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|2012-08-31||@||Central Sallisaw||W||47 - 0|
|2012-09-06||vs||Locust Grove||L||7 - 8|
|2012-09-14||@||Westville||W||25 - 0|
|2012-09-21||vs||Quapaw||W||40 - 21|
|2012-09-28||vs||Commerce||L||18 - 21|
|2012-10-05||@||Ketchum||W||38 - 12|
|2012-10-12||@||Colcord||W||34 - 6|
|2012-10-18||vs||Wyandotte||W||48 - 20|
|2012-10-26||vs||Hulbert||W||28 - 13|
|2012-11-02||@||Salina||W||42 - 14|
|2012-11-09||vs||Caney Valley||W||40 - 35|
|2012-11-16||@||Vian||L||26 - 76|
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Jan 31, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group."I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us."A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed...
Sons represent late Junior Seau at Hall of Fame announcement
By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Jan 31, 2015PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group. "I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us." A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed suicide at age 43 in 2012, was the only first-time eligible candidate in the Hall's class of 2015. Also getting in Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl, were modern-day players Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields, contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. "It's hard when you come into a group of men that have done what they've done, at their caliber, and they're sharing stories and memories that they had together and playing against each other," Tyler Seau said. "It makes you emotional." Researchers who studied Junior Seau's brain said it showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease connected to repeated head injuries, including concussions. His death, less than 2 1/2 years after the end of his playing career, resonated among players in the league, raising worry about the physical and emotional toll the sport takes. Junior Seau played in the NFL for 20 seasons, the first 13 with the San Diego Chargers, followed by three with Miami and four with New England. He was Defensive Player of the Year for San Diego in 1992, made six All-Pro teams, and was a member of the league's All-Decade team of the 1990s. "He never really needed an award to solidify how good he was. This kind of stuff was more for his family, for his mom, his dad, his brothers. Just to make them proud, make his family proud," Tyler Seau said. "For him, he knew what work he put in. So he knew where he was and where he stood amongst these men. And he's rightfully in." Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week he "loved" having Seau on his roster. "I can't imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it," said Belichick, whose team plays the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl. "I'd say the one word that comes to me when I think about Junior and football is 'passion.'" Bettis was a burly running back nicknamed The Bus who began a 13-season career by earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Rams. He capped it by winning the 2006 Super Bowl with the Steelers in a game played in his hometown of Detroit. His 13,662 yards rushing rank fifth in history. "To think a little fat kid who had never played football until high school," Bettis said, "to think I can ascend to this level, this is something I never thought of, never dreamed of." When Brown retired after the 2004 season, he ranked No. 2 in NFL history with 14,934 yards receiving, No. 3 with 1,094 catches, and No. 3 with 100 touchdown catches. This was his sixth year of eligibility. "You know you have to wait your turn," the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner said. "I came in this year hoping for better things." Haley, a defensive end and linebacker, needed to wait 11 years to get in after becoming the first player in NFL history to play on five Super Bowl-winning teams. He called the late 49ers coach Bill Walsh "a father figure to me." Shields was a guard for Kansas City from 1993-2006, never missing a game in his 14 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro three times, a second-team All-Pro four times, and was a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Polian and Wolf were general managers who built Super Bowl champions. Tingelhoff retired in 1978 after starting all 240 games of his career as the center for the Minnesota Vikings. Five nominees were eliminated in Saturday's final vote: Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. Earlier in the day, the 46 members on the selection committee reduced the list of 15 modern-day finalists by cutting players Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis and John Lynch, and coaches Don Coryell and Jimmy Johnson. A candidate needs 80 percent of the vote to get in. The induction ceremony is in August at Canton, Ohio. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this story. ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2014 State Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma, along with honoring former football coach Milt Bassett with one of the highest awards presented by the NFHS. The coach of the year winners include basketball, football, wrestling, softball, cross country, track and field, […]
NFHS honors Oklahoma coaches
Jacob Unruh | Jan 28, 2015The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2014 State Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma, along with honoring former football coach Milt Bassett with one of the highest awards presented by the NFHS. The coach of the year winners include basketball, football, wrestling, softball, cross country, track and field, and swimming. The winners are Tulsa Memorial boys basketball coach Robert Allison, Alva girls basketball coach Eric Smith, Hollis football coach Reade Box, Stillwater wrestling coach Douglas Chesbro, Stillwater boys swimming coach Kurt Goebel, Norman North girls swimming coach Kent Nicholson, Mount St. Mary volleyball coach Mary Jekel, Southmoore softball coach Jeff Small, Kansas boys cross country coach Cory Steele, Anadarko boys track coach Mike Williams and Henryetta girls track coach Brent Wion. The awards are given in appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The NFHS also honored Section 6 Award winners, including Plainview boys golf coach Andy Bloodworth, Santa Fe South boys soccer coach Wes Furley, Byng boys tennis coach Alan Simpson, Ada girls tennis coach Skip Griese and Washington spirit coach Sheila LeForce. Bassett, who is the Oklahoma Coaches Association executive director, received the NFHS Citation Award, which is given annually to individuals who have made exemplary, significant and long-standing contributions to high school sports and activities.
Jan 28, 2015
It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs.
High school notebook: Purcell football coach Greg Willis won't be retained
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 28, 2015Football coach Greg Willis was informed by Purcell administration that he will not be retained next school year. It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs. In 2013, Willis took over a Dragon team that had gone 4-6 the year before and guided them to the playoffs in his two seasons at the helm. Purcell remained in the hunt for the district title last season until their final district game. “At no time (during) my tenure here at PHS have I received a poor evaluation as a teacher, coach or administrator,” said Willis, who also served as a science teacher and athletic director. “As football coach, I am very proud of the progress our program has made over the past two seasons in returning the Dragons to the playoffs and playing for the district title. More importantly, I appreciate the opportunity to develop relationships with and providing leadership for our football players that influence them beyond the football field in a positive and impactful way.” Purcell will now be looking to hire a new football coach, who will be the fourth person to hold the position in the last five years. PC WEST’S TYSON JOLLY OFFERED BY SMU Putnam City West senior Tyson Jolly continues to gain momentum on the recruiting scene, with Larry Brown and SMU becoming the latest team in pursuit of the 6-foot-4 guard. The Mustangs made a scholarship offer to Jolly on Wednesday afternoon, PC West coach Lenny Bert told The Oklahoman. SMU has already signed the state’s top senior prospect, Owasso guard Shake Milton. Jolly has remained off the radar because of a health condition that kept him off the court last spring and summer during prime recruiting periods. But his play this season has elevated his status. Tulsa and UTEP — which signed former PC West guard Omega Harris last season — have offered Jolly so far, and other programs, including Oklahoma, continue to show interest. NFHS RECOGNIZES STATE’S TOP COACHES The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2014 State Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma, along with honoring former football coach Milt Bassett with one of the highest awards presented by the NFHS. The Coach of the Year winners include basketball, football, wrestling, softball, cross country, track and field, and swimming. The winners are Tulsa Memorial boys basketball coach Robert Allison, Alva girls basketball coach Eric Smith, Hollis football coach Reade Box, Stillwater wrestling coach Douglas Chesbro, Stillwater boys swimming coach Kurt Goebel, Norman North girls swimming coach Kent Nicholson, Mount St. Mary volleyball coach Mary Jekel, Southmoore softball coach Jeff Small, Kansas boys cross country coach Cory Steele, Anadarko boys track coach Mike Williams and Henryetta girls track coach Brent Wion. The awards are given in appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The NFHS also honored Section 6 Award winners, including Plainview boys golf coach Andy Bloodworth, Santa Fe South boys soccer coach Wes Furley, Byng boys tennis coach Alan Simpson, Ada girls tennis coach Skip Griese and Washington spirit coach Sheila LeForce. Bassett, who is the Oklahoma Coaches Association executive director, received the NFHS Citation Award, which is given annually to individuals who have made exemplary, significant and long-standing contributions to high school sports and activities. NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION TO HONOR 10 PLAYERS The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation announced the 10 High School Scholar Athlete Award recipients Monday who will be honored at the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Tuesday. The winners are based on their performance on and off the field. Each recipient will receive a scholarship worth $1,000. The recipients are Tanner Bowman of Cherokee, Joe Castiglione Jr. of Mount St. Mary, Jacob Lemons of Quinton, Conan Maltz of Guthrie, Tate Milroy of Morris, Aaron Pierce of Alva, Jacob Rapp of Choctaw, Alexander Ray of Bartlesville, Braden Sweet of Perry and Taylor Witham of Miami.
Jan 25, 2015
Riley Daniel, a first-team All-State selection who is ranked No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, had been verbally committed to Houston until the Cougars went through a coaching change in early December. He picked Baylor over Texas Tech, Florida and Kansas State.
High school notebook: Ringling's Riley Daniel commits to Baylor
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jan 25, 2015His official visit to Baylor over the weekend was enough to sell Ringling offensive lineman Riley Daniel on the Bears. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Daniel verbally committed to Baylor during his visit on Sunday. “I had a really good connection with everyone,” Daniel said. “I feel like they’re going to be really successful. “They have an all-senior offensive line coming back, so I can redshirt and have a chance to compete for a starting job after that.” Daniel, a first-team All-State selection who is ranked No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, had been verbally committed to Houston until the Cougars went through a coaching change in early December. He picked Baylor over Texas Tech, Florida and Kansas State. PUTNAM CITY’S WOFFORD STEPS DOWN Putnam City is beginning the search for a new football coach after John Wofford recently stepped down. Wofford has been with the Pirates for nearly 20 years, the last six as the head coach. Putnam City was 3-7 this past season, its first in Class 6A Division I. “John did a great job for us and we appreciate everything he has done for Putnam City,” district athletic director Dick Balenseifen said. “We’re beginning the process of finding the right candidate for the position.” Putnam City will be in 6A-I next fall, but could potentially fall out of the top 16 based on average attendance, which would put the Pirates in 6A-II for the 2016-17 seasons. OGA ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS The Oklahoma Golf Association has developed seven scholarships for high school senior golfers. The scholarships include the Bill Barrett Memorial Scholarship, and Roy Oxford Memorial Scholarship, each worth $5,000, and five Oklahoma Golf Association Foundation scholarships at $2,500 each. To be eligible for the scholarships, Oklahoma high school golfers must have been a member of the First Tee Program in Oklahoma or competed on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour. Among the criteria considered are character, academic achievement, leadership and financial need. Selections will be made by the OGAF board of directors. More information is available at www.okgolf.org. Applications for the scholarships will be accepted through March 15.
Jan 24, 2015
Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope.That was the charm of "Mr. Cub."Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83.The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause.Banks hit 512 home runs during his...
Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks dies at 83
By MIKE FITZPATRICK, Associated Press | Jan 24, 2015Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of "Mr. Cub." Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83. The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause. Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career and was fond of saying, "It's a great day for baseball. Let's play two." In fact, that sunny finish to his famous catchphrase adorns his statue outside Wrigley Field. "His joyous outlook will never be forgotten by fans of the Cubs and all those who love baseball," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. And on a cold winter night Friday in Chicago, the ballpark marquee carried the sad news for the entire town to see: Ernie Banks. "Mr. Cub." 1931-2015. "Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I've ever known." "Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie's life in the days ahead." In a statement Saturday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama expressed their condolences "to the family of Ernie Banks, and to every Chicagoan and baseball fan who loved him." The president said Banks became known as much for his optimism and love of the game as his home runs and back-to-back National League MVPs. "As a Hall-of-Famer, Ernie was an incredible ambassador for baseball, and for the city of Chicago," President Obama said. "He was beloved by baseball fans everywhere, including Michelle, who, when she was a girl, used to sit with her dad and watch him play on TV. And in 2013, it was my honor to present Ernie with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "Somewhere, the sun is shining, the air is fresh, his team's behind him, and Mr. Class — "Mr. Cub" — is ready to play two." Though he was an 11-time All-Star from 1953-71, Banks never reached the postseason. The Cubs, who haven't won the World Series since 1908, finished below .500 in all but six of his seasons and remain without a pennant since 1945. Still, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, the first year he was eligible, and was selected to baseball's All-Century team in 1999. "After hitting his 500th home run, Ernie summed up his feelings by saying: 'The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money.'" Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said in a statement. "That was the essence of Ernie Banks. There was no one who adored the Cubs and the city of Chicago more than Ernie." Banks' infectious smile and non-stop good humor despite his team's dismal record endeared him to Chicago fans, who voted him the best player in franchise history. One famous admirer, actor Bill Murray, named his son Homer Banks Murray. In 2013, Banks was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — by Obama, a noted White Sox fan,. The award is one of the nation's highest civilian honors. "Ernie Banks was more than a baseball player. He was one of Chicago's greatest ambassadors. He loved this city as much as he loved — and lived for — the game of baseball," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "This year, during every Cubs game, you can bet that No. 14 will be watching over his team. And if we're lucky, it'll be a beautiful day for not just one ballgame, but two." Banks' No. 14 was the first number retired by the Cubs, and it hangs on a flag from the left-field foul pole at the old ballpark. "I'd like to get to the last game of the World Series at Wrigley Field and hit three homers," he once said. "That was what I always wanted to do." But even without an opportunity to play on the October stage, Banks left an indelible mark that still resonates with fans and athletes from all sports. "Ernie Banks... We are going to all miss you. #Legend," quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted as he and the Seattle Seahawks were getting ready to defend their Super Bowl title. Banks was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues when the Cubs discovered him in 1953, and purchased his contract for $10,000. He made his major league debut at shortstop on Sept. 17 that year, and three days later hit his first home run. Tall and thin, Banks didn't look like a typical power hitter. He looked even less so as he stood at the plate, holding his bat high and wiggling it as he waited for pitches. But he had strong wrists and a smooth, quick stroke, and he made hitting balls out of the park look effortless. When he switched to a lighter bat before the 1955 season, his power quickly became apparent. He hit 44 homers that season, including three against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 4. His five grand slams that year established a major league record that stood for more than 30 years before Don Mattingly hit six in 1987. Banks' best season came in 1958, when he hit .313 with 47 homers and 129 RBIs. Though the Cubs went 72-82 and finished sixth in the National League, Banks edged Willie Mays and Hank Aaron for his first MVP award. He was the first player from a losing team to win the NL MVP. Banks won the MVP again in 1959, becoming the first NL player to win it in consecutive years, even though the Cubs had another dismal year. Banks batted .304 with 45 homers and a league-leading 143 RBIs. He led the NL in homers again in 1960 with 41, his fourth straight season with 40 or more. His 248 homers from 1955-60 were the most in the majors, topping even Aaron and Mays. "Mr Cub. What you have done for the game of baseball the city of Chicago and everyone you have ever touched will never be forgotten. RIP," tweeted Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Though Banks didn't break the 40-homer barrier again after 1960, he topped the 100-RBI mark three more times, including 1969, his last full season. Then 38, he hit .253 with 23 home runs and 106 RBIs, and was chosen an All-Star for an 11th time. On May 12, 1970, he hit his 500th home run at Wrigley Field, becoming only the eighth player at the time to reach the plateau. Banks retired after the 1971 season. He owned most of the Cubs' career slugging records, some of which still stand today. Known mostly for his power at the plate, Banks was a solid fielder, too. He is best known as a shortstop, where he won a Gold Glove in 1960, but he switched to first base in 1962. He played 1,259 games at first and 1,125 games at shortstop. Born and raised in Dallas, Banks would be bribed to play catch by his father, who always wanted him to be a baseball player. Banks grew to love the game and was a standout in high school, along with participating in football, basketball and track and field. He joined a barnstorming Negro Leagues team at 17 and was spotted by Cool Papa Bell, who signed him to the Monarchs in 1950. Banks played one season before going into the Army. He returned to Kansas City after he was discharged, playing one more season before joining the Cubs. "He was one of the great crossover baseball players of his day," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said. "His personality was a racial bridge builder. He treated all people with dignity and respect. He never stopped reaching out to bridge the racial chasms."
Jan 21, 2015
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced the class that will be inducted in August. Terry will be one of the inductees, joining Sooner footballers Steve Zabel and Kurt Burris, Cowboy grapplers Yojiro Uetake Obata and Pat Smith and old-time basketball great Jack McCracken. Those men are just the latest in the string of sports legends with whom Terry has crossed paths.
Mantle. Mays. Williams. Ralph Terry has crossed paths with a litany of sports legends
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Jan 21, 2015Ralph Terry remembers seeing Mickey Mantle play as a high schooler in Commerce. Not many people can say that. Even fewer can say that they saw Mantle play before he became a legend, then played with him in the majors. In fact, that is likely a list of one — Ralph Terry. On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced the class that will be inducted in August. Terry will be one of the inductees, joining Sooner footballers Steve Zabel and Kurt Burris, Cowboy grapplers Yojiro Uetake Obata and Pat Smith and old-time basketball great Jack McCracken. Those men are just the latest in the string of sports legends with whom Terry has crossed paths. Ralph Terry encountered so many notables and witnessed so much history that Forrest Gump would be jealous. Seeing a young Mantle, then playing with him in Yankee pinstripes was just the beginning. “My whole life has just been sports,” Terry said. Born in Big Cabin halfway between Tulsa and the northeast corner of the state, Terry was signed by New York during his senior year at nearby Chelsea High School. The hard-throwing righy reported to spring training in Florida when he was only 18 years old. His locker was next to fellow Oklahoman Allie Reynolds. “My real idol,” Terry said. Reynolds became a mentor. “Throw your curveball,” Reynolds told Terry. “Round it off a little bit against those right-handers because you throw hard and hit that outside corner.” Just being a member of the Yankees in those days meant Terry played with a litany of legends. Mantle. Yogi Berra. Whitey Ford. Phil Rizzuto. Enos Slaughter. He faced some notable players, too. Terry, who made his Major League debut in 1956, remembers his first appearance in Boston. Ted Williams was late in his career, but he was still a fearsome bat for the Red Sox. “I walked him on four pitches the first time up,” Terry remembered. “The second time he comes up, I get two strikes on him, and he still hadn’t swung the bat. He’s looking me over and seeing how my fast ball moves and how the curve is breaking.” Yogi Berra, Terry’s catcher, called for a curveball but a low curve. Real low. At the ankles. In the dirt. “Aw,” Terry thought as he stood on the mound, looking in at Yogi, “nobody hits my curveball.” He threw one knee-high to Williams. “And whack,” Terry said, “that ball was hit so hard I never even saw it.” Terry faced plenty of other legends. Willie Mays. Hank Aaron. Roberto Clemente. But Terry’s most remembered encounter came in the 1960 World Series. The Yankees had largely dominated the series against the Pirates, but somehow, Pittsburgh pushed it to Game 7. And even more improbable, the Pirates got to the ninth inning tied. Terry, a starter used in relief that day, came in with two out in the eighth. The Pirates had just tied the game on a three-run homer. With Pittsburgh’s home crowd going crazy, Terry got a fly ball to end the inning. Leading off the bottom of the ninth was Bill Mazeroski, the Pirates’ eight-hole hitter who was best known for his defense at second base. But on a 1-0 pitch from Terry, Mazeroski became known for something else entirely. He smashed a towering shot to left field that became the first walk-off home run in World Series history. Many still consider it the greatest homer in baseball history. “They gave me a day in New York after the ‘60 World Series,” Terry remembered. “A day to get out of town.” He chuckled. He can laugh about it now, but at the time, he felt terrible. Not for himself. For his manager, Casey Stengel. That was the legendary player-turned-manager’s last game in a Yankees uniform. Terry walked into the manager’s office in the visitor’s clubhouse to see Stengel. “And he’s taking off the Yankees uniform for the last time,” Terry said, uttering a sentence that will give you chills. “Pants are down around his shoes. Shirt was open.” Stengel looked up at Terry. “What’s up, kid?” the manager said. “Case, I feel bad ending it for you this way.” “Well, how were you trying to pitch him?” “I was trying to give him breaking stuff low and away. He’s a high-ball hitter. I just couldn’t get the ball down.” Terry had warmed up on a steep mound in the bullpen, then found himself on a flatter mound on the field. His front foot was hitting early, and every pitch was coming in high. “Well, as long as you pitch,” Stengel said, “you’re not always going to get the ball where you want. That’s a physical mistake. But as long as you weren’t going against the scouting report, then I would sleep good tonight. Forget it, kid. Come back, and have a good year next year.” Terry still marvels at the wisdom in those words at a time that was undoubtedly difficult for Stengel. “It was the greatest advice you could ever give anybody,” Terry said. A year later, Terry and the Yankees would win the World Series. Then, they’d do it again the next year when Terry would be named the World Series MVP. Over those two seasons, he won 39 games. Terry would play a couple more seasons for the Yankees before going to Cleveland, Kansas City, then back to New York to play for the Mets. As Terry talked about his days with the Mets, he rattled off some of the pitchers on the roster. Nolan Ryan. Tom Seaver. Tug McGraw. “I taught Tug McGraw how to throw a screwball,” Terry said nonchalantly. You taught Tug McGraw, one of the game’s greatest screwballers, to throw the screwball? “I taught him how to throw it, yeah,” Terry said, his eyes sparkling. “I’m proud of that.” The crazy thing is, Ralph Terry had a second professional sports career after his baseball days. He turned a golf hobby into two years on the PGA Tour and a stint on the Senior PGA Tour. Of course, there were more legends crossing his path, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer prime among them. “I’ll never forget, Nicklaus told me ... ‘Ralph, you’re gonna love golf. That golf bag will take you lots of places,’” Terry said. “And he was so right.” He would play in England, Scotland, South Africa and Japan among other locales before retiring. Now living in Larned, Kan., sports remain a major part of his life. The 79-year-old plans to bowl Thursday night in a league with his son. What a life. Terry recognizes the wealth of historic moments that he’s witnessed, even been part of, and abundance of amazing athletes who he’s encountered. To understand how rich a journey it has been, you need only know that Terry had talked at length about his career before he just happened to mention that he was one of the Yankees riding shotgun when Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1961. “I used to sit on the bench watching him hit those home runs,” Terry said of Maris’ 61, “and I said, ‘Boys, history is being made. We’ll look back on this.’” Turns out, Ralph Terry knows quite a bit about seeing history in the making. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/ JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article included an incorrect spelling for Nicklaus. It has been corrected.
Jan 19, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Isaiah Taylor says he's coming around after missing 10 games with a broken left wrist, and maybe No. 17 Texas is too.Taylor had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Javan Felix led the Longhorns with 15 points in a 66-48 victory against TCU on Monday night.The Longhorns (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) never trailed in their second straight win since a two-game skid that...
Felix, Taylor lead No. 17 Texas past TCU 66-48
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Jan 19, 2015FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Isaiah Taylor says he's coming around after missing 10 games with a broken left wrist, and maybe No. 17 Texas is too. Taylor had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Javan Felix led the Longhorns with 15 points in a 66-48 victory against TCU on Monday night. The Longhorns (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) never trailed in their second straight win since a two-game skid that included a blowout loss at home to Oklahoma. Earlier in the day, Texas moved up three spots in The Associated Press poll after a 27-point win at home over No. 18 West Virginia. "We're putting in hours in the practice gym, just talking on and off the court," said Taylor, who has played in all five conference games since returning from the injury. "We feel that we're ready for a big push." Kenrich Williams scored 10 to lead the Horned Frogs (14-4, 1-4), who were coming off a win at Texas Tech that snapped a 23-game conference losing streak, including postseason tournaments. Kyan Anderson, who came in sixth in the Big 12 in scoring at 13.9 points per game, flirted with the first scoreless game since he was a freshman in 2011, getting in early foul trouble and scoring his only points on a jumper with 6:02 remaining. "Going into the game we knew they were going to pay a lot of attention to Kyan in their zones, so there were going to be other guys with open shots," TCU coach Trent Johnson said. And the Frogs couldn't make them, not even from the free-throw line. Texas blocked TCU's first two shots, both from the perimeter, and held the Horned Frogs to 28 percent shooting in the first half and 33 for the game. Two days earlier, the Longhorns held West Virginia to 24 percent, a school record for a Big 12 regular-season game. As for free throws, the Frogs made three of 11 in the first half (27 percent) and nine of 23 overall (39 percent). "I just think this is one game where for the first time in what it is it, 18 games, where I just didn't like our effort," Johnson said. "It's not a lot I liked out there." The Longhorns contested TCU jumpers out of their zone defense, but didn't give the Frogs much room around the basket either. Jonathan Holmes emphatically swatted a shot by Karviar Shepherd under the basket in the first half, and Myles Turner blocked a layup try by Trey Zeigler from behind after halftime. Texas finished with nine blocks, led by three from Cameron Ridley, who also had 10 points. TURNER'S HOMECOMING Turner, a freshman, was playing his first game close to home, about 20 miles from the high school he attended in the Fort Worth suburb of Euless. He had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the high school arena TCU is using while its campus facility is renovated. Turner said he played three games for Trinity High School there. "A lot of family members. A lot of old teachers. A lot of family friends. So it felt like a home game for me," Turner said. DECISIVE RUN The Longhorns put the game away with 14-0 run for a 52-28 lead midway through the second half. Felix had nine points during the 6-minute scoreless drought for the Horned Frogs. TIP-INS Texas: Holmes, who had nine points and six rebounds, and Taylor both left the game briefly in the second half with apparent injuries before returning. TCU: Although there were no-shows, the Frogs had their first sellout at the 4,759-seat Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. Another sellout is expected Jan. 28 when No. 11 Kansas visits. The crowd was evenly split between fans of either school, and the same figures to be true against the Jayhawks. ... TCU's football team was honored at halftime. The Frogs were left out of the first four-team playoff before beating Ole Miss 42-3 in the Peach Bowl and finishing No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. ... Anderson's last scoreless game was Dec. 6, 2011, against Texas Tech, when TCU was still in the Mountain West. UP NEXT: Texas: Saturday at home against Kansas. TCU: Saturday at West Virginia.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboy safety commit Bryce Balous talks Oklahoma ties, excitement for futureJan 18, 2015
Balous — a three-star rated safety prospect from McKinney North High School (Texas) — verbally committed to OSU in December. He took his official visit to Stillwater this past weekend.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboy safety commit Bryce Balous talks Oklahoma ties, excitement for future
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Jan 18, 2015Bryce Balous lived in Norman until he was 14 years old. Back then, his Bedlam allegiance was clear cut. “It was always OU,” he said. Not anymore. Balous — a three-star rated safety prospect from McKinney North High School (Texas) — verbally committed to OSU in December. He took his official visit to Stillwater this past weekend. Balous showcased his talents on both defense and in the return game last season. At the 2014 Dallas Nike Sparq Recruiting Combine in May, his 40-yard dash time was clocked at 4.39 seconds. Balous also held offers from Kansas State, Iowa, Nevada and others. As he transitions to the college game at OSU, it’s likely Balous — 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds — runs into Sooner-fan friends from his past. “Actually,” he said, “a lot of them are switching to be Cowboy fans.” Here’s more of what Balous had to say in a Sunday phone interview. Q: What did you experience on your official visit to OSU this past weekend? A: “We went to (the) stadium to go eat and then after that we went with our host … we went to Seth Jacobs’ house, the linebacker, and that was pretty fun. The next day we ate and all that, and then we went to Coach Gundy’s house. His house is crazy. It’s like a Bass Pro Shops. It was a big ol’ building. “They gave us a tour of the football facilities. It was amazing. I have never seen another facility that looks like that before.” Describe the recruiting process that ultimately led you to become a Cowboy. “My junior year, I don’t think I really played at a level like I’m playing at right now. But Iowa was my first offer. They told me they didn’t want me to commit yet until they saw more out of me. By my senior year, I guess I was doing pretty good and coaches saw that. That’s when more offers started to come in. “Kansas State offered me and that was my first Big 12 school. I committed to them, but then OSU offered. I knew people going to OSU … Coach (Tim) Duffie was definitely the guy who recruited me. We have a really strong relationship. “My family lives in Dallas. So if I would have played in Kansas, they probably wouldn’t be able to make it to home games. But if I play in Oklahoma, they can make it to home games.” Did Coach Duffie tell you what role he envisions you playing on the defense? “He told me that they were going to try me at free safety and see how I like it there. But he says he is going to get me on the field someway, somehow … I’ve practiced (at cornerback). I haven’t played it in an actual game. But I think I have the skills to play either DB position.” After finishing the year with consecutive victories, do you envision a bright future for the Cowboys? “Since we were young last year, we’re going to do great this year. That’s what a lot of the players are telling me.”
It’s the final Pre-Signing Day Edition of The Oklahoman’s Super 30.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Super 30
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jan 18, 20151. Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady, 6-3, 310 Undecided National champion Ohio State, Oklahoma and UCLA are his final three, with a decision coming on National Signing Day. 2. Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City, 6-3, 197 Committed to Oklahoma The Sooners were the first to offer him, and their loyalty through the recruiting process won him over. 3. Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton, 6-4, 315 Committed to Nebraska Picked the Cornhuskers over Oklahoma State after OU and Arkansas fell off over the last few weeks. 4. Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore, 6-4, 190 Committed to Washington State Backed out of his Louisville commitment last month and will instead join Mike Leach and the Cougars, who have recruited Oklahoma hard the last few years. 5. Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks, 6-2, 300 Committed to Oklahoma Committed to OU for more than a year, but grade concerns have arisen lately that could send him on a different path. 6. Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland, 6-3, 250 Committed to Arkansas Played everything from defensive end to tight end and running back in his senior season. 7. John Kolar, QB, Norman North, 6-4, 190 Committed to Oklahoma State The Timberwolves had a disappointing season, but Stillwater-bound Kolar was steady through it all. 8. Darreyl Patterson, RB/DB, Lawton, 5-11, 165 Undecided OU was the most recent program to offer the speedy Wolverine, and he was scheduled to visit Norman over the weekend. 9. Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling, 6-6, 300 Undecided Kansas State was the latest team to join in pursuit, along with Baylor, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Houston — where he had been committed before a December coaching change. 10. Dalton Wood, TE, McAlester, 6-5, 250 Committed to Oklahoma Tight end is the main position being discussed for Wood, who played quarterback at McAlester, but he has the body and athletic ability to play a variety of spots. 11. Denver Johnson, WR, Casady, 6-3, 205 Committed to Iowa State The big, athletic receiver helped Casady to an appearance in the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship game. 12. Michael Anderson, DE, Owasso, 6-3, 230 Committed to Tulsa Piled up 90 tackles and 19 sacks against the best offensive linemen Class 6A-I had to offer. 13. McKinley Whitfield, DB, Spiro, 6-4, 195 Committed to Tulsa Picked Tulsa in November, but decommitted when Bill Blankenship was fired. Decided in late December to stick with TU, where he’ll likely play free safety. 14. Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko, 6-1, 195 Undecided Plenty of offers on the table for the punishing linebacker, including Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa, Iowa State, New Mexico and Arkansas State. 15. Davion Freeman, DB, Del City, 5-10, 160 Committed to Wyoming Constantly improving as a cornerback, and one of the most dangerous kick returners the state has produced in recent years. 16. Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial, 5-7, 170 Committed to Arkansas State Size limited his offers, but from a talent perspective, Arkansas State is getting a steal. 17. Carson Epps, WR, Jenks, 6-2, 190 Committed to Iowa State It’s rare for a prospect from Jenks to stay under the radar as long as Epps did, but he emerged with multiple in-season offers, settling on Iowa State Sunday. 18. Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher, 6-2, 275 Committed to Wyoming The powerfully built Kingfisher product will be an ideal fit on the Cowboys’ interior offensive line. 19. Dameko Doddles, WR/DB, Douglass, 6-2, 200 Committed to Wyoming Also offered by TCU, Doddles could play on either side of the ball at Wyoming. 20. Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee, 6-5, 290 Committed to Tulsa One of Tulsa’s early in-state recruiting scores, Wyatt remained solid through his senior season. 21. Jace Sternberger, TE, Kingfisher, 6-4, 225 Committed to Kansas Another big, versatile athlete, Sternberger is targeted as a tight end for the Jayhawks. 22. Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial, 5-10, 170 Undecided Tulsa and Memphis lead his list of offers, but other programs showing interest late in the recruiting process. 23. Austin Grotts, DE, Bixby, 6-3, 270 Committed to Tulsa A late-emerging prospect capped his senior year with a stellar performance against Lawton’s Jalin Barnett in the Class 6A-II championship game. Committed to Tulsa on Sunday. 24. DeMikal Harrison, DL, Midwest City, 6-5, 290 Undecided UTEP recently became the first FBS program to offer the raw but talented prospect who can play inside or outside on the defensive line. 25. T.J. Harris, DE, Tulsa Washington, 6-2, 225 Committed to Arkansas State In a class that has produced several defensive line prospects, Harris’ speed off the edge sets him apart. 26. Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City, 6-0, 260 Undecided Air Force is the top offer for the undersized but overly talented Bomber lineman. 27. John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee, 6-1, 220 Committed to East Carolina Hasn’t wavered in his commitment to the Pirates, who promoted from within to replace offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley after he left for OU. 28. Ashton Preston, DB, Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 180 Committed to North Texas Battled some injury issues as a senior, but is a strong, physical cornerback. 29. Markale Moses, DB, Broken Arrow, 5-10, 165 Committed to Army Plays big because of his athletic ability, and took on some of the state’s best WRs with good success. 30. Chris Pogi, DE, Putnam City, 6-2, 215 Committed to Wyoming The fifth and most recent Okie to pick Wyoming, the versatile Pogi is seen as a defensive end prospect for the Cowboys. BY SCOTT WRIGHT
Here are the top three players in the top 10 of the latest Super 30 list who still have college decisions to make before National Signing Day on Feb. 4.
High school football: 3 Super 30 prospects must choose schools
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jan 18, 2015Here are the top three players in the top 10 of the latest Super 30 list who still have college decisions to make before National Signing Day on Feb. 4: Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady: The No. 1 prospect in the state, Wariboko-Alali was initially expected to make his announcement at the Under Armour All-America game in early January. But the day before the game, he said he would postpone the announcement until Signing Day. Ohio State, Oklahoma and UCLA make up the trio of schools he’ll choose between. Darreyl Patterson, Lawton: A strong and fast cornerback, Patterson had been a top-10 prospect on the Super 30 but slid down the list as he worked to get a qualifying ACT score. Once he reached that mark last month, Oklahoma offered, and joined Kansas State and Washington State as his favorites. He was scheduled to be at OU over the weekend, with visits to the other two programs the next two weeks, with no known timetable for a decision. Riley Daniel, Ringling: Since decommitting from Houston last month, Daniel has seen growing interest from Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas State. He’s squeezing in as many visits as he can before Signing Day, and is still considering Tulsa among his top suitors. A decision date is not set in stone. BY SCOTT WRIGHT
Jan 18, 2015
Lawton’s Jalin Barnett, the latest talented lineman to come from the Wolverines, last week created more comparisons to Will Shields by verbally committing to Nebraska.
High school football: Lawton's Jalin Barnett blazing familiar path to Nebraska
By Jacob Unruh | Staff Writer | email@example.com | Jan 18, 2015LAWTON — Lawton coach Randy Breeze remembers the first time he noticed Will Shields as a sophomore. “I’ll never forget the very first drill of his sophomore year, I was amazed at how good of feet he had, how well he carried himself,” said Breeze, who was the defensive line coach at the time. “I know at the break, a couple coaches came over and asked me about this senior that was coming back and I said, ‘Forget about him; this sophomore from Tomlinson is head-and-shoulders above him.’ They didn’t believe me at first but as it went on it became obvious.” Shields went on to become one of the best linemen in collegiate history with Nebraska and eventually the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. Breeze sees that happening with Jalin Barnett, the latest talented lineman to come from the Wolverines, who last week created more comparisons to Shields by verbally committing to Nebraska. “There’s some similarities in the fact they are bother very, very intelligent,” Breeze said. “Obviously, coming out of high school they were some of the top linemen in the country. They’re both very humble, very quiet young men. Jalin’s bigger. He’s much, much bigger than Will was.” Barnett, who is 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, even wore shoes intended for Shields in middle school when Breeze provided them to his grandma. The shoes were not actually worn by Shields, but provided by Reebok around the time of his retirement and then donated to Lawton. Barnett is the top-ranked guard in the country, according to multiple recruiting services. It appeared before the season that he was headed to either Arkansas or Oklahoma. But as the season progressed and ultimately ended, he no longer had offers from them. That led him to Oklahoma State and Nebraska, which had just hired former Oregon State coach Mike Riley. “He’s the biggest reason,” Breeze said of Riley, who made a connection with Barnett early by offering him first and coached two former Lawton players with the Beavers. Now the belief is that Barnett will follow the path Shields took by choosing the Huskers. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s got a good chance of playing on Sundays,” Breeze said.
Jan 17, 2015
Despite his youth, new OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has been a college football coach for a good while .Mike Leach hired Riley as his full-time outside receivers coach at age 23.
Oklahoma football: Why Bob Stoops thinks Lincoln Riley is 'the perfect guy' for the Sooners
BY JASON KERSEY | Jan 17, 2015NORMAN — Lincoln Riley’s remarkable memory was one of the first things his high school teachers and coaches noticed about him. “You tell him something one time, and that’s all it took,” remembered Muleshoe High football coach David Wood. “The teachers here at the school would talk about how he never took notes. He had a photographic memory. All he did was look at the board, and he’d be able to remember everything. “He has a brilliant mind.” That intelligence put Riley in the fast lane. It’s why the 31-year-old has gone from little Muleshoe, Texas, to becoming Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in a lot less time than it normally takes coaches to reach that level. OU coach Bob Stoops officially introduced Riley at a Saturday afternoon news conference, calling Riley “the perfect guy to move forward in the direction we want to go.” Riley replaces Josh Heupel as Oklahoma’s offensive playcaller and quarterbacks coach. Stoops still has to replace fired wide receivers coach Jay Norvell and recently retired cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright, but said Saturday he is still working on filling those positions. For now, Stoops has the most important of those vacancies filled. Following a tremendously disappointing 8-5 season — capped by an embarrassing 40-6 Russell Athletic Bowl loss to Clemson — Stoops is, in many ways, staking the future of his program on the youngest offensive coordinator he’s had since he arrived in Norman 16 years ago. Despite his youth, though, Riley has been a college football coach for a good while. He walked on as a quarterback at Texas Tech, but after his first season, coach Mike Leach called Riley into his office. “I’d probably never talked to him for more than five minutes,” Riley said. Leach told Riley bluntly that he probably wouldn’t ever play quarterback at Texas Tech. However, Leach had noticed Riley’s intelligence, and offered him a chance to become a student assistant. “I had to make a decision,” Riley said. “Do you keep doing the college thing and enjoying it and keep trying to play … or do you wanna grow up right now? That’s the path I chose.” Leach hired Riley as his full-time outside receivers coach at age 23. By comparison, when Stoops was 23, he was just starting as an Iowa graduate assistant. Stoops didn’t get a full-time college coaching gig until he was 28. “That’s rare,” Stoops said of Riley getting a job so young, “but when you look at his background and the fact that Mike had been grooming him there for four years as a student, he knew what he was getting.” Stoops compared it to when he was defensive coordinator at Kansas State, and Brent Venables became the Wildcats’ full-time linebackers coach right out of school. “I look at what kind of experience has it been? Has it been good or bad experience?” Stoops said. “Lincoln’s had a lot of good experience at a young age.”
Jan 14, 2015
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders hired Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach on Wednesday in hopes that the Bay Area native who grew up cheering for the Raiders can return the team to its glory days.A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed on condition of anonymity that Del Rio signed a four-year deal to replace interim coach Tony Sparano. The person...
AP Source: Jack Del Rio to be new Raiders coach
By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press | Jan 14, 2015ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders hired Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach on Wednesday in hopes that the Bay Area native who grew up cheering for the Raiders can return the team to its glory days. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed on condition of anonymity that Del Rio signed a four-year deal to replace interim coach Tony Sparano. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement from the team wasn't expected until Thursday. Del Rio becomes Oakland's ninth head coach since the start of the 2003 season. The Raiders have the NFL's worst record in that span, having failed to produce a single winning season or playoff berth. Del Rio replaces Sparano, who was elevated from offensive line coach during the past season to replace the fired Dennis Allen and had hoped to keep the job. Oakland went 3-9 under Sparano after losing the first four games under Allen. The Raiders interviewed at least seven candidates but only Del Rio got a formal second interview. He emerged as the favorite after Denver's season ended Sunday with a playoff loss to Indianapolis. After meeting with owner Mark Davis in Denver during the Broncos' bye week, Del Rio had his second interview in the Bay Area on Tuesday with Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie. This marks the second straight time the Raiders hired a Denver defensive coordinator as their coach. Allen spent one year running the Broncos defense before being hired by McKenzie in 2012. He went 8-28 before getting fired last season. Del Rio grew up in Hayward, just a short drive from the Coliseum. He went to Raiders games as a kid and even played a high school championship game at the Coliseum. His parents are still season-ticket holders and now will get the chance to watch their son coach their favorite team. Del Rio has been defensive coordinator in Denver for the past three seasons, helping the Broncos win three straight AFC West titles. Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, a teammate of Del Rio's in football, basketball and baseball at Hayward High School, said he is thrilled Del Rio will get to go back and coach near his family. Wakamatsu and Del Rio have stayed close through the years, and Del Rio visited spring training when Wakamatsu managed the Seattle Mariners. He came to San Francisco for a World Series game in October. "He's one of the best ones out there," Wakamatsu said. "I don't think they could have made a better hire. That's not just me as a friend talking. That's knowing the intelligence and leadership skills he has. I've always had utmost respect for him as an athlete, coach and friend." Denver ranked third in total defense and tied for 16th in scoring defense this past season. The Broncos were third in total defense and 10th in scoring defense in Del Rio's three years with the team. Before that, he was head coach in Jacksonville for nine seasons. Del Rio had a 68-71 regular-season record with the Jaguars and made the playoffs in 2005 and 2007, winning one playoff game in his second postseason trip. He was fired with five games remaining in the 2011 season. He has extensive NFL experience, having played 12 seasons as a linebacker and coaching with New Orleans, Baltimore and Carolina before getting the head coaching job with the Jaguars. This is just the fourth time the Raiders have hired a coach with previous head coaching experience. Neither Joe Bugel, Norv Turner nor Art Shell in his second stint managed to get into the playoffs. Despite the 3-13 record last season, the Raiders do have some pieces to build around led by quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack. Those two were part of a talented rookie class that also included guard Gabe Jackson, defensive tackle Justin Ellis and cornerback TJ Carrie. The other candidates who interviewed for the job were former Raiders, Denver and Washington coach Mike Shanahan, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, San Francisco tight ends coach Eric Mangini, Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Del Rio's hiring in Oakland might also facilitate the acquisition of unrestricted free agent nose tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton, who has thrived under Del Rio's tutelage in Jacksonville and Denver. While Knighton has said repeatedly he wanted to stay in Denver, he recently told The Associated Press, "I want to be wherever Jack is. I'll just leave it at that." ___ AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 13, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara says the lessons he learned in his lone season at Alabama should benefit him as he starts over with a different Southeastern Conference program.Kamara signed with Alabama out of Norcross High School in Georgia in 2013 as the nation's No. 2 all-purpose back in his class, according to the 247Sports Composite, which measures the rankings...
Tennessee's Kamara says he learned from Alabama experience
By STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Jan 13, 2015KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara says the lessons he learned in his lone season at Alabama should benefit him as he starts over with a different Southeastern Conference program. Kamara signed with Alabama out of Norcross High School in Georgia in 2013 as the nation's No. 2 all-purpose back in his class, according to the 247Sports Composite, which measures the rankings of all the major recruiting services. He was suspended twice while redshirting with the Crimson Tide that fall before transferring. After a productive 2014 season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, he enrolled at Tennessee last week. "It's definitely a breath of fresh air," Kamara said Tuesday. "It feels good to start over, and just having that experience with Alabama first (and) just knowing how to play the game and just do what I have to do to be successful." Kamara says he has matured since his Alabama experience as far as "just being more wise and knowing how to deal with people, knowing how to get things done school-wise, on the field and off the field." The transition from SEC football to the junior college ranks also made an impact. Kamara ran for 1,211 yards and scored 21 touchdowns (18 rushing, three receiving) at Hutchinson, the same school that produced former Tennessee star and current Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The junior college experience helped Kamara savor the chance he has now that he's back in the SEC. "My high school weight room was bigger than Hutchinson's," Kamara said. "It makes you step back and really appreciate the things that you have. Coming from Alabama and going to Hutch, it was like, 'Whoa.' It was like a shock." Tennessee is hoping Kamara can form a dynamic running back tandem with Jalen Hurd, who rushed for 899 yards as a freshman this season. No other running back who carried the ball for Tennessee in 2014 is expected back next season, so Kamara has a golden opportunity to contribute immediately as a sophomore. The speed and pass-catching ability of the 5-foot-11 Kamara should make him an ideal complement to the 6-foot-3 Hurd. "We feel he is a complete running back," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said after Kamara signed with the Vols last month. "Getting to be able to get him at midyear is going to be a big boost to our entire offense." Kamara is eager to live up to the ranking that accompanied the start of his college career. "Seeing guys that came out of my same class, guys like (Alabama's) Derrick Henry and (Ohio State's) Ezekiel Elliott last night with the national championship, guys I came out with, they're just balling and tearing it up," Kamara said. "And I'm like, 'Man, I'm kind of behind.' I'm playing catch-up. I'm just ready to go out on the field and show what I can do."
DALLAS (AP) — Former Nebraska assistant Tim Beck will be hired by Ohio State to replace co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not to be announced until after Ohio State played Oregon on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game.ESPN.com...
AP Source: Former Nebraska assistant to replace Herman
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Jan 11, 2015DALLAS (AP) — Former Nebraska assistant Tim Beck will be hired by Ohio State to replace co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not to be announced until after Ohio State played Oregon on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game. ESPN.com first reported Beck would be hired by Ohio State. Herman is leaving the Buckeyes to become the head coach at Houston. He has been the Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer since 2012. Beck had been at Nebraska since 2008, but he was not retained by new coach Mike Riley after Bo Pelini was fired. Under Beck, the Cornhuskers ran a spread offense that never ranked lower than sixth in the Big Ten in total offense since Nebraska joined the conference in 2011. Beck worked with Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and line coach Ed Warinner at Kansas in 2007. The Jayhawks went 12-1 and were eighth in the nation in total offense at 480 yards per game that season. Like Herman, Beck also has ties to Texas. Beck was a high school coach in Texas for six years before going to Kansas and recruited the Lone Star state for Nebraska.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Less than a week after being named defensive line coach at SMU, Bill Young has been named defensive coordinator at the University of Tulsa.TU head football coach Philip Montgomery announced the hiring of Young on Thursday and said he will also coach the defensive line.Young was a part of the staff announced by SMU on Monday.Young has some 45 years coaching experience,...
University of Tulsa hires Young as defensive coordinator
Associated Press | Jan 9, 2015TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Less than a week after being named defensive line coach at SMU, Bill Young has been named defensive coordinator at the University of Tulsa. TU head football coach Philip Montgomery announced the hiring of Young on Thursday and said he will also coach the defensive line. Young was a part of the staff announced by SMU on Monday. Young has some 45 years coaching experience, including as defensive coordinator at Tulsa during the 1980s. He has also been defensive coordinator at Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern California, Miami, Kansas and Oklahoma State. He spent last season as head coach at Yukon High School.
Jan 9, 2015
Baylor, Texas Tech, Tulsa, North Texas and Houston are also pursuing Daniel. With only three weekends remaining before National Signing Day on Feb. 4, Daniel has a limited amount of time to visit the campuses of the schools he’s considering.
High school notebook: Ringling's Riley Daniel receives K-State offer
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 9, 2015Time is winding down on college football recruiting for the 2015 class, and another Big 12 program has entered the competition for Ringling offensive lineman Riley Daniel. Kansas State offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-6, 300-pound left tackle prospect on Friday. Baylor, Texas Tech, Tulsa, North Texas and Houston are also pursuing Daniel. With only three weekends remaining before National Signing Day on Feb. 4, Daniel has a limited amount of time to visit the campuses of the schools he’s considering. “I’m not sure what he’ll be able to squeeze in,” Daniel’s father, Brent, said Friday. Daniel is a top-15 prospect in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings and was a first-team All-State selection. He is part of the state’s elite offensive line class, the top three of whom have yet to finalize their college decisions. Along with Daniel, Casady’s Josh Wariboko-Alali and Lawton’s Jalin Barnett are still weighing their options. Barnett is choosing between Oklahoma State and Nebraska, while Wariboko-Alali will announce his decision between Ohio State, Oklahoma and UCLA on Signing Day. FERGUSON JENKINS, MICHELE SMITH AWARD WINNERS NAMED Warren Spahn Award Gala organizers announced Thursday the winners of the annual Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student Athlete Award and the Michele Smith Outstanding Student Athlete Award. The awards are presented to the state’s top high school baseball and softball players and coaches. The baseball winners include Thomas Hughes of Norman North, Keegan Meyn of Yukon, Trevor McCutchin of Owasso, Kyle Tyler of Westmoore and Corey Zangari of Carl Albert. The baseball coach being honored is Carl Albert’s Wayne Dozier. The softball winners include Michelle Brandon of Piedmont, Jayden Chestnut of Mustang, Caleigh Clifton of Wayne,Berkley Faulkner of Duncan and Kristen Prieto of Moore. The softball coach being honored is Newcastle’s Mike Crossley. The Ferguson Jenkins Award is presented in honor of baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins. The Michele Smith Award is named for former Olympic pitcher and Oklahoma State All-American Michele Smith, who is a member of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. The awards will be presented as part of the Warren Spahn Award Gala on Jan. 14 at the Jim Thorpe Museum & Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw will also receive the Warren Spahn Award, which is presented to the best left-hander in Major League Baseball in honor of Oklahoman and Hall of Famer Warren Spahn. FORMER BROKEN ARROW STAR TRANSFERRING TO TCU After just one semester, former Broken Arrow standout and The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year Toree Thompson is transferring from Ole Miss to TCU. TCU announced Tuesday that Thompson had signed a financial agreement and will enroll for the spring semester, but she won’t be eligible to play until sometime next season. She told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that part of her decision to transfer was based on the chance to play in a Power 5 conference closer to home. “I get to be coached by a great coach and directed by a great staff that has a lot of professional experience, and I’ll be exposed to a family-oriented environment with quality people,” she told the newspaper. The 5-foot-10 Thompson started nine games last semester for Ole Miss, averaging 6.8 points, 1.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds. She scored a career-high 23 points against Utah. As a senior at Broken Arrow last season, Thompson led the Tigers to the Class 6A championship, averaging 21.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. SAND SPRINGS’ WALDEN WINS GATORADE AWARD Sand Springs runner Cheyenne Walden was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, the organization announced this week. The sophomore won the Class 6A individual state title in the fall with a record time of 17:56.3. Norman North’s Ben Barrett was named the boys award winner last month.
Jan 6, 2015
The Sooners’ offense will have new leadership in 2015, and Bob Stoops said he’s been given all the resources he’ll need to lure a top-notch offensive coordinator to Norman. Here’s a look at some of the possible candidates to be Oklahoma’s next offensive coordinator.
Oklahoma football: A look at some possible offensive coordinator candidates
BY JASON KERSEY | Jan 6, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell, announcing the moves in a Tuesday news conference. The Sooners’ offense will have new leadership in 2015, and Stoops said he’s been given all the resources he’ll need to lure a top-notch offensive coordinator to Norman. Here’s a look at some of the possible candidates to be Oklahoma’s next offensive coordinator: SONNY CUMBIE Age: 33 Current position: TCU co-offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: N/A Why it makes sense: Cumbie spent four seasons as an offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Texas Tech — his alma mater — before jumping to TCU this season. His work with Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin has been phenomenal. Could he have a similar impact with Trevor Knight? Cumbie also has a relationship with OU’s Baker Mayfield — who could wrestle the Sooners’ QB job from Knight — from their days at Texas Tech. Why it doesn’t: Cumbie doesn’t call plays at TCU, and Stoops probably wants an experienced play caller running his offense in 2015. SCOTT FROST Age: 40 Current position: Oregon offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $400,000 Why it makes sense: Oregon ranks second in the country in scoring offense and third in total offense this season. Frost has been part of the Oregon staff since 2009 — and offensive coordinator the past two years — mastering the Ducks’ high-powered, up-tempo offense that has become one of the most explosive in the nation. He’s coached Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota the past two years, and Oregon is playing for the national championship next week against Ohio State. Frost will surely get a raise from Oregon after this season, but Stoops has been given ample resources to surely out-bid almost anyone if it comes to that. Why it doesn’t: Frost is probably close to landing a major head coaching job, so would he really leave Oregon for another offensive coordinator gig? Also, with things going as well as they are at Oregon, would he really leave to take on a rebuilding project in Norman, especially if the Ducks give him a big raise? TYSON HELTON Age: 36 Current position: Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Current salary: $135,000 Why it makes sense: In his first season as Western Kentucky’s offensive coordinator, the Hilltoppers averaged 534.6 yards of offense and 44.4 points per game. WKU were second in the nation in passing offense, averaging 374.3 passing yards. He has spent time coaching running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks, giving him a good variety of experience working with several aspects of an offense. Helton would surely receive a gigantic raise in Norman from his current $135,000 salary. Why it doesn’t: Helton has only called plays for one season, and none of his experience has been in any of the Power Five conferences. JOSH HENSON Age: 39 Current position: Missouri offensive coordinator/TEs/OL Current salary: $550,000 Why it makes sense: Henson was promoted to Missouri’s offensive coordinator in December 2012, and he made tremendous improvements to the Tigers’ offense. Mizzou went from a 5-7 record in 2012 to 12-2 in 2013, when the Tigers won the SEC East and the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers ranked 34th nationally in passing efficiency in Henson’s first year, as opposed to 103rd in that category the season before. He spent four seasons as LSU’s recruiting coordinator from 2005-08, meaning he’s got good connections in the South that could pay huge dividends in recruiting. He’s a Tuttle native, so he’s got plenty of local connections. Why it doesn’t: Henson played at Oklahoma State. He’s also got a pretty good thing going at Missouri, which has won consecutive SEC East championships and seems to be a program on the rise in what is considered college football’s best conference. RHETT LASHLEE Age: 31 Current position: Auburn offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $600,000 Why it makes sense: Lashlee is a Gus Malzahn disciple, having played quarterback in high school under Malzahn and working under him for much of his young career. He’s smart and innovative, and a good quarterback teacher, having worked the last two years with Nick Marshall. The Tigers played for the national championship in Lashlee’s first season at Auburn. Why it doesn’t: Would Lashlee leave Malzahn? Also, would the Sooners be willing to pay him more than the $600,000 he’s making right now? Stoops also indicated Tuesday that he wants an experienced play caller and coordinator, so would he be willing to bring in someone so young? SETH LITTRELL Age: 36 Current position: North Carolina offensive coordinator/TEs Current salary: $250,000 Why it makes sense: Littrell played under Stoops and was a fullback and team captain on the 2000 national championship team. He’s worked at Texas Tech, Arizona, Indiana and now North Carolina, giving him lots of varied experience. He’s also got familiarity with current OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh; the two worked together at Tech and Arizona. Why it doesn’t: Heupel was also a former Stoops player and 2000 team captain. Stoops’ best assistants on the current staff are those he didn’t have a previous relationship with. New, fresh ideas are what the Sooners need offensively. MARK MANGINO Age: 58 Current position: Iowa State offensive coordinator/TEs Current salary: $350,000 Why it makes sense: Mangino was the Sooners’ offensive coordinator on the 2000 national championship team. He was Kansas’ head coach during the Jayhawks’ most successful stretch ever, peaking with an Orange Bowl win to end the 2007-08 season. He made obvious improvements in his first year at Iowa State, despite the Cyclones’ poor record. Stoops and Mangino remain close friends. Why it doesn’t: The way in which Mangino left Kansas would probably make it difficult for Stoops to justify hiring him to David Boren and Joe Castiglione. Also, the last time Stoops re-hired an old coordinator — Mike Stoops — the old magic didn’t come back. GARRICK MCGEE Age: 41 Current position: Louisville offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $650,000 Why it makes sense: McGee has head coaching experience, having spent two seasons leading UAB from 2012-13. He was Arkansas’ offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino, and the Razorbacks went 10-3 and won the Sugar Bowl in 2010 with the nation’s No. 8 total offense. McGee played quarterback at Oklahoma from 1994-95. Why it doesn’t: McGee is well paid at Louisville, and has a good working relationship with Petrino. DOUG MEACHAM Age: 50 Current position: TCU co-offensive coordinator/WRs Current salary: N/A (reportedly $350,000) Why it makes sense: Meacham shares the offensive coordinator title with Sonny Cumbie, but is the one who calls plays at TCU. He’s a good recruiter and has overseen the Horned Frogs’ incredible offensive resurgence in 2014. He was a finalist for the Broyles Award this year as the nation’s top assistant coach. He’s very familiar with the Texas recruiting scene, having worked at Oklahoma State and Houston before TCU. Why it doesn’t: Meacham is a former Oklahoma State player and has a good thing at TCU, with Boykin returning next season. LINCOLN RILEY Age: 31 Current position: East Carolina offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $278,800 Why it makes sense: East Carolina ranked fifth in the nation in total offense this season, and Riley is considered a rising star in the coaching profession. He learned the Air Raid offense as a player and then coach under Mike Leach at Texas Tech, and was Michael Crabtree’s position coach during his record-breaking career. He’s been ECU’s offensive coordinator for five seasons. Why it doesn’t: If Stoops wants an established, experienced offensive coordinator, would Riley’s age be a barrier despite his five years as offensive coordinator? JAKE SPAVITAL Age: 29 Current position: Texas A&M offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $483,000 Why it makes sense: Spavital is a Dana Holgorsen disciple, working under him at Oklahoma State and West Virginia before becoming Kevin Sumlin’s offensive coordinator in 2013. He worked with Johnny Manziel during his first season with the Aggies, and Manziel’s passing numbers actually improved in his sophomore season under Spavital. He’s got plenty of recruiting connections in Texas, and is an Oklahoma kid, having played quarterback at Tulsa Union. Why it doesn’t: Spavital is still a new offensive coordinator, having only called plays the last two years. He’s also still very young, and has only been a full-time college coach for four years.
Jan 4, 2015
Learn more about the first-team All-Staters, including Defensive Player of the Year Marquise Overton of Jenks.
2014 Oklahoman All-State football team: A closer look at the first-team defense
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Jan 4, 2015Malon Al-jiboori, Tulsa Union Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 220 College choice: Recruited by multiple Division II programs This season: Al-jiboori turned in a stellar senior season with 19 sacks, setting a Tulsa Union single-season record. He had 11 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in the 52-7 semifinal win over Mustang. Michael Anderson, Owasso Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 230 College choice: Tulsa This season: Anderson capped an impressive career as a three-year starter for the Rams with 90 tackles and 19 sacks as a senior. He was the standout player on a defense that proved to be one of the best in the state, allowing just over 15 points per game while making a run to the Class 6A-I semifinals. Austin Grotts, Bixby Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 270 College choice: Recruited by Air Force, Arkansas State and Oklahoma State This season: Grotts burst onto the scene this season with 20 sacks, 17 more than his junior season, and 40 tackles for loss on the Spartans’ title team. He made a significant impact in the Class 6A-II championship game with two sacks, eight tackles and nine quarterback hurries. Dejai Johnson, Midwest City Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 260 College choice: Recruited by Air Force, South Dakota and others This season: Not the prototypical size for a defensive tackle, but his pure strength and unmatched technique made him nearly impossible to block at the high school level, and caught the eye of Division I colleges. Defensive Player of the Year Marquise Overton, Jenks Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 300 College choice: Oklahoma This season: Overton is a pure noseguard. The future Sooner had eight sacks and 50 quarterback hurries as the focal point of the Jenks defense in its run to a third consecutive state title. L’liott Curry, Guthrie Senior linebacker Ht./Wt.: 6-2-190 College choice: Undecided This season: A jack-of-all-trades, Curry recorded 13 sacks and 67 tackles for the Bluejays’ stout defense. He also caught seven touchdown passes while playing receiver and tight end to lead Guthrie to the Class 5A quarterfinals. Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko Senior linebacker Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 195 College choice: Recruited by Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa, Iowa State, Arkansas State, Houston and others This season: Possibly the hardest-hitting linebacker in the state, Wauahdooah delivered big play after big play not only this season, but the past three seasons for the Warriors as well. He finished with nine sacks and 93 tackles, leading a defense that allowed just 65 points all season. Connor McGinnis, Heritage Hall Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 190 College choice: Undecided This season: The senior did more than lead the Class 3A champion Chargers’ potent offense, he led a stingy secondary with 10 interceptions from primarily the safety position. On offense, he accounted for 39 touchdowns and nearly 3,300 total yards. Darryel Patterson, Lawton Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 165 College choice: Considering Kansas State, Arizona State and Wyoming This season: One of the fastest players in the state, Patterson rushed for 2,071 yards and 20 touchdowns while leading the Wolverines to a state runner-up finish. But his presence was also felt on defense with two crucial interceptions at a position he’ll likely play in college. Blake Summers, Davis Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 185 College choice: Recruited by multiple Division II programs This season: Summers did it all as an option quarterback, defensive back and return specialist while leading Davis to a second consecutive Class 2A state championship. He rushed for 2,298 and 38 touchdowns as the orchestrator of the Wolves wishbone offense. Including rushing, passing, returns and defensive touchdowns, he scored 50 times this season. Will Sunderland, Midwest City Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 197 College choice: Oklahoma This season: Big, physical and fast, Sunderland is the prototypical safety prospect, and he seems to have a nose for the big play. He concludes his standout high school career as a two-time Oklahoman All-State selection.
SATURDAY NFL 3:20 p.m., Arizona at Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 7:15 p.m., Baltimore at Pittsburgh, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NHL 6 p.m., Toronto at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., E. Carolina vs. Florida, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 10 a.m., SMU at Cincinnati, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., KSU at Oklahoma St., ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 11...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Saturday, Jan. 3-Sunday, Jan. 4
Jan 2, 2015SATURDAY NFL 3:20 p.m., Arizona at Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 7:15 p.m., Baltimore at Pittsburgh, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NHL 6 p.m., Toronto at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., E. Carolina vs. Florida, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 10 a.m., SMU at Cincinnati, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., KSU at Oklahoma St., ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 11 a.m., Mt. Olive at King, CBSS (Cox 249) 11 a.m., Pittsburgh at NC State, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 11 a.m., Villanova at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., Syracuse at Virginia Tech, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, N. Alabama at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) Noon, Duquesne at Dayton, NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m., UConn at Florida, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 1 p.m., Providence at Marquette, FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Xavier at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Texas at Texas Tech, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Norfolk State at Georgia, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1:30 p.m., Ga. Tech at Notre Dame, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 2 p.m., Utah Valley at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., Rhode Island at St. Louis, NBCSN (Cox 251) 2:30 p.m., Illinois at Ohio State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Baylor at Oklahoma, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3 p.m., West Virginia at TCU, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., Tulane at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Butler at St. John’s, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Boston College at Duke, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3:30 p.m., Creighton at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 4 p.m., Lipscomb at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 4 p.m., Richmond at Davidson, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4:30 p.m., Virginia at Miami, Fla., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m., S. Carolina at Iowa State, CBSS (Cox 249) 5 p.m., Tulane at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Savannah St. at LSU, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Penn State at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Oregon State at Oregon, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Colorado St. at New Mexico, CBSS (Cox 249) 7:15 p.m., N. Carolina at Clemson, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., UC Irvine at New Mex. St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 8:30 p.m., Gonzaga at Portland, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9 p.m., S. Diego St. at Fresno St., ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Oklahoma St. at Baylor, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGFY-FM 105.5 3 p.m., Maryland at Nebraska, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Kansas at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) AHL 6 p.m., OKC at Lake Erie, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE HOCKEY 6 p.m., Union, NY at Boston Univ., NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN’S SOCCER 9 a.m., Tranmere vs. Swansea, FS1 (Cox 67) HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon, Army All-American Bowl, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SUPERCROSS 9 p.m., AMA Supercross, FS1 (Cox 67) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Cincinnati at Indianapolis, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:30 p.m., Detroit at Dallas, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 NBA 8:30 p.m., Indiana at L.A. Lakers, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 7 p.m., Dallas at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8 p.m., Toledo vs. Arkansas St., ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., UCF at Temple, ESPNews (Cox 254) Noon, VCU at Fordham, CBSS (Cox 249) 1 p.m., Houston at Tulsa, ESPNews (Cox 254)/KRMG-AM 740 2 p.m., UTSA at North Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 2:30 p.m., UTEP at Rice, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 3:30 p.m., UNLV at Kansas, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 4:30 p.m., Illinois St. at Wichita St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Arizona State at Arizona, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., Louisville at Wake Forest, ESPNU (Cox 253) 9 p.m., Washington at Stanford, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Alabama at Georgia, FSOK (Cox 37) Noon, Notre Dame at Syracuse, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, UConn at St. John’s, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 12:30 p.m., Texas A&M at Arkansas, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Mississippi at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., NC State at N. Carolina, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m., S. Carolina at LSU, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., G. Washington at Dayton, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Richmond at Fordham, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Florida at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 3:30 p.m., W. Virginia at Oklahoma, FS1 (Cox 67)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 4 p.m., TCU at Texas Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 4:30 p.m., USF at Tulane, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 7 a.m., Dover vs. Crystal Palace, FS1 (Cox 67) 9:30 p.m., Yeovil vs. Man. United, FS1 (Cox 67) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal vs. Hull, FS1 (Cox 67)
FRIDAY NBA 6 p.m., Brooklyn at Orlando, NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m., Washington at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Houston vs. Pittsburgh, ESPN (Cox 29) 2:20 p.m., Iowa vs. Tennessee, ESPN (Cox 29) 5:45 p.m., KSU vs. UCLA, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:15 p.m., Washington vs. Oklahoma St., ESPN (Cox 29)/KXXY-FM 96.1 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m., Florida St. at Mississippi St.,...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, Jan. 2-Saturday, Jan. 3
Jan 1, 2015FRIDAY NBA 6 p.m., Brooklyn at Orlando, NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m., Washington at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Houston vs. Pittsburgh, ESPN (Cox 29) 2:20 p.m., Iowa vs. Tennessee, ESPN (Cox 29) 5:45 p.m., KSU vs. UCLA, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:15 p.m., Washington vs. Oklahoma St., ESPN (Cox 29)/KXXY-FM 96.1 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m., Florida St. at Mississippi St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 9 p.m., USC at Utah, ESPNU (Cox 253) 9 p.m., UCLA at Colorado, FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Auburn at S. Carolina, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Marquette at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m., Missouri at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 6:30 p.m., OKC at Lake Erie, KGHM-AM 1340 NBA D-LEAGUE 7:30 p.m., Texas at Austin, FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE WRESTLING 8 a.m., OSU at Southern Toury, KSPI-AM 780 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 3 p.m., Under Armour All America, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 3:30 p.m., Dematha, MD vs. Sierra Cany., ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., Our Savior N.A. vs. Findlay Prep, ESPNU (Cox 253) IIHF HOCKEY Noon, Junior Championship, NHLNET (Cox 263) 4 p.m., Junior Championship, NHLNET (Cox 263) SATURDAY NFL 3:20 p.m., Arizona at Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 7:15 p.m., Baltimore at Pittsburgh, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NHL 6 p.m., Toronto at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., E. Carolina vs. Florida, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 10 a.m., SMU at Cincinnati, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., KSU at Oklahoma St., ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 11 a.m., Mt. Olive at King, CBSS (Cox 249) 11 a.m., Pittsburgh at NC State, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 11 a.m., Villanova at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., Syracuse at Virginia Tech, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, N. Alabama at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) Noon, Duquesne at Dayton, NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m., UConn at Florida, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 1 p.m., Providence at Marquette, FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Xavier at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Texas at Texas Tech, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Norfolk State at Georgia, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1:30 p.m., Ga. Tech at Notre Dame, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 2 p.m., Utah Valley at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., Rhode Island at St. Louis, NBCSN (Cox 251) 2:30 p.m., Illinois at Ohio State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Baylor at Oklahoma, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3 p.m., West Virginia at TCU, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., Tulane at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Butler at St. John’s, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Boston College at Duke, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3:30 p.m., Creighton at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 4 p.m., Lipscomb at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 4 p.m., Richmond at Davidson, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4:30 p.m., Virginia at Miami, Fla., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m., S. Carolina at Iowa State, CBSS (Cox 249) 5 p.m., Tulane at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Savannah St. at LSU, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Penn State at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Oregon State at Oregon, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Colorado St. at New Mexico, CBSS (Cox 249) 7:15 p.m., N. Carolina at Clemson, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., UC Irvine at New Mex. St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 8:30 p.m., Gonzaga at Portland, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9 p.m., S. Diego St. at Fresno St., ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Oklahoma St. at Baylor, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGFY-FM 105.5 3 p.m., Maryland at Nebraska, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Kansas at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) AHL 6 p.m., OKC at Lake Erie, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE HOCKEY 6 p.m., Union, NY at Boston Univ., NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN’S SOCCER 9 a.m., Tranmere vs. Swansea, FS1 (Cox 67) HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon, Army All-American Bowl, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SUPERCROSS 9 p.m., AMA Supercross, FS1 (Cox 67) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Cincinnati at Indianapolis, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:30 p.m., Detroit at Dallas, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 NBA 8:30 p.m., Indiana at L.A. Lakers, NBATV (Cox 256) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8 p.m., Toledo vs. Arkansas St., ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., UCF at Temple, ESPNews (Cox 254) Noon, VCU at Fordham, CBSS (Cox 249) 1 p.m., Houston at Tulsa, ESPNews (Cox 254)/KRMG-AM 740 2 p.m., UTSA at North Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 2:30 p.m., UTEP at Rice, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 3:30 p.m., UNLV at Kansas, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 4:30 p.m., Illinois St. at Wichita St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Arizona State at Arizona, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., Louisville at Wake Forest, ESPNU (Cox 253) 9 p.m., Washington at Stanford, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Alabama at Georgia, FSOK (Cox 37) Noon, Notre Dame at Syracuse, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, UConn at St. John’s, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 12:30 p.m., Texas A&M at Arkansas, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Mississippi at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., NC State at N. Carolina, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m., S. Carolina at LSU, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., G. Washington at Dayton, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Richmond at Fordham, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Florida at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 3:30 p.m., W. Virginia at Oklahoma, FS1 (Cox 67)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 4 p.m., TCU at Texas Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 4:30 p.m., USF at Tulane, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 7 a.m., Dover vs. Crystal Palace, FS1 (Cox 67) 9:30 p.m., Yeovil vs. Man. United, FS1 (Cox 67) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal vs. Hull, FS1 (Cox 67) SATURDAY NFL 3:20 p.m., Arizona at Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 7:15 p.m., Baltimore at Pittsburgh, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NHL 6 p.m., Toronto at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., E. Carolina vs. Florida, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 10 a.m., SMU at Cincinnati, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., KSU at Oklahoma St., ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 11 a.m., Mt. 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Tech at Notre Dame, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 2 p.m., Utah Valley at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., Rhode Island at St. Louis, NBCSN (Cox 251) 2:30 p.m., Illinois at Ohio State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Baylor at Oklahoma, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3 p.m., West Virginia at TCU, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., Tulane at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Butler at St. John’s, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Boston College at Duke, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3:30 p.m., Creighton at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 4 p.m., Lipscomb at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 4 p.m., Richmond at Davidson, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4:30 p.m., Virginia at Miami, Fla., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m., S. Carolina at Iowa State, CBSS (Cox 249) 5 p.m., Tulane at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Savannah St. at LSU, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Penn State at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Oregon State at Oregon, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Colorado St. at New Mexico, CBSS (Cox 249) 7:15 p.m., N. Carolina at Clemson, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., UC Irvine at New Mex. St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 8:30 p.m., Gonzaga at Portland, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9 p.m., S. Diego St. at Fresno St., ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Oklahoma St. at Baylor, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGFY-FM 105.5 3 p.m., Maryland at Nebraska, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Kansas at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) AHL 6 p.m., OKC at Lake Erie, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE HOCKEY 6 p.m., Union, NY at Boston Univ., NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN’S SOCCER 9 a.m., Tranmere vs. Swansea, FS1 (Cox 67) HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon, Army All-American Bowl, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SUPERCROSS 9 p.m., AMA Supercross, FS1 (Cox 67)
Jan 1, 2015
A closer look at the players who made the first team.
2014 Oklahoma Little All-City football first team
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jan 1, 2015Offense Matt Harman, Cashion Sophomore quarterback Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 185 This season: Accounted for 3,723 total yards and more than 40 touchdowns, doing most of his damage through the air. The second-year starter threw for 3,237 yards and 39 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, completing 68 percent of his passes to lead Cashion to the state finals for the first time since 1981. Tabor Johns, Hennessey Junior running back Ht./Wt.: 5-10, 180 This season: Rushed for 1,823 yards and 29 touchdowns on 277 carries, with a 322-yard, 5-touchdown game against OKC Legion. He will be 30 yards away from the 3,000-yard career mark when his senior season begins. Terrell Love, Heritage Hall Junior running back Ht./Wt.: 5-9, 220 This season: Nicknamed “Tank” and he showed why, delivering punishing hits whether he was playing running back or linebacker. He finished with 1,386 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, while compiling 144 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions on defense. Offensive Player of the Year Grant Martin, Harrah Junior running back Ht./Wt.: 5-9, 165 This season: A third-stringer when the season began, Martin rose to the top of the depth chart, and the top of the state’s rushing list, with 2,589 yards and 37 touchdowns, averaging 235.4 yards per game. Collin Andrews, Washington Senior wide receiver Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 185 College choice: Undecided This season: Primarily a receiver, Andrews also did some damage in the run game, accounting for more than 1,300 total yards with 19 touchdowns on a Warrior team that was stacked with skill-position talent. Denver Johnson, Casady Senior wide receiver Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 205 College choice: Iowa State This season: A dangerous big-play threat, Johnson had 48 catches for 913 yards and 14 touchdowns on a Casady team that lost its starting quarterback late in the year, but still reached the Southwest Preparatory Conference title game. Luther Harris, Heritage Hall Junior offensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 370 This season: The foundational piece of Heritage Hall’s power run game that was the key to its attack on the way to the Class 3A state title. The Chargers had two players rush for more than 1,300 yards. Sam Jones, Bethany Senior offensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 275 College choice: Undecided This season: A reliable blocker in the Bronchos’ dual-threat offense that averaged 34.4 points per game. Larry Joubert, Douglass Senior offensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 250 College choice: Undecided This season: Douglass had less size up front than in recent years, but Joubert led the way, opening holes for two 1,000-yard rushers and protecting a 1,700-yard passer. Logan Roberson, Harrah Junior offensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 320 This season: Already drawing Division I attention, Roberson anchored a powerful offensive line that blocked for the state’s top rusher, Grant Martin, who had nearly 2,600 yards. Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady Senior offensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 310 College choice: Undecided This season: The state’s top recruit and an elite college prospect, Wariboko-Alali helped guide the Cyclones to the Southwest Preparatory Conference finals this season. Defense Ty Hughes, Jones Junior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 285 This season: A varsity starter since he was a freshman, Hughes was a force up front for the Longhorns, and he’s beginning to catch the eye of some college scouts. Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 275 College choice: Wyoming This season: A dominant two-way player, Jackson was vital to the Yellowjackets’ defensive front, and equally important on the offensive line, which is where he’ll play in college. Brandon Rolin, Purcell Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 265 College choice: Undecided This season: Always a challenge to block, Rolin had 65 tackles in his senior season, 13 of them for lost yardage. He finished his career with 197 tackles from the noseguard position. Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher Senior defensive lineman Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 225 College choice: Kansas This season: Athletic with a big frame, Sternberger’s primary roles were at tight end and defensive end, where he finished with 20 sacks. The Yellowjackets also used him as a running back late in the year. Kaelon Love, John Marshall Senior linebacker Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 225 College choice: Undecided This season: Part of a senior-laden group of linebackers, Love was effective as a pass rusher or run stopper, and could cover receivers as well. Javy Renteria, Hennessey Senior linebacker Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 225 College choice: Undecided This season: Had 151 tackles (112 solo) with five sacks and three interceptions. He also graded at 89 percent on the Eagles’ offensive line. Dameko Doddles, Douglass Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 200 College choice: Wyoming This season: Doddles did a little bit of everything for the Trojans, from his roles as a receiver and kick returner, to kicking and punting. But he was most effective at safety, where he took away the middle of the field. Luke Frankfurt, OCS Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 190 College choice: Undecided This season: Not only did Frankfurt have another outstanding year at running back, accounting for 1,316 yards and 21 touchdowns, he kept up his reputation as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the metro area, and finished with 125 tackles. Casey Freeman, Newcastle Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 190 College choice: Undecided This season: A four-year starter at safety for the Racers, Freeman emerged as an excellent leader at quarterback, where he threw for 2,414 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions, also rushing for 348 yards and nine scores as Newcastle rose to be one of the top teams in Class 4A. Peyton Maroney, Cashion Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 5-10, 160 College choice: Undecided This season: An impact player on both sides of the ball for the Wildcats, Maroney intercepted seven passes on defense, and finished with 756 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensive Player of the Year Connor McGinnis, Heritage Hall Senior defensive back Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 190 College choice: Undecided This season: His offensive performance at quarterback is what people tend to remember, but McGinnis was as dangerous as any safety in the state patrolling the secondary. Long and athletic, McGinnis finished with 10 interceptions on the season, including one in the Chargers’ state championship victory. Special teams Jack Markmiller, OCS Junior kicker Ht./Wt.: 5-10, 165 This season: The promising young kicker made 10 of his 13 field goal attempts, with a long of 42. Kyle Duke, Bethany Senior punter Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 195 College choice: Undecided This season: Averaged 36.9 yards per punt for the Bronchos and concluded his career with his best season as a quarterback. The three-year starter completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,140 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. Also rushed for 867 yards and 15 scores. Maurice Wright, Luther Junior kick returner Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 195 This season: Multiple opposing coaches called him the best athlete they faced all season. He had 980 rushing yards, 713 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns. And he was a threat to go the distance every time he touched the ball in the return game. Jake Peyton, Perkins Senior punt returner Ht./Wt.: 5-8, 185 College choice: Undecided This season: Three of his 29 total touchdowns came in the return game, to go with 1,495 rushing yards, 469 receiving yards and 92 tackles on defense. Coach of the Year Andy Bogert, Heritage Hall This season: The storybook ending to Bogert’s career came with the Chargers’ 37-14 victory over Cushing in the Class 3A title game, his third gold ball as Heritage Hall’s head coach. The retiring coach has handed the program off to his son, Brett Bogert.
Jan. 11863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville.1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha.1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flagJan. 21939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa.1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska...
Today in Nebraska-January
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 29, 2014Jan. 1 1863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville. 1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha. 1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flag Jan. 2 1939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa. 1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the Orange Bowl to win the national collegiate football championship. Jan. 3 1949 — A huge blizzard that Gov. Val Peterson called one of the greatest catastrophes ever to hit Nebraska raged across the state. Twenty-five deaths were attributed to the storm. Jan. 4 1854 — A committee headed by Stephen Douglas reported to the U.S. Senate a bill creating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which organized the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Jan. 5 1937 — The first session of the unicameral Legislature began in Lincoln. Jan. 6 1910 — Novelist Wright Morris was born in Central City. Jan. 7 1870 — The first 10 miles of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad were completed. 1944 — Three seamen were killed in an explosion at the Naval Ordnance Depot in Hastings. Two more fatal explosions occurred later in the year. Jan. 8 1862 — Saunders County, formerly known as Calhoun County, was organized by an act of the Territorial Legislature. 1881 — Poet John G. Neihardt was born near Sharpsburg, Ill. 1910 — Chadron was chosen the site for the state's fourth normal school, now known as Chadron State College. Jan. 9 1866 — Territorial Gov. Alvin Saunders urged the Legislature to consider statehood. 1879 — A group of Cheyenne Indians broke out of Fort Robinson, leading Army troops on a chase that lasted several days in bitterly cold weather. 1953 — The state Supreme Court ruled that real estate should be assessed at actual value, touching off a controversy that lasted many months. Jan. 10 1917 — Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver. 1975 — A blizzard driven by 60 mph winds struck Omaha, dumping up to 16 inches of snow. 1976 — An explosion and fire destroyed the Hotel Pathfinder in Fremont, killing 18 people. Jan. 11 1860 — Territorial Legislature authorized a special election to consider forming a state constitution. Jan. 12 1858 — William Richardson became governor of the Nebraska Territory. 1872 — Grand Duke Alexis of Russia arrived in North Platte for a bison hunt with Bill Cody. 1888 — The Schoolchildren's Blizzard. Jan. 13 1873 — Gov. Robert Furnas issued a proclamation organizing Sherman County. 1987 — Mayor Mike Boyle, of Omaha, accused of misconduct in office, was recalled in a special election. Jan. 14 1940 — Among manufacturing cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, Omaha is the country's first city in the manufacture of butter. Jan. 15 1919 — The people of Sidney threw a welcome-home victory dance for servicemen returning from World War I. Several foxtrots were on the program. Jan. 16 1855 — The first session of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature opened. Jan. 17 1965 — An early Omaha landmark, the Omaha Paper Co. building, was destroyed by fire. Jan. 18 1856 — The Territorial Legislature chartered the Bank of Florence, which failed three years later. 2008 — An 18-year-old North Platte man pleaded guilty to charges related to a double homicide. Michael Grandon admitted killing Lori Solie and 5-year-old Tiara Solie, the mother and half sister, respectively, of Grandon's teenage girlfriend, Alisha Ochoa. 2012 — President Barack Obama rejected plans for a massive oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through Nebraska and other states on its way to the Gulf Coast. The decision didn't kill the project, however. Jan. 19 1874 — Settlers and a band of Sioux Indians were involved in a skirmish near Elyria that became known as the Battle of Pebble Creek. The Indians withdrew after an exchange of shots with the settlers that left one settler dead. Jan. 20 1965 — The Omaha Benson High School Band, in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural parade, experienced a brief period of panic when members learned that their instruments had not arrived in the Capitol with them. Musicians and instruments were soon reunited when the mix-up was straightened out. Jan. 21 1879 — Cheyenne outbreak at Fort Robinson ends with the Battle of Antelope Creek. 1930 — Longtime Omaha Mayor Jim Dahlman died. Jan. 22 1879 — Nine Northern Cheyenne Indians were captured and about two dozen killed at the end of the Battle of Antelope Creek about 40 miles northwest of Fort Robinson. 1893 — The Capitol National Bank failed in Lincoln during a financial panic. Jan. 24 1949 — The village of Terrytown was incorporated. Jan. 25 1940 — Shattering all records for a movie here, "Gone With the Wind" opened at the Paramount in Omaha, with an advance sale of 17,000 tickets. Jan. 26 1856 — Dixon County was organized. 1916 — Keya Paha High School opened in Springview. Jan. 27 1949 — Thirteen inches of snow fell in Omaha during a blizzard. 1958 — Police found the bodies of three people at a Lincoln home, the first victims discovered in a murder spree by Charles Starkweather. Jan. 28 1940 — John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was not available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library. The Library Board had not taken formal action after a discussion to ban the book, but the librarian said the book had been catalogued and then withdrawn from circulation. Jan. 29 1958 — Mass murderer Charles Starkweather, of Lincoln, was arrested in Douglas, Wyo. Jan. 30 1965 — Noting that it is difficult to determine where to draw the line in laws regulating exotic dancing, the Omaha city attorney told a council member that he didn't think it rational to write an ordinance permitting only one wiggle per drum beat. Jan. 31 1876 — The Sioux Nation was turned over to the War Department. The U.S. government issued a decree the month before requiring that all Sioux Indians in Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana turn themselves in at reservations or be considered hostile.
Dec 28, 2014
Since Steve Hahn took the state president’s job for AT&T in May, he’s crisscrossed Oklahoma, speaking to civic leaders and others about pushing the company’s network into the state’s smaller communities and rural areas.
AT&T Oklahoma president connects innovation with farm-grown values
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Dec 28, 2014When Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Oklahoma, joined its predecessor Southwestern Bell about 15 years ago, landline telephone service was still the cornerstone offering of the company. Today, Hahn marvels that his 23-year-old niece never has owned a landline phone, while desk and wall phones will be ancient history when his three young boys grow up. AT&T’s focus now is on mobile connectivity, he said. The telecom company has invested $21 billion a year over the past three years, including in its 4G LTE (fourth generation, long-term evolution) network, or “the latest and greatest technology,” he said. Over the same period, it has invested $800 million a year in Oklahoma alone, he said. Since the end of May, when Hahn took the Oklahoma president’s job, the former president of Kansas AT&T has crisscrossed the state, speaking to civic leaders and others about pushing that network into Oklahoma’s smaller communities and rural areas. One recent day he traveled from Edmond to Tahlequah to Claremore to Woodward and back home to Edmond. “I joke that I should have looked at a map when my team put that schedule together,” Hahn said. “These are thrilling times, to see what others do with our network and connectivity,” he said. Consumers, for example, already can unlock their front doors from their smart phones or tablets, he said. “I get asked a lot about what will happen in the next three years. I don’t know; the possibilities are limitless for what innovators can develop to improve people’s lives and businesses,“ Hahn said. “But it starts with this platform.” From his offices at 405 N Broadway, Hahn sat down with The Oklahoman on Monday to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: I grew up in Temple, Texas, where my parents still live. My father was a physician specializing in infectious diseases at Scott & White Hospital, and after he retired at age 55, operated a small cow/calf farm he bought in the mid ‘70s, I think mainly as a place for his children to work. My mother was a homemaker. I’m the youngest of four; two girls and two boys. Q: So you grew up working on a farm? A: Yes, from age 12 on. For me, it was a love/hate relationship. While other kids were at the pool, I was working cattle, mending fences and clearing fields of prickly pear cactus and burning it in bonfires in August in central Texas. I think the work was part of my dad’s master plan for me to realize that an education was the key to not working with my back. We still have the farm and spent this past Thanksgiving there. My parents have 15 grandchildren. Q: Did you have time for high school activities? A: I played soccer, midfield, and still do today. In junior high, football was my love. I was the B team quarterback. But I was smart enough to realize I wasn’t big enough to be competitive in that sport. In the eighth grade, I was only 5 feet tall and weighed 88 pounds. I didn’t reach my full height, 5-11, until I was in college. Q: Where did you go to college? A: I studied history at the University of Texas in Austin, and worked the first two years after graduation for a Texas state representative. I’d planned to go to law school until my brother, who’s a lawyer, talked me out of it. I went back to get my MBA at Texas A&M, where I worked as a graduate assistant and from which SBC recruited me into its leadership development program. It was a great rotational program, where I worked in all parts of the business, from installation and repair to the call center to marketing. My first full-time assignment was as a first-line manager’s job in Dallas; it was seven years before I was promoted to district manager in San Antonio. Q: Of what AT&T contributions are you proudest? A: After Southwestern Bell merged with Bell South and we acquired the Cingular Wireless asset, I led the company’s “3 screens” initiative to deliver content across televisions, computers and wireless devices. So for example, during the Masters Tournament that we sponsor, we could instantly deliver across three screens an exclusive interview with Phil Mickelson after he walked off the course. I also played a key role in the deployment across 22 states of AT&T’s U-verse TV service, offering a new alternative to satellite and local cable. Today, with more than 6 million subscribers, U-verse is our fastest growing service. We’re adding 225,000 new customers every quarter. Q: How did you meet your wife? A: We met in Dallas. I was playing in a band and we met in that venue. I played guitar, was the lead singer and song writer. I’ve always loved music, though I can’t read it. I taught myself to play guitar when I was a senior in high school, and over the next 10 years, played roots rock in several different bands. The night I met Julie, a gregarious friend of hers introduced herself during a break. Then Julie started showing up at shows and one thing led to another. It’s been a whirlwind. Not long after we married, I was transferred to San Antonio, where we lived 18 months before our headquarters was moved to Dallas. After two years back in Dallas, we moved to Lawrence for three and half years, and in July, from Kansas (to) here. We hope to stay for a while. I grew up in the same house and our twin boys have lived in four places and they’re only 7 years old.
Collected Wisdom: Mark Price, former NBA star, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach and Oklahoma nativeDec 27, 2014
After helping turn the Georgia Tech program around and then starring in the NBA, Mark Price is now an assistant for the Charlotte Hornets. He was in town on Friday night. And he shared some of his collected wisdom.
Collected Wisdom: Mark Price, former NBA star, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach and Oklahoma native
INTERVIEWED BY ANTHONY SLATER | Dec 27, 2014Among the growing list of basketball stars to originate from the state of Oklahoma, Mark Price is the only one to make an All-NBA First Team. The Enid native earned those honors in 1993 — one of the pinnacle moments of what has been a storied hoops career. And it’s not over. After helping turn the Georgia Tech program around and then starring in the NBA, Price is now an assistant for the Charlotte Hornets. He was in town on Friday night. And he shared some of his collected wisdom. My biggest memories from Oklahoma, well, my dad coached at different high schools and colleges, so I lived all over the state. Went to high school in Enid. But I just tell people Oklahoma is a great place, have great memories of my childhood. Great people, hard-working people. Any time you grow up in a smaller town, life is not going to be as fast-paced as a big city. So growing up in Enid, town of about 50,000 people, things were the same. And there’s a lot stability in that, growing up and having that environment. The 1982 state championship, that was one of the most fun years I ever had playing basketball. We were a small team. I think we might have been predicted to finish last in the conference. We were in a conference with Wayman Tisdale and all the Tulsa teams and yet somehow we were able to come together as a team. I got to play with my middle brother Matt that season. He was a sophomore. So I just have great memories of making that run. We didn’t play (Tisdale’s team) in the state tournament. But we had beat them earlier in the year when they were undefeated and the No. 1 team in the state. Oh, yeah (I remember that game). It was crazy. The little arena we had in Enid was just packed to the gills. Nobody gave us much of a chance. Our tallest guy was about 6-foot-1. And they had a frontline of about 6-9, 6-8, 6-7 and had Wayman obviously. So beating them, man, you talk to people that live there now and they still remember it vividly. We played a tight zone, tried to make them shoot outside, not kill us inside with the rebounding. About 90 percent of our shots were outside the paint. I had a really good game, but we also had a couple other guys step up and hit some shots as well. Just a great win for the town of Enid. Really gave us the confidence that we could go on and accomplish a lot that season. All the local schools recruited me hard — OU, OSU and even Tulsa with Nolan Richardson at the time. And I was really not planning on going that far from home, even looking at Kansas State close by recruiting me really hard. But I don’t know, examining all the situations, I was small coming out of high school and felt I needed to play a lot as a freshman to develop. A lot of the schools I would have picked locally I probably would have had to wait a year or two. Georgia Tech I felt offered me the best opportunity. And it was in a great conference. Ended up being the right decision. Caught a lot of people by surprise at the time, even my parents that I chose Tech. Because of all the programs at the time, it was probably the least-known program of all of them. But obviously we were able to build something special there (Price was a two-time All-American and four-time All-ACC performer, helping Georgia Tech to the ACC title his junior season). Maybe (my NBA career) is underrated in a sense from the national media because I played in Cleveland most of my career. But the people in the league and the players I went against, they all knew how good I was. I was voted to four All-Star games and picked for Dream Team 2. So from that sense I don’t feel I wasn’t appreciated. To me, I was always appreciated by the right people, my peers, the coaches. You can’t control the national media. My best NBA memory was probably making the Eastern Conference Finals in Larry Bird’s last season. We had to knock the Celtics off to get to Chicago. So that was very emotional. Went seven games and gave us a chance to face the Bulls. It’s great, I was really happy for the state when it got an NBA franchise. We didn’t have anything like that when I was growing up. It was basically just college games and Dallas was the closest NBA city. I always knew the state could support it. They love basketball here even though it gets the reputation as a football state. So I’ve just been really happy for the state and franchise that it’s doing so well. I feel good about (my current coaching situation). At first, I have four kids and a lot of them are at home, so I kinda went more of a developmental coach to shooting coach route to start with because I didn’t want to jump in with both feet. And it kinda progressed to where now I’m on the bench as a full-time coach and hopefully one day take the next step to be a head coach. No question, anybody that’s ever coached would like to get that opportunity to get that chance one day. If it happens, great. If not, just keep working and doing what I do.
Dec 27, 2014
Dabo Swinney was asked Saturday to compare Oklahoma freshman phenom Samaje Perine to some of the backs the Tigers have seen this season, and the Clemson coach had nothing but praise for Perine.
Oklahoma football notebook: Clemson's Dabo Swinney praises Samaje Perine
BY JASON KERSEY AND BERRY TRAMEL | Dec 27, 2014Clemson has faced its share of good running backs this season, with Georgia star Todd Gurley being the clear best among that group. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked Saturday to compare Oklahoma freshman phenom Samaje Perine to some of the backs the Tigers have seen this season, and the Clemson coach had nothing but praise for Perine. “He’s No. 1 in the world because he’s the only guy that I’ve ever known who has rushed for almost 500 yards in a ballgame,” Swinney said. "He is a load. Great player. “He’s a 240-plus pounder, a bowling ball kind of guy that’s hard to tackle. You can’t arm-tackle this guy. You have to really hit him. You have to wrap him up and gang-tackle him. He’s outstanding. He’s got the numbers to back it up. He’s got a great offensive line leading the way for him.” Perine burst onto the college football scene this season, rushing for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also set the NCAA Division I single-game record with 427 yards in the Sooners’ win over Kansas last month. STRIKER STILL PROVING HIMSELF Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker always played with a chip on his shoulder in high school as many wondered how high his ceiling was as a college prospect. He seemed a little undersized to be a college linebacker, which scared off several potential suitors in the recruiting process. After two seasons of wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks — and establishing himself as one of the nation’s elite pass rushers — Striker said he’s still trying to prove himself. “I knew I had it in me the whole time,” Striker said. “My abilities and the type of heart I’ve got, I can play with anybody. That type of attitude does help. You want to prove a lot of people wrong.” Striker, who played at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., gets to play close to home in Monday’s Russell Athletic Bowl. “I accomplished a lot at Armwood,” Striker said. “That built my confidence up. Shoot, I’m doing it here. And I can do it at the next level. I never really thought about it. Just play football, that’s the type of player I am. The type of heart I’ve got, I feel like I can play with anybody. “My size, people look at it and it comes into effect a lot to be honest. But you know, when you’re playing the game, I don’t think about it. I just play.” VENABLES COULD GET RAISE In his third year as Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables has transformed the Tigers into the nation’s No. 1 total defense this season. He could soon be rewarded financially for that work. Swinney was asked Saturday if he’s started to work through any potential staff raises — and was asked specifically about Venables. “I’ve already worked through all that stuff,” Swinney said. “That’s something I do every year. I sit down with (athletic director) Dan (Radakovich) postseason, and I kinda give him a season review on where I am and what I think and the things we need to discuss moving forward to continue to get better. “All our guys, those are things we’ll take care of as far as finalizing things when we get back. The staff’s done a great job this year. There’s no question.” According to USA Today’s coaching salary database, Venables was the 11th-highest paid assistant coach in the country this season, earning $875,000. Before taking the Clemson job in January 2012, Venables spent 13 seasons on Bob Stoops’ staff at Oklahoma. CLEMSON STREAK IMPRESSIVE Clemson has won 27 straight games against unranked opponents. Only Alabama (54 straight over unranked foes) has a longer streak. OU is unranked coming into the Russell Athletic Bowl. But Swinney compared the Sooners to undefeated Florida State. “They like to run the football,” Swinney said. “And they can run the football. A very experienced offensive line just like Florida State. Florida State was all seniors … this is the biggest bunch we’ve seen. These are mammoth guys. They have a couple of similar guys outside at wideout. The No. 3 (Sterling Shepard) that they’ve got is an electric football player, kind of like that 80 (Rashad Greene) on Florida State. “We’ve seen a lot of good teams and we kind of judge them each week on their own merits. These guys were picked No. 1 because everyone looked at their personnel coming back. They had a lot of people back. Those same people and the same reasons they were picked No. 1 are still there. They’ve had a couple of tough losses and had some key injuries, but they are getting their quarterback (Trevor Knight) back. He’s a real good football player.” ELLIOTT TO CALL PLAYS FOR TIGERS Clemson lost its offensive coordinator, Chad Morris, after the regular season when Morris became head coach at SMU. Swinney announced on Dec. 2 that running backs coach Tony Elliott and receivers coach Jeff Scott will be co-coordinators for the bowl game but that Elliott will call plays. “We have always had a collaborative effort when it comes to calling the plays,” Swinney said. “I am confident in Tony and Jeff. The positive of Chad leaving when he did is that we have had the bowl season this year to get us prepared for next year. We will be a lot further ahead when we start spring practice. And we already have Brandon Streeter involved as the quarterbacks coach.” Streeter was recently hired away from the University of Richmond. Both Elliott and Scott were wide receivers at Clemson. Elliott graduated in 2002, Scott in 2003. Elliott also coached at South Carolina State and Furman. Scott was promoted to full-time status as a coach when Swinney became interim head coach in 2008, upon the firing of Tommy Bowden. Scott’s father, Brad Scott, is the former head coach at South Carolina. VENABLES CAN’T ‘HATE’ OU When Venables left OU for Clemson in early 2012, there were no Big 12/ACC bowl tie-ins. But that changed in 2014 with the Russell Athletic Bowl, and Venables goes against his old pals, the Stoops brothers, in the first year of the new contract. “I thought I’d have to deal with Mark (Stoops) at Florida State, and then he took off” for Kentucky, Venables said. “That made things a little bit easier because you could hate your opponent a little bit more. “I’m fired up about playing a bowl game … it’s not a lot of fun going into it. But at some point, you put that over here and now you’re looking at schemes and matchups and that kind of stuff. We’re all big boys and understand we have jobs to do. You put all that stuff to the side for a couple hours and got to work.” QUOTABLE Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, on the bowl game: “This is a great venue. We’ve been treated so well since we’ve been down here. We have the same mindset (as last season’s bowl game). It’s bowl season and you have to go win the bowl game.”
SATURDAY NBA 6:30 p.m., Memphis at Miami, NBATV (Cox 256) 9:30 p.m., New York at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6:30 p.m., Washington at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Dallas at St. Louis, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., San Jose at Los Angeles, NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon, Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 1 p.m., Arizona State vs. Duke, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., Miami, Fla....
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Saturday, Dec. 27-Sunday, Dec. 28
Dec 26, 2014SATURDAY NBA 6:30 p.m., Memphis at Miami, NBATV (Cox 256) 9:30 p.m., New York at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6:30 p.m., Washington at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Dallas at St. Louis, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., San Jose at Los Angeles, NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon, Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 1 p.m., Arizona State vs. Duke, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., Miami, Fla. vs. S. Carolina, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3:30 p.m., Boston Coll. vs. Penn St., ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., Nebraska vs. USC, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Indiana vs. Georgetown, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Maine at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Kentucky at Louisville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., UAB at N. Carolina, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m., Mercer at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Gonzaga at BYU, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7:30 p.m., Tenn. St. at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7 p.m., OKC at San Antonio, KXXY-FM 96.1 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Eastside Cath. vs. Trin. Chr. ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Bothell, WA vs. Miami Cent., ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Bingham vs. B.T. Wash., FL., ESPNU (Cox 253) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Cleveland at Baltimore, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Dallas at Washington, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, San Diego at Kansas City, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., Oakland at Denver, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., Detroit at Green Bay, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., St. Louis at Seattle, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 7:20 p.m., Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 6:30 p.m., OKC at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Tulane at St. John’s, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Morgan St. at Marquette, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., L. B. State at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Texas Southern at KSU, FSOK (Cox 37) 2:30 p.m., NW State at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., Fla. G.C. at Xavier, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Wake Forest at Richmond, NBCSN (Cox 251) 5 p.m., Belmont at Butler, FS1 (Cox 67) 5:30 p.m., UCLA at Alabama, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., E. Carolina at USF, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, Oregon St. at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) 7:30 p.m., Temple at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) COLLEGE HOCKEY 3 p.m., Quinnipiac at Princeton, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 4 p.m., Charlotte at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 IIHF HOCKEY 4 p.m., Russia vs. Switzerland, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Germany vs. USA, NHLNET (Cox 263) MEN’S SOCCER 6 a.m., Tottenham vs. Manchester United, NBCSN (Cox 251) 8 a.m., Southampton vs. Chelsea, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10:15 a.m., Newcastle Unit. vs. Everton, NBCSN (Cox 251)
SUNDAY NBA 7 p.m., Charlotte at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon, Illinois vs. La. Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 3:30 p.m., Rutgers vs. N. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., NC State vs. UCF, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., Chelsea vs. West Ham U., NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal vs. Queens Park, NBCSN (Cox 251)...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City area: Friday, Dec. 26-Sunday, Dec. 28
Dec 25, 2014SUNDAY NBA 7 p.m., Charlotte at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon, Illinois vs. La. Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 3:30 p.m., Rutgers vs. N. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., NC State vs. UCF, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., Chelsea vs. West Ham U., NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal vs. Queens Park, NBCSN (Cox 251) SATURDAY NBA 6:30 p.m., Memphis at Miami, NBATV (Cox 256) 9:30 p.m., New York at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6:30 p.m., Washington at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Dallas at St. Louis, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., San Jose at Los Angeles, NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon, Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 1 p.m., Arizona State vs. Duke, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., Miami, Fla. vs. S. Carolina, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3:30 p.m., Boston Coll. vs. Penn St., ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., Nebraska vs. USC, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Indiana vs. Georgetown, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Maine at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Kentucky at Louisville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., UAB at N. Carolina, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m., Mercer at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Gonzaga at BYU, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7:30 p.m., Tenn. St. at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7 p.m., OKC at San Antonio, KXXY-FM 96.1 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Eastside Cath. vs. Trin. Chr. ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Bothell, WA vs. Miami Cent., ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Bingham vs. B.T. Wash., FL., ESPNU (Cox 253) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Cleveland at Baltimore, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Dallas at Washington, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, San Diego at Kansas City, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., Oakland at Denver, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., Detroit at Green Bay, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 6:30 p.m., OKC at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., St. John’s at Tulane, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Morgan St. at Marquette, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., L. B. State at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Texas Southern at KSU, FSOK (Cox 37) 2:30 p.m., NW State at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., Fla. G.C. at Xavier, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Belmont at Butler, FS1 (Cox 67) 5:30 p.m., UCLA at Alabama, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., E. Carolina at USF, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, Oregon St. at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) 7:30 p.m., Temple at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) COLLEGE HOCKEY 3 p.m., Quinnipiac at Princeton, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 4 p.m., Charlotte at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1
Dec 23, 2014
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck’s resignation to become second-in-command at the NCAA is bad news for the Mountaineers. Oh, the Mountaineers will find a quality replacement. But an AD who is as sharp and as hallowed as Luck, a former West Virginia quarterback star? An AD who knows the West Virginia culture as well […]
Who should Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby appoint to the College Football Playoff committee?
Berry Tramel | Dec 23, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/kirby-hocutt.jpg]3524869[/img] West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck's resignation to become second-in-command at the NCAA is bad news for the Mountaineers. Oh, the Mountaineers will find a quality replacement. But an AD who is as sharp and as hallowed as Luck, a former West Virginia quarterback star? An AD who knows the West Virginia culture as well as does Luck? An AD who has a University of Texas law degree, in a league in which knowledge of Longhorn politics can be awfully useful? But Luck's departure doesn't have to be bad news for the Big 12. First off, it always helps to have friends in high places. Having a former Big 12 athletic director as the NCAA prince might be useful to the conference. You never know. And the job change gives Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby a chance to appoint a new member of the College Football Playoff committee, with a year's analysis to consider. Each major conference is represented by a sitting athletic director. Arkansas' Jeff Long from the SEC, Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez from the Big Ten, Southern Cal's Pat Haden from the Pac-12, Clemson's Dan Radakovich from the ACC and Luck from the Big 12. The loss of Luck gives Bowlsby the opportunity to balance the committee by region a little better. West Virginia has been a solid addition to the Big 12, and Luck is as bright as they come. But Baylor coach Art Briles had a solid point when he wondered why someone on the committee couldn't be from the Southwest, considering schools from Oklahoma and Texas comprise 60 percent of the Big 12's membership. Luck, of course, lived in Houston for a good chunk of time, and administrators from Kansas know the quality of Southwest football as well as do Texans and Oklahomans. And let's not forget. The committee is not taking exams on Friday Night Lights or Darrell Royal. The committee is charged with comparing resumes. Someone from Nova Scotia or Tuscany can do the job, so long as they've got a decent amount of common sense. "The good thing about our league, you could put any of the athletic directors in that spot, and the other athletic directors would have great confidence in whoever was selected," said Kansas State AD John Currie. Currie also expressed confidence in Bowlsby, a relatively recent athletic director himself (at Stanford). The Big 12 ADs have a vast amount of NCAA committee experience. OU's Joe Castiglione is on the prestigious NCAA basketball committee, OSU's Mike Holder has been on the NCAA golf committee and Baylor's Ian McCaw was on the NCAA Division I-AA football committee, when he was AD at Massachusetts. If Bowlsby wants someone with football experience, Texas Tech's Kirby Holcutt played at Kansas State; Kansas' Sheahon Zenger coached at Kansas State, South Florida and Wyoming; and Texas' Steve Patterson was president of the NFL Houston Texans. If Bowlsby is looking to build coalitions within the committee, Iowa State's Jamie Pollard was the lieutenant for Alvarez at Wisconsin and Castiglione's lieutenant at OU was Long. I personally don't believe an extensive football background is important. Like I've said before, football people tend to gravitate to the team with the best defensive tackles. The committee shouldn't care how games are won. They should only care that games are won. "Understanding, having some kind of comprehension and experience with football is important," Currie said, "but you should be able to say that with most anyone in a CFP or in an FBS conference. All of us work in football to some degree." Currie expressed confidence in the process and the committee. "I do feel very good about the direction and the level of credibility," Currie said. "I think the committee established as much credibility in the first year as a group could establish." And that's with the Big 12 getting shut out of the four-team playoff. Baylor was ranked fifth and TCU sixth in the final poll. "Both of those teams are as good as any in the top four," Currie said. "We went into the final week, if the ball bounced a different way in a couple of different situations, then we both could have gotten in, then we'd be the one who ruined the system. I'm confident in (chairman) Jeff Long and I'm certainly confident in Bill Hancock and the future of the committee. "I do feel we need strong leadership on the committee. That presence. The athletic directors are accountable with each other within the (ADs' association)." Currie said it's similar to the famed NCAA basketball committee. "All the ADs on that committee, I know they feel a great deal of accountability." Here are the backgrounds of the nine Big 12 athletic directors available to be appointed to the committee: BAYLOR'S IAN McCAW Age: 51 Appointed AD: 2003 Football experience: none Hometown: Burlington, Ontario Administrative background: External affairs. Alma mater: Laurentian University, UMass. Former employers: Maine, Tulane, Northeastern University, UMass. IOWA STATE'S JAMIE POLLARD Age: 49. Appointed AD: 2005. Football experience: none. Hometown: Oshkosh, Wisc. Administrative background: Finance. Alma mater: Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he ran cross-country. Former employers: Wisconsin, Maryland, Saint Louis. KANSAS' SHEAHON ZENGER Age: 48 Appointed AD: 2011 Football experience: played at Fort Hays State and Mid-American Nazarene; coached at Manhattan (Kan.) High School, Drake University, Kansas State, South Florida and Wyoming. Hometown: Hays, Kan. Administrative background: Communications and fundraising. Alma mater: Kansas State, Kansas. Other employers: Illinois State. KANSAS STATE'S JOHN CURRIE Age: 42. Appointed AD: 2009. Football experience: none. Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C. Administrative background: Fundraising. Alma mater: Wake Forest (undergrad) and Tennessee (masters). Former employers: Wake Forest, Tennessee. OKLAHOMA'S JOE CASTIGLIONE Age: 57 Appointed AD: 1998 Football experience: Non-scholarship player at the University of Maryland Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Administrative background: marketing Alma mater: Maryland, Oklahoma Former employers: Rice, Georgetown, Missouri OKLAHOMA STATE'S MIKE HOLDER Age: 66 Appointed AD: 2005 Football experience: none Hometown: Ardmore Administrative background: fundraising Alma mater: Oklahoma State Former employers: none TCU'S CHRIS DEL CONTE Age: 46 Appointed AD: 2009 Football experience: none Hometown: Taos, N.M. Administrative background: Fund-raising. Alma mater: Cal-Santa Barbara, Washington State. Former employers: Washington State, Cal Poly, Arizona, Rice, TEXAS' STEVE PATTERSON Age: 56 Appointed AD: 2013 Football experience: Six years as president of the Houston Texans, including four years before they began play in the NFL. Hometown: Beaver Dam, Wisc. Administrative background: Running professional sports franchises. Alma mater: Texas Former employers: Houston Rockets, Houston Aeros, Houston Texans, Portland TrailBlazers, Pro Sports Consulting, Arizona State. TEXAS TECH'S KIRBY HOCUTT Age: 41 Appointed AD: 2011 Football experience: played at Kansas State. Hometown: Sherman, Texas Administrative background: Marketing & promotions. Alma mater: Kansas State, Oklahoma. Former employers: Kansas State, NCAA, Oklahoma, Ohio U., Miami.
Dec 22, 2014
NORMAN — The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don’t feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners — widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff — finished the […]
OU football: Jason Kersey's favorite Sooner stories from 2014
Jason Kersey | Dec 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Samaje.jpg]3524433[/img] NORMAN -- The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don't feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners -- widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff -- finished the regular season 8-4 and are preparing for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson next week. But the year had plenty of positives around OU football as well, and this blog post will highlight some of them. I've compiled a list of links to my favorite stories I wrote during the 2014 calendar year. These aren't breaking news stories; they are simply the stories I enjoyed working on the most, and I've tried to keep it positive. Consider it my Christmas gift to our readers who happen to be OU fans. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Trevor-Knight.jpg]3524431[/img] FRIDAY, JAN. 3: Oklahoma stuns Alabama with 45-31 upset victory in the Sugar Bowl Quotable -- Bob Stoops' mother, Dee, on her initial reaction when she found out the Sooners would face Alabama: "I said, 'Oh no.' But I feel very confident in Bobby’s body of work, so I’m not counting the Sooners out." SUNDAY, JAN. 12: The Collected Wisdom of former OU center Bubba Burcham Quotable -- Burcham, on his decision to quit coaching at Coweta High School and enter the ministry: "God puts a path for a man to do something, and you have to follow that path. I couldn’t deny what God was doing in my heart. So I jumped off the school bus." THURSDAY, FEB. 6: Georgia offensive lineman Orlando Brown the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- surprise for Oklahoma Quotable -- Brown, on his maturation through high school: "Through it all, I feel I kept a level head. I stayed humble. I worked hard. I feel as though this Oklahoma opportunity definitely shows that it paid off." SUNDAY, FEB. 9: A closer look at what went into Blake Bell’s decision to move to tight end Quotable -- Former OU center Gabe Ikard, on why Bell changed positions: "He did this for himself, but he also did this because it is the best thing for the team. He loves being at OU; didn’t want to leave the friendships he has established in Norman; and wanted to have an opportunity to play for a national championship next year." SUNDAY, MARCH 16: Trevor Knight taking his newfound fame in stride. Quotable -- Trevor's mom, Tricia Knight, on her son: "I always tell my friends that he makes me a better person, just by listening to the things he says. He's a very humble kid, and that's the way we raised him. He knows that life is gonna have his ups and downs, and he got to really experience that -- probably for the first time in his life -- last year. It builds character and it made him a better person." SATURDAY, APRIL 12: How Trevor Knight’s positivity and support helped his father through cancer treatments Quotable -- LaDonna Sutherland, the nurse who cared for George Knight throughout his cancer treatments, on the Sugar Bowl: "It was the best ending to the story, to have that finally come to fruition. George is just so proud of the boys. He just beamed when they walked in. I can tell you I've never seen it before as a nurse, the way those boys look at their dad. Trevor was there during his dad's worst times, and I genuinely think it was a big, huge part of pulling George through." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Jaz.jpg]3524435[/img] WEDNESDAY, MAY 7: Jaz Reynolds praises Bob Stoops in extensive interview about his past -- and his future Quotable -- Reynolds, on Bob Stoops giving him several chances: "That's Coach Stoops for you. He's a good coach, but he's a better man. He understands that people make mistakes. I say the same thing to everybody, I'm just happy that Coach Stoops is who he is and gave me a second chance to come back, even though I didn't deserve it. Honestly, that was the second time I'd been suspended. If I was to do that at any other school, I'm pretty sure they would've been done with me." FRIDAY, MAY 9: Aaron Colvin’s family supported him through tough stretch Quotable -- Colvin, on his parents: "I couldn’t ask for better parents, period. Their mentality, their mindset makes me stronger because they're just so strong-willed. They don't let many things affect them or get them down, and if they do, they're not gonna show it." SUNDAY, JUNE 15: Blake Bell’s resilience, flexibility resonate with residents from his hometown of Wichita Quotable -- Johnnie Bell, Blake's 87-year-old grandfather, on Blake: "He's been blessed with a frame of mind that is pretty much on the happy side. He always looked on the better side of things. He was always proper. In fact, I think he handled (last season) better than I did." SUNDAY, JULY 6: Lynn McGruder, another Sooner who received a second chance, rooting for Dorial Green-Beckham Quotable -- McGruder, on what advice he'd give Green-Beckham: "I would tell him to take it one day at a time. Stay positive. Really, really soak in the fact that he has a second chance, and truly, truly don't let anything negative from the outside come into his life." SUNDAY, JULY 20: Midsummer, Knight's dream: How Trevor Knight spent his summer vacation Quotable -- Trevor's pastor, Adam Barnett: "He keeps a level head and shows a lot of discipline in the way he manages his time. I'm proud of him for keeping his priorities straight. He could very easily get those out of order, but he doesn't." SUNDAY, AUG. 3: Strength coach Jerry Schmidt optimistic about Sooners’ leadership and newcomers Quotable -- Schmidt, on receiver Dorial Green-Beckham's first few summer workouts: "He was in the trash can quite a bit. To me going into it, I thought this guy is going to be a pain and throw our whole karma off as far as leadership and all that stuff. He responded to it. ... He said, 'I'm gonna get there coach.' ... Sometimes guys like that have kinda cruised through because they can kinda get by on their talent." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Lacoltan-Bester.jpg]3524432[/img] SUNDAY, AUG. 10: Lacoltan Bester, Justin Gilbert and 'The Play That Changed It All' Quotable -- OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: "I can't remember a more satisfying season, and it just goes to show, one play can make a difference." MONDAY, AUG. 25: Eric Striker’s mother a continuing source of inspiration for the OU linebacker Quotable -- Striker, on his mother, Lia Skelton: "I'm the person I am because of her. I get my kindness from her. My humbleness from her. My relentlessness from her. I always try to project that image of how she raised me." TUESDAY, SEPT. 2: Sterling Shepard’s biggest fan isn’t crazy about his new role in the return game Quotable -- Shepard, on his mom, Cheri: "She remembers seeing my dad get kinda clobbered back there, but I’m not worried about it. That’s the name of the game. You’re gonna get hit." THURSDAY, SEPT. 4: Jordan Thomas’ intelligence, fast learning result in early playing time Quotable -- Thomas, on when he has fun: "I have fun when I sleep. You've got to rest your brain and rest your body from all the work you have to do mentally and physically. That's it." SUNDAY, SEPT. 7: Walk-on Caleb Gastelum rewarded with scholarship after big performance against Tulsa Quotable -- Gastelum, on staying motivated: "I tell myself everyday that hard work pays off. Sometimes you get down because you don't think it'll happen and things aren't going your way. You just remind yourself that if you work hard, good things will happen." TUESDAY, SEPT. 16: Freshman running back Samaje Perine has always looked, played mature beyond his years Quotable -- Samaje's mother, Gloria: "Samaje has worked all his life for this moment. He puts in a ton of work. He goes that extra mile. When everybody else is tired or playing video games, he’s in the gym or watching plays to try to get better. I’m happy that the coaching staff realizes that and trusts him." SATURDAY, OCT. 4: Trevor Knight was almost a TCU Horned Frog Quotable -- Trevor's dad, George Knight: "Trevor really thought he wanted to stay in Texas," George Knight said. "That's until he saw Norman and saw the campus and got to know the coaches there." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Tyrus-Thompson.jpg]3524434[/img] MONDAY, OCT. 27: Tyrus Thompson’s family motivates him to improve, make NFL Quotable -- Tyrus' wife, Olivia, on the challenges of raising two kids, working and having a husband who plays college football: "The road games are the hardest. I can't go because my job doesn't care that he plays football or that I don't have child care. There have been times when I've been on the brink of getting fired because they don't care. I've almost lost my job two or three times." MONDAY, NOV. 3: ‘Sooner Dave’ gets his moment in the sun Quotable -- Smith, on getting his chance against Iowa State: "I've learned that chances don't come often, so when they do come, you have to make the most of them. That's the only thing that was in my head when I was out there." THURSDAY, NOV. 6: Walk-on Oklahoma safety Najee Bissoon working to stand out from the crowd Quotable -- Bissoon, on his red hair: "I know it attracts attention. Not from crowds; I wanted to attract the attention of our coaching staff. I want Coach to always have something to remember me by. As a walk-on, it’s already hard enough to get much attention.” SUNDAY, NOV. 23: Samaje Perine runs for record 427 yards in OU’s 44-7 win over Kansas Quotable -- Legendary former OU running back Joe Washington: "With today's passing offenses, you've got a kid that rushes for 427 yards? It's a thing of beauty." SUNDAY, NOV. 30: Why news of Caleb Gastelum’s scholarship thrilled other walk-ons past and present Quotable -- Former OU tight end Trent Ratterree, on the walk-on brotherhood: "When one of us did well, it was like all of us did well. It is kinda like a sub-group within the team. We were always pulling for each other. Anytime a walk-on got to play, if they messed up. it hurt. If they did well, it felt good." FRIDAY, DEC. 5: Former high school rivals offer advice for stopping Samaje Perine Quotable -- Rouse High (Leander, Texas) linebacker Ryan Heinrich: "Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low. Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety." FRIDAY, DEC. 11: Sooners fullback Aaron Ripkowski is as tough as they come Quotable -- Marlo Ripkowski, Aaron's mom, on her son receiving the Don Key Award: "To be able to a receive an award like that shows all his hard work and all those years paid off. He's such a good young man."