Temple Tigers football
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|2012-09-21||vs||Ryan||L||20 - 30|
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|2012-10-05||vs||Sasakwa||W||56 - 30|
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|2012-10-18||@||Duke||W||52 - 0|
|2012-10-26||vs||Gracemont||W||50 - 0|
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Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
1. Cherokee (12-0): The defending state champs return four starters on offense and five on defense from unbeaten team. 2. Tipton (11-1): The Tigers are seeking a fourth consecutive appearance in the state championship game. 3. Shattuck (10-2): The Indians get top-ranked and defending champ Cherokee at home on Oct. 3. 4. Fox (10-2): Looking for fourth straight season of 10 or more wins. 5. Coyle...
Class C preseason Oklahoma high school football rankings
BY ED GODFREY | Aug 26, 20141. Cherokee (12-0): The defending state champs return four starters on offense and five on defense from unbeaten team. 2. Tipton (11-1): The Tigers are seeking a fourth consecutive appearance in the state championship game. 3. Shattuck (10-2): The Indians get top-ranked and defending champ Cherokee at home on Oct. 3. 4. Fox (10-2): Looking for fourth straight season of 10 or more wins. 5. Coyle (8-2): Seeking fourth straight playoff appearance, the Bluejackets have no seniors and are competing in Class C again after two years in Class B. 6. Balko (8-3): Junior Owen Creason (6-3, 225 pounds) anchors the defense. 7. Thackerville (10-1): Junior QB/DB Justice Buckaloo is the Wildcats’ top player. 8. Grandfield (0-9): Juniors Braydn Fikes, Garrison Brown and Mario Blanco have started in the same backfield since they were freshmen. 9. Ryan (3-6): The Cowboys missed the playoffs last year for the first time in seven years. 10. Sharon-Mutual (11-2): The Trojans were hit hard by graduation after three straight trips to the state semifinals. 11. Bluejacket (9-2): The Chieftains return six starters on both offense and defense. 12. Mountain View-Gotebo (6-5): Junior QB/LB Ethan Spurlock led the team in touchdowns (17) and tackles (143) last season. 13. Timberlake (6-5): The Tigers made the playoffs seven of last eight years and won the state title five years ago, going unbeaten. 14. Cave Springs (3-7): The Hornets move down to Class C after two consecutive 3-7 seasons in Class B that followed two winless seasons. 15. Boise City (4-6): Looking for first trip to playoffs since 2009 after losing only two seniors from last year’s club. 16. Covington-Douglas (2-8): After two seasons in Class B, the Wildcats return to Class C where they posted double-digit wins for two straight years before moving up. 17. Waynoka (6-5): Returns four starters from last year’s playoff team that lost to Tipton in the opening round. 18. Deer Creek-Lamont (3-7): Last year was the Eagles’ first losing season since 2004. 19. Southwest Covenant (6-5): The Patriots are looking for their third straight winning season. 20. Corn Bible (6-5): The Crusaders returns seven starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 6-5 district runner-up team. 21. Paoli (3-7): Junior Nathan Rossi can play multiple positions. 22. Sasakwa (7-4): Former all-district QB Terry Cellars returns to his alma mater as head coach. 23. Webbers Falls (4-5): Junior QB Darren Shanks ran and passed for almost 1,800 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. 24. Medford (0-10): The Cardinals return six starters on both sides of the ball and are dropping down a class. 25. Midway (1-9): The Chargers are only one win the past two seasons, both against Bokoshe. 26. Bowlegs (0-10): The Bison are dropping to Class C after going winless last season. 27. Temple (4-5): Lineman Brock Calfy (6-3, 290) anchors strong offensive and defensive line. 28. Duke (1-9): QB/DE Nick Graham is a three-year starter. 29. Tyrone (2-7): The Bobcats only have 15 players and most are sophomores and juniors with only one senior and three freshmen on the team. 30. Copan (1-8): It’s the Hornets’ third straight season with 10 or fewer players on the roster, and they’re struggling to keep the program alive. 31. Buffalo (4-6): RB/WR Cristian Sarabia had nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards last season. 32. Gracemont (0-9): The Lions have six returning starters on each side of the ball and are looking for the program’s first win in its fifth year of existence. 33. Prue (0-0): The Rockets didn’t have enough numbers to play football last season but have 22 players on the roster to start this season. 34. Bokoshe (1-8): Sophomore Christian Stoup started as quarterback last season as freshman, and freshman Deondre Henderson will be the starting running back this season.
Aug 25, 2014
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.AUG. 9 — Brown and a companion are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a convenience store. Brown and the officer are involved in some kind of scuffle, followed by gunshots. Brown dies at the scene.AUG. 10 — After a...
Key events following the death of Michael Brown
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Aug 25, 2014FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. AUG. 9 — Brown and a companion are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a convenience store. Brown and the officer are involved in some kind of scuffle, followed by gunshots. Brown dies at the scene. AUG. 10 — After a candlelight vigil, people protesting Brown's death smash car windows and carry away armloads of looted goods from stores. In the first of several nights of violence, looters are seen making off with bags of food, toilet paper and alcohol. Some protesters stand atop police cars and taunt officers. AUG. 11 — The FBI opens an investigation into Brown's death, and two men who said they saw the shooting tell reporters that Brown had his hands raised when the officer approached with his weapon and fired repeatedly. That night, police in riot gear fire tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse a crowd. AUG. 12 — Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson cancels plans to release the name of the officer who shot Brown, citing death threats against the police department and City Hall. The Rev. Al Sharpton and President Barack Obama both plead for calm after two nights of clashes between police and protesters. AUG. 13 — Another night of violence wracks Ferguson, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police, who respond with smoke bombs and tear gas. Two reporters are detained at a McDonald's. Images of the standoff, showing police using armored vehicles and pointing assault rifles at the crowds, are widely shared on social media. AUG. 14 — The Missouri Highway Patrol takes control of security in Ferguson, relieving local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of violence. Within hours, the mood among protesters becomes lighter, even festive. The streets are filled with music, free food and even laughter. AUG. 15 — Police identify the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old man who had patrolled the St. Louis suburbs for six years. They also release a video purporting to show Brown robbing a convenience store of almost $50 worth of cigars shortly before he was killed. The video draws anger from protesters. After nightfall, officers and the crowds clash again. Some people in the crowd storm into the same convenience store that Brown was accused of robbing and loot it. AUG. 16 — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and imposes a curfew in Ferguson. The first night of the curfew ends with tear gas and seven arrests, after police in riot gear use armored vehicles to disperse defiant protesters who refused to leave. AUG. 17— Attorney General Eric Holder orders a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on Brown. The Justice Department cites the "extraordinary circumstances" surrounding the death and a request by Brown's family members. Police use tear gas to clear the street that has been the scene of most protests three hours ahead of the curfew after reports of gunfire, looting and people hurling Molotov cocktails. AUG. 18 — Nixon calls the National Guard to Ferguson to help restore order and lifts the curfew. A pathologist hired by the family says an independent autopsy determined that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. A bullet wound to his right arm may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, but the autopsy team can't be sure without more information, the pathologist said. AUG. 19 — Nixon says he will not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into Brown's death. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. In the streets, a more subdued protest unfolds, with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations and no tear gas. AUG. 20 — Holder visits Ferguson to offer assurances about the investigation into Brown's death. He says he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race. Holder also meets with investigators and Brown's family. In nearby Clayton, a grand jury begins hearing evidence to determine whether Wilson should be charged. Protesters return to the streets but in diminished numbers and with far fewer arrests. AUG. 21 — Nixon orders the National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson after flare-ups have begun to subside. McCulloch reiterates that he has no intention of removing himself from the case, and urges Nixon to decide once and for all if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster. AUG. 22 — The streets stay peaceful for another night in Ferguson, and instead of confrontations with police, several protesters stop to talk one-on-one with officers. While many residents are hopeful that tensions are waning, some say they fear the community's anger could explode anew if the grand jury doesn't return a charge against the officer. AUG. 23 —The St. Louis County NAACP holds a youth-led march in Ferguson. A diverse group of marchers, including police officials, gather peacefully. Earlier in the day, a moment of silence is observed at the first home football game at the high school Brown attended. In St. Louis, supporters of Wilson hold a rally. AUG. 24 — Michael Brown's father pleads for a "day of silence" and peace has he prepares to lay his son to rest. Michael Brown Sr. spoke at a festival in St. Louis that promotes peace over violence. The festival had been planned before the Aug. 9 shooting, but took on new resonance in the aftermath. AUG. 25 — Funeral for Brown set for 10 a.m. at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.
Aug 23, 2014
While expectations lag for this season, it could be the buildup for 2015 and 2016, when the Cowboys should be primed to compete for the Big 12 title and beyond again.
Oklahoma State football: The re-making of a champion
By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Aug 23, 2014STILLWATER — Nobody in or around the Oklahoma State football program willingly allows for an anticipated drop-off. Nobody. Not even with 28 seniors missing from a year ago, as well as several other key contributors. “The past is the past,” linebacker Ryan Simmons said of the roster turnover. “This is a new year and this is what we have and what we’re working with. “It’s going to raise questions, because people don’t know what to expect. It happens every year. But as far as us going out and getting the job done, we’re held to the same standards as last year.” Of course, that’s the only acceptable attitude, with pride and man cards at risk. That’s the way it is everywhere this time of year, even in the camps of football failures like New Mexico and Tulane and Temple and Florida International. So freshmen and sophomores are waging a two-deep takeover at OSU? So No. 1-ranked and defending national champ Florida State is up first in a rugged schedule that also features road trips to Manhattan and Norman and Waco and Fort Worth — three of which carry Top 25 status? So the Cowboys, used to being in the middle of the Big 12 title chase, are now picked for the middle of the Big 12 standings? So it is. “We don’t try to look at that,” said junior cornerback Kevin Peterson. “We just try to keep going, play our hearts out. Win games. “It’s motivation. You never see yourself down like that. Just play games and let people know what you can do.” Still, anybody in or around the Oklahoma State football team would admit that the Cowboys are best built for 2015 and beyond, when the kids — and we do mean kids — will be past their Big 12 baptisms. That’s when the buzz-worthy players collected from what Cowboys coaches believe to be their best recruiting classes can pair talent with experience. “There’s just really no substitute for having experienced players,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. That’s not to say 2014 doesn’t offer hope and optimism. Oh, it’s there, beginning with the shot at taking on FSU to start the season. Yet no matter how the next three months play out, exceeding expectations or not, the bar for what comes next goes higher. Scouting ahead: The roster OSU’s roster is overrun with youth. Freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores dominate the squad’s overall makeup. The junior class is strong, setting up a vital core of talent and leadership for 2015. At the top, only 11 scholarship seniors can be counted. Youth will be served, too, with underclassmen holding spots all over the depth chart. There’s a lot of developing and growing up to be done. Showing up in practice is one thing. Getting it done on Saturdays is another. Still, by all accounts, this group of OSU youngsters is oozing with talent and a fire to become better. “They’re so eager,” Gundy said. “It’s so enjoyable to be around them. And I see the look in some of the young guys’ eyes. They’re considerably better than when they showed up here, just in this short period of time. It’s a lot of fun to be around. This team’s fun.” Scouting ahead: The playmakers OSU’s offense could be good. Really good. Now and in the coming years. The Cowboys carry but one senior at the skill positions, albeit a good one in running back Desmond Roland. All the other playmakers — and there are many — project to return, many for multiple years. At receiver, the Pokes are deep and talented. And young. And hungry. “I love those guys. Those guys are great,” said receivers coach Kasey Dunn. “It’s so much fun coming to work every day. It really is. I told them the other day, ‘This is a blast for us.’ “And every single one of them is coming back next year. I hope they are. We’re excited about what the future has for all those guys, a lot of young kids who are eager to learn. They come out and play. “They’re athletic. They’ve got really good ability and hands. A good work ethic. It’s fun.” Quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman are juniors, yet freshman Mason Rudolph is closing ground in a bid to be the QB of the future. John Kolar, a current high school commitment from Norman North, prepares to join the mix as well. Roland, a late-season find a year ago, will be missed. Yet already he’s in a job share with newcomer Tyreek Hill, whose speed and skills could make him the focus of the entire offense. Rennie Childs and Sione Palelei are waiting in the wings. And on the way is Ronald Jones II, one of the nation’s elite running back recruits. Scouting ahead: The offensive line An area of concern, especially with left tackle Devin Davis’ career in jeopardy, this year’s offensive line will require major contributions from underclassmen. Daniel Koenig and Chris Grisbhy are senior starters, while senior Brandon Garrett is a key backup. But there’s but one junior offensive lineman on the roster, with younger players filling critical roles. Center Paul Lewis and guard Zac Veatch are sophomore starters. Redshirt freshman Zach Crabtree is due to start at right tackle. And the backups are a mix of freshmen and sophomores, a crisis created by the injury to Davis and would-be starters Jake Jenkins and Travis Cross opting to get on with their lives, rather than return for senior seasons. Relying on so many unproven players can be frightening. Yet it’s also exciting — assuming, of course, the group gets bigger, stronger and better through experience. Scouting ahead: The defense The predominant storyline of the past six months: the Cowboys lost seven senior starters from last year’s defense. And the replacements are mostly raw rookies readying for a baptism by fire against the likes of No. 1 Florida State and a rugged run through the Big 12. OSU’s defensive two-deep features as many as nine true or redshirt freshmen who are all but assured of playing significant roles. That’s the bad news. And it’s the good news, down the road. The kids are alright, already. “Sometimes, that’s what it takes,” said senior tackle James Castleman, “to be thrown in there and forced to play. That’ll make you grow up real fast. “And that’s all it takes sometimes.” Scouting ahead: The schedule Well, for starters, there’s no Florida State on the 2015 nonconference schedule. Nothing close. Where the Seminoles had OSU’s attention from the start of spring this year, providing daily inspiration and motivation, the bigger challenge next fall may be in getting the players’ attention. They’ll have to be prepped on two Central schools — Central Michigan and Central Arkansas — the squads on tap to start the season. Care to take a guess on their mascots? Chippewas and Bears. Then there’s another visit from the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio. Once into Big 12 Conference play, the Cowboys get Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas State and TCU at home.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton got his junior season off to a superb start, only to have it derailed by a knee injury in Game 6.Back healthy as a senior, he's generating plenty of hype as the Mountain West's preseason offensive player of the year and, potentially, a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate.The Utah State sports information department has gotten an early start...
Utah State's Keeton getting Heisman hype
W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press | Jul 23, 2014LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton got his junior season off to a superb start, only to have it derailed by a knee injury in Game 6. Back healthy as a senior, he's generating plenty of hype as the Mountain West's preseason offensive player of the year and, potentially, a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate. The Utah State sports information department has gotten an early start on a potential Heisman campaign, distributing reporter's notebooks with his picture on the front with the slogan: "Chuckie 4 Heisman." The top of his individual pages in the team media guide also have 2014 Heisman Trophy candidate is across the top. Not that any of that concerns Keeton. "There's no such thing as rollover stats; if anything I kind of want to bring new light to our offense," he said Tuesday at the first day of the Mountain West media day. Keeton threw for 1,385 yards and 18 touchdowns with two interceptions through the first five games before having his season cut short. He was looking to gain an extra yard against BYU on Oct. 4 and ended up tearing his left anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. Keeton missed the rest of the season, but the Aggies played well without him, winning the Mountain Division — they lost the conference title game to Fresno State — and beating Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. Though the 6-foot-2, 200-pound focal point of Utah State's offense won't know how his knee really is until he takes his first hit, he's looking forward to leading his team again. "I can't really say my style is going to change or anything like that," said Keeton, who has thrown for 5,961 career yards and rushed for another 1,153. "I've just got to be able to make plays when the time presents itself in order to get my team to the best position." Keeton spent much of his down time on schoolwork, rehabilitation and lifting weights. Now that he's back, he's shying away from all the preseason hype and Heisman chatter, something that doesn't surprise his coach. "Respect and care for your teammates is one of our core values we use in our program, he does it as good as anybody," Utah State coach Matt Wells said. The Aggies open their season at Tennessee, on Aug. 31. Here are more things to know from the Mountain West media days: LIFE WITHOUT CARR: Defending conference champion Fresno State was again picked by the media as the favorite to win the West Division. They'll have to do it without record-breaking quarterback Derek Carr, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. The good news for the Bulldogs is they return 2013 Defensive Player of the Year Derron Smith, who earned the preseason nod on Tuesday. NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: Wyoming ushers in a new era with coach Craig Bohl, who led North Dakota State to three straight FCS National Championships and an 11-year record of 104-32. He inherits a team that returns 17 starters and 44 lettermen from last season, when the Cowboys opened the season 4-2, but finished 1-5. The Cowboys have had just two winning season the last nine years, the last in 2011, when they finished 8-5 and lost to Temple in the New Mexico Bowl. HAWAI'I HOT SEAT? With more than 40 years' experience, Hawaii coach Norm Chow enters his third season as a head coach with a 4-20 record. The Rainbow Warriors haven't had a winning season since 2010, when Greg McMackin was in charge. Hawaii, which appeared in eight bowls during a 12-year span (1999-2010), hasn't looked anything like the offensive powerhouse it once. TWO THE HARD WAY: UNLV reached several goals last season, finally winning more than two games under coach Bobby Hauck, snapping a 23-game road losing skid and advancing to a bowl game for the first time since 2000. With the most offensive players on the preseason all-conference team, the Rebels are looking to up the ante: Winning their division, then the conference championship and, eventually, a bowl game. HEADS UP: When camp opens next month and hitting begins, Nevada will implement Guardian Caps, a one-size-fits-all helmet cover that can be worn on any current football helmet. According to the product's website, more than 23,000 caps are currently being used by high schools and colleges, including Clemson and South Carolina. "If they do lessen some of the impacts that the line of scrimmage players take throughout training camp and the course of a practice week, then I'm all for it," Nevada coach Brian Polian said. "I'm willing to look hard at anything that is for player safety."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Stanford football players Davis Dudchock and Chandler Dorrell have transferred to Vanderbilt and will be eligible to play this season.Dudchock, a tight end, is a graduate transfer using his final year of eligibility. Dudchock, listed as 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, played eight games for Stanford last fall and caught five passes for 43 yards.Dorrell, a redshirt...
Vandy adds Stanford transfers Dudchock, Dorrell
Associated Press | Jul 10, 2014NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Stanford football players Davis Dudchock and Chandler Dorrell have transferred to Vanderbilt and will be eligible to play this season. Dudchock, a tight end, is a graduate transfer using his final year of eligibility. Dudchock, listed as 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, played eight games for Stanford last fall and caught five passes for 43 yards. Dorrell, a redshirt freshman, will play wide receiver for Vanderbilt after working out as a defensive back at Stanford. Dorrell was a high school wide receiver at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a former Stanford defensive coordinator, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason already is familiar with both players. Dorrell also is the son of Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell. Vanderbilt opens its season Aug. 28 against Temple.
Jun 8, 2014
Oklahoma City architect Rick Johnson spent his formative years in Italy and on the East and West Coasts, but considers Oklahoma home.
Executive Q&A: FSB principal found architecture by design
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Jun 8, 2014Once Rick Johnson figured out he wanted to be an architect, various bents and events over his lifetime all added up. His father liked to tell a story of how Johnson, as a boy, would take things apart and put them back together. Johnson once did that with a toy of his sister’s, which his father couldn’t reassemble, but Johnson could. And then there were the times when he was a teenager living in Maryland and extended family would fly into Washington, D.C., for visits. Johnson always would volunteer to pick them up. Dulles International Airport was brand new, and he fell on every opportunity to check out the building. Ultimately, Johnson, who’s a principal with Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, fortuitously found his career path as a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma. From his fifth-floor offices at 5801 Broadway Extension, Johnson, 59, sat down with The Oklahoman on Tuesday to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: My parents met at dental school at Temple University in Philadelphia. My father joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served 20 years as a dentist. My mother worked as a dental hygienist until she had children; I’m the oldest of four, born over five and half years. I have a sister in Tulsa, a brother who’s a geologist with Sandridge Energy, and another outside Salt Lake City, where he works as a pilot for Delta Airlines. Q: So you were a Navy brat and lived all over. How was that? A: Mainly, we lived on the East and West Coasts. I loved experiencing a lot of different things. Because we moved every two to three years, I learned to be more outgoing and social than I’m sure I’d be otherwise. But I envied my friends who had roots. Q: What do you remember of your various hometowns during your childhood? A: When I was in the sixth grade, in 1966, we lived in Alameda, Calif. I don’t remember much about the counter-culture revolution, but I do remember the climate was great. When I was in the seventh and eighth grade, we lived in Naples, Italy, in an apartment up on a ridge on the bay, with a beautiful view of the active volcano Mount Vesuvius. We’d take city buses down to the USO where the sailors shot pool, and there was a great hole-in-the-wall pizzeria across the street. I attended one of three American schools in Italy. From ’70 to ’73, we lived in Rockville, Md., where I played offensive and defensive line on the football team, rode my bike everywhere and fished off Virginia Beach. Q: How did you settle in Oklahoma? A: My father, who died of cancer this past August, had a second career as a dental professor at OU. After all that moving around, my mother has lived in the same house in Edmond since 1974. Oklahoma is home to me. I attended a small school in Maryland my freshman year in college, but transferred to OU my sophomore year. Q: How did you decide upon a career in architecture? A: My first semester at OU, my roommate was a construction science major in the architecture college. By the end of that semester, I was helping him with all his projects. It was like a light went off, and I realized I wanted to be an architect. Q: What was your first professional job? A: After graduation, I worked 10 years with Miles Associates, which then was a firm of about 10 and specialized in the building and remodeling of research labs on the health sciences center campus. But I always wanted to work with a large firm, and FSB is where I wanted to be. I started as a project manager, and made partner in 2005. I’m one of five principals in the third generation of the firm’s ownership. We employ 120, and our firm is unique in that it has its own engineering department. Q: What are some of FSB’s noteworthy projects, built recently or in design? A: The OSU alumni center, the Capitol dome, the Myriad Gardens renovation, the Edmond Safety Center, the renovation of Central High School for the OCU Law School and the Maps 3 exhibit hall at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. Some 45 percent of our projects are outside Oklahoma. Because of our expertise in aviation and strong customer satisfaction levels, we successfully compete with firms nationwide that are as much as 50 times bigger. We’ve got ongoing projects in San Diego and Rhode Island, and four in Connecticut for the National Guard. Q: Your focus is marketing and client management in the federal market, including aviation and the federal defense department. Tell us about that. A: FSB has a long history in the aviation business, starting with American Airlines in the ’50s. For United Airlines, we built eight hangars and supporting shops in Indianapolis, after the city in ’91 won the bid over Oklahoma City for a new maintenance complex. The construction value of that project alone was $530 million. Our aviation projects grew significantly throughout the ’90s. We’ve built hangars nationwide, including in Alaska and Hawaii. At our own Will Rogers World Airport, we designed a baggage handling project currently under construction, and we’re currently designing an emergency generator terminal.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Troy Niklas is still learning to play tight end, and that's what made him so enticing to the Arizona Cardinals.The Cardinals chose the 6-foot-6, 279-pound player out of Notre Dame in the second round of Friday's NFL draft, the 52nd player taken overall."He's a guy that in our mind has just started to scratch the surface on what he can become," Arizona general manager Steve...
Cards draft TE Niklas, then DE Martin, WR Brown
BOB BAUM, Associated Press | May 9, 2014TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Troy Niklas is still learning to play tight end, and that's what made him so enticing to the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals chose the 6-foot-6, 279-pound player out of Notre Dame in the second round of Friday's NFL draft, the 52nd player taken overall. "He's a guy that in our mind has just started to scratch the surface on what he can become," Arizona general manager Steve Keim said. It is the first time the Cardinals have drafted a tight end this high since they selected Doug Marsh of Michigan with the 33rd pick in 1980. "This, to me, is a guy who could really transcend into being one of the top all-around tight ends at some point in his career," Keim said. With their two third-round picks, the Cardinals went with defensive strength and offensive speed. They used the 84th pick to select defensive end Kareem Martin of North Carolina. With the 91st pick, obtained from New Orleans when they traded down in the first round, Arizona chose wide receiver John Brown of NCAA Division II Pittsburg State of Kansas. With those selections and drafting Washington State safety Deone Bucannon in the first round, Arizona has addressed areas of need. Niklas is considered the best blocking tight end in this year's draft crop, but the Cardinals see him as more than that. "The trend is you find either the pass-catching tight end that can stretch the seam and create some mismatches," Keim said, "or you have sluggo that sits on the line of scrimmage, which is really your third tackle. It has been hard to find the tight end that is the dual threat, that can do both things and do both things well. That's what this guy is." Niklas converted from outside linebacker after his freshman season and chose to enter the NFL draft after his junior year. In his 26 games at tight end, including starts in all 13 last season, Niklas caught 37 passes for 573 yards and six touchdowns. The bulk of those catches came last season, when he had 32 receptions for 498 yards and five scores, including a 66-yard scoring play in the season opener against Temple. "I've still got a lot to learn," Niklas said, "and that's something that I didn't hide from teams." Niklas has an impressive football lineage. Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews is his uncle and current NFL players Clay and Casey Matthews are cousins. Another cousin, Jake Matthews, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round on Thursday. Although he is primarily a blocker, Niklas has had some effective performances as a receiver. He caught six passes for 76 yards against Michigan and four for 76 yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers. Keim said his team's draft board was "pretty well picked clean" but that Niklas was "a guy that we've followed for quite some time now." Niklas was a highly recruited player out of Servite High School in Anaheim, California, choosing Notre Dame over USC. He said he was thrilled to be playing in the West. "My family can come to the games. It's within driving distance," he said. "I'm unbelievably happy that I'm going there." Arizona coach Bruce Arians said that had Niklas gone back to Notre Dame for his senior season, he probably "would have been a top 10 pick, with that skill set." Niklas said the decision to leave was a difficult one. "A lot of teams need a tight end," he said. "I just had a good feeling. Everything looked so bright I just went ahead and came out." Martin played on the line in a 4-2-5 scheme at North Carolina but the Cardinals would like to use him at outside linebacker. Asked about the difficulty of such a transition, Arians said one outside linebacker is essentially a defensive end and the other linebacker just has to stand up rather than go down in a stance. "I think he's more comfortable with the hand in its dirt, so we'll see," Arians said. The 5-foot-10 Brown, a three-time Division II All-American, ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, third-fastest at the NFL combine. Arizona also had a private workout with him. Arians coached two other small receivers in T.Y. Hilton and Antonio Brown. "He's kind of a combination of those two guys," Arians said, "very explosive but fearless going over the middle." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
The Mid-American Conference and Massachusetts football will part ways after the 2015 season.The MAC invoked a clause in its contract with UMass, triggered when Temple left the league in 2012, that gave the school a choice between full membership and exiting the conference in two years.UMass chose to end the relationship with the MAC and remain a member of the Atlantic 10 in most sports."What I...
MAC and UMass football to part ways after 2015
RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Mar 26, 2014The Mid-American Conference and Massachusetts football will part ways after the 2015 season. The MAC invoked a clause in its contract with UMass, triggered when Temple left the league in 2012, that gave the school a choice between full membership and exiting the conference in two years. UMass chose to end the relationship with the MAC and remain a member of the Atlantic 10 in most sports. "What I think it speaks to is the belief that we have a very stable conference," MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "We have enjoyed our relationship with UMass, but we're at a point that we felt everybody should be all in." The MAC has no plans to replace UMass or add members. UMass made the move up from FCS to FBS in 2012 and immediately joined the MAC. UMass has gone 2-22 in its two seasons as an FBS program, 2-14 in the MAC. The Minutemen have been playing home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., about 90 miles away from their Amherst, Mass., campus. The school is renovating its on-campus stadium, and the football team will play part of its home schedule there this season. "We remain committed to FBS football," UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said in a statement. "Many institutions have successfully navigated this challenging period of conference realignment and we will do the same." UMass is already on its second football coach since joining FBS, firing Charley Molnar after last season and replacing him with Mark Whipple. "I was aware of this possibility when I accepted the position of head coach, and I believe this move is in the university's best interest," Whipple said in a statement. "My focus is on building a program that we all can be proud of and that provides a great experience for our student athletes." UMass has 21 varsity teams; 18 play in the Atlantic 10. UMass men's hockey competes in Hockey East, and men's lacrosse is in the Colonial Athletic Conference. When the MAC added UMass, it had a similar football-only relationship with Temple. Adding UMass gave the MAC a 14th football member, and another Eastern school. With FBS in the throes of major conference realignment, MAC officials anticipated possible instability and tied UMass' football-only membership to Temple's. If the Owls left for another conference, the MAC could require UMass to join as a full member or leave. Temple left to rejoin the Big East before UMass ever played a game in the MAC. Steinbrecher said discussions about invoking the Temple clause with UMass started in October, and the league's presidents voted to do so in February. "This was really not a circumstance or situation we wanted to occur," Steinbrecher said. McCutcheon said that because most MAC members are in the Midwest, the conference is not a good fit for the rest of the school's teams. The additional travel would strain UMass' athletic budget and create time management challenges for athletes' academics, he said. "We are confident that, within the next two years, we will find a more suitable conference for our FBS football program," he said.
As the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, Adam Gaylor saw a lot of talent at Westmoore the past two seasons. So when former Westmoore coach Billy Langford resigned following this season, Gaylor couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become the Jaguars’ coach. On Monday, he was officially approved by the Moore Schools Board of Directors as head coach. “After the job came open and I made my...
High school notebook: New Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor ready for opportunity
By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid | Mar 11, 2014As the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, Adam Gaylor saw a lot of talent at Westmoore the past two seasons. So when former Westmoore coach Billy Langford resigned following this season, Gaylor couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become the Jaguars’ coach. On Monday, he was officially approved by the Moore Schools Board of Directors as head coach. “After the job came open and I made my initial inquiries, you couldn’t not do it in my position,” Gaylor said. “Definitely one of the premier jobs in all of the state, not just on the west side.” Gaylor, a Wagoner native, spent the past seven seasons at Broken Arrow, six of which he was the defensive coordinator. He was also a graduate assistant at Central Oklahoma and Northeastern A&M College around one year of serving as Wagoner’s defensive coordinator. He played football at both Arkansas Tech and UCO before graduating from Northeastern State. Though he’s well-traveled, Gaylor said he’s ready for his first head coaching gig. “For a first-time head coach to have the opportunity I have, I’m humbled and I understand what’s being entrusted to me,” he said. “I’m definitely going to work to make sure I don’t disappoint and make sure those that have entrusted me with this I make them happy and I make them proud.” Both Westmoore and Broken Arrow lost in the Class 6A semifinals last season. The Tigers won the regular-season matchup between the two in Week 10. Gaylor, though, remembers the Jaguars’ offense standing out that game, especially quarterback Bryson Lee and highly recruited receiver Dahu Green. “As a defensive coach, I have a lot of respect for their schemes and how they attack you, and also how physical they were,” he said. “Outside looking in, just really, really respected their schemes and the way they coached, but also they had fantastic players.” All-State swimmers named The swim teams have been announced for the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State swim meet, to be held the last week of July in Tulsa. The All-State coaches will be announced at a later date. Here are the rosters: •West boys: Garrett Thompson, Altus; Gabriel Sanchez; Enid; Joe Sullivan, Norman; Caleb Kliewer, Edmond Memorial; Michael Britton, Edmond North; Garrett Duncan, Edmond North; Zack Padgett, Edmond North; Riley Bunyard, Harrah; Damon Demar, Duncan. •East boys: Hunter Cordell, Jenks; Charles Clark, Stillwater; Colton Posey, Tulsa Union; Jesus Carvajal; Tulsa Edison; Brandon Walker, Fort Gibson; Andrew Moore, Jenks; Matthew Tree, Stillwater; Will McDowell, Jenks; Alex Campbell, Jenks. •West girls: Sarah Nazail, Enid; Hunter McEachern, Enid; Karen Chao, Lawton MacArthur; Jackie Dyer, Norman North; Andrea Rodriguez-Sanchez, Norman North; Kasey Rein, Piedmont; Lara Gatton, Westmoore; Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle; Olivia Seefeldt, Edmond North. •East girls: Leslie White, Fort Gibson; Kyla Martin, Fort Gibson; Whitney Stroup, Fort Gibson; Amanda Hoffman, Tulsa Union; Gayle Mages, Tulsa Edison; McKenzie Wilson, Tulsa Washington; Samantha Wigley, Ponca City; Jessi Parent, Ponca City; Heather Todd, Jenks. STATE WRESTLERS HEADED TO DAPPER DAN CLASSIC Several Oklahoma wrestling seniors will be in Pennsylvania this weekend to compete at the 40th annual Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic being held at the University of Pittsburgh on Sunday. The event’s preliminary dual will begin at 4 p.m. and feature Oklahoma vs. the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL), with the main event following at 6 p.m. between Team USA and Pennsylvania. Edmond North’s Joel Dixon, an OU signee, will compete for Team USA at 182 pounds. Joel’s bothers Lance and Andrew will wrestling for the Oklahoma team. Also among the participants for the Oklahoma team will be four-time state champions Chandler Rogers of Stillwater and Will Steltzlen of Collinsville. Other participants include Tuttle’s Dakota Head and Edmond North’s Derek White, who both were two-time state champions. Here are the matches involving Oklahomans in the events: Oklahoma vs. WPIAL 113: Braden Bennett (Locust Grove) vs. Brendan Price (Canon-McMillan) 120: Jacob Findley (Collinsville) vs. Kevin Kinyua (Mt. Lebanon) 126: No. 20 at 132 Cub Yeager (Locust Grove) vs. No. 11 Dom Forys (North Allegheny) 132: Justin Fletcher (Bixby) vs. No. 6 Tyler Smith (Franklin Regional) 138: Will Steltzen (Collinsville) vs. Tyler Buckiso (Peters Township) 145: Jonce Blaylock (Berryhill) vs. Grant Fetchet (South Fayette) 152: No. 19 Dakota Head (Tuttle) vs. Steven Edwards (Burrell) 160: Jacobe Smith (Muskogee) vs. Jonathan Avon (North Hills) 170: No. 6 Chandler Rogers (Stillwater) vs. Kyle Coniker (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) 182: No. 10 at 220 Lance Dixon (Edmond North) vs. Terrell Fields (Valley) 195: No. 5 Derek White (Edmond North) vs. Cole Macek (Montour) 220: No. 12 at 285 Andrew Dixon (Edmond North) vs. Jake Temple (Avella) 285: Trey Loveall (Locust Grove) vs. Shane Kuhn (Kiski Area) Team USA vs. Pennsylvania 182: No. 9 Joel Dixon (Edmond North, Okla.) vs. No. 3 Zack Zavatsky (Greater Latrobe)
PHILADELPHIA — Christopher Aiello broke into tears — again — when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death from a Philadelphia parking garage, stunning her family, friends and campus community.The call came from a friend, who in an eerie coincidence, knew Holleran’s father. Aiello lost his own...
Addressing suicide among seemingly successful college students
By Susan Snyder, Associated Press | Feb 25, 2014PHILADELPHIA — Christopher Aiello broke into tears — again — when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death from a Philadelphia parking garage, stunning her family, friends and campus community. The call came from a friend, who in an eerie coincidence, knew Holleran’s father. Aiello lost his own daughter, Paige, the same way nine months earlier. Tennis team captain and an A student at the College of New Jersey, she was weeks shy of graduation and had been accepted to nine law schools when her body was recovered from the Hudson River. “I just don’t understand what’s happening to these high-achieving kids,” said Aiello, a New Jersey lawyer. “How did we get to this spot? The whole thing, for me, will never make any sense.” Two recent suicides at Penn and a smattering of others at college campuses over the last year — including a student who jumped off a parking garage at Pennsylvania State University in December — has brought renewed attention from administrators and talk on how to ramp up prevention and awareness. Penn last week announced intentions to hire three new staffers for its counseling center and expand hours. “This whole issue is a tragedy on our campus and on many campuses,” said Drexel University president John A. Fry, who formed a suicide-prevention task force last year after the suicides of two students. “I wanted to make sure we were doing everything that we could.” Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college students. And when popular, high-achieving students, who seemingly have everything to live for, take their lives, it sends nothing short of a shock wave through their campuses and leaves families and friends grappling — even years later — for answers. “You won’t really know what triggered this in anybody,” said Donna Ambrogi, whose son Kyle, a Penn football player, killed himself in 2005. “That’s the hardest part for families.” Ambrogi, a Havertown nurse, started a foundation to raise money for suicide-prevention programs in high school and college. When a student commits suicide, it’s often the result of multiple factors, said Victor Schwartz, a psychiatrist and medical director for the Jed Foundation, a New York-based suicide-prevention group aimed at college students. “It’s more often personal- and family-relationship disruption,” he said. “In many cases, alcohol or other substances are involved.” College age, he said, is also the time when many mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia, surface. Up to 90 percent of suicide victims have a diagnosable psychiatric condition, he said. In addition, students are learning independence, testing boundaries, and discovering sexual identity. “For most people who die by suicide, there is some underlying vulnerability, then some triggering, stressful situation,” said Mary E. Kelly, lead psychologist and suicide-prevention specialist at Rutgers University, which was rocked by the 2010 suicide of freshman Tyler Clementi. The young man killed himself after learning that his roommate had used a webcam to record him having sex with another man. At the Ivy League Penn, students can face enormous pressure. While most adapt, some struggle mightily, said William Alexander, director of counseling and psychological services at the university. “It might be the first time where they are part of an academic community where they themselves are not easily at the top,” he said. Colleges aren’t required to report suicides, so the problem is hard to track. Penn officials said they don’t know how many students died of suicide over the last five years. “The university doesn’t keep records like that,” said spokesman Ron Ozio. There have been at least four suicides of Penn students in the last year, most recently the death of sophomore Elvis Hatcher, who hanged himself at a fraternity last week — less than a month after Holleran’s death. About 7 percent of students nationally report having experienced suicidal thoughts in the last 12 months, statistics show. About 1 percent attempt suicide. For Penn, a school of 24,000 undergraduates and graduates, that would translate to 240 students. “I’m not aware of 240 kids trying to kill themselves, but that’s a scary little piece of data,” Alexander said. “In any given moment, my staff is dealing with multiple people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.” The center, which employs 15 psychologists, six social workers, and four psychiatrists, sees about 13 percent of the students each year. Students who commit suicide often aren’t on the radar of the campus counseling center, school officials say. At Penn, Alexander can recall only two who were being seen there at the time they died. Madison Holleran wasn’t one of them. The striking self-portrait of a smiling Holleran, sketched when she was in eighth grade, hangs on a door near the family kitchen at her family’s home in Bergen County, N.J. That’s how Jimmy Holleran, 52, a salesman for Dow Consumer & Industrial Solutions, remembers his daughter growing up: happy. The middle of five children, Holleran, 19, had established herself as a high achiever in class and on the sports field. She was state champion in the 800-meter at Northern Highlands High School and played on the school’s state-champion soccer team, while keeping a “4.0 plus” GPA, her father said. Through a coach, she was introduced to Steve Dolan, Penn’s track coach. “They hit it off,” Jimmy Holleran said. Off to Penn she went. Her schedule proved challenging. She practiced twice a day for cross country and track. By Thanksgiving, her family noticed a “more stressful Madison,” her father said. “Penn has a lot of academic pressures,” he said, though she had a 3.5 GPA, “and she wasn’t quite honestly thrilled about doing track twice a day.” By Christmas, her mood had worsened. Holleran had gone to Penn’s counseling center for help and didn’t like it, her father said. So her parents found her a therapist near home. She had gone several times, most recently on Jan. 10, the day before her father took her back to Penn. “Her therapist said if you get a suicide plan in your head, you will call your dad, you will call your mom or you will call me,” Jimmy Holleran said. “Madison said, ‘I will.’” The therapist recommended that Holleran take medication, and she made an appointment to see a doctor in Philadelphia, her father said. As far as he could tell, she was coping. She was looking into transferring to a new dorm, where she thought she’d be happier. She and her coach decided she’d cut back practice to once a day. The day before she died, she slept over at a friend’s and watched “The Parent Trap.” Jimmy Holleran texted his daughter the morning of Jan. 17: “How are you doing?” “I’m OK,” he said she replied. He called her at noon. She told him she was buying books at the Penn bookstore. Later, she said, she had track practice, then planned to have dinner with friends. Jimmy Holleran said he reminded his daughter of the doctor’s appointment. “‘Yeah, Daddy, I’ll do it,’” he said she told him. About 6 p.m., she posted a twilight scene of a Rittenhouse Square bedecked in holiday lights on her Instagram account. Less than an hour later, she was dead. “You can’t really understand why a girl who seemingly has everything going for her would want to end it,” her father said. National statistics show that 6.5 college students per 100,000 commit suicide annually, a rate that has declined slightly since 1990. The rate for college students is only about half that of non-college students that age. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Penn State estimated it had six suicides per year for the last three years among the more than 77,000 students who attend its main and branch campuses. Rutgers reported 10 suicides (one on campus) over the last five years among 43,000 students on its main campus in New Brunswick. Rowan University had two — one off campus and one on. Widener University and Ursinus each had one on campus, and West Chester University and Immaculata each had one off. At Temple in 2012, a former student shot himself on Liacouras Walk, a bustling campus thoroughfare, and a female student did the same in an on-campus parking garage. Drexel had two suicides on campus since 2003, and there have been at least two off campus, including a freshman whose body was found in the Schuylkill in 2012. In response to the task force, the school hired someone to oversee suicide-prevention programs, trained staff to identify students at risk, and made a psychiatrist available five days a week. To encourage students to seek help, Rowan integrated its mental health services within its “Wellness Center,” which opened in the heart of campus in September. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) Universities, too, have added training for staff and students in how to recognize suicidal signs in others and help. At Rowan next fall, freshmen for the first time will be trained in how to intervene in a crisis. For parents, questions linger. None blame the universities. “Penn didn’t know. She didn’t tell her friends,” Jimmy Holleran said. Kyle Ambrogi, a senior running back, was being treated for depression and getting counseling at Penn, his mother said. “They saw him every day,” she said. The family of Owen Thomas, an all-league defensive lineman for Penn’s football team who died in his off-campus apartment in 2010, learned later that he suffered from early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease linked to depression. “How much that was a factor, it’s hard to know,” said his mother, the Rev. Katherine Brearley, who lives near Allentown. Aiello said his daughter didn’t exhibit depression until a few weeks before she died. She had lost weight and was having trouble functioning. The family got her into therapy and on medication, he said. She moved home and commuted for classes. She left no note before she jumped, he said. James Fisher’s son, Andrew, did, but even that provided no real answers. Andrew had been a chemical-engineering major and A student at Northeastern in Boston. “He just said he couldn’t take it anymore” and that his brain “had reached its capacity,” said Fisher, an Atlantic City firefighter. Both Fisher and his wife still see a psychologist as they try to work through the grief that engulfed them 17 months ago. “Each day’s a step forward,” he said. (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) ——— WARNING SIGNS FOR SUICIDE Talking about wanting to die. Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live. Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain. Talking about being a burden to others. Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs. Acting anxious or agitated. Sleeping too little or too much. Withdrawing or isolating. Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge. Displaying extreme mood swings. WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE EXHIBITS WARNING SIGNS Do not leave the person alone. Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional. 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Feb 19, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Christopher Aiello broke into tears — again — when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death from a Center City parking garage, stunning her family, friends, and campus community.The call came from a friend, who in an eerie coincidence, knew Holleran's father. Aiello lost his own...
Addressing suicide among college students
SUSAN SNYDER, Associated Press | Feb 19, 2014PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Christopher Aiello broke into tears — again — when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death from a Center City parking garage, stunning her family, friends, and campus community. The call came from a friend, who in an eerie coincidence, knew Holleran's father. Aiello lost his own daughter, Paige, the same way nine months earlier. Tennis team captain and an A student at the College of New Jersey, she was weeks shy of graduation and had been accepted to nine law schools when her body was recovered from the Hudson River. "I just don't understand what's happening to these high-achieving kids," said Aiello, a New Jersey lawyer. "How did we get to this spot? The whole thing, for me, will never make any sense." Two recent suicides at Penn and a smattering of others at college campuses over the last year - including a student who jumped off a parking garage at Pennsylvania State University in December - has brought renewed attention from administrators and talk on how to ramp up prevention and awareness. Penn last week announced intentions to hire three new staffers for its counseling center and expand hours. "This whole issue is a tragedy on our campus and on many campuses," said Drexel University president John A. Fry, who formed a suicide-prevention task force last year after the suicides of two students. "I wanted to make sure we were doing everything that we could." Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college students. And when popular, high-achieving students, who seemingly have everything to live for, take their lives, it sends nothing short of a shock wave through their campuses and leaves families and friends grappling - even years later - for answers. "You won't really know what triggered this in anybody," said Donna Ambrogi, whose son Kyle, a Penn football player, killed himself in 2005. "That's the hardest part for families." Ambrogi, a Havertown nurse, started a foundation to raise money for suicide-prevention programs in high school and college. 'VULNERABILITY' When a student commits suicide, it's often the result of multiple factors, said Victor Schwartz, a psychiatrist and medical director for the Jed Foundation, a New York-based suicide-prevention group aimed at college students. "It's more often personal- and family-relationship disruption," he said. "In many cases, alcohol or other substances are involved." College age, he said, is also the time when many mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia, surface. Up to 90 percent of suicide victims have a diagnosable psychiatric condition, he said. In addition, students are learning independence, testing boundaries, and discovering sexual identity. "For most people who die by suicide, there is some underlying vulnerability, then some triggering, stressful situation," said Mary E. Kelly, lead psychologist and suicide-prevention specialist at Rutgers University, which was rocked by the 2010 suicide of freshman Tyler Clementi. The young man killed himself after learning that his roommate had used a webcam to record him having sex with another man. At the Ivy League Penn, students can face enormous pressure. While most adapt, some struggle mightily, said William Alexander, director of counseling and psychological services at the university. "It might be the first time where they are part of an academic community where they themselves are not easily at the top," he said. Colleges aren't required to report suicides, so the problem is hard to track. Penn officials said they don't know how many students died of suicide over the last five years. "The university doesn't keep records like that," said spokesman Ron Ozio. There have been at least four suicides of Penn students in the last year, most recently the death of sophomore Elvis Hatcher, who hanged himself at a fraternity last week - less than a month after Holleran's death. About 7 percent of students nationally report having experienced suicidal thoughts in the last 12 months, statistics show. About 1 percent attempt suicide. For Penn, a school of 24,000 undergraduates and graduates, that would translate to 240 students. "I'm not aware of 240 kids trying to kill themselves, but that's a scary little piece of data," Alexander said. "In any given moment, my staff is dealing with multiple people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts." The center, which employs 15 psychologists, six social workers, and four psychiatrists, sees about 13 percent of the students each year. Students who commit suicide often aren't on the radar of the campus counseling center, school officials say. At Penn, Alexander can recall only two who were being seen there at the time they died. Madison Holleran wasn't one of them. The striking self-portrait of a smiling Holleran, sketched when she was in eighth grade, hangs on a door near the family kitchen at her family's home in Bergen County, N.J. That's how Jimmy Holleran, 52, a salesman for Dow Consumer & Industrial Solutions, remembers his daughter growing up: happy. The middle of five children, Holleran, 19, had established herself as a high achiever in class and on the sports field. She was state champion in the 800-meter at Northern Highlands High School and played on the school's state-champion soccer team, while keeping a "4.0 plus" GPA, her father said. Through a coach, she was introduced to Steve Dolan, Penn's track coach. "They hit it off," Jimmy Holleran said. Off to Penn she went. Her schedule proved challenging. She practiced twice a day for cross country and track. By Thanksgiving, her family noticed a "more stressful Madison," her father said. "Penn has a lot of academic pressures," he said, though she had a 3.5 GPA, "and she wasn't quite honestly thrilled about doing track twice a day." By Christmas, her mood had worsened. Holleran had gone to Penn's counseling center for help and didn't like it, her father said. So her parents found her a therapist near home. She had gone several times, most recently on Jan. 10, the day before her father took her back to Penn. "Her therapist said if you get a suicide plan in your head, you will call your dad, you will call your mom or you will call me," Jimmy Holleran said. "Madison said, 'I will.' " The therapist recommended that Holleran take medication, and she made an appointment to see a doctor in Philadelphia, her father said. As far as he could tell, she was coping. She was looking into transferring to a new dorm, where she thought she'd be happier. She and her coach decided she'd cut back practice to once a day. The day before she died, she slept over at a friend's and watched The Parent Trap. Jimmy Holleran texted his daughter the morning of Jan. 17: "How are you doing?" "I'm OK," he said she replied. He called her at noon. She told him she was buying books at the Penn bookstore. Later, she said, she had track practice, then planned to have dinner with friends. Jimmy Holleran said he reminded his daughter of the doctor's appointment. " 'Yeah, Daddy, I'll do it,' " he said she told him. About 6 p.m., she posted a twilight scene of a Rittenhouse Square bedecked in holiday lights on her Instagram account. Less than an hour later, she was dead. "You can't really understand why a girl who seemingly has everything going for her would want to end it," her father said. THE STATISTICS National statistics show that 6.5 college students per 100,000 commit suicide annually, a rate that has declined slightly since 1990. The rate for college students is only about half that of noncollege students that age. Locally, Penn State estimated it had six suicides per year for the last three years among the more than 77,000 students who attend its main and branch campuses. Rutgers reported 10 suicides (one on campus) over the last five years among 43,000 students on its main campus in New Brunswick. Rowan University had two - one off campus and one on. Widener University and Ursinus each had one on campus, and West Chester University and Immaculata each had one off. At Temple in 2012, a former student shot himself on Liacouras Walk, a bustling campus thoroughfare, and a female student did the same in an on-campus parking garage. Drexel had two suicides on campus since 2003, and there have been at least two off campus, including a freshman whose body was found in the Schuylkill in 2012. In response to the task force, the school hired someone to oversee suicide-prevention programs, trained staff to identify students at risk, and made a psychiatrist available five days a week. To encourage students to seek help, Rowan integrated its mental health services within its "Wellness Center," which opened in the heart of campus in September. Universities, too, have added training for staff and students in how to recognize suicidal signs in others and help. At Rowan next fall, freshmen for the first time will be trained in how to intervene in a crisis. For parents, questions linger. None blame the universities. "Penn didn't know. She didn't tell her friends," Jimmy Holleran said. Kyle Ambrogi, a senior running back, was being treated for depression and getting counseling at Penn, his mother said. "They saw him every day," she said. The family of Owen Thomas, an all-league defensive lineman for Penn's football team who died in his off-campus apartment in 2010, learned later that he suffered from early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease linked to depression. "How much that was a factor, it's hard to know," said his mother, the Rev. Katherine Brearley, who lives near Allentown. Aiello said his daughter didn't exhibit depression until a few weeks before she died. She had lost weight and was having trouble functioning. The family got her into therapy and on medication, he said. She moved home and commuted for classes. She left no note before she jumped, he said. James Fisher's son, Andrew, did, but even that provided no real answers. Andrew had been a chemical-engineering major and A student at Northeastern in Boston. "He just said he couldn't take it anymore" and that his brain "had reached its capacity," said Fisher, an Atlantic City firefighter. Both Fisher and his wife still see a psychologist as they try to work through the grief that engulfed them 17 months ago. "Each day's a step forward," he said. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1nskBG8 ___ Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Temple Owls went just 2-10 in the American Athletic Conference in 2013. But according to head coach Matt Rhule, the Owls' national profile is only improving.The second-year coach announced he had signed 25 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday. Despite Temple's record last year, Rhule came away with the conference's second-highest rated recruited class, per...
Temple, Rhule sign secondary support
Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Temple Owls went just 2-10 in the American Athletic Conference in 2013. But according to head coach Matt Rhule, the Owls' national profile is only improving. The second-year coach announced he had signed 25 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday. Despite Temple's record last year, Rhule came away with the conference's second-highest rated recruited class, per Rivals.com, behind only South Florida. "The Temple T really traveled well for us," he said. "For the first time since I've been here, we've taken our Temple brand really across the country. And what we found was, the university as a whole is really becoming a national brand. . As we went to Colorado and Florida, people really respect Temple a great deal." The 2014 class is comprised of players from nine states, but 13 of the 25 commits are still local kids from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And Rhule's highest-rated recruit is also the one who lives closest to the university. Aaron Ruff, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman from Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia, is ranked as the Owls' lone four-star recruit. Ruff committed to Temple in 2013 and stayed committed after also receiving offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. "Aaron is the total package," Rhule said. "He's a tremendous football player, but more importantly, he's a tremendous human being, he comes from a great family, and he's a great student." Ruff aside, Rhule managed to bolster what was a beleaguered secondary last year. The Owls allowed the most yards in the AAC and allowed eight different opponents at least 300 yards passing. Of the 13 commits on the defensive side of the ball, eight are defensive backs. The biggest name of the bunch is cornerback Anthony Davis from Gateway High School in Western Pa. Davis turned down offers from 16 other FBS programs, including Penn State, Missouri, and Nebraska. "This is a throwing league," Rhule said. "(You) need to have not just two corners, you need to have four, five, six corners in this league to compete with the teams that run the Air Raid, the Run and Shoot. So we tried to go out and get as many defensive backs as we could. ... The same is true with pass rushers." That last group is headlined by linebacker/defensive end Michael Dogbe from New Jersey.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Projected starters and key players for the Super Bowl:SEATTLE SEAHAWKSOFFENSERussell Wilson, QB (3), 5-11, 206, 2nd season, WisconsinHolds NFL record for wins at start of career with 24 ... Third-round draftee who immediately seized starting job and led Seattle to 2012 playoffs ... Dynamic runner who excels throwing on the run ... Poised in the pocket, very...
SUPER BOWL: Profiles of key players
BARRY WILNER, Associated Press | Jan 29, 2014EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Projected starters and key players for the Super Bowl: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS OFFENSE Russell Wilson, QB (3), 5-11, 206, 2nd season, Wisconsin Holds NFL record for wins at start of career with 24 ... Third-round draftee who immediately seized starting job and led Seattle to 2012 playoffs ... Dynamic runner who excels throwing on the run ... Poised in the pocket, very dangerous outside of it ... Played at North Carolina State, then one year at Wisconsin as grad student. Marshawn Lynch, RB, (24) 5-11, 215, 7th season, California "Beast Mode" with a penchant for Skittles ... Powerful back with a burst, broke 40-yard TD run in NFC title game ... Rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 TDs this season ... Also a threat as receiver out of backfield. Michael Robinson, FB (26), 6-1, 240, 8th season, Penn State Former college QB who made transition to RB and now fullback ... Cut in preseason after three years with Seahawks, then re-signed in October ... Also has excelled on special teams. Doug Baldwin, WR (89), 5-10, 189, 3rd season, Stanford Undrafted out of college, plays with an attitude about it ... Can get deep but is not a speed demon ... Versatile, made a 69-yard kickoff return in NFC title game ... Wilson looks for him in key situations. Golden Tate, WR (81), 5-10, 202, 4th season, Notre Dame Makes some spectacular catches and is a deep threat ... Second-round pick in 2010 who also plays doesn't back down ... Led team with 64 catches, 898 yards and had five TDs this season ... Made infamous TD catch vs. Green Bay in 2013 that was last call by replacement officials. Jermaine Kearse, WR (15), 6-1, 209, 2nd season, Washington Caught winning TD pass in NFC title game for 35 yards on fourth down in final quarter ... Undrafted in 2012, played in seven games as rookie with only three receptions. Took over third receiving spot with injuries to Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, had 15.7-yard average on 22 catches four TDs. Zach Miller, TE (86), 6-5, 255, 7th season, Arizona State Signed away from Oakland as free agent in 2011, has not been as productive with Seahawks ... Had 33 receptions for 387 yards and five TDs in 2013 ... Good target in red zone and over the middle. Russell Okung, LT (76), 6-5, 310, 4th season, Oklahoma State First-round pick 2010 (sixth overall) who has developed into Pro Bowl-level blocker ... Injuries have set him back at times, but a road-grader when healthy ... Missed half of this season with toe injury, was placed on IR designated to return and came back on Nov. 17. James Carpenter, LG (67), 6-5, 321, 3rd season, Alabama A surprise first-round selection in 2011 who has been inconsistent ... Has been in and out of lineup in throughout career, was inactive for Saints playoff game, then started in NFC championship. Max Unger, C (60), 6-5, 205, 5th season, Oregon Among the best centers in the game ... Intelligent, strong, really gets off the ball after he snaps it ... A 2012 All-Pro who missed three games this season with arm injury ... His matchups with NT Terrance Knighton will be a key component in Super Bowl. J.R. Sweezy, RG (64), 6-5, 298, 2nd season, North Carolina State A backup as a rookie who blossomed in his second year and started 15 times ... Missed Seahawks' only home loss of season, to Arizona, with concussion, and Wilson was often overwhelmed by pass rush. Breno Giacomini, RT (68), 6-7, 318, 6th season, Louisville Yet another O-lineman who missed time in 2013 ... Knee problems cost him four games in midseason ... Highly competitive, huge and more maneuverable than might be expected ... Lynch often runs behind him. DEFENSE Red Bryant, DE (79), 6-4, 323, 6th season, Texas A&M Versatile player who can go inside, has the bulk and the movement to be an end or a tackle ... Leader of the defensive line ... Not a big sacks guy, but takes up blockers to free up teammates. Tony McDaniel, DT (99), 6-7, 305, 8th season, Tennessee One of many members of rotation in the trenches, also has played for Jacksonville and Miami ... Joined Seattle this season as free agent, had 52 tackles and two sacks. Brandon Mebane, DT (92), 6-1, 311, 7th season, California Strongest player up front for Seahawks, clogs running lanes effectively ... Was in on 45 tackles this season, high for the role he plays ... Has started every game he appeared in since 2008. Chris Clemons, DE (91), 6-3, 254, 10th season, Georgia Accomplished pass rusher with 58 career sacks ... Had huge 2012 season, then tore knee ligament in playoff win over Washington, missing loss to Atlanta ... Acquired in trade with Eagles in 2010, also played for Redskins ... Sacked Ben Roethlisberger in Clemons' first career start in 2004. Cliff Avril, DE (56), 6-3, 260, 6th season, Purdue Signed as free agent away from Detroit, added burst off the edge in pass rush ... Had sack of Colin Kaepernick and forced fumble in fourth quarter last week ... Had eight sacks among his 34 tackles as rotation player ... Has 47 1-2 career sacks. Michael Bennett, DE (72), 6-4, 274, 5th season, Texas A&M Signed away from Tampa Bay as free agent and has been major contributor on league's top defense ... Recovered fumble in NFC championship game ... Led team with 8 1-2 sacks among his 31 tackles. Bruce Irvin, OLB (51), 6-3, 248, 2nd season, West Virginia First-round pick who had decent rookie year, then was suspended for first four games of 2013 for using banned substance ... Still raw, but can rush the passer ... At some point needs to show he can handle pass coverages, too, and this would be good time to do so. Bobby Wagner, MLB (54), 6-0, 241, 2nd season, Utah State One of the league's most unnoticed stars ... A do-everything LB who stays on the field ... Had 119 tackles this season and 140 as a rookie ... Also had five sacks in 2013 ... Coach Pete Carroll never misses chance to praise Wagner's toughness and versatility. Malcolm Smith, OLB (53), 6-0, 226, 3rd season, Southern California Caught Richard Sherman's deflection for interception to clinch NFC championship and trip to Super Bowl ... Was recruited by Carroll to USC ... Seventh-rounder who has improved each season ... Became more of a regular on defense in second half of 2013 schedule. Also plays special teams. Richard Sherman, CB (25), 6-3, 195, 3rd season, Stanford Forget the post-game diatribe against Michael Crabtree after NFC title game, this is best cornerback in football ... Will play press coverage or lay back and is equally adept ... Hits hard, too ... Led NFL in interceptions with eight, even though man he is covering isn't target as much as other receivers. Byron Maxwell, CB (41), 6-1, 207, 3rd season, Clemson Stepped in when Brandon Browner was suspended and has been just as good ... Finds the football and has good hands ... A sixth-round pick who has flourished ... Mostly played special teams before this season. Earl Thomas, S (29), 5-10, 202, 4th season, Texas Despite lack of size, Thomas is one of league's most rugged safeties ... Versatile, active and smart, gets to the right place nearly all the time ... Sherman calls him leader of the league's top defense ... Two-time All-Pro who was first-round pick in 2010. Kam Chancellor, S (31), 6-3, 232, 4th season, Virginia Tech Monster hits mark his game ... Tall and rangy ... Has 278 tackles in past three seasons, and seven interceptions ... Could face off with Julius Thomas in one of the juicier Super Bowl matchups ... Yet another low draft choice (fifth-round in 2010). SPECIAL TEAMS Steven Hauschka, PK (4), 6-4, 210, 6th season, North Carolina State Also has kicked for Baltimore and, yes, Denver ... Caught on with Seattle in 2011 and has been very strong ... Has made 82 of 92 field goal tries for Seahawks and is particularly solid from distance ... Made six FGs against Jacksonville and five vs. Minnesota this season. Jon Ryan, P (9), 6-0, 217, 8th season, Regina (Canada) A rare exploit from Canadian college ball, Ryan has been a defensive weapon for the Seahawks ... Began career with Green Bay, has been with Seahawks since 2008 ... Put 28 punts inside the 20 and excels at getting them inside the 10, too. Golden Tate, PR (81), 5-10, 202, 4th season, Notre Dame Will gamble a bit too much on punt runbacks, but also has skills to break them ... Averaged 11.5 yards a return, ninth in league. Percy Harvin, KR (11), 5-11, 184, 5th season, Florida Has been injured for most of the season after being signed as free agent away from Vikings ... Comes off concussion sustained in playoff game vs. Saints, when he had three receptions ... Had 58-yard kick return against former team in only regular-season game in 2013. ___ DENVER BRONCOS OFFENSE Peyton Manning, QB (18), 6-5, 230, 16th season, Tennessee One of the all-time greats, will play in third Super Bowl ... Won 2006 NFL title with Indianapolis, lost in 2009 season ... Ironman streak of starting every game (227) from 1998-2010 ended in '11 after neck surgeries sidelined him for year ... Joined Broncos as free agent and has gone 28-7 with them ... Shattered NFL marks with 55 TD passes and 5,477 yards ... First overall draft choice in 1998. Knowshon Moreno, RB (27), 5-11, 220, 5th season, Georgia First-rounder in 2009 whose career seemed to be waning until Manning arrived ... Rushed for 1,038 yards and 10 TDs this season ... Can gain yardage inside or out, and picks up blitzers well ... Also caught 60 balls and scored three times ... Has become a producer in the clutch. Montee Ball, RB (28), 5-10, 215, 1st season, Wisconsin Second-round choice after record-setting NCAA career ... If he protects the ball, he can be dynamic ... Had 559 yards rushing, 20 receptions, scored four times ... Broncos like to avoid overworking Moreno and Ball is the ace reliever. Demaryius Thomas, WR (88), 6-3, 229, 4th season, Georgia Tech Big target with smooth running style who can make some spectacular catches ... Manning's main guy among many receivers, Thomas has 92 catches, 1,430 yards and 14 TDs ... Will be interesting confrontation for him with Seahawks DBs who believe they can handle anyone in man coverage. Eric Decker, WR (87), 6-3, 214, 4th season, Minnesota Another versatile, smart route-runner who has meshed well with Manning ... Made 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 scores ... Deceptively quick, though won't win foot races with DBs ... Decker combined with Demaryius Thomas for the most prolific receiving tandem (2,718 yards) in the league. Wes Welker, WR (83), 5-9, 185, 10th season, Texas Tech Was just slightly less productive with Manning as he was in New England with Tom Brady ... Signed before season as free agent, worked mostly out of slot to gain 778 yards on 73 catches and score 10 times ... Undrafted out of college, played for San Diego and Miami before joining Patriots. Julius Thomas, TE (80), 6-5, 250, 3rd season, Portland State A breakout player, thanks greatly to Manning ... Went from obscure to star with 65 catches for 788 yards and 12 TDs ... Excellent target in red zone, also can break tackles for long gains ... Former college basketball player. Chris Clark, LT (75), 6-5, 305, 5th season, Southern Mississippi First season as full-time starter ... Not drafted, spend time on several practice squads ... Replaced star tackle Ryan Clady (foot), made 14 starts. Zane Beadles, LG (68), 6-4, 305, 4th season, Utah Second-rounder in 2010 who has started all but two of 64 games ... Very solid, Moreno gains lots of yards behind his blocks. Manny Ramirez, C (66), 6-3, 320, 7th season, Texas Tech Stepped in when injuries depleted position, first time snapping for full season since high school ... Helped Broncos yield league-low 17 sacks ... Manning calls him "awesome." Louis Vasquez, RG (65), 6-5, 335, 5th season, Texas Tech All-Pro this season after joining Broncos as free agent ... Equally skilled at run blocking and pass protection ... Best blocker on a terrific line. Orlando Franklin, RT (74), 6-7, 320, 3rd season, Miami, Fla. Massive second-round pick in 2011 who has held down job since being drafted ... Tough to see around, let alone get around into backfield ... Allowed only 3 1-2 sacks in 2012, fewest for position. DEFENSE Malik Jackson, DE (97), 6-5, 293, 2nd season, Tennessee Fifth-rounder in 2012, had 42 tackles in five starts and impressive six sacks ... Has nice burst off the snap, but is not consistent yet ... Also played at Southern Cal before going to Tennessee. Sylvester Williams, DT (92), 6-2, 313, 1st season, North Carolina First-round choice last April who earned more playing time late in regular season ... Benefits from Terrance Knighton being so active next to him ... Must show he can penetrate Seattle's solid inside blockers. Terrance Knighton, DT (94), 6-3, 335, 5th season, Temple An under-the-radar force who has had a terrific postseason ... A rare NFL regular from Temple, Knighton was signed away from Jacksonville as free agent ... Has 31 tackles and three sacks. Shaun Phillips, DE (90), 6-3, 255, 10th season, Purdue Signed away from division rival San Diego as free agent ... Uses moves and smarts to get into backfield, made 10 sacks this season ... Has 79 1-2 sacks for career ... Should be Seattle's primary concern in protection. Robert Ayers, DE (91), 6-3, 274, 5th season, Tennessee Spotty player who has come on recently ... First-round pick in 2009 who never has lived up to billing ... Had 5 1-2 sacks, but only one in final 11 regular-season games. Nate Irving, OLB (56), 6-1, 245, 3rd season, North Carolina State Third-rounder in 2011 has been in and out of lineup ... With star LB Von Miller suspended or hurt, Irving got more playing time ... Seattle will go after him. Wesley Woodyard, MLB (52), 6-0, 233, 6th season, Kentucky Truly broke out in 2012 with 117 tackles, 5 1-2 sacks ... Had another solid season in 2013, but missed two games (neck) ... Made his mark with excellent special teams work. Danny Trevathan, OLB (59), 6-1, 240, 2nd season, Kentucky By far the best defender in Denver this season ... Active, aggressive, versatile ... Sixth-rounder who went from no starts to 16, made 129 tackles, had three picks, and was inspiration to teammates. Champ Bailey, CB (24), 6-0, 192, 15th season, Georgia Getting Bailey to Super Bowl for first time was a rallying cry for defense ... Not nearly the All-Pro defender he once was, but has had solid playoffs ... Has 52 career interceptions, tops among active players. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB (45), 6-2, 193, 6th season, Tennessee State Signed away from Philadelphia as free agent ... Wound up as team's top cornerback after injuries or so-so play by others ... Broke up team-high 15 passes this season ... Also played for Arizona. Tony Carter, CB (32), 5-9, 175, 5th season, Florida State Journeyman who had minor role this season, but has played important minutes in playoffs ... Has only started three games in career ... Seattle will try to get him matched up with Baldwin or Tate. Duke Ihenacho, S (33), 6-1, 207, 2nd season, San Jose State Undrafted free agent who has made his mark after being on practice squad for part of 2012 ... Hits hard, not so great in coverage, but not a real liability ... Had 73 tackles in 2013. Mike Adams, S (20), 5-11, 200, 10th season, Delaware Another journeyman who has plugged a hole in secondary ... Also has played for San Francisco and Cleveland ... Has nine career fumble recoveries. SPECIAL TEAMS Matt Prater, PK (5), 5-10, 195, 7th season, Central Florida Set NFL record with 64-yard field goal this season ... Won't be bothered by playing outdoors in Super Bowl in cold weather ... Very strong leg, had 81 touchbacks on 114 kickoffs ... Missed only one FG, from 52 yards. Britton Colquitt, P (4), 6-3, 205, 5th season, Tennessee With Denver's offense clicking, Colquitt has punted just once in playoffs ... Member of kicking family, brother Dustin is with Chiefs, father Craig Colquitt and uncle Jimmy also were NFL punters. Trindon Holliday, PR-KR (11), 5-5, 170, 4th season, LSU Had all kinds of breakaway potential, and also can drop the ball ... Had 81-yard punt return and 105-yard kickoff runback for TDs this season ... NFL's shortest player. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
Jan 28, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Harry Gamble, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles as well as Lafayette, Penn and New Jersey high school teams before retiring as the Eagles' president, died Tuesday, the team said in a statement. He was 83.In 1981, Gamble joined the Eagles as a volunteer assistant coach under Dick Vermeil and became a full-time staffer a year later, coaching special teams and tight ends. He...
Gamble, former Eagles GM and president, dies at 83
Associated Press | Jan 28, 2014PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Harry Gamble, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles as well as Lafayette, Penn and New Jersey high school teams before retiring as the Eagles' president, died Tuesday, the team said in a statement. He was 83. In 1981, Gamble joined the Eagles as a volunteer assistant coach under Dick Vermeil and became a full-time staffer a year later, coaching special teams and tight ends. He moved into the front office as director of football operations in 1984, and a year later he was named general manager by owner Leonard Tose. In 1986, he became team president, a position he held until 1994. He was remembered by Eagles Chairman Jeffrey Lurie for his efforts to promote football, his coaching prowess and his love of family. "Harry is a legendary football figure in the city of Philadelphia and South Jersey," Lurie said in a statement. "He was an excellent football coach, executive and philanthropist, but he will be remembered most for his warm personality, his strong character and his love for his family." A native of Pitman, N.J., Gamble played offensive lineman at Rider College in New Jersey and served in the Army. He started teaching and coaching at Clayton and Audubon high schools in New Jersey from 1954 to 1961 before being hired by Penn to be an assistant coach from 1962 to 1966. That was followed by a stint as head coach at Lafayette in Pennsylvania until 1970. He returned to Penn as head coach in 1971 and remained there until 1980. While coaching there, he was selected as the NCAA District 1 Coach of the Year and named by the New York Sportswriters Association as the University Division Eastern coach of the year in 1972. Gamble, who held master's and doctoral degrees from Temple University, is survived by wife Joan, sons Harry and Tom and three grandchildren. Tom Gamble is the Eagles' vice president of player personnel. Funeral arrangements are private.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Franklin's plan on how to be CEO of the Penn State football is in place.Now, so is his coaching staff.Penn State's 16th football coach, hired Jan. 11 to replace new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien, spoke with energy and optimism about the nine-man staff he introduced Friday at Beaver Stadium.Most of the staff worked with Franklin during his three years at...
Penn State's Franklin touts 'really good plan'
BY JIM CARLSON, Associated Press | Jan 24, 2014STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Franklin's plan on how to be CEO of the Penn State football is in place. Now, so is his coaching staff. Penn State's 16th football coach, hired Jan. 11 to replace new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien, spoke with energy and optimism about the nine-man staff he introduced Friday at Beaver Stadium. Most of the staff worked with Franklin during his three years at Vanderbilt. Eight of the 10 total coaches are from within 340 miles of State College, including four from Pennsylvania. "I feel like we have a really good plan," said Franklin, who labeled himself as the CEO of Penn State football. "I'm really excited about the staff we've been able to put together. "For me, I was looking for familiarity, guys I've worked with or known for a very, very long time. Guys that I trust and interact with the players, the community and also have a connection with Penn State from a lot of different perspectives." Here is the staff: —Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator and safeties coach. —John Donovan, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. —Charles Huff, special teams coordinator and running backs coach. —Brent Pry, assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. —Josh Gattis, offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. —Herb Hand, run game coordinator and offensive line coach. —Ricky Rahne, passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. —Sean Spencer, defensive line coach. —Terry Smith, defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach. Smith was a wide receiver for Penn State from 1988-91 and enjoyed a successful coaching career at Gateway High School in suburban Pittsburgh before one year of college coaching at Temple. Franklin, Pry and Shoop join Smith as Pennsylvania natives. Franklin has been concentrating on his incoming recruiting class. He said he and the staff will get down to actual football after Feb. 5 when signed national letters of intent become binding. "Recruiting is so important and it's important to have guys with strong ties to this region; I feel like we've done that," Franklin said. "We will not have one guy on this staff I don't feel will be an excellent recruiter. His staff, Franklin said, will consist of "smart guys" and "talented people." "I want to surround myself with people who are loyal, loyal to Penn State, loyal to James Franklin and fired up about being here because this is one of the more unique opportunities in college football," he said. Franklin said Donovan "more than likely" would be the sideline play-caller. "John called every single play over the last three years at Vanderbilt," Franklin said. The 41-year-old head coach pointed out that any depth chart before fall practice will be based entirely on seniority. "The most important thing is these kids all start with a clean slate and they have opportunity to earn starting jobs," he said. "There are no returning starters at any position . at any position. Every single day these guys are going to wake up and they're going to earn their job. We're going to create the most competitive experience we possibly can." Aside from a busy recruiting schedule, Franklin has met with players — current and former. He stressed that he and his staff will "show tremendous respect for our traditions and for our history and for our past" at Penn State. Franklin's staff will be the third set of coaches for some Penn State players, dating to Joe Paterno's final season in 2011 and O'Brien's 2012 and 2013 stay. "The players have embraced the change," Franklin said. "We want to build relationships and trust and chemistry and build stability with them. This program had stability for a very, very long time, and it's important to get back to that."
Jan 15, 2014
For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here.
College football hires: Where the coaches comes from
Berry Tramel | Jan 15, 2014[img]2319553[/img] For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here. I also listed the five schools with the best track record of hiring assistant coaches to be head coach — and the five schools with the best track record of hiring head coaches to be head coach. But I had the data for every major-conference school, and I thought I would share it. Here’s what I did. I went back to every hire since roughly World War II. I made some judgment calls. If a coach was hired before the war but coached well after the war — Gen. Robert Neyland at Tennessee, Wally Butts at Georgia, Jim Lookabaugh at OSU — I included him. If a coach came in in 1945 and coached a year or two, I mostly ignored him. Remarkably, I found the previous employer of every coach on this list except one — Pitt’s John Michelosen, who coached Pitt from 1955 through 1965. I found some of his previous history, but I never could figure out what he was doing in 1954. Probably coaching in the NFL, but I couldn’t be sure. Anyway, I thought this was fantastic information, because it can be used so many ways. Which I intend to in the next few days. Who’s had the most stable environment for head coaches? Which school has lost the most assistants to head coaching jobs? What’s been the most prolific stepping stone job? Funny job switches over the years. All kinds of interesting topics, and I tend to get to them in the next few days. But first, I thought I’d just give you the data, ranking the schools from most likely to hire an assistant coach to be head coach, to least likely. It’s a great tour through post-war college football history. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll see all kinds of names you once knew but forgot about it. Pepper Rodgers from Kansas, UCLA and Georgia Tech. John Pont at Indiana and Alex Agase at Purdue. Bo Rein at North Carolina State and, tragically, LSU. John Ralston at Stanford. Pete Elliott, the former Bud Wilkinson lieutenant, at Nebraska, California, Illinois and Miami. Forest Evashevski at Iowa. You can look at coaches’ strange circles. Paul Dietzel going from LSU to Army to South Carolina. Bill Curry from Georgia Tech to Alabama to Kentucky. Wes Fesler from Pitt to Ohio State to Minnesota. You can look at oddities, like Stanford’s amazing affinity for NFL coaches and how Notre Dame isn’t the only school to hire a high school coach. Well, there’s a bunch you can look for. But I’ll get you started by just listing the schools. For OU and OSU, I went way back in time. And I didn’t make note of several coaches who had been head coaches at one time but were assistants when hired at certain jobs: *-denotes sat out one season before being hired; **-denotes sitting out multiple seasons before being hired; OKLAHOMA STATE 91.7 percent Mike Gundy 2005 Oklahoma State assistant Les Miles 2001 Dallas Cowboys assistant Bob Simmons 1995 Colorado assistant Pat Jones 1984 Oklahoma State assistant Jimmy Johnson 1979 Pitt assistant Jim Stanley 1976 Oklahoma State assistant Dave Smith 1972 Winnipeg Blue Bombers assistant Floyd Gass 1969 Austin College Phil Cutchin 1963 Alabama assistant Cliff Speegle 1955 Edmonton Eskimos assistant J.B. Whitworth 1950 Georgia assistant Jim Lookabaugh 1939 Capitol Hill High School Ted Cox 1936 Tulane Albert Exendine 1934 Oklahoma State assistant Pappy Waldorf 1929 Kansas assistant John Maulbetsch 1921 Phillips SYRACUSE 88.9 percent Scott Shaffer 2013 Syracuse assistant Doug Marrone 2009 New Orleans Saints assistant Greg Robinson 2005 Texas assistant Paul Pasqualoni 1991 Syracuse assistant Dick MacPherson 1981 Cleveland Browns assistant Frank Maloney 1974 Michigan assistant Ben Schwartzwalder 1949 Muhlenberg Reaves Baysinger 1947 Syracuse assistant Biggie Munn 1946 Michigan assistant OKLAHOMA 85 percent Bob Stoops 1999 Florida assistant John Blake 1996 Dallas Cowboys assistant Howard Schnellenberger 1995 Louisville Gary Gibbs 1989 Oklahoma assistant Barry Switzer 1973 Oklahoma assistant Chuck Fairbanks 1967 Oklahoma assistant Jim Mackenzie 1966 Arkansas assistant Gomer Jones 1964 Oklahoma assistant Bud Wilkinson 1947 Oklahoma assistant Jim Tatum 1946 Iowa Pre-Flight Snorter Luster 1941 New York Giants assistant Tom Stidham 1937 Oklahoma assistant Biff Jones 1935 LSU Lewie Hardage 1932 Vanderbilt assistant Adrian Lindsey 1927 Bethany (KS) Bennie Owen 1905 Bethany (KS) GEORGIA 83.3 percent Mark Richt 2001 Florida State assistant Jim Donnan 1996 Marshall Ray Goff 1989 Georgia assistant Vince Dooley 1964 Auburn assistant Johnny Griffith 1961 Georgia assistant Wally Butts 1939 Georgia assistant WEST VIRGINIA 81.8 percent Dana Holgorsen 2011 Oklahoma State assistant Bill Stewart 2007 West Virginia assistant Rich Rodriguez 2001 Clemson assistant Don Nehlen 1980 Michigan assistant Frank Cignetti 1976 West Virginia assistant Bobby Bowden 1970 West Virginia assistant Jim Carlen 1966 Georgia Tech assistant Gene Corum 1960 West Virginia assistant Art Lewis 1950 Mississippi State assistant Dudley DeGroot 1948 Los Angeles Dons Bill Kern 1940 Carnegie Tech KANSAS STATE 77.8 percent Bill Snyder 2009 retired Ron Prince 2006 Virginia assistant Bill Snyder 1989 Iowa assistant Stan Parrish 1986 Marshall Jim Dickey 1979 North Carolina assistant Ellis Rainsberger 1975 Wisconsin assistant Vince Gibson 1967 Tennessee assistant Doug Weaver 1960 Missouri assistant Bus Mertes 1955 Kansas State assistant VANDERBILT 78.6 percent James Franklin 2011 Maryland assistant Robbie Caldwell 2010 Vanderbilt assistant Bobby Johnson 2002 Furman Woody Widenhofer 1995 Vanderbilt assistant Rod Dowhower 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant Gerry DiNardo 1991 Colorado assistant Watson Brown 1986 Rice George MacIntyre 1979 Ole Miss assistant Fred Pancoast 1975 Memphis Steve Sloan 1973 Georgia Tech assistant Bill Pace 1967 Arkansas assistant John Green 1963 Florida assistant Arthur Guepe 1953 Virginia assistant Bill Edwards 1949 Cleveland Browns assistant NORTHWESTERN 72.7 percent Pat Fitzgerald, 2006, Northwestern assistant Randy Walker, 1999, Miami-Ohio GaryBarnett,1992, Colorado assistant Francis Peay, 1986, Northwestern assistant Dennis Green, 1981, Stanford assistant Rick Venturi, 1978, Illinois assistant John Pont, 1973, Indiana Alex Agase, 1964, Northwestern assistant Ara Parseghian, 1956, Miami-Ohio Lou Saban, 1955, Washington assistant Bob Voigts, 1947, Cleveland Browns assistant VIRGINIA TECH 71.4 percent Frank Beamer 1987 Murray State Bill Dooley 1978 North Carolina Jimmy Sharpe 1974 Alabama assistant Charlie Coffey 1971 Arkansas assistant Jerry Claiborne 1960 Alabama assistant Frank Moseley 1951 Kentucky assistant Robert McNeish 1948 Navy assistant CALIFORNIA 69.2 percent Sonny Dykes 2012 Louisiana Tech Jeff Tedford 2002 Oregon assistant Tom Holmoe 1997 California assistant Steve Mariucci 1996 Green Bay Packers assistant Keith Gilbertson 1992 Washington assistant Bruce Snyder 1987 Los Angeles Rams assistant Joe Kapp 1982 non-football Roger Theder 1978 California assistant Mike White 1972 Stanford assistant Ray Willsey 1964 NFL assistant Marv Levy 1960 New Mexico Pete Elliott 1957 Nebraska Pappy Waldorf 1947 Northwestern BAYLOR 66.7 percent Art Briles 2008 Houston Guy Morriss 2003 Kentucky Kevin Steele 1999 Carolina Panthers assistant Dave Roberts 1997 Notre Dame assistant Chuck Reedy 1993 Baylor assistant Grant Teaff 1972 Angelo State Bill Beall 1969 LSU assistant John Bridgers 1959 Baltimore Colts assistant Sam Boyd 1956 Baylor assistant WAKE FOREST 64.2 percent Dave Clawson 2014 Bowling Green Jim Grobe 2001 Ohio Jim Caldwell 1993 Penn State assistant Bill Dooley 1987 Virginia Tech Al Groh 1981 Texas Tech assistant John Mackovic 1978 Purdue assistant Chuck Mills 1973 Utah State Tom Harper 1972 Wake Forest assistant Cal Stoll 1969 Michigan State assistant Bill Tate 1964 Illinois assistant Billy Hildebrand 1960 Wake Forest assistant Paul Amen 1956 Army assistant Tom Rogers 1951 Wake Forest assistant Peahead Walker 1937 Elon UTAH 63.6 percent Kyle Whittingham 2005 Utah assistant Urban Meyer 2003 Bowling Green Ron McBride 1990 Arizona assistant Jim Fassel 1985 New Orleans Breakers assistant Chuck Stobart 1982 Toledo Wayne Howard 1977 Long BeachState Tom Lovat 1974 Utah assistant Bill Meek 1968 Army assistant Mike Giddings 1966 Southern Cal assistant Ray Nagel 1958 UCLA assistant Jack Curtice 1950 Texas-El Paso TEXAS TECH 63.6 percent Kliff Kingsbury 2013 Texas A&M assistant Tommy Tuberville 2010 Auburn* Mike Leach 2000 Oklahoma assistant Spike Dykes 1987 Tech assistant David McWilliams 1986 Texas assistant Jerry Moore 1981 North Texas Rex Dockery 1977 Tech assistant Steve Sloan 1975 Vanderbilt Jim Carlen 1970 West Virginia J.T. King 1961 Tech assistant DeWitt Weaver 1951 Tulsa assistant NEBRASKA 62.5 percent Bo Pelini 2008 LSU assistant Bill Callahan 2004 Oakland Raiders Frank Solich 1998 Nebraska assistant Tom Osborne 1973 Nebraska assistant Bob Devaney 1962 Wyoming Bill Jennings 1957 Nebraska assistant Pete Elliott 1956 Oklahoma assistant Bill Glassford 1949 New Hampshire FLORIDA STATE 62.5 percent Jimbo Fisher 2010 Florida State assistant Bobby Bowden 1976 West Virginia Darrell Mudra 1974 Western Illinois Larry Jones 1971 Tennessee assistant Bill Peterson 1960 LSU assistant Perry Moss 1959 Wisconsin assistant Tom Nugent 1953 VMI Don Veller 1948 Indiana assistant MISSISSIPPI STATE 61.5 percent Dan Mullen 2009 Florid assistant Sylvester Croom 2004 Green Bay Packers assistant Jackie Sherrill 1991 Texas A&M** Rockey Felker 1986 Alabama assistant Emory Bellard 1979 Texas A&M Bob Tyler 1973 MississippiState assistant Charles Shira 1967 Texas assistant Paul Davis 1962 MississippiState assistant Wade Walker 1956 MississippiState assistant Darrell Royal 1954 Edmonton Eskimos Murray Warmath 1952 Army assistant Slick Morton 1949 VMI Allyn McKeen 1939 Memphis WASHINGTON STATE 61.5 percent Mike Leach 2012 Texas Tech** Paul Wulff 2008 Eastern Washington Bill Doba 2003 Washington State assistant Mike Price 1989 WeberS tate Dennis Erickson 1987 Wyoming Jim Walden 1978 Washington State assistant Warren Powers 1977 Nebraska assistant Jackie Sherrill 1976 Pittsburgh assistant Jim Sweeney 1968 Montana State Bert Clark 1964 Washington assistant Jim Sutherland 1958 Washington assistant Al Kircher 1952 Michigan State assistant Forest Evashevski 1950 Washington State assistant PITTSBURGH 61.1 percent Paul Chryst 2012 Wisconsin assistant Todd Graham 2011 Tulsa Dave Wannstedt 2005 Miami Dolphins Walt Harris 1997 Ohio State assistant Johnny Majors 1993 Tennessee Paul Hackett 1989 Pittsburgh assistant Mike Gottfried 1986 Kansas Foge Fazio 1982 Pittsburgh assistant Jackie Sherrill 1977 Washington State Johnny Majors 1973 Iowa State Carl DePasqua 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Dave Hart 1966 Navy assistant John Michelosen 1955 assistant Red Dawson 1952 Michigan State assistant* Tom Hamilton 1951 Pittsburgh administrator Len Casanova 1950 Santa Clara Mike Milligan 1947 Pittsburgh assistant Wes Fesler 1946 Princeton assistant OREGON 60 percent Mark Helfrich 2013 Oregon assistant Chip Kelly 2009 Oregon assistant Mike Bellotti 1995 Oregon assistant Rich Brooks 1977 UCLA assistant Don Read 1974 Portland State** Dick Enright 1972 Oregon assistant Jerry Frei 1967 Oregon assistant Len Casanova 1951 Pittsburgh Jim Aiken 1947 Nevada Tex Oliver 1938 Arizona STANFORD 60 percent David Shaw 2011 Stanford assistant Jim Harbaugh 2007 San Diego Walt Harris 2005 Pittsburgh Buddy Teevens 2002 Florida assistant Tyrone Willingham 1995 Minnesota Vikings assistant Dennis Green 1989 San Francisco 49ers assistant Jack Elway 1984 San Jose State Paul Wiggin 1980 New Orleans Saints assistant Rod Dowhower 1979 Stanford assistant Bill Walsh 1977 San Diego Chargers assistant Jack Christiansen 1972 Stanford assistant John Ralston 1963 Utah State Jack Curtice 1958 Utah Chuck Taylor 1951 San Francisco 49ers assistant Marchmont Schwartz 1942 Stanford assistant OLE MISS 60 percent Hugh Freeze 2012 ArkansasState Houston Nutt 2008 Arkansas Ed Orgeron 2005 Southern Cal assistant David Cutcliffe 1998 Tennesee assistant Tommy Tuberville 1995 Texas A&M assistant Billy Brewer 1983 Louisiana Tech Steve Sloan 1978 Texas Tech Ken Cooper 1974 Ole Miss assistant Billy Kinard 1971 Arkansas assistant John Vaught 1947 Ole Miss assistant TCU 60 percent Gary Patterson 2000 TCU assistant Dennis Franchione 1998 New Mexico Pat Sullivan 1992 Auburn assistant Jim Wacker 1983 Texas State F.A. Dry 1977 Tulsa Jim Shofner 1974 San Francisco 49ers assistant Billy Tohill 1972 TCU assistant Jim Pittman 1971 Tulane Fred Taylor 1967 TCU assistant Abe Martin 1953 TCU assistant ILLINOIS 59.1 percent Tim Beckman, 2012, Toledo Ron Zook, 2005, Florida Ron Turner, 1997, Chicago Bears assistant Lou Tepper, 1991, Illinois assistant John Mackovic, 1988, Kansas City Chiefs* Mike White, 1980, San Francisco 49ers assistant Gary Moeller, 1977, Michigan assistant Bob Blackman, 1971, Dartmouth Jim Valek, 1967, South Carolina assistant Pete Elliot,1960, California Ray Eliot,1942, Illinois assistant UCLA 59.1 percent Jim Mora Jr. 2012 Seattle Seahawks** Rick Neuheisel 2008 Baltimore Ravens assistant Karl Dorrell 2003 Denver Broncos assistant Bob Toledo 1996 UCLA assistant Terry Donahue 1976 UCLA assistant Dick Vermeil 1974 Los Angeles Rams assistant Pepper Rodgers 1971 Kansas Tommy Prothro 1965 Oregon State Bill Barnes 1958 UCLA assistant Red Sanders 1949 Vanderbilt Bert LaBrucherie 1945 Los Angeles High School KENTUCKY 58.3 percent Mark Stoops 2013 Florida State assistant Joker Phillips 2010 Kentucky assistant Rich Brooks 2003 Atlanta Falcons assistant** Guy Morriss 2001 Kentucky assistant Hal Mumme 1997 Valdosta State Bill Curry 1990 Alabama Jerry Claiborne 1982 Maryland Fran Curci 1973 Miami John Ray 1969 Notre Dame assistant Charlie Bradshaw 1962 Alabama assistant Blanton Collier 1954 Cleveland Browns assistant Bear Bryant 1946 Maryland LSU 58.3 percent Les Miles 2005 Oklahoma State Nick Saban 2000 Michigan State Gerry DiNardo 1995 Vanderbilt Curley Hallman 1991 Southern Miss Mike Archer 1987 LSU assistant Bill Arnsparger 1984 Miami Dolphins assistant Jerry Stovall 1980 LSU assistant Bo Rein 1980 North Carolina State Charlie McClendon 1962 LSU assistant Paul Dietzel 1955 Army assistant Gaynell Tinsley 1948 LSU assistant Bernie Moore 1935 LSU assistant IOWASTATE 58.3 percent Paul Rhoads 2009 Auburn assistant Gene Chizik 2007 Texas assistant Dan McCarney 1995 Iowa assistant Jim Walden 1987 Washington State Jim Criner 1983 Boise State Donnie Duncan 1979 Oklahoma assistant Earle Bruce 1973 Tampa Johnny Majors 1968 Arkansas assistant Clay Stapleton 1958 Oregon State assistant Jim Myers 1957 UCLA assistant Vince DiFranceca 1954 Western Illinois Emmett Stuber 1947 Southeast Missouri State VIRGINIA 58.3 percent Mike London 2010 Richmond Al Groh 2001 New York Jets George Welsh 1982 Navy Dick Bestwick 1976 Georgia Tech assistant Sonny Randle 1974 East Carolina Don Lawrence 1971 Virginia assistant George Blackburn 1965 Virginia assistant Bill Elias 1961 George Washington Richard Voris 1958 Army assistant Ben Martin 1956 Navy assistant Ned McDonald 1953 Virginia assistant Arthur Guepe 1946 Virginia assistant BOSTON COLLEGE 57.7 percent Steve Addazio 2013 Temple Frank Spaziani 2009 Boston College assistant Jeff Jagodzinksi 2007 Green Bay Packers assistant Tom O’Brien 1997 Virginia assistant coach Dan Henning 1994 Detroit Lions assistant Tom Coughlin 1991 New York Giants assistant Jack Bicknell 1981 Maine Ed Chlebek 1978 Eastern Michigan Joe Yukica 1968 New Hampshire Jim Miller 1962 Detroit Ernie Hefferle 1960 Washington Redskins assistant Mike Holovak 1951 Boston College assistant Denny Myers 1946 Brown assistant CLEMSON 55.6 percent Dabo Swinney 2008 Clemson assistant Tommy Bowden 1999 Tulane Tommy West 1993 Chattanooga Ken Hatfield 1990 Arkansas Danny Ford 1978 Clemson assistant Charley Pell 1977 Clemson assistant Red Parker 1973 The Citadel Hootie Ingram 1970 Arkansas assistant Frank Howard 1940 Clemson assistant PURDUE 54.5 percent Darrell Hazell 2013 Kent State Danny Hope 2009 Purdue assistant Joe Tiller 1997 Wyoming Jim Colletto 1991 Ohio State assistant Fred Akers 1987 Texas Leon Burtnett 1982 Purdue assistant Jim Young 1977 Arizona Alex Agase 1973 Northwestern Bob DeMoss 1970 Purdue assistant Jack Mollenkopf 1956 Purdue assistant Stu Holcomb 1947 Army assistant SOUTHERN CAL 54.5 percent Steve Sarkisian 2014 Washington Lane Kiffin 2010 Tennessee Pete Carroll 2001 New England Patriots* Paul Hackett 1998 Kansas City Chiefs assistant John Robinson 1993 Los Angeles Rams Larry Smith 1987 Arizona Ted Tollner 1983 Southern Cal assistant John Robinson 1976 Oakland Raiders assistant John McKay 1960 Southern Cal assistant Don Clark 1957 Southern Cal assistant Jeff Cravath 1942 Southern Cal assistant NORTH CAROLINA STATE 53.8 percent Dave Doeren 2013 Northern Illinois Tom O’Brien 2007 Boston College Chuck Amato 2000 Florida State assistant Mike O’Cain 1993 North Carolina State assistant Dick Sheridan 1986 Furman Tom Reed 1983 Miami-Ohio Monte Kiffin 1980 Arkansas assistant Bo Rein 1976 Arkansas assistant Lou Holtz 1972 William & Mary Al Michaels 1971 North Carolina State assistant Earle Edwards 1954 MichiganState assistant Horace Hendrickson 1952 North Carolina State assistant Beattie Feathers 1944 Appalachian State* COLORADO 53.8 percent Mike MacIntyre 2013 San Jose State Jon Embree 2010 Washington Redskins assistant Dan Hawkins 2006 Boise State Gary Barnett 1999 Northwestern Rick Neuheisel 1995 Colorado assistant Bill McCartney 1982 Michigan assistant Chuck Fairbanks 1979 New England Patriots Bill Mallory 1974 Miami-Ohio Eddie Crowder 1963 Oklahoma assistant Bud Davis 1962 Colorado administrator Sonny Grandelius 1959 MichiganState assistant Dal Ward 1948 Minnesota assistant Jim Yeager 1941 IowaState OREGON STATE 50 percent Mike Riley 2003 New Orleans Saints assistant Dennis Erickson 1999 Seattle Seahawks Mike Riley 1997 Southern Cal assistant Jerry Pettibone 1991 Northern Illinois Dave Kragthorpe 1985 IdahoState Joe Avezzano 1980 Tennessee assistant Craig Fertig 1976 Southern Cal assistant Dee Andros 1965 Idaho Tommy Prothro 1955 UCLA assistant Kip Taylor 1949 Michigan State Lon Stiner 1933 Oregon State assistant ARIZONA 50 percent Rich Rodriguez 2012 Michigan Mike Stoops 2004 Oklahoma assistant John Mackovic 2001 Texas** Dick Tomey 1987 Hawaii Larry Smith 1980 Tulane Tony Mason 1977 Cincinnati Jim Young 1973 Michigan assistant Bob Weber 1969 Arizona assistant Darrell Mudra 1967 Montreal Alouettes Jim LaRue 1959 Houston assistant coach Ed Doherty 1957 Philadelphia Eagles assistant Warren Woodson 1952 Hardin-Simmons Robert Winslow 1949 Southern Cal assistant Miles Casteel 1939 Michigan State assistant MARYLAND 50 percent Randy Edsall 2011 Connecticut Ralph Fridgen 2001 Georgia Tech assistant Ron Vanderlinden 1997 Northwestern assistant Mark Duffner 1992 Holy Cross Joe Krivak 1987 Maryland assistant Bobby Ross 1982 Kansas City Chiefs assistant Jerry Claiborne 1972 Virginia Tech* Roy Lester 1969 Rockville Montgomery High School Bob Ward 1967 Army assistant Lou Saban 1966 Buffalo Bills Tom Nugent 1959 Florida State Tommy Mont 1956 Maryland assistant Jim Tatum 1947 Oklahoma Clark Shaughnessy 1946 Pittsburgh WISCONSIN 50 percent Gary Andersen 2013 Utah State Bret Bielema 2006 Wisconsin assistant Barry Alvarez 1990 Notre Dame assistant Don Morton 1987 Tulsa Dave McClain 1978 Ball State John Jardine 1970 UCLA assistant John Coatta 1967 Wisconsin assistant Milt Bruhn 1956 Wisconsin assistant Ivy Williamson 1949 Lafayette Harry Stuhldreher 1936 Villanova PENN STATE 50 percent James Franklin 2014 Vanderbilt Bill O’Brien 2012 New England Patriots assistant Joe Paterno 1966 Penn State assistant Rip Engle 1950 Brown FLORIDA 50 percent Will Muschamp 2011 Texas assistant Urban Meyer 2005 Utah Ron Zook 2002 New Orleans Saints assistant Steve Spurrier 1990 Duke Galen Hall 1984 Florida assistant Charley Pell 1979 Clemson Doug Dickey 1970 Tennessee Ray Graves 1960 Georgia Tech assistant Bob Woodruff 1950 Baylor Bear Wolf 1946 Navy Pre-Flight KANSAS 46.4 percent Charlie Weis 2012 Florida assistant Turner Gill 2010 Buffalo Mark Mangino 2002 Oklahoma assistant Terry Allen 1997 Missouri State Glen Mason 1988 Kent State Bob Valesente 1986 Kansas assistant Mike Gottfried 1983 Cincinnati Don Fambrough 1979 retired Bud Moore 1975 Alabama Don Fambrough 1971 Kansas assistant Pepper Rodgers 1967 UCLA assistant Jack Mitchell 1958 Arkansas Chuck Mather 1954 Massillon Washington HS Jules Sikes 1948 Georgia assistant MIAMI 45.8 percent Al Golden 2011 Temple Randy Shannon 2007 Miami assistant Larry Coker 2001 Miami assistant Butch Davis 1995 Dallas Cowboys assistant Dennis Erickson 1989 Washington State Jimmy Johnson 1984 Oklahoma State Howard Schnellenberger 1979 Miami Dolphins assistant Lou Saban 1977 Buffalo Bills Pete Elliott 1973 retired Fran Curci 1971 Tampa Charlie Tate 1964 Georgia Tech assistant Andy Gustafson 1948 Army assistant TEXAS A&M 45.8 percent Kevin Sumlin 2012 Houston Mike Sherman 2008 Houston Texans assistant Dennis Franchione 2003 Alabama R.C. Slocum 1989 Texas A&M assistant Jackie Sherrill 1982 Pittsburgh Tom Wilson 1978 Texas A&M assistant Emory Bellard 1972 Texas assistant Gene Stallings 1965 Alabama assistant Henry Foldberg 1962 Wichita State Jim Myers 1958 Iowa State Bear Bryant 1954 Kentucky Ray George 1951 Southern Cal assistant NORTH CAROLINA 45.5 percent Larry Fedora 2012 Southern Miss Butch Davis 2007 Cleveland Browns** John Bunting 2001 New Orleans Saints assistant Carl Torbush 1997 North Carolina assistant Mack Brown 1988 Tulane Dick Crum 1987 Miami-Ohio Bill Dooley 1967 Georgia assistant Jim Hickey 1959 North Carolina assistant Jim Tatum 1956 Maryland George Barclay 1953 North Carolina assistant Carl Snavely 1934 Bucknell TENNESSEE 45.4 percent Butch Jones 2013 Cincinnati Derek Dooley 2010 Louisiana Tech Lane Kiffin 2009 Oakland Raiders Phil Fulmer 1992 Tennessee assistant Johnny Majors 1977 Pittsburgh Bill Battle 1970 Tennessee assistant Doug Dickey 1964 Arkansas assistant Jim McDonald 1963 Tennessee assistant Bowden Wyatt 1955 Arkansas Harvey Robinson 1953 Tennessee assistant Robert Neyland 1926 Tennessee assistant GEORGIA TECH 45 percent Paul Johnson 2008 Navy Chan Gailey 2002 Miami Dolphins assistant George O’Leary 1994 San Diego Chargers assistant Bill Lewis 1992 East Carolina Bobby Ross 1987 Maryland Bill Curry 1980 Green Bay Packers assistant Pepper Rodgers 1974 UCLA Bull Fulcher 1972 Tampa Bud Carson 1967 Georgia Tech assistant Bobby Dodd 1945 Georgia Tech assistant MICHIGAN 45 percent Brady Hoke 2011 San Diego State Rich Rodriguez 2008 West Virginia Lloyd Carr 1995 Michigan assistant Gary Moeller 1990 Michigan assistant Bo Schembechler 1969 Miami-Ohio Bump Elliott 1959 Michigan assistant Bennie Oosterbaan 1948 Michigan assistant Fritz Crisler 1938 Princeton IOWA 44.4 percent Kirk Ferentz, 1999, Baltimore Ravens assistant Hayden Fry, 1979, North Texas Bob Commings, 1974, Massillon Washington High School Frank Lauterbur, 1971, Toledo Ray Nagel, 1966, Utah Jerry Burns, 1961, Iowa assistant Forest Evashevski, 1952, Washington State Leonard Raffensperger, 1950, Iowa assistant Eddiel Anderson, 1939, Holy Cross INDIANA 42.3 percent Kevin Wilson,2011, Oklahoma assistant Bill Lynch, 2007, Indiana assistant Terry Hoeppner, 2005, Miami-Ohio Gerry DiNardo, 2002, Birmingham Thunderbolts Cam Cameron,1997, Washington Redskins assistant Bill Mallory, 1984, Northern Illinois Sam Wyche, 1983, San Francisco 49ers assistant Lee Corso, 1973, Louisville John Pont, 1965, Yale Phil Dickens, 1958, Wyoming Bob Hicks, 1957, Wyoming assistant Bernie Crimmins, 1952, Notre Dame assistant Clyde Smith, 1948, Wisconsin-La Crosse Bo McMillin, 1934, Kansas State DUKE 41.6 percent David Cutcliffe 2008 Tennessee assistant Ted Roof 2003 Duke assistant Carl Franks 1999 Florida assistant Fred Goldsmith 1994 Rice Barry Wilson 1990 Duke assistant Steve Spurrier 1987 Tampa Bay Bandits* Steve Sloan 1983 Ole Miss Shirley Wilson 1979 Duke assistant Mike McGee 1971 East Carolina Tom Harp 1966 Cornell Bill Murray 1951 Delaware Wallace Wade 1931 Alabama WASHINGTON 40.9 percent Chris Petersen 2014 Boise State Steve Sarkisian 2009 Southern Cal assistant Tyrone Willingham 2005 Notre Dame Keith Gilbertson 2003 Washington assistant Rick Neuheisel 1999 Colorado Jim Lambright 1993 Washington assistant Don James 1975 Kent State Jim Owens 1957 Texas A&M assistant Darrell Royal 1956 Mississippi State John Cherberg 1953 Washington assistant Howard Odell 1948 Yale MICHIGAN STATE 40 percent Mark Dantonio 2007 Cincinnati John L. Smith 2003 Utah State Bobby Williams 2000 Michigan State assistant Nick Saban 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant George Perles 1982 Philadelphia Stars Muddy Waters 1980 Saginaw Valley State Darryl Rogers 1976 San Jose State Denny Stolz 1973 Michigan State assistant Duffy Daugherty 1954 Michigan State assistant Biggie Munn 1946 Syracuse SOUTH CAROLINA 40 percent Steve Spurrier 2005 Washingon Redskins* Lou Holtz 1999 Notre Dame** Brad Scott 1994 Florida State assistant Sparky Woods 1989 Appalachian State Joe Morrison 1983 New Mexico Richard Bell 1982 South Carolina assistant Jim Carlen 1975 Texas Tech Paul Dietzel 1966 Army Marvin Bass 1961 Georgia Tech assistant Warren Giese 1956 Maryland assistant ARIZONA STATE 38.5 percent Todd Graham 2012 Pittsburgh Dennis Erickson 2007 Idaho Dirk Koetter 2001 Boise State Bruce Snyder 1992 California Larry Marmie 1988 Arizona State assistant John Cooper 1985 Tulsa Darryl Rogers 1980 Michigan State Frank Kush 1958 Arizona State assistant Dan Devine 1955 Michigan State assistant Clyde Smith 1952 Indiana Larry Siemering 1951 Pacific Ed Doherty 1947 Notre Dame assistant Steve Coutchie 1946 Mesa High School NOTRE DAME 33.3 percent Brian Kelly 2010 Cincinnati Charlie Weis 2005 New England Patriots assistant Tyrone Willingham 2002 Stanford George O’Leary 2002 Georgia Tech Bob Davie 1997 Notre Dame assistant Lou Holtz 1986 Minnesota Gerry Faust 1981 Cincinnati Moeller High School Dan Devine 1975 Green Bay Packers Ara Parseghian 1964 Northwestern Joe Kuharich 1959 Washington Redskins Terry Brennan 1953 Notre Dame assistant Frank Leahy 1941 Boston College MISSOURI 33.3 percent Gary Pinkel 2001 Toledo Larry Smith 1994 Southern Cal** Bob Stull 1989 Texas-El Paso Woody Widenhofer 1985 Oklahoma Outlaws Warren Powers 1978 Nebraska assistant Al Onofrio 1971 Missouri assistant Dan Devine 1958 Arizona State Frank Broyles 1957 Georgia Tech assistant Don Faurot 1935 Truman State AUBURN 28.3 percent Gus Malzahn 2013 Arkansas State Gene Chizik 2009 Iowa State Tommy Tuberville 1999 Ole Miss Terry Bowden 1993 Samford Pat Dye 1981 Wyoming Doug Barfield 1976 Auburn assistant Shug Jordan 1951 Georgia assistant OHIO STATE 25 percent Urban Meyer 2012 Florida* Luck Fickell 2011 Ohio State assistant Jim Tressel 2001 Youngstown State John Cooper 1988 Arizona State Earle Bruce 1979 Iowa State Woody Hayes 1954 Miami-Ohio Wes Fesler 1947 Pitt Paul Bixler 1946 Ohio State assistant TEXAS 22.2% Charlie Strong 2014 Louisville Mack Brown 1998 North Carolina John Mackovic 1992 Illinois David McWilliams 1987 Texas Tech Fred Akers 1977 Wyoming Darrell Royal 1957 Washington Ed Price 1951 Texas assistant Blair Cherry 1947 Texas assistant Dana X. Bible 1937 Nebraska ALABAMA 18.2 percent Nick Saban 2007 Miami Dolphins Mike Shula 2003 Miami Dolphins assistant Mike Price 2003 Washington State Dennis Franchione 2001 TCU Mike DuBose 1997 Alabama assistant Gene Stallings 1990 Phoenix Cardinals Bill Curry 1987 Georgia Tech Ray Perkins 1983 New York Giants Bear Bryant 1958 Texas A&M J.B. Whitworth 1955 Oklahoma State Red Drew 1947 Ole Miss MINNESOTA 18.1 percent Jerry Kill, 2011, Northern Illinois Tim Brewster, 2007, Denver Broncos assistant Glen Mason,1997, Kansas Jim Wacker, 1992, TCU John Gutekunst, 1986, Minnesota assistant Lou Holtz, 1984, Arkansas Joe Salem, 1979, Northern Arizona Cal Stoll, 1972, Wake Forest Murray ‘Warmath, 1954, Mississippi State Wes Fesler, 1951, Ohio State Bernie Bierman, 1932, Tulane ARKANSAS 9.1 percent Bret Bielema 2013 Wisconsin Bobby Petrino 2008 Atlanta Falcons Houston Nutt 1998 Boise State Danny Ford 1993 Clemson** Jack Crowe 1990 Arkansas assistant Ken Hatfield 1984 Air Force Lou Holtz 1977 New York Jets Frank Broyles 1958 Missouri Jack Mitchell 1955 Wichita state Bowden Wyatt 1953 Wyoming Otis Douglas 1950 Drexel
Nov 23, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Tommy Rees, booed a year ago at Notre Dame Stadium when he was brought in late against Purdue, finished his last home game to chants of "Tommy" as the clock ran out in a 23-13 victory over BYU on Saturday."That was a very special moment. We've been through a lot, this entire senior class. Not only on the team, but everybody here," Rees said. "They could have chanted...
Rees, McDaniel lead Irish to 23-13 win over BYU
TOM COYNE, Associated Press | Nov 23, 2013SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Tommy Rees, booed a year ago at Notre Dame Stadium when he was brought in late against Purdue, finished his last home game to chants of "Tommy" as the clock ran out in a 23-13 victory over BYU on Saturday. "That was a very special moment. We've been through a lot, this entire senior class. Not only on the team, but everybody here," Rees said. "They could have chanted anyone's name, it's a whole senior class effort, but that was definitely a memory I'll hold very closely for a long time." Rees got the Fighting Irish (8-3) going with a 61-yard touchdown pass to DaVaris Daniels on Notre Dame's first possession, then set up a 2-yard TD run by Tarean Folston with a 30-yard pass to TJ Jones as the Irish rebounded from a disappointing 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh. The game was played in intermittent snow, with temperatures in the 20s and winds gusting to 30 mph. The field was worn and torn despite being replaced a little more than a month ago. Several times, ball carriers fell as they tried to make cuts. But the Irish improved to 13-1-3 all-time in games where it snows, with the lone loss coming to Indianapolis Artillery in 1895. Coach Brian Kelly said the Notre Dame staff asked the Irish to focus on doing the little things right, which they lacked against Pitt. "I think all of our players, in particular our seniors, really rallied to those things," Kelly said. Rees was 15-of-28 passing for 235 yards and the Irish rushed for 235 yards, led by a career-high 117 by Cam McDaniel. Folston added 78 yards on 13 carries as the Irish amassed 470 yards of total offense. "It was kind of an offensive lineman's dream today, with the wind and running the ball," tackle Zack Martin said. "We wanted to impose our will on them, and in the snow, it was kind of a nice little ending there." Kyle Brindza kicked three field goals, including a 51-yarder, for the Irish. Kelly said despite the weather conditions, Brindza was in his face wanting to try the long field goal. "When you've got a guy with that kind of confidence asking to kick the football, it makes it easier for me to make a decision to put him out there," Kelly said. "He's a great weapon for us." BYU (7-4), which had a 7-yard TD pass from Taysom Hill to JD Falslev in the first quarter, closed to 20-13 when Justin Sorensen kicked a 27-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the third quarter. The Cougars couldn't get any closer. BYU had a chance to make a game of it with less than five minutes remaining when Paul Lasike broke off a 46-yard run, running over Notre Dame safety Matthias Farley, before being tackled by KeiVarae Russell at the 6. But the Cougars could only gain 2 yards on the next three plays. A 22-yard field goal attempt by Sorensen was deflected by nose guard Jarron Jones, ending BYU's last threat. "The defense did a good job of stopping us in the red zone," Falslev said. "We just have to execute. If we execute, this is a whole different ballgame." Hill passed for 168 yards and he and Lasike each rushed for 101 yards for BYU. But Notre Dame held Jamaal Williams, who entered the game averaging 116 yards a game, to 43. "I think excluding the first series, they did a nice job on Jamaal, especially on inside runs," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I thought they did a nice job on Taysom on our designed runs." Several Irish players switched numbers for the game. Freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith wore No. 13, instead of his usual No. 9, to honor linebacker Danny Spond, who ended his playing career before the season after suffering a paralyzing migraine headache. Senior wide receiver Luke Massa wore No. 78 in honor of high school teammate Matt James, a Notre Dame recruit who died when he fell from a Florida balcony during spring break. The victory marked the first time Notre Dame hadn't trailed in a game since the opener against Temple. Rees improved to 22-7 as a starter, and may be best remembered for the role he played as a backup last season in helping the Irish to the national championship game. He said simply being a winner is good enough. "It doesn't matter how you win games, as long as you get that W," he said. "Just someone that gave everything he had to this university and this football program."
Nov 7, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas is an intimidating figure at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds and a physique so impressive former teammate Manti Te'o nicknamed him "Hercules."Off the field, though, the mere mention of Niklas' name brings a smile to teammates' faces because of his offbeat character."He's definitely a goofball, but a great guy and obviously ridiculously talented...
Notre Dame's Niklas is intimidating tight end
TOM COYNE, Associated Press | Nov 7, 2013SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas is an intimidating figure at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds and a physique so impressive former teammate Manti Te'o nicknamed him "Hercules." Off the field, though, the mere mention of Niklas' name brings a smile to teammates' faces because of his offbeat character. "He's definitely a goofball, but a great guy and obviously ridiculously talented on the field," offensive tackle Zack Martin said. "I've gotten pretty close to Troy over the last year or so and he's definitely the goofy guy on the team." Martin said the moment that probably sums up Niklas' unorthodox personality occurred at the pep rally before the Michigan game last year when he took off his shirt and gave a ranting speech about how he and his teammates had learned "to love the pain." "He's pretty out there and he's not afraid to do anything," Martin said, laughing. "He can make people feel pretty awkward." Niklas, a junior from Fullerton, Calif., majoring in entrepreneurship embraces that reputation, saying he likes to keep things lively and hates boring, mundane tasks. That makes football practices tough at times, but Niklas said "verbal encouragement" from Irish coaches helps him stay on task. Niklas showed another side of himself recently, leading a team effort to raise $4,600 for the South Bend Center for the Homeless and helping to organize a dinner where 70 Notre Dame players sat down to eat with people at the shelter. "It was not out of character as much as it was the side we hadn't seen of him," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "As he's matures, he's felt more comfortable being Troy Niklas. That maturity comes out as he becomes more confident in himself and not letting his guard down and not being that quirky, zany kind of guy we saw just last year taking his shirt off at the pep rally. There's a little bit more to Troy Niklas than that." Niklas said it was a continuation of work he had done at Servite High School where students gathered essentials and gave them out to the homeless. He said working with homeless people is inspiring. "Sometimes you don't know how much you have until you see someone who doesn't have anything," Niklas said. "Being here at Notre Dame we're so blessed athletically, intellectually, opportunity-wise, just to be in a community that's loving and caring. A lot of people don't have that." Later that week, Niklas was Notre Dame's leading receiver against Southern California with four catches for 58 yards, including a 7-yard TD catch in the 14-10 win. He's third on the team in catches this season with 22 for 372 yards and is averaging 16.9 yards a reception, which heading into Saturday's game at Pittsburgh (4-4) is higher than the two leading wide receivers for Notre Dame (7-2). Niklas arrived at Notre Dame wanting to be a tight end, but Irish coaches started him at outside linebacker. He even started one game as a freshman, making three tackles against Michigan State. But last season he switched over to tight end and finished with five catches as he was used primarily as a blocker. Kelly rated Niklas as OK last season as a receiver and blocker, saying he wasn't yet living up to his potential. Niklas is coming closer to meeting that potential this season. He's coming off his best game blocking against Navy, when he also had a key 28-yard catch on third-and-8 on the game-winning touchdown drive. "I don't think there is a bigger play in the game," Kelly said. Notre Dame has a history of producing standout tight ends such as Dave Casper, Ken MacAfee in the 1970s, Tony Hunter and Mark Bavaro in the 1980s and more recently Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert. Niklas feels the pressure of following in their footsteps, but also understands the opportunity. "It gives you a push to be that next great tight end knowing that your name could be talked about with them," he said. Niklas isn't putting up the volume of catches of some of his predecessors, but he is a touchdown shy of matching MacAfee's school record of six TD catches in a season. He also has seven catches of 20 or more yards this season, including a 66-yard touchdown against Temple. Niklas said he's still learning the position and working on getting better at a lot of the little things in both receiving and blocking. "I think I'm good right now, but I think there's another level I can reach," he said.
Nov 7, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright makes his predictions for Friday's Week 10 games.
High school football: Week 10 picks for Friday's games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 7, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 144-25 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,274-306 (80.6 pct.) Friday's Games City Area CUSHING 35, Bethany 14 SW COVENANT 48, Bokoshe 14 WESTMOORE 35, Broken Arrow 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Choctaw 31 LEXINGTON 28, Community Christian 24 Coyle 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Crescent 42, PAWNEE 8 Crooked Oak 44, NORTHEAST 20 CASHION 35, Crossings Christian 12 Davenport 56, GANS 8 Del City 49, SOUTHEAST 14 MILLWOOD 56, Dibble 20 Douglass 24, ADA 20 Edmond Memorial 45, PC WEST 18 CARL ALBERT 38, El Reno 13 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Guymon 20 Harrah 33, McLOUD 30 Hennessey 29, ALVA 26 Heritage Hall 42, STAR SPENCER 20 Jones 34, BRIDGE CREEK 14 Kingfisher 44, MARLOW 14 NORMAN NORTH 40, Lawton Eisenhower 22 PAULS VALLEY 28, Madill 27 Mannford 42, TECUMSEH 16 DEER CREEK 35, McGuinness 32 Meeker 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 Newcastle 42, BETHEL 6 LAWTON 35, Norman 21 GUTHRIE 49, Northwest 13 Oklahoma Christian 38, LUTHER 35 Piedmont 32, WEATHERFORD 28 MINCO 44, Pioneer 12 Purcell 34, ATOKA 7 JENKS 49, Putnam City 7 GLENPOOL 47, Santa Fe South 8 Seminole 42, CHANDLER 18 Shawnee 45, NOBLE 16 Southmoore 35, MUSTANG 32 St. Mary 28, LITTLE AXE 27 OWASSO 31, Stillwater 28 CHR. HERITAGE 30, Stroud 26 BLANCHARD 28, Tuttle 21 Washington 34, LINDSAY 28 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 44, Waurika 20 Wayne 35, MAYSVILLE 7 OKEMAH 48, Wellston 12 Class 6A TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Bartlesville 28 Bixby 31, MUSKOGEE 13 Sand Springs 28, ENID 25 SAPULPA 38, Tulsa Edison 7 Tulsa Union 49, PONCA CITY 6 Class 5A Claremore 28, GROVE 22 Collinsville 35, TAHLEQUAH 17 Coweta 40, TULSA CENTRAL 38 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 21 Lawton MacArthur 30, ARDMORE 22 McAlester 45, TULSA MEMORIAL 18 PRYOR 38, Tulsa East Central 34 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 18 Tulsa Kelley 42, SKIATOOK 28 Class 4A Anadarko 42, ELGIN 6 Cascia Hall 46, BROKEN BOW 7 Catoosa 21, OOLOGAH 20 WOODWARD 26, Clinton 22 CACHE 21, Elk City 20 SALLISAW 27, Fort Gibson 24 Miami 30, TULSA WEBSTER 10 STILWELL 24, Muldrow 20 Tulsa McLain 32, CLEVELAND 24 Wagoner 46, VINITA 12 Class 3A Beggs 37, HENRYETTA 7 METRO CHRISTIAN 17, Berryhill 10 Bristow 28, PRAGUE 7 SULPHUR 20, Dickson 16 Eufaula 27, HEAVENER 24 STIGLER 30, Idabel 6 Inola 34, KELLYVILLE 18 Jay 38, BLACKWELL 12 Locust Grove 42, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 PLAINVIEW 40, Lone Grove 12 VICTORY CHR. 49, Morris 6 PERKINS 21, Okmulgee 20 Seq. Claremore 28, DEWEY 24 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Seq. Tahlequah 28 VERDIGRIS 28, Sperry 7 CHECOTAH 27, Spiro 24 ROLAND 30, Valliant 12 HILLDALE 44, Westville 6 Class 2A Adair 34, PAWHUSKA 12 HUGO 28, ANTLERS 27 NOWATA 38, Chelsea 6 Chouteau 28, CANADIAN 20 Comanche 24, HINTON 22 Davis 44, TISHOMINGON 12 Hobart 24, FREDERICK 14 Kingston 30, COALGATE 13 Marietta 28, KONAWA 21 Mounds 28, HASKELL 27 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 CANEY VALLEY 28, Oklahoma Union 24 Pocola 24, MOUNTAINBURG, ARK. 20 KANSAS 27, Salina 22 Thomas 40, MANGUM 6 CHISHOLM 28, Tonkawa 24 HARTSHORNE 48, Wilburton 8 COLCORD 38, Wyandotte 32 Class A Apache 22, CORDELL 14 EMPIRE 40, Bray-Doyle 14 WATONGA 31, Carnegie 27 SAVANNA 42, Central Sallisaw 28 BARNSDALL 34, Depew 26 Fairview 40, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 Hollis 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Hominy 32, DRUMRIGHT 6 TEXHOMA 34, Hooker 7 Kiefer 42, MORRISON 28 Okeene 46, MOORELAND 14 Porter 28, FOYIL 20 Quinton 34, HAILEYVILLE 12 Rush Springs 28, WILSON 12 SAYRE 28, Snyder 22 ELMORE CITY 36, Stratford 28 Summit Christian 30, AFTON 28 Talihina 44, GORE 12 BEAVER 28, Turpin 16 Velma-Alma 42, HEALDTON 30 RINGLING 44, Walters 6 Warner 34, LIBERTY 12 Wynnewood 42, WEWOKA 20 Yale 24, REGENT PREP 20 Class B CAVE SPRINGS 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton at Waukomis Cyril at Central Marlow Fox 58, ALLEN 30 WETUMKA 66, Keota 20 GARBER 54, Medford 8 RINGWOOD 38, Merritt 34 Paoli 42, GEARY 14 LAVERNE 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 28 STROTHER 56, Porum 48 Rejoice Christian 56, WOODLAND 22 Seiling 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Welch 38, WATTS 32 DEWAR 54, Weleetka 20 Class C Balko 58, TYRONE 8 DC-LAMONT 34, Buffalo 24 TIPTON 56, Corn Bible 6 Gracemont 34, DUKE 28 CHEROKEE 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 0 SASAKWA 34, Maud 28 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 38 SHARON-MUTUAL 44, Shattuck 34 MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 40, Temple 28 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 BOISE CITY 56, Waynoka 6 ARKOMA 48, Webbers Falls 20 Independent TULSA NOAH 44, OKC Legion 20
Nov 4, 2013
The hours are brutal, and so are the expectations of millions who sit in judgment of what you do on Sunday afternoon.Being a coach in the NFL isn't necessarily an automatic ticket to the emergency room. But the hospitalization of two coaches on one midseason weekend— one after collapsing on primetime television — is a scary reminder that the unrelenting pressure of trying to win football games...
Stress of coaching can add up quick in the NFL
TIM DAHLBERG, Associated Press | Nov 4, 2013The hours are brutal, and so are the expectations of millions who sit in judgment of what you do on Sunday afternoon. Being a coach in the NFL isn't necessarily an automatic ticket to the emergency room. But the hospitalization of two coaches on one midseason weekend— one after collapsing on primetime television — is a scary reminder that the unrelenting pressure of trying to win football games week after week can be a dangerous thing. "Football sure is stressful and coaching is a stressful occupation — just like a lot of people's jobs are stressful," said Dan Reeves, who underwent heart surgery while coaching the Atlanta Falcons in 1998. "But it's such a time-consuming job that you don't really take care of yourself the way you should, and it's easy to have those things happen." Like Denver's John Fox, Reeves knew he had heart issues during the season. Like Fox, he wanted to put them off as his team made a run to the playoffs. And like Fox he ended up in the hospital while his team played without him. "Good thing I finally said something to a doctor," Reeves said, "or I could have had a heart attack." Fox underwent aortic valve replacement surgery Monday, two days after feeling dizzy while playing golf near his offseason home in North Carolina. Predictably, the team issued a statement quoting the coach as saying he was disappointed to have to leave the team and looked forward to returning to the sidelines as soon as possible. Not so predictable is the future of Gary Kubiak, who collapsed while walking off the field at halftime Sunday night in a game his team would go on to lose in his absence. Though the Texans issued a statement saying Kubiak was alert and in good spirits, he will remain in a Houston hospital at least through Tuesday while doctors run tests to find out what caused him to go down. They're coaches of two teams going in different directions, with one thing in common: Both are suddenly powerless to do anything about it. "It'll be tough on them, sitting there and thinking they can't do what they are supposed to do, that your job is to help your team," former coach Tony Dungy said. "You really feel that: 'I can't help my team.'" The timing of the hospitalizations just a day apart was coincidental, though still a bit unsettling to the rest of the coaching fraternity. Kubiak's collapse came after a rare good half of football this season for the Texans, while Fox was enjoying a bye week in a season where the Broncos have done nothing to diminish expectations that they will be in the Super Bowl. Both make millions coaching in the NFL, but the job comes at a price and with the understanding that winning is the only thing. "There is a lot of pressure on head coaches," Broncos executive John Elway said. "I think especially with the size of this game and the growth of this game, the expectation levels have continued to grow. So that's a tough, tough spot." Elway said he called Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson on Sunday to see how the Colts managed last year, when coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized. Pagano had been experiencing extreme fatigue and bruising but, like Fox, waited until the team's bye week to be checked out by a doctor. Pagano would return for the last regular-season game, and the Broncos are already preparing for the eventual return of Fox. "This is Coach Fox's team," interim coach Jack Del Rio said. "I'm merely the person that's able to keep it running right now while he's healing." Coaches around the league talked Monday about how they try to deal with the stress of a job that takes place under an unrelenting spotlight. They praised team doctors for making sure they have regular physicals, and said they try to understand the warning signs that come with the job. Then they went back to their offices to break down film and get ready for another Sunday where 70,000 people in the stadium and millions more at home are second guessing their every move. "There are times when stress does things to you mentally and physically that nothing else does," said Arizona coach Bruce Arians, who took over for Pagano when he was sick. "I know when I was at Temple my last year, I was having three migraines a week. The day I got fired I didn't have another migraine." Stress can affect people in different ways, but researchers say there is an expanding body of evidence linking it to increased risk for heart disease, strokes and certain types of cancer. George Slavich, director of the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research at UCLA, said it increases inflammation in the body which leads to health problems. "Stress-related increases in inflammation are a secret killer in the United States," Slavich said. "What we have here is a good example of how stress can affect people in a high stakes, high pressure environment." It doesn't get any more high stakes or high pressure than the NFL, but coaches everywhere are used to feeling the urgent need to produce. That's certainly true in the college ranks, where the pay at big schools is comparable to the NFL and alumni are every bit as demanding as NFL fans are when it comes to their school's football team. Urban Meyer went to the emergency room complaining of chest pains the day after the SEC championship game when he was at Florida in 2009, and Wisconsin's Gary Andersen collapsed in the bathroom of his home the next year after a loss while at Utah State. Minnesota's Jerry Kill, meanwhile, had to take a leave of absence this year after suffering a series of epileptic seizures. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops knows well the perils of his occupation. His father died in 1988 while coaching a high school game. "I lost my father in the sidelines at 54-years-old, so if anybody knows the hazards of it, it's myself, my family, and the reason why I yearly, twice a year, am very aware of being checked thoroughly with doctors," Stoops said. "Not that that can prevent it, but you want to use the science, and the medicine and doctors as much as you can." __ AP sports writers Howard Fendrich in Washington, Arnie Stapleton in Denver, Barry Wilner in New York, and Bob Baum and freelancer Jose Romero in Phoenix contributed to this report.
Nov 1, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Temple true freshman quarterback P.J. Walker is going to get a chance to show Rutgers what it missed.Walker will return to New Jersey when the Owls (1-7, 0-4 American Athletic Conference) face Rutgers (4-3, 1-2) on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.After starring at Elizabeth High School, Walker was offered a scholarship, but not at quarterback. He looked...
While Rutgers has QB questions, Temple has NJ kid
TOM CANAVAN, Associated Press | Nov 1, 2013PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Temple true freshman quarterback P.J. Walker is going to get a chance to show Rutgers what it missed. Walker will return to New Jersey when the Owls (1-7, 0-4 American Athletic Conference) face Rutgers (4-3, 1-2) on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. After starring at Elizabeth High School, Walker was offered a scholarship, but not at quarterback. He looked elsewhere and found Temple and new coach Matt Rhule. "It was a big disappointment," Walker said. "It was a school in New Jersey and I am from New Jersey. But it happened for a reason. They didn't want me as a quarterback and that's why I ended up here. Not really, but I'm here now." The Owls couldn't be happier. Walker took over as their starting quarterback three games ago and he had his best game last weekend in a 59-49 loss to SMU. He hit his first 16 passes and finished 26 of 37 for 293 and four touchdowns, the most by a Temple quarterback in a game since 2008. "We should have won that game," said Walker, who has thrown for 891 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. "We know we should have won that game, but now we have Rutgers." Walker is also a running threat. He carried 14 times for 92 yards against SMU. "We know a lot about him being from Elizabeth High School," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "He can throw it and he can run it. I think they've done a nice job utilizing both with him in their system. I think what that does is it forces you to play assignment football. The run pass options are becoming more and more common in college football offenses and just about every team has some element of it that they utilize now." Ironically, Rutgers didn't think it needed another quarterback when it recruited Walker last year with now junior Gary Nova running the show. However, the former Don Bosco Prep product has struggled during the Scarlet Knights' two-game losing streak, throwing seven interceptions, including three against Houston in a 49-14 loss. Flood debated starting senior Chas Dodd this week, but he is sticking with Nova, although he is bound to be on a short leash. Nova, who struggled at the end of last season, has thrown for 1,511 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Dodd, who was the starter two seasons ago, has attempted only 25 passes this season with one interception. Here are five things to know about the game between the schools that are located 67 miles apart: EXPLOSIVE OWLS: Since Walker took over as the starting quarterback against Cincinnati, the Owls have scored six touchdowns of 30 yards or more. Prior to that, they had one touchdown of 30 yards or more in the first five games. RUTGERS DEFENSIVE WOES: The Scarlet Knights have struggled against teams with the spread offense, and it was never more evident that last week when John O'Korn threw a career-high five touchdowns for Houston. The secondary is scrambling this week with injured safety Lorenzo Waters doubtful and true freshman cornerback Nadir Barnwell suspended after being charged with DWI early Sunday. Flood has switched receiver Ruhann Peele to cornerback for more depth. TACKLING MACHINE: Temple weak side linebacker Tyler Matakevich was the first freshman in school history to record more than 100 tackles despite making eight starts. He has 103 this season, including a school- and conference-record 24 against Idaho. He leads the NCAA with an average of 10.3 solo stops. He had his first career interception against Army. RUTGERS RUNNING: The Scarlet Knights continue to be without sophomore Paul James, who had 573 yards rushing before being hurt against Arkansas. True freshman running back Justin Goodwin has stepped has rushed for 149 against SMU and 161 against Houston. Louisville limited him to 38 yards. He is the first Rutgers' true freshman running back since Ray Rice to go over the century mark twice in a season. TURNOVERS MARGIN: After losing the turnover battle in its first six games, Temple won been on the positive side the last two. They are plus-five for those game, which included its win over Army.
Oct 31, 2013
November arrives with little college football fanfare. The marquee game of the week is the battle of unbeatens between Florida State and Miami, which in yesteryear would have been cause for great revelry, but now is anticipated with a great yawn.
College football predictions: OSU-Tech the nation's No. 2 game this week
Berry Tramel | Oct 31, 2013[img]2254928[/img] November arrives with little college football fanfare. The marquee game of the week is the battle of unbeatens between Florida State and Miami, which in yesteryear would have been cause for great revelry, but now is anticipated with a great yawn. Many figure the Seminoles, three-touchdown favorites, will have that spread covered by the first quarter. The No. 2 game nationally is, yes, in Lubbock, Texas, where OSU and Texas Tech play the only other game pitting top-20 teams. Let’s get to the predictions: OSU at Texas Tech: Red Raiders 24-21. Remember when the Cowboys always laid their biggest egg of the season in Lubbock? Losses of 24-17 in ’98, 58-0 in 2000, 49-24 in ’02, 31-15 in ’04, 30-24 in ’06, 56-20 in ’08. Well, the last two trips to Lubbock, OSU has won 34-17 and 66-6. Overall, the Cowboys have beaten Tech four straight years, by a combined 183-61. But I don’t think that will matter if OSU can’t complete more than 40 percent of its passes. West Virginia at TCU: Mountaineers 23-16. Upset special. One of these teams is not going to a bowl. Maybe both of them. Kansas at Texas: Longhorns 52-10. The Big 12 race is a little like the back nine of the U.S. Open on Sunday. A win is a par. A loss is a bogey. UT and Baylor are tied for the lead, with five holes to play. OU and Tech have four holes left. OSU, five. Having Kansas on your schedule is like getting to play a really easy hole. Iowa State at Kansas State: Wildcats 42-20. You know, K-State is turning into a decent team. Whacked West Virginia. Played OSU tough in Stillwater and Texas tough in Austin. Scared the daylights out of Baylor. KSU won’t be an easy out for Tech or OU in the coming weeks. Auburn at Arkansas: Tigers 45-15. Eight years ago, Gus Malzahn was the head coach at Springdale High School, just a few miles from Razorback Stadium. Now he’s back in the Ozarks, visiting as head coach of the nation’s 11th-ranked team. Tennessee at Missouri: Tigers 30-20. Missouri and Tennessee are border states. But until last November, they had never played in football. Now the Volunteers make their first trip to Faurot Field. Georgia at Florida: Bulldogs 30-17. This game long has meant supremacy in the SEC East. But now it’s the difference between third and fourth place. Mississippi State at South Carolina: Gamecocks 33-17. If South Carolina can win out and Texas A&M beats Missouri, the Gamecocks win the SEC East. Texas-El Paso at Texas A&M: Aggies 62-16. It’s 682 miles from El Paso to College Station. I’ve never made that drive and I hope I never have to. Alabama State at Kentucky: Wildcats 51-10. At least this is a better game than Kentucky State at Alabama. Southern Cal at Oregon State: Beavers 28-12. Friday night football at its best. Better keep an eye on all these Pac-12 games. The Sooners and Cowboys could be matched up with a couple of these teams in the Alamo and/or Holiday bowls. Arizona State at Washington State: Sun Devils 34-27. You know, I have no idea why Mike Leach is not coaching Arizona State. Literally no idea. He was available 22 months ago when ASU hired Todd Graham. Surely the school of Frank Kush was not willing to take a run at Mike Leach. Arizona at California: Wildcats 38-27. That Pac-12 South is going to be a wild division race. ‘Zona could finish the weekend tied with ASU and UCLA and maybe USC at the top. Colorado at UCLA: Bruins 41-12. Remember when Colorado had the baby blue jerseys? Not too many schools can pull it off like UCLA. In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m running out of things to say about Colorado futility. But I gave it a good shot this week. Miami at Florida State: Seminoles 42-8. I made an offhand remark last week that Texas Tech was the most overrated top-10 team ever in the BCS era. It was a stupid thing to say, because Tech wasn’t even the most overrated top 10 team OF LAST WEEK. That would be Miami. Wake Forest at Syracuse: Demon Deacons 27-21. Jim Grobe remains a coach for the ages. Wake lost to Louisiana-Monroe in September. But the Deacons beat North Carolina State and Maryland, and dang near won in Miami. If Wake can find two wins from Syracuse, Duke and Vanderbilt, the Deacons are going bowling. Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech: Yellowjackets 30-14. These schools haven’t played since 1976. Haven’t played in Pittsburgh since 1920. Clemson at Virginia: Tigers 44-14. Clemson’s goal now is clear. Win out and get to a BCS bowl. North Carolina at North Carolina State: Tar Heels 31-29. Let’s try to think of a less-interesting intrastate football rivalry. Hmm. Nothing’s coming to me. Virginia Tech at Boston College: Hokies 23-14. If Virginia Tech can somehow keep from tripping over itself, it plays at Miami next week for the probable Coastal Division title. Not that either one wants a piece of Florida State. Michigan at Michigan State: Spartans 21-20. Winner becomes the favorite in the Big Ten’s M&N Division. Wisconsin at Iowa: Hawkeyes 23-20. Upset special. Don’t look now, but Kirk Ferentz is at it again. Taking an underachieving team and getting it to play halfway decent after the cows long ago left the barn. Northwestern at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 33-14. Man, what is going on at Nebraska? Minnesota at Indiana: Hoosiers 35-33. Parity in the SEC means an Auburn can beat Texas A&M, or Tennessee can upset South Carolina. Parity in the Big Ten means Minnesota and Indiana don’t stink as much as they once did. Ohio State at Purdue: Buckeyes 69-0. I actually wrote down 49-0. Then I remember conference travel squad limits. Urban Meyer will be hard-pressed to hold down the score, even on the off chance he wants to. Illinois at Penn State: Nittany Lions 35-7. Penn State beat the Illini 35-7 last year and wanted to win 135-7, after Illinois coach Tim Beckman sent his staff to Happy Valley to raid the Nittany Lion roster, after the NCAA declared open season on Penn State players. Cincinnati at Memphis: Bearcats 21-13. OK, I know Cincy won 34-21. But I made this pick Wednesday afternoon. Promise. South Florida at Houston: Cougars 41-21. I promised old pal David Bassity, now the Houston publicist, that I wouldn’t pick against the Cougars again until they lost twice. Temple at Rutgers: Scarlet Knights 35-24. Isn’t this really the caliber of competition Rutgers ought to be playing, rather than the Big Ten? Navy at Notre Dame: Fighting Irish 41-14. I’m telling you. The Irish are having a nice season. They might make a BCS bowl. Army at Air Force: Cadets 29-28. Army hasn’t won the Commander-in-Chief Trophy since 1996. Hope springs eternal. Boise State at Colorado State: Broncos 35-22. A Boise State-Fresno State rematch in the Mountain West title game seems likely. Nevada at Fresno State: Bulldogs 49-13. Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter is headed for some quality job offers. New Mexico at San Diego State: Aztecs 29-17. San Diego State is the heartbreak kid. Could have — should have — beaten Oregon State and Fresno State. Hawaii at Utah State: Aggies 34-14. Utah State not out of the running in the Mountain West’s Mountain Division. Boise State still has to go to San Diego; Utah State’s games all are easier. San Jose State at Nevada-Las Vegas: Spartans 36-27. San Jose State still in the Mountain West title hunt. Texas-San Antonio at Tulsa: Roadrunners 27-21. What a disappointing year for Tulsa; 2-5 and might not win again. Rice at North Texas: Mean Green 20-18. Only North Texas can prevent a Tulane-Rice showdown for Conference USA’s West Division title. Southern Miss at Marshall: Thundering Herd 56-16. Golden Eagles have lost 19 straight. Tulane at Florida Atlantic: Green Wave 45-6. Carl Pelini fired for drug use? What in the name of Youngstown is going on? Middle Tennessee at Alabama-Birmingham: Blue Raiders 43-38. Rough going for UAB coach Garrick McGee, who is 5-14 over two seasons. East Carolina at Florida International: Pirates 39-10. You’d have a hard time convincing me that East Carolina still isn’t the best team in Conference USA. Last week: 29-14. Season: 333-103.
Oct 30, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state, including Edmond North-Midwest City, Cushing-Seminole and McGuinness-Guthrie.
Oklahoma high school football picks: Week 9
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 30, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-29 (83.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,130-281 (80.1 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area LAWTON MAC 45, Capitol Hill 8 WESTMOORE 34, Tulsa Edison 7 Class 6A TULSA UNION JV 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 Class 5A TULSA EAST CENTRAL 31, Tahlequah 20 Class B REJOICE CHR. 58, South Coffeyville 12 Independent Cornerstone Chr. 56, COOKSON HILLS 32 Friday's Games City Area Ada 28, McLOUD 21 Alva 42, DIBBLE 30 Bethany 38, BRISTOW 20 HERITAGE HALL 56, Bethel 7 MARLOW 54, Bridge Creek 12 CASADY 31, John Marshall 28 Cashion 35, CARNEGIE 13 MEEKER 38, Central Sallisaw 14 PERKINS 28, Chandler 24 Chickasha 35, SOUTHEAST 7 Chr. Heritage 48, CROOKED OAK 42 Crossings Chr. 28, PIONEER 22 COMMUNITY CHR. 30, Dallas HSAA Davenport 44, STROTHER 14 Destiny Christian 54, LIFE CHR. 20 Douglass 27, HARRAH 17 DEL CITY 24, Duncan 20 Edmond North 13, MIDWEST CITY 10 EDMOND MEMORIAL 24, Ed. Santa Fe 20 Enid 28, STILLWATER 10 Geary 28, MACOMB 24 EL RENO 42, Guymon 14 Haskell 35, WELLSTON 20 Kingfisher 28, NEWCASTLE 21 LEXINGTON 30, Konawa 22 PUTNAM NORTH 28, Lawton Ike 12 JONES 35, Little Axe 7 MILLWOOD 45, Luther 20 GUTHRIE 34, McGuinness 14 Minco 46, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 LAWTON 45, Mustang 20 DURANT 28, Noble 27 Norman North 49, MOORE 20 OKLAHOMA CHR. 47, Northeast 18 DEER CREEK 42, Northwest 14 BERRYHILL 38, OKC Legion 17 FOX 56, Okla. Christian Aca. 8 Piedmont 32, ELGIN 24 Plainview 48, PAULS VALLEY 12 Putnam City 28, MUSKOGEE 24 NORMAN 44, Putnam West 20 TECUMSEH 30, Santa Fe South 13 OKC PATRIOTS 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Shawnee 49, TULSA HALE 7 Southmoore 49, CHOCTAW 33 TUTTLE 40, St. Mary 13 CENTENNIAL 42, Star Spencer 38 PURCELL 28, Sulphur 7 HENNESSEY 35, Tonkawa 22 YUKON 49, U.S. Grant 8 CRESCENT 28, Watonga 24 WYNNEWOOD 21, Wayne 14 SW COVENANT 32, Webbers Falls 28 CARL ALBERT 56, Western Heights 8 Windsor Hills 34, COLDWATER, KAN. 30 Class 6A Bartlesville 44, PONCA CITY 13 Jenks 45, BIXBY 14 OWASSO 32, Sand Springs 28 BROKEN ARROW 56, Sapulpa 10 TULSA UNION 49, Tulsa Washington 20 Class 5A Ardmore 42, ALTUS 7 PRYOR 28, Collinsville 18 Coweta 38, CLAREMORE 28 McALESTER 44, Skiatook 13 Tulsa Central 35, GROVE 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, TULSA MEMORIAL 24 Class 4A POTEAU 42, Broken Bow 13 CLINTON 34, Cache 10 CATOOSA 28, Cleveland 14 WOODWARD 30, Elk City 13 Glenpool 28, MANNFORD 27 Oologah 28, MIAMI 24 Sallisaw 37, MULDROW 17 FORT GIBSON 32, Stilwell 17 CASCIA HALL 49, Tulsa Rogers 8 WAGONER 56, Tulsa Webster 6 TULSA McLAIN 30, Vinita 14 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 18 Class 3A MADILL 28, Atoka 7 Beggs 39, MORRIS 18 Checotah 34, EUFAULA 20 SEMINOLE 49, Cushing 42 Dewey 44, VERDIGRIS 6 Heavener 28, IDABEL 21 INOLA 30, Henryetta 22 Hilldale 35, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 17 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 OKMULGEE 32, Kellyville 10 LOCUST GROVE 34, Lincoln Christian 17 Lone Grove 28, DICKSON 22 SPIRO 30, Roland 19 METRO CHR. 34, Seq. Claremore 7 Sperry 14, BLACKWELL 6 Stigler 28, VALLIANT 7 Victory Christian 44, PRAGUE 8 ADAIR 36, Westville 6 Class 2A KINGSTON 28, Antlers 24 Caney Valley 18, CHELSEA 14 Chisholm 22, NEWKIRK 15 DAVIS 44, Coalgate 6 FREDERICK 28, Comanche 20 Commerce 36, COLCORD 21 VIAN 35, Hartshorne 14 HOBART 35, Hinton 24 Holdenville 28, MOUNDS 20 Kansas 38, HULBERT 6 WYANDOTTE 44, Ketchum 7 Lindsay 36, MANGUM 12 Nowata 44, CHOUTEAU 14 Okemah 35, STROUD 34 Panama 48, POCOLA 28 Pawhuska 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 Perry 31, PAWNEE 12 SALINA 34, Quapaw 6 MARIETTA 27, Tishomingo 20 HUGO 42, Wilburton 14 Class A Afton 38, WARNER 12 HOLLIS 34, Apache 8 KIEFER 42, Barnsdall 7 FAIRVIEW 32, Beaver 16 QUINTON 22, Canadian 6 DEPEW 28, Drumright 7 Elmore City 34, CADDO 7 VELMA-ALMA 28, Empire 27 SUMMIT CHR. 34, Fairland 12 MORRISON 42, Foyil 6 GORE 28, Haileyville 21 Healdton 24, RUSH SPRINGS 12 PORTER 24, Liberty 22 STRATFORD 32, Maysville 14 Mooreland 33, TURPIN 8 Oklahoma Bible 28, HOOKER 7 Ringling 49, BRAY-DOYLE 0 TALIHINA 29, Savanna 24 CORDELL 22, Sayre 16 OKEENE 28, Texhoma 21 Thomas 42, SNYDER 7 Wewoka 34, REGENT PREP 20 WALTERS 28, Wilson 26 HOMINY 28, Yale 24 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 12 Allen 52, PAOLI 6 Cave Springs 44, PORUM 32 MERRITT 48, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 56, STROTHER 8 Dewar 54, KEOTA 38 Laverne 60, SEILING 14 WAUKOMIS 48, Medford 22 Oaks 42, COPAN 20 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 Ringwood 48, GARBER 28 CENTRAL MARLOW 58, Waurika 12 WOODLAND 42, Welch 14 Weleetka 54, BOWLEGS 6 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Boise City 28 WESLEYAN CHR. 46, Claremore Chr. 14 Corn Bible 38, DUKE 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 58, Goodwell 8 Maud 54, BOKOSHE 6 GRANDFIELD 48, Midway 8 Ryan 48, MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 44 Temple 54, GRACEMONT 8 Thackerville 58, SASAKWA 12 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 42 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 42, Waynoka 20
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Longhorns have been in a long, steady decline. And given the player exodus since last season, coach Rick Barnes is under increasing pressure to make a quick turnaround.For more than a decade, Barnes pushed the Texas program to new heights: A Final Four appearance, the first No. 1 ranking in school history and two Longhorns, T.J. Ford and Kevin Durant, who earned...
After slow Texas decline, Barnes' future uncertain
JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Oct 29, 2013AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Longhorns have been in a long, steady decline. And given the player exodus since last season, coach Rick Barnes is under increasing pressure to make a quick turnaround. For more than a decade, Barnes pushed the Texas program to new heights: A Final Four appearance, the first No. 1 ranking in school history and two Longhorns, T.J. Ford and Kevin Durant, who earned national player of the year honors. But a long drought of postseason success has dragged into its fifth year and last season's 16-18 record — Texas' first losing season since 1997 — have raised the pressure. Athletic director DeLoss Dodds — who has announced he will retire next year — has publicly said he's worried about the direction of the program even as football coach Mack Brown faces questions about his own job future. But while Brown has a roster loaded with talent try to turn things around this season, Barnes must do it with a depleted roster that lost four of its top four scorers from a year ago to the NBA draft, transfers and the Greek basketball league. Barnes has often recruited nationally, which meant landing players like Durant from the Washington, D.C., area, but also that the Longhorns started losing out on some of the best players from talent-rich Texas high schools. Barnes admits recruiting misfires. Not just players who leave early for professional leagues, but others like Sheldon McClellan and Julien Lewis who become unhappy and transferred out. Texas has no scholarship seniors. "It came under my watch," Barnes said. "I'm to blame for that." Barnes is left with a scrappy nucleus of returning players to try to get the program back on track. The leading returning scorer is sophomore guard Javan Felix, who averaged 6.8 points last season. Felix had off-season hip surgery but is expected to play this season. "We know the guys that are here are full on 100 percent with the team," sophomore forward Conner Lammert said. "The guys who transferred had different plans in mind." Here's five things to know about the Longhorns, who start the season at home Nov. 8 against Mercer: WHO WILL SCORE?: A good question, considering the Longhorns lost four players from last season who combined for nearly 50 points per game (Texas only averaged 66 ppg). Felix has shown he can be a hot shooter —he scored 26 against Baylor last season — and may prove more dependable if he doesn't have to carry the load at point guard. Myck Kabongo's 23-game suspension last season forced Felix take over point guard duties and it wore him down. "Javan proved a year ago he's capable of putting up numbers," Barnes said. AT THE POINT: Kabongo's suspension forced Felix to handle way more than Texas wanted last season. Look for the early point guard duties to go to freshman Isaiah Taylor, who led the private Village School in Houston to a 23-5 record last season. But Felix is still available if needed to run the offense. DEFENSE: Barnes built the Texas program on a foundation of tough-as-nails defense. He'll need it again given the lack of firepower on offense. The Longhorns lost eight games last season by seven points or less. New rules that will limit aggressive defense on the perimeter are a concern. "We've had to think long and hard about how we're going to play without fouling," Barnes said. "I'm a little bit more concerned about that side of it probably than the offense." BIGGER IN TEXAS: Texas has some size and they'll need it in the Big 12. Center Prince Ibeh is 6-foot-10 and beefy forwards Cameron Ridley (6-9, 285 pounds) and Jonathan Holmes (6-8, 240) have shown they can be the Longhorns' muscle under the basket. Ibeh and Ridley combined for 87 blocks last season. Holmes also the leading returning rebounder with 5.6 per game last season. TOUGH SCHEDULE: Barnes has never been shy about scheduling tough opponents in order to get his team ready for the Big 12. This season the Longhorns play Vanderbilt and Michigan State and there are road trips to Temple and North Carolina. Not on the schedule is a return trip to the Maui Invitational, where the Longhorns were stunned by Division II Chaminade last season. "It was a tough season last year," Lammert said. "We're going to be sure to try not to make the same mistakes as last year. We're young, we have a lot of energy and we're really excited."
Oct 23, 2013
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 141-30 (82.5 pct.) Overall record: 987-252 (79.7 pct) Thursday's Games City Area Lawton 56, PC WEST 14 Midwest City 24, YUKON 21 Millwood 50, NORTHEAST 22 EDMOND NORTH 42, Moore 6 Star Spencer 35, BRIDGE CREEK 8 LAWTON IKE 42, U.S. Grant 12 Class A APACHE 38, Anadarko JV 13 Class B...
Picking Week 8's high school football games
By Scott Wright | Oct 23, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 141-30 (82.5 pct.) Overall record: 987-252 (79.7 pct) Thursday's Games City Area Lawton 56, PC WEST 14 Midwest City 24, YUKON 21 Millwood 50, NORTHEAST 22 EDMOND NORTH 42, Moore 6 Star Spencer 35, BRIDGE CREEK 8 LAWTON IKE 42, U.S. Grant 12 Class A APACHE 38, Anadarko JV 13 Class B KEOTA 48, Gans 6 DEWAR 52, Porum 8 RINGWOOD 66, Waukomis 28 Class C MIDWAY 48, Cookson Hills Chr. 34 Shattuck 52, GOODWELL 8 Friday's Games City Area Anadarko 35, PIEDMONT 28 KINGFISHER 54, Bethel 7 Bixby 28, PUTNAM CITY 25 Blanchard 42, ST. MARY 14 ARDMORE 56, Capitol Hill 8 Carl Albert 48, GUYMON 7 Casady 28, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 24 DAVENPORT 48, Cave Springs 28 MUSTANG 49, Choctaw 35 ELMORE CITY 38, Community Christian 24 Coyle 46, OAKS 6 Cashion 35, Crescent 32 Crooked Oak 48, DIBBLE 42 Del City 42, CHICKASHA 18 SHAWNEE 35, Durant 14 Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 21 El Reno 44, WESTERN HEIGHTS 13 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 28 ADA 28, Harrah 22 Hennessey 38, NEWKIRK 16 Heritage Hall 49, CENTENNIAL 38 CHANDLER 42, Kellyville 7 Lexington 28, TISHOMINGO 24 Life Christian 48, BOULEVARD CHR. 20 Luther 46, PERRY 18 ALLEN 40, Macomb 6 WASHINGTON 34, Mangum 16 Mannford 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Marlow 35, LITTLE AXE 18 DOUGLASS 38, McLoud 20 Minco 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 14 MEEKER 44, Mounds 6 Newcastle 31, JOHN MARSHALL 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 42, Norman 31 McGUINNESS 45, Northwest 12 OKC Legion 35, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 14 Oklahoma Christian 49, CHR. HERITAGE 30 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 48, Paoli 14 Pauls Valley 38, ATOKA 20 CUSHING 42, Perkins 21 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 17 BETHANY 35, Prague 14 Purcell 32, LONE GROVE 26 DUNCAN 42, Southeast 12 SAND SPRINGS 35, Stillwater 17 MAUD 44, SW Covenant 28 GLENPOOL 38, Tecumseh 10 NOBLE 40, Tulsa Hale 16 Tuttle 28, JONES 14 HOLDENVILLE 28, Wellston 21 Westmoore 35, SAPULPA 17 Wewoka 34, WAYNE 30 WINDSOR HILLS 54, Wright Chr. 12 Class 6A Broken Arrow 47, TULSA EDISON 14 JENKS 56, Muskogee 7 Owasso 28, ENID 27 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Ponca City 7 Tulsa Union 45, BARTLESVILLE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 42, Altus 10 Claremore 28, TULSA CENTRAL 13 COWETA 35, Grove 24 McAlester 40, TULSA KELLEY 28 Pryor 35, TAHLEQUAH 20 Tulsa East Central 34, COLLINSVILLE 31 Tulsa Memorial 28, SKIATOOK 17 Class 4A Catoosa 47, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 14 WEATHERFORD 35, Elgin 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Fort Gibson 21 Miami 31, VINITA 18 Poteau 38, MULDROW 7 Sallisaw 42, BROKEN BOW 12 Tulsa McLain 28, OOLOGAH 20 Tulsa Rogers 28, STILWELL 24 Wagoner 42, CLEVELAND 14 Woodward 35, CACHE 7 Class 3A BERRYHILL 45, Blackwell 8 SEMINOLE 49, Bristow 13 PLAINVIEW 42, Dickson 6 ROLAND 30, Eufaula 28 CHECOTAH 34, Idabel 12 HILLDALE 41, Keys (Park Hill) 7 Locust Grove 42, DEWEY 24 SULPHUR 20, Madill 13 Metro Christian 44, SPERRY 8 INOLA 34, Morris 18 Okmulgee 22, HENRYETTA 14 Seq. Tahlequah 34, JAY 28 Spiro 32, VALLIANT 6 Stigler 34, HEAVENER 8 SEQ. CLAREMORE 44, Verdigris 6 Victory Christian 34, BEGGS 20 LINCOLN CHR. 38, Westville 12 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 26 PAWHUSKA 35, Chelsea 14 Chouteau 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 Colcord 40, KETCHUM 16 Davis 48, KINGSTON 6 Frederick 24, HINTON 20 HARTSHORNE 34, Gore 6 Hobart 32, COMANCHE 24 Hugo 27, PANAMA 20 WYANDOTTE 38, Kansas 34 OKEMAH 28, Konawa 12 Marietta 34, COALGATE 14 ADAIR 42, Oklahoma Union 12 CHISHOLM 34, Pawnee 8 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 26 Quapaw 22, HULBERT 20 NOWATA 34, Regent Prep 16 COMMERCE 38, Salina 34 Stroud 28, HASKELL 12 Vian 48, WILBURTON 8 Class A SNYDER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 24 Caddo 30, MAYSVILLE 12 Central Sallisaw 36, CANADIAN 14 THOMAS 34, Cordell 14 YALE 30, Depew 28 RINGLING 35, Empire 14 TEXHOMA 34, Fairview 30 Foyil 28, LIBERTY 7 Hollis 42, SAYRE 6 SUMMIT CHR. 33, Hominy 14 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 24 Kiefer 56, DRUMRIGHT 6 Morrison 48, BARNSDALL 8 Okeene 50, BEAVER 6 CARNEGIE 22, Pioneer 14 AFTON 32, Porter 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Rush Springs 20 Savanna 42, QUINTON 12 Talihina 46, HAILEYVILLE 8 Tulsa NOAH 34, WATONGA 22 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 26, Turpin 12 HEALDTON 34, Walters 14 Warner 30, FAIRLAND 18 Wynnewood 40, STRATFORD 20 Class B WETUMKA 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton 48, MEDFORD 12 ALEX 60, Central Marlow 28 WATTS 44, Copan 16 Cyril 48, GEARY 12 Fox 56, WAURIKA 8 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 14 LAVERNE 52, Merritt 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 56, Seiling 6 WELEETKA 48, Strother 34 WELCH 38, Wesleyan Christian 34 Woodland 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Class C THACKERVILLE 64, Arkoma 38 Bluejacket 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 14 Buffalo 34, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Cherokee 54, TIMBERLAKE 8 DC-Lamont 52, Claremore Chr. 6 TEMPLE 56, Duke 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, CORN BIBLE 38 BOISE CITY 48, OKC Patriots 34 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 60, BALKO 38 Tipton 60, Ryan 12 Tyrone 44, WAYNOKA 16 Independent Holland Hall 28, DALLAS EPISCOPAL 27
Oct 16, 2013
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 150-23 (86.7 pct.) Overall record: 846-222 (79.2 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area Bethany 31, BEGGS 28 LITTLE AXE 30, Bridge Creek 20 PERKINS 32, Bristow 24 MINCO 42, Carnegie 14 KINGFISHER 49, Centennial 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Choctaw 21 LEXINGTON 34, Coalgate 18 Cushing 42, CHANDLER...
High school football: Picking Week 7's games
By Scott Wright | Oct 16, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 150-23 (86.7 pct.) Overall record: 846-222 (79.2 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area Bethany 31, BEGGS 28 LITTLE AXE 30, Bridge Creek 20 PERKINS 32, Bristow 24 MINCO 42, Carnegie 14 KINGFISHER 49, Centennial 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Choctaw 21 LEXINGTON 34, Coalgate 18 Cushing 42, CHANDLER 14 Davenport 46, PORUM 12 OKLAHOMA CHR. 45, Dibble 21 PURCELL 35, Dickson 28 GUTHRIE 41, El Reno 14 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 10 Hennessey 38, PAWNEE 12 John Marshall 35, BETHEL 8 BLANCHARD 42, Jones 14 Luther 38, CHR. HERITAGE 24 McLoud 28, MANNFORD 17 Meeker 45, WELLSTON 12 Millwood 56, CROOKED OAK 22 Mustang 44, PUTNAM WEST 20 Noble 30, SKIATOOK 24 ST. MARY 35, OKC Patriots 21 Okla. Christian Aca. 44, MACOMB 12 CRESCENT 32, Pioneer 16 BROKEN ARROW 42, Putnam City 20 Putnam North 49, U.S. GRANT 8 NORTHEAST 44, SeeWorth 14 TULSA KELLEY 28, Shawnee 24 ALTUS 34, Southeast 22 NEWCASTLE 35, Star Spencer 24 Stillwater 35, BARTLESVILLE 28 Sulphur 28, PAULS VALLEY 27 Tuttle 30, MARLOW 27 Washington 42, COMANCHE 14 CASHION 28, Watonga 24 COYLE 48, Watts 8 DEER CREEK 48, Western Heights 6 Yukon 45, MOORE 27 Class 6A Bixby 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Enid 28, PONCA CITY 7 SAPULPA 31, Muskogee 14 Owasso 31, TULSA WASHINGTON 28 TULSA UNION 49, Sand Springs 14 Class 5A ARDMORE 28, Chickasha 13 Claremore 34, PRYOR 24 COLLINSVILLE 38, Coweta 34 LAWTON MAC 33, Duncan 13 McALESTER 42, Durant 20 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 35, GROVE 13 Tulsa Central 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Class 4A Ada 33, GLENPOOL 12 Broken Bow 21, TULSA ROGERS 20 ELGIN 35, Cache 28 POTEAU 28, Cascia Hall 27 MIAMI 27, Cleveland 24 WEATHERFORD 28, Elk City 7 FORT GIBSON 35, Muldrow 14 WAGONER 48, Oologah 21 SALLISAW 44, Stilwell 12 TULSA McLAIN 35, Tulsa Webster 7 CATOOSA 49, Vinita 12 ANADARKO 35, Woodward 14 Class 3A STIGLER 28, Checotah 24 Dewey 28, BLACKWELL 14 KELLYVILLE 21, Henryetta 20 Hilldale 34, LOCUST GROVE 31 VICTORY CHR. 49, Inola 12 Jay 35, WESTVILLE 14 Lincoln Chr. 35, KEYS (PARK HILL) 6 Lone Grove 38, MADILL 20 OKMULGEE 28, Morris 21 Plainview 47, ATOKA 7 Roland 28, IDABEL 7 Seminole 49, PRAGUE 6 Seq. Claremore 28, BERRYHILL 24 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 38, Sperry 12 Spiro 34, HEAVENER 8 EUFAULA 28, Valliant 20 METRO CHR. 49, Verdigris 3 Class 2A Adair 44, CHELSEA 8 Barnsdall 28, MOUNDS 14 NOWATA 42, Caney Valley 6 KANSAS 38, Colcord 12 Hartshorne 40, POCOLA 12 OKEMAH 28, Haskell 27 STROUD 35, Holdenville 8 SALINA 42, Hulbert 6 COMMERCE 44, Ketchum 6 Kingston 24, MARIETTA 7 OKLAHOMA UNION 28, Liberty 6 Lindsay 44, HINTON 16 HOBART 35, Mangum 12 ALVA 35, Newkirk 21 Panama 28, QUINTON 7 Pawhuska 35, CHOUTEAU 14 CHISHOLM 34, Perry 12 KONAWA 28, Tishomingo 7 Vian 40, HUGO 13 ANTLERS 42, Wilburton 22 Wyandotte 35, QUAPAW 14 Class A Afton 44, FOYIL 14 HOOKER 28, Beaver 27 TALIHINA 38, Canadian 12 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MORRISON 34, Drumright 6 Fairland 28, PORTER 7 SAVANNA 38, Gore 12 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Haileyville 7 Hominy 28, DEPEW 20 ELMORE CITY 44, Maysville 20 FAIRVIEW 32, Mooreland 28 OKEENE 34, Oklahoma Bible 22 RINGLING 42, Rush Springs 6 APACHE 44, Snyder 6 WEWOKA 34, Stratford 20 Summit Christian 45, WARNER 24 Texhoma 42, TURPIN 6 Thomas 42, HOLLIS 31 Velma-Alma 44, WALTERS 6 EMPIRE 28, Wilson 7 Wynnewood 40, CADDO 12 KIEFER 34, Yale 8 Class B Allen 48, CYRIL 8 Covington-Douglas 54, WAUKOMIS 20 Dewar 54, GANS 6 CENTRAL MARLOW 58, Fox 54 ALEX 62, Geary 6 Laverne 56, GARBER 6 REJOICE CHR. 64, Oaks 12 Pond Creek-Hunter 56, MERRITT 38 Ringwood 52, MEDFORD 16 Seiling 44, CANTON 6 Waurika 44, PAOLI 24 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 38, Welch 22 CAVE SPRINGS 50, Weleetka 42 Wetumka 64, STROTHER 20 Class C BLUEJACKET 60, Claremore Chr. 8 TYRONE 48, Boise City 12 Corn Bible 44, TEMPLE 32 CHEROKEE 48, DC-Lamont 20 Grandfield 46, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 12 SASAKWA 38, Midway 12 Ryan 48, GRACEMONT 8 Sharon-Mutual 58, BUFFALO 12 Thackerville 54, BOKOSHE 6 Timberlake 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Tyro, Kan. Christian 34 Waynoka 42, DUKE 12 MAUD 42, Webbers Falls 28 Friday, Oct. 18 City Area Fort Worth All Saints 34, CASADY 28 DEL CITY 48, Capitol Hill 12 Clinton 42, PIEDMONT 16 Douglass 54, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 LAWTON 48, Edmond Santa Fe 45 Frederick 28, COMMUNITY CHR. 24 McGUINNESS 49, Guymon 6 Jenks 31, WESTMOORE 17 MIDWEST CITY 30, Lawton Ike 14 SW COVENANT 34, Life Christian 28 EDMOND NORTH 24, Norman North 21 CARL ALBERT 49, Northwest 8 DAVIS 34, OKC Legion 17 Southmoore 35, NORMAN 34 CROSSINGS CHR. 28, Wayne 21 DESTINY CHR. 42, Woodland 34 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 45, Tulsa Hale 12 Class B Keota 46, BOWLEGS 6 Class C BALKO 54, Goodwell 8 TIPTON 48, Hobart JV 20 Independent Dallas St. Mark's 34, HOLLAND HALL 20 Tulsa NOAH 34, DALLAS HSAA 31
Oct 10, 2013
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk boldly proclaimed that he would win the 2013 Heisman Trophy, or at least get very close.Seastrunk has never shied away from that statement he made 10 months ago. He is now backing it up with his performance on the field while playing only about half of each game for the 15th-ranked Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12).With Baylor jumping out to big...
Seastrunk running toward bold Heisman statement
STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Oct 10, 2013WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk boldly proclaimed that he would win the 2013 Heisman Trophy, or at least get very close. Seastrunk has never shied away from that statement he made 10 months ago. He is now backing it up with his performance on the field while playing only about half of each game for the 15th-ranked Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12). With Baylor jumping out to big leads, only two of Seastrunk's 53 carries have come after halftime. But he's still the nation's second-leading rusher with 147 yards a game and eight touchdowns. "If you're going to say something like that, you better back it up. And I feel like the kid has done nothing but do that," said quarterback Bryce Petty, the first-year starter with plenty of his own big numbers. "He gets in between the lines and he makes things happen. ... At any given time, he could take it for 75 yards. How does that not just want to make you hand the ball off to him." Seastrunk's school-record streak of eight 100-yard games coincides with Baylor's eight-game winning streak that is the longest in the Big 12. Ask Seastrunk about his season so far, when he averages an astonishing 11.1 yards per carry, and the former transfer from Oregon doesn't sound like a cocky kid declaring himself a favorite for the Heisman Trophy that had never gone to a Baylor player until Robert Griffin III won it two years ago. "The only reason I'm doing so well on the field is because I've got the best blockers in the world. I've got my front five and my receivers are doing their job," Seastrunk said this week. "I know I've got to give myself some type of credit, but honestly, it's really because of my front five and my receivers." The Bears, by far the nation's most productive offense with 779.5 total yards and 70.5 points a game, play their first road game Saturday at Kansas State (2-3, 2-2). Baylor's winning streak and Seastrunk's run of 100-yard games started last November in a 52-24 victory over the Wildcats, who entered that game the No. 1 team in the BCS standings. Seastrunk ran for 185 yards, with an 80-yard TD. Boston College's Andrew Williams is the FBS leader with 153.6 yards per game this year. Williams is averaging nearly 27 carries a game, twice as many as Seastrunk. This isn't the first time Seastrunk has said he would win the Heisman. The other came when he arrived at Oregon as a freshman after being one of the nation's top high school running backs at Temple, Texas, less than 40 miles from the Baylor campus in Waco. But he never played a game for the Ducks and his time there was tainted by an NCAA investigation that eventually determined former Oregon coach Chip Kelly failed to monitor the program because of improper involvement with Houston-based recruiting analyst Willie Lyles, with whom Seastrunk was close. The running back has repeatedly said Lyles didn't lead him to Oregon. When Seastrunk decided to leave Oregon in August 2011, he had slipped down the depth chart. He also wanted to be closer to home, his church and his family, including a grandmother who was then dealing with liver cancer and has since gotten better. "I never regret anything that happened at Oregon," Seastrunk said candidly at Big 12 media days before this season. "Honestly, I wasn't good enough. ... You can call that how you want to all it. I just wasn't good enough. I still don't feel like I'm good enough. That's why I work hard every day to make sure than I can be great." After not playing at Oregon and having to sit out a season at Baylor, he had only 181 yards rushing the first seven games in 2012. But he broke through with 831 yards the last six and was the Holiday Bowl offensive MVP with 138 yards and a touchdown against UCLA after his Heisman statement. Seastrunk hasn't slowed down since. "I love the way everything is right now," he said, calling it a blessing to be back home. "But everything can get better." While setting a goal to win college football's highest individual award, Seastrunk said his real focus is trying to help Baylor win its first Big 12 championship and have a chance to play for a national title. Bears receiver Tevin Reese said "anything Lache does is for the team." Even the Heisman talk. "He basically just came out and said what everybody was thinking," Reese said. "He basically said that to set a standard for himself. ... We expected him to come to work like he was going to win the Heisman. He was going to try to win the Heisman every day. That's what we see from Lache."
The OSSAA board of directors approved the new football districts to be used for the 2014-15 high school seasons.
High school football: New high school football districts for 2014-2015 seasons released
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Oct 9, 2013The OSSAA board of directors approved the new football districts to be used for the 2014-15 high school seasons: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe Jenks Norman Putnam City Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Bartlesville Bixby Claremore Muskogee Ponca City Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington District 2 Choctaw Enid Lawton Lawton Eisenhower Midwest City Putnam City West Stillwater *U.S. Grant Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Chickasha Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Northwest Classen District 2 Bishop McGuinness Carl Albert Deer Creek Guthrie Guymon Piedmont Southeast Western Heights District 3 Durant McAlester Noble Shawnee Skiatook Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial District 4 *Capitol Hill Collinsville Coweta Grove Pryor Tahlequah Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison Class 4A District 1 Anadarko Cache Clinton Elgin Elk City Newcastle Weatherford Woodward District 2 Ada Bristow Glenpool Harrah McLoud Santa Fe South Tecumseh Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Cleveland Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Metro Christian Muldrow Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Central Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Cushing Heritage Hall Kingfisher Mannford Perkins-Tryon District 2 Bethany Blanchard Bridge Creek Douglass John Marshall Meeker Mount St. Mary District 3 Bethel Jones Little Axe Pauls Valley Purcell Seminole Star Spencer District 4 Comanche Dickson Lone Grove Madill Marlow Plainview Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Kellyville Lincoln Christian Tulsa Webster Verdigris Sperry District 6 Beggs Checotah Hilldale Morris Okmulgee Tulsa Rogers Victory Christian District 7 Inola Jay Keys (Park Hill) Locust Grove Sequoyah-Claremore Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Idabel Heavener Roland Spiro Stigler Valliant Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawnee Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Millwood Northeast Oklahoma Christian Wellston District 3 Dibble Frederick Hobart Lexington Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Hugo Kingston Marietta Tishomingo District 5 Chandler Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Prague Stroud Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Liberty Panama Pocola Vian Wilburton District 7 Adair Chouteau Colcord Haskell Hulbert Kansas Salina District 8 Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Pawhuska Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Burns Flat-Dill City Fairview Hooker Mooreland Sayre Texhoma Thomas District 2 Apache Carnegie Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Snyder District 3 Central Marlow Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma Wilson District 4 Community Christian Elmore City Konawa Minco Stratford Wayne Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Crossings Christian Oklahoma Bible Oklahoma Christian Academy Okeene Watonga District 6 Barnsdall Drumright Hominy Kiefer Morrison Mounds Yale District 7 Afton Fairland Foyil Ketchum Quapaw Rejoice Christian Summit Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Porter Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Kremlin-Hillsdale Merritt Pioneer Pond Creek-Hunter Ringwood Seiling Turpin Waukomis District 2 Alex Allen Bray-Doyle Cyril Geary Macomb Maud Maysville Strother Waurika District 3 Agra Davenport Depew Garber Oaks South Coffeyville Watts Welch Wesleyan Christian Woodland District 4 Arkoma Caddo Canadian Dewar Gans Haileyville Keota Porum Weleetka Wetumka Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Cherokee Goodwell Sharon-Mutual Shattuck Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Corn Bible Duke Gracemont Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Ryan Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Carney Copan Covington-Douglas Coyle Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Prue Timberlake District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Cave Springs Fox Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill will play independent schedules for the 2014-17 seasons and will not be part of the district schedule.