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The 2015 Associated Press Indiana 5A All-State football team:CLASS 5AOFFENSEQB_Alex Neligh, 6-2, 195, Sr., New PalestineRB_Jeron Gray, 5-8, 160, Sr., KokomoRB_Steven O'Neal, 5-9, 175, Sr., Columbus EastWR_Mac Hippenhammer, 6-2, 180, Jr., Fort Wayne SniderWR_Daniel Ricksy, 5-11, 175, Sr., Lafayette JeffTE_Rhett Myers, 6-5, 240, Sr., Columbus EastOL_Trent Maynard, 6-5, 318, Sr., Decatur...
2015 Indiana All-State 5A high school football team
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 10, 2015The 2015 Associated Press Indiana 5A All-State football team: CLASS 5A OFFENSE QB_Alex Neligh, 6-2, 195, Sr., New Palestine RB_Jeron Gray, 5-8, 160, Sr., Kokomo RB_Steven O'Neal, 5-9, 175, Sr., Columbus East WR_Mac Hippenhammer, 6-2, 180, Jr., Fort Wayne Snider WR_Daniel Ricksy, 5-11, 175, Sr., Lafayette Jeff TE_Rhett Myers, 6-5, 240, Sr., Columbus East OL_Trent Maynard, 6-5, 318, Sr., Decatur Central OL_Kenny Hurt, 6-2, 210, Sr., Fort Wayne Snider OL_Tyler Johnson, 6-4, 294, Sr., Whiteland OL_Spencer Stachyra, 6-4, 280, Jr., Westfield OL_Andrew Yazel, 5-11, 272, Sr., New Palestine K_Jacob Ballain, 5-11, 164, Sr., Whiteland DEFENSE DL_Rondell Weathers, 5-11, 245, Sr., Indianapolis Tech DL_Marcus Green, 6-2, 210, Sr., Fort Wayne Snider DL_Jordan Holley, 6-2, 205, Sr., Goshen DL_Colin Zeh, 6-2, 210, Sr., Harrison (West Lafayette) LB_Tommy Richardson, 6-1, 222, Jr., Bloomington South LB_Sam Dwenger, 5-9, 205, Sr., Columbus East LB_Kyle Edwards, 5-9, 165, Sr., Mishawaka DB_Nick Brickens, 5-9, 190, Sr., New Palestine DB_Justin Jenkins, 5-10, 185, Sr., Terre Haute South DB_Jordan Matthews, 6-1, 185, Sr., Kokomo DB_Cedric Mitchell, 6-2, 185, Jr., Concord P_Jon Hagee, 5-10, 140, Jr., Plainfield HONORABLE MENTION QB— Isaac Stiebeling, Fort Wayne Snider; Nick Barrett, Terre Haute North; Devon Colonis, Lafayette Jeff; Jason Grooms, Concord; Bryce Jefferson, Decatur Central; Dayne Keller, Castle; Ryan Pepiot, Westfield; Darian Phillips, Mishawaka; Brayden Tidd, Bedford North Lawrence; Gavin Yeskie, Bloomington South. RB_Gabe Brooks, South Bend Adams; Dawson Dahnke, Harrison (West Lafayette); Dylan Foster, Plainfield; Marcelle Kenner, Kokomo; Brenden Mikesell, Zionsville; LeVon Thompson, McCutcheon; Tyrone Tracy, Decatur Central. WR_Duke Blackwell, New Palestine; Malik Bramley, Fort Wayne Snider; Josh Emerson, Concord; Alex Garren, Castle; Evan Manley, Westfield; John Early Rochelle Manns, Bloomington South; Noah McLean, Castle; Charles Phinisee, McCutcheon; Drew Roberts, Bedford North Lawrence; David Turner, Fort Wayne Snider; Brandon Wadley, South Bend Adams. TE_Grant Dempster, McCutcheon; Matt Wilmore, Concord. OL_Quamielle Belt, Kokomo; Garrett Breneman, Harrison (West Lafayette); Harry Crider, Columbus East; Garrett Crowthers, Whiteland; Nick Derheimer, New Palestine; Nick Franklin, Bedford North Lawrence; Julius Gibbs, Lafayette Jeff; Ryan Harrison, Decatur Central; Mikey Hettinger, Terre Haute North; Jacob Kough, Castle; Jacob Spray, Plainfield; Andy VanDyke, Franklin. K_Spencer Corey, New Palestine; Will Harrison, Westfield; Adam Myers, Castle; Chace Pedigo, McCutcheon. DL_Bryce Biddle, Plainfield; Bryce Brown, Evansville North; Noah Daniels, South Bend Adams; Trent Dardeen, McCutcheon; Antonio Davidson, Decatur Center; Ryder Emberton, Whiteland; Cameron Fitts, Kokomo; Jonathan Mendoza, Westfield; Derek Paz, Goshen; Zaccai Robinson, Indianapolis Tech; David Small, Concord; Jordan Workman, New Palestine. LB_Coy Anderson, Plainfield; Tiger Baldwin, Bedford North Lawrence; Parker Caldwell, McCutcheon; Tanner Collins, Lafayette Jeff; Ethan Cox, Terre Haute South; Zach Dowell, Franklin; Jackson Garrett, Westfield; Sam Helm, Bloomington South; Joe Izbicki, New Palestine; Cage Street, Evansville North; Calvin Thomas, Decatur Central; Mitchell Thornbury, Castle; Cole Williams, McCutcheon; Daniel Williams, Concord. DB_Juchaun Fox, Concord; Logan Grim, Terre Haute North; Joe Jackson, Bedford North Lawrence; Hunter Warthan, Bloomington South; Keenen Wheeler, Kokomo.
Dec 5, 2015
WACO, Texas (AP) — No. 12 Baylor's season has gone from sweet to bitter and battered.Down to a fourth quarterback because of yet another injury, the Bears lost their Sugar Bowl chance after falling 23-17 to Texas on Saturday in their regular-season finale."We just have to try to salvage the year by going to a bowl game and winning the bowl game," Baylor coach Art Briles said.A picture-perfect...
No. 12 Baylor out of Sugar Bowl after 23-17 loss to Texas
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Dec 5, 2015WACO, Texas (AP) — No. 12 Baylor's season has gone from sweet to bitter and battered. Down to a fourth quarterback because of yet another injury, the Bears lost their Sugar Bowl chance after falling 23-17 to Texas on Saturday in their regular-season finale. "We just have to try to salvage the year by going to a bowl game and winning the bowl game," Baylor coach Art Briles said. A picture-perfect day on the banks of the Brazos River, which marked the final home game for 19 seniors and standout junior receiver Corey Coleman, was marred by their third loss in four games and a bench-clearing melee in the first quarter. "The crazy part, this is probably the best Baylor team that's been here, and the record doesn't say it," said Coleman, the FBS leader with 20 TD catches who was recognized with the seniors before the game and confirmed afterward that he plans to forgo his senior season for early entry in the NFL draft. Baylor (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) went into November undefeated after junior quarterback Seth Russell, then the top-rated FBS passer suffered a season-ending neck injury Oct. 24. Freshman Jarrett Stidham won his first start, but broke a bone in his ankle in his third one before Chris Johnson started the last two games — only to get hurt Saturday. Even after their rain-drenched, double-overtime loss at TCU the night after Thanksgiving, the Bears were in line to be the Big 12's representative in the Sugar Bowl against an SEC team, with the expectation that league champ Oklahoma (11-1) will get into the College Football Playoff. That would now be Oklahoma State (10-2). Tyrone Swoopes, making his first start for Texas since the opener, threw for 151 yards with a touchdown and ran for another score. The Longhorns (5-7, 4-5) held on after building a 20-0 halftime lead, but still have consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1988-89 in the old Southwest Conference. "We have something to build on that we can take into the offseason," second-year coach Charlie Strong said. "Not pleased with the year we had. You look at it, you go beat Oklahoma, you bounce back and go on the road and go beat Baylor. I don't have an answer for this team. I wish I did. I wish every week could have been like this." The NCAA approved a plan this week to make teams with 5-7 records eligible for at least two bowl bids, and as many as five, based on their Academic Progress Rates. Those selections will be made in order of best available APR, and there were at least seven teams above Texas on that list. Johnny Jefferson ran for 158 yards for Baylor, and had enough yards to convert a fourth-and-4 with 2:31 left before defensive tackle Poona Ford stripped the ball loose and fell on it. Baylor still had a chance after the Longhorns punted, but Jefferson's pass from the Texas 47 on the last play of the game was incomplete. Jefferson, a running back with a stronger arm, attempted the pass instead of Lynx Hawthorne, the fourth quarterback. Hawthorne, a junior receiver who last called signals in high school, ran for a touchdown. But he was only 10 of 22 for 64 yards with two interceptions after Johnson had concussion-like symptoms from a hard hit when he fumbled on a run in the first quarter. "The realization sets in that a lot of the gameplan's essentially out the window," said Briles, who went to mainly wildcat formations after halftime. The Bears were within 20-17 when Hawthorne scored on an 8-yard keeper with 9:40 left. He took off toward the right sideline, planted his right foot near the 3 and dived forward with the ball in his stretched-out left hand to break the plane for the score. After being intercepted by Duke Thomas late in the first quarter, Hawthorne made the tackle along the Texas sideline and was coming up off his knees when he got shoved back to the ground by safety P.J. Locke III. With Texas celebrating the play and Baylor players trying to protect Hawthorne, a melee ensued. The Bears came across the field from their bench, and there were several scuffles even with referees and coaches between them trying to keep the teams separated. Bears receiver Corey Coleman gave Locke a two-handed shove. The only penalty was unsportsmanlike conduct against Kevin Vaccaro, though it appeared the Texas safety tripped over Hawthorne after Locke's shove. Locke also caused the fumble with the hit the knocked Johnson out of the game. Anthony Wheeler's recovery at the Baylor 18 led to Swoopes' 9-yard keeper for a 17-0 lead. ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Running back Johnathan Gray would like nothing but pleasant memories of Texas' upcoming trip to West Virginia.The last time the Longhorns came to Morgantown in November 2013, Gray tore an Achilles tendon in an overtime win over the Mountaineers and missed the rest of the season. Texas lost two of its three final regular-season games and coach Mack Brown was out of a...
West Virginia, Texas try to move closer to bowl contention
By JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Nov 13, 2015MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Running back Johnathan Gray would like nothing but pleasant memories of Texas' upcoming trip to West Virginia. The last time the Longhorns came to Morgantown in November 2013, Gray tore an Achilles tendon in an overtime win over the Mountaineers and missed the rest of the season. Texas lost two of its three final regular-season games and coach Mack Brown was out of a job. Gray returned for 2014 and was a big part of the Longhorns' victory over the Mountaineers in Austin, Texas, rushing for 101 yards and three touchdowns. But overall, the player who set a national high school career record for touchdowns hasn't met lofty expectations in college. Before his injury, Gray rushed for 780 yards in 2013, which remains his best season. Now a senior and part of a running back tandem with 241-pound sophomore D'Onta Foreman along with a pair of mobile quarterbacks, Gray is hoping to help Texas (4-5, 3-3 Big 12) get that elusive first true road win and move closer to qualifying for a bowl game Saturday at West Virginia (4-4, 1-4). "It means a lot," Gray said of returning to Morgantown. "That's the game of football. So you've just got to move on and help your teammates out in any way possible. "I get another chance to go out there and do that, and that's what I plan on doing." Texas has won three of its last four games, beating winless Kansas 59-20 at home last week. Now the Longhorns are making a 1,400-mile trek to take on a West Virginia team with its own ups-and-downs. The Mountaineers started the season 3-0 before losing to four ranked teams in October. Against Texas, quarterback Skyler Howard wants to limit West Virginia's frequent offensive mistakes, including his own. Howard is completing 43 percent of his passes with eight interceptions in five conference games. "Initially, I thought that this would be the game that you would circle," Howard said. "But really it's about us right now — West Virginia against West Virginia on offense, at least. In these games, we have kind of shot ourselves in the foot, whether it's missed opportunities or penalties. I think we shoot ourselves in the foot a lot." Texas coach Charlie Strong is worried about West Virginia's offense, too. The Mountaineers piled up 300 rushing yards in a 31-26 win over Texas Tech last week. "In order for us to win this game, we've got to go stop the run," Strong said. ___ Some other things to watch for when West Virginia hosts Texas on Saturday: BOWL HOPES: Both teams need two wins to qualify for a bowl. After West Virginia, the Longhorns host Texas Tech on Thanksgiving and end the regular season at undefeated Baylor. WVU also plays Kansas and Kansas State on the road, sandwiched around a home game with Iowa State. TEXAS QBs: Texas redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard threw for 201 yards and a score against Kansas, while former starter Tyrone Swoopes, used primarily in short-yardage situations, had four TD runs and a scoring pass. But Texas managed just 204 total yards in a 24-0 loss the week before to Iowa State. NOVEMBER TO FORGET: West Virginia is 4-9 in November since joining the Big 12 in 2012. ROAD WOES: Texas has been outscored 112-10 in three losses in true road games. The Longhorns beat Oklahoma on a neutral field in Dallas. STRONG'S RETURN: Strong was Louisville's head coach in 2011 when the Cardinals beat West Virginia in Morgantown when both teams were in the Big East. "When we get there, it's all about us just locking in and getting focused," Strong said. "It's a really tough environment." ___ AP college football site: http://collegefootball.ap.org
One day last month, Chicago State basketball coach Tracy Dildy was sitting in his basement office, reminiscing about the sweet long ago of Chicago college basketball with two of the biggest stars of that era.They were talking about the late 1970s and early 1980s, when DePaul basketball was by far the biggest sports story in the city, Loyola was beginning a string of successful seasons,...
After years of irrelevance, can college basketball in Chicago be revived?
By Philip Hersh, Associated Press | Nov 13, 2015One day last month, Chicago State basketball coach Tracy Dildy was sitting in his basement office, reminiscing about the sweet long ago of Chicago college basketball with two of the biggest stars of that era. They were talking about the late 1970s and early 1980s, when DePaul basketball was by far the biggest sports story in the city, Loyola was beginning a string of successful seasons, Illinois-Chicago was making a solid start as a Division I team and Chicago State was putting together such a strong NAIA record, it soon would move to the top NCAA division as well. The two former players in the office, Mark Aguirre (Westinghouse/DePaul) and Darius Clemons (Phillips/Loyola), were Chicago Public League products who had allowed their schools to stand tall in a winter sports landscape when the Bulls and Blackhawks were lost in the snowdrifts. “Back then, the kids coming out of high school had pride about wanting to represent their city,” Dildy said. “Mark’s sophomore year, DePaul had an entire great team from Chicago. Because of Darius, Chicago guys like Carl Golston, Greg Williams, Tim Bankston and Alfredrick Hughes went to Loyola.” The discussion soon turned from the happy past to the bleak present and the long, seemingly futile struggle to recapture the glory days of men’s college basketball in Chicago. This is a city that loves basketball and whose high schools produce one college star after another — for places like Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Memphis. Yet it has been more than a decade — and most of the last 25 seasons — since one of the four men’s Division I programs at schools with campuses in the city has had a team that compelled the attention of Chicago sports fans. The record is stark: Since 1991, the four teams have made a combined four NCAA Tournament appearances, two by DePaul and two by UIC, most recently in 2004 for each. Chicago State has had one winning season in those 24, Loyola just five. UIC has six straight losing conference seasons, DePaul and Loyola eight straight. Average home attendance at the schools last season numbered 411 (Chicago State), 1,745 (Loyola), 2,913 (UIC) and 6,238 (DePaul). The arenas they play in have capacities ranging from 4,963 to 18,500. “Success and non-success is cyclical,” said Dave Leitao, beginning his second go-round as DePaul’s coach this season. “But if all four are in a down cycle at the same time, you scratch your head and wonder why.” ——— The head-scratching extends across the city’s northern border to Northwestern, which never has made the NCAA Tournament, even if the Wildcats essentially are sui generis: a school with formidable academic standards in a Power Five conference and the only Division I school in the area with a football team. At the other four, basketball is the sport. “We want to be relevant in college basketball,” said fifth-year Loyola coach Porter Moser, an honest admission that his team, like the other three in Chicago, remains largely irrelevant in the city and beyond. That each school plays in a different conference makes their all being down so long together even more perplexing. There are few evident answers, save this one: Chicago-area high school players such as Aguirre and Clemons, those who might be “one-and-dones” in this era (one year of college, then the NBA draft), no longer think of staying home for college. “That’s on us as coaches,” Dildy said. “It should be easier to convince a guy who isn’t going to stay more than six months in college to stay home.” According to basketball-reference.com, Illinois high schools have produced more NBA and ABA players (253) than any state but California (417) and New York (326). Of the Illinois players, 113 went to Chicago high schools and nearly 50 more to Chicago-area schools. “At the end of the day, for our colleges to get national prominence, we need to keep our best players,” Whitney Young High School coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “Until we get the first one, that is going to be a challenge.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) It has become more difficult in the one-and-done era, which began in 2006 by allowing U.S. players to declare for the NBA draft only if they were 19 during the calendar year of the draft and one year out of high school. Before that, players could go to the NBA directly from high school, with no college or foreign way station. One-and-done prospects have gravitated toward colleges with marquee programs. The last Chicago-area players with lengthy NBA careers who also played college basketball in the city were Quentin Richardson (Young), Bobby Simmons (Simeon) and Steven Hunter (Proviso East), who were at DePaul from 1998 through 2001 — not all for that entire period, but each for at least two seasons. In those three seasons, the Blue Demons had an NCAA Tournament and an NIT appearance. “All I know is when I was growing up, I was going to the school that had the most interest in me, and that was Cal (then-Memphis coach John Calipari, now at Kentucky),” said the Bulls’ Derrick Rose (Simeon, Class of 2007). Rose would play a season for Calipari at Memphis. Other recent one-and-dones Jahlil Okafor (Young) and Jabari Parker (Simeon) went to Duke, Anthony Davis (Perspectives Charter) to Kentucky, Cliff Alexander (Curie) to Kansas. “Any one of those guys could change a loser into a winner,” said Aguirre, a national player of the year at DePaul and No. 1 pick in the NBA draft who averaged 20 points over 13 NBA seasons, made three All-Star teams and won two NBA titles. And the fan appeal of having a Chicago high school star become a standout at a local college, even for just one season, cannot be underestimated. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) “It’s a tough sell when you’re going up against Duke or North Carolina or Kentucky,” Simeon Career Academy coach Robert Smith said. “But if you get one or two guys to buy in, others will do it.” ——— That is how it was with Aguirre. As a freshman, he helped DePaul get to the Final Four in 1978 and made coach Ray Meyer into America’s grandfather. As a sophomore, he had a Chicago Public League all-star team playing with him for the Blue Demons, a group that included Terry Cummings (Carver), who would be the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and a two-time All-Star in 18 seasons. “Ray Meyer was the best thing that ever happened to Chicago college sports,” said Dildy, who went to King, played at UIC and spent 1997 to 2002 on the DePaul coaching staff. To any current Chicago high school player, even Aguirre’s name may not be well-known. And the idea of DePaul being bigger than the Bulls or Blackhawks may seem unbelievable. You had to be there. “By the time the Sun-Times made me DePaul’s beat writer for 1980-81, it was the most talked-about team in town, maybe the most talked-about in the whole USA,” said Mike Downey, later a Tribune columnist. “You heard a lot more people talking about the DePaul Blue Demons than the Duke Blue Devils.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) The story was so compelling: the school under the L tracks, with the lovable teddy bear of a coach who had coached game-changing center George Mikan at DePaul in the 1940s — what seemed like the peach-basket era. “The city couldn’t get enough of the Blue Demons … and pretty soon the national press picked up on it,” said John Schulian, then a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. “(Michael) Jordan would change all that — Jordan and the ’85 Bears and the Ozzie Guillen White Sox and now the Blackhawks. DePaul got there before all of them.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) But, save the two-decade continuation of the Meyer lineage under Ray’s son, Joey, the Blue Demons have had no consistent head-turning success since 1992, and the same fate has befallen their Chicago brethren. The prolonged down cycle has led the four schools to make six coaching changes in the last six years, with DePaul and UIC switching coaches twice. Dildy, beginning his sixth year playing Sisyphus at Chicago State, is the dean of the local Division I coaches and the one whose team has won a conference tournament. Loyola’s Moser seems to have his program closest to sustained success after winning 24 games last season. “Are we over the hump? Not my personal hump,” Moser said. “I think we’re over the hump of people not looking our direction in recruiting.” His current team includes two top players (if not one-and-done level) from Chicago: junior Milton Doyle of Marshall, who transferred home from Kansas before his freshman season, and sophomore Donte Ingram of Simeon. “The legacy of Kansas basketball is so great, it’s a no-brainer for any high school player to want an environment like that,” Doyle said, explaining his original choice. “But I got a little homesick. Transferring to Loyola, the thing we talked about was my coming here and changing a program, kind of putting it on my back, wanting to be a part of building a legacy.” Or, as Moser put it: “It’s not about making a statement on signing day, it’s about making a statement on game days. I don’t know how much of a splash Milton would have made at Kansas, but he has made a big splash here at Loyola.” ——— In the end, of course, it is all about recruiting. In the days before ESPN became a player in college basketball beginning in 1979 and taking off in the mid-1980s, DePaul had an enormous advantage in the city and beyond because nearly all of its games were telecast on WGN, which aired in many major markets. That exposure to the Aguirre-Cummings teams helped lure Tyrone Corbin from Columbia, S.C., and Rod Strickland from New York, both of whom went on to long NBA careers after playing in several NCAA Tournaments for DePaul in the 1980s. “ESPN became everybody’s WGN,” Joey Meyer said. “That neutralized our advantage.” Loyola has the distinction of being the only Illinois school to win an NCAA Division I title, but that was 52 years ago. The title is something to celebrate with pride, but it has little impact on current high school players, who weren’t even born when Jordan finished turning Chicago into the center of the basketball universe by winning his last of six NBA titles with the Bulls in 1998. Now the main things top recruits look at are NCAA Tournament appearances, won-lost records and, for better or worse, the performance of one-and-done players — even if such draft prospects are illusory for nearly all high school players, no matter what fast-talking agents, coaches and hangers-on may say. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) “Somebody is going to dare to stay home, but they need a specific reason other than just staying home,” said Leitao, coach of the Blue Demons’ last NCAA Tournament team. “DePaul not being successful (recently) gives them a reason not to.” Beginning with the year before Aguirre’s arrival, DePaul, then an independent, made the NCAA Tournament 13 times in 15 seasons. Clemons, Loyola’s all-time assists leader, followed three years later by Robeson’s Hughes, a first-round NBA draft pick, sparked a turnaround under coach Gene Sullivan that got the Ramblers to the Sweet 16 in 1985 — their last NCAA Tournament appearance. “It’s a Catch-22,” Leitao said. “You’ve got to show success to gain the kind of recruits you need to sustain success, and you need those recruits to show success. “You are trying to sell the abstract, something for tomorrow, to 17- and 18-year olds who rely on the tangible, the here and now. That’s the challenge, and it’s not unique to me.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) To Aguirre, it is not about getting the five-star recruit to build around but starting with less highly touted players who can attract the five-star, the way Ray Meyer had done with Dave Corzine and Gary Garland and Joe Ponsetto in the two seasons before Aguirre arrived. “I’d love to stand in front of all my backers and say we’re in the mix for an Okafor, but that’s not the reality,” Moser said. Both Moser and first-year UIC coach Steve McClain said many local high school coaches told them Loyola and UIC had not been visible enough on the recruiting trail for less-hyped players, especially in visiting high schools that might not have a potential recruit at the moment. That’s why McClain and his assistants visited 42 area high schools in the four days after he was named coach on March 25. In early May, McClain signed Dominique Matthews of St. Rita, whom ESPN.com had called the No. 1 shooting guard in Illinois in 2014. He spent a year at a prep school and seemed on his way to Ole Miss before choosing UIC. “Coach McClain came in and sold Dominique on staying home and jump-starting the program,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. Moser has brought area coaches to Loyola to show them a largely undiscovered campus that Cosmopolitan recently ranked seventh on a list of the 18 most beautiful college campuses in America. It is a lakefront campus that Benet grad Moser said he had no idea existed when he played in the Loyola Park summer league or coached Illinois State teams at Loyola. “We wanted to be an option for these kids to stay home,” Moser said. “Kids in the area were automatically looking outside the city. They had it in their mind, ‘They haven’t won in so long.’ “Breaking perceptions is harder than people think. We feel we have made a crack in the perception of what Loyola basketball can be in the city.” McClain believes all of the Chicago Division I schools will benefit if they all have success by “helping the perception of basketball in Chicago at all levels.” “Is it possible for all of us to be good at the same time? Probably not,” McClain said. “There is no question we can build these programs back to where — I’m not saying great — but very respectable, at the top part of our leagues, with the chance to win conference championships and go to the NCAA Tournament.” (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) A successful DePaul team would find the road to the tournament easier than the others. Its conference, the Big East, had six NCAA entries last year. The Missouri Valley (Loyola) and Western Athletic (Chicago State) had two each, the Horizon League (UIC) just one. DePaul is counting on a new arena at McCormick Place to be a game-changer after it opens for the 2017-18 season. “With DePaul building the new gym at McCormick, that may change some guys’ minds about going there,” Rose said. “It’s huge for the city.” The city’s Division I coaches think an early-season tournament there involving all four schools would be good for everyone. “To stay in Chicago and build a program in Chicago is a huge thing,” said Aguirre, 55, a customer relations executive for AAR, an aviation services company headquartered in Wood Dale. “Every (high school) kid that had a big name and stayed has done that. “This is a great basketball town. Who wouldn’t want to play in Chicago?” ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000040506,t000003278,t000404471,t000391287,t000391277,g000216305,g000065560,g000362661,g000066164,g000065634,g000065650
Nov 4, 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: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 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: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 29, 2015
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers doesn't lead the Big Ten Conference in many statistics in football, except tackles. That's where linebacker Steve Longa stands alone.With 85 tackles, Longa leads the Big Ten in tackles in all games and his 54 top the league in conference games. He is tied for first nationally with 8.0 solo tackles per game and is ranked second nationally at 12.1 tackles per...
Longa leading Rutgers' defense and Big Ten in tackles
BY MATT SUGAM, Associated Press | Oct 29, 2015PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers doesn't lead the Big Ten Conference in many statistics in football, except tackles. That's where linebacker Steve Longa stands alone. With 85 tackles, Longa leads the Big Ten in tackles in all games and his 54 top the league in conference games. He is tied for first nationally with 8.0 solo tackles per game and is ranked second nationally at 12.1 tackles per game. Longa had career-high 16 tackles against Indiana two weeks ago and topped that with 19 tackles against No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday. He's on pace for 146 tackles this season as Rutgers (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) prepares for Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) on Saturday. Longa says there is a simple explanation for his recent success. "By my team doing what they're supposed to do and them doing their job and me doing my job," he said. "Doing my job gets me to the ball and once I get to the ball, I have to make a play. That's it." Longa is well on his way to his third 100-tackle season — something only done at Rutgers by Tyrone Stowe. Stowe is Rutgers' career leader in tackles and had 100 tackles in all four seasons. He notched 27 tackles against West Virginia in 1988, a school record. It's no shock Longa is having such a successful season, given his play the past two years. He is the weakside linebacker, which is the playmaking position on Rutgers' defense. Khaseem Greene was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row at that spot a few years ago. "I'm not surprised about the production that's been happening because I feel like my coaches have set me up in a great place to make all those plays," Longa said. "The work I've been putting in one-on-on with (linebacker) Coach (Bob) Fraser trying to understand the game of football itself and then trying to understand our defense part by part. "Cut it down, simplify it and understand everybody's job. That has helped me because a better linebacker because I'm still learning the game." He went from not having a playbook in high school, playing a single coverage, to the complexities of a college defense. "I get here and I have cover 6, cover 2, all these blitz packages, it gets crazy," Longa said. "So having to learn that and adjust to it, sometimes it makes you a worse football player, sometimes it brings the best out of you. I guess it brought the best out of me." And it goes beyond the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder's skill set. Longa credits his love for watching film, understanding not only his position, but also the job of the other 10 defenders. He's on pace to shatter his previous high of 123 tackles in a season, but Longa isn't concerned about stats. "I don't measure it by numbers," he said. "I measure it by understanding the game and learning the game. When you put on that film from whichever team we played last year and then you put on that same exact film this year and compare both of them you see the reaction time and the first step and the fits. That's how I measure if I got better or not."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 email@example.com | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 email@example.com | 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
Sep 25, 2015
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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 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
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Searching for a spark on offense, Texas coach Charlie Strong is shaking up his staff by handing play-calling duties to wide receivers coach Jay Norvell.Strong announced the change Tuesday night after Texas' 38-3 loss at No. 9 Notre Dame, the Longhorns' third consecutive blowout loss dating to last season. Texas (0-1) ranks last in the nation in total offense and is tied for...
Seeking change, Strong changes play caller at Texas
By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Sep 8, 2015AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Searching for a spark on offense, Texas coach Charlie Strong is shaking up his staff by handing play-calling duties to wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. Strong announced the change Tuesday night after Texas' 38-3 loss at No. 9 Notre Dame, the Longhorns' third consecutive blowout loss dating to last season. Texas (0-1) ranks last in the nation in total offense and is tied for last in scoring. Strong is taking lead play-calling away from his longtime assistant and quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson, who came to Texas with Strong from Louisville. Watson, who is also assistant head coach, will continue working with quarterbacks Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard. "It's always tough. You have to set aside your friendship. You have to do what's right for your program," Strong said. The move also strips any play-calling duties from offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who had been charged with calling some run plays. All of it will now run through Norvell. Norvell is in his first season at Texas. He spent the previous seven at Oklahoma, including four as co-offensive coordinator. Strong said he hasn't decided on a starting quarterback against Rice, but the move to Norvell could signal a move to a spread offense with Heard. Swoopes, a junior, is 5-8 as a starter and struggled badly last season in Watson's pro-style offense. Heard, considered a better runner, played sparingly against Notre Dame but won two Texas high school state championships running the spread. After Texas finished 6-7 in 2014, Strong talked about retooling the Texas offense and opening the quarterback competition. Swoopes kept his starting job for the season opener but the offense looked much the same against Notre Dame as it did last season. The Longhorns gained just 163 total yards. "Something had to be done," Strong said. "We have to be balanced, make sure the playmakers touch the ball." One of them is senior running back Johnathan Gray, the team' leading returning rusher. He had eight carries for 40 yards against Notre Dame. Gray said "it's embarrassing" to rank last in offense. "The players like (Norvell)," Gray said. "We have to get back on track, get this thing rolling." Earlier in the day, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said he wouldn't get involved in Strong's staff decisions. "I'm not going to coach the football team. That's his job," Patterson said.
Sep 7, 2015
Kansas State's quarterback battle went down to the wire, with Wildcats coach Bill Snyder not naming a starter until just before the season opener. Jesse Ertz didn't last long, suffering a knee injury and leaving Saturday's game against South Dakota State after just two plays. The injury occurred on the first offensive play of the game, but Ertz remained in for one more play. “Jesse is...
Big 12 Football: Kansas State QB likely out for the season
BY RYAN ABER | Sep 7, 2015Kansas State's quarterback battle went down to the wire, with Wildcats coach Bill Snyder not naming a starter until just before the season opener. Jesse Ertz didn't last long, suffering a knee injury and leaving Saturday's game against South Dakota State after just two plays. The injury occurred on the first offensive play of the game, but Ertz remained in for one more play. “Jesse is going to be out for quite some time,” Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. “We will miss him. We feel badly about the loss and he will be there.” The Wichita Eagle reported that Ertz was likely out for the season. The sophomore tore his anterior cruciate ligament as a senior in high school. Joe Hubener, a former walk-on, will start Saturday against Texas-San Antonio. He has never started a game at quarterback at any level. STRONG: LONGHORNS' PLAY ‘BOTHERS ME' Texas coach Charlie Strong wasn't giving much of an endorsement to quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson and didn't commit to a starting quarterback during Monday's press conference. Strong didn't back Watson and said, “It's an evaluation process,” when asked about the second-year quarterbacks coach after the Longhorns' 38-3 loss to Notre Dame. “Yesterday I didn't say much. I will meet with our staff today,” Strong said, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “It's hard for me after a game to meet with our guys on a Sunday just because of the way I feel. There'll be some things said that I'll probably regret later and I don't want to come out the wrong way. “It bothers me. It bothers me when we played the way we do. It bothers me when we're not productive. And it bothers me when we're not accountable as coaches. So it's hard for me to meet with guys. It's hard for me to talk. I don't even talk with my own family. I've got a lot to say, but I'm not going to say it now.” Texas had just 163 yards of offense against the Fighting Irish and used Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes at quarterback. TCU'S BOYKIN 'DIDN'T LIVE UP TO HIS EXPECTATIONS' A few days after TCU opened the season with a 23-17 win over Minnesota, Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said quarterback Trevone Boykin wasn't happy with his play. Boykin, considered going into the season as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites, completed 26 of 42 passes for 246 yards a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a score. “I think everybody had high expectations. I think he had high expectations,” Patterson said. “I don't think he lived up to his own expectations.” Boykin finished with 92 rushing yards but went just 2 for 5 in the red zone. “He missed some easy throws that could have been touchdowns,” Patterson said. “But he checked into an option play and ran it in — which is pure athletic ability — for a touchdown.” QUOTABLE “Coach Fuente, man this dude is as good of a football coach as I've ever been around and I know that we have a very tall task offensively, defensively and special teams going against his team.” -- David Beaty, Kansas coach, on Memphis coach and former Oklahoma quarterback Justin Fuente. Beaty's Jayhawks play Memphis on Saturday.
Sep 5, 2015
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The start to the season had the same hopeless feel as the end of last year for Texas.Tyrone Swoopes couldn't do much to get the offense going and the defense couldn't stop the run or the pass against No. 11 Notre Dame and lost 38-3 in the opener, the third straight blowout loss for the Longhorns.Second-year coach Charlie Strong said he doesn't believe the Longhorns are...
Texas can do little right in 38-3 loss to No. 11 Notre Dame
By TOM COYNE, Associated Press | Sep 5, 2015SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The start to the season had the same hopeless feel as the end of last year for Texas. Tyrone Swoopes couldn't do much to get the offense going and the defense couldn't stop the run or the pass against No. 11 Notre Dame and lost 38-3 in the opener, the third straight blowout loss for the Longhorns. Second-year coach Charlie Strong said he doesn't believe the Longhorns are as bad as they looked, but said they need to show it. "We have to get better. We have to improve. We're just a better football team than what we showed," he said. "We have to believe it and our players have to believe it. Because we can't go out and not execute." Heralded freshman Malik Jefferson, who finished second on the team with nine tackles, said he was surprised by the lopsided score. "I'm not used to getting scored on," he said. Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire showed he's more than a runner, picking apart the Texas defense as he threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns. He was 19-of-22 passing, an 86.6 percent completion rate. It was second-best in school history. Steve Beuerlein completed 10 of 11 passes against Colorado in 1984, a 90.9 percent completion rate. "He threw precision routes," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "We knew what he was capable of. I think he put it together tonight, and he has room to grow." Zaire credited his line. "They gave me some great protection," Zaire said. Strong said his defense didn't do enough to pressure Zaire. "We just gave him too much time to throw it and they have really outstanding receivers," Strong said. "When you allow him the time and he can find him, which he did, he's going to make those throws." Will Fuller caught a pair of touchdown passes — one a 66-yarder — and finished with 142 yards receiving. Chris Brown added a 6-yard touchdown catch. Freshman Josh Adams ran for a pair of TDs, including 14-yard score on his first career carry, and C.J. Prosise added 98 yards rushing on 20 carries. Kelly said Tarean Folston, the leading rusher from last season, sustained an injury to his right knee. He didn't immediately know the severity. Notre Dame took advantage of an inexperienced Longhorns squad starting three players who were in high school a year ago, amassing 527 yards of total offense. "We've got to get more consistent with stopping the run. We'd have one stop, two stops, and every now and then there would be an explosive play," Texas defensive end Naashon Hughes said. The Irish improved to 9-2 against Texas, and to 10-2 in home night games. The Longhorns, coming off a 6-7 season, lost a season opener for the first time since 1999. It also marked their third straight blowout loss, finishing 2014 losing 48-10 to TCU and 31-7 to Arkansas. The 11th meeting between the programs that rank second and third in victories (Notre Dame with 883 and Texas with 881) didn't match the significance of their three meetings in the Cotton Bowl in the 1970s when national championships were on the line each time. But there was still a big-game atmosphere, with burnt orange visible throughout the stands and with some in the crowd paying more than $500 a ticket. Kelly didn't want to get overly excited about the win. "A good victory. It's only one," Kelly said. "It's a long journey for our football team. We're excited about the win, but we have a long way to go." ___ AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
Jul 21, 2015
Baylor has a new offensive coordinator: Art Briles’ son, Kendal. The elder Briles has a huge hand in his own offense, of course, but says new blood is important. Even if it’s his own blood. Kendall Briles was elevated in December after Philip Montgomery became the head coach at the University in Tulsa. “The transition to Kendall was kind of a natural transition,” Art Briles said Tuesday...
Baylor to 'rethink' its offense with new coordinator
BY RYAN ABER | Jul 21, 2015Baylor has a new offensive coordinator: Art Briles’ son, Kendal. The elder Briles has a huge hand in his own offense, of course, but says new blood is important. Even if it’s his own blood. Kendal Briles was elevated in December after Philip Montgomery became the head coach at the University in Tulsa. “The transition to Kendal was kind of a natural transition,” Art Briles said Tuesday during Big 12 Media Days Tuesday at the Omni Hotel. “We didn't have a lot of time to get ready before the (Cotton) Bowl game, with it looming about two weeks away at that time. Kendal's been around our system and our program ever since he could say mama. So he understands what we're doing, and that's critical, and it's important because we don't have to reteach. We just have to rethink a little bit.” Don’t sleep on the word “rethink.” Art Briles said Baylor doesn’t plan to stand pat, despite tremendous success offensively. “When you stay the same, people catch you, and you get caught. It's called an M.O. (from the Latin word modus operandi), and that's why criminals get caught, because they do the same thing over and over again. You track them. You look at them. If you hunt, you know this deer comes here every day, or if you fish, you know they get in this fishing hole. “So you've got to be a little different. I think it gives us a chance to be a little bit different, and that's exciting to me. It's very exciting.” No way that can be an indictment of Montgomery, whose experience with Art Briles goes back to Stephenville High School. “I've been with Coach Montgomery since ’96 or ’97, and he's been a tremendously loyal person,” Briles said. “He's done it the right way. He's never self‑promoted. He stayed under the radar. He's let his actions speak for himself. And he's done a tremendous job, tremendous coach, very intelligent, very innovative, and very caring. So I was extremely, extremely happy for him.” RHOADS SAYS AMES WEATHER DOESN’T IMPEDE IOWA STATE OFFENSE Ames, Iowa, is the Big 12’s northern outpost. The wind whips and the temperature dips as the football season progresses. Does the weather impede Iowa State football in any way? Does the weather keep the Cyclones from using a certain type of offense that coach Paul Rhoads might prefer to deploy? Rhoads said you would think, on first thought, that there were limitations on what a team up north could do. But he says no. “This is certainly something that we sell in recruiting — we've averaged kickoff temperatures 62 degrees in the six years that we've been there,” said Rhoads, who grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, which sits between Ames and Des Moines, perhaps 20 miles from Iowa State’s campus. “So growing up there and understanding the swirl of the wind in Jack Trice Stadium, I would have said yes to that question, that there are things we can accomplish and we can't do on a consistent basis. “Two years ago, I think it was, we played the coldest game in the history of Jack Trice Stadium, against KU. The field was a sheet of ice, and we threw for 300‑plus yards and scored 30‑some points and had one of our most productive offensive games of the season. I don't know if that means the weather favored us or that we can actually execute whatever style of offense that we want to in that weather environment.” It could mean that Iowa State was playing Kansas. But it also could mean that Iowa State can throw the ball in the cold. STRONG FAVORS STRICTER TRANSFER RULE The SEC passed a rule in May barring transfers who had been previously disciplined by a different school for “serious misconduct.” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said his conference had not discussed such a policy, but Texas coach Charlie Strong endorsed the measure Tuesday. “I would favor it,” Strong said. “If you are a student‑athlete and you have a chance to go to University of Texas, go to Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, wherever you go, and then for some reason you did something that they had to dismiss you from that program, I don't think that you should be given another opportunity to go to another major school and just start all over like your slate is clean. I just don't think that should happen for you.” The SEC rule defined “serious misconduct” as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence. “You look at it,” Strong said. “You were at an unbelievable place, and so now you did something yourself to get yourself dismissed out. So why do you think that you can go somewhere else and just start all over like it's a clean slate for you? “I'm all into giving guys second chances, but I want to give guys on my team second chances, not someone else from another program.” QB NOT THE ONLY CONCERN AT TEXAS Like at Oklahoma, Texas has a quarterback battle entering the season as Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard battle for the job. Strong said it was understandable the attention that the spot is getting but Texas’ success will depend on much more than whichever of those players win that job. “No way am I trying to compare here but every quarterback I’ve ever been around, there’s been really good players around them,” Strong said. “I could just go back to the University of Florida and I think about Tim Tebow, you had Percy Harvin lined up, Aaron Hernandez lined up, you had Riley Cooper outside. … You had two first-rounders on the offensive line. Everybody’s got to do their part. It’s all about everyone doing their part. “You talk about what you see out of Swoopes and what you see out of Heard, both those guys are very competitive but everyone else around them needs to play well also. We need to find playmakers at wide receiver. We need the running backs. … We need the offensive line to protect the quarterback. Then you will have a chance.” BY BERRY TRAMEL AND RYAN ABER
When Michael Center walked into the West Campus multiple-bedroom house that his tennis players had rented not long ago, he entered at his own risk.The Texas men's tennis coach couldn't remember for sure if there were eight or nine Longhorns living in those cramped quarters, but he did know it was a cleaning lady's nightmare."I walked in a few times, and I saw some things growing in the...
The Scholarship Game: At UT, a Moneyball mentality for sports programs
Ryan Autullo and Kirk Bohls, Associated Press | Jun 20, 2015When Michael Center walked into the West Campus multiple-bedroom house that his tennis players had rented not long ago, he entered at his own risk. The Texas men's tennis coach couldn't remember for sure if there were eight or nine Longhorns living in those cramped quarters, but he did know it was a cleaning lady's nightmare. "I walked in a few times, and I saw some things growing in the corners," Center said. His student-athletes were into cutting corners, not cleaning them. Such is life, at least as far as the young men and women who are on partial scholarships at the University of Texas know it. In a highly competitive, post-Title IX world of shrinking scholarship money, higher tuitions and rising college costs, athletes who compete in non-revenue producing sports learn how to save wherever they can to make ends meet. The same goes for the scholarship-pinched coaches of those Olympic sports, forced to juggle the small numbers like an NFL salary capologist to build a team that is equal parts elite superstars and depth-creating contributors who receive less financial aid. The full cost of an out-of-state scholarship at Texas, in Center's 15 years here, has increased 168 percent, from roughly $19,000 to $51,000, according to the university. Coaches have to become as adept at reading spreadsheets as evaluating a tennis player's forehand or a sprinter's work ethic. Of the 537 Longhorns athletes on campus this past academic year, 55 percent received no more than half of a scholarship, and 26 percent received no assistance at all. Of the 189 athletes on a full scholarship, two-thirds came from football, men's and women's basketball and volleyball, or what the NCAA calls "head-count sports" because they offer only full scholarships. Texas is armed with the nation's second largest athletic budget and had $161 million in revenue for the 2013-14 school year, but many Longhorns coaches say they are disadvantaged in recruiting. They cannot exploit legal loopholes like many of their peers do at other schools who supplement athletic scholarships with academic aid because their schools are actively seeking to expand their enrollments. Texas, which rejects nearly 31,000 applicants ever year, has a shallow pool of academic aid available to students, be it Joe English Major or the nation's fastest 100-meter sprinter. Stunningly, Longhorns track and field coach Mario Sategna says that none of his 100 or so men's and women's athletes are on a significant academic scholarship. Other schools, however, have it easier than Texas:In men's golf, Oklahoma State has been known to greatly boost its 4.5 scholarships through academic aid. An Oklahoma resident qualifies for $2,000 per year — $8,750 for out-of-staters — by scoring a 26 on the ACT and attaining a 3.60 grade-point average. Cowboys golfers have won 10 NCAA titles and 54 conference titles.Arkansas offers reduced tuition to Texas residents with strong academic scores. The discount can save Texans more than $10,000 a year.Private schools aren't obligated to disclose their financials, but many of them are working the system by dipping into academic funds. At SMU, eight of the nine players on the golf team are from out of state, including 2015 NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau. The estimated cost to attend SMU next year is more than $64,000. Three private schools — TCU, Miami and Vanderbilt — reached this year's baseball College World Series. A Vanderbilt official declined to say how the school made room for a whopping 18 recruits this year. Texas signed 10 players.At TCU, one of the Horned Frogs' top tennis players surrendered his athletic scholarship money to help recruit a would-be teammate for the nation's fourth-ranked team. "His parents had the economic resources to do so," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said. "He was willing to do that for the good of the team."To bolster their recruiting flexibility, coaches in Georgia tap the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally scholarship, a lottery-funded grant program created by a Georgia governor in 1993. An athlete who earns a 3.00 GPA in high school can receive up to $3,500 per semester at the University of Georgia. Two other states, Tennessee and South Carolina, also have HOPE scholarships available.In April, Stanford announced that it will offer free tuition to students whose families make less than $125,000. The previous threshold for getting that deal was $100,000. Additionally, Stanford will also offer free room and board to those from families making less than $65,000. Texas, meanwhile, has overcome the scholarship limitations, capturing 10 Big 12 titles among its 20 programs in the recent school year. Volleyball was the only head-count sport among the conference champions. 'At one point, you run out of money' Sategna tries to build a team that can succeed in everything from sprints to distance races to field events. His method is working — the Longhorns swept the Big 12 outdoor and indoor titles and finished in the top 10 nationally at the NCAA outdoor championships this month. "At one point, you run out of money," Sategna said. "Our coaches are doing a great job of recruiting the best of the best, and they're doing a great job of finding diamonds in the rough that we can develop." Finding diamonds on a cubic zirconium budget, that's the key. And all of Texas' smaller-sport coaches use a Moneyball mentality to spread the wealth and look for bargains. They're doing their jobs well. This past season, John Fields' men's golf team ascended to No. 2 in the national rankings; Eddie Reese captured his 11th national championship in men's swimming; Center took his team to the Sweet 16; and Longhorns newcomer Dave O'Neill led Texas rowers to the NCAA meet for the first time in program history and finished seventh. Augie Garrido's baseball team won the Big 12 tournament and qualified for an NCAA regional one year after tying for third at the College World Series. Thanks to Title IX federal guidelines that since 1972 have mandated equal opportunity for both genders — and thus equal participation numbers — these coaches and athletes have to scrimp and scrounge for every dollar. Take Lloyd Glasspool, Center's No. 2 singles player from England, who stretches the dollar as well as any Texas athlete. In May, Glasspool teamed with fellow senior Soren Hess-Olesen to win the NCAA doubles championship, the school's first in 71 years. "Lloyd is the king of savings with his per diem," Center said. "Why? Because he's the cheapest. When we go eat, he'll buy the cheapest meal or save a sandwich for later. And he's not a good tipper. Let's put it this way: You do not want to be his waitress." Distance runner Craig Lutz, who finished fourth nationally in the 10,000 meters, lives with several Longhorns athletes across multiple sports. He said the housemates used to cook for one another, but that was before the NCAA approved unlimited access to free food this past school year. "I don't think any of us have used the kitchen in the last year," Lutz said. "The ceiling looks like it's gonna cave in, so no one goes in there anyway." Getting inventive with numbers Because football eats up the bulk of the men's total scholarships (at Texas, that's 85 of 141.2), schools compensate by finding women's sports that feature large numbers to balance the ledger. At Texas, about 70 of those extra slots go to rowing, which, inexplicably to many, benefits from 20 full rides. However, former rowing coach Carie Graves used to carry a roster upward of 90 and scoured campus dining halls and dormitories for prospects who could become rowers. No experience necessary. Similarly, Baylor introduced an acrobatics and tumbling program five years ago, the only Big 12 school to carry that sport. The roster size is 40. Baylor also offers equestrian, with a roster of 70. "That's a big number for us," said Baylor executive athletic director Nick Joos. TCU also has equestrian and just became the first Big 12 school to add sand volleyball, with six scholarships spread around 15 female athletes. Track has one of the greatest gender disparities: Sategna can offer 12.6 scholarships to men, but 18 to women. That gap grew out of NCAA legislation in the 1970s that whacked 10 percent of scholarships from all men's sports. Women's sports, left unaffected from the cuts, grew in participation as schools added more programs. "I'd like to see an increase on the men's side," Sategna said. "There's a lot of people that might pass on coming to Texas because we can't make a significant offer." In tennis, Center gets only 4.5 men's scholarships while the women's tennis program has the luxury of eight. Texas women's athletic director Chris Plonsky advocates docking women's tennis a scholarship or two and awarding them to track and field and volleyball. Plonsky added she believes the NCAA will soon revisit the issue of scholarship allotment. "Tennis has it the toughest," said Reese, who apportions 9.9 scholarships in swimming. "It's tough. We're putting in the same number of hours (as the head-count sports)," said Texas senior tennis player Jacoby Lewis. "Unfortunately, we have less money, especially when we're having the most success. The non-revenue sports here have been the best. Look at us — swimming, track and field. We're all the best." C.J Hinojosa, a shortstop on the baseball team, said that his $700 monthly stipend did not cover the full cost of his housing and that his mother had to pay the rest. "It's tough, but you're able to live," Hinojosa said. "It's not always comfortable, but you're able to live." Reese said two of his stars, 2015 NCAA champions Joseph Schooling and Will Licon, are not on full rides. Conversely, quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and point guard Isaiah Taylor are, just as every Longhorn who plays football, basketball or volleyball. "When they come here, I tell them whatever scholarship they come on, they're usually gonna stay on," Reese said. "If they get seven golds in the Olympics and they're on a half scholarship, they're gonna stay on a half scholarship." Reese said that when two-time Olympian Shaun Jordan came to Texas in 1988, he started on a books scholarship. "He called himself my K-Mart bluelight special," Reese said. How many full scholarships has Center given in his 15 seasons at Texas? "Zero," he said. Softball coach Connie Clark said she had three players on a full-ride this past season; she can offer the equivalent of 12 scholarships. "We offer anywhere from books to fulls," Clark said. To compensate in recruiting, Plonsky urges her coaches to highlight the university's strong academics and Austin's vibrance. "I promise you our equivalent sport coaches have the ability to make a 10- to 50-percent scholarship look like they just opened Fort Knox," she said. Balancing scholarships with success Garrido said he has awarded only one full ride in baseball in 19 years at Texas — senior outfielder Mark Payton, who was from Chicago, after other upperclassmen departed and left unforeseen scholarship money last year. Garrido filled out his 2015 roster with eight walk-ons. Even then, such players had to be accepted into Texas no later than December and finish in the top 7 percent of their graduating class. "I think 11.7 is a ridiculously low number for what we're asking a baseball coach to do," Plonsky said. Unlike other sports, baseball is required to give scholarship athletes at least 25 percent of a scholarship, a restriction the NCAA passed in 2007 to deter coaches from signing too many players and then cutting the ones they didn't want. "We forgot about trying to get sympathy for anything," Garrido said. "They don't even sell sympathy cards at Hallmark in Texas." Starting next year, the NCAA will mandate that scholarships in all sports be for four years, a controversial departure from the year-by-year model that allowed coaches to dismiss athletes for performance or behavior. While baseball somehow has to stretch a budget, rowing's cup runneth over. O'Neill couldn't even recall if he currently has eight or nine athletes on full rides. But even he's looking to stretch his dollars; he had several rowers fill out federal student aid forms for financial assistance in the form of $10,000 Pell Grants. Scholarship limitations at Cal, where he led the Golden Bears to a pair of national titles, helped push O'Neill to Texas last summer. "I was always looking at those big-time athletic departments and what can be done there," O'Neill said. "Having the weight of one of the most powerful athletic departments at a cool school behind you in a cool city was appealing. I felt it was time to try something new." Fields, on the other hand, is caught in the middle when he tries to split up his 4.5 golf scholarships to build a roster littered with elite recruits who are U.S. Amateur champions and have already played in PGA majors. First-team All-American Beau Hossler — who competed in this weekend's U.S. Open — and national freshman of the year Scottie Scheffler occupy a large portion of Fields' recruiting pie. Some coaches, however, don't mind pushing the ethical envelope in recruiting. Fields said one well-known Pac-12 golf coach was "renowned" for telling prospects he'd give them a 100 percent scholarship, only to send them their national letter of intent the day before signing day that indicated they got only full tuition and nothing else. "Word got out," Fields said. "He didn't care." Some help is on the way. The NCAA just approved a full cost of attendance proposal that will create some wiggle room for coaches of equivalency sports. At Texas, coaches can promise their athletes an additional $4,310 a year per full scholarship. "For us, yes," Center said, "it's a godsend." And could they ever see men's scholarship allotments increase? "I don't see any hope," Center said. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000037502,t000002879,t000003183,t000190861,t000002776,t000049144,t000008056,t000003199,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
Even without the ability to contact recruits, the value of basketball observation periods remains strong for programs like Air Force.Coach Dave Pilipovich said most of the Air Force's $160,626 basketball recruiting budget is spent visiting events like the Pangos Spring Spectacular in Las Vegas. While Pilipovich was there, assistant Andy Moore was in Indianapolis, Tyrone Wright was in Los...
Observing tournaments takes large cut of Air Force basketball recruiting budget
Brent Briggeman, Associated Press | May 30, 2015Even without the ability to contact recruits, the value of basketball observation periods remains strong for programs like Air Force. Coach Dave Pilipovich said most of the Air Force's $160,626 basketball recruiting budget is spent visiting events like the Pangos Spring Spectacular in Las Vegas. While Pilipovich was there, assistant Andy Moore was in Indianapolis, Tyrone Wright was in Los Angeles, Kurt Kanaskie was in Dallas and Nate Zandt was in Hampton, Va. Only football, at $415,669, has a larger recruiting budget at Air Force. The two combined make up more than half of the $1,105,314 recruiting budget for the school's 27 sports. But then some sports, like tennis, don't need extensive travel because the top players tend to congregate in the same events. The on-court results weed many players out before these big tournaments, taking some of the subjective evaluations that are so important in identifying basketball talent out of the equation. As men's tennis coach Dan Oosterhous explained, there are probably only about 300 American players in a given year who can play at the Division I level. "So it's not like we're searching every high school in the country," he said. Oosterhous will often go to an event featuring 128 of the top American junior players. Of those, at least half are eliminated from his list for academics. From the remaining pool, only seven or eight might have a solid interest in a service academy. "And sitting right next to me, watching the same players, are Army and Navy," Oosterhous said. Through Air Force basketball has more funds available, it's not a limitless pool. Pilipovich drove in an economy rental car in Las Vegas, punching the address of each high school into his GPS. The navigational system, he noted, cost $6.99 per day. Air Force doesn't pick up the tab on this. It offers its own portable units to take on the road. Pilipovich isn't familiar with those devices and doesn't trust that the batteries won't go out or something else unforeseen will result with him lost and late to something important. So he eats the cost himself. A CBS story on John Calipari during the Final Four talked about the now-Kentucky coach's time at Massachusetts and his battles with administration to rent only elite cars. Calipari wanted to keep up appearances at any cost. The difference between Calipari, a slick salesman from the day he arrived on the national scene, and Pilipovich, who was raised in a small apartment above the blue-collar Pittsburgh bar his parents owned and operated, is as much personality as it is finances. Still, the contrast provided an illustration of just how different the resources are among programs ultimately striving for the same goal. ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Visit The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at www.gazette.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002953,t000044134,t000047707,t000138183,t000047682,t000047680
Oklahoma State football: 2015 offensive tackle Marcus Keyes opens up about last-minute opportunity to become a CowboyMay 23, 2015
Keyes, of Port Allen, La., received a scholarship offer from OSU just a few days before he planned to sign with Louisiana Lafayette
Oklahoma State football: 2015 offensive tackle Marcus Keyes opens up about last-minute opportunity to become a Cowboy
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | May 23, 2015With less than a week left until National Signing Day, Guy Blanchard got the call. On the line was an Oklahoma State assistant with a scholarship offer and a question: Would Blanchard’s star senior offensive tackle, Marcus Keyes, consider switching his commitment from Louisiana Lafayette to the Cowboys? “I started laughing,” recalled Blanchard, the head football coach at Port Allen High School in Louisiana. “I said, ‘Good luck coach.’” As Blanchard left his office to deliver the news, he was reminded that Keyes’ turned down a scholarship offer from Missouri after committing to ULL in June. So, it’s easy to imagine his surprise after what happened next. Blanchard said: “I walked over the classroom that he’s in and pull him out. I said, ‘Look, I don’t know if this means anything or not, but Oklahoma State, they have a formal offer on the table if you’re interested.’” “He just looked at me and he goes, ‘The Cowboys?’” Just a few days later on Feb. 4 — before ever setting foot in Stillwater — Keyes signed on to play at OSU. “I wasn’t really nervous,” Keyes said. “Life is about taking chances.” Keyes is confident his leap of faith paid off. He was a Rivals rated two-star recruit, but with elite size at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds. Keyes played 45 consecutive games over four years on offensive and defensive line at Port Allen. He didn’t miss a single start. “It wasn’t luck,” Blanchard said. “He was tireless in the weight room.” OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said Keyes, the son of former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tyrone Keyes, has “a great, flat back in his stance, very flexible, strong with a big upside. Marcus has really impressed us on screen plays with his ability to run down and get to safeties and corners, which is not an easy task for offensive linemen.” So, why did it take so long for the Cowboys to offer a scholarship? OSU had shown interest throughout Keyes’ recruitment, but was the odd man out on its recruiting board, Blanchard said. But when junior college transfer Matt Kellerman — a 2015 offensive tackle from Butler, Kan. — left the program in January, a spot opened up. The Cowboys turned to their ace Louisiana recruiter, Eric Henderson, to make the late pitch for Keyes. “He was very important,” Keyes said. “Without him, I would have been a little shaky about my decision.” Keyes researched OSU on the internet. He also had discussions with a Port Allen assistant coach who had spent time in Stillwater, as well as others in the community familiar with the Cowboy football program. Keyes planned to wait until after signing day and an official visit to Stillwater before making his choice. But one day before the deadline, he told Blanchard: “Coach, I’m ready. I want to do this.” When Keyes finally took that official visit, he says it exceeded his own high expectations. “It was a great environment and the people were very nice,” Keyes said. “They treated me like one of their own. I was like, ‘Wow, this is a great place and it’s just like home.’” Keyes reports to Stillwater for summer conditioning on June 3. Until then, he’s spending time with family to reflect on the next chapter of his football journey. “He believes the same thing, that it was all part of a bigger plan,” Blanchard said. “All the things he was looking for and all the things that were important to him, it all lined up.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tyrone Hughes and Michael Lewis, a pair of New Orleans-area natives who became All-Pro return men in the NFL, have been elected to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.Hughes and Lewis, whose pending inductions next fall were announced Tuesday, took different paths to pro football before enjoying similar NFL careers with their hometown team."When I started playing, he had a...
Hughes, Lewis entering Saints Hall of Fame
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | May 19, 2015NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tyrone Hughes and Michael Lewis, a pair of New Orleans-area natives who became All-Pro return men in the NFL, have been elected to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Hughes and Lewis, whose pending inductions next fall were announced Tuesday, took different paths to pro football before enjoying similar NFL careers with their hometown team. "When I started playing, he had a lot of records up there that his name was on that I wanted," Lewis said of Hughes' punt and kick return marks. "I couldn't get them all. ... I just couldn't do some of the things that he did." Hughes starred at St. Augustine High School and Nebraska, where intermittently he played both offense and defense, before New Orleans drafted him as a return man and defensive back in 1993. Lewis attended Grace King High School, but didn't play football there and never went to college. After high school, Lewis worked regular jobs and enjoyed flag football as a hobby until a friend persuaded him to try out for an arena football team in Baton Rouge, launching a pro football career that also included a stint in NFL Europe with Dusseldorf. Lewis, who also played receiver, earned the nickname "beer man" because he drove a beer delivery truck before making the Saints on a try-out basis in 2000 at age 29. "That's what I was. I was a beer man. I drove a beer truck. That's what I did. And I'm happy for it," Lewis said, adding that he embraced the nickname and the connection it continues to give him with fans. "It's just a guy that actually had a regular, normal job, working 9 to 5 like everybody else and not giving up on his dream," Lewis said. Hughes said he didn't expect to even play college football until he started receiving scholarship offers as a high school senior. He added that he didn't envision playing in the NFL when he began his college career, but that by the time he was drafted, he had little doubt that he would succeed as a returner. "I started on the playground being a punt and kick returner. I was used to it. That was one thing I was not nervous about and didn't have to learn," Hughes said. "It was harder to learn defensive back. "I asked (then-head coach) Jim Mora one time — I said, 'Well, why can't I be a receiver? Why did you guys draft me as a defensive back?' He said, 'Tyrone, to be honest, we didn't think you could catch.'" Hughes, who played four seasons for New Orleans, returned two punts for touchdowns and averaged 9.1 yards per punt return. He scored three touchdowns on kickoffs, averaging 25 yards per return. Hughes' 304 kickoff return yards against the Los Angeles Rams in 1994 — including two touchdown returns — remain an NFL single-game record. Lewis, who was with the Saints from 2000-2006 before playing a final season in San Francisco, had his best season in 2002, when he set an NFL record for combined kick and punt return yardage with 2,432. He also set a franchise all-time records with 5,903 kickoff return yards and 1,482 punt return yards, in each case breaking records previous held by Hughes. SMG executive Doug Thornton, who spearheaded the rebuilding of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, has received the Hall of Fame's Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award for his contributions to the franchise. Thornton, who stayed in the dome during the storm and for five days afterward as conditions deteriorated for tens of thousands of increasingly desperate evacuees, said even he initially questioned whether New Orleans — never mind its iconic stadium — could be rebuilt when he first saw the damage and flooding from a helicopter on his way to the state capital. "I don't mind telling you that I cried all the way to Baton Rouge that day," Thornton said. The roof, ripped open, had to be replaced. Workers wore hazardous-material suits with respirators to begin rehabilitating the interior, damaged by water, mold and even raw sewage in certain areas. The dome re-opened on Sept. 25, 2006, hosting a sellout crowd whose full-throated energy pervaded the stadium and symbolized the community's resilience as the Saints took a famous victory over Atlanta. "I get emotional just standing here thinking about it," Thornton said, his eyes watering. "It meant so much to so many people. "What I'm most proud of is the fact that we had so many men and women on this job who sacrificed so much, and it meant so much to them and they knew that they were part of history," Thornton added. "That's what brought this project along, that sense of purpose." ___ 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..