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|2013-10-25||@||Edmond Santa Fe||W||28 - 14|
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Norman resident sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game
Collected Wisdom of Big 12 official Paul Wilson
By Jason Kersey, Staff writer | May 2, 2015Paul Wilson sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game and several other college hoops games around the area, but he does an important job. Wilson, a former Southwest Conference basketball official who was on the court with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Larry Bird, was OU’s director of intramural sports from 1976 until he retired in 2003, but continued teaching sports officiating classes until 2014. Today, he observes officials from press row for the Big 12 Conference at OU women’s games, and does the same job for small college men’s games. He was an Oklahoma high school official in the 1970s before graduating to big-time college hoops. Wilson played college football at Coffeyville Junior College and one season of college hoops at Oral Roberts. Between those endeavors, he served two years in Vietnam in the Air Force. Basketball was my first love. I regret that I didn’t stay off the football field and stick with basketball. I had the potential to go to college on a basketball scholarship. My original goal was to teach high school and coach basketball, and eventually become a high school principal. I made first-team All State in basketball my junior year, and I got to go on a recruiting trip to KU. Here’s how stupid I was: My senior year, I went out for football again. In the fifth game of my football senior year, I tackled a guy and separated my right shoulder. I had to miss the rest of football season, and by the time basketball started, I was still in a sling and couldn’t shoot. My point average as a junior was 25 points; my senior year it went down to 14. My shot was really gone. I was frustrated and mad at myself for letting that happen. But the football coach at Coffeyville Junior College wanted me to stay there and play football, so I got a scholarship to play football there for two years. Then I transferred up to Kansas State Teachers College, which is now Emporia State, on a football scholarship. Between the transfer, though, I was reclassifed and lost my student deferment, and within 30 days I was drafted. That was in 1966. Within a month after that, I joined the Air Force, thinking that maybe if I joined the Air Force I wouldn’t have to go to Vietnam. Well that was wrong. About 14 months into my Air Force service, I was on my way to Vietnam. I was there in 1967 and 1968. When I got back from Vietnam, I was eventually assigned to Forbes Air Force Base. I got assigned to the headquarter squadron and became the squadron on-the-job training supervisor. And I went out for the base basketball team. I would go to work in the headquarter squadron office and work from 8 to 12, go to lunch, and at 1 p.m., I went to the gym everyday because I was on the varsity basketball team. When I made the base basketball team and was walking out of the gym from practice, the coach of the team handed me a whistle and said, “All of the guys on the varsity basketball team must officiate base intramural basketball.” I said, “I don’t wanna officiate.” He said, “Sgt. Wilson, you don’t have a choice. If you want to play on the base team, you have got to blow this whistle and officiate base intramurals.” Everybody asks how I got started in officiating. I got forced into it in the military. The first couple games were a nightmare. I couldn’t believe how much they were yelling and screaming at me. My buddy and I said, “We’d better get the rule book and figure out what we’re doing.” I was discharged and moved to Tulsa with one year of collegiate eligibility for sports. I enrolled at Oral Roberts in 1969 and was there for that year and played on the varsity basketball team for Ken Trickey. I was like most players. I did not like zebras. In the mid-70s, I had gone on from high school to junior college to small college, and I was working NAIA level games. In 1981, I’m still working high school ball, and guess who are seniors in Oklahoma at that time? Wayman Tisdale and Mark Price. There were about three or four guys in the state of Oklahoma who everybody was trying to get. That year, I worked the Class 6A state championship. After I worked that championship, I was sitting in the locker room and there was a knock on the door. It was Dale Brown, who was at LSU and trying to recruit Wayman Tisdale. He said, “I don’t know how you feel about this, but I like the way you officiate and I want you to officiate in the Southeastern Conference.” He put me in touch with the supervisor and we got to talking, but he flat out said, “I don’t know if Dale Brown was thinking right, but do you know how difficult it would be for you to travel out of Oklahoma to get to all of the SEC schools?” He thought I was ready for Division I basketball, but couldn’t see how I could work SEC games. He also told me that because I was employed at OU graduate, I couldn’t work in the Big Eight. But fortunately, he referred me to the supervisor of the Southwest Conference. So I worked in that conference in 1981 and 1982, then I got into the Missouri Valley Conference. I was on the court with Phi Slamma Jamma, with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Larry Bird at Indiana State. You talk about having a fun career back in the 1980s with some of those guys. It was unbelievable. I worked Division I basketball until about 1992, but I had a son who was growing up. My officiating was keeping me from seeing him get to play. He was getting ready to go to high school. I gave up Division I so I could pull back and try to work close to home, working junior college and NAIA and Division II. My son became a freshman at Norman North in 2000. That’s when I really started to cut back, and officiated only a few games until he graduated high school. He got a scholarship over at OBU, and the four years he played at OBU, I made it to every game. I gave up my officiating career to follow my son through college, but I had a heck of a career. I ended up officiating for almost 35 years. I had a very blessed career. I had great opportunity. I’ve been fussin’ and cussin’ with the activities association in Oklahoma for years because they don’t try to help young officials. Texas has a program where if you officiate junior high or high school ball, you must belong to a local chapter that you attend. They help you get started as a young official. They assign you elementary games, junior high games. You don’t get to work high school games until you’ve proven yourself at those other levels. In Oklahoma, anybody who’s over 18 can register, get their card and work any high school game in the state. All they need to do is pass the open-book test at 70 percent. That crew was too young to be working (the controversial Locust Grove-Douglass football game). You know what? In that situation at the end, when the violation occurred, they came together and none of them on the crew knew the actual rule. That’s a sad scenario. They made the wrong ruling because nobody on the crew knew. That never should have happened. Oklahoma has done a disservice by not helping to train and develop young officials. I send that message out all the time.
Apr 30, 2015
Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen.
High school notebook: Norman North's Ben Barrett sets state record in 1,600 meters
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 30, 2015It’s been quite a year for distance runners in boys track, and Norman North’s Ben Barrett added to it with a record-setting performance Thursday. Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen. Calvin Miller of Westmoore was on the verge of yet another milestone, coming a fraction of a second away from breaking the state record in the 800 meters. Miller’s winning time of 1:51.83, just off the record time of 1:51.70, held by two runners, Justin Nobles of Elgin and Quintell Wilson of Edmond North. Balenseifen and Barrett, perhaps the most talented pair of distance runners to come through the state in several years, both competed in Thursday’s meet, but did not go head-to-head, with each running just one race. Balenseifen finished second in the 800 prior to Barrett winning the 1,600. With Barrett being in Class 6A, and Balenseifen in 5A, the two rarely cross paths on the track. But they have become friends and push each other from a distance. Earlier this year, Balenseifen set the 1,600 record at 4:11.57 and still holds the record in the 3,200 at 9:16.20. While competing in a national event in California, Barrett broke the 9-minute mark in the 3,200 at 8:57, though it does not qualify for the state record mark since it was accomplished in an out-of-state competition. Barrett is headed to North Carolina State for college, while Balenseifen will stay close at Oklahoma State. OKLAHOMA STATE OFFERS NORMAN NORTH’S LINDY WATERS III Scholarship offers for Norman North junior shooting guard Lindy Waters III have gone from a steady flow to a roaring wave over the last few days. Lower-level Division I programs like Northeastern and Loyola-Maryland helped Waters’ offer list reach double-digits, then Harvard and Yale brought an Ivy League presence to the recruiting game. Cincinnati came in as well, and on Wednesday night, the first major offer dropped. Oklahoma State entered the pursuit of the versatile 6-foot-6 Waters, who is playing on the Adidas circuit with the Oklahoma Wizards this summer. He averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for Norman North last season. Waters becomes the third player in the state’s 2016 recruiting class with an offer from Oklahoma State. Putnam City West guard Tre Evans is already verbally committed to the Cowboys, and Mustang guard Jakolby Long has an offer as well. OFFERS POURING IN FOR DEL CITY’S WILSON, LEXINGTON’S BROWN Last week’s offers from Nebraska and Colorado were just the start for Del City quarterback Terry Wilson. Three more scholarship offers have come in this week, with two more from Power Five conferences. Arizona State and Texas Tech joined San Diego State in offering the 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior over the last few days. Lexington’s Tyler Brown continues to show himself as one of the fastest rising prospects in the state’s 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle just received his first offer in mid-April. North Texas and Tulsa were the first to offer Brown, and now, Houston, Wyoming and Utah State have come in as well. Texas Tech and Oklahoma are among the bigger programs showing interest in Brown. OFFICIALS’ HALL OF FAME CLASS ANNOUNCED The Oklahoma Officials Association announced its Hall of Fame class Monday that will be inducted Saturday, July 25, at Westmoore High School. Four officials will be honored that day: Marvin Barbee of Roff, Gary Easley of Claremore, Fred Burris of Lawton and Dale “Bud” Campbell of Sallisaw. Easley and Burris both worked as basketball and football officials, calling state championship games, several state tournaments and All-State contests. Barbee is a former director of officials for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. He has worked in football, basketball, softball and baseball during his 43-year career. Campbell has officiated four state basketball tournaments and still works as a basketball official observer. IVY ADDING OFFERS Former Muskogee defensive end Tramal Ivy added two scholarship offers Thursday after his first season at Butler Community College. Ivy was offered by Minnesota and Arkansas State, he said on his Twitter account. As a senior in 2013, Ivy was a dominant player for the Roughers. He was on The Oklahoman’s All-State team and Super 30 with offers from Kansas State, Memphis, Northern Colorado, San Diego State and Washington State. He ultimately chose Butler after failing to qualify academically. He played in six games for the Grizzlies, recording eight tackles and 21/2 sacks.
Apr 29, 2015
Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district...
High School Athletes of the Week
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 29, 2015Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district title and a fifth straight win. Boys golf Lance Gregory and Bryce Fanning, Southmoore The pair of SaberCats tied for first at the Ardmore Invitational, each shooting 73 to lead Southmoore to the team victory. Girls golf Elizabeth Freeman, Casady The Oklahoma Christian signee fired back-to-back rounds of 68-73 to win the Southwest Preparatory Conference Tournament by 10 strokes on Tuesday, her fifth win of the year. She led Casady to its third consecutive SPC Tournament team title. Boys track Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher The senior, who has signed to play football at Wyoming, swept the throwing events at the 89er Conference meet on Saturday. He won the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 9 inches and the discus at 146-2. Girls track Morganne Mukes, Edmond Memorial The sophomore sprinter won the 100 and 200 meters at the Edmond North meet last Friday, taking the 100 in 12.08 and the 200 in 25.48. Boys tennis Sam Atkinson and Brett Bormann, Edmond North The sophomore No. 1 doubles pairing defeated a stout field at the Tulsa Union tournament Tuesday. Girls tennis Lauren Harvey, Heritage Hall The freshman continues to establish herself as a No. 2 singles favorite in Class 5A. She won the Ponca City Tournament Saturday and is 14-4 on the year. Slowpitch softball Rachel Stark, Bethel Stark had a big district tournament for Bethel, driving in six of the Wildcats’ 42 runs over three games against Seminole and McLoud. She hit an inside-the-park homer and a three-run double in two games against McLoud.
Apr 26, 2015
NORMAN — The start of Oklahoma's fall football season is a hugely important day for Bob Stoops and the rest of the Sooners team. It's also a big day for Jeff Salmond and his groundskeeping crew, who spend several months getting Owen Field's grass ready both practically and aesthetically for the season. “You're on display for national audiences,” said Salmond, OU's director of athletic fields....
Working for the weekend
By Jason KerseyNORMAN — The start of Oklahoma's fall football season is a hugely important day for Bob Stoops and the rest of the Sooners team. It's also a big day for Jeff Salmond and his groundskeeping crew, who spend several months getting Owen Field's grass ready both practically and aesthetically for the season. “You're on display for national audiences,” said Salmond, OU's director of athletic fields. “You're on display for recruits. You're on display for fans that come and walk through the stadium. The joy is at the end of the game, seeing how the field has performed.” Salmond and his staff manage all of the University of Oklahoma's athletic fields and much of the grounds surrounding them, but nothing they do is more visible and important than their work inside Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, which houses one of the Big 12 Conference's three remaining natural grass football fields. Oklahoma switched back from artificial turf in 1994, and while many high school and college football stadiums are going the other direction, OU seems committed to sticking with natural grass. Salmond, who studied agriculture at Missouri for his undergraduate degree and then Iowa State for his master's, said natural grass fields can handle lots more action than people think — as long as they are properly maintained. “I think grass is always the safest,” Stoops said. “We've got a great field. It ranks there with any field in the country.” Among the most important things Salmond's crew monitors is the field's hardness, which is measured in a numerical value called “Gmax.” A field's Gmax is determined by dropping a weight onto the field and measuring how fast it stops after hitting the surface. A higher Gmax means the weight stopped quickly. The National Football League requires all fields be below 100 Gmax, and although the NCAA doesn't have similar requirements, Salmond said his staff holds itself to that standard. Salmond, from Kansas City, Mo., grew up a big-time sports fan — his favorite football player was OU legend Brian Bosworth — and also farmed. He has worked on field-management teams with the Baltimore Ravens, the University of New Mexico and Northwestern University. Last year was his eighth year in Norman. Efforts gear up Because the football stadium is probably the biggest visitor attraction on the OU campus, the groundskeeping crew focuses year-round on maintaining the field, but really amps up its efforts after the annual spring game in April. “We know that we're on display 365 days a year, really,” Salmond said. “It's not like we can go, 'It's just football season.' “We take pride in all of our fields that we manage for the University of Oklahoma and the athletic department.” In a typical game week, Salmond said his staff uses roughly 300 gallons of paint on Owen Field over three days. They paint the endzones and logos on Wednesday; paint the yard lines, numbers and hash marks on Thursdays; and finally add a second coat over the end zones and logos Friday. “They go above and beyond, and hours really don't matter to them,” Stoops said. “I appreciate Jeff Salmond, that whole crew. They do an incredible job and take a lot of pride in it.”
Staff Writer | Apr 26, 2015
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Apr 25, 2015
New defensive backs coach is from Irving, Texas and coached at Notre Dame before taking Sooner job
OU football: Job in Norman gets Kerry Cooks close to home
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Apr 25, 2015NORMAN — Kerry Cooks didn’t seem to have much need to find a new job. He’d been at Notre Dame for five seasons, helping coach the Fighting Irish to the national title game after the 2012 season and bowl wins in each of the last two years. But when Bob Stoops needed to shake up his coaching staff and then-defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery started feeling out Cooks to see if he’d be interested, Cooks jumped at the chance to be the Sooners’ new defensive backs coach. The reason was more than 20 years coming. Cooks left his hometown of Irving, Texas after high school to play football at Iowa. What followed were coaching stops around the midwest — Kansas State, Western Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin before landing at Notre Dame in 2010. “I haven’t been home since I was 18,” Cooks said. “I’ve been very fortunate to coach at some tremendous places under some tremendous coaches. But one of the major moves for me was location. My mom’s getting older. I’ve got two girls. They see their grandparents twice a year right now. So that was one reason why.” But he wasn’t about to leave Notre Dame for just anywhere. “I’ve had other opportunities in the past and I’ve turned them down,” Cooks said. “The reason why I took the Oklahoma job is it has very similar history and tradition as the place I just came from. They’ve proven to be winners here. They’ve won championships here.” Cooks had known Montgomery since not long after he arrived at Iowa. “We’ve been very close,” Cooks said. “He reached out to me a few times and I guess was kind of gauging my interest really without me knowing because he didn’t give much insight.” Montgomery, though, left for a job with the Green Bay Packers not long after Cooks arrived. In Cooks’ first meeting with his players, the coach wrote “114” on a sheet of paper and put the number on the projector for them to see. “That’s what you guys finished in pass defense this past year,” Cooks told them. “We attacked that right off the get-go.” Cooks followed up that number with something that was much easier to digest for the players — video clip after video clip of the plays that helped contribute to that stat. A 68-yard touchdown from Clint Trickett to Kevin White in the win over West Virginia. A 39-yard scoring pass from Trevone Boykin in the loss to TCU — one of seven pass players of 20 or more yards for the Horned Frogs that day. A 62-yard touchdown by Glenn Gronkowski from Jake Waters in the loss to Kansas State. Plays of 48 and 41 yards from Bryce Petty to Corey Coleman in the loss to Baylor. A 43-yard touchdown by Brandon Sheperd from Mason Rudolph against Oklahoma State that helped set up Tyreek Hill’s heroics that forced overtime and led to another Sooners’ loss. Several more big passing plays by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, including a 65-yard scoring pass from Cole Stoudt to Artavis Scott. “I can’t even count how many it was,” Cooks said. “We sat down and watched the clips and talked about why those big plays happened. And then we started coaching those things throughout the spring.” Cooks’ approach has been quite a bit different from Mike Stoops’. Stoops teamed up with Bobby Jack Wright to coach the secondary last year but now coaches outside linebackers in addition to his defensive coordinator duties. “Coach Cooks is a quiet guy,” Jordan Thomas said. “He tells, but it’s when something big happens. All the little stuff, he’ll talk you through it. It’s a lot of constructive criticism.” Stoops has never been accused of being a “quiet guy” and though the players who have now been under both say Stoops’ coaching worked, they also said the fresh voice has helped. “I feel like it’s just a different tempo,” Dakota Austin said. “Coach Cooks brings a lot of energy. Just change gives a lot of people a lot of chances. … It’s a fresh start with Coach Cooks coming in with all the DBs. You just feel like you have a new start to get it going again.” It’s also been a rejuvenation for Cooks. Though he’s spent plenty of time recruiting and trying to build the Sooners’ secondary back to where it was early in Stoops’ tenure, he’s also had plenty of time to get back home. “We’ve been here for two months and my baby girl, Kenadee, who’s 5, has been home four times,” Cooks said. “That’s more than what she would go in a year from South Bend. So that answers that. My decision, at the end of the day, was the right decision just from that standpoint. “They love it. Family, at the end of the day, is all that matters. When you’re thousands of miles from those guys since I was 18, at some point you’ve got to come back home.”
Apr 22, 2015
For the second straight day, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson has received a scholarship offer from a former Big 12 football program.
High school notebook: Colorado the latest to extend offer Del City's Terry Wilson
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 22, 2015For the second straight day, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson has received a scholarship offer from a former Big 12 football program. Colorado came in with an offer Wednesday morning, one day after Nebraska offered the 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior. Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season and has proven to also be a dangerous rushing threat, averaging 5.0 yards per carry on 110 career attempts. His offer list is beginning to span the country, including Houston, Memphis, Indiana, UNLV, New Mexico State and Arkansas State. Wilson is ranked No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list for the class of 2016. EDMOND MEMORIAL’S SIMPSON HITS TWO GRAND SLAMS Edmond Memorial catcher Colin Simpson found himself in a rare situation during Monday’s doubleheader against rival Edmond North. The senior came to the plate in the second game with the bases loaded twice and hit a grand slam each time during the Bulldogs’ 14-2 rout. In the previous game — a 5-4 win — he also tripled. Simpson, who has signed with Oklahoma State, finished the day 4-for-6 at the plate with 10 RBIs. ARDMORE PROMOTES NEWBY TO HEAD FOOTBALL COACH Ardmore stayed in-house to find its new head football coach, promoting Josh Newby to the position at a school board meeting Tuesday night. Newby, previously the team’s defensive coordinator, replaces Doug Wendel, who left to become the head coach at Midlothian (Texas) High School last month. Promoting from within has been a popular trend at big-school football programs in search of head coaches this offseason. Programs like Yukon, Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North all filled head coaching vacancies by promoting coordinators.
Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboys get an 'A' for ballhawking after producing four spring game turnoversApr 18, 2015
Optimism prevails around OSU football this spring, and that spirit was evident after an Orange-White Game that produced no glaring question marks Saturday.
Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboys get an 'A' for ballhawking after producing four spring game turnovers
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Apr 18, 2015Optimism prevails around OSU football this spring, and that spirit was evident after an Orange-White Game that produced no glaring question marks Saturday. Here are the grades: BALLHAWKING: A. The Cowboy defense produced four turnovers. Interceptions by Ramon Richards, Kevin Peterson and Darius Curry, plus Rennie Childs’ fumble caused by Vincent Taylor and recovered Josh Mabin off a busted reverse. Mike Gundy praised the ball security after the game, which means kudos to the defense for making plays. HANDS: A. The Cowboys were without mainstay receivers Brandon Sheperd, David Glidden and Marcel Ateman, plus tight end Jeremy Seaton, but few balls were dropped Saturday. Oklahoma Baptist transfer Keegan Metcalf dropped a swing pass, but the only other drop came from cornerback Darius Curry on what should have been an interception. PASS PROTECTION: C. The pass rush was constant on both sides, which might be a concern. The OSU defense played base, with little blitzing. Of course, there was a quick whistle for the quarterbacks, so particularly J.W. Walsh, but Mason Rudolph, too, might have dashed out of harm’s way. But each team recorded three sacks — Gyasi Akem, Emmanuel Ogbah and Jordan Brailford for the Orange, Seth Jacobs, Chad Whitener and Cole Walterscheid for the White. FORMAT: A. Fun to see an old-fashioned football game for the spring. The game was condensed — after an 88-snap first half, Gundy ordered a 15-minute, running clock for the entire second half — but no matter. Except for a few tight ends and fullbacks, the teams remained split, with field position and fourth-down conversions and all the remnants of a real game. Gundy even gave us an opening kickoff, which James Washington returned to the White 30-yard line. DEFENSIVE INTERIOR: B. OSU’s biggest question figures to be defensive tackle, with James Castleman and Ofa Hautau gone. But the interior held up rather well. Taylor was particularly impressive. Neither side gave up a ton of inside runs, though it also wasn’t overly tested, as most of the run game aimed at the perimeter. In the first half, which most resembled a real game, the offense five times faced third-and-short. All five plays were running plays, and only two converted first downs. YOUNG QUARTERBACKS: A. The game did not disintegrate when young quarterbacks Taylor Cornelius and John Kolar entered. Kolar, from Norman North, has yet to go through his high school graduation but connected with Chris Lacy for deep balls that produced gains of 55 and 42 yards. Kolar also gained 17 yards on four carries and drew praise from Gundy for his running. Cornelius, a non-scholarship freshman from Bushland, Texas, completed four of five passes for 62 yards.
Apr 14, 2015
Darlington went to Washington D.C. in January as one of 15 student-athlete representatives at the annual NCAA convention. He’ll head back to Washington on Sunday to participate in the Big 12 Conference’s State of College Athletics Forum. Between those trips to the nation’s capital, he also took on another important leadership role on the OU campus: Trying to help the student body recover, move...
Oklahoma football: Why Ty Darlington's off-the-field leadership impresses others
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 14, 2015NORMAN — As Ty Darlington left Tuesday morning’s Max Weitzenhoffer Scholar-Athlete Breakfast carrying a stack of awards, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione stopped him. “We have a trailer if you need it,” Castiglione quipped. “We’ll hook it up with a car.” The awards, accolades and responsibilities have piled up over the past year for Darlington, the OU football team’s center who will be a senior in the fall. Darlington went to Washington D.C. in January, served as one of 15 student-athlete representatives at the annual NCAA convention and stole the show with his passionate plea for greater protection against concussions. He’ll head back to Washington on Sunday to participate in the Big 12 Conference’s State of College Athletics Forum. Between those trips to the nation’s capital, he also took on another important leadership role on the OU campus: Trying to help the student body recover, move on and learn from a racist fraternity video that became a national embarrassment for the university. Darlington and a group of other football leaders organized the team’s response to the controversy, and in doing so, have taken the lead in working to fix the problems that led to the video. The biggest problem between the football team, other campus organizations and the general student body, Darlington said, is a lack of integration. “This spring has been first and foremost about spreading awareness for racism on college campuses,” Darlington said. “That’s something that’s sort of been thrust upon us, but I completely intend to take that to the highest stage and use whatever power and influence I have to make that something that comes to the forefront. “Sometimes athletes segregate themselves and campuses are segregated based on whether you’re an athlete or not, or based on your fraternity. We want to make the campus more whole and more of a community.” Darlington, linebacker Eric Striker and other OU athletes met with university president David Boren and several fraternity leaders Monday to discuss those issues and how to be more integrated. On the field, Darlington has seen his role change a bit, too. He is the leaders of the offensive line, which lost three starters off last year’s team, and is working to help the Sooners rebound from last year’s disappointing 8-5 season. The Sooners are wrapping up spring football practices this week, and open the 2015 season Sept. 5 at home against Akron. The son of a high school football coach, Darlington said he wants to be a college coach, but also has his eye on college athletics administration. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in December, and is now pursuing a master’s in intercollegiate athletic administration. Tuesday morning was evidence of what OU folks think of Darlington, who was presented an Athletic Director’s Leadership Award; a Dan Gibbens Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award; an Athletics Council Service Award; and a Big 12 Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. “He’s an AD-in-training,” Castiglione said. “He may have much bigger sights than that. He’s exceptional. I start to run out of adjectives. “He’s just an extraordinary leader. A lot of times it’s his influence by leading by example rather than actually doing something, but he does a lot. I can’t say enough about him.”
NORMAN — Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall punched his ticket to this summer’s prestigious Rivals Five-Star Challenge with an excellent performance at Sunday’s Rivals regional camp in Charlotte, N.C. The Five-Star Challenge — billed as “the premier high school football camp in America” — will be held June 5-7 in Baltimore. Kendall, currently a […]
Oklahoma football: Quarterback commitment Austin Kendall earns invite to Rivals Five-Star Challenge
Jason Kersey | Apr 12, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall punched his ticket to this summer's prestigious Rivals Five-Star Challenge with an excellent performance at Sunday's Rivals regional camp in Charlotte, N.C. The Five-Star Challenge -- billed as "the premier high school football camp in America" -- will be held June 5-7 in Baltimore. Kendall, currently a four-star prospect according to every major recruiting service, committed to the Sooners last week. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson is ranked as the No. 27 player nationally across all positions by Rivals. Kendall committed to Tennessee last August, but withdrew that commitment in March. The Sooners' interest in Kendall increased after the hiring of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley in January.
Apr 11, 2015
Norman North product Nick Basquine saw plenty of action in Saturday’s spring game, even hauling in a nice 22-yard reception from Baker Mayfield.
Oklahoma football Q&A: Walk-on receiver Nick Basquine loving Sooners' new offense
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 11, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma redshirt freshman wide receiver Nick Basquine saw plenty of action in Saturday’s spring game, even hauling in a nice 22-yard reception from Baker Mayfield. Basquine has earned praise from teammates and coaches, and had the opportunity to show it Saturday. The Norman North product had eight scholarship offers out of high school, but chose to walk on with the Sooners instead. He was a first-team All-State selection by The Oklahoman after his senior season at Norman North, when he recorded 1,187 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. After the spring game, Basquine spoke to reporters. Q: What is your mentality now that you seem to be competing for some playing time? A: I just know that since I am a walk-on, I have to take every opportunity and execute it. I just need to keep making plays and my talent will show. There is no entitlement in this group. The best players will play so if I am one of those players I will be out there. Were you excited when Lincoln Riley was hired as the new offensive coordinator? This is a great offense to play in. Everyone is going to get the ball and everyone is going to get their chance. Once Coach Riley got hired I was ecstatic. What skills do you bring to the receiver group? I think I go after the ball and I have good ball skills. I am just trying to learn from (senior Sterling Shepard) because he has done well in his career.
Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Daniel Brooks turns in another dominant spring game performanceApr 11, 2015
Daniel Brooks carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards Saturday, leading OU in rushing for the second straight spring game. Last year, he rushed for 67 yards on eight carries.
Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Daniel Brooks turns in another dominant spring game performance
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Apr 11, 2015Oklahoma junior running back Daniel Brooks only has six career carries — all of which came last season — but in spring games, he’s been dominant. Brooks carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards Saturday, leading OU in rushing for the second straight spring game. Last year, he rushed for 67 yards on eight carries. Brooks’ opportunities came with several other running backs either not playing or playing very little. Sophomore Samaje Perine, who led the Big 12 Conference in rushing last season, wore a special red jersey with blue numbers, signaling to opponents that he’s not to be tackled. Redshirt freshman Joe Mixon didn’t play as part of his suspension for an off-campus incident last summer, and junior Keith Ford is suspended indefinitely for academic and team rules reasons. MIKE STOOPS COACHES FROM BOX In his eight total years — over two stints — as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator, Mike Stoops has always coached from the sideline. That looks like it will change for the 2015 season, as Stoops called defensive plays from the press box during Saturday’s spring game. Stoops’ erratic sideline demeanor had become a spectacle — and, to some OU fans, an embarrassing one — over the last year, most notably when he and former Sooner cornerback Julian Wilson got into a screaming match in the third quarter of last year’s Baylor loss. The Sooners have also struggled with defensive substitutions, especially against up-tempo Big 12 offenses. OU was caught with 12 defenders on the field multiple times last year, resulting in either costly penalties or timeouts. “I can see more of the field being up in the press box,” Stoops said. “Being able to see the alignments, not just the position I coach, but all 11 players is key. You get a much greater sense of anticipating what’s going to happen before it happens. “Formation recognition is such a big deal for coaches, and I just have to make sure we have the best eleven guys out there at all times.” SHEPARD ALSO LIMITED Like Perine, senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard didn’t play much either Saturday and was protected from tackling. Shepard wore a yellow jersey to keep defenders from tackling him. The former Heritage Hall standout has caught 147 career passes for 2,194 yards and 15 touchdowns. Last season, he was the team’s leading receiver despite missing most of the final six games of the season with a lingering groin injury. Shepard finished Saturday’s spring game with only one reception for minus-5 yards. HODGSON GOES LONG Senior kicker Nick Hodgson has yet to score a point for the Sooners but has plenty of game experience. Hodgson has handled kickoffs for Oklahoma for the last two years full-time and has 148 overall kickoffs the last three seasons with 97 ending in touchbacks. With Michael Hunnicutt departed and incoming kicker Austin Seibert yet to arrive, Hodgson handled the kicking duties Saturday and came up with one of the biggest plays of the first half in the process. Hodgson nailed a 47-yard field goal to end the half. “Nick’s really good,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. “We probably kick eight or 10 live for 12 practices and he’s missed three the whole spring. “We’ve had some windy — some pretty tough — days too, so I’m elated with what he’s doing.” Hodgson attempted a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter. The low kick had the distance but went just wide. Earlier in the game, he hit a 20-yard field goal. THOMAS FOCUSED After starting the final three games of the regular season at quarterback last season, Cody Thomas made the decision to quit baseball and focus solely on football this spring. “It was really hard to give up baseball,” Thomas said. “It’s a sport that I love but I’m definitely confident that it was the right decision, and I’m glad that I’m full-time football right now and committing myself more than I ever have, and I definitely have seen that it’s made a lot more strides for myself.” The grind of going back and forth wore Thomas down a bit at times last spring. “I’d be in between throwing the football and throwing the baseball which would jack me up a little bit with my throwing motion and all that stuff, but I’ve been really able to harp on my footwork, my release point and stuff like that that I really wouldn’t be able to if I would’ve been playing both sports.” KELLY VISITS SOONERS Five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly visited Norman for Saturday’s spring game, landing in Oklahoma only a few hours after announcing OU in his top 10. The Fresno, Calif., native, who plays at Clovis West High School, tweeted that OU was joined in his top 10 by Cal, Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, UCLA, Florida State, Oregon, Michigan and LSU, while stressing that those schools were listed in no particular order. Rivals ranks Kelly as the 12th best player in the nation for the recruiting class of 2016, and he’s the top-ranked player in the state of California. Other recruits there included Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Calvin Bundage, four-star outside linebacker Marvin Terry (Dallas South Oak Cliff), and Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis, who doesn’t have an OU offer as of Saturday but has offers from Nebraska, Ohio and Tulsa. SANCHEZ PICKS UP MEDIA AWARD Junior cornerback Zack Sanchez received the inaugural J.D. Runnels OU Media Cooperation Award after the spring game Saturday. Sanchez, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, rarely misses media sessions throughout the season and spring practices, and is always thoughtful, respectful and honest, even in the face of sometimes tough questioning. A group of 14 writers who regularly cover the team voted for the award Dec. 31, with Sanchez receiving six first-place votes. The award is named for Runnels, a former OU fullback who always was — and remains — very cooperative and friendly with the media. Runnels attended the spring game Saturday and was on hand in the post game when Sanchez received his plaque.
Apr 10, 2015
There was a time not long ago when these sorts of opportunities weren’t so rare. Two-a-days and all preseason scrimmages were open to the public until around the 2006 season, and since then, coach Bob Stoops has slowly closed off access to his program.
Oklahoma football: Students, media get a sneak peek at Sooners
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 10, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma opened a portion of Friday’s football practice to students and media members, a recent trend where Sooners coach Bob Stoops has reversed — ever so slightly — his policy with regard to openness to the public. “They don’t have to do this,” said 21-year-old student Roger Dyrda. “They could say, ‘Oh, no, we want to be exclusive.’ If we got more, I’d definitely come out to more opportunities, but I’m definitely cool with what we have.” There was a time not long ago when these sorts of opportunities weren’t so rare. Two-a-days and all preseason scrimmages were open to the public until around the 2006 season, and since then, Stoops has slowly closed off access to his program. The annual Red-White spring game is Saturday, providing most fans their only opportunity to see the Sooners in action before the 2015 season opener Sept. 5 against Akron. In a day and age of cell phones and paranoia from college football coaches around the country about espionage, what are the costs and benefits of such secrecy? Up-and-coming programs Baylor and TCU — which shared last year’s Big 12 championship — and Texas A&M have hosted “Friday Night Lights” scrimmages for fans in addition to their annual spring games. Those scrimmages have played well with recruits because of the electric atmospheres, but Stoops said he doesn’t plan to add anything like that in the near future. “I don’t think that has anything to do with recruiting,” Stoops said. “If I could open practice to everybody and they could recruit for us, I’d open it in a minute. From what I understand, they’re not allowed to have any contact with anybody that’s here. “So if they change that rule, I’ll open it up to everybody and they can help us come recruit.” Former OU fullback J.D. Runnels fondly remembers fans watching practices and scrimmages during his career from 2002 through 2005. Bleachers would be set up for fans to watch two-a-days, and thousands of fans showed up to see preseason scrimmages on Owen Field. “It’s totally different with the fans around,” Runnels said. “It ups the intensity. It gives you a chance to show out in front of people who normally wouldn’t be there. It’s a ton of fun.” Fan interest in the Sooners remains so high that Saturday’s spring game will once again be televised, making it unlikely Stoops and his coaching staff will show much. Two years ago, with Trevor Knight, Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson battling for the starting quarterback job, the Sooners ran an extremely limited offensive playbook and played loud music on the field, making it virtually impossible to hear anything that was happening on the field. Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen are all vying for the quarterback job this year, so fans hoping to see much of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s system might be disappointed. Runnels, who now works with high school athletes hoping to be recruited at his Choctaw gym, said he thinks OU is going to have to begin opening things back up, at least a little bit. “Everybody wants to be around and do those types of things, and if you don’t, it could possibly hurt your program,” he said. “You’re gonna have to get the fans involved. We have stadium renovations coming. You’ve gotta put butts in the seats, and you’ve gotta have people who want to be involved.”
NORMAN — Josiah St. John hosted defensive tackle recruit Neville Gallimore on Gallimore’s official visit last season, and St. John noticed something strange happening. “I felt that Canadian connection,” St. John said. “We were hanging out and talking, and the accent came back out. I started talking like I used to talk before.” St. John, […]
Oklahoma football: Canada-to-OU recruiting pipeline getting stronger
Jason Kersey | Apr 9, 2015NORMAN -- Josiah St. John hosted defensive tackle recruit Neville Gallimore on Gallimore's official visit last season, and St. John noticed something strange happening. "I felt that Canadian connection," St. John said. "We were hanging out and talking, and the accent came back out. I started talking like I used to talk before." St. John, a Toronto native and offensive tackle, became the first Canadian-born player to see game action for Oklahoma last season. Gallimore, a four-star prospect, signed with OU two months ago out of Canada Prep Football Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario. The school plays a schedule of top high school football teams from the United States. "I have a lot of people reaching out to me saying they're excited about the Canadian pipeline that's starting here, so more Canadians want to come here," St. John said. "I feel like as of right now, any top Canadian prospect would love to come to Oklahoma just because of the Canadian players who are coming here." St. John, a senior, is currently atop the OU depth chart at left tackle. He signed with the Sooners out of Trinity Valley Community College in Texas in the recruiting class of 2013 and redshirted his first season in Norman. Oklahoma has to replace both of its offensive tackles from last season. Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams are both expected to be drafted in the NFL Draft later this month. Gallimore was ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect in the recruiting class of 2015, according to Rivals. He was the Sooners’ highest-ranked 2015 signee and is expected to compete for playing time immediately after he arrives on campus this summer.
Proceeds benefit the Find A Way Foundation, a charity founded by former Sooner Corey Wilson that is dedicated to helping people cope with spinal cord injuries.
Oklahoma football: Former Sooner football players to participate in benefit basketball game
BY RYAN ABER | Apr 9, 2015The night before Oklahoma's spring football game, a large group of former OU players will come together for the Third Annual Ball-for-a-Cause charity basketball game at Norman North High School. Some players expected to participate include Frank Alexander, Ryan Broyles, Dominique Franks, Demontre Hurst, Paul Thompson, Trent Ratterree, Reggie Smith and Trent Williams. Proceeds benefit the Find A Way Foundation, a charity founded by former Sooner Corey Wilson that is dedicated to helping people cope with spinal cord injuries. Wilson was paralyzed in a February 2009 accident. The game starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening an hour earlier. Tickets are available at the door for $10. In addition to the game, the event features a silent auction, player signings and giveaways.
The open part of practice is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The first 500 students who arrive will receive a free hot dog and water, with all remaining hot dogs and waters available for 50 cents each.
Oklahoma football notebook: Friday's practice open for students
By Jason Kersey | Apr 9, 2015Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will open the team portion of Friday’s practice to OU students with a current ID. The open part of practice is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. This is the third time in the last year Stoops has done this, beginning the week of last year’s spring game. The Sooners also invited students to part of one practice during the preseason last fall. The first 500 students who arrive will receive a free hot dog and water, with all remaining hot dogs and waters available for 50 cents each. Students will be invited onto the field to meet the players after practice ends. KNIGHT: COMPETING FOR JOB ‘A PRIVILEGE’ Trevor Knight is the most experienced quarterback — by far — on the Oklahoma football roster. He was the 2014 Sugar Bowl’s Most Valuable Player. But as the Sooners near the end of spring practices, Knight is still competing with Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen for the starting job. After inconsistent play last season, capped by a dreadful performance against Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Knight is fighting to hold onto the job that was solidly his only a year ago. “Honestly, it’s a privilege to be able to compete,” Knight said. “To be alongside Baker and Cody and Justice, it’s an honor. It’s an honor to come and wear these colors.” Asked if he feels like he needs to perform well in Saturday’s spring game, Knight said he isn’t worried about impressing anyone on the outside. “I don’t necessarily owe anybody anything,” Knight said. “I owe myself the fact that I should go out there and play as hard as I can and have fun with it. Hopefully, that shows up.” PERINE, SHEPARD WON’T PLAY MUCH Stoops said this week that he isn’t sure how he will handle his running back situation in Saturday’s spring game. Joe Mixon won’t play as part of his suspension for punching a female student in the face before last season, and junior Keith Ford is suspended indefinitely. “I’ll be honest, I’m not real keen on seeing Samaje (Perine) run a whole bunch,” Stoops said. Perine led the Big 12 Conference with 1,713 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns last season as a true freshman. Stoops also said he didn’t expect senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard to play much, either. Shepard missed most of the second half of last season with a groin injury, but still led the team with 51 catches and 970 receiving yards. CANADA-TO-OU PIPELINE GETTING STRONGER Josiah St. John hosted defensive tackle recruit Neville Gallimore on Gallimore’s official visit last season, and St. John noticed something strange happening. “I felt that Canadian connection,” St. John said. “We were hanging out and talking, and the accent came back out. I started talking like I used to talk before.” St. John, a Toronto native and offensive tackle, became the first Canadian-born player to see game action for Oklahoma last season. Gallimore, a four-star prospect, signed with OU two months ago out of Canada Prep Football Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario. The school plays a schedule of top high school football teams from the United States. “I have a lot of people reaching out to me saying they’re excited about the Canadian pipeline that’s starting here, so more Canadians want to come here,” St. John said. “I feel like as of right now, any top Canadian prospect would love to come to Oklahoma just because of the Canadian players who are coming here.” St. John, a senior, is currently atop the OU depth chart at left tackle. He signed with the Sooners out of Trinity Valley Community College in Texas in the recruiting class of 2013 and redshirted his first season in Norman. Oklahoma has to replace both of its offensive tackles from last season. Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams are both expected to be picked in the NFL Draft later this month. Gallimore was ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect in the recruiting class of 2015, according to Rivals. He was the Sooners' highest-ranked 2015 signee and is expected to compete for playing time immediately after he arrives on campus this summer.
Apr 9, 2015
Berry Tramel’s mom had a sardonic wit, complete with phrases he’s passed around the sports department. If you ever hear one of us call somebody a nothingburger, you’ll know from whom it came.
Eighty-one years of health and joy, and when the health went, the joy didn't
By Berry Tramel | Apr 9, 2015I was scheduled to be at the Dodger debut Thursday night at Bricktown. But my mom kept me away. Lena Faye Tramel didn’t keep me from many ballgames. I missed the season opener of my 10-year-old baseball season because you couldn’t miss Vacation Bible School in those days. I missed the first half of the OU-Penn State Sugar Bowl in 1972 because they played the danged thing on Sunday night, which meant I was at 310 North Findlay, in Norman’s old Pentecostal Holiness Church. But mostly, Mom let me swing away at my devotion to sports and newspapers. Then she died in her sleep Thursday morning at age 82. The family that wasn’t at her side had been there only a few hours earlier and was back within an instant. All in all, not a bad way to go. Eighty-one years of health and joy, and when the health went, the joy didn’t. Mom wasn’t any kind of sports fan. Oh, after Dad died in 2007, Mom grew fond of watching Sherri Coale’s Sooners, and then the Thunder captured her fancy. But she was the fairest of fair-weather fans. She missed many a Kevin Durant-induced comeback because she turned off the TV early in the fourth quarter, more disgusted than sleepy. But if she ever read anything I wrote in The Oklahoman or heard anything I ever said on The Sports Animal, I never knew it. Didn’t matter to me. I knew she loved me plenty. Me and my brothers and all our families. She sat with my dad and his sons in hot baseball parks like old Busch Stadium, counting down the innings that moved like molasses and State Fair Arena during back-to-back state tournament weeks. She’d hit the mall most every autumn Saturday, because the crowds were small there and she never understood what the football fuss was all about. She was the Lexington High School homecoming queen of 1950, a prolific singer with a voice as deep as Patsy Cline’s, a dress-shop owner, a cook extraordinaire of things like fried okra and chicken and dumplings, a minister’s wife, a patron saint of the lonely. She liked bling with her fashion, Southern gospel, lunch at Sam’s Club, weather forecasts and saving gas by driving her Prius. She had a sardonic wit, complete with phrases I’ve passed around the sports department. If you ever hear one of us call somebody a nothingburger, you’ll know from whom it came. Mom actually raised three sports nuts. One grew up to be a preacher, another a businessman and one a sportswriter. We didn’t learn from her that the Longhorns pioneered the wishbone, or that the bounce pass freezes a defender, or that the Dodgers came from Brooklyn. We learned other stuff from her. Like honesty and consistency and looking out for others. We learned that a good family is more precious than gold. Back in January on a Friday night, Russell Westbrook told me he didn’t like me, and soon enough the whole world was talking about it. Half the people were mad at Russ, half the people were mad at me. Heck, ESPN even came to town and wrote a big long story about it. On Saturday morning after Westbrook’s declaration, my brother told Mom the story. She laughed out loud. She thought it was funny. The only person in the world who got it right. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Apr 8, 2015
Robin will end his gymnastics career at this weekend’s NCAA Championships inside Lloyd Noble Center, and there are undoubtedly lots of other coaches who wish they’d answered an email four years ago.
Oklahoma men's gymnastics: Q&A with Alec Robin
By Jason Kersey | Apr 8, 2015NORMAN — Alec Robin desperately searched for a university home, emailing several coaches in the spring of 2011 — his senior year of high school — looking for an opportunity on a college gymnastics team. “I came from a small gym in California, so I didn't know how the recruiting process worked,” Robin said. “I didn't know it was something you were supposed to start in the summer. “So when I started emailing coaches, they were all filled up and had nothing.” Then, finally, one coach — Oklahoma’s Mark Williams — responded and offered him an opportunity to walk on. Robin will end his gymnastics career at this weekend’s NCAA Championships inside Lloyd Noble Center, and there are undoubtedly lots of other coaches who wish they’d answered that email four years ago. Robin won individual national championships on the floor and the vault last year, and is helping lead the top-seeded Sooners into nationals, which begin with Thursday’s preliminaries, then continue with Friday’s team finals and conclude with individual event finals Saturday. OU has won eight men’s gymnastics national championships, last finishing on top in 2008. Robin — who begins dental school next fall — spoke with The Oklahoman on Wednesday about competing for nationals in front of a home crowd, his love for OU and his life in gymnastics. Q: What sorts of advantages does having nationals here create for your team? A: “We competed here my freshman year, but it’s a little bit of a different year since we've separated ourselves a little bit more from the teams. The main advantage here is just getting a crowd. We get the energy from the stadium because it’s all crimson and cream in the stands. The more people we can get into the stands Friday night, the better off we’ll be and the better we’ll compete.” You had a big individual season last year, but how have you seen the team grow this year? “I've never meant to do anything individually; I just wanted to do what I could do for the team. That’s just what I've continued to do, and I think that’s what makes our team so great. We don’t count on that one guy, that one super all-star because we have such great depth on our team to contribute on all the events. That’s helped our team be so successful and deal with any adversity.” Coming from California, what has your experience at Oklahoma been like? “I love the rah-rah factor of OU. It’s known for it’s big football team, but even when we’re home competing in the McCasland Field House, we get all the OU supporters, the Sooner fans who scream “Sooner” when we scream “Boomer.” That’s what we’re looking forward to this weekend.” Gymnastics is such a unique sport in the time commitment it requires from a young age. When did you start in gymnastics, and what has this life been like? “I started in gymnastics when I was two. My mom started me and my two brothers in a Mommy and Me class, just trying to develop our motor skills, and I ended up being successful at it. Year by year, I kept wanting to do it. They put me on the competitive team at the gym I was at, so it just grew from there. My little brother plays baseball and football. Both of my brothers are 6-feet tall, so it wasn't in our genetics to be a gymnast. “It’s just something that takes over your whole life. There’s no off season. You work 365 days a year. I remember working out sometimes on Christmas morning. My career is ending after this weekend, and that’s been pretty emotional for me. It’s been a huge factor in my life.” What is next for you after your collegiate career ends this weekend? “Of course I’m always going to want to be involved in gymnastics. I’m going to dental school next year, but I want to judge so that I can still be a part of gymnastics, and especially be a part of college gymnastics. That’s probably had the biggest impact on my life, being part of this team. “Men’s gymnastics is kind of dying out. We only have 16 teams left. People think, ‘Oh, they have the (Junior Olympic) program still; they have USA Gymnastics still,’ but there’s nothing like college gymnastics. It’s very unique and exciting, and so I encourage everyone to support college gymnastics and try to save our sport.”
Apr 7, 2015
NORMAN — Cody Thomas got a taste of being Oklahoma’s starting quarterback last season. Now, he’s one of four candidates to take over as the full-time starter this season, joining Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Justice Hansen. On Monday, Jason Kersey gave you 10 things to know about Hansen (you can read that here). Here […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Seven things to know about Cody Thomas
Ryan Aber | Apr 7, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-4.jpg]3626944[/img] NORMAN -- Cody Thomas got a taste of being Oklahoma's starting quarterback last season. Now, he's one of four candidates to take over as the full-time starter this season, joining Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Justice Hansen. On Monday, Jason Kersey gave you 10 things to know about Hansen (you can read that here). Here are seven things to know about Thomas: [pagebreak] 1. Thomas brings back experience [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-3.jpg]3626946[/img] Thomas started three games last season, throwing for 342 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He was 2-1 in his starts, beating Kansas and Texas Tech but falling to Oklahoma State. He was elevated to starter after Trevor Knight’s injury against Baylor. [pagebreak] 2. Thomas was a big-time baseball prospect in high school [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-6.jpg]3626939[/img] Thomas wasn’t drafted until the 30th round by the New York Yankees as a senior but that late pick was largely because he made it known that he was going to go to Oklahoma to play both football and baseball. He was determined to be a quarterback in college. Seeing him follow through with that was a welcome sight for Sooners fans, as the MLB Draft claimed another OU quarterback signee just a few years ago when Broken Arrow’s Archie Bradley signed with the Diamondbacks. Thomas, an outfielder, wasn’t going to go as high as Bradley did but he would’ve been picked up somewhere along the way. He hit .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs as a senior. [pagebreak] 3. Thomas gave up baseball this offseason [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-1.jpg]3626940[/img] Thomas played for Pete Hughes’ OU baseball team last year but played sparingly. He played in 14 games, starting one, with an .083 batting average, going 1 for 12 with an RBI. Thomas quit baseball to focus on earning the starting quarterback nod. Last year, football got top priority but baseball was still a pull. It was a difficult balance to pull off. [pagebreak] 4. Thomas put up huge numbers in high school [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-71.jpg]3626947[/img] As a senior, he threw for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions. You can read about his demeanor here from Jason Kersey. Check out some of Thomas’ high-school highlights below. [pagebreak] 5. He’s multi-dimensional [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-8.jpg]3626949[/img] While Thomas throws right-handed in both football and baseball, he hits left-handed. Here’s a high school highlight film that includes a bit of both: [pagebreak] 6. Thomas turned down top schools for OU [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-5.jpg]3626943[/img] Thomas chose the Sooners over offers that included Alabama, Oklahoma State, USC, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oregon and TCU. He was the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the country according to Rivals.com and the No. 125 overall player in the nation. [pagebreak] 7. He’s friends off the field with his fellow QBs [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-9.jpg]3626945[/img] His Twitter username is @codythomas_12, though he rarely posts. One of his most recent posts, as of Tuesday, was a retweet of a recent photo of Thomas with fellow quarterback candidates Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield along with Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. #mentality pic.twitter.com/PBdfaRrAsV -- Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) March 18, 2015
Apr 6, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster — Trevor Knight, Baker […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Ten things to know about Edmond Santa Fe product Justice Hansen
Jason Kersey | Apr 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Justice-Hansen.jpg]3625854[/img] NORMAN -- Oklahoma's spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster -- Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen. This is the first of four posts this week in which Ryan Aber and I will get you up to speed on all four quarterback candidates. Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Edmond Santa Fe, is the dark horse in the race, and by far the least experienced OU quarterback. Here are 10 things to know about Hansen. Shattuck roots Hansen's grandfather, Jarel Hansen, was a longtime coach at Oklahoma eight-man powerhouse Shattuck and was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His father, Dusty, was a three-sport All Stater at Shattuck and his uncle, Troy Bullard, coached Shattuck to seven Class C state championships. Bullard also led the Indians to a national eight-man record of 93 consecutive wins. Hansen grew up dreaming of playing for Shattuck. Dad was a Sooner national champion -- in baseball After his incredible high school sports career, Dusty Hansen played baseball at Oklahoma. He was an outfielder on the Sooners' 1994 national championship squad. A sophomore phenom Hansen became Edmond Santa Fe's starting quarterback his sophomore season, and it was evident even in the first game that he had special talent. In the Wolves' 2011 season opener, he threw for 123 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and a score as Santa Fe routed Edmond Memorial 31-6. Not great individual numbers, but it was his first career start -- and he was already 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He fueled Edmond Santa Fe's resurrection Edmond Santa Fe -- a football program with a proud history since the school's founding in 1993 -- went 1-9 the season before Hansen took over as starting quarterback. Then the school hired Lance Manning as head coach, Hansen became the quarterback and things instantly got better. The Wolves went 10-2 in 2011 and won a district championship, then won another district title the next year. Hansen was injured much of his senior year in 2013, but Santa Fe still made the playoffs. He can punt Hansen was fantastic as a junior, throwing for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns -- and also rushing for 773 yards -- that season in leading the Wolves to a second straight district championship. He was named to The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State team as the punter (he averaged 36 yards per punt that year); Carl Albert's Steven Thompson was the All-State quarterback. He committed to OU before the 2013 spring game Hansen picked Oklahoma over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M. He ended up naming OU and Texas A&M as his finalists, and committed to the Sooners a few hours before the 2013 spring game. Hansen vs. Cornwell Hansen and Norman North's David Cornwell were considered two of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in the recruiting class of 2014. Rivals ranked Cornwell as the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback and Hansen at No. 6. Cornwell never received an OU offer and committed to Alabama. The two faced off in a preseason scrimmage before their senior seasons -- and both got hurt. He enrolled early Hansen missed five games of his senior season in 2013 with a high ankle sprain, so he ended up with only 966 passing yards and eight touchdowns. He enrolled early at Oklahoma, so he went through 2014 spring football and participated in last year's spring game, completing 4 of 8 pass attempts for 58 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He's a dual threat Despite Rivals considering him a "pro-style" quarterback, Hansen is very much capable of making plays with his legs. Oklahoma coaches seem to be moving away from the designed quarterback runs that they'd installed over the past couple of years, but Hansen's athleticism adds an element to his game that could make him dangerous to defenses if the pocket collapses. Quotable Here's a cool quote I found in the archives about Hansen from his high school coach, Lance Manning, in 2013. "I probably shouldn't get a paycheck for coaching Justice, to be honest with you." More OU from NewsOK Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent D.J. Ward turning heads at DE for Sooners Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall has OU, Auburn, Kentucky in final three
Apr 6, 2015
NORMAN — After five years as the team’s offensive coordinator, Brent Barnes now finds himself as the head football coach at Norman North. The Norman Public Schools board of education approved the promotion of Barnes to replace departed head coach Wade Standley, the school district announced Monday. NPS athletic director T.D. O’Hara and the district conducted […]
Norman North names Brent Barnes next football coach
Scott Wright | Apr 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2015/04/Brent-Barnes.jpg]3626332[/img] NORMAN — After five years as the team’s offensive coordinator, Brent Barnes now finds himself as the head football coach at Norman North. The Norman Public Schools board of education approved the promotion of Barnes to replace departed head coach Wade Standley, the school district announced Monday. NPS athletic director T.D. O'Hara and the district conducted a two-month search including applicants from inside and outside the program, and the state. Barnes’ 13-year resume that includes a three-year stop at Tulsa Union, as well as stints at Yukon and in Arizona, won over the committee. "Coach Barnes has been associated with numerous successful high school programs and these experiences will benefit him greatly as he begins his journey as head football coach at Norman North," O’Hara said. "He brings a tremendous amount of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to the position and I look forward to him taking this football program to the next level." Since 2008, Barnes has been on four teams that played for Class 6A state championships, winning three at Union and finishing runner-up at Norman North. His offenses have led Class 6A in passing yards in four of the last six seasons. Standley, Barnes’ former boss who left in February to become the head coach at Ada, commended Norman North’s hire. "I have had the opportunity to see coach Brent Barnes model leadership, character and perseverance in many high-pressure situations as a teacher and a coach in the five years we have worked together," Standley said. "Coach Barnes has demonstrated strong leadership skills, focus and a definitive plan for success in helping us to achieve numerous goals. I have no doubt that he will be a great fit and do a tremendous job as the head football coach at Norman North High School."
Apr 6, 2015
The Norman Public Schools board of education approved the promotion of Barnes to replace departed head coach Wade Standley, the school district announced Monday.
High school notebook: Norman North names Brent Barnes football coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 6, 2015After five years as the team's offensive coordinator, Brent Barnes now finds himself as the head football coach at Norman North. The Norman Public Schools board of education approved the promotion of Barnes to replace departed head coach Wade Standley, the school district announced Monday. NPS athletic director T.D. O’Hara and the district conducted a two-month search, including applicants from inside and outside the program, and the state. Barnes' 13-year resume that includes a three-year stop at Tulsa Union, as well as stints at Yukon and in Arizona, won over the committee. “Coach Barnes has been associated with numerous successful high school programs and these experiences will benefit him greatly as he begins his journey as head football coach at Norman North,” O'Hara said. “He brings a tremendous amount of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to the position and I look forward to him taking this football program to the next level.” Since 2008, Barnes has been on four teams that played for Class 6A state championships, winning three at Union and finishing runner-up at Norman North. His offenses have led Class 6A in passing yards in four of the last six seasons. Standley, Barnes' former boss who left in February to become the head coach at Ada, commended Norman North's hire. “I have had the opportunity to see Coach Brent Barnes model leadership, character and perseverance in many high-pressure situations as a teacher and a coach in the five years we have worked together,” Standley said. “Coach Barnes has demonstrated strong leadership skills, focus and a definitive plan for success in helping us to achieve numerous goals. I have no doubt that he will be a great fit and do a tremendous job as the head football coach at Norman North High School.” DEL CITY'S TERRY WILSON OFFERED BY INDIANA Indiana coach Kevin Wilson hasn't been shy about returning to the state where he once worked to recruit high school players. On Monday, the former Oklahoma offensive coordinator extended a scholarship offer to Del City's Terry Wilson, the sixth Division I offer for the junior quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wilson also has offers from Houston, Arkansas State, UNLV, Memphis and New Mexico State. Wilson is the top-rated quarterback and No. 2 overall on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class. SHAWNEE WINS OWN TOURNAMENT One day after Noble threw a no-hitter, Shawnee nearly returned the favor. The Wolves shut out Noble 4-0 in Saturday’s championship of the Shawnee Showdown for their 10th straight victory. Sophomore left-hander Mitchell Stone took a perfect game into the fifth inning before allowing a two-out single. The performance capped a strong week for Stone, who pitched 13 scoreless innings. Shawnee has now thrown six shutouts during its winning streak. Noble advanced to the title game Friday when Noble’s Nathan Hayes threw a no-hitter against Class 2A power Dale. He did walk three batters and hit another, but found a way to work out of jams each time to out-duel Dale’s Dalton Long, who took a no-hitter into the fourth inning.
Oklahoma football: Quarterback Baker Mayfield chats with media for first time since last year's spring gameApr 6, 2015
NORMAN — Last season, Baker Mayfield tried to stay as involved as possible. He was as involved as he could be in practices — mostly serving as the scout-team quarterback — and tried to stay as much in the middle of things as he could in games. That was easy when the Sooners were at home. It required a bit of creativity when Oklahoma was on the road. Because he had to sit out last season as a...
Oklahoma football: Quarterback Baker Mayfield chats with media for first time since last year's spring game
By Ryan Aber | Apr 6, 2015NORMAN — Last season, Baker Mayfield tried to stay as involved as possible. He was as involved as he could be in practices — mostly serving as the scout-team quarterback — and tried to stay as much in the middle of things as he could in games. That was easy when the Sooners were at home. It required a bit of creativity when Oklahoma was on the road. Because he had to sit out last season as a transfer, Mayfield couldn’t travel with the team. But there he was — in Fort Worth and Lubbock (where he transferred from to go to OU) and Orlando — at team functions and on the sidelines. “That was my way of trying to stay positive and be in the game and not trying to stay on the outside,” Mayfield said Monday in his first comments to reporters since last year’s spring game. “I was trying to get in the front of it, to be in the middle of it so now that I’m in the middle of it, I’ve been with the guys and I’ve been around them for so long.” He is right in the middle of it this spring as one of four quarterbacks in the thick of the battle for the starting job in the fall. Mayfield — and the others — will have a chance to show off in Saturday’s 2 p.m. spring game. Mayfield’s teammates have done plenty of talking for him during the past year. The Texas Tech transfer hadn’t spoken publicly since after last year’s spring game. That changed Monday when Mayfield spoke to reporters following practice. He didn’t show much of the outsized personality his teammates have spoken of, but he couldn’t keep it completely in check either. “I mean, it’s the person you’ve got to be sometimes,” Mayfield said with a laugh when asked why he was keeping things buttoned up. His calm, straight-laced outward demeanor cracked a bit when he was asked about his trip to Lubbock last year to be with the Sooners while they faced Texas Tech. “It was a warm welcoming back home,” Mayfield said with a laugh. “It was weird. I saw a lot of people that I knew and I enjoyed seeing my friends. The fans weren’t great sports but…” Mayfield trailed off for a bit before saying the reaction he received in Lubbock was a bit worse than he expected. “It was ill-advised on a lot of accounts,” Mayfield said. “But I was going to see my boys play, and I wanted to be there with them so that’s why I went.” When Lincoln Riley was hired as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator, Mayfield was thrilled. “It’s pretty much the same thing,” Mayfield said when asked to compare the offense he ran at Texas Tech to Riley’s Air Raid. “I had to refresh my mind a little bit,” Mayfield said. “But it wasn’t too difficult for me.” While Mayfield calls back to his Texas Tech experience, he’s also eager to prove how much he’s grown as a football player since starting seven games with the Red Raiders, throwing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns. “I won some games, but there is stuff my freshman year that I could have been way better at,” Mayfield said. “It could have been a lot better when I was playing. I’m still trying to improve turnovers and stuff like that.” Mayfield doesn’t expect the nine interceptions he threw at Texas Tech to be a recurring problem with the Sooners. “I forced a lot of things as a young quarterback at Tech and playing as a freshman ... just trying to force it to playmakers,” he said. “I’ve got to realize I have people that are running the shorter routes that they’re going to make plays, too. “I mean you drop it off to a guy like Joe Mixon or Samaje (Perine), they’re going to pick up a lot of yards.” Mayfield came to Norman in the wake of Trevor Knight’s outstanding performance in the Sugar Bowl and before Blake Bell switched positions or Kendal Thompson transferred to Utah. Playing time seemed like a pipe dream at the time, but Mayfield wasn’t about a let a chance to play for Oklahoma slip away. He grew up an OU fan near Austin, Texas, though the Sooners didn’t show much interest “That’s where my heart always wanted to go,” Mayfield said. “I wanted to go to TCU out of high school but that was just because OU never gave me a look and TCU did. “I’ve been around the program since I was about 4 years old. So I just kind of grew up a Sooner.” Mayfield will be a junior this season because of a Big 12 rule that mandates a lost year of eligibility after transferring inside the conference. But he said he maintains some hope — citing other conferences that have changed rules in recent years — that he’ll have that year restored after a nearly season-long fight for immediate eligibility last season. “I’m looking at it positively just like I was with the first NCAA appeal,” Mayfield said. “They just made a thing that you could possibly get that extra year of eligibility after you transfer so I’m looking at it positively.”
A look at Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports as of April 4.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: April 4, 2015
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 4, 2015BASEBALL T.J. Black, Stillwater (NOC-Enid) Brayden Blaylock, Tulsa Union (NEO) Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aidan Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Wade Hanska, Edmond Memorial (NOC-Enid) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Kale Keith, Verdigris (Connors St.) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Blake Shepard, Ponca City (Fort Scott CC) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Madison Watkins, Sperry (Cowley County) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Harrison Whitworth, Broken Arrow (Fort Scott) Ryan Wieligman, Stillwater (Cowley County) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Will Lienhard, McGuinness (Navy) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Alyssa Jones (Southmoore (Midwestern St.) DeRae Lewis, Millwood (North Texas) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Hayden Priddy, Piedmont (SWOSU) Raven Prince, Millwood (North Texas) Bre Reid, Piedmont (Southern Utah) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Don Berger, Owasso (St. Mary’s) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Feather River) Bryson Bowers, Deer Creek (McPherson) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Dominique Briggs, Tulsa Union (Coffeyville CC) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Daulton Cardwell, Glenpool (Evangel) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Nathan Christmon, Carl Albert (OSU)* C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Derek Cole, Cascia Hall (Drake) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Isaac Dake, Tulsa Memorial (Langston) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Danny Donley, Jenks (Drake) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Joe Erwin, Jenks (William Penn) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Mason Farquhar, Tulsa Union (SW Baptist) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Omorrie Franklin, John Marshall (Langston) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Tim Giddings, Casady (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Jaymes Ginn, Owasso (William Jewell) Malik Givens, Tulsa Washington (Drake) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Maleek Greenlee, Tulsa Memorial (NSU) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Razhon Hines, Tulsa Washington (SW Baptist) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Daniel Hubler, Bartlesville (Evangel) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Nick Jackson, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Baylor Jenkins, Skiatook (Haskell) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Roderick Kirby, Muskogee (NSU) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) A.J. Lewis, Tulsa Rogers (Langston) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Ryan Martin, Tulsa Kelley (Air Force) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Rasha McKnight, Tulsa Washington (Midwestern St.) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa Webster/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Michael Ott, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penney, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson (SNU) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Roman Rodriguez, Wagoner (NSU) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) Grant Scherber, Deer Creek (UCO) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Matt Tate, Tulsa Union (SWOSU) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Darwin Thompson, Jenks (NEO) Dylan Thompson, Skiatook (Haskell) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) William Wampler, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Chance Wenglewski, Tulsa Union (Lindenwood) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) BOYS GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) John Bonaobra, Tulsa Union (Central Missouri) Cody Burrows, Chickasha (ORU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) J.T. Neuzil, Bixby (UCO) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) GIRLS GOLF Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Corey Perron, Edmond Memorial (Missouri Valley) Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Junior Andrade, Santa Fe South (OBU) Jake Burger, Edmond Memorial (Fort Lewis) Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Wyatt Carroll, Putnam City North (Barton County) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Cooper Mosely, Chickasha (Harding) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Keegan Radichel, Mustang (SNU) Munashe Raranje, Jenks (Tulsa) Martin Romero, Southmoore (OBU) Cutter Smith, Mustang (SNU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Skylar Bozarth, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Bianca Cardenas, Piedmont (USAO) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (OCU) Bri Demuth, Jenks (OCU) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Catlin Harris, Piedmont (USAO) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Brandi Hutchison, Mustang (USAO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Alina Magruder, Mustang (Iowa) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Addy Pritchard, Oologah (Rogers St.) Victoria Segui, Putnam City North (Cowley County) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Samantha Snow, Lawton Eisenhower/NEO (Rogers St.) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Tayler Stover, Broken Arrow (Rogers St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Taylor Williams, Claremore (Rogers St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Michelle Brandon, Piedmont (ECU) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Casey Jones, Mustang (Seminole St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Dagan Lampkin, Washington (Seminole St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Madison Morris, Piedmont (SWOSU) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kaylee Sallee, Noble (Cowley County) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Kasady Uhr, Mount St. Mary (St. Gregory’s) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Casady Webb, Davis (North Texas) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) 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Apr 4, 2015
There were a couple reasons coaches needed to get creative with Striker. First, his speed, instincts and football talent are too valuable to make him a one-trick pony. But also, after Striker emerged as one of the nation’s elite pass rushers as a sophomore in 2013, opposing teams schemed against that aspect of his game.
Oklahoma football: Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 4, 2015NORMAN — Eric Striker struggled throughout most of last season with the choice of whether to enter the 2015 NFL Draft or come back for one more season at Oklahoma. In terms of individual production, Striker had a very good junior year, ending with 68 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks and was a consensus All-Big 12 first teamer. There would be questions about his size, but those same qualms would still be there a year later. Was there any reason to risk injury and his draft stock by returning for a final college season? But at some point during the fourth quarter of Oklahoma’s humiliating Russell Athletic Bowl loss to Clemson — the Sooners’ fifth defeat of the year — Striker found cornerback Zack Sanchez on the sideline and made his intentions clear. “He looked at me and said, ‘I’m not going anywhere. We can’t go out like this,’” Sanchez remembered. “That just shows his character and what type of person he is. He doesn't worry as much about his personal goals. He wants this team to be the best it can be.” But that doesn't mean Striker the NFL prospect can’t benefit from another season in college, too. OU coaches spent the 2014 preseason talking about finding creative new ways to take advantage of Striker’s unique talent, and that apparently will continue to evolve in 2015. “Eric can do a lot of different things,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “We’re trying to make him multi-dimensional.” There were a couple reasons coaches needed to get creative with Striker. First, his speed, instincts and football talent are too valuable to make him a one-trick pony. But also, after Striker emerged as one of the nation’s elite pass rushers as a sophomore in 2013, opposing teams schemed against that aspect of his game. Corey Peterson, Striker’s position coach at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., attended last year’s OU-Texas game and noticed that the Longhorns did everything they could to limit him. “When he would rush, they would switch the tight end over to his side,” Peterson said. “Then they would also have the back shift to him, so he had to work twice as hard. “He’s not gonna get any one-on-one matchups anymore.” Striker still recorded two tackles for loss and a sack in Oklahoma’s 31-26 win, though. And despite the conventional wisdom among outsiders that Striker didn't rush the passer as much last year as he did in 2013, he actually ended up with 6.5 more tackles for loss and 2.5 more sacks in 2014. That’s because, Sanchez said, Striker is smarter about how he blitzes, and coaches are more creative with how they blitz him. “He’s a vet now,” Sanchez said. “He studies the game more than a lot of people think, and he’s one of the smartest dudes on the team. He’s not just a dummy out there running wild. “He knows the game better, and he’s containing his energy and learning when to use it.” All of this creativity and expansion of Striker’s role comes in the context of improving a team and a defense that massively disappointed in 2014. The Sooners were considered a favorite to reach the College Football Playoff, but finished 8-5, with Clemson’s 40-6 bowl rout capping the season. “I couldn't leave, because we came in together,” Striker said. “Me, Zack, Charles (Tapper) … this is our team now. We have to be the best we can and we have to get guys ready to play on Saturday. I didn't want to bail on those guys, and I didn't want to leave that way.”
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Late in the first half of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein found an open alley, took a pass in stride and finished a flying slam dunk that became the signature play of the Wildcats’ victory.The path that led to this beautiful basketball moment and so many others created by Cauley-Stein has reached Indianapolis, where the Wildcats are preparing for...
Willie Cauley-Stein's path to Final Four with Kentucky started in small Kansas town
Blair Kerkhoff, Associated Press | Apr 2, 2015Late in the first half of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein found an open alley, took a pass in stride and finished a flying slam dunk that became the signature play of the Wildcats’ victory. The path that led to this beautiful basketball moment and so many others created by Cauley-Stein has reached Indianapolis, where the Wildcats are preparing for the Final Four and becoming college basketball’s first 40-0 men’s team. But the path to Cauley-Stein becoming one of the nation’s top players and NBA prospects started in a tiny town in western Kansas, where he was raised by his grandparents, and traversed through Olathe, where he got an assist from one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ greatest players. “He’s had a lot of people looking out for him and caring for him,” said Valen “Val” Stein,” Willie’s grandfather. “He probably wouldn’t be where he’s at now if it weren’t for that.” Most of Cauley-Stein’s Kentucky teammates are products of a system that identifies talent at an early age and grooms players for big-time college and professional basketball. Cauley-Stein grew up mostly outside of that world, even as he grew tall and agile in Spearville, Kan., where much of working population in a town of about 800 commutes to Dodge City, some 17 miles to the west. Not ticketed for basketball stardom at an early age, Cauley-Stein’s development may have been delayed. It caused others to question his love for the game, a notion that brings a sharp response. “If I didn’t love the game, why would I play at the University of Kentucky? Why would I ever come here? Cauley-Stein said. “That bugs me when people ask me that, ‘Why don’t you love the game?’” But because he was not immersed in the youth basketball culture, Cauley-Stein was free to set his priorities, which helped shape his personality and world view. Kentucky lists Cauley-Stein’s major as art studio, and when the team played in the Bahamas before this season, he showed up in a T-shirt with his initials in block letters across his chest. Later he said it was his own design and has admitted to a yen for fashion. “If you focus on one thing, you’re going to get bored with it or eventually get burned out if it,” Cauley-Stein said. “My grandparents taught me when I was younger to be involved in a whole bunch of different things.” This was no problem for Kentucky. “You know what that makes him?” said Orlando Antigua, the South Florida coach who recruited Cauley-Stein as a Kentucky assistant. “A unique person. That doesn’t mean he’s not a great basketball player, because he is.” During his interview to become the basketball coach at Spearville High School, Jerrod Stanford got a rundown of the roster he’d inherit. The overall talent was good and an athletic, growing freshman was arriving. “But, I remember being told he also had a lot of other interests and he might not go out for basketball,” Stanford said. Sports were merely another diversion for a young Willie Cauley-Stein and his other brother, Bryce, who grew up in the home of Val and Norman Stein. The boys lived with their mother, Marlene, in Oklahoma City when they were younger, but her long working hours made her life difficult. The boys went to live with their grandparents in Spearville and that became their home. Marlene remains a large part of the boys’ lives, and gets to as many games as she can, Val said. She and Cauley-Stein’s father, Willie Cauley, were basketball standouts, she at St. Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, which has since closed, and he at Dodge City Community College and for one season at the University of Pittsburgh. Cauley-Stein entered the eighth grade standing 6 feet 2. When Stanford met him for the first time in June before his freshman year, Cauley-Stein had grown to 6-6. When he suited up for the first time that season, he was 6-8. “We printed a game program with the roster with heights one day, and the next day it was wrong,” Stanford said. Under Kansas High School State Athletic Association rules, basketball players can play as many as six quarters per day, and Spearville got the most from Cauley-Stein, using him for half of the junior varsity game and the entire varsity contest. By the end of the year, Cauley-Stein was a varsity-only player and made all-conference. His sophomore season would be even better. Cauley-Stein averaged 13.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, and one game in particular stood out to Stanford, who is now an assistant coach at Fort Hays State. Spearville’s Royal Lancers played Hoisington, which featured freshman big man Cody Stetler, who would go on to play at Houston Baptist. In a big test, Cauley-Stein had perhaps the best game of his high school career, certainly his best in a Spearville uniform, with 34 points, 22 rebounds, six blocks and four assists in a 65-44 victory. “He’d block a shot, get the rebound, start the break and hit anybody who was open or take it in for a dunk,” Stanford said. “It was one of those days when you knew he was going to be a special player.” And it marked one of those moments when Stanford believed an earlier conversation with Cauley-Stein had paid off. Before the budding star ever put on a Spearville uniform, Stanford had mapped out a course of action. “That first year, we had upperclassmen who could score, so I wanted for Willie to work on his defense and fundamentals,” Stanford said. “My thinking was, if he could become a great defensive player, learned the right way to block shots, guard ball screens in different ways, then he could be an average scorer and still get his college paid for.” The idea would be to use the final two years of Cauley-Stein’s Spearville career to hone his offensive skills and bring it together in a total package. It never happened. The Royal Lancers, in their first state tournament since 1997, went 21-1 during the season but were upset in the Kansas Class 2A first round. Cauley-Stein had played his final game for Spearville. Even with Spearville on the jersey, basketball prospects don’t go unnoticed. But they have to travel. A big moment for Cauley-Stein occurred in the summer after his freshman season. Stanford took seven Royal Lancers to a team camp at Kanas State, and they knocked off several large class schools from Kansas and Missouri, including a Raytown South team with Division I prospects, including future Baylor signee Ish Wainright. That’s where Matt Suther, founder of the Overland Park-based MoKan Elite AAU program, first saw Cauley-Stein. “You saw the raw athletic talent,” Suther said. “He hadn’t played a ton of ball in his life, but you could see the athleticism. He could run like a deer. He wasn’t very confident in his offensive game, but he could block shots with agility.” Cauley-Stein joined MoKan and became good friends with one of his teammates, Shavon Shields, the son of former Chiefs star offensive lineman Will Shields, who’s headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. Cauley-Stein would stay with the Shields’ on weekends. The occasional visitor soon became a resident. Cauley-Stein moved in with the Shields family and attended Olathe Northwest for his junior and senior seasons. The primary reason: Academics. “I needed what the (Olathe) classes offered,” Cauley-Stein said. “That’s why I moved.” Cauley-Stein buckled down in the Shields’ home and was treated as one of the children, along with Shavon, Solomon and a daughter, Sanayika, There were curfews and discipline, and above all there was studying, guided by Senia, Will’s wife. “She made all of the kids work hard in school,” Will Shields said. “There was no messing around with that.” Shavon Shields and Cauley-Stein helped Olathe Northwest to a 20-2 record and a sub-state final in 2012. By then, Shields had signed with his father’s alma mater, Nebraska, and Cauley-Stein with Kentucky, although Kentucky coach John Calipari’s first impression wasn’t a memorable one. He had visited an AAU game with Antigua, who along with current aide Kenny Payne had done the early recruiting of Cauley-Stein. “I saw him at an AAU game and he got two points and, like, a rebound,” Calipari said. “I said, ‘He’s got a chance, but my gosh, two points in an AAU game,’ and other team wasn’t that good.” Calipari’s subsequent trips to see Cauley-Stein changed his mind. It wasn’t a basketball game. There was a whiffle ball game (“He was a helluva whiffle ball player,” Calipari said), a kickball game and a football game. He saw Cauley-Stein play wide receiver for the Ravens, and playing it well. Transfer rules caused Cauley-Stein to miss the football season and first five basketball games of his junior year at Olathe Northwest, but he was terrific on the gridiron as a senior, catching 57 passes and 14 touchdowns. He was chosen to The Star’s All-Metro team and was a finalist for the Otis Taylor Award as the best wide receiver in the Kansas City area. For Spearville’s eight-man team, Cauley-Stein caught seven touchdown passes in two seasons. Had he stopped growing in the eighth grade, Cauley-Stein might have become a Heisman Trophy candidate. “I love football,” Cauley Stein said. “Still do.” While at Spearville, Cauley-Stein took unofficial visits to several colleges, including Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. His official visits taken in fall of his senior year were to Kentucky, Kansas State, Florida and Alabama. Kansas wasn’t in the picture. The Jayhawks signed Perry Ellis that year and had targeted Kaleb Tarczewski, who signed with Arizona, and were set with big men for the next couple of years with Jeff Withey in 2013 and Joel Embiid in 2014. Kansas State was Cauley-Stein’s last official visit, and he committed to Kentucky soon after. By the Rivals.com prospect rankings system, Cauley-Stein was the lowest-rated player of the four in Kentucky’s recruiting class, behind Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress, No. 40 nationally. “The way he moved his feet, run and jump the way he did for his size, you don’t see that every day,” Antigua said. “You saw tremendous upside.” From Cauley-Stein, there were nerves. The Wildcats were coming off the Anthony Davis-led NCAA championship victory over Kansas. Expectations are enormous for any player recruited by the program. The team floundered to an NIT season, but Cauley-Stein had a promising year, getting 14 starts and making the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team. The next season, he blocked 106 shots, the second-most in Kentucky history and missed the team’s final three NCAA Tournament games after suffering an ankle injury. After the NCAA championship game loss to Connecticut, Calipari fully expected Cauley-Stein to depart for the draft, bum ankle and all. “I hugged him and said, ‘Hey, congrats man,’” Calipari said. “The next day he came in said, ‘I want to come back.’ “I asked him why? He said. ‘I can graduate, I’m not ready to go to the league, and the third thing, I want to win a championship.’ Three very good reasons.” Barring a major upset, the last one is about to become the first to happen. As for the NBA, the early projections have Cauley-Stein, a unanimous first-team All-American, as a top-10 selection, which would make him the earliest draft call by a former Kansas high school player since Danny Manning of Lawrence was drafted first overall in 1988. Wherever he ends up, an NBA team will get a 7-footer from a small Kansas town who didn’t build his life around basketball but is playing about as well as any college player in the game and enjoying every moment. “I couldn’t imagine not playing this game,” he said. To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003183,t000046469,t000040506,t000003278,t000391277,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000404471,t000391287,t000003195,t000404496,t000404736,g000065634,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000065577,g000223654,g000364614,g000362659
Apr 2, 2015
NORMAN — In the aftermath of the racist Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity video, Oklahoma’s football team leaders said they wanted to fight against cultures of “exclusivity” both on their own campus and around the country. Those kinds of conversations have — over the past couple weeks — revolved around a controversial Indiana law that critics […]
Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker speak out against anti-gay discrimination
Jason Kersey | Apr 2, 2015NORMAN -- In the aftermath of the racist Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity video, Oklahoma's football team leaders said they wanted to fight against cultures of "exclusivity" both on their own campus and around the country. Those kinds of conversations have -- over the past couple weeks -- revolved around a controversial Indiana law that critics say will give businesses the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians on religious grounds. The story has an added sports element because the Final Four is set to begin this weekend in Indianapolis, and the NCAA headquarters are there. NCAA president Mark Emmert released a strongly-worded statement after the bill was signed into law, indicating that it could affect the state of Indiana's ability to host future events. Pressure from Emmert and national business leaders has forced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and state legislators there to amend the bill and clarify that businesses won't be able to discriminate. In interviews with The Oklahoman this week, OU cornerback Zack Sanchez and linebacker Eric Striker spoke in favor of gay rights. "I think discriminating is the dumbest thing anybody can do as a human being," Sanchez said. "I've been guilty of it before, but at the end of the day, I know it's not right. Hopefully people will realize that it's a new age. It's not the 1800s or 1900s anymore. Things are changing. We've just gotta learn to love each other. "Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, orange, purple, it doesn't matter. We're all people at the end of the day. We can't go around judging people based on their preference or what color they are. "That's how I feel and that's how a lot of us feel." Striker described a friendship he developed at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., with a gay classmate named Thaddeus who changed his attitude. "I was never really against gay people, but I maybe thought things like, 'That's not me; I don't really wanna be around them,'" Striker admitted. "But as people, we have to allow people to change us. I hung around with him, had classes with him and he was just a normal, funny guy. "Now I've got no problem saying I've got gay friends. So what? I know who I am. The hatred some people have toward gay people is just not right. It's not fair. You don't give them a chance. "I think we should allow ourselves to change as the world changes." More from NewsOK: D.J. Ward turning heads at DE for Sooners OU wide receiver Sterling Shepard working inside
FRIDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, MLBN (Cox 264) 5 p.m., Atlanta vs. Baltimore, MLBN (Cox 264) 8:30 p.m., Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Memphis, FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Portland at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Chicago at Buffalo, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., St. Louis at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, April 3-Sunday, April 5
Apr 2, 2015FRIDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, MLBN (Cox 264) 5 p.m., Atlanta vs. Baltimore, MLBN (Cox 264) 8:30 p.m., Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Memphis, FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Portland at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Chicago at Buffalo, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., St. Louis at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 11 a.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 5 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) AHL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Charlotte, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE BASEBALL 2 p.m., TCU at Texas Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 273)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6:30 p.m., Iowa State at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271) WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m., SMU at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) LACROSSE 6 p.m., N. Carolina at Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7:30 p.m., Villanova at Denver, FS1 (Cox 67) BOXING 8 p.m., P. Petrov vs. G. Diaz, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 10 a.m., Gonz. Prep vs. Miami C. Day, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, South Shore vs. Dillard, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Nationals Semifinals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m., Nationals Semifinals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBADL 7 p.m., Idaho at Oklahoma City, KINB-FM 105.3 SATURDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Cincinnati vs. Toronto, MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m., N.Y. Mets vs. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., San Francisco vs. Oakland, MLBN (Cox 264) 8 p.m., L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) NHL 2 p.m., Vancouver at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Toronto at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Dallas at Nashville, FSOK (Cox 37) AUTO RACING 5:30 p.m., FIA Formula E, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:09 p.m., Michigan State vs. Duke, TBS (Cox 62) 7:49 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, TBS (Cox 62) MEN’S TENNIS 3 p.m., Texas Tech at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) WOMEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon, Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Indiana St. at Wichita St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 272)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Arkansas at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m., Alabama at Kentucky, ESPNU (Cox 253 Noon, Texas Tech at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 3:30 p.m., Tennessee at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) LACROSSE 4 p.m., Notre Dame at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Chelsea vs. Stoke City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) WOMEN’S SOCCER 3 p.m., USA vs. New Zealand, FS1 (Cox 67) ARENA FOOTBALL 9:30 p.m., Arizona at Las Vegas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) GIRLS BASKETBALL 9 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 11 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN (Cox 29) NBADL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Erie, KINB-FM 105.3 GYMNASTICS 4 p.m., NCAA Norman Regional, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271) BOXING 2 p.m., A. Stevenson vs. S. Bika, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) SUNDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA Noon, Houston at Oklahoma City, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 2:30 p.m., Chicago at Cleveland, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m., Golden St. at San Antonio, NBATV (Cox 256) 8:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 11 a.m., Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., Washington at Detroit, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., St. Louis at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 7 a.m., Drive-Putt-Chip, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Maryland vs. UConn, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m., Vanderbilt at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2 p.m., Oregon at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Alabama at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Mississippi St. at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m., Salt Lake at San Jose, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Sporting KC at Philadelphia, FS1 (Cox 67)
SUNDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Boston, MLBN (Cox 264) 3 p.m., Seattle vs. San Diego, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 11:30 a.m., Houston at Washington, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 8 p.m., OKC at Phoenix, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 2 p.m., Washington at N.Y. Rangers, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., San Jose at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Sunday, March 29-Monday, March 30
Mar 28, 2015SUNDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Boston, MLBN (Cox 264) 3 p.m., Seattle vs. San Diego, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 11:30 a.m., Houston at Washington, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 8 p.m., OKC at Phoenix, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 2 p.m., Washington at N.Y. Rangers, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., San Jose at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox 251) AUTO RACING Noon, NASCAR, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., IndyCar Series, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) GOLF 8 a.m., Trophee Hassan II, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Valero Texas Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Valero Texas Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2 p.m., Gulf Resort Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 5 p.m., LPGA: Kia Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1:20 p.m., Louisville vs. Michigan St., KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 4:05 p.m., Duke vs. Gonzaga, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Florida St. vs. S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 7:30 p.m., Baylor vs. Notre Dame, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL 1 p.m., Kansas St. at Oklahoma St., KSPI-FM 93.7 1 p.m., Oklahoma at Baylor, FSOK (Cox 37)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KRXO-FM 107.7 2:30 p.m., Tennessee at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE SOFTBALL Noon, Oklahoma St. at Baylor, FCS (Cox 272) Noon, Auburn at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Georgia at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE HOCKEY 4 p.m., NCAA Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., NCAA Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S LACROSSE 10 a.m., Brown vs. Princeton, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, Duke at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Ohio St. vs. Penn St., ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30 p.m., Serbia at Portugal, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:50 p.m., Philadelphia at Chicago, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Salt Lake vs. Toronto, FS1 (Cox 67) ARENA FOOTBALL 6 p.m., Philadelphia at Orlando, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBADL 5 p.m., Oklahoma City at Austin, KINB-FM 105.3 MONDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 5 p.m., Edmond N. at Norman N., KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Washington vs. St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) NBA 6:30 p.m., Houston at Toronto, NBATV (Cox 256) 9 p.m., Phoenix at Portland, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 7:30 p.m., Calgary at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Regional from Albany, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Regional from Spokane, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6 p.m., Georgia at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 7 p.m., Powerade Jamfest, ESPN2 (Cox 28)
Mar 28, 2015
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for two Oklahoma high school football prospects. Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Hollis’ Jace Webb have each added multiple scholarship offers in recent days. Hogan, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he received offers from […]
Norman North's Quan Hogan, Hollis' Jace Webb add scholarship offers
Scott Wright | Mar 28, 2015It’s been a busy couple of weeks for two Oklahoma high school football prospects. Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Hollis’ Jace Webb have each added multiple scholarship offers in recent days. Hogan, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he received offers from Colorado State and Toledo, adding to his list of Tulsa, Arkansas State and Wyoming. Webb, a 6-foot-5, 292-pound offensive lineman, already had an Army offer in the bank when Ohio, North Texas and Wyoming joined in the pursuit, according to Hollis coach Reade Box. Webb is coming off helping Hollis to the state basketball tournament, where he was a starting forward. More than 20 players in the state’s 2016 recruiting class have Division I scholarship offers already, with 10 months remaining until National Signing Day.