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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."
Dec 19, 2014
I’ve written about Mark House before. A self-made historian of Oklahoma sportss, particularly the pre-World War II, Mark is extensively interested in Oklahoma City’s sports landscape. Memorabilia, biographies, honors. Mark is the man who brought the Rev. Bill Greason, the first black player in Oklahoma City’s professional baseball history, to town two years ago to […]
One man's mission to get Oklahoma's Ace Gutowsky into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Berry Tramel | Dec 19, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/ace-gutowsky.jpg]3521098[/img] I've written about Mark House before. A self-made historian of Oklahoma sportss, particularly the pre-World War II, Mark is extensively interested in Oklahoma City's sports landscape. Memorabilia, biographies, honors. Mark is the man who brought the Rev. Bill Greason, the first black player in Oklahoma City's professional baseball history, to town two years ago to be honored by the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Now Mark House has a new cause. He wants to get Ace Gutowsky into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. House wrote me this week and said, "Besides winning a World Series championship while pretending to be Bob Gibson back in 1970, this could be my greatest sporting accomplishment to date. Or, it could be the greatest sporting disappointment amongst a list of many..." House owns House Marketing Management Inc. in Mustang. But his passion is Oklahoma's forgotten sports past. This is a letter House wrote to Joe Horrigan, executive vice president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: "Attached in pdf format is my official 2016 nomination for one Leroy 'Ace' Gutowsky to be considered for induction into Pro Football's Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio. I believe he would fit into the "senior" category but would need guidance from you in regard to proper nomination procedures. "I found a collegiate collage of old photos that included Ace and began researching his career about five years ago. He was recently inducted into our Oklahoma Sports Hall Of Fame and I believe his 1930s NFL rushing leader stats require a sincere consideration of Hall Of Fame status. During his 1932-1939 career with Portsmouth/Detroit, he outgained the HOF likes of Bronko Nagurski, Red Grange and Alphonse "Tuffy' Leemans. His defensive prowess is also well documented. "It is my hope that you will find enough evidence within my nomination package to re-open the gateway to our leatherhead past and consider a posthumous induction of a much overlooked and now mostly forgotten NFL gridiron star. What I extract from the statistical realm of this time is the fact that Ace Gutowsky was the real and true 'Galloping Ghost' of his time. This based on the fact that he led the league in rushing in the 1930s while no one has recognized his accomplishments, in the way they should be, to this day. "Any feedback you have would certainly be rewarding as a lot of time and research effort and gathering of materials to build a solid 'case' for Ace Gutowsky has been expended on behalf of this legendary football spirit of past." Here is the nomination, minus vintage photos, that House sent to Horrigan. "Certainly with no thought of any Hall Of Fame potential existing at the time, #5 NFL leatherhead, Leroy 'Ace' Gutowsky, rambled his way to the top of the Detroit Lions and the NFL's groundgainer lists by 1939. As a Portsmouth Spartan and Lions workhorse, Gutowsky held his team's personal rushing record of 2,445 yards up until the 1960s. As well, NFL.com has recognized Gutowsky as the ringleader of a 1934 defense that gave up an 'astonishingly Low' total of only 59 points over an entire 13-game slate. "Despite some fictional media accounts of Gutowsky being born in Komolty, Russia, this former Oklahoma City University Goldbug All-American was born in 1909 near what is now the ghost town of Ko Mah Ty (aka Komalty), Oklahoma. It was Ace's father, Assuph Gutowsky, that was an original Russian immigrant, coming to the United States as a parentless child in 1892. "Gutowsky accumulated 3,279 league leading rushing yards in his eight NFL seasons. Many would consider this a miraculous accomplishment considering the various Hall Of Fame gridiron stars Ace competed with and against on his way to becoming King Of The NFL Mountain in the 1930s. Earl 'Dutch' Clark was a teammate of Ace with the Portsmouth Spartans and Detroit Lions from 1932-1938. Alphonse 'Tuffy' Leemans was an opponent with the New York Giants from 1936-1939. Bronko Nagurski played for the rival Chicago Bears against Ace from 1932-1937. And along with Nagurski, another most famous Bear by the name of Red Grange shared some of the same leatherhead gridiron turf as that of Leroy 'Ace' Gutowsky. NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE LEATHERHEAD CAREER STATISTICS Player, team, carries, yards Ace Gutowsky, Lions, 922 3,279 Red Grange, Bears, 170 569 Dutch Clark, Lions, 606 2,772 Bronko Nagurski, Bears, 633 2,778 Tuffy Leemans, Giants, 919 3,132 Ace Gutowsky, the NFL's documented leading rusher in the 1930s, is the only leatherhead star from this hallowed group that remains outside the realm of Hall Of Fame status. Grange, Nagurski and Clark were inducted in 1963, while Leemans was inducted in 1978. Hall Of Famer Dutch Clark, along with others such as Leemans and Nagurski, were voted as part of the National Football League 1930s All-Decade Team. Yet Gutowsky, a mighty gridiron warrior arising from the tribal lands of southwest Oklahoma, outrushed this trio and many other Hall Of Fame caliber leatherheads on his way to earning the NFL's career rushing record before retiring in 1939. Could the media machines (newspapers) of the Chicago and New York markets inadvertently assisted with the oversight of one Leroy 'Ace' Gutowsky? Is this man named Gutowsky the 'true' Galloping Ghost of NFL past? History books and folklore make no mention, but real time statistics confirm Gutowsky was the greatest galloper of this historic era. "This eventual 1930s rushing champion, Leroy 'Ace' Gutowsky, literally 'broke' into the NFL in 1931 as he was contracted by Dr. Harry A. March to play for the New York Giants National Football League Company. Dr. March seemed more than thrilled to offer this 1930 All-American from Oklahoma City University $75 per game for his first four. After that, $100 per league game in 1931. Unfortunately, Ace broke his leg during the preseason training process and had to sit out and heal up for a year before being signed by the Portsmouth Spartans in 1932. "From the personal scrapbook of Leroy 'Ace' Gutowsky. Amazingly, and as a rookie for the historical Spartans, Gutowsky became the second-leading rusher (behind Hall Of Famer Dutch Clark) in the year of 1932. He also tied Clark for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with three and produced a team high yards per carry average of 3.9. It didn't take long for Ace to work his way onto the gridiron as a Spartan regular playing in eight games and starting in four. This at a time when old school leatherhead rules of the game did not allow general substitutions but rather only for serious injury. "Ace Gutowsky and the Portsmouth Spartans participated in the first 'recognized' NFL playoff game against George Halas' Chicago Bears. This team included the Hall Of Fame talents of both Bronko Nagurski and Red Grange. Due to extreme inclement weather, this December 18, 1932, championship game was held indoors at Chicago Stadium. Despite great effort and with many a finger pointing to what was an obvious 'bad call' in regard to forward passing rules of the time, the Spartans lost 9-0. As future Hall Of Famer Earl 'Dutch' Clark was unable to participate and call out his standard 'Ace And Go On Two,' it was ol' rookie Ace Gutowsky himself who moved from fullback to quarterback in this first NFL playoff game against the Bears. While Clark was obligated to coaching duties back in Colorado, it was Gutowsky who courageously stepped in and guided the Spartan offense in this landmark first indoor and first championship gridiron contest against the history laden Bears. Although losing this particular tough battle, it was an amazing rookie season for this gridiron warrior from Ko Mah Ty, Land Of The Kiowas, in Oklahoma. "Along with participating in this first NFL playoff game, Gutowsky also was a noted offensive and defensive star in the first ever 1934 NFL Thanksgiving Day game vs. the vaunted Bears. Despite two Ace Gutowsky touchdowns, the Lions lost 19-16. But the NFL's Thanksgiving Day historical tradition was launched in fine fashion with Ko May Ty's warrior carrying more than his share of the load for his team that had just recently moved to Detroit. "Taking nothing away from the great Nagurski, Red Grange and others, could Ace Gutowsky be the most overlooked football star in NFL history? Can his decade-leading rushing stats, amassed while competing head to head with such great men be misleading? Does the body of work of one Leroy 'Ace' Gutowsky deserve sincere consideration for NFL Hall Of Fame induction? Yes, no and most definitely would be the answers to the previous historical reflections. "On behalf of the family of Leroy 'Ace' Gutowsky; the spirit of Kiowa Chief Ko Mah Ty; Kingfisher, Oklahoma, High School; Oklahoma City University; the Portsmouth Spartans; the Detroit Lions; the great state of Oklahoma; and myself, I respectfully nominate and request sincere consideration of Ace Gutowsky for 2016 posthumous induction into the National Football League's Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio." Later this week, I received a followup email from House, who also sent a similar followup to Horrigan: "Woke up middle of night thinkin' how the heck did Grange get the 'Galloping Ghost' nickname on only 569 yards? As I doubled checked at profootball-reference.com, I did remember reading where they did not begin keeping stats until 1932. Well, I averaged the three years of his rushing stats available and rounded up to 190 yards per season times his 8 seasons which would total a quality guestimate of 1,520 career yards for ol' Red. Grange had 21 TDs compared to Ace's 20. Grange did not have to play against his beastly teammate Bronko Nagurski such as Ace did. I guess the question is now ... will an Ace with 3,279 yards compared to an already Grange HOF 1,520 yards (while playing same amount of years) add up to Hall of Fame status for Gutowsky?" All good questions. I'm reminded of the story of Larry Lester, a Kansas City layman who was interested in the history of black baseball in KC, who sparked a grassroots campaign to get Oklahoma City's own Bullet Joe Rogan, a long-time star of the Kansas City Monarchs, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Lester's mission was completed when the veterans committee voted in Rogan in 1998. I don't know if House will be successful. The Pro Football Hall of Fame veteran candidates always are stacked. Tons of great players are candidates, and even the finalists have to pass great muster. Ace Gutowsky is a longshot. But his deeds have not been forgotten, thanks to Mark House.
Dec 18, 2014
There were no helmets, uniforms, players, practice field or even footballs when Colorado State-Pueblo coach John Wristen was brought on board in 2007.He had a vision, though, and used to bring potential recruits to a plot of land featuring nothing more than a few cacti to simply say: This is where the stadium is going to be and this is where the winning will start. Wristen just wanted them to...
CSU-Pueblo, Minnesota State-Mankato meet for title
By PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press | Dec 18, 2014There were no helmets, uniforms, players, practice field or even footballs when Colorado State-Pueblo coach John Wristen was brought on board in 2007. He had a vision, though, and used to bring potential recruits to a plot of land featuring nothing more than a few cacti to simply say: This is where the stadium is going to be and this is where the winning will start. Wristen just wanted them to visualize his blueprint as he resurrected a program that had been disbanded for more than two decades. Those past teams — through growing pains that first season in 2008 and postseason stumbles the last three years — set the foundation for helping the ThunderWolves advance to the Division II championship game Saturday against Minnesota State-Mankato in Kansas City, Kansas. "It's been quite the ride," Wristen said in a phone interview as he prepared to face the undefeated Mavericks. "It's been really special." Wristen was a former quarterback at the school in the early '80s, back when it was known as the University of Southern Colorado. He had a stellar career and graduated as the school's all-time leader in yards passing (3,283) and TD passes (26). He also guided the team to its only NAIA national playoff appearance in 1982. But after the '84 season, the football program was shuttered in a cost-cutting move, along with several other sports programs. "It was weird, because you couldn't even find you own school's score in a newspaper anymore," Wristen said. He went into coaching and spent the next 17 years at Colorado, Northwestern and UCLA. Then, the call arrived. The school was reviving the program and would he be interested? Of course. The Pueblo community certainly stepped up, with business leaders and former players — like Dan DeRose, who's also the former athletic director — helping generate funds to build an on-campus stadium. Wristen enticed players and assistant coaches to town who could envision what he saw — a program able to quickly rise from scratch. Defensive coordinator Hunter Hughes and D-line coach Craig Ward have been with Wristen since day one. Their running backs coach is Steve Sewell, who played for the Denver Broncos. "There was always a winning tradition here and John just came in and frosted the cake," Ward said. "The program took off." The stadium opened on Sept. 6, 2008, for the ThunderWolves' first season back on the field. They won, too, beating Oklahoma Panhandle State 24-13 in front of 10,000 fans. They finished 4-6 that year and rapidly got better. Since 2011, the ThunderWolves are 47-4. But they've struggled in the playoffs, seeing three straight undefeated seasons come to an end early in the postseason. Their motto for 2014 was "Unfinished Business," a reference to all those seasons that didn't end the way they envisioned. Finally, last weekend, CSU-Pueblo cleared a big hurdle, beating West Georgia 10-7 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. The squad features one of the top defenses in the nation, led by senior defensive end Darius Allen, a two-time winner of the Gene Upshaw award as the Division II lineman of the year. Allen grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, in the heart of hoops country, but football was his passion. More specifically, running back since he was so short. He moved to Pueblo in high school — he needed a change of scenery — grew six inches to his current height of 6-foot-4 and was converted into a defensive end. He was recently named to The Associated Press Little All-America team (top players from Division II, III and NAIA) after a 14-sack season. Who knows? He could be in line for an NFL career. After all, his former teammate, Mike Pennel, already plays for the Green Bay Packers. And offensive lineman Ryan Jensen was recently promoted to the active roster in Baltimore. Not that Allen's mind is on anything but Saturday's title game. "Huge," Allen said. "It's all we've talked about since we were freshmen, where we wanted to be at the end of our careers. We got here because of our relentless spirit." That goes for their coach, who had early recruits looking at dirt and picturing national titles. "I don't know if there's any magic, but that's really the part of it that's unique," Wristen said. "We had a clear-cut vision of what we wanted. ... We were able to go find a bunch of guys that believed. "We've validated who we said we were going to be."
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After getting blown out three straight games and dropping to 5-4, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood had a message for his football team.Do it for Drew.The rallying cry was meant for fifth-year senior Andrew Turzilli. The wide receiver transferred from Kansas as a graduate student, making him eligible to play without sitting out for a season. In his four years at Kansas, the...
Rutgers' WR Turzilli finally going to bowl game
By MATT SUGAM, Associated Press | Dec 18, 2014PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After getting blown out three straight games and dropping to 5-4, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood had a message for his football team. Do it for Drew. The rallying cry was meant for fifth-year senior Andrew Turzilli. The wide receiver transferred from Kansas as a graduate student, making him eligible to play without sitting out for a season. In his four years at Kansas, the Jayhawks went 9-39. With a three-win season as the highlight, Turzilli never went to a bowl. He's going to one now as Rutgers (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) gets set to face North Carolina (6-6, 4-4 ACC) in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. "It still hasn't hit me yet just because we haven't gotten there yet. We haven't been to downtown Detroit, still practicing and stuff like that," Turzilli said. "But again, just having that extra month to practice - if I was at my other school, again, I'd be done. Just grateful to have the opportunity." In the bowl-clinching game against Indiana, Turzilli, who has a career-high 313 yards receiving and three touchdowns season, sustained a lower body injury. He has returned to practice after missing the final two games and is expected to play in the bowl game. Turzilli is just one part of a deep corps of receivers that includes Leonte Carroo and Andre Patton. Patton, a sophomore, was listed as the starter alongside Carroo during training camp. However, an upper-body injury sidelined him for the first month of the season. It took him three games back from injury to get his first catch of the season. "I felt I had to catch up a lot," Patton said. "Especially when I came back after a month of not doing anything and trying to get back into it, it was hard, but a couple weeks into it I kind of felt my mojo again." Still, Patton was lacking that breakout performance. It came in the fine game of the regular season. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder caught a career high eight catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns to help Rutgers rally from a 25-point deficit to defeat Maryland. "I honestly didn't know when the time was going to come," Patton said. "I was just patient and it happened to be in the last game." While it was a long-time coming, Patton's quarterback always knew the skill was there. "Just a lot of athleticism. I think he was Mr. Basketball in the state of Delaware or something like that, so just a freak athlete," Gary Nova said. "And I think once he starts to get it mentally, which he's starting to, he really has the talent to take off." For now, he's added another legitimate threat to Rutgers' passing attack. Carroo is the focal point. He had 53 catches for 1,043 yards and 10 touchdowns. While it's no secret Nova's high school teammate Carroo is his favorite weapon, he's always looking for more. "You can never have enough weapons out there," Nova said. "So the more guys you get playing well ... With our full group of receivers we got some pretty good guys that can makes some plays."
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Heritage Hall vs. Cushing, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KRXO-FM 107.7 GIRLS BASKETBALL 6:15 p.m., Norman North at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv BOYS BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Simeon, vs. St. Rita, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7:45 p.m., Norman North at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv NBA 7 p.m., Portland at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., OKC at...
Sports TV listings: Friday, Dec. 19-Sunday, Dec. 21
Dec 18, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Heritage Hall vs. Cushing, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KRXO-FM 107.7 GIRLS BASKETBALL 6:15 p.m., Norman North at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv BOYS BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Simeon, vs. St. Rita, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7:45 p.m., Norman North at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv NBA 7 p.m., Portland at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., OKC at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29)/FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2 p.m., Marian, Ind. Vs. S. Oregon, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Wis.-Whitewater vs. Mt. Union, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., S. Houston St. vs. N. Dak. St., ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., St. Mary’s at St. John’s, FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m., Clemson at S. Carolina, SECN (Cox 275) 8 p.m., Alabama A&M at Marquette, FS1 (Cox 67) 10 p.m., Arizona at UTEP, FS1 (Cox 67) SATURDAY NFL 3:30 p.m., Philadelphia at Washington, NFLNET (Cox 252) 7:25 p.m., San Diego at San Francisco, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) NHL 6:45 a.m., Man. City vs, Crystal Pal., NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier, NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 10 a.m., Nevada vs. La. Lafayette, ESPN (Cox 29) 1 p.m., Illinois St. vs. N. Hampshire, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1:20 p.m., Utah State vs. UTEP, ESPN (Cox 29) 2:30 p.m., Utah vs. Colorado State, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3 p.m., Col. St.Pub. vs. MN St.Man, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4:45 p.m., W. Michigan vs. Air Force, ESPN (Cox 29) 8:15 p.m., S. Alabama vs. Bowling Gr., ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 10 a.m., NE State at Central Mo., CBSS (Cox 249) 11 a.m., VCU at Cincinnati, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., SMU at Michigan, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Charlotte at Georgetown, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., Louisville at W. Kentucky, FS1 (Cox 67) Noon, UMass at Providence, CBSS (Cox 249) Noon, N. Carolina vs. Ohio State, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, Syracuse at Villanova, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 1 p.m., USF vs. Florida State, FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Missouri vs. Illinois, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1:30 p.m., Butler vs. Indiana, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Oral Roberts at Memphis, CBSS (Cox 249) 2:15 p.m., UCLA vs. Kentucky, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3 p.m., Oakland at Pittsburgh, FSOK (Cox 37) 4 p.m., Texas Southern at Mich. St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 4 p.m., Wake Forest vs. Florida, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Xavier at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Texas A&M vs. KSU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Iona at George Mason, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Long Bea. St. at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7:30 p.m., SE Mo. St. at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 8 p.m., Oklahoma vs. Washington, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRXO-FM 107.7 8:30 p.m., N.C. State vs. W. Virginia, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 10 p.m., Stanford at BYU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10:30 p.m., Utah at UNLV, ESPN2 (Cox 28) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Stanford at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7 p.m., Rockford at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 VOLLEYBALL 6:30 p.m., NCAA Championship, ESPN2 (Cox 28) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Detroit at Chicago, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Kansas City at Pittsburgh, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., Indianapolis at Dallas, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/KGHM-AM 1340 7:20 p.m., Seattle at Arizona, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 5 p.m., Philadelphia at Orlando, NBATV (Cox 256) 6 p.m., New Orleans at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 5 p.m., Dallas at Edmonton, FSPLUS (Cox 68) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Harvard at Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Maryland at OSU, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 1 p.m., Creighton at North Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., USC at Boston College, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., Seton Hall at Georgia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., App. State at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 12:30 p.m., Texas vs. Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., OSU at USC, KGFY-FM 105.5 2 p.m., Kentucky at Duke, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Oklahoma vs. Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KRXO-FM 107.7 4 p.m., UCLA vs. UConn, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE WRESTLING 10 a.m., Reno Tournament, KSPI-AM 780 AHL 2 p.m., Rockford at OKC, KBRU-FM 94.1
Kenneth McGruder, a safety from the Houston area, and Matt Kellerman, a junior-college transfer from Kansas, both pledged to OSU over the weekend, according to 24/7 Sports.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys add two verbal commitments to 2015 class
Dec 14, 2014Oklahoma State coaches hit the recruiting trail shortly after the 38-35 overtime Bedlam victory. And by Sunday, the Cowboys’ 2015 class had two more names. Kenneth McGruder — a 6-foot-1, 209-pound safety from Alief Taylor High School outside Houston — recommitted to OSU, according to 24/7 Sports recruiting insider Brian Perroni. McGruder first pledged to the Cowboys back in June, but told scout.com in November he was reopening his options. McGruder, a Rivals-rated three-star recruit, also holds scholarship offers from Missouri, LSU, Louisville, Texas Tech, TCU, Nebraska and others. Matt Kellerman — a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle from Butler Community College in Kansas — also committed to the Cowboys. Kellerman, a Rivals-rated three-star recruit, was also offered scholarships by Iowa State, Louisville and Illinois. OSU’s current recruiting class now stands at 17 players. McGruder is one of four safeties on the list, joining Bryce Balous (McKinney North High School, Texas), Jordan Burton (Kilgore JC, Texas) and Kevin Henry (Central High School, La.). Kellerman is one of three junior-college transfer offensive linemen, joining Deya Mhiesen (Pierce College, Calif.) and Brandon Pertile (Mesa CC, Ariz.). HUSKIES HAUL IN POSTSEASON AWARDS Washington, the Cowboys’ Cactus Bowl opponent, ended its regular season with a handful of players earning national recognition. CBS Sports All-American team: LB/RB Shaq Thompson (first team), LB Hau’oli Kikaha (first team) and DT Danny Shelton (second team). ESPN All-American team: Thompson (first team) and Kikaha (first team). Paul Horning Award (most versatile player in college football): Thompson. QUOTABLE UW coach Chris Peterson on OSU coach Mike Gundy: “He built that program. When you think Oklahoma State, you think of Coach Gundy, you really do. They got tremendous football players out there and they do a great job of recruiting. They just do a great job top to bottom.”
Kingfisher senior Jace Sternberger is already buying into what new Kansas coach David Beaty envisions. Sternberger was one of two Oklahoma football players to announce their verbal commitments Sunday on Twitter. Putnam City defensive end Chris Pogi posted that he had committed to Wyoming.
High school notebook: Kansas, Wyoming snag recruits from Oklahoma
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Dec 14, 2014Kingfisher senior Jace Sternberger is already buying into what new Kansas coach David Beaty envisions for the Jayhawks. Sternberger was one of two Oklahoma football players to announce their verbal commitments Sunday on Twitter. Putnam City defensive end Chris Pogi posted that he had committed to Wyoming. Sternberger made his Kansas commitment official just four days after receiving a scholarship offer and one day after an official visit. “Coach Beaty has a plan and I’m completely sold on it,” said Sternberger, who will play tight end primarily at Kansas. Sternberger, who also plays defensive end for the Yellowjackets, said he was also sold on the atmosphere and the rest of the coaching staff. He also held offers from New Mexico, Sam Houston State and South Dakota. While leading the Yellowjackets to the Class 3A semifinals, Sternberger caught 34 passes for 434 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores. As a defensive end, he recorded 100 tackles, 20 sacks and two interceptions. Pogi’s versatility and athletic ability served him well as a senior for the Pirates. He started at defensive end in their 3-4 scheme, but also played receiver and running back at times. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Pogi, who is the nephew of former Oklahoma State quarterback Aso Pogi, becomes the fifth Oklahoma player to verbally commit to Wyoming, joining Douglass’ Dameko Doddles, Del City’s Davion Freeman, Kingfisher’s Kaden Jackson and Broken Bow’s Jaylon Watson. EDMOND OPEN FINISHES WITH PAIR OF THRILLERS Both Edmond Open basketball championships came down to late free throws to decide a pair of one-point games. Sophomore forward Andrea Cooper became the hero for the Edmond Santa Fe girls, converting a three-point play with less than three seconds remaining to survive a scare against Class 4A Anadarko 44-43 in the finals. Cooper grabbed a rebound off a miss from Jo’Nah Johnson and made the putback despite being fouled to tie the game. She then made the free throw to clinch the tough victory for last year’s Class 6A state runner-up. On the boys side, Edmond Memorial’s Curran Scott hit one of two free throws in the closing seconds for a 47-46 win over Santa Fe, which missed a potential game-winner from just inside half court as the final buzzer sounded. HERITAGE HALL FACING DEPTH ISSUE After nearly making the Class 3A state championship game last season, the Heritage Hall girls basketball team is looking to make another playoff run with just a handful of players. Coach Leslie Warner recently said her rotation barely extends past her starting five, bringing a huge concern along with it. “Hopefully, with this group we can work some of the cheap fouls and not getting in that stuff early in games,” she said. “We stick to our matchup zone, but we play man a lot. I’m sure there will be times when we are forced to be in that situation, but I don’t want to pull back too much early.” The Chargers are 3-0 to start the year and are still looking to replace Erika Wakefield, who was on The Oklahoman’s Little All-City first team and is now playing at the University of Tulsa. “We’re just going to have to be smart,” Madison Moore said. “We’ll have to pick up our own separate roles that we can handle and add to our game. Erika did it all for us. Now we all have to work together and pick up what Erika was doing.”
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The previous kicker that the Kansas City Chiefs employed was Mr. Irrelevant.The current one could soon be called Mr. Dependable.After beating out veteran Ryan Succop for the job in training camp, undrafted rookie Cairo Santos has validated every bit of trust the Chiefs coaching staff placed on him.He's made 14 consecutive field goals and all 33 of his extra-point...
Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos becoming Mr. Dependable
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Dec 11, 2014KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The previous kicker that the Kansas City Chiefs employed was Mr. Irrelevant. The current one could soon be called Mr. Dependable. After beating out veteran Ryan Succop for the job in training camp, undrafted rookie Cairo Santos has validated every bit of trust the Chiefs coaching staff placed on him. He's made 14 consecutive field goals and all 33 of his extra-point attempts, becoming one of the few constants in what has suddenly turned into a tumultuous season. "I don't like to look at statistics until the end. I'm just thinking about the next kick," said Santos, a Brazilian who grew up playing soccer before turning to football in high school. "Whatever the streak may be, I want to continue it and get the next one," he said. "At the end if it's 14 or if it's 30 or zero, it's still the next kick. That's how I approach everything." This isn't the first time Santos has been on an impressive streak, either. The diminutive kid who got overlooked by most major colleges and wound up at Tulane once made 26 straight field goals before getting a kick blocked. He was four shy of the Division I record of 30 consecutive makes, set by Washington's Chuck Nelson during the 1981 and '82 seasons. "You want to get in a rhythm," Santos said, "and I've kicked for a lot of years now, but I feel like going from college to the NFL, there's a big difference in the speed of the game. That's something that kind of caught me at the beginning." That may be a big reason why he missed two of his first four attempts, including one in the season opener against Tennessee — the team that signed Succop after he was released by the Chiefs. Naturally, Succop had Chiefs fans crying foul when he proceeded to bang through all four of his field-goal attempts in that game. But that shouldn't have been a surprise, either, considering Succop was statistically the most accurate field-goal kicker in Chiefs history, despite being the very last selection in the 2009 draft out of South Carolina. To his credit, Succop never treated the competition for the kicking job in Kansas City as anything more than competition. Rather than shun the new guy aiming for his job, he often took Santos under his wing at training camp. The two of them would often appear on the field before the rest of the team, booming kicks through the uprights in a game of one-upsmanship. That game wound up carrying over to practice, when coach Andy Reid began having them kick against each other in a World Cup-style shootout. It was then that Santos proved he had a more powerful leg, and that given the opportunity, he could be every bit as accurate. "He's coming around. He's gaining confidence every game," Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub said. "Then it carries in his kickoffs because he's bombing them, too." On the season, Santos is 16 for 18 for an 88.9 percent success rate. That would rank fourth in franchise history behind only seasons by Pete Stoyanovich and Nick Lowery. Until last week in Arizona, when the Chiefs did not attempt a field goal, Santos had knocked through at least one in nine straight games. And his 16 field goals are the third most by a rookie in franchise history, trailing only Succop (26, 2009) and Jan Stenerud (21, 1967). "I think of Aaron Rodgers at the beginning and (the Packers) kind of struggled too, and I remember he would continue to say, 'Relax,' and once he started saying that they got on a roll," Santos said. "That's kind of how I've been approaching it, too." His consistency is certainly welcome in Kansas City, where the Chiefs looked awful at the start of the year, like world-beaters during a five-game win streak, and are now mired in a three-game skid with Oakland — the team that started them on it — coming to town on Sunday. "For me, I'm just glad things are starting to go the way they were going in training camp and preseason," Santo said. "Things are going well and I hope they continue to go that way." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine was named a finalist Thursday for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The award, established in 2012, recognizes the top offensive player in NCAA Division I football who was born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played college football in Texas and also has […]
Oklahoma football: Samaje Perine named finalist for Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Jason Kersey | Dec 11, 2014NORMAN -- Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine was named a finalist Thursday for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The award, established in 2012, recognizes the top offensive player in NCAA Division I football who was born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played college football in Texas and also has strong character off-the-field. Perine, who played high school football at Hendrickson High in Pflugerville, Texas, has rushed for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns this season as a true freshman. In the Sooners' 44-7 win at home over Kansas on Nov. 22, Perine set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for single-game rushing yardage with a 427-yard performance. The other finalists for the award are Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. Fans can vote for their favorite finalist once per day at http://www.earlcampbellaward.com.
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N....
Sports TV listings for Friday, Dec. 12-Sunday, Dec. 14
Dec 11, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N. Hampshire, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Texas Southern at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 8 p.m., M. Tenn. St. at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 6:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, GOLF (Cox 60) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) 12 a.m., Sat. Thailand Golf, GOLF (Cox 60) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m., UMBC vs. Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., Providence vs. UCLA, ESPNU (Cox 253) HOCKEY 6:30 p.m., Sarnia at. Kitchener, NHLNET (Cox 263) VOLLEYBALL 8:30 p.m., Nebraska at Washington, ESPNU (Cox 253) SATURDAY NBA 9 p.m., Detroit at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6 p.m., Detroit at Toronto, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., New Jersey at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., St. Louis at Colorado, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., C. Carolina vs. N. Dak. St., ESPN (Cox 29) 2 p.m., Army vs. Navy, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Heisman Presentation, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Wichita State at Detroit, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., N. Carolina at Kentucky, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 11 a.m., Stony Brook at Providence, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., Radford at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Dayton at Arkansas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., St. Bonaventure at Pitt., ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., St. Mary’s, at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m., Oklahoma at Tulsa, CBSS (Cox 249)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KRMG-AM 740 2:15 p.m., Utah vs. Kansas, ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m., Xavier at Missouri, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:30 p.m., W. Kentucky at Mississippi, SECN (Cox 275) 4:15 p.m., Michigan at Arizona, ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Memphis, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KXXY-FM 96.1 6 p.m., Sam Houston St. at LSU, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Northern Iowa at VCU, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Florida St. at Notre Dame, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., Purdue at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 9 p.m., Gonzaga at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 9 a.m., English Premier, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal FC vs. Newcastle U., NBCSN (Cox 251) VOLLEYBALL 3 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KGHM-AM 1340 GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Pop Warner, ESPN2 (Cox 28) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Oakland at Kansas City, KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, Miami at New England, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, Green Bay at Buffalo, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Cincinnati at Cleveland, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., San Francisco at Seattle, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., Dallas at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)/KGHM-AM 1340 NBA 6 p.m., Phoenix at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., St. Peter’s at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Butler at Tennessee, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Prairie V.A.M at Texas T., FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Temple at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Jacksonville at Florida, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., La. Tech at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Illinois St. at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Savannah St. at Kansas St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 5 p.m., UNC Wilmington at Louisville, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Oakland at Michigan St., ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Mercer at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., NW State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 2 p.m., Tennessee at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 p.m., Stephen F.A at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 4 p.m., Oklahoma at Ark.-L.R., KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 5 p.m., Belmont at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Bowl Mania, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S SOCCER 11 a.m., NCAA Final, ESPNU (Cox 253) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
Dec 10, 2014
Bryce Balous — a 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety from McKinney North High School (Texas) — has committed to Oklahoma State’s 2015 class after a previous verbal commitment to Kansas State. Balous’ change in status was first reported by Alex King of footballbraniacs.com: LINK Balous (a Rivals-rated two-star prospect and a Scout-rated three-star prospect) is teammates with […]
Oklahoma State football: Kansas State safety commit Bryce Balous flips, picks the Cowboys
Kyle Fredrickson | Dec 10, 2014Bryce Balous — a 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety from McKinney North High School (Texas) — has committed to Oklahoma State’s 2015 class after a previous verbal commitment to Kansas State. Balous’ change in status was first reported by Alex King of footballbraniacs.com: 2015 McKinney (TX) North Safety, Bryce Balous (@Bryce_Balous) has decommitted from #KSU tonight & switched his commitment to #OKState. — Alex King (@AMKing00) December 10, 2014 Balous (a Rivals-rated two-star prospect and a Scout-rated three-star prospect) is teammates with 2015 OSU running back commit Ronald Jones. And it seems another commit in the upcoming class, Norman North quarterback John Kolar, did a bit or recruiting himself to land Balous: @john_kolar7 text me bro!! — Bryce. (@Bryce_Balous) December 8, 2014 Here’s Balous’ list of scholarship offers and interest via his Rivals page: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/12/FullSizeRender.jpg]3512798[/img] . “My favorite part of football is laying the wood on people. There is no better feeling,” Balous told The McKinney Courier-Gazette in October. The late push for Balous likely relates to the departure of two former OSU commitments: safety Kenneth McGruder (reopened options) and cornerback Jaylon Lane (scholarship dropped following arrest). Balous joins Kevin Henry (Central-Baton Rouge High School, La.) and Jordan Burton (Kilgore Junior College, Texas) as current 2015 OSU defensive back verbal commits.
Dec 10, 2014
The Cougars were 50-29 under Weber, who will remain with the school district as a coach and teacher for the remainder of the school year.
High school notebook: Matt Weber resigns as Ada football coach
By Jacob Unruh | Dec 10, 2014The state’s most decorated football program is looking for a new coach. Ada football coach Matt Weber resigned Tuesday following a seven-year stint with the storied program, the Ada News reports. The Cougars were 50-29 under Weber, who will remain with the school district as a coach and teacher for the remainder of the school year. “I am honored to have worked for the Ada School System,” Weber told the paper. “I work for people and with people that care for kids. I’m also thankful I had the opportunity to work with hard-working kids that act right, which is a reflection of their parents and a great school system. My family and I have made life-long friends in Ada.” Ada has won a state-record 19 state championships in football. The Cougars were 8-3 this past season, falling to Weatherford in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. Ada did make the semifinals in 2012 when it lost to Clinton, another storied program. “For the past seven years, Coach Weber has been a respected and much appreciated asset to Ada High School and our athletic department,” Ada athletic director Mike Anderson told the paper. “He has proven to be an excellent coach and classroom teacher, a positive influence on all students and well respected by his peers. The qualities that coach Weber brings to the table as a coach and teacher are admirable and will provide him many opportunities for continued success.” KANSAS OFFERS STERNBERGER Kingfisher defensive end Jace Sternberger’s recruiting might be on the cusp of taking off. The senior was offered by Kansas on Wednesday, marking his first major scholarship offer and fourth Division I overall. He currently holds offers from New Mexico, Sam Houston State and South Dakota, but Kansas could lead to more. Sternberger recorded 100 tackles, 20 sacks and two interceptions while leading Kingfisher to the Class 3A semifinals. He was also an anchor on the 2013 state championship team. OSSAA APPROVES ENID AS 6A BASEBALL SITE The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors unanimously approved Enid’s David Allen Memorial Ballpark as the site for the spring’s Class 6A state baseball tournament. The stadium will host just the one class, sending Class 5A to another site that’s yet to be determined. The tournament is scheduled for May 14-16. Last season, the tournament was played at the University of Oklahoma. But that stadium is not an option this year and neither is Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma State or Oral Roberts. The OSSAA is also looking at playing the Class A and Class B championships the week before in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, but that has not been finalized.
NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Conlan played high school football in western New York on teams with some linemen who weighed 140 pounds.He was discovered by longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who decided to offer the 170-pound kid from Frewsburg a scholarship after watching him play basketball.Conlan proved he belonged at his first college practice, and Bradley's faith in him was...
Conlan, Thomas inducted into College Hall of Fame
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Dec 9, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Conlan played high school football in western New York on teams with some linemen who weighed 140 pounds. He was discovered by longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who decided to offer the 170-pound kid from Frewsburg a scholarship after watching him play basketball. Conlan proved he belonged at his first college practice, and Bradley's faith in him was rewarded. "I was doing one-on-one drills against the starting tight end and I did really well," Conlan said. The former All-America linebacker who helped the Nittany Lions win their last national title is part of a class of 14 former players and two coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The group of honorees at the National Football Foundation awards banquet included: North Carolina cornerback Dre Bly; Southern California offensive tackle Tony Boselli; Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz; Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton; Maine linebacker John Huard; Stanford halfback Darrin Nelson; Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf; South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe; McNeese State cornerback Leonard Smith; TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson; Mississippi tight end Wesley Walls; and the late Derrick Thomas, who dominated at linebacker for Alabama. "I know that big smile is smiling down on us today," said Thomas' mother, Edith Morgan, who represented him a morning news conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Thomas had 27 sacks and won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 1988 before going on to a successful NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was paralyzed in an automobile wreck in 2000 and died from complications about a month later. He was 33. Conlan was also one of the most dominant linebackers of the 1980s. He had two interceptions in his final college game as Penn State upset Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl to win the national title. "I guess (Miami quarterback) Vinny (Testaverde) threw it to the wrong guy," said Conlan, who played nine NFL seasons, most of them with the Buffalo Bills. Conlan thanked Bradley, who is now a defensive assistant at West Virginia after spending 35 years at Penn State as a player and coach under Joe Paterno. Bradley said he had to convince Paterno to give Conlan one of the last scholarships Penn State had available that year. "Tom found me," Conlan said. "I owe him everything." The coaches being inducted were Jerry Moore, who won I-AA national titles at Appalachian State and led the Mountaineers to an upset against Michigan in 2007, and Mike Bellotti, the winningest coach in Oregon history.
WEDNESDAY NBA 7 p.m., New Orleans at Dallas, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., Miami at Denver, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 7 p.m., Toronto at Detroit, NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Columbia at Kentucky, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Kansas at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m., High Pt. at Ohio State, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., F. Dickinson at St. John’s, CBSS (Cox 249) 7 p.m., SE, Okla. at Tulsa, KRMG-AM...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Wednesday, Dec. 10-Thursday, Dec. 11
Dec 9, 2014WEDNESDAY NBA 7 p.m., New Orleans at Dallas, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., Miami at Denver, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 7 p.m., Toronto at Detroit, NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Columbia at Kentucky, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Kansas at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m., High Pt. at Ohio State, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., F. Dickinson at St. John’s, CBSS (Cox 249) 7 p.m., SE, Okla. at Tulsa, KRMG-AM 740 8 p.m., Wis. Milwaukee at Milwaukee, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., Utah at BYU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., Fresno St. at Texas Tech, FS1 (Cox 67) 10 p.m., Washington St. at Gonzaga, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Wisconsin at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7:30 p.m., OKC at Texas, KXXY-FM 96.1 RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30 p.m., Chelsea vs. Sporting Clube, FSOK (Cox 37) 1:30 p.m., Roma vs. Man. City, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) 12 a.m. (Thu.), Thailand Golf, GOLF (Cox 60) THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING 6 p.m., Norman at Norman North, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv NFL 7:25 p.m., Arizona at St. Louis, NFLNET (Cox 252) NBA 7 p.m., Cleveland at OKC, TNT (Cox 31)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Houston at Sacramento, TNT (Cox 31) NHL 6 p.m., Chicago at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m., Home Depot Awards, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Elon at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 8 p.m., Nebraska at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 6:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, GOLF (Cox 60) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) 12 a.m., Fri. Thailand Golf, GOLF (Cox 60) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER Noon, Besiktas vs. Tottenham, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Everton vs. Krasnodar, FS1 (Cox 67) BOXING 9 p.m., A. Trout vs. L. Grajeda, ESPN2 (Cox 28)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After striking out on a rising star and a well-known coach with an NFL pedigree, Kansas turned to one of its own to resurrect a program that has languished near the bottom of the Big 12.The school announced Friday that it had hired Texas A&M assistant David Beaty to be its third coach in five years. Beaty spent time at Kansas on the successful staff of Mark Mangino and...
Kansas hires Texas A&M's Beaty as football coach
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Dec 5, 2014LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After striking out on a rising star and a well-known coach with an NFL pedigree, Kansas turned to one of its own to resurrect a program that has languished near the bottom of the Big 12. The school announced Friday that it had hired Texas A&M assistant David Beaty to be its third coach in five years. Beaty spent time at Kansas on the successful staff of Mark Mangino and failed staff of Turner Gill, giving him unique insight into the program's peaks and valleys. "My family and I are honored and humbled to be back here," said Beaty, who was introduced to the crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks' basketball game against Florida on Friday night. "I won't sleep until I give you something to be proud of at Memorial Stadium," he said. Beaty emerged from a cluster of candidates that all had ties to the program, including Clint Bowen, the longtime defensive coordinator who served as interim coach when Charlie Weis fired. Beaty said that Bowen, a Lawrence native and Kansas alum, has agreed to remain on staff. "I am very excited to be back at Kansas," Beaty said. "I am especially excited that Clint Bowen has agreed to stay on as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Clint will be a huge part of our success going forward and I am fortunate to have him on my staff." Beaty, who had been interviewed over the phone, arrived on campus for a more formal interview and tour of the facilities Friday. The school planned a news conference for Monday. "David Beaty is well-respected in the football community and brings to KU great vision, passion and energy," Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. "He has a bright football mind and is known as one of the best recruiters in the nation." Beaty will certainly have plenty of work to do. The Jayhawks won just three games this season and one Big 12 game, and have been firmly in the league cellar since Mangino was fired in 2009 amid accusations that he mistreated players. Kansas has not had a winning season since 2008. A longtime high school coach in Texas, Beaty primarily worked with wide receivers for Mangino, and returned to Rice after that staff was let go. Beaty came back to Kansas as part of Gill's staff in 2011, and then bolted to Texas A&M when Gill — considered a rising star for his work at Buffalo when he was hired by the Jayhawks — was let go after a 2-10 season. Weis won just six games over two-plus seasons before he was fired four games into this year, and Bowen coached the Jayhawks to a win over Iowa State as interim coach. Meanwhile, Beaty helped to coach record-setting offenses at Texas A&M while burnishing his reputation as one of the nation's best recruiters. The Aggies have had produced some of the best classes in the nation while he has been on the staff in College Station. "Coach Beaty is one of the most genuine people I've ever known," said former Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "On the field, he's a great coach with a lot of energy and he's fun to be around. He will always push you to be your best." Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin praised Beaty as "a great recruiter, a great coach and a great man" in a statement that accompanied his hiring Friday. "He was one of the first people I hired at Texas A&M and he's been a huge part of what we've been able to accomplish here," Sumlin said. "He's earned this opportunity to be a head coach, and I believe he will do a tremendous job with the Jayhawks." Despite a few good stretches under Glen Mason in the 1990s and Mangino in the 2000s, Kansas football has generally been overshadowed by its powerhouse basketball program. Fan support has been lukewarm most years, and only about 15,000 fans watched the Jayhawks' home finale this season. Kansas also has some of the worst facilities in the Big 12, even after the construction of the Anderson Family Football Complex. Memorial Stadium is aging and there is no proper indoor practice facility on campus, making it difficult to work outside in bad weather. Zenger has said that he would like to renovate to the football stadium, but it has been difficult to raise money for a losing program. That means hiring a coach who can not only produce results on the field but also energize the fan base is of paramount importance. "Coach Beaty is a players' coach, but he knows when to be serious," former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe said. "He is not afraid to put his foot down and tell you what you are doing wrong. He won't let you sit around and be mediocre. He wants greatness from you." Now, the Jayhawks expect the same from him.
Dec 5, 2014
The Kansas football team has its new head coach, according to multiple media outlets. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>BREAKING <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TAMU?src=hash">#TAMU</a> assistant David Beaty has been told he's getting the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KU?src=hash">#KU</a> head coaching...
Report: Kansas set to hire Texas A&M assistant David Beaty as head coach
Dec 5, 2014The Kansas football team has its new head coach, according to multiple media outlets. BREAKING #TAMU assistant David Beaty has been told he's getting the #KU head coaching job, source tells @FoxSports. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 5, 2014 // Texas A&M assistant coach David Beaty will be the Jayhawks new head man. Beaty has been coaching wide receivers at A&M since 2012, but has experience in Kansas. Beaty was on Mark Mangino's staff at Kansas from 2008-2009 and was on the staff again in 2011 as a co-offensive coordinator. Beaty is a former Texas high school head coach with deep recruiting ties in Texas.
SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon, Tipton vs. Cherokee, www.nfhsnetwork.com 7 p.m., Skiatook vs. Lawton MacArthur, FSOK (Cox 37) 7 p.m., Alex vs. Laverne, www.nfhsnetwork.com COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Iowa State at TCU, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., Houston at Cincinnati, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., La. Tech vs. Marshall, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., SMU at UConn, CBSS (Cox 249) Noon, UCO vs. Sioux Falls,...
Sports TV listings for Saturday, Dec. 6-Sunday, Dec. 7
Dec 5, 2014SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon, Tipton vs. Cherokee, www.nfhsnetwork.com 7 p.m., Skiatook vs. Lawton MacArthur, FSOK (Cox 37) 7 p.m., Alex vs. Laverne, www.nfhsnetwork.com COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Iowa State at TCU, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., Houston at Cincinnati, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., La. Tech vs. Marshall, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., SMU at UConn, CBSS (Cox 249) Noon, UCO vs. Sioux Falls, HANK-FM 99.7 2:30 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma, FS1 (Cox 67)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM/KXXY-FM 96.1 3 p.m., Missouri vs. Alabama, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3 p.m., Alcorn State vs. Southern, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., Temple at Tulane, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:45 p.m., Kansas St. at Baylor, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Florida St. vs. Georgia Tech, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 9 p.m., Fresno St. at Boise St., (Cox 53) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Okla. St. at S. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 11 a.m., Rutgers at Seton Hall, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., La Salle at Temple, ESPNews (Cox 254) 11 a.m., USC-Upstate at Georgia Tech, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 11:30 a.m., Wisconsin at Marquette, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, St. Joseph’s at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Virginia at VCU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:15 p.m., Kansas St. at Tennessee, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:30 p.m., Northwestern at Butler, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 4:15 p.m., St. John’s at Syracuse, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4:15 p.m., Gonzaga at Arizona, ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m., Penn State at Marshall, CBSS (Cox 249) 6:30 p.m., Wake Forest at N.C. State, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Alabama at Xavier, CBSS (Cox 249) 8 p.m., UTEP at New Mex. St., KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 8:30 p.m., Bradley at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10:30 p.m., Boise St. at St. Mary’s, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2:15 p.m., UConn at Notre Dame, ESPN (Cox 29) NBA 7 p.m., Golden State at Chicago, WGN (Cox 2)/NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6 p.m., Montreal at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 6 p.m., N.Y. Rangers at Detroit, NHLNET (Cox 263) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) AHL 7 p.m., OKC at Milwaukee, KGHM-AM 1340 COLLEGE HOCKEY 7 p.m., Maine at UMass-Lowell, NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 5 a.m., Nedbank Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 11 a.m., Hero Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 1:30 p.m., Hero Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., Newcastle Unit. vs. Chelsea, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Man. City vs. Everton, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SWIMMING 6 p.m., Texas Invitational, LHN (Cox 274) SKIING 4 p.m., FIS World Cup, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Baltimore at Miami, KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Indianapolis at Cleveland, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 1:30 p.m., St. Louis at Washington, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM JIP 3 p.m., Kansas City at Arizona, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., Seattle at Philadelphia, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., New England at San Diego, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 5 p.m., OKC at Detroit, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 6 p.m., Vancouver at Ottawa, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11:30 a.m., Playoff Selection, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Colorado at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., Towson at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Wis. Milwaukee at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Tulsa at Ark.-L.R., KRMG-AM 740 2 p.m., E. Carolina at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., California at Nevada, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Mississippi at Oregon, FS1 (Cox 67) 4 p.m., Arkansas at Clemson, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., E. Kentucky at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Oklahoma at N. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM Noon, South Carolina at Duke, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., Texas A&M at TCU, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., Michigan St. at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., California at Kansas, FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE WRESTLING 2 p.m., Oklahoma at Oklahoma St., FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 272)/KSPI-AM 780 GOLF 5 a.m., Nedbank Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 11 a.m., Hero Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 12:30 p.m., Hero Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m., West Ham vs. Swansea, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m., Aston Villa vs. Leicester, NBCSN (Cox 251) 2 p.m., New England at Los Angeles, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S SOCCER Noon, NCAA Championship, ESPNU (Cox 253) SKIING 4 p.m., FIS World Cup, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Jenks vs. Tulsa Union, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/JIP on FSOK (Cox 37) 7 p.m., Bixby vs. Lawton, Cox 703/www.coxhshub.com 7 p.m., Wagoner vs. Oologah, www.nfhsnetwork.com NBA 6 p.m., OKC at Philadelphia, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 6 p.m., Denver at Washington, NBATV (Cox 256) 9 p.m., Indiana at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m., N. Illinois vs....
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, Dec. 5-Sunday, Dec. 7
Dec 4, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Jenks vs. Tulsa Union, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/JIP on FSOK (Cox 37) 7 p.m., Bixby vs. Lawton, Cox 703/www.coxhshub.com 7 p.m., Wagoner vs. Oologah, www.nfhsnetwork.com NBA 6 p.m., OKC at Philadelphia, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 6 p.m., Denver at Washington, NBATV (Cox 256) 9 p.m., Indiana at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m., N. Illinois vs. Bowling Green, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., Arizona vs. Oregon, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Wyoming at SMU, ESPNews (Cox 254) 6 p.m., Texas at Kentucky, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Florida at Kansas, ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m., Missouri at Oklahoma, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRXO-FM 107.7 WOMEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m., Virginia vs. Texas A&M, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., Florida St. vs. Stanford, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 6 p.m., OKC at Grand Rapids, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 5 a.m., Nedbank Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Hero Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) COLLEGE HOCKEY 7 p.m., Boston Coll. at N. Hampshire, NBCSN (Cox 251) 8 p.m., Penn State at Wisconsin, ESPNews (Cox 254) SWIMMING 6 p.m., Texas Invitational, LHN (Cox 274) SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Noon, Tipton vs. Cherokee, www.nfhsnetwork.com 7 p.m., Skiatook vs. Lawton MacArthur, FSOK (Cox 37) 7 p.m., Alex vs. Laverne, www.nfhsnetwork.com COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Iowa State at TCU, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., Houston at Cincinnati, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., La. Tech vs. Marshall, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., SMU at UConn, CBSS (Cox 249) Noon, UCO vs. Sioux Falls, HANK-FM 99.7 2:30 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma, FS1 (Cox 67)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM/KXXY-FM 96.1 3 p.m., Missouri vs. Alabama, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3 p.m., Alcorn State vs. Southern, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., Temple at Tulane, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:45 p.m., Kansas St. at Baylor, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Florida St. vs. Georgia Tech, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 9 p.m., Fresno St. at Boise St., (Cox 53) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Okla. St. at S. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 11 a.m., Rutgers at Seton Hall, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., La Salle at Temple, ESPNews (Cox 254) 11 a.m., USC-Upstate at Georgia Tech, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 11:30 a.m., Wisconsin at Marquette, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, St. Joseph’s at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Virginia at VCU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:15 p.m., Kansas St. at Tennessee, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:30 p.m., Northwestern at Butler, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 4:15 p.m., St. John’s at Syracuse, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4:15 p.m., Gonzaga at Arizona, ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m., Penn State at Marshall, CBSS (Cox 249) 6:30 p.m., Wake Forest at N.C. State, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Alabama at Xavier, CBSS (Cox 249) 8 p.m., UTEP at New Mex. St., KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 8:30 p.m., Bradley at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10:30 p.m., Boise St. at St. Mary’s, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2:15 p.m., UConn at Notre Dame, ESPN (Cox 29) NBA 7 p.m., Golden State at Chicago, WGN (Cox 2) NHL 6 p.m., Montreal at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 6 p.m., N.Y. Rangers at Detroit, NHLNET (Cox 263) AHL 7 p.m., OKC at Milwaukee, KGHM-AM 1340 COLLEGE HOCKEY 7 p.m., Maine at UMass-Lowell, NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 5 a.m., Nedbank Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 11 a.m., Hero Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 1:30 p.m., Hero Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., Newcastle Unit. vs. Chelsea, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Man. City vs. Everton, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SWIMMING 6 p.m., Texas Invitational, LHN (Cox 274) SKIING 4 p.m., FIS World Cup, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Baltimore at Miami, KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Indianapolis at Cleveland, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3 p.m., Kansas City at Arizona, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., Seattle at Philadelphia, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., New England at San Diego, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 5 p.m., OKC at Detroit, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11:45 a.m., Playoff Selection, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Colorado at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., Towson at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Wis. Milwaukee at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Tulsa at Ark.-L.R., KRMG-AM 740 2 p.m., E. Carolina at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., California at Nevada, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Mississippi at Oregon, FS1 (Cox 67) 4 p.m., Arkansas at Clemson, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., E. Kentucky at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Oklahoma at N. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM Noon, South Carolina at Duke, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., Texas A&M at TCU, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., Michigan St. at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., California at Kansas, FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE WRESTLING 2 p.m., Oklahoma at Oklahoma St., FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 272)/KSPI-AM 780 GOLF 5 a.m., Nedbank Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 11 a.m., Hero Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 12:30 p.m., Hero Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN’S SOCCER 2 p.m., New England at Los Angeles, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S SOCCER Noon, NCAA Championship, ESPNU (Cox 253) SKIING 4 p.m., FIS World Cup, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
Dec 4, 2014
There are no championships — or even big-time bowl bids — at stake in Saturday’s Bedlam matchup in Norman. But there are plenty of reasons to head to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to watch the game.
Bedlam football: Five story lines for this year's Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game
BY RYAN ABER AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Dec 4, 2014There are no championships — or even big-time bowl bids — at stake in Saturday’s Bedlam matchup in Norman. But there are plenty of reasons to head to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to watch the game. Here are five reasons — some for OU fans, some for OSU fans and some for both‚ that this year’s Bedlam still holds intrigue: 1. TICKET PRICES In years past, one could expect paying upward of $200 through secondary markets for often sold-out Bedlam tickets. That’s certainly not that case this season. Here’s a quick look at the going rate for seats from various sellers with two days until kickoff. Soonersports.com: Tickets are being sold for $105. And as of late Thursday, as many as four seats in a row were available for purchase. Stubhub: The cheapest single ticket was listed at $51.39. For two-to-seven seats together, the lowest rate is $53.73. For a non-nosebleed section ticket, 25 rows up in the lower-sideline seats, expect to pay about $270. Craigslist: In the most fluid of online markets, student tickets were being offered for as low as $35. And one post listed four seats together at $60 apiece. For the big spenders, donor seats are running as high as $600. 2. PERINE WATCH It’s reached the point where you never want to miss a carry from Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine. Last time out, he set the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a game with 427 yards against Kansas. He’s had three games of 200 or more rushing yards this season. Entering summer workouts, Perine was considered to be no better than fourth on the Sooners’ running back depth chart behind Keith Ford, Alex Ross and Joe Mixon. Plus, Daniel Brooks and David Smith had been in the program. Now, though, it’s clear who OU’s top threat in the running game is — the freshman from Pflugerville, Texas. 3. THIRD-STRING QBs Both teams are expected to start freshman quarterbacks who spent time as third stringers in camp and early into the season. For Oklahoma, that’s a certainty as redshirt freshman Cody Thomas will make his third consecutive start after Trevor Knight was injured late in the loss to Baylor. Thomas has been the backup most of the season but was hurt early, and OU hoped Baker Mayfield would be eligible before his appeal was finally denied mid-season. Thomas has struggled through the air so far, though his two starts have come under difficult conditions. Those should be much more favorable Saturday, with Thomas having a chance to put together a strong performance entering bowl preparations. For Oklahoma State, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy won’t say who starts at quarterback Saturday, but common sense trumps gamesmanship this week. Mason Rudolph, not Daxx Garman, is the guy. Rudolph’s Baylor debut showcased why he was so highly recruited out of Northwest High School in Rock Hill, S.C.: 13-of-25 passing for 281 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. It’s hard to blame Cowboy fans who look at the measurables — 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds — and are reminded of another OSU passer: Brandon Weeden. It’s too early to tell if Rudolph’s ceiling is as high as Weeden’s was back when the Cowboys were national title contenders. But with Bedlam on tap, it’s worth asking the question. 4. MIKE GUNDY’S OU PROBLEM Before kickoff on Aug. 30 in the AT&T Stadium press box, Boone Pickens was asked a number of questions related to Mike Gundy’s success at OSU. Instead of handing out praise, Pickens remained focus on one aspect of Gundy’s head coaching career. His Bedlam record. It’s 1-8. “When you look at the other schools we’ve played, we’re competitive,” Pickens said. “The only one we haven’t been competitive with is OU. Like last year, we’re a 10-point favorite and we lose. We should have won, in the last five years, three ball games.” Gundy’s lone win arrived in 2011. The Cowboys rolled 44-10 and were crowned Big 12 champions. But in those eight losses, the OSU has been outscored 337 to 206. A Bedlam victory in a down season would not only bring hope to Cowboy fans moving forward. It might also ease the pressure Gundy faces from boosters and administration. 5. BOWL BERTH ON THE LINE The last time OSU failed to reach a bowl game, Mike Gundy was a 37-year-old first-year head coach. It was 2005 and the Cowboys’ 4-7 record was capped by with a 42-14 Bedlam loss in Norman. It’s reminiscent of OSU’s disappointing 2014 campaign — with one major difference. In 2005, the Cowboys were already out of bowl contention entering Bedlam. This season, a victory against the Sooners would propel OSU into postseason play. And capturing that moment in person, albeit unlikely, would be worth the price of admission for any Cowboy fan. “The main motivation is being bowl eligible,” linebacker Ryan Simmons said. If the OSU wins, they’d almost certainly be slated to play in the Cactus Bowl, Jan. 2 in Tempe, Ariz. The opponent would be the sixth pick from the Pac 12 after the College Football Playoff teams are selected.
Dec 4, 2014
“Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low,” Ryan Heinrich said. “Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety.”
Oklahoma football: Former high school rivals offer advice for stopping Samaje Perine
By Jason Kersey | Dec 4, 2014NORMAN — Ryan Heinrich watches Oklahoma football games from his couch in Leander, Texas, and cringes each time a defensive player goes high in an attempt to bring down Sooners running back Samaje Perine. “Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low,” Heinrich said. “Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety.” Heinrich, a linebacker at Rouse High, should know. He’s one of several Texas high school football defenders who were playing Perine only a year ago and now marvel as the former Pflugerville Hendrickson star takes college football by storm. In his last outing nearly two weeks ago, Perine set an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision single-game rushing record with 427 yards and scored five touchdowns against Kansas. He’s rushed for 1,428 yards and 19 touchdowns so far this season entering Saturday afternoon’s regular-season finale against rival Oklahoma State. In Bedlam, Perine will look to become the first OU back to rush for 100 yards against the Cowboys since Allen Patrick’s 202 yards in a 49-17 victory on Nov. 24, 2007. “Thinking that he’s only a year older than me and he’s already accomplishing what it takes people four years to do in college, it’s just amazing,” said Christian Benford, a defensive end at Westwood High School in Austin. Benford’s team didn’t fare so well against Perine’s Hendrickson squad last season, losing 58-37 and allowing Perine to rush for 282 yards on 20 carries. “It’s very hard to bring him down,” Benford said. “He’s really big and powerful. He doesn’t stop moving his feet. It’s probably one of the toughest things I’ve done as a football player. “My strategy was just to go low and take out his legs. I just happened to get him unbalanced enough to where he fell to the ground.” Rouse lost 28-0 to Hendrickson last season, but Heinrich and his defense held Perine to only 69 yards on 15 carries. “They blew us out in that game,” Heinrich said. “Yeah, we held him to 69 yards, but they didn’t have to give him the ball the entire game.” Several defenders from West Virginia, Texas Tech and Kansas were slow to get up or had to leave the game injured after trying to bring down Perine. By the end of the Sooners’ Nov. 15 win at Texas Tech, several Red Raiders defensive players had seemingly lost the will to even try to tackle the freshman phenom. So when guys like Heinrich and Benford see Perine trucking over would-be tacklers at the college level, do they feel any sympathy? Not really. “Guy after guy tries to hit him high, and I’m just squirming, thinking, ‘Why? Why are they even trying?’” Heinrich said with a laugh. “You’ve gotta hit him low to have a fighting chance. “Those guys haven’t learned their lesson, and he’s just gonna keep running them over.”
Dec 1, 2014
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway had Terrell Davis to give Denver a different dimension in the late 1990s. Now, Peyton Manning has C.J. Anderson.The undrafted second-year back from Cal has gouged opponents for an average of 164.5 yards from scrimmage since leapfrogging injured running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball a month ago.And he's provided a toughness and balance that Manning...
Anderson brings toughness to Broncos offense
By ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2014ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway had Terrell Davis to give Denver a different dimension in the late 1990s. Now, Peyton Manning has C.J. Anderson. The undrafted second-year back from Cal has gouged opponents for an average of 164.5 yards from scrimmage since leapfrogging injured running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball a month ago. And he's provided a toughness and balance that Manning appreciates. "I like it. We kept the defense on their heels," Manning said after Anderson ran for a career-best 168 yards in Denver's 29-16 pounding of the Chiefs. That bested the 167-yard performance he had a week earlier against Miami. "He has been special," said Manning. When Anderson hasn't had his head buried in his playbook lately, he's been immersed in his cellphone. He had 165 texts to go through Monday morning, including this nugget from his mother: "Just keep grinding. Stay humble." Anderson promised her once more that he'll never let this sudden success go to his head. "I'm just playing the same ball I've been playing since I was 8," he said. "Just trying to have 18 (Manning) and the coaching staff trust me a lot more and just trying to do a lot more to help my team win." He did plenty against the Chiefs, gaining 90 yards after contact and helping the Broncos control the clock for nearly 39 minutes, running 79 plays to Kansas City's 38. That, in turn, kept Denver's defense fresh enough to pile up six sacks and another half-dozen QB knockdowns. Anderson's churning style was still paying dividends a day later. "Man, I turned on the film and we only got like 21 minutes of watching," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "Usually it's like 40. So, I mean that's a huge difference. And it's something we need every week. Time of possession is huge. We don't want to put all of the onus on Peyton. It's a team game this year, a total team this year. So, we want to everybody to make his job a lot easier." Last year, Manning set NFL records by throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. But that one-dimensional offense was exposed in the Super Bowl, and the Broncos vowed to become a well-rounded team this season. Enter Anderson, the 5-foot-8, 224-pound wrecking ball whose smarts help him hit the holes fast and whose low center of gravity keeps him mowing over linebackers and defensive backs once he eludes the linemen. "It's just running hard and letting people feel my story," Anderson said. That story is one of growing up in the Country Club Crest neighborhood in Vallejo, California. It's one of dodging danger on the streets. It's a story of being smart but also the wise guy in high school and having to go to Laney College for two years, where he learned to hit the books with the same passion that he hit the holes. He transferred to Cal, where he would rise from seventh string to second string but make just two starts in two years before being bypassed in the 2013 NFL draft. He signed with the Broncos, he said, because "for one, I knew I had the football IQ to play with 18. Two, I felt the running back position wasn't solidified." Anderson gave half of his $12,500 signing bonus to his mom, Neva Craig, who works as an elementary school lunch lady. He rushed for 69 yards in his first preseason game but a knee injury set him back and he ended up rushing just seven times for 38 yards his rookie season. This year, he hit the halfway point with just 82 yards rushing and one catch. Over the last month, he scored three times and gained 658 yards from scrimmage while averaging 5.6 yards a carry and 11.3 yards per catch. Anderson and his two brothers were raised by a single mother who taught her boys to be humble and never forget their roots. "My mom says it best: We were never fed with a silver spoon," Anderson said. "There were nights where dinner was peanut butter and jelly. I mean, there was so many things that we've been through. Every time I'm on the field when I break a tackle or lay the boom, I'm just letting them know this is what I've been through at home and what I did to get here." Notes: Although new K Connor Barth was 5-for-5 on FGs, all eight of his kickoffs were returned, for an average of 25 yards. Asked if he'd consider signing a kickoff specialist, John Fox said: "I've done it before. ... You consider everything but you can consider nothing, as well." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Dec 1, 2014
What's it like to be the sister of Buster Posey, starting catcher for the San Francisco Giants? Or the brother of Steve Young, Hall of Fame quarterback? Or the sister of James Valentine, lead guitarist for Maroon 5?
In the shadow: What life is like having a famous sibling
Nathan Sorensen, Deseret News | Dec 1, 2014One night several years ago, Lisa Clark got a call from her brother James Valentine. As the lead guitarist for Maroon 5, James was standing under the bright lights and public eye of the Grammy Awards ceremony, and he wanted to share it with his big sister. Meanwhile, Lisa, with her shoulder pushing the phone to her ear, was crouched down on her knees scrubbing one of her five children's vomit off of her living room floor. "Our lives could not be more different," Clark, 40, said of her brother. She laughed about it then, and she laughs about it now. Having a world-recognized rock star for a brother has its share of benefits — and difficulties. Though the lives of famous people plaster the covers of tabloids, blogs and websites, their less-famous siblings often remain in the shadows of near obscurity. In some families, this may cause even more contention than the typical sibling relationship. "Sibling rivalry," as most experts call it, begins early. A 2005 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study revealed that on average, siblings ages 3 to 7 engage in some sort of conflict almost four times per hour. Though that number tends to decrease as siblings age, feelings of resentment and jealousy may linger in a sibling relationship for years. Sylvia Rimm, psychologist, author and director of the Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, knows what it takes to push siblings away from rivalry and pull them toward a healthy relationship. "What we try to do with siblings is get them to cheer for each other, even though it’s understandable to feel jealous. You can make it happen — but it is a tricky business." And that tricky business typically involves more than just keeping siblings from getting at each other's throats. 'Funny jealousies' Children with siblings are often looking for parental and other attention. When one sibling is getting more attention than another, especially when it comes to some sort of achievement, it can breed resentment, Rimm said. "It's darn hard to keep a family of kids achieving. It's not at all unusual for one sibling to be a high achiever and one to be an underachiever," she said. With the riches and notoriety that accompany fame, a sibling's feelings of underachievement, jealousy and being passed over could be even more stark than in the average American home, Rimm said. "Once a person has established themselves as very successful, either a sibling is tired of hearing how successful sister or brother is, or they might be basking in the glory of it and enjoying the vicarious success," Rimm said. Having not only James as a famous sibling, but also her sister Amanda Holland — a Nashville-based clothing designer and wardrobe stylist made famous by Project Runway and guest-starring in the hit show "Nashville" — Clark said she leans toward the "enjoying the vicarious success" side of the scale. She loves talking about her very creative and very successful siblings. So much, in fact, she worries sometimes it's too much for people. Clark occasionally finds herself holding back, not wanting to come off as boastful when her brother's guitar is heard behind Adam Levine's voice over grocery store loudspeakers. "I have to tell myself not to tell (everyone) that they’re my sibling, I don’t want to be obnoxious about it — but I’m really proud of them," she said. Clark did admit to feeling jealous of her siblings' fame — but not in the way one might think. "I'm not jealous of James' fame and fortune. I'm jealous that he has a personal assistant or that he gets free stuff," Clark said as she laughed. "I want to get free stuff. He doesn't need free stuff — I'm the one who needs free stuff." When you're Young Sherry Young, mother of Hall of Fame professional quarterback Steve Young, described her daughter Melissa's feelings in a little different way. One day at Brigham Young University, a student peer walked up to Melissa Young and said, "Did you hear about Steve Young's sister?" before telling her a strange and completely untrue story about herself. Melissa realized she didn't want to be known as Steve Young's sister. She wanted to be known as herself. "It made her a little introverted for a while," Young said. Steve Young's brothers Mike, Tom and Jim experienced similar feelings to Melissa. Each of the Young sons were all-state football players at their Connecticut high school — Mike and Tom as quarterbacks and Jim as a linebacker. "(Steve, Mike and Tom) were very good QBs," Sherry Young said. "Steve was an eighth-string quarterback and it was a miracle that he got where he was. It was hard on Mike and Tom not to succeed like Steve did, but now they're very happy with their life." Catching fame During this year's World Series, Samantha Posey, sister of the starting catcher for the San Francisco Giants, Buster Posey, was living deep in enemy territory: Kansas, home of the Kansas City Royals. "(During the World Series) people started putting two and two together, since my brother and I look alike and my last name is Posey," she said. "They'd ask, 'Hey are you (and Buster Posey) related?' and when I'd say 'yes,' they'd say, 'What? No way! I thought you were going to say "No, I get that all the time.” ’ ” Upon discovering the connection, Posey said some Royals fans asked a wide range of baseball questions: What's going through Buster's mind right now? What strategies did the Giants have for the next World Series game? What did Buster think about an opposing pitcher? "A lot of times I don't have an answer for questions like that, because I don't bug Buster about those kinds of things," she said. As a former collegiate softball player, Posey is well aware of the type of questions that are more of a distraction for an athlete than an innocent query. Posey doesn't take advantage of her closeness to Buster to get insider baseball information. Mostly, she just feels proud to be his sister. "It's unreal to see what he's doing and be able to say, 'That's my brother.' I'm so proud of him. Buster is blessed. He got God's talent," Samantha said. The parent's part From a parental perspective, the idea of making sure kids love and respect each other and have a healthy sense of achievement can be a fight all its own. According to Rimm, for parents of more than one child, navigating sibling rivalry takes planning. One of the most important things parents can do is not use labels. "It’s very important not to label your children," Rimm said. "We want to encourage individual differences. … But families often say, ‘she is my academic kid.’ Or ‘she’s not as smart, but she works hard and is successful.’ … by doing that, (parents) set up more competition because one kid labeled as 'the academic one' thinks they can’t be creative, and 'the creative one' thinks they can’t be academic." As the mother of five kids, ages 6 to 16, Lisa Clark also has a plan for teaching her kids about ambition and competition. "I want my kids to be each other’s greatest champions. … Someone else's success doesn’t take away from your success, it only adds to it. Rivalry is a wasted opportunity, when you could be each other’s champions," she said. According to Rimm, two important lessons to teach kids is how to collaborate and how to win and lose. "If a mother or father gets two of their kids to plan a surprise for the other parent, that gets kids working collaboratively, or setting a goal to work together as a family, they really help each other, that helps the rivalry situation." For both the Posey and Young families, no member is estranged, and underachievement simply isn't a part of the culture. Samantha Posey lives in Kansas, works in sales and is engaged to be married. All of Steve Young's brothers, Mike, Tom and Jim, are doctors. Melissa was an executive at NuSkin and today is a stay-at-home mom. Though less well-known than her siblings, Clark is happy with her own successes. She wrote, produced and acted in a Web series called "Pretty Darn Funny," produced a film called "Girl's Camp," that is in the editing stages right now, and has written a book that will be coming out next year. With her own achievements, it's hard to feel jealous of her siblings' fame, she said. Rather, it's taught her and her family a very important lesson. "It’s taught us a lot about fame. It could all go away tomorrow. We know that and (James and Amanda) know that. The celebrity stuff is fun, but it’s not a real thing," Clark said.
It’s often tough for walk-ons to make major on-the-field impacts in college football, but there have been plenty who have done it. Here’s a look at five walk-ons from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who made an impact, plus five big names nationally who started as walk-ons.
Oklahoma football walk-ons: A look at walk-ons who made an impact at OU, OSU and around the nation
BY JASON KERSEY | Nov 29, 2014It’s often tough for walk-ons to make major on-the-field impacts in college football, but there have been plenty who have done it. Here’s a look at five walk-ons from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who made an impact, plus five big names nationally who started as walk-ons. OKLAHOMA Bubba Burcham, C: Burcham walked on at Oklahoma out of Mustang High, and earned a scholarship after two seasons playing for John Blake. By 2000, he was Bob Stoops’ starting center, snapping the ball to Josh Heupel on the Sooners’ national championship football team. Trent Ratterree, TE: Ratterree, from Weatherford, chose to walk on in Norman despite some scholarship offers from smaller schools. He became a special teams contributor as a redshirt freshman in 2008 and earned a scholarship before his senior season in 2011. The tight end ended up catching 31 passes for 451 yards and three touchdowns through his carer. Aaron Ripkowski, FB: The strong fullback made an instant impression on OU coaches after he walked on in 2011, and earned a scholarship before his junior season. Ripkowski is now one of the best, most valuable players on Oklahoma’s offense. Derrick Shepard, WR: The ultimate OU walk-on, he joined Barry Switzer’s team in the early 1980s, was a key receiver on the Sooners’ 1985 national title team and went on to a five-year NFL career. He died of a heart attack in 1999, but his son, Sterling, is now a superstar wide receiver for the Sooners. Oklahoma’s team award for the most outstanding walk-on is named after Derrick Shepard. Dominique Whaley, RB: Whaley, a former Lawton MacArthur standout, couldn’t start at Langston, but he walked on at Oklahoma and became the Sooners’ top tailback as a junior in 2011. A devastating ankle injury midway through that season derailed his career, and he played only sparingly as a senior. OKLAHOMA STATE Levy Adcock, RT: The former Sequoyah-Claremore standout walked on at Oklahoma State in 2009 and was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection. He earned consensus All-America honors as a senior in 2011, when the Cowboys won the Big 12 title and the Fiesta Bowl. Tyler Johnson, DE: The Haskell native signed with the Los Angeles Angels out of high school and spent six years with the organization before walking on at Oklahoma State. He ended up starting every game of his senior year in 2013, ranking sixth on the Cowboys with 52 total tackles. Larry Mahsetky, WR: A Westmoore High standout, Mahsetky walked on at Oklahoma State in the early 1990s and earned a scholarship in 1992. But he’s mainly known because his 2012 graduation gave the Cowboys back two hours of practice per week that were initially lost because of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate regulations. Matt Monger, LB: The Miami, Okla., native walked on at Oklahoma State as a fullback in the early 1980s, but was switched to linebacker and excelled, eventually playing five seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Brandon Weeden, QB: The former Edmond Santa Fe two-sport standout spent five seasons playing professional baseball before walking on with Oklahoma State’s football program in 2007. He eventually spent two seasons as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, leading Oklahoma State to a 12-1 record, Big 12 title and Fiesta Bowl victory during the 2011 season. He’s now the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback. NATIONAL Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State: Nelson walked on at K-State as a safety in 2003, but switched to receiver and became one of the best in Wildcats history. As a senior in 2007, he caught 122 passes for 1,606 yards and was a consensus All-American. He’s now Aaron Rodgers’ top target for the Green Bay Packers and one of the best receivers in the NFL. In the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win in February 2011, he caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Clay Matthews, LB, USC: Matthews walked on at USC in 2004 and didn’t become a starter until his senior season in 2008, but went in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers. He’s been a four-time Pro Bowl selection. Rudy Ruettiger, DE, Notre Dame: Arguably the most famous walk-on of all time, Ruettiger got in the game for three plays late in a November 1975 home win over Georgia Tech and recorded a sack on the game’s final play. He is one of only two players in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field by his teammates. His story was adapted into the 1993 movie “Rudy,” which starred Sean Astin as Ruettiger and is considered one of the greatest sports films of all time. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: Watt originally played as a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan, but left CMU and walked on at Wisconsin in 2008 because he always dreamed of being a Badger. He earned a scholarship that first fall, eventually became a first-round NFL Draft pick by the Houston Texans and is currently having one of the most dominant individual defensive seasons in NFL history. Darren Woodson, LB, Arizona State: Woodson walked on at Arizona State in the late 1980s before playing 13 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as a safety. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl champion.
Nothing makes most college football coaches happier than being able to reward a deserving walk-on with a scholarship at some point during their career.
Oklahoma football walk-ons: Big 12 coaches share why they love awarding scholarships to walk-ons
BY JASON KERSEY AND ERIK HORNE | Nov 29, 2014Nothing makes most college football coaches happier than being able to reward a deserving walk-on with a scholarship at some point during their career. Kansas interim head coach Clint Bowen is especially fond of those moments. He knows exactly what it’s like for those players. Bowen walked on at Kansas in 1990, transferred to Butler County Community College, then walked on a second time with the Jayhawks in 1992. After returning to Kansas, he led the Jayhawks with 114 tackles, which ranks as the third-most tackles by a KU defensive back in program history. “It’s a different path than a scholarship kid,” Bowen said. “I think it takes a special individual because they have to overcome a lot more. To give a kid a scholarship, see their faces light up when that happens, they truly earned it. “They’re the ones with the incentive-based contract. They have to go and earn theirs, and when they do it’s pretty special.” Here’s a look at what other Big 12 coaches had to say about walk-on players and the rare opportunities to reward some of them with scholarships: Texas coach Charlie Strong: “I’ve always held scholarships for walk-ons. … I want them to understand they’re a part of this program. They come out to practice just like the scholarship players. They put in the time like the scholarship players, and if they do something good they’re gonna be rewarded.” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: “We’ve awarded hundreds in my tenure here, which is a very significant number. Obviously, it’s rewarding because A: There are no gifts — they are all well-deserved, and earned, and, consequently, that forwards the value of hard work and being a good person, and achieving on and off the field. It’s motivation for others as well to do exactly that.” Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: “You can tell by the reaction of the team that the guys really appreciate those guys’ effort. At Oklahoma, it probably doesn’t happen as much as it does at a lot of schools because of the level of players we’re able to recruit. It’s a little tougher for walk-ons to make their name here, but we still have had guys who do it and have done a great job.” Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops: “I think it takes a special guy to be able to do all that.” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen: “Having walk-ons is a huge part of your developmental squad, part of your scout team. You’ve got to treat those guys great. The best rule the NCAA’s done here lately is being able to feed those guys. Having the numbers is why you’re able to be able to have scout teams and developmental squads. The more they develop, the better off it’s gonna help your team down the road.” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury: “That’s one of the funnest parts of our job. … That’s one of the joys of being a coach.” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads: “There’s nothing like it. Awarding a young man a scholarship, period, is a great feeling for a head football coach, whether it’s a high school senior you’re scholarshipping coming into your program or somebody that’s already here. Quite honestly, giving the walk-on a scholarship is probably more euphoric than the other. These are guys who have toiled, they’ve paid their own way. We value them at a very high level.”
Nov 28, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A few years ago, Clint Bowen walked into Bill Snyder's office at Kansas State looking for a job. Things didn't pan out back then and, after a few twists and turns, he's interim coach at Kansas, getting his team ready to face the Wildcats on Saturday.And wouldn't you know it? Bowen once again is pursuing a job.The Lawrence native, Kansas alum and longtime Jayhawks...
No. 11 K-State prepared for Kansas in home finale
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2014MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A few years ago, Clint Bowen walked into Bill Snyder's office at Kansas State looking for a job. Things didn't pan out back then and, after a few twists and turns, he's interim coach at Kansas, getting his team ready to face the Wildcats on Saturday. And wouldn't you know it? Bowen once again is pursuing a job. The Lawrence native, Kansas alum and longtime Jayhawks assistant could prove he deserves the head-coaching position on a full-time basis with a victory over the Wildcats, who are still in the thick of the Big 12 title race with only a trip to Baylor left after Saturday. Not that Bowen is thinking about his future beyond this weekend. "I guess the big thing to me is that it's always about the team," he said. "It's about our players and our program and the people that support us. That's why I buy into it. That's what I believe. That's what I was taught from my high school coach through Glen Mason and beyond. "It's about the team," Bowen said, "and that's the way it'll always be." Bowen has said all the right things since taking over for the fired Charlie Weis two months ago. He's done a lot of good things on the field, too, unearthing a capable quarterback in Michael Cummings and appointing wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau to be co-offensive coordinator. The results have been at times impressive. The Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7) beat Iowa State for a rare conference win, and had sixth-ranked TCU in trouble in a 34-30 defeat. "If you get the right guys, recruit the right guys, you can have a productive, positive football program (at Kansas)," Kiesau said. "I truly believe that." Kiesau said he hopes the majority of the current staff stays in place, pointing to progress in recent weeks. A victory over the Wildcats (8-2, 6-1), who are tied atop the Big 12, would go a long way toward accomplishing that. The Wildcats are coming off a hard-fought win in West Virginia and have had a few extra days to prepare after that Thursday night matchup. Throw in the fact that Snyder has won all five games against Kansas since returning from retirement, and the Jayhawks face a tall task. "You can beat anybody on any given day if they prepare as well as they can and play well," Snyder said. "That has always been our approach no matter who the opponent is." Snyder recalled that day a few years ago when Bowen interviewed for a job with him. Snyder was impressed by him but ultimately offered the defensive assistant job to someone else. Now, he's been impressed by what Bowen has accomplished this season. "I've known Clint for some time," Snyder said. "I talked to him about the possibility of coming to Kansas State at one time. He's just a young coach that I admire. He tries to do it the right way and I always have a great appreciation for that." HOME FINALE: The game will be the last at Bill Snyder Family Stadium for a senior class that includes quarterback Jake Waters and record-setting wide receiver Tyler Lockett. "It's a special brotherhood," Waters said. "We hang out all the time. We talk about everything on and off the field. I think that helps us on the field knowing each other so well." MORE ON LOCKETT: The senior needs five receptions to pass his father Kevin Lockett (217) for most in school history. He has already broken his record for yards receiving. "You want to have fun and enjoy the moment," Lockett said. "You want to go out with a win." RUSHING IT: After the Jayhawks allowed Oklahoma's Samaje Perine to run for a record 427 yards last week, they'll be facing a Kansas State offense held to a single yard on the ground by West Virginia. Of course, Waters also threw for 400 yards in that win. ONE-SIDED SERIES: Kansas State has won five straight and 18 of the past 23 meetings. With Snyder on the sideline, the Wildcats are 10-1 at home against the Jayhawks. BIDDING FAREWELL: Twenty-one seniors will play their final game for Kansas. "This is the week of lasts. The last Monday we'll have together, the last Tuesday," Kiesau told them this week. "At the end of the week, this is the last time you may put a helmet on. Don't let it slip away."
WASHINGTON — Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s legislature includes 93 persons who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be...
George F. Will: Thanks, or something
By George Will | Nov 27, 2014WASHINGTON — Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s legislature includes 93 persons who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups -- participants in a sexual engagement to understand that withdrawal of consent can be any behavior conveying “that an individual is hesitant, confused, uncertain.” A severely moral California high school principal prohibited the football booster club from raising money by selling donated Chick-fil-A meals because this company opposed same-sex marriage. The school superintendent approved the ban because “we value inclusivity and diversity.” Up to a point. At a Washington state community college, invitations to a “happy hour” celebrating diversity and combating racism said white people were not invited. At Broward College near Miami, a conservative who was asking students if they agreed that “big government sucks” was told by a campus security guard that she must take her question to the campus “free-speech area.” She got off lightly: The federal government has distributed to local police, including those of some colleges and school districts, more than 600 surplus MRAP (mine-resistant ambush-protected) armored vehicles designed for Iraq and Afghanistan. The federal government, which has Tomahawk cruise missiles and Apache and Lakota helicopters, used the code name “Geronimo” in the attack that killed Osama bin Laden but objected to the name of the Washington Redskins. The Department of Homeland Security, unsleepingly vigilant, raided a Kansas City shop to stop sales of panties emblazoned with unauthorized Royals logos. A U.S. Forest Service article on safe marshmallow toasting did not neglect to nag us: It suggested fruit rather than chocolate in s’mores. The droll Orange County Register wondered, “Why not replace the marshmallow with a Brussels sprout?” The federal government’s food police began cracking down on schools’ fund-raising bake sales: Step away from those brownies and put your hands on a fruit cup. Niagara County, N.Y., spent $700,000 of its Tobacco Master Settlement Money not on fighting smoking but on golf course equipment. In Seattle, the Freedom Socialist Party, which favors a $20-an-hour minimum wage, advertised a job opening for a Web developer to be paid $13 an hour. Joe Biden was off by 160,839 when citing the number of people killed in the 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado. He said 161,000. But the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed optimism about “the nation of Africa.” Barack Obama explained the Keystone XL pipeline: “It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. That doesn’t have an impact on U.S. gas prices.” Someone very patient should try to explain to him that prices of petroleum are set by a global market. Hamlet: “Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?” Polonius: “By the mass, and ’tis like a camel, indeed.” Hamlet: “Methinks it is like a weasel.” Polonius: “It is backed like a weasel.” Hamlet: “Or like a whale?” Polonius: “Very like a whale.” Fortunately, Polonius was not among the Colorado Springs second-graders invited to use their imaginations in seeing shapes in clouds. Kody Smith said one looked like a gun. So, a behavior report was filed against the 8-year-old. A South Carolina high school student was arrested and suspended after having written a story about killing a dinosaur with a gun. “The Great Immensity,” a climate change musical financed by $700,000 from the National Science Foundation, quickly closed. Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, perhaps planning for wars with small carbon footprints, fretted that global warming “could threaten many of our training activities.” Alarmed by reports that global warming will cause a 4-foot rise in sea levels, California Gov. Jerry Brown warned that “Los Angeles’ airport’s going to be underwater.” It is more than 120 feet above sea level. Because everything confirms the theory of impending catastrophic global warming, in 2005 Hurricane Katrina was called a harbinger of increasingly violent weather caused by … well, you know. Today, Louisianans are thankful that this was the ninth consecutive hurricane season without a major hurricane landfall. George Will’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP
FRIDAY NBA 7 p.m., New York at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 7 p.m., L.A. Clippers at Houston, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL Noon, N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 3 p.m., Chicago at Anaheim, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Winnipeg at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 10 a.m., N. Illinois at W. Michigan, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m.,...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, Nov. 28-Sunday, Nov. 30
Nov 27, 2014FRIDAY NBA 7 p.m., New York at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 7 p.m., L.A. Clippers at Houston, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL Noon, N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 3 p.m., Chicago at Anaheim, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Winnipeg at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 10 a.m., N. Illinois at W. Michigan, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Nebraska at Iowa, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., W. Kentucky at Marshall, FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., UCF at South Florida, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Houston at SMU, CBSS (Cox 249) 1:30 p.m., Arkansas at Missouri, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., Stanford at UCLA, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m., Arizona St. at Arizona, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 2:30 p.m., Colorado St. at Air Force, CBSS (Cox 249) 7 p.m., Virginia at Virginia Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 7:30 p.m., East Carolina at Tulsa, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRMG-AM 740 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., McAlester vs. Lawton MacArthur, KRXO-FM 107.7 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Orlando Classic, ESPN (Cox 29) Noon, New Orleans at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Atlantis Tournament, ESPN (Cox 29) 1:30 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Yale at Providence, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin, ESPN (Cox 29), KRXO-FM 107.7 3:30 p.m., Minnesota vs. Georgia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., St. John’s vs. Gonzaga, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Bradley at TCU, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., Barclays Classic, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Las Vegas Inv., FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., North Texas at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 8:30 p.m., St. Louis vs. Mississippi St., CBSS (Cox 249) 9:30 p.m., Las Vegas Inv., FS1 (Cox 67) 10:30 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 p.m., Great Ala. Shootout, CBSS (Cox 249) 1 a.m. (Sat.) Great Ala. Shootout, CBSS (Cox 249) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5 p.m., Kentucky vs. Oklahoma, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM GOLF 7 p.m., Australian Open, GOLF (Cox 60) AHL 7:30 p.m., OKC at Texas, KXXY-FM 96.1 VOLLEYBALL 10:30 p.m., USC at UCLA, ESPNU (Cox 253) Saturday NBA 6 p.m., New Orleans at Washington, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6 p.m., Buffalo at Montreal, NHLNET (Cox 263) 9 p.m., Chicago at Los Angeles, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., West Virginia at Iowa St., FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., North Texas at UTSA, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., Georgia Tech at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., S. Carolina at Clemson, ESPN (Cox 29)/KRXO-FM 107.7 11 a.m., Michigan at Ohio State, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., Kentucky at Louisville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Illinois at Northwestern, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Cincinnati at Temple, ESPNews (Cox 254) 11 a.m., Rice at La. Tech, CBSS (Cox 249) 11:30 a.m., Syracuse at Boston Coll., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1:30 p.m., Grambling St. vs. Southern, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2:30 p.m., Baylor at Texas Tech, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m., Florida at Florida State, ESPN (Cox 29) 2:30 p.m., Michigan St. at Penn St., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Mississippi St. at Mississippi, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., UAB at S. Mississippi, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 2:30 p.m., Rutgers at Maryland, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., San Jo. St. at S. Diego St., CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Kansas at Kansas State, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Tennessee at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., UConn at Memphis, ESPNews (Cox 254) 6 p.m., Wake Forest at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Pittsburgh at Miami, Fla., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Midd. Tenn. St. at UTEP, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 6:45 p.m., Auburn at Alabama, ESPN (Cox 29)/KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Oregon at Oregon State, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 9:15 p.m., Utah St. at Boise St., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9:30 p.m., Washington at Washington St., FS1 (Cox 67) 9:30 p.m., Nevada at UNLV, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Tulsa at Wichita State, KRMG-AM 740 3 p.m., G. Washington at Seton Hall, FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m., Corpus Christi Classic, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., Barclays Classic, NBCSN (Cox 251) 8 p.m., Emerald Classic, CBSS (Cox 249) 8:30 p.m., Barclays Classic, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10:30 p.m., Great Ala. Shootout, CBSS (Cox 249) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Texas State at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 5 p.m., Oklahoma vs. Illinois, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM COLLEGE WRESTLING 7:30 p.m., OSU at Minnesota, KSPI-AM 780 AHL 7 p.m., OKC at San Antonio, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 7 p.m., Australian Open, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 11:30 a.m., Sunderland vs. Chelsea, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) VOLLEYBALL 1:30 p.m., Florida at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) Sunday NFL Noon, Oakland at St. Louis, KGHM-AM 1340/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM Noon, Washington at Indianapolis, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, New Orleans at Pittsburgh, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) Noon, San Diego at Baltimore, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3:25 p.m., New England at Green Bay, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7:20 p.m., Denver at Kansas City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 2 p.m., Chicago at Brooklyn, WGN (Cox 2) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Army at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Texas at UConn, ESPN2 (Cox 28) Noon, Orlando Classic, ESPN (Cox 29) 1 p.m., Air Force at Texas Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Providence at Kentucky, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1:30 p.m., Stanford at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 2:30 p.m., Iona at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., USC at New Mexico, CBSS (Cox 249) 3:30 p.m., Delaware at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Cal at Fresno State, CBSS (Cox 249) 5:30 p.m., Orlando Classic, ESPNU (Cox 253) 9 p.m., Wooden Legacy, ESPN2 (Cox 28) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Duke at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., Marist at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 5:30 p.m., Tennessee at Texas, FS1 (Cox 67) VOLLEYBALL 7:30 p.m., Selection Show, ESPNU (Cox 253) CANADIAN FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m., Hamilton vs. Calgary, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 8:20 p.m., Los Angeles at Seattle, ESPN (Cox 29)
Nov 26, 2014
OSU has now lost five-straight games by a total of 201-68. But defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer praised Mike Gundy’s leadership throughout the low period.
Oklahoma State notebook: Cowboy coordinator says Mike Gundy's leadership has been 'tremendous'
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Nov 26, 2014Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said before the Cowboys’ 49-28 loss at Baylor last week that coaching spirit and attitude is “really the most important thing we do.” And it especially rings true this season, as OSU has now lost five-straight games by a combined score of 201-68. The need for encouragement doesn’t stop with players, either. Gundy noted he also needs to embolden his assistant coaching staff. Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is listening. “(Gundy) is in a leadership position and he’s always been tremendous,” Spencer said. “We address the issues. Nobody is happy about the issues. But the biggest thing is to have a plan to fix them and attack it. That’s where he does a tremendous job. As a leader, he serves this institution and he serves this staff. “You know where his heart is. Everybody wants to fight their tail off for a guy like that, and that’s the way we all feel about him. We don’t want to disappoint him because he’s there for us all the time.” RB COMMITMENT RUNS FOR 300 YARDS IN PLAYOFF WIN 2015 OSU running back commitment Ronald Jones, of McKinney North High School (Texas), continued his strong senior campaign in the 5A state playoffs last weekend, as he rushed for 318 yards and four touchdowns — including three of 50 yards or more. “What can you say about Ronald Jones? He's a heck of a football player and he showed that tonight,” North coach Mike Fecci told the McKinney Courier-Gazette. Jones has now rushed for 1,729 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. McKinney North defeated West Mesquite 50-44 and will play in the regional semifinal round against Mansfield Lake Ridge on Saturday. OSU OFFERS BLACK FRIDAY TICKET DEALS The OSU ticket office is offering a number of special discounts Friday for Cowboy fans who purchase season tickets. Some offers are time specific, while others are available throughout the day. Midnight to 8 a.m.: Buy one 2015 football season ticket and receive one extra homecoming football ticket. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Buy one 2015 football season ticket and receive one Olympic sport season ticket. 4 p.m. to Midnight: Buy one football or men’s basketball season ticket and receive one extra Bedlam football ticket or one extra men’s basketball ticket for the Kansas game. All Day offers: Buy one football season ticket and receive a 40-percent off coupon for the university store. Buy one wrestling season ticket and be entered into a raffle to win two NCAA Wrestling Tournament tickets. By an Olympic sport season ticket and receive one women’s basketball, wrestling, baseball or softball season ticket. For more information, visit okstate.com/blackfriday. QUOTABLE OU coach Bob Stoops on OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph’s debut at Baylor: “He looked great. We watched the tape. He threw the ball really well and had some nice plays.”