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Kendal Thompson still hasn't decided where he'll play next season, but his friends on the Oklahoma roster have said they'll miss him.
Oklahoma football notebook: Trevor Knight, Julian Wilson will miss Kendal Thompson
BY JASON KERSEY | Feb 8, 2014Kendal Thompson still hasn't decided where he'll play next season, but his friends on the Oklahoma roster have said they'll miss him. “Wherever he ends up, I'll cheer for him,” said OU nickelback Julian Wilson, who was a teammate of Thompson's at Southmoore. “I grew up with him. That's my family, so I'm cheering for him wherever he goes.” Thompson competed with Trevor Knight and Blake Bell to become Oklahoma's starting quarterback last spring, but broke his foot on the first day of fall camp. “He handled adversity way better than I think I would've been able to,” Wilson said. “He held his head high all season through all his struggles, and he's fought it out hard and I respect that.” Thompson announced on Twitter last month that he will graduate from OU in May and transfer to another school. If he enrolls in a graduate program that OU doesn't offer, he would be immediately eligible for another Division I program. “I loved spending time with Kendal,” Knight said. “I feel like he made me a better player, but I wish him the best of luck in the future, wherever he ends up.” OU COACHES LIKED HANSEN'S ATHLETICISM Despite Oklahoma's shift toward an offense centered around a more mobile quarterback in 2013, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said his staff still looks first and foremost for great passers when recruiting signal callers. “Justice (Hansen) is that,” Stoops said. “But then you look at him, he can run. We watched his athleticism. He got hurt some this year, but when he's been out there you see it. We see it here just working out doing the things he's doing. He's an excellent athlete and a strong athlete to go with his arm.” Hansen missed five games of his senior season at Edmond Santa Fe because of injuries, but enrolled at OU early and will go through spring practices with the team. As a senior, Hansen threw for 966 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 434 yards and 12 scores. BROWN WANTS MORE WINS OVER SEC TEAMS Oklahoma offensive tackle signee Orlando Brown made a last-minute, signing day switch from Tennessee, where he'd been committed for months. Brown said the Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama wasn't the only reason for his change of heart, but that it did play a role. “The win over Alabama was great, but let's go beat another SEC team and keep it consistent,” Brown said. PARKER GREW UP AN OU FAN Four-star Jenks safety Steven Parker, who signed with OU over dozens of other scholarship offers from around the country, spoke on Signing Day about the impact growing up in Oklahoma had on his decision. “It's my hometown,” Parker said. “I stayed probably about 15 minutes away from Norman, I was born in Oklahoma City. I grew up an OU fan even though my parents both are OSU.” Parker recorded four interceptions and also caught 33 passes for 594 yards as a senior for Class 6A state champion Jenks. QUOTABLE Oklahoma defensive back signee Vontre McQuinnie, after signing his National Letter of Intent at DeSoto (Texas) High School: “It's just the start of something beautiful. I feel like I'm gonna have a great four or five years.”
Feb 6, 2014
McQuinnie made a quick impact after transferring to DeSoto High School halfway through his senior season.
OU football: Prep coach says OU will have a 'beast' in defensive back Vontre McQuinnie
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 6, 2014DESOTO, Texas — Vontre McQuinnie sat in the DeSoto High School gymnasium Wednesday morning and signed with Oklahoma. Strangely, though, McQuinnie — who committed to OU more than a year ago — has technically been an Oklahoma Sooner several months longer than he's been a DeSoto Eagle. McQuinnie played football in nearby Lancaster his entire life before his family moved to DeSoto midway through his senior season. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound safety decided after the move to switch schools, too. “I was kind of against it at first, but it was a decision he made,” said J.W. Smith, Jr., McQuinnie's stepfather. “I think it was a better fit. He felt like he wasn't being pushed to his potential.” Lancaster signed off on the transfer, but McQuinnie still had to sit out two games because of University Interscholastic League rules. The UIL governs public school activities in Texas. “I didn't ask any questions,” said DeSoto coach Claude Mathis. “We were about to go into the playoffs, so I was trying to end the season off well. I had too much on my mind to worry about that. “All I knew was that it was legal. That's the only thing I had to understand.” McQuinnie's transfer came at a convenient time for DeSoto, which had just lost a starting safety for the season with a broken arm. Once McQuinnie was eligible, he made an immediate impact on the DeSoto defense, adding a tough, physical presence who could play well in pass coverage and in run support. In the Eagles' 48-41, playoff quarterfinal victory over Euless Trinity, McQuinnie returned a first-quarter fumble 84 yards for a touchdown that ended up being the difference in the game. “He made a hell of a play,” said Paul Beattie, DeSoto's secondary coach. “He was a leader. He helped out the younger kids. He just fought hard the whole time he was with us. “He's a strong, strong kid. When he puts his hands on you, it's hard to get away. I can only imagine how he's gonna be in about a year after getting in the OU weight room. He'll be a beast.” McQuinnie said all OU coaches have told him that they want him to be that same physical, vocal leader in Norman. “At Lancaster, I was leader of the defense,” McQuinnie said. “Here, I was vocal. They want me to bring some personality to the defense.”
Feb 4, 2014
Vontre McQuinnie doesn't put much stock into recruiting rankings. So after the Oklahoma linebacker commit was recently downgraded from a three-star to a two-star recruit by Rivals, he certainly wasn't losing any the sleep over the questions surrounding his ability. “I really don't pay too much attention,” said McQuinnie, who chose OU over Iowa and SMU. “At the end of the day, that's not what...
OU football recruiting: Drop in star rating not much concern for Vontre McQuinnie
BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Feb 4, 2014Vontre McQuinnie doesn't put much stock into recruiting rankings. So after the Oklahoma linebacker commit was recently downgraded from a three-star to a two-star recruit by Rivals, he certainly wasn't losing any the sleep over the questions surrounding his ability. “I really don't pay too much attention,” said McQuinnie, who chose OU over Iowa and SMU. “At the end of the day, that's not what determines a player. It's how hard you work and what you put into it. OU already knows what I can do. Once we sign, everyone is back to square one.” The drop in ranking can possibly be attributed to McQuinnie (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) missing time on the field after transferring schools in the middle of his senior football season. He made the move from Lancaster (Texas) to DeSoto (Texas) in late October, and although there was familiarity with the towns separated only by I-35, moving in the middle of football season made the experience difficult. “It was kind of tough with the position I was put in leaving somewhere I'd been all my life and going somewhere totally different,” McQuinnie said. “It was a whole new style and level of football going from 4A to 5A. But a lot of the students at (DeSoto) I already knew so it didn't bother me too much.” The good news for McQuinnie is after he signs on to play at OU on National Signing Day, he'll be heading to a place he's always imagined himself being. “It's always been my favorite school since I was little,” McQuinnie said. “I used to play running back and Adrian Peterson was who I looked up to. Once I got into middle school and high school a lot of the people around where I grew up were going to OU, so that made me think it's the place for me.”
Feb 4, 2014
Kennen Brown and Chris Hardeman from Alief Taylor High School are the latest Houston products committed to the Cowboys who could become top stars.
Oklahoma State football: Houston pipeline keeps producing
By Gina Mizell | Feb 4, 2014STILLWATER — Houston Alief Taylor coach Jody D. Jordan calls it “Michael Jordan Syndrome.” Kennen Brown, a 6-4 receiver, wanted to haul in the football. Teammate Chris Hardeman, a speedy and athletic defensive back, wanted to prevent Brown from catching it. “They help other guys around them get better,” Jordan said. And those practice battles will continue at the next level, as both Brown and Hardeman will sign with Oklahoma State on Wednesday and headline a strong group of Houston-area players that will join the Cowboys for the 2014 season. The others: Aldine Eisenhower's Trevion Roberts, a three-star “athlete” projected to play defensive back; Clear Lake's Matthew Mucha, a 6-6 offensive lineman rated a three-star prospect; and a pair of three-star linebackers in Pearland's Justin Phillips and Spring Klein Oak's Josh Mabin. Houston has traditionally been rich recruiting ground for OSU during Mike Gundy's tenure, particularly when longtime assistant Joe DeForest was on staff. Now, it's often the territory of cornerbacks coach Van Malone, who is from the area and began his coaching career at the high school level there. “I don't know about other (high) schools,” Jordan said, “but (OSU brings) coaches in and they come and visit with the kids. They come in the spring. Just a high visibility in building a relationship with those kids that goes a long way. “In this day and age, with the technology and everything, I don't think it's a big deal to say, ‘Hey, I'll just go.' It's not a big deal to go out of state or another part of the country.” In Hardeman (5-9, 178 pounds), the Cowboys get the son of an Alief Taylor assistant coach who has track speed. He qualified for regionals in the 100-meter dash as a freshman, then became a football starter the following fall. Big-time programs such as LSU, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UCLA quickly took notice of that supreme athleticism and offered. LSU earned an early commitment. But following a visit, Hardeman determined that school wasn't the right fit. Brown, a team jokester who's displayed big-play ability since his sophomore season, also drew oodles of recruiting interest from schools like Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin. OSU, of course, was also in play for both. Brown and Hardeman were not a package deal. But they swooped through both Norman and Stillwater together during fall camp in August. Both came away impressed. Both committed on the same day. “They just liked the atmosphere, they loved Coach Gundy,” Jordan said. “It just kind of clicked for them.” Brown joins two other receivers in the 2014 class in Chris Lacy from DeSoto, Texas, and James Washington from Stamford, Texas. At defensive back, Hardeman joins Roberts, Ramon Richards of San Antonio (Texas) Brackenridge, Dylan Harding of Jenks and Juwan Offray of New Orleans Edna Karr. When they sign their letters of intent, Brown and Hardeman will officially help keep the Houston pipeline going. Then they'll keep giving each other Michael Jordan Syndrome when they arrive in Stillwater this summer. And, with multiple key departures at both receiver and cornerback from OSU's 2013 squad, perhaps Brown and Hardeman will see the field right away in 2014. “That's the kind of kids they are,” Jordan said. “They're gonna step right in. They're not gonna sit back. They're gonna jump in there on the drills. They want to be first. They want to be seen. “Kennen wants the ball, and Chris wants him to keep him from getting the ball.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...BUCKEYES BUZZ: Make no mistake about it: It's big that the Buckeyes are playing in their first Big Ten championship game.As winners of the Leaders Division, they'll face off against Legends Division winner Michigan State in their first conference title game on Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.Still, no Ohio...
Hyde: Focus not on B1G title, only on Michigan
RUSTY MILLER, Associated Press | Nov 24, 2013COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ... BUCKEYES BUZZ: Make no mistake about it: It's big that the Buckeyes are playing in their first Big Ten championship game. As winners of the Leaders Division, they'll face off against Legends Division winner Michigan State in their first conference title game on Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Still, no Ohio State player is pointing for that when Michigan is standing in the way. The Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) play the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) at Michigan Stadium on Saturday at noon. So, sure, it's a big deal to be playing for Big Ten bragging rights. But before that, there's the bragging rights in "The Game," considered one of if not the most hotly contested rivalries in all of college football. "We're not looking forward to the championship game. We have a huge game coming up this week," TB Carlos Hyde said after running for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 42-14 win over Indiana on senior day at Ohio Stadium. "We want to focus on that. Try to get the win in that, THEN focus on the next one." Occasionally, it takes time to get into the rhythms of the rivalry. RB Dontre Wilson was a senior in high school in DeSoto, Texas, a year ago, far removed from the hub-bub of the grudge match. "I watched the game on TV last year, but to be honest I don't really know that much about it," he said. "I'm sure going to find out soon, though." Yes, Dontre, you surely will. NEXT FOR THE BIG TWO: This is, of course, the craziest of weeks in college football in Ohio and Michigan. It promises to be a wild week around the nation as well. The pick of the litter of games involving the top teams is The Iron Bowl game with No. 1 Alabama playing at fourth-ranked Auburn. In the other game of particular interest to Ohio State fans, No. 2 Florida State puts its perfect season on the line at rival Florida. Now, most Buckeyes fans were talking about ex-No. 3 Baylor's stunning 49-17 loss to No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday night, which moved Ohio State up to No. 3 in all of the polls and gave it some breathing room for a change over its closest pursuers. But maybe the most shocking score of the weekend came on Florida's home field where FCS-level Georgia Southern hung a 26-20 shiner on the Gators. It was Florida's sixth loss in a row, dooming it to a losing season (4-7). Amazingly, Georgia Southern didn't have to complete a single pass to win, either. THE WEEK AHEAD: In other marquee games involving two AP-ranked teams this week: No. 8 Stanford plays at No. 25 Notre Dame, No. 6 Clemson is at No. 10 South Carolina and No. 22 UCLA plays at No. 23 Southern California. B1G GAMES: Even though the division champs have already been decided, it's still rivalry week in the Big Ten, too. On Friday, Iowa plays at Nebraska in The Heroes Game. Saturday's contests include Purdue playing at Indiana for the Old Oaken Bucket, Minnesota at No. 11 Michigan State, Northwestern and Illinois decide the Land of Lincoln Trophy and Penn State is at No. 14 Wisconsin. HOKE ON OFFENSE: After Michigan kicked away a 21-7 halftime lead to lose at Iowa 24-21 on Saturday, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke was asked what the big problem was with his ineffective and inconsistent offense. "It's a combination of all 11 guys who are out there," he said. "At times we hit on all 11 cylinders, then its 10, then it's nine. But it seems to be rotating through." Michigan has lost four of its last six games by a set of scores that point to Jekyll and Hyde running the offense. The Wolverines have won by scores of 63-47 against Indiana and 27-19 in three overtimes at Northwestern, and have lost 43-40 at Penn State, 29-6 at Michigan State, 17-13 against Nebraska at home and then at Iowa in a game in which it was shut out in the second half. ___ Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAP
Sep 16, 2013
It’s over. Sports Illustrated’s five-part expose’ on OSU football is finally over. Cowboy fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Part V, released Monday, shared personal stories of Cowboys who were dismissed from the program and have encountered dismal lives since.
Oklahoma State football: Analyzing Sports Illustrated's final installment
Berry Tramel | Sep 16, 2013// It’s over. Sports Illustrated’s five-part expose’ on OSU football is finally over. Cowboy fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Part V, released Monday, shared personal stories of Cowboys who were dismissed from the program and have encountered dismal lives since. This will be the most troubling segment for OSU in terms of recruiting. Mike Gundy and staff will have a lot of explaining to do when chatting with some recruits’ parents. Here are the allegations, and my views of the allegations: * SI says that “scattered across Oklahoma, Texas and neighboring states are young men … former Cowboys from the last dozen years now damaged and downtrodden.” SI says so many ex-Cowboys have encountered shame and despair, it raises the question: How much did the program really care? A little overdramatic. Seems like someone tried to write their way to making this series a success. For one thing, no examples outside Oklahoma and Texas are given. You’d think after the last week, something that obvious of a detail would be caught. * SI says that OSU failed many recruits because many of them were abysmal students in high school, some had committed crimes, and they were in need of extraordinary academic and psychological support. This part I agree with. If you’re going to recruit marginal students and players of marginal character, you have to be prepared to work with them. We already touched on this in the drug segment. If you’re going to recruit guys who are attracted to drugs, you’ve got to have professionals to deal with it. * SI says 43.5 percent of OSU recruits between 2002 and 2010 left school before exhausting their eligibility. SI compares that to TCU, which lost 23.4 percent of its players during that time. OSU says the number is actually 34.5 percent; 31 percent under Gundy and 29 percent the last four years. That’s not a good number. OSU says that shouldn’t include players whose careers end prematurely for medical reasons, but that’s not a ton of players. By all means, the Cowboys must improve their retention rate. I’d like to see comparisons to other schools, like OU, Texas and A&M, but clearly, OSU needs to improve. * SI says OSU usually offered vague explanations for premature exits, like violation of team rules. You know, privacy rules are meant to protect players. But in some ways, they harm players. When a player is suspended – not just at OSU, but most anywhere – we naturally assume he failed a drug test. Might have been academics, might have tardiness, might have been something else. But our fallback position is drugs. And when a player is booted, same thing. What SI is saying is that in some ways, the privacy rules give the school an easy out. I don’t have the answer, but SI points out – quite accurately – that us local media ought to do a better job tracking down dismissed players and finding their side of the story. * Former player Kevin White says Mike Gundy mocked White for his introverted personality and that an athletic department staffer suggested White see a therapist. I can see Gundy making some crack about someone’s personality. He does it all the time. It’s not what I would call mocking. It’s locker-room humor. Gundy does the same thing to this day about Kendall Hunter. I have no idea about the therapist, but if so, the Cowboys would have been better served employing a professional drug counselor for all their many druggies rather than whatever kind of therapist White saw. White says he was kicked off the team after peace officers discovered marijuana in a car in which he was a passenger, although White was not charged. White said a graduate assistant drove him to Oklahoma City, handed him a few dollars and put him on a bus home. SI paints White as a player run off because he might not have been good enough. I have no idea if White was run off. But I know that running off players is an NCAA scandal. Coaches dismissing players because they’re not good enough, or coaches not renewing scholarships because they want it freed for someone else. It’s done all the time, and it’s not right. As for the bus story, I don’t know. Stillwater has Greyhound service. Was the grad assistant wanting to make sure White couldn’t get off the bus? * SI says that in 2003, offensive lineman Jonathan Cruz’s scholarship was revoked because of academic troubles that more prominent players avoided by someone else doing their work. Cruz played Russian Roulette. He said he later became a Cocaine addict and a “major drug trafficker.” However, Cruz said he eventually cleaned up. You know, the academic allegations don’t really add up. OSU. If OSU was so helpful in unscrupulous ways academically, why is the Cowboys’ Academic Progress Rating so poor? And in the academic segment, here is a list of players who say they received below-board help – Artrell Woods, Fath’ Carter, William Cole. Any all-Big 12 players on that list? Any players who were difference-makers? Now, if Cruz was messed up that he 1) flunked out; 2) was so despondent that suicide seemed like a good idea; and 3) turned to drugs and crime, it would have been nice for someone at OSU to have noticed and tried to help. But Cruz, by his own admissions, was one screwed-up individual. * Thomas Wright says that when Gundy kicked him off the team in 2005 for “violation of team rules,” Wright was distraught he took a bunch of pills, bought a 20-pack of beer and started driving. He pulled over, got a hotel room and went to sleep, believing he never would wake up. Wright says he’s been in and out of jail ever since, mostly on alcohol-related offenses. I think we can make a good guess on what was the rule violation. You know, I think SI is trying to paint these guys as sympathetic figures. But for the most part, it didn’t work. Again, by his own admission, Wright is a knucklehead. Hard to fix some things. * Kevin White says he was despondent for two years after going home to DeSoto, Texas. Then he considered enrolling at West Texas A&M and called for OSU for a transcript. He says he was told he owed hundreds of dollars for miscellaneous charges and couldn’t get his transcript until the debt was paid. This story I can believe easy. Both ways. I can believe White incurred the charges, and I can believe that OSU put the charges on White, even if he wasn’t involved. That kind of thing happened to me years ago. The moral of the story. Get these things settled, OSU. If a guy leaves school, hand him his transcript when he goes. Don’t nickel and dime a guy. It’s not worth it. * Artrell Woods says that after his near-tragic back injury in July 2007, OSU hyped his comeback story. And Woods did make it back, eventually playing five games in 2008, even catching a pass against Iowa State. But Woods said that in spring 2009, Gundy told Woods his attitude wasn’t what it needed to be and that he would be placed on medical scholarship. Woods stayed in Stillwater through the fall semester, then transferred to Central Oklahoma and played football there. This is going to sound harsh. But after reading Woods’ comments and his Facebook page, I’m not too crazy about Woods’ attitude myself. Coaches are notorious for running off players, to create scholarship space. And that’s an outrage. Maybe that’s what happened here. But I don’t think so. Woods was hurt and hurt bad. Even today says how bad his back is. If there’s any outrage, it was that OSU let him play in 2008. Not that it grounded him in 2009. * SI says that OSU failed to learn about the awful childhood of 2011 recruit Herschel Sims, whose stepfather was imprisoned for child abuse and mother was imprisoned for allowing it. SI says OSU should have provided counseling for Sims when he arrived on campus. Maybe so on the counseling. Certainly Sims had a rough upbringing. But OSU absolutely knew about Sims’ past. Everyone knew. All of Abilene, Texas, knew about it. The Oklahoman knew about it; Jenni Carlson wrote a big story about Sims’ abuse two weeks before signing day. I don’t know to what degree OSU checks out recruits. But I know OSU knew about Sims. If you want to argue that OSU should have done more for him, OK. But OSU knew. * William Bell says that when he enrolled in 2004, coaches didn’t know he was an habitual drug user. Soon enough, he was dealing drugs and was dismissed from the team in 2005. Marcus Richardson says that he joined a gang at age 12 and sold drugs and committed robberies while growing up in Florida. At OSU, Richardson said conflicts with coaches and lack of playing time prompted him to leave after a year. He’s now in prison in Texas, three years into a 15-year sentence for aggravated robbery. You know what OSU should do? I would spend $100,000 a year and hire a retired FBI agent or some similar detective, to sift players. Bringing a drug addict or a gang member to campus in the first place is where the problems start. You can take some at-risk prospects. But some you can’t. * SI says that Gundy mishandled Sims, who stole $700 from teammate Jeremiah Tshimanga. Sims says Gundy told the players to settle between themselves, but Sims didn’t have the money to repay Tshimanga, who eventually went to police. Sims was charged, eventually pled guilty to two felony counts of second-degree forgery and was dismissed from the team. SI asks if Sims would have been treated differently had he been a more prominent player and throws out the examples of Jamie Blatnick and Bo Bowling. * This is a total crock. Bowling indeed was given a major break, when Gundy allowed him back on the team after a conviction for drug distribution. And Blatnick, too, who in summer 2010 cracked a beer bottle over the head of former teammate Stephen Denning. Bowling became a dependable receiver on the 2010 OSU team, and Blatnick became all-Big 12 in 2011, OSU’s conference title team. But neither was ever as highly-regarded as was Sims. Bowling’s ascension primarily was because of Dana Holgorsen’s hiring as offensive coordinator in January 2010. Had OSU not changed offenses, Bowling would not have made much of an impact. And while Blatnick was a solid player and projected to start in 2010, no one saw him as a future star. And that’s exactly the way OSU saw Sims. He was third-team as a true freshman in 2011, behind the great Joe Randle and the steady Jeremy Smith. There seems little doubt that coaches believed Sims would be a bellcow in 2013. Cutting Sims was in no way a football decision. What exactly was Gundy supposed to do? Stealing from a teammate? And if you believe SI, that OSU was handing out wads of cash to even marginal players, why didn’t someone slip Sims $700 to pay back Tshimanga? Sims transferred to Lamar, didn’t last there and now is back home at Abilene Christian. In April, he told the Abilene News Reporter, “It hurts. I never dreamed I’d come back to Abilene to play football. I feel like I’m a top-notch Division I player, and I should be up there with the rest of the guys. But it’s nobody’s fault but my own. I had my chance, but I messed it up.” * Artrell Woods said that he became interested in animation while in high school but that OSU academic counselors steered him toward easier classes. I’m sure that happened. And that’s something OSU is going to have to address. Does it continue bringing any players it knows are borderline (or worse) capable of doing college work. The answer, of course, is yes, because the Cowboys have to compete. But that leads to problems. Which is one of the few good things the Sports Illustrated actually pointed out.
‘Backyard Bowl' also will be webcast on www.CoxHSHub.com
Cox to air Jenks-Tulsa Union game at 7 p.m. Friday
BY MEL BRACHT Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 12, 2013The Jenks-Tulsa Union game, generally considered the state's biggest high school football rivalry, will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) at 7 p.m. Friday from Tulsa's Chapman Stadium and will be webcast on www.CoxHSHub.com for the first time. Nathan Thompson, Rod Thompson and reporter Mike Ziegenhorn will call the “Backyard Bowl.” Defending 6A champion Jenks is ranked No. 1 after beating Euless (Texas) Trinity 27-23 in its opener. No. 2 Union lost its opener to DeSoto, Texas, 44-20. The teams split last year's meetings, with Union winning 14-7 in the regular season and Jenks rolling 41-10 in the 6A semifinals. Jenks has won seven of the past 10 meetings. CBS OPENS SEASON WITH A&M-ALABAMA CBS Sports kicks off its 13th season of SEC football coverage with No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and reporter Tracy Wolfson will call the game. “College Football Today,” the network's pregame, halftime and postgame studio show, also will air from Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Host Tim Brando is joined by Spencer Tillman and newcomer Brian Jones, a former NFL and Texas linebacker. Insider Tony Barnhart also will have reports. Danielson on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: “He is a fine thrower of the football, but it may be the least best thing he does as an athlete. His vision, competitiveness, leadership and ability to see plays before they happen all make him a tremendous weapon. You can't take your eyes off him when he's on the field, very much like a Joe Namath or Magic Johnson.” SHORT TAKES — KAKC-AM 1300 is the new Tulsa radio home of the Oklahoma City Thunder under a multiyear deal announced by the team and Clear Channel Communications Tulsa. KAKC replaces The Tulsa Sports Animal (FM 97.1). The Thunder has also added KKBI-FM 106.1 in Broken Bow and KMCO-FM 101.3 in McAlester as affiliates on its 13-station network. KAKC also broadcasts games of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder's NBA Development League team. — “Fox NFL Sunday,” 11 a.m. Sunday on KOKH-25, features a look at the paths of analyst Terry Bradshaw and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. In the 1960s, Robertson was the starting quarterback at Louisiana Tech for two seasons ahead of Bradshaw. Robertson walked away from his final year of eligibility to spend more time hunting and fishing, making Bradshaw the starter. They were both honored before the Tulane-Louisiana Tech game Thursday night. — The Dallas Cowboys no longer can be considered “America's Team” with their game at noon Sunday in Kansas City (Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale) going to only 11 percent of the country. The main game will be Washington at Green Bay, which will go to 58 percent of the country. — The new season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” 9 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox Sports 1, includes eight female and eight male bantamweight (135 pounds) fighters and two female coaches, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state: Thursday, Sept 5 City Area CRESCENT 34, Newkirk 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 34, Midwest City 28 HERITAGE HALL 35, Casady 24 LEXINGTON 27, OKC Legion 22 Millwood 42, STAR SPENCER 28 Norman North 31, NORMAN 28 NORTHWEST 28, John Marshall 22 Putnam West 28, WESTERN HEIGHTS 21 SOUTHEAST 21, U.S.
Oklahoma high school football: Picking this week's games
By Scott Wright | Sep 4, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state: Thursday, Sept 5 City Area CRESCENT 34, Newkirk 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 34, Midwest City 28 HERITAGE HALL 35, Casady 24 LEXINGTON 27, OKC Legion 22 Millwood 42, STAR SPENCER 28 Norman North 31, NORMAN 28 NORTHWEST 28, John Marshall 22 Putnam West 28, WESTERN HEIGHTS 21 SOUTHEAST 21, U.S. Grant 12 SOUTHMOORE 30, Carl Albert 28 STROUD 27, Chandler 13 WASHINGTON 24, Bridge Creek 13 Class 5A CLAREMORE 27, Oologah 24 Clinton 21, LAWTON MAC 16 Class 4A CLEVELAND 42, Hominy 21 Elgin 35, RUSH SPRINGS 27 ROLAND 28, Muldrow 20 Class 3A Inola 27, CHELSEA 14 LOCUST GROVE 17, Salina 13 Class 2A CHISHOLM 44, Oklahoma Bible 20 COMANCHE 26, Velma-Alma 24 GORE 28, Panama 21 Warner 35, CHOUTEAU 13 WEWOKA 33, Holdenville 13 Class A Quinton 42, HARTSHORNE JV 6 Class B Bluejacket 48, WELCH 28 MAUD 50, Bowlegs 42 POND CREEK 48, DC-Lamont 41 CANTON 42, Geary 12 CAVE SPRINGS 37, Watts 24 Independent Wright Christian 42, COOKSON HILLS 28 OSD 55, Missouri Deaf 48 Friday, Sept 6 City Area BLANCHARD 33, Bethany 20 CENTENNIAL 28, Capitol Hill 14 COYLE 44, Covington-Douglas 24 Crossings Chr. 38, BURNS FLAT 20 Deer Creek 41, PIEDMONT 27 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 35, Del City 33 SW COVENANT 47, Destiny Christian 42 Dibble 28, MINCO 21 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Drumright 14 Edmond North 21, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 Enid 42, CHOCTAW 38 WINDSOR HILLS 31, Gracemont 14 Guthrie 35, DUNCAN 20 WEATHERFORD 28, Harrah 14 WAYNE 35, Healdton 27 Hennessey 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 24 Kingfisher 49, GUYMON 7 PURCELL 27, Lindsay 22 Little Axe 20, SANTA FE SOUTH 13 Luther 27, WELLSTON 16 McAlester 35, STILLWATER 34 McLoud 30, BETHEL 18 Metro Christian 27, OKLAHOMA CHR. 24 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 21 Noble 17, TECUMSEH 14 TULSA McLAIN 33, Northeast 20 OKC Patriots 27, GRANDFIELD 13 CASHION 34, Okeene 28 DAVENPORT 37, Okla. Christian Aca. 20 NEWCASTLE 21, Pauls Valley 20 JONES 28, Perkins 24 TUTTLE 21, Plainview 17 MEEKER 27, Prague 20 PUTNAM CITY 34, Putnam North 31 Sasakwa 30, MACOMB 19 RIVERSIDE 33, SeeWorth Aca. 16 McGUINNESS 31, Shawnee 28 St. Mary 27, CROOKED OAK 23 Tipton 48, LIFE CHRISTIAN 14 Tulsa Washington 21, DOUGLASS 20 EL RENO 22, Woodward 14 Yukon 42, MUSTANG 38 Class 6A BIXBY 28, Garden City, Kan. 13 Lawton 44, LAWTON EISENHOWER 20 SAND SPRINGS 35, Muskogee 20 BROKEN ARROW 42, Owasso 35 PONCA CITY 27, Sapulpa 24 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Hale 13 Tulsa Kelley 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 Class 5A ADA 31, Ardmore 28 ANADARKO 27, Chickasha 21 POTEAU 30, Durant 22 Fort Gibson 35, TAHLEQUAH 21 GROVE 24, Miami 20 CATOOSA 38, Pryor 21 COLLINSVILLE 30, Skiatook 8 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Tulsa Memorial 20 Wagoner 42, COWETA 40 Class 4A GLENPOOL 24, Berryhill 20 Broken Bow 35, IDABEL 14 FREDERICK 48, Cache 13 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 14 Cushing 35, MANNFORD 27 GREENWOOD, ARK., 35, Sallisaw 14 VERDIGRIS 40, Stilwell 27 OKMULGEE 22, Tulsa Rogers 14 Victory Christian 41, TULSA WEBSTER 18 JAY 14, Vinita 7 ELK CITY 26, Watonga 16 Class 3A Adair 45, KELLYVILLE 22 Antlers 42, VALLIANT 12 BRISTOW 34, Beggs 28 PERRY 42, Blackwell 8 Checotah 14, MORRIS 7 NOWATA 20, Dewey 18 Hartshorne 17, HENRYETTA 12 Hugo 28, ATOKA 13 DICKSON 28, Kingston 21 Lincoln, Ark. 28, WESTVILLE 7 Madill 34, TISHOMINGO 13 Marlow 28, LONE GROVE 24 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 31, Okemah 17 Seminole 42, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 28 Seq. Claremore 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 Sperry 27, EUFAULA 22 Stigler 21, HILLDALE 20 Vian 49, SPIRO 28 Wynnewood 28, SULPHUR 14 Class 2A THOMAS 35, Alva 34 CANEY VALLEY 31, Barnsdall 28 HOBART 42, Carnegie 12 KANSAS 37, Central Sallisaw 13 Coalgate 28, STRATFORD 27 Commerce 21, MT. VERNON, MO. 14 HINTON 33, Cordell 27 Davis 42, RINGLING 38 WYANDOTTE 27, Fairland 21 KETCHUM 14, Foyil 13 COLCORD 30, Haskell 28 YALE 27, Hulbert 24 SAVANNA 35, Konawa 14 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 12 Marietta 35, WILSON 6 Morrison 28, Pawnee 7 LIBERTY 17, Mounds 14 Oklahoma Union 20, QUAPAW 14 POCOLA 42, Regent Prep 40 Tonkawa 28, PAWHUSKA 24 TALIHINA 34, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 38, Walters 8 STANTON COUNTY, KAN. 35, Beaver 7 CANADIAN 27, Caddo 20 Elkhart, Kan. 44, Turpin 12 Elmore City 42, BRAY-DOYLE 13 Empire 30, SNYDER 13 Fairview 48, PIONEER 14 Hooker 21, CLAYTON, N.M., 20 Kiefer 42, AFTON 14 Porter 16, Depew 14 MOORELAND 28, Sayre 16 Summit Christian 35, HAILEYVILLE 12 Texhoma 35, GRUVER, TEXAS 8 Woodland 44, MAYSVILLE 30 Class B Alex 47, WELEETKA 42 WETUMKA 55, Allen 14 OAKS 42, Bokoshe 28 Central Marlow 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 MERRITT 50, Corn Bible 12 REJOICE CHR. 55, Dewar 52 Gans 49, MIDWAY 6 Garber 56, WAYNOKA 14 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Laverne 60, SHATTUCK 54 Ringwood 44, TIMBERLAKE 42 Ryan 38, WAURIKA 12 Sharon-Mutual 46, SEILING 40 MEDFORD 38, Strother 36 FOX 64, Temple 34 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 42 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Waukomis 40 Webbers Falls 38, PORUM 28 Wesleyan Chr. 46, COPAN 30 Class C Balko 38, MOSCOW, KAN. 20 Cherokee 56, BUFFALO 30 Claremore Chr. 28, BOULEVARD CHR. 24 SANTANA, KAN. 22, Goodwell 14 DUKE 22, Merritt JV 16 Tyrone 44, ROLLA, KAN. 20 BOISE CITY 30, Walsh, Colo. 24 Independent TULSA NOAH 31, Lighthouse Chr. 21 Saturday, Sept 7 Class 6A EULESS-TRINITY 38, Jenks 34 DESOTO, TEXAS 42, Tulsa Union 21 Note: Home teams in CAPS
Sep 1, 2013
There's an abundance of big games awaiting fans in Week 1 alone — so many that picking a list of the top 10 wasn't easy.
High schools: Wealth of big games to open season this week
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Sep 1, 2013In Sunday's Oklahoman, we looked ahead to the top 10 games of the high school football season in a week-by-week breakdown. But there's an abundance of big games awaiting fans in Week 1 alone — so many that picking a list of the top 10 wasn't easy. But nonetheless, here's our list of this week's must-see games: 1. Class 6A No. 16 Midwest City vs. 6A No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe at UCO (Thursday) Santa Fe has risen to the spot Midwest City once held as the westside's regular top contender. Are the Bombers on the way back? 2. Class 2A No. 2 Davis at Class A No. 1 Ringling Ranking-wise, the best matchup of the week with Class A's defending champ hosting last year's 2A runner-up. 3. Class 6A No. 6 Owasso at 6A No. 3 Broken Arrow A great opener for both teams, though it hardly registers on the scale of big games for either of them, when they have Jenks and Union waiting later in the schedule. 4. Class 5A No. 1 Carl Albert at 6A No. 9 Southmoore (Thursday) Last year's 48-21 Southmoore win sent Carl Albert on its way to a 1-5 start before the Titans turned it around to win 5A. 5. Class 6A No. 26 Moore at 6A No. 11 Westmoore The competitive level of the Moore War should be up, and the significance of a loved community event is powerful for a town still trying to put the pieces back together since the May 20 tornado. 6. Class 6A No. 12 Norman vs. 6A No. 5 Norman North at OU (Thursday) Having put years of Norman domination in the past, the Crosstown Clash is raising its status as one of the metro area's top rivalry games. 7. Class 4A No. 1 Clinton at 5A No. 7 Lawton MacArthur Lawton Mac is working to fill some holes, and Clinton is out to show that it's prepared to repeat. 8. Class 5A No. 11 Del City at 5A No. 6 Tulsa East Central Two teams with just enough talent to be a potential contender in 5A, and just enough question marks to make you curious. 9. Class 3A No. 9 Metro Christian at Class 2A No. 3 Oklahoma Christian OCS gets quite a test to start its title defense, while Metro is trying to make itself known as a 3A contender again. 10. Class 6A No. 14 Tulsa Washington at 4A No. 4 Douglass This classic rivalry was reborn last year, and next year, it's expected to move to Langston University. But this year's game should be a showdown. Special recognition: Jenks vs. DeSoto, Texas, and Tulsa Union vs. Euless, Texas, Trinity (Saturday at Southlake Carroll, Texas) Both games — Jenks-DeSoto in particular — deserve some national attention, but viewing opportunities for the average fan around the state are limited. So it's hard to call them must-see games.