away: Four-star offensive lineman Frederick Mauigoa, who decided to go to Washington State. How they'll fit in: Coach Gary Andersen addressed his needs on defense, but the Beavers remain short at quarterback after both Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell decided to transfer. Marcus McMaryion will return and Andersen announced Wednesday that Utah State transfer Darell Garrettson, who had to sit out last year under NCAA rules, had earned a scholarship. The only quarterback in the recruiting class is Mason Moran out of Arizona's Chandler High School, who was recruited as a defensive player by other schools. Andersen said that the Beavers may have to bring in a walk-on at the position. ___ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Oluwole Betiku, DL, Gardena, California. The Trojans plugged a hole on their line with the commitment of a powerful prospect joining the pipeline of talent running a few miles north from Serra High School to USC. Best of the rest: Tyler Vaughns, WR, La Puente, California, and WR Michael Pittman Jr., Westlake Village, California. USC landed two of the top receiving prospects in the country to bolster their enviable depth at the skill positions for the next starting quarterback. Late addition: Jack Jones, WR/CB, Long Beach, California. The Trojans' next possible two-way star chose to stay close to home on decision day, announcing it with a video featuring fellow LBC denizen Snoop Dogg. "I thought it was absolutely awesome," coach Clay Helton said. "I'm amazed how creative it gets every year." One that got away: Jonathan Kongbo, DT, Arizona Western College. The junior college standout passed on a chance to contribute immediately for the Trojans, choosing Tennessee instead. How they'll fit in: USC has rarely hesitated to play freshmen during Helton's six seasons in the program, and this class should be no exception. The Trojans are flush with speedy juniors at their skill positions, but the new recruits will help out until it's their turn to shine in 2017. ___ STANFORD Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Curtis Robinson, OLB, Irvine, Calif. Best of the rest: K.J. Costello, QB, Coto de Caza, California; Clark Yarbrough, OT, Rumson, New Jersey; Kaden Smith, TE, Flower Mound, Texas; Scooter Harrington, TE, Riverside, Connecticut.; Andrew Pryts, S, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.; Treyjohn Butler, CB/S, Rancho Cucamonga, California; Obi Eboh, CB, Southlake, Texas; Richard McNitzky, LS, San Antonio. Late addition: Jet Toner, P/K, Honolulu One that got away: OLB Jeffrey McCulloch. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen signed Wednesday have termed themselves the 'Phat Five,' and several of them will have a chance to help remake the line in their first years. Outland Trophy winner Joshua Garnett was the last true freshman to start at Stanford. Cardinal coach David Shaw also stressed the importance of signing four defensive linemen. That was Stanford's most worrisome position after losing Harrison Phillips to a season-ending injury in the first game of the season and having to convert offensive players to fill in. Shaw also expects Costello to have an impact. Stanford will carry three scholarship quarterbacks next year, none of whom have ever started a game. ___ UCLA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Mique Juarez, LB, Torrance, California. Juarez, who was previously committed to the Trojans, could replace Myles Jack as a versatile outside linebacker capable of defending slot receivers and tight ends. Best of the rest: Brandon Burton, DB, Gardena, California. Mora finally cracked the Serra-to-USC pipeline by landing Burton, a four-star prospect who could contribute on offense or defense. Making recruiting inroads into a high school that has produced Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Adoree Jackson can help UCLA vault into college football's elite. Late addition: Boss Tagaloa, DL, Concord, California. UCLA struggled to stop the run even before standout lineman Kenny Clark declared for the NFL draft, so there will be opportunities for the 6-foot-1 300-pound Tagaloa to help shore up the middle of the Bruins defense. One that got away: Devin Asiasi, TE, Concord, California. New offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu plans to feature tight ends and fullbacks in a more physical scheme that could echo defending Pac-12 champion Stanford, but that wasn't enough to keep Tagaloa's high school teammate from signing with former Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. How they'll fit in: After losing four of the top five receivers from quarterback Josh Rosen's promising freshman season, UCLA will need immediate contributions from early enrollee Theo Howard and the other new receivers. Coach Jim Mora also identified tight end Jordan Wilson and the special teams battery of snapper Johnny Den Bleyker, punter Austin Kent and kicker JJ Molson among players who should see the field early. ___ UTAH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Garett Bolles, OL, Snow College, Lehi, Utah Best of the rest: Troy Williams, QB, Santa Monica College, Carson, California Late addition: David Luafatasaga, LB, Arizona Western, Honolulu, Hawaii One that got away: Wayne Kirby, DT, Pocatello, Idaho How they'll fit in: All eyes are on the offensive side of the ball with quarterback Travis Wilson and running back Devontae Booker gone. As junior college transfers, both Williams and Bolles are expected to contribute immediately. But coach Kyle Whittingham is all about defense and the linebacker corps got an infusion with Luafatasaga, Davir Hamilton, Snow College transfer Kurtis Taufa and Donovan Thompson. Luafatasaga "is exceptional at rushing the passer," Whittingham said. "He can also play inside linebacker. His real strength is coming off the edge." ___ WASHINGTON Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Byron Murphy, DB, Scottsdale, Arizona. Rated a four-star cornerback, Murphy was the top-rated player in the state of Arizona and heavily recruited by Arizona State. He decided to leave the desert for the Pacific Northwest and a chance to contribute early in his career. Best of the rest: Outside linebacker Camilo Eifler was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country at his position coming out of Bishop O'Dowd High School in the Bay Area. Right behind Eifler is RB Sean McGrew from Torrance, California. McGrew was the Gatorade state player of the year for California after rushing for 5,762 yards and 76 touchdowns in his prep career despite being undersized at 5-foot-7 and 173 pounds. Late addition: Jordan Chin, WR, San Fernando, California. Chin was more of a track and field athlete in high school and ran the leadoff leg for the reigning state champions in the 4x100 meter relay. Washington is hoping that speed will translate to wide receiver. One that got away: Washington made a late run at QB Jacob Eason, the top player in the state of Washington, but Eason stuck by his verbal commitment to Georgia. How they'll fit in: The depth of Washington's class is in the secondary with Murphy, Kentrell Lowe, Isaiah Gilchrist and Taylor Rapp. They'll be joining an already talented secondary that returns three starters, but someone out of that group is likely to make contributions in 2016. ___ WASHINGTON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Receiver Isaiah Johnson of Belle Glade, Florida, was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, and among the top 20 receivers in the state. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound product of Dwyer High School caught 44 passes for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Best of the rest: Running back Romello Harris rushed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns in just nine games as a senior, and is rated the No. 57 running back prospect in the nation. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder totaled 7,311 rushing yards in his prep career at Tulare Union High in California. Late addition: Linebacker Suli Tamaivena of Kirkland, Washington. His father, Levi, was a national rugby star in Fiji. One that got away: Athlete Tayler Hawkins of Palm Springs, California, who chose San Diego State. How they'll fit in: Washington State has plenty of returning veterans from a nine-win season that was the best in more than a decade. The new players should have time to learn the system and earn playing time without being rushed into the breach. With three quarterbacks on the roster, the Cougars apparently did not feel the need to sign a top passer this year to run the Air Raid down the road.
Dec 2, 2015
When Carolina tight end Greg Olsen and Kansas City safety Eric Berry had life-changing experiences away from football, the logical next step was finding ways to help the causes that helped them.That's the legacy of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award — players using their platforms to raise money for issues that are important to them.The league announced the nominees from each team...
Personal causes strike chord with NFL Man of Year nominees
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 2, 2015When Carolina tight end Greg Olsen and Kansas City safety Eric Berry had life-changing experiences away from football, the logical next step was finding ways to help the causes that helped them. That's the legacy of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award — players using their platforms to raise money for issues that are important to them. The league announced the nominees from each team Wednesday. Finalists will be selected in January, and the winner will be named the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show. Olsen's cause is to provide resources to improve the survival rate between surgeries for infants with a heart condition similar to the one his son T.J. had. Berry has added cancer care to his list of priorities after he was diagnosed with lymphoma and had to step away from the game late in the 2014 season. Both are among the 32 nominees for the 2015 Payton award, which was renamed for the late Chicago Bears running back in 1999, the same year the 1977 Man of the Year winner died of a rare liver disease and bile duct cancer. "Everything under the sun that these babies tend to struggle in, we would provide some of expert in their field to be in your home to help you take care of it," Olsen said. "We feel like this is the most tangible, direct thing to impact that percentage and changes these babies lives forever." Olsen created a program with a children's hospital in Charlotte called "The Heartest Yard." Berry, who already had a program to help impoverished people in Uganda, spent more time in hospitals with cancer patients. "Me going through that situation, I was able to relate a lot more to people and being able to talk to kids and just let them know what I was going through," Berry said. "That gave me a new avenue to where I could help." Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis, the 2014 Payton winner, founded a nonprofit that provides free programs to underprivileged children and their families. His foundation provides two college scholarships for high school seniors and had back-to-school and Christmas giveaways along with a program to provide Thanksgiving meals. The NFL has dealt with lots of negative coverage about players over the past two years, including high-profile domestic violence cases and substance abuse issues. The man of the year program gives the league a chance to showcase players who have worked to help their communities. Charles Tillman, the 2013 winner with Chicago, focused primarily on providing hospitalized children various forms of entertainment. Dallas tight end Jason Witten, the 2012 recipient, has a foundation that focuses on domestic violence. His mother was a victim of an abusive husband when Witten was growing up. "They've given such a platform in the NFL to do so many good things, and it's nice to see when guys step up to the plate and do something they're passionate about," said Lindsey Jackson, the wife of Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson. The Buccaneers' 2015 nominee focuses his charitable work on spouses and children in military families. The team-by-team list of 2015 Payton award nominees: Arizona: Patrick Peterson Atlanta: Patrick DiMarco Baltimore: Steve Smith Sr. Buffalo: Eric Wood Carolina: Greg Olsen Chicago: Matt Forte Cincinnati: Carlos Dunlap Cleveland: Gary Barnidge Dallas: Brandon Carr Denver: David Bruton Jr. Detroit: Stephen Tulloch Green Bay: Sam Barrington Houston: J.J. Watt Indianapolis: Dwayne Allen Jacksonville: Zane Beadles Kansas City: Eric Berry Miami: Ryan Tannehill Minnesota: Chad Greenway New England: Devin McCourty New Orleans: Benjamin Watson New York Giants: Eli Manning New York Jets: Eric Decker Oakland: Justin Tuck Philadelphia: Connor Barwin Pittsburgh: Cameron Heyward San Diego: Darrell Stuckey San Francisco: Anquan Boldin Seattle: Richard Sherman St. Louis: Chris Long Tampa Bay: Vincent Jackson Tennessee: Delanie Walker Washington: Ryan Kerrigan ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bill Clark fills his Saturdays much like college football fans around the country: Watching as many games on TV that he can squeeze in from morning to night.It's not such a bad way to spend a day — unless you're a football coach used to pacing the sidelines.Clark is a coach with only the remnants of a team and without any games this season or next. The UAB program was...
UAB coach Bill Clark weathers seasons without team, games
By JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Oct 29, 2015BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bill Clark fills his Saturdays much like college football fans around the country: Watching as many games on TV that he can squeeze in from morning to night. It's not such a bad way to spend a day — unless you're a football coach used to pacing the sidelines. Clark is a coach with only the remnants of a team and without any games this season or next. The UAB program was dropped after his first season and later reinstated, but won't return with a full schedule until 2017. "It's been tough. I'm just a little lost," Clark said. "It's not like I'm not busy. Anybody that's ever been part of having your life on the line every game day, you just feel that pressure. It's what I've always said, it's terrible until kickoff and then you're kind of in your element." He comes into work most weekdays by 5 a.m., like usual, explaining that he just can't sleep in. Only now, he and his three full-time assistants can typically head home by dinnertime instead of 10 or 11 p.m. And on Saturdays, instead of heading to a stadium, he goes to the office to watch games, seeking out ideas and tracking trends. "That's my only chance to do Xs and Os," Clark said in a football building that is oddly quiet for October. "I'm watching everything I can." He spends the rest of the time evaluating prospects and helping raise money for new facilities, including a football operations building and covered or indoor practice center. A long-coveted stadium for UAB to call its own also appears closer to reality. Clark must rebuild the program in more ways than one. The 47-year-old received a new five-year contract in September that emphasized how big a priority raising money has become. The $650,000-a-year deal includes bonuses for eight fundraising milestones in donations he helps bring to UAB. For a program with subpar facilities and no stadium — home games are played at aging Legion Field — money was the reason President Ray Watts cited in dropping football, bowling and rifle in December 2014, after the Blazers' best season in a decade. The surge of emotional and financial commitment from UAB supporters, the community and students who voted to raise their fees helped persuade Watts to restore all three sports. Then Clark's big task came: Finding enough players to get ready for 2017. He has 32 on campus, including 15 who stuck around and are on scholarship. The rest are walk-ons. The NCAA is letting UAB catch up. Clark can sign 15 mid-year recruits and 30, instead of 25, on national signing day before returning to the normal limits. He said an NCAA official told him somebody within Conference USA, where the league and coaches have otherwise been supportive, actually complained that UAB was getting an edge. There's no mercy on the recruiting trail. Clark doesn't spend much time on the road recruiting with so many other things to do. He expects to fill out his staff after the season. Most of his old UAB players have scattered to other schools and programs around the country, most notably Indiana running back Jordan Howard and Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus. Center Lee Dufour, who started the final two games of his freshman season, and kicker Nick Vogel returned from other schools when UAB decided to bring back football — as they'd promised each other they'd do. Dufour had moved on to South Alabama and Vogel to Southern Miss, leaving after the recruiting frenzy that descended on campus last December. "That's the first thing I did was decide I wanted to come back," said Dufour, who's from outside Mobile. "I like being home with my family and everything, but this is where I wanted to be out of high school. I fell in love with Birmingham." Cornerback Darious Williams had decided to give up football if he couldn't play for UAB, despite overtures from several Sun Belt Conference and C-USA programs. Recovering from shoulder surgery, the former walk-on had returned home to Jacksonville, Florida, and was driving and loading delivery trucks for a hardware store when his old position coach called. "As soon as I got the call, I was right on board," Williams said. "There's nothing better than to play football for these coaches." Right now, Clark and his few assistants organize and oversee practices and workouts five days a week. "It's like an offseason," Clark said. "They're doing great. We should be the best training team in the country. That's all we've got to focus on." UAB players gather to watch their former teammates and other teams play on Saturdays. That's when it's toughest for the players — and Clark. "It kind of sinks in," Dufour said. "You see all your former teammates on social media (saying), 'Come watch us,' sending pictures of them traveling to games. It's like, man, I wish I could be doing that right now. But that's just how it is." Clark has been through program building before. As defensive coordinator, he helped South Alabama coach Joey Jones start a program from scratch to FBS in a record six seasons. This one does have a foundation already, a much-accelerated timetable and an established fan base. Clark spent his unscheduled hiatus visiting about 20 schools and the Philadelphia Eagles, watching film and even talking to the Eagles' nutritionist and GPS tracker looking for any kind of edge. He and wife, Jennifer, chaperoned spring break trips for each of their kids, Jacob and Katie — to Orange Beach, Alabama, and with 23 college kids on a cruise to Mexico, respectively. Jennifer Clark tried to keep her husband busy, including planting about 60 shrubs and a garden. "Around the end of May, I was running out of projects for him to do," she said. "I was getting a little worried." He still went into the office some days even without a program to oversee. "We got to do a lot of things, spend a lot of time together, that we'd never had the opportunity to do," Jennifer Clark said. After taking over two programs in two years, she said this was the perfect time for a break, however painful the circumstances. Then, finally, it was back to UAB. And being a coach, minus the games for now. ___ AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 1, 2015
Andy Janovich is the envy of every Big Ten fullback and a rock star to Nebraska fans this week.In an era when players at his position mostly are consigned to the role of blocker — if the team even has a fullback — Janovich touched the ball six times last Saturday.We're not talking 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust stuff here, either. Those six touches netted 121 yards from scrimmage against Southern...
Fullbacks are alive and well in Big Ten
By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Oct 1, 2015Andy Janovich is the envy of every Big Ten fullback and a rock star to Nebraska fans this week. In an era when players at his position mostly are consigned to the role of blocker — if the team even has a fullback — Janovich touched the ball six times last Saturday. We're not talking 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust stuff here, either. Those six touches netted 121 yards from scrimmage against Southern Mississippi, the most since 2012 by a major-college fullback not playing in a triple-option offense, according to STATS. Though Janovich's numbers are an aberration among players at his position, Big Ten fullbacks as a group do tend to be more active than their peers in other conferences. Michigan's fullbacks under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh already have surpassed their 2014 total of touches. Wisconsin regularly puts two on the field, where Derek Watt has eight catches after having none last year. Nine of the 14 Big Ten teams list the position on their depth charts, the most among the Power Five conferences. Football may never go back to the pre-1980s days when a team might even feature the fullback. If a team has a versatile fullback, he gives defensive coordinators one more thing to think about. "They have to defend that extra piece from a blocking perspective and all the different things that you can do with him, and out of the backfield," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "I think that he becomes a guy that people have to deal with." True fullbacks are few and far between in high school football. ESPN, in fact, lists only five in its list of recruiting prospects as opposed to 50 to 100 at other positions. College fullbacks typically transition from another position like linebacker or tight end. "I think fullbacks find you as much as you find them," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. Nebraska coach Mike Riley said he's always found the position useful, particularly when he was offensive coordinator at Southern California in the mid-1990s. "Our fullback was the guy that didn't win the tailback job," Riley said. "So he became a lead blocker and also became a guy that would catch 50 balls a year coming out of the backfield. We haven't quite got into that kind of game with the fullback here, but that's where it's been historically, and I do like it a lot." In addition to Janovich's big day for Nebraska, Miles Thomas popped out of the backfield to catch two passes for Minnesota against Ohio, including one for a third-down conversion that led to a touchdown two plays later. Sione Houma, one of three fullbacks who get snaps for Michigan, had at least one carry on three of four series in the second quarter against BYU. Nebraska fans used to approach Janovich and ask when his time would come as a ball carrier. Janovich's typical reply: "Don't count on it." The last time the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder touched the ball before Saturday was when he was a freshman in 2012. On the first play of the second quarter he busted a trap, made a linebacker miss and wasn't brought down until 25 yards later — the longest run by a Nebraska fullback since 2004. On the next series, Janovich caught a short pass, picked up a block from receiver Lane Hovey and went for 53 yards — the longest reception by a Nebraska fullback since at least 1979. The play prompted TV analyst Rocky Boiman to say, "I can see it now: 'Andy Janovich for President.' That's going to be the T-shirt around Nebraska." Janovich had two more carries in the third quarter, with the second going for 28 yards and requiring three men to tackle him. His flashiest run didn't even count. That came in the fourth quarter when he bumped into a wall of defenders at the line, spun and went around left end untouched 9 yards to the end zone. A holding penalty nullified the touchdown. Janovich said he thought he might get a carry or two against Southern Miss and hoped to pick up as many yards as he could. His totals, he said, left him in awe, and he hopes to get more touches. But he said he wouldn't complain if he doesn't. "I fell into that position where I came to terms that I'm going to be a blocker. I dealt with that," he said. "No big deal." ___ AP Sports Writer Noah Trister in East Lansing, Michigan, and freelance writer Dennis Semrau in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed. ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 28, 2015
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — An undefeated start, a sold-out stadium and much of the college football world locked on Clemson: That combination has not worked out in recent years for the 12th-ranked Tigers.Too often the past few seasons, Clemson (3-0) has seen its chances for bigger things halted in marquee games. It happened in 2011 when the 8-0 Tigers were routed by Georgia Tech, 31-17. Then again,...
No. 12 Clemson hopes to change its history vs. No. 6 Irish
By PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Sep 28, 2015CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — An undefeated start, a sold-out stadium and much of the college football world locked on Clemson: That combination has not worked out in recent years for the 12th-ranked Tigers. Too often the past few seasons, Clemson (3-0) has seen its chances for bigger things halted in marquee games. It happened in 2011 when the 8-0 Tigers were routed by Georgia Tech, 31-17. Then again, two years later when 6-0 Clemson was run out of Death Valley by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State, 51-14. Clemson's latest opportunity to mark itself a playoff contender comes Saturday night against No. 6 Notre Dame (4-0). "I've been around since probably my (high school) freshman year," Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson said. "From what I've been seeing, we've never kind of had that respect or gotten over that hump. I really don't care about the polls. We're going to do what we've got to do." It figures to be another mega-watt week on Clemson's campus. ESPN College GameDay will broadcast from the school for the first time since the Florida State defeat in 2013. Tickets are nearly impossible to get yet requests continue to pour in. Co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said he has received so many inquiries he's ceded those duties to his wife — who's eight-and-half months pregnant and due to have the couple's second child in early October. "She got a little bit of pub, so I guess I can throw a little responsibility on her plate," Elliott said, laughing. Elliott said the coaches will not talk much about the Florida State defeat, in part because 17 of the Tigers' 22 starters for Saturday's game were on the sidelines for that loss. "We're just focusing on the opportunity that we have and making sure that we have our guys prepared to execute at a high level," Elliott said. "And letting them understand that regardless of the atmosphere, it's about Clemson and how we play." Clemson was the preseason picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title with Watson the favorite for player of the year. While Tigers are 3-0 for the fourth time in five years, the showing so far has left many questions with unsatisfying or incomplete answers. Clemson's defense is ranked ninth nationally in allowing 260 yards a game — same as a year ago when it led the country — but has not yet been truly tested in wins over FCS opponent Wofford, Appalachian State and Louisville. The Tigers' 1,000-yard receiver Mike Williams broke a bone in his neck in the season's first quarter and hasn't played since, robbing Watson of his primary deep threat. The result is many of Watson's completions have been short tosses as opponents take away the long ball. And given the chance to shine on national TV in a Thursday night game at Louisville, Heisman Trophy contender Watson played a solid yet unspectacular game in the Tigers 20-17 victory when many fans were waiting for the sophomore to put up eye-popping numbers. Elliott thinks the drama will bring out Watson's best. "He came to Clemson to compete against the biggest programs on the biggest stage," he said. "I'm pretty sure he'll be excited and ready." Notre Dame comes into Clemson off a 62-27 win over Massachusetts. The contest, though, was another game where new quarterback DeShone Kizer and running back, C.J. Prosise, could grow in the offense and prove the team would not slow down with injuries to starters in quarterback Malik Zaire and tailback Tarean Folston. Their play, coach Brian Kelly said, helps the rest of the offense readjust instead of focusing on injured starters. "As long as the entire team knows that each player is valued for who they are, there's initial disappointment, but you don't lose morale," Kelly said. Clemson safety Jayron Kearse said Notre Dame's receivers, particularly Will Fuller, have been a bit mouthy this week, trash-Tweeting on social media. The Tigers, Kearse said, are ready to shut down the Irish. "They obviously don't know what we do down here in Death Valley," Kearse said.
Sep 25, 2015
See how your favorite team is expected to fare this week.
The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 18, 2015
Two John Jay High School football players who targeted a referee during a game against Marble Falls on Sept. 4 say their coach told them to knock him down. The two players, Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas, calimed that before they were put into the game, they were instructed by a coach to hit the referee because he needed to "pay the price" for calls against John Jay and alleged racial...
John Jay football players say coach told them to hit referee
Sep 18, 2015Two John Jay High School football players who targeted a referee during a game against Marble Falls on Sept. 4 say their coach told them to knock him down. The two players, Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas, calimed that before they were put into the game, they were instructed by a coach to hit the referee because he needed to "pay the price" for calls against John Jay and alleged racial slurs directed toward the team. Moreno and Rojas hit referee Robert Watts in the closing minutes of John Jay's 15-9 loss to Marble Falls (Texas). The two were suspended indefinitely from school and the team.
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state.
High school football: Thursday's high school football predictions
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 2, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. See Friday's edition of The Oklahoman for predictions on Friday night's games: Last week's record: 16-2 Thursday's Games Class 6A Del City 44, PC WEST 14 SOUTHMOORE 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Norman North 28, NORMAN 17 Sand Springs 31, TULSA HALE 7 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Clinton 20 Collinsville 35, OOLOGAH 21 Class 4A CLEVELAND 26, Hominy 22 ROLAND 45, Muldrow 16 ELK CITY 28, Pampa, Texas 21 Class 3A Capitol Hill 28, CENTENNIAL 27 HERITAGE HALL 31, Casady 17 Douglass 42, NORTHEAST 6 LEXINGTON 28, Little Axe 22 Millwood 40, STAR SPENCER 14 LOCUST GROVE 50, Salina 12 TULSA WEBSTER 35, SeeWorth Aca. 6 Velma-Alma 20, COMANCHE 14 Washington 42, BRIDGE CREEK 12 Class 2A CHOUTEAU 28, Foyil 8 HARTSHORNE 34, Holdenville 14 CRESCENT 20, Newkirk 17 Panama 24, GORE 6 Class A CARNEGIE 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 14 Class B MAUD 48, Bowlegs 8 DC-Lamont 44, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 30 Geary 34, CANTON 28 MAYSVILLE 52, Paoli 12 Pond Creek-Hunter 44, MEDFORD 16 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Watts 28 Independent Cement 34, ALEX JV 28 Osd 48, MISSOURI DEAF 42 *-Home team in CAPS.
Aug 5, 2015
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Despite being a top five draft pick, a heralded rookie and a selection on the NFL's top 100 players list, Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack is far from satisfied heading into his second pro season.That attitude is fueled by the rejection he faced coming out of high school when he got only one scholarship offer to Buffalo rather than the opportunity to play at a...
Raiders LB Mack looks to build on big rookie season
By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press | Aug 5, 2015NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Despite being a top five draft pick, a heralded rookie and a selection on the NFL's top 100 players list, Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack is far from satisfied heading into his second pro season. That attitude is fueled by the rejection he faced coming out of high school when he got only one scholarship offer to Buffalo rather than the opportunity to play at a higher-profile school. It helped Mack pass all those five-star recruits to become the second defensive player drafted in 2014 and become one of the top outside linebackers — not just rookies — in the league last season. "I had a lot of space between Buffalo and those elite conferences, so I had to do a lot of work in order to get to that level, in my mind," he said. "I'm still the same way. I feel like it's a lot of people on this level that are still great, but there's still a gap, so I'm trying to close it every day." That work ethic has been evident all offseason as Mack has impressed a new coaching staff that had seen him from the other side of the field and on film bit not up close. So far, only one thing has been missing for Mack, and the Raiders believe that will change this season. Mack had just four sacks as he was unable to turn all that pressure into big plays. "Everybody is saying how good he is and he got four sacks," new defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. "I thought to myself, 'How many great players have four sacks?' You have to get in double digits. So he has a lot of growth to make. If they're thinking he's this good and he's done so little, imagine when he actually does what he's supposed to do." In order to get to the quarterback more often, Mack added some extra pounds of muscle to allow him to use power as well as speed to beat NFL tackles. Mack also could get more time as a defensive end this season under the new coaching staff after having a close to even split last season as a stand-up linebacker and a rush end with his hand on the ground. "He's pretty doggone good getting after the quarterback," general manager Reggie McKenzie said. "He's just really good going forward and it's an opportunity really to do a lot of things with him. They're going to use Khalil all kinds of ways and that's the way it should be. He's a dominant defensive player, so let him do what he does best and move him around." Mack hopes the added strength will help him deal with the longer NFL season and deliver the sacks that he was close to getting a year ago. "It was a little frustrating," he said. "Even then, I had talks with Justin Tuck. He let me know everybody gets lucky. It's not all just because of technique and being fundamentally sound. Everybody gets lucky and you have to know how teams are scheming against you." While many outside linebackers make their names by sacking the quarterback, Mack has been at his best against the run where he fights off blocks to make plays in the backfield every week. Mack was second in the NFL to Houston's J.J. Watt with 11 1/2 tackles at or behind the line against the run, according to STATS. Mack is no slouch rushing the passer despite seeing more than his share of double-teams. In addition to his four sacks, he was tied for sixth among all linebackers with 51 quarterback pressures. Mack ranked third in quarterback pressures among linebackers over the last 11 weeks. "Khalil is special," Norton said. "There are a lot of players that might be similar. But he's in a class of his own. Bruce Irvin in Seattle was similar. But, at the same time, Khalil is built. He's athletic. He's smart. And he's relentless. ... He's amazing." Mack has earned comparisons with many of the top pass rushers in the league with former coach Dennis Allen likening him to Von Miller as soon as he was drafted. Quarterback Derek Carr said Mack was similar to Kansas City's Justin Houston and Tamba Hali and Denver's DeMarcus Ware as well. "I'm trying to go out there and be the best player I can be," Mack said. "My name is Khalil. I want to be the best Khalil. Whatever he says about me, I appreciate it but I still have a long way to go." NOTES: WR Rod Streater and RB Trent Richardson remain on the non-football illness list. ... DT Stacy McGee is still on the physically unable to perform list. ... RB Roy Helu Jr. and TE Clive Walford are also sidelined. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 14, 2015
OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. […]
Can Keith Ford still make the NFL?
Berry Tramel | May 14, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/keith-ford-bedlam.jpg]3666336[/img] OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. Rugged, fast, hard-running. I liked him a lot. He looked like an NFL-caliber tailback to me. And don’t bet on his football future being over. Ford will transfer to some school and play. And don’t discount the NFL from Ford’s future. OU football history is rife with tailbacks who transferred and still found their way to the NFL. I found 13 players who made the NFL after transferring from OU. There could be more. I went to profootball-reference.com’s list of Sooner alumni, which includes players who played at OU even if they finished up at another school, and just did an eyeball/memory survey. Someone might have slipped past me. But 13 is in the neighborhood. And out of those 13 players, eight — eight! — were tailbacks. The non-tailbacks were Troy Aikman; cornerback Elbert Watts, who transferred to Southern Cal and played nine games for the ’86 Packers; Keith Traylor, who played linebacker at OU but transferred to Central Oklahoma and ended up as a 16-year NFL veteran, playing mostly defensive line, including a major contributor to Denver’s two Super Bowl champs in the ’90s; defensive lineman Tyrone Rodgers, who transferred to Washington U. and played 37 games for the 1992-94 Seahawks; and offensive lineman Jerry Crafts, who transferred to Louisville and played 54 NFL games for the Bills and Eagles. An interesting list. But not as interesting as the tailbacks. Here are the eight tailbacks who transferred from OU and still made the NFL: 1. Mike Thomas: From Greenville, Texas. Transferred to Nevada-Las Vegas during the loaded wishbone days of the early 1970s, ended up a fifth-round draft pick of the Redskins (108th overall) in 1975. In four seasons with Washington, Thomas rushed for 3,359 yards on 878 yards. He gained 1,101 yards in 1976, a 14-game season in the NFL. Thomas finished out his career with two seasons as a Charger. His NFL totals: 4,196 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. 2. Dexter Bussey: From Dallas. Another talented tailback squeezed out in the Greg Pruitt-Joe Washington era of OU football. Transferred to Texas-Arlington and was taken in the third round (65th overall) of the 1974 draft, by Detroit. Bussey played 11 seasons with the Lions, rushing for 858 yards in 1976, 924 yards in 1978 and 720 yards in 1980. He finished with 5,105 yards rushing and 23 total touchdowns. Bussey is the Lions’ No. 3 all-time rusher, trailing only Barry Sanders and Billy Sims. 3. Glyn Milburn: From Santa Monica, Calif. Transferred to Stanford after playing as a 1988 OU freshman. Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) by the Broncos in 1993, Milburn played nine NFL seasons. He was used primarily as a receiver out of the backfield and as a kick returner. In 1998 with Chicago, Milburn returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. Milburn rushed for just 817 yards in his NFL career but had 170 catches for 1,322 yards. 4. Tashard Choice: From Hampton, Ga. Played sparingly as an OU freshman but transferred to Georgia Tech and became a star, rushing for 3,365 yards in three seasons. The Cowboys drafted Choice in the fourth round (122nd overall) in 2008. He played six NFL seasons, rushing for 1,579 yards for the Cowboys, Bills, Redskins and Colts. 5. Marcus Dupree: From Philadelphia, Miss. You know all about him. Was a national sensation as a freshman but left OU midway through his sophomore year. Dupree transferred to Southern Miss but never played for the Eagles. Dupree went to the World Football League and finally found his way to the NFL. Dupree joined the Rams, who had drafted him in the 12th round (327th overall) of the 1986 draft. Dupree played 15 games in 1990 and 1991, gaining 251 yards on 68 carries. 6. Donald Brown: From Annapolis, Md. Never really played at OU and transferred to Maryland. Drafted by San Diego in the fifth round, 129th overall, in 1986. Brown played defensive back for 18 games for the Dolphins, Chargers and Giants in 1986 and 1987. 7. Clifford Chatman: From Clinton. Never really played at OU and transferred to Central Oklahoma. The Giants took Chatman in the fourth round (85th overall) of the 1981 draft. He played for the ’82 Giants, gaining 80 yards on 22 carries. 8. Jimmy Edwards: From Oklahoma City’s Classen High School. Another talented player caught up in OU’s talent load of the early 1970s, Edwards transferred to Louisiana-Monroe. He wasn’t drafted but made the 1979 Vikings as a 27-year-old and was used primarily as a kick returner..
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals traded away three picks to move up seven spots in the fourth round on the final day of the NFL draft.Then they used the selection to pick Delaware State defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, a player many had forecast to go much later, if at all.The Cardinals wanted him so bad they weren't taking any chances, apparently suspecting someone else was about to...
Arizona trades up 7 spots to get DT Rodney Gunter
By BOB BAUM, Associated Press | May 2, 2015TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals traded away three picks to move up seven spots in the fourth round on the final day of the NFL draft. Then they used the selection to pick Delaware State defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, a player many had forecast to go much later, if at all. The Cardinals wanted him so bad they weren't taking any chances, apparently suspecting someone else was about to take him. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound player was the 17th selection in the fourth round on Saturday, the 116th overall. To move up, the Cardinals gave Cleveland the 24th pick in the fourth round (123rd overall), the 22nd pick in the sixth round (198th overall) and the 24th pick in the seventh round (241st overall). "A lot of fans are probably going to say 'Who is Rodney Gunter?'" Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. "I have a pretty strong conviction, coach (Bruce Arians) has a pretty strong conviction, that in the next couple of years our fans are going to know real well who Rodney Gunter is. It's no different from the way we felt about John (Brown) last year coming out of Pittsburg State and Justin Bethel coming out of Presbyterian (in 2012)." Thanks to a second-round trade with Baltimore, Arizona had consecutive picks in the fifth round. The Cardinals used the first to select defensive end/outside linebacker Shaq Riddick of West Virginia and the other to choose wide receiver J.J. Nelson of UAB. With the very last pick of the draft, the so-called "Mr. Irrelevant," Arizona selected Louisville tight end Gerald Christian, the 256thh player chosen overall. Gunter, a cousin of former Cardinals tight end D.C. Jefferson, acknowledged that he was drafted sooner than he had expected to be. "I'm just very surprised," he said in a conference call. "I was projected to go in later rounds, around five, six, seven, but God blessed me with the positions to go fourth round. It's a dream come true." Others may have doubted him, but Gunter aimed high when comparing himself to another player. "I'm very versatile," he said. "I'm a hard-working guy. I potentially can be the next J.J. Watt." While Gunter was forecast to go much lower, Keim said the Cardinals had information that they had better make a move when they did. "In this business enough people talk that occasionally you get some intel that tells you where a guy is going to potentially go," he said, "and I had a little birdie tell me where he was going to go if we didn't take him. I got a call from the GM that confirmed that afterward." Gunter played only one year of high school football, saying he worked as a waiter and dishwasher to help ends meet at home, where he was one of three sons to a single mother. As a senior, Gunter had seven sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Riddick, 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, played one season at West Virginia after transferring from Gardner-Webb, where he was a dominant FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) player and had earned his degree in business administration in three years. He said he looked forward to playing as an edge rusher rather than playing in a three-point stance. "I just feel like at outside linebacker I'll be more of a bully compared to where I was with my hand in the ground," he said. "...I'm going to be able to manhandle whoever I want to manhandle out there." Nelson had the fastest 40-yard time at the NFL combine at 4.28 seconds and could be a leading candidate to return kicks for Arizona. He stands 5-foot-10 and weighs just 156 pounds, the lightest player to participate in the combine in 13 years. He said he wants to get up to 165 to 175 pounds. "I feel like if I do gain weight that it's not going to hurt my speed at all," he said. Nelson is part of UAB's final football class. The school disbanded the program after last season. Arians said he was watching his granddaughter compete in the Alabama state track championships several years ago when he first saw Nelson, whom he called the fastest player he's ever coached, even faster than Brown. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In one of the stranger twists in the history of Indianapolis media, it fell to a former professional wrestler from Delaware County, a white guy known as an escape artist, a sort of late 20th century Houdini, to bring rap music to Indianapolis radio.It was 1991, and the guy was Bill Shirk."WTLC wouldn't play rap," Shirk said, referring to the Indianapolis station that...
Radio pioneer Shirk signs off after 4 decades in Indy market
By WILL HIGGINS, Associated Press | Mar 3, 2015INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In one of the stranger twists in the history of Indianapolis media, it fell to a former professional wrestler from Delaware County, a white guy known as an escape artist, a sort of late 20th century Houdini, to bring rap music to Indianapolis radio. It was 1991, and the guy was Bill Shirk. "WTLC wouldn't play rap," Shirk said, referring to the Indianapolis station that dominated the ratings among black listeners, "and I saw an opportunity because, at that time, of the top 30 songs nationally, 15 were rap." Rap was thought to be incendiary. "There was resistance to it in the community," Amos Brown, a WTLC executive then and now who also hosts a black-oriented radio talk show, told The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1DOY8xe ). But younger people, black and white, craved it, as Shirk would happily discover. He was an experienced though small-time radio station operator — over the years Shirk bought and sold nine Indianapolis radio stations — when the Federal Communications Commission awarded him a new FM signal in Indianapolis: 96.3. Despite its 330 watts, puny compared with the city's big stations' 50,000 watts, Shirk quickly made "Hoosier Hot 96" into a ratings powerhouse and forced other stations into playing more progressive hip hop music. "I don't remember all the artists back then," Shirk said, "but I remember we played a lot of Biggie Smalls' 'Mo Money Mo Problems.'" Shirk was doing a phone interview Monday from his 13,500-square-foot house on 12 acres outside Zionsville. It was the first day of his retirement, and he was spending it lazily: lingering with coffee over the newspaper, soaking in a bath tub. He planned to have lunch at Panda Express, and later, for fitness, there would be a 2-mile stroll around the home he shares with his wife and daughter. Shirk turns 70 in May. His last on-air shift was noon to 7 p.m. Saturday on "Radio Mom" 91.1 FM, a low-power, nonprofit station in Lebanon. Shirk sold it last week for $205,000. After 43 years in Indianapolis radio, he is exiting. Shirk arrived in Indianapolis in 1972 after acquiring WXLW on the AM band. He had moved from his hometown of Muncie, where he had been running WERK, a station owned by his father, a Muncie advertising executive. One of Shirk's first competitors was Jeff Smulyan, who would go on to build the Indianapolis-based media conglomerate Emmis Communications. Smulyan bought WNTS the year after Shirk bought WXLW. "Bill was different," said Smulyan, recalling an early Shirk promotion: "'WXLW has balls!' They said that over and over. What it was, they were giving away autographed basketballs." Shirk is one of those people who is skilled in two wildly different disciplines, like a football player who also is a concert pianist. In 1977, he created buzz at the Indianapolis Auto Show as an escape artist. He freed himself from a straitjacket while suspended from the ceiling of the hall. It was the same thing he had done at pro wrestling events staged by the legendary Dick the Bruiser. Later, Shirk actually got in the ring several times and mixed it up with other wrestlers. "It may be choreographed, but out of 10 punches one would land," Shirk said. "I got the hell beat out of me on numerous occasions." He said he hasn't done any stunts in six or seven years, "other than to show someone how to get out of a straitjacket." "Before I got to know him," Brown said, "I thought: 'OK, is he a con man? Is he a carnie? What's up with the magic?" The truth was Shirk, whose real name is William Shirk Poorman, was a top-notch self-promoter, and his radio stations benefited from his wacky brand of fame. The stations also benefited from a hands-on management style that harked to small town 1960, when a station general manager would sell the ads and turn around and do the play-by-play for the high school basketball game. As essentially a sole proprietor (though he did have investors), Shirk was more nimble than his corporate competitors. Shirk's stations could morph in a hurry, depending on market forces. At various times they broadcast Top 40, hip hop, even religion. "The core was Southern Baptist," he said, "teaching and some gospel music. Very popular. We did very well with that." In 1994 he drew fire for airing programming on his WAV TV-53, the one television station he owned, that some people found sexually explicit. Shirk insisted it was merely "borderline." He explained later: "I was in a financial crunch." "We've always said we could make any decision we needed to make in six hours," Smulyan said, "but Bill didn't answer to anybody. He didn't have a board, he didn't have public shareholders. He was just a classic entrepreneur. I always loved his energy. I'm stunned he's really retiring." Although last week Shirk sold his last Indiana station, he retains a 24 percent stake in an 11-station chain in Hawaii. Those stations are for sale, too, he said. Shirk's big score came in 2000 when, as investors' demand for radio stations peaked, he sold 96.3 FM and two smaller stations to the Maryland-based media giant Radio One for $40 million. Half the money was his, the other half belonged to his investment partner, Bill Mays. Mays, who had wide-ranging business interests and was considered one of Indianapolis' top business leaders, died in December on his 69th birthday. But that is not why Shirk, younger than Mays by five months, is retiring. "I loved Bill dearly, incredible individual, but my father is who I idolized. He retired at 70, and he said that's the age to do it." Shirk, who still wears his signature pony tail, says he is an avid hunter and angler. He is heading to Florida in April to fish. "I'm really looking forward to it," he said. ___ Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com
Feb 14, 2015
The scenery will change, but some UAB football players forced to look for new schools after their program was shuttered in December will remain teammates next season.While opponents of UAB President Ray Watts' move have been voicing their objections to University of Alabama system trustees, players had to weigh the option of staying at the school on scholarship or transferring without having to...
Ex-UAB players trying to stick together at their new schools
By STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Feb 14, 2015The scenery will change, but some UAB football players forced to look for new schools after their program was shuttered in December will remain teammates next season. While opponents of UAB President Ray Watts' move have been voicing their objections to University of Alabama system trustees, players had to weigh the option of staying at the school on scholarship or transferring without having to sit out the 2015 season. "It was kind of like a death in the family," former UAB guard Cameron Blankenship said. "For the first couple of days, there's disbelief and you're mourning. After that, we kind of had to move along and try to find somewhere else to go." More than 40 players have done just that and landed elsewhere, and dozens have found familiar faces at their new campuses. Blankenship is one of seven former players to transfer to South Alabama. The list includes Cody Clements, UAB's starting quarterback in 2014. Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent and tight ends coach Richard Owens took over the same positions at South Alabama. "It's a huge help just having those familiar faces next to you," Clements said. "When you're in a new surrounding and new environment and there are so many different things around you that you're not familiar with, to have someone to lean on and kind of help you get through it is definitely helpful." Georgia State has six players from UAB. Buffalo, Indiana, Western Kentucky and Football Championship Subdivision programs Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Chattanooga also added multiple UAB players. "There's always safety in numbers, right?" Georgia State coach Trent Miles said. "You always feel comfortable when you go someplace, and there are familiar people. ... They've kind of blended right in. Every time I look around, all the UAB guys are hanging out with guys who've already been here. They've mixed in with kind of the general population of our team and have gotten along great." UAB ended its program just as it was finishing a breakthrough season. The Blazers went 6-6 last fall after nine straight losing seasons. The move has drawn criticism on campus. Since the decision, Watts has received no-confidence votes from faculty groups and student government leaders. The day the school announced football was closing, Blazers coach Bill Clark said he got calls from coaches ready to pursue his players. "There were just a few guys (who did that)," Clark said. "It wasn't real smart. I understand recruiting and have been doing it for a while, but that wasn't a good move." In the ensuing days, numerous coaches arrived on UAB's campus. Wide receiver Nyiakki Height, who transferred to Georgia State, said it was like being a high school recruit again. "It was a frenzy after that happened," Clements said. "You have coaches all over the place kind of like roaches trying to pick up the pieces and get some guys to help their programs." Some players moved up to Power 5 schools. Running back Jordan Howard headed to Indiana after rushing for 1,587 yards this past season. Linebacker Jake Ganus, who led UAB in tackles, is now at Georgia. Offensive tackle Victor Salako ended up at Oklahoma State. Others had a tougher time finding new schools. Clark even staged the equivalent of a tryout camp, allowing his players to work out in front of coaches from various schools. That proved particularly beneficial for those who hadn't played much. "We just wanted to do what was best for the kids," Clark said. "We tried to put our feelings out of it and say, 'Look, we've got to get these guys taken care of. They're our family and our responsibility.' " Clark also had to ponder his next move. He does not plan to coach in 2015 but intends to return eventually. Clark saw his former players last weekend at a team banquet and realized how much he'd miss them. "It was hard to see those guys," Clark said. "We felt we had so much potential for next year. It was hard. But at the same time, I'm going to look forward to watching our guys perform. That's what I'm going to be doing. I'm going to be out watching, studying and learning and trying to make myself a better coach."