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Durant football News
BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore...
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: Sunday, March 23
Mar 22, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Brenden Fowler, Yukon (Crowder) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Connor Litterell, Tuttle (Cowley County) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Mason McAlister, Yukon (Cowley County) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Tyler McIntosh, Tuttle (SW Christian) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Seth Sandlin, Stigler (Carl Albert) Dalton Secrist, Tuttle (SW Christian) Ryan Skalnik, Verdigris (Neosho) Will Sprayberry, Moore (NOC-Enid) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) Logan Wigley, Yukon (NOC-Enid) BOYS BASKETBALL Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Mitch Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Rylee Bellmon, Perry (UCO) Deven Bond, Poteau (UCO) Maddie Brown, Jenks (UCO) Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Taylor Harrill, Cache (St. Gregory’s) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Mikayla Howorka, Tuttle (SWOSU) Anthonio Humphrey, Douglass (Kansas) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Heather Johnson, Noble (St. Gregory’s) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North (Pittsburg St.) Hayley Redwine, Norman (OU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek (UCO) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre’Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Dustin Blasingame, Carl Albert (Southwestern, Kan.) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Luke Booker, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) Austin Cross, Grove (OBU) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike’Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Rayce Denton, Heritage Hall (Arizona Christian) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Garrett Duckworth, OCS (OBU) Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Jared Fink, Dewey (OBU) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jesse Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Craig Hofeld, Destiny Christian (OBU) Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Jake Jones, Verdigris (Ottawa) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Drew Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Evangel) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Gerrell Murry, Putnam City (SWOSU) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O’Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Dustin Pierce, Jones (Mid-America Nazerene) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Wesley Rivas, Tahlequah (William Penn) Tanner Robertson, Mustang (OBU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Evan Sprayberry, Moore (Tabor) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Brett Tye, Jenks (Pitt St.) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Nathan Voreis, Tuttle (SNU) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Willliams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Ty Yeates, Jenks (William Penn) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (St. Gregory’s) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Jessica Gremling, Moore (Southwestern, Kan.) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Chad Smith, Plainview/OU (OBU) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jessica Prewitt, Broken Arrow (OBU) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Truman Berghall, Jenks (OBU) Durham Chilcoat, Jenks (OBU) Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue Depaz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Julius James, Moore (NSU) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Michael Mitrik, Jenks (Tulsa) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Nathan Osborne, Jenks (OBU) Daniel Paugh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Tyler Ridener, Jenks (Central Arkansas) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Reagan Ballard, Edmond Memorial (UCO) Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abby Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Kayla Buster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Karla Cabello, Puntam City North (Mid-America Christian) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Jordan Cleveland, Moore (USAO) Anna Crawford, Mustang (OU)* Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Melissa Giles, Broken Arrow (NSU) Caitlyn Hanslovan, Verdigris (ORU) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Morgan Kent, Sapulpa (NSU) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Madi Logsdon, Tulsa Union (NSU) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Julia Mathis, Broken Arrow (NSU) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Lauren Parker, Stillwater (USAO) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Katelin Teter, Claremore (NSU) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) Sydni Wiles, Mustang (OC) Katelyn Williams, Moore (USAO) Morgan Wilson, Piedmont (USAO) Summer Witt, Verdigris (ECU) SOFTBALL Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Kortney Brown, Duncan (Rose St.) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Makenzie Carpenter, Jenks (Connors St.) Chloe Clifton, Wayne (Seminole St.) Cheyanne Coffman, Apache (Rose St.) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Chris Coplen, Stigler (Eastern) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Peyton Garrett, Tuttle (NWOSU) Shannon Godfrey, Tulsa Kelley (St. Gregory’s) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Caitlin Hall, Moore (OBU) Sable Hankins, Moore (Lamar) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) McKayla Hendrix, Jenks (Seminole St.) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Reneé Leonard, Rush Springs (Rose St.) Brayden Lindsey, Wynnewood (Western Texas) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Jenna Lynn, Moore (OBU) McKenzie Martin, Perkins-Tryon (NOC-Tonkawa) Stephanie Martin, Kellyville (Rose St.) Lauren Mason, Cache (Rose St.) Brianna McArthur, Moore (Central Arkansas) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Shelby Miller, Bethel (Seminole St.) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Alexa Nolen, Stigler (Connors St.) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Sethe Story, Heritage Hall (Austin College) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Aspen Vail, Little Axe (St. Gregory’s) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Jessica Watkins, Glenpool (Rose St.) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Mindy Winters, Tuttle (Rose St.) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) Lauren Zalewski, Rush Springs (Rose St.) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) TENNIS Taylor Factor, Moore (Seminole) Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hayes, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Berry Tramel jumped on the Power Lunch chat to discuss Bret Bielema's inflammatory comments, Marcus Smart's return from suspension and his Mount Rushmore of pasta. Here's the full transcript:
Berry Tramel chats NCAA pace-of-play change, Marcus Smart's return and Pastagate
staff reports | Feb 21, 2014NewsOK Sports 10:42 a.m. Plenty to talk about today. Thunder-Heat. Marcus Smart's return. Bret Bielema's uncomfortable comments. Berry Tramel will be on at 11 a.m., so get those questions in now. Berry Tramel 11:00 a.m. Hey, everybody. I'm up and running. So send in your questions and we'll get started. Billy Bob 11:00 a.m. Have you ever heard comments any more ridiculous than the one's we just heard from the Arkansas coach, or do you not agree with me that they were ridiculous? Berry Tramel 11:01 a.m. You're talking about Bret Bielema's theory that a Cal player's death is attributable to uptempo football. He might have some ground to stand on. But I don't know what it is. I thought the player died during a training run. I don't really understand the correlation. Bielema said he has a hard time getting a beleaguered player out of the game. I think that's nonsense. I see players go to the ground all the time in an obvious manuever to slow down the game. If players do that when they're NOT hurt, why can't a player do it when he is hurting? -M 11:02 a.m. Please let the OSU losing streak come to an end... Berry Tramel 11:03 a.m. It would be nice. If the Cowboys don't beat Tech on Saturday, you wonder when it will end. I mean, OSU goes to TCU on Monday night, but the way this season is going, the Frogs could win. Now, if OSU could win Saturday, then beat TCU, they've got a little momentum going for when Kansas comes to Stillwater a week from Saturday. Brant 11:03 a.m. Last night's game exemplified why the Thunder needed Westbrook back. KD played heavy minutes while Westbrook was gone and has looked tired lately. The Thunder need a fresh and focused KD for the playoffs. It would be great if KD won MVP but a Championship is the Thunder's goal. Berry Tramel 11:04 a.m. Well said. You're right. Durant is gassed. Westbrook will provide all kinds of benefits and soon. Now, that doesn't mean OKC is in position to beat Miami. The Heat showed last night that it still has the Thunder's number. Orange Boy 11:04 a.m. This new OL Coach for OSU - He has coached at some big-time schools - but has he also been fired from every one of those coaching jobs? If so, why would Gundy go with a reject? Berry Tramel 11:05 a.m. I don't know. I don't know if Connelly has been fired from more than Arizona State, but I know he was fired from ASU and was coaching high school last season. So that's a strange hire. Maybe the guy can coach. We'll have to see. But it was strange. harry man 11:05 a.m. well is OKC fans seeing parts of the thunder team that has been hidden? With a week off can really hurt a team. LA Clippers sunday...see what happens.. Berry Tramel 11:06 a.m. A week off can hurt a team, though the Thunder wasn't playing well when the break occurred. OKC needed some rest. Unfortunately, the guy who needed the most, Durant, didn't really get it. All-Star weekend is a whirlwind for all-stars. Crimson Jesus 11:06 a.m. Slow start again for the Thunder. Is that going to come back and bite them come playoff time. Seems like they've made a habit of starting slowly. Berry Tramel 11:07 a.m. Especially against the Heat. In what I consider the biggest game in Thunder history, Game 2 of the 2012 NBA Finals, Miami jumped to a 15-2 lead. Or something like that. Then held on for a tight victory. Win that game, and who knows how the rest of the series goes. Slow starts have continued to be a problem. Just Saying 11:07 a.m. I think Marcus Smart may be better off as a 10 or 12 pick rather than a 1 or 2. He may lose a few million but he will get to play with a better team. Berry Tramel 11:08 a.m. And not face as much pressure. I agree with you completely. Smart is better off at 10 or 12. However, that doesn't mean he was better off returning to school. This season has been a disaster. the key to this decision is make a decision and then make it the right one. Smart made a decision and then made it the wrong one. Galileo 11:08 a.m. Berry, about Bielema and player safety in general. I don't think the pace of the game is the problem. It's the change from a game that was designed to be played near the line of scrimmage in a "scrum" manner to the current game that is so spread out that too many hits are happening in open space by defensive back and linebackers who have a running start. What do you think about rules changes that would reduce the spreading of players all over the field? Why not do something with hash marks or zones that limit how many players can line up wide. Any ideas? Berry Tramel 11:10 a.m. You raise a good point, but you're also advocating artificial elements to change the game. That's always dicey. What we've seen are more rules for behavior -- striking, illegal contact, those kinds of things -- than rules for structure. It's a serious debate and one that won't go away. Football in many ways is under siege. Versace 11:10 a.m. Any word on new uniforms for OU football? Berry Tramel 11:11 a.m. No. But I've got to believe we'll see some tinkerings. Not with colors, but with styles, and maybe just for special occasions. Sometimes, you can't even tell who's playing anymore. Floyd 11:12 a.m. Did anyone on the Thunder look good last night? Berry Tramel 11:13 a.m. I would say Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones were the only guys who came close to their standard. I mean, even Nick Collison looked lost. I liked Jeremy Lamb's and Derek Fisher's aggressiveness, but their shots were off. Everyone was just out of sorts. But I thought Jackson stabilized things in the first quarter and was solid and aggressive throughout, even though his shot didn't fall. Brant 11:13 a.m. The Thunder don't necessarily need Perkins' defense against the Heat and the Heat have problems with Indiana's big lineup. Why not start Adams and pound the ball inside to him until the Heat show that they can stop it? Berry Tramel 11:14 a.m. That's an interesting question. The answer, I'm sure, is that Perk guards Bosh -- and does a decent job -- but no way could Adams guard Bosh. But you're right in that Adams absolutely could make the Heat pay for going small. No way does Miami want Bosh trying to keep Adams off the block. Of course, the Heat might just switch LeBron onto Adams. LeBron probably could block out Adams. Byron Houston 11:14 a.m. Does OSU make the NCAA's when it's all said and done? Berry Tramel 11:16 a.m. Not in basketball. I don't see it. The Cowboys are 4-9 in the Big 12. 16-10 overall. They've played poorly for more than a month. If OSU finishes halfway strong, 3-2 or something, to even make it a debate, then the Cowboys still are 7-11 in the Big 12 (which is a no-good to the committee) and 19-12 going into the Big 12 Tournament. I think OSU has to finish 8-10, get to 20-11, win that first-round game in Kansas City, play well in the next game against Kansas or beat Texas or OU, then take their chances. I don't think 3-2 gets it done. Galileo 11:16 a.m. True, adding artificial elements are always quite dicey. But structural alignments are at least measurable, as opposed to judgement calls on player behavior (striking and targeting). Talk about dicey. There is no easy answer but I think the combination of larger, stronger players coupled with the spreading of the field is a big factor. Berry Tramel 11:18 a.m. Oh, you're right. No doubt. I just think it's hard to put the genie back in the bottle. Few teams spread out for half a century, and when they finally did, it was only a player or two. But now, everyone is spread out. Here's an idea. How about trimming the width of the field. Go from 160 feet wide to 140 feet wide. That would make the ground easier to cover for the defense, would turn the game back closer to the scrum-based game you mentioned. In the same way that basketball actually needs a bigger court because everyone is so much bigger and faster, but maybe football needs a smaller field for the same reason. Byron Houston 11:19 a.m. So, if they don't make the Big Dance you have to assume they get rid of Ford, crazy contract or not. Say that happens, throw some names out there you think they take a look at... Berry Tramel 11:20 a.m. I don't see how you can fire Ford if the payoff is in the neighborhood of $2 million. Basketball once was a money maker at OSU. You had to have success. Now, basketball is more a sense of pride. Football carries the freight. But anyway, I have no idea where OSU would turn. I need to start researching it. dr. el prez 11:20 a.m. Berry, how many empty seats and overall indifference to the program will Mike Holder and Boone Pickens accept before addressing the potentially expensive buyout of Travis Ford? Does Ford get a free pass this season if O State fails to make the Dance, or is it a certainty he gets at least one or two more seasons beyond this one? Berry Tramel 11:22 a.m. I think Ford will be back. That contract is too stiff. Indifference to the program bothers Holder, but I don't know that Boone cares all that much. I mean, he wants to win, but people who think he'll pony up another huge check just to pay off a basketball coach, I think that's misguided. Boone gave OSU a ton of money to have a fighting chance, and OSU has used that money to produce quality football. But money to fire a basketball coach? I don't see it. Trent 11:22 a.m. NCAA sedd for the Sooners? Berry Tramel 11:23 a.m. Let's see. I'd say 5-6-7 right now. Finish strong, high side of that, with even a chance at a four with really strong wins. Finish weak, low side. OU I still think is headed for a second-place Big 12 finish, which would strength the Sooner resume. Luke 11:23 a.m. # 5 in country with talks of final 4 to NIT and disaster of a season. Ford needs to go. Agree? Berry Tramel 11:25 a.m. I think it would be best if OSU could make a change, just to erase all the negativity. But I don't see how OSU can make a change, because of the contract. So I'd work to make things better in other ways. Look for ways to reinvigorate the fan base. Look for ways to improve. Ford is actually very good with people. At least from my experience. If he's alienated the fans beyond the W-L record, then I think that's correctable. Guest 11:25 a.m. I know the Pacer are a better matchup an the Thunder would have a better chance of winning a title if Indy was the foe instead of Miami, but beating the Heat would be a lot more satisfying. Am I crazy? The Finals would be a war and I think far more competitive than last time, and sure he Thunder could come up short, but I want to see OKC Miami. Both team have won on the others home floor with the home team not playing well both times so I don't think you can take a lot ou of either matchup Berry Tramel 11:26 a.m. I don't think you can take a lot out of either matchup. But I think you can take a lot out of the last eight matchups. Seven wins by the Heat. With largely the same rosters. Certainly the same core players. So yes, you're crazy. Much better to get the right matchup than some sense of satisfaction over beating the HEat. Brant 11:26 a.m. Do you know where I could get some of that pasta from pastagate? It is getting close to lunch time and Ikard made it sound like some good grub. Berry Tramel 11:27 a.m. Ikard is pulling our leg. Banquet pasta is no way to eat. Galileo 11:27 a.m. I like the idea of narrowing the field. It accomplishes the same as my idea but it eliminates the enforcement problem. It also preserves the 100 yard gridiron length tradition. Also easy an inexpensive to implement because it doesn't require construction. Added benefit is it allows more space on the sidelines. Both OSU and OU's narrow sideline dilemma solved! Berry Tramel 11:28 a.m. Man, we are solving the world's problems right here on this chat. Two completely different problems, solved by one simple change. Of course, at a place like Kansas, where the football field is surrounded by that old track, the fans would be half a mile from the action. Not that anyone at KU would care. dennis 11:28 a.m. Favorite Heat player? Least favorite Heat? Berry Tramel 11:30 a.m. Favorite? Chris Bosh. I used to not like him because he plays with that mouthpiece during games and looks all evil. But in reality, he's a very agreeable guy to interview. Really enjoyed chatting with him last night. Least favorite? Dwyane Wade. Not all that enamored with a guy who splits with his wife (maybe for good reasons, I'm not saying one way or the other), has a big custody suit in which I assume Wade had the world's best lawyers, then writes a book about fatherhood. Spare me. Byron Houston 11:31 a.m. Mount Rushmore of Pasta? Byron Houston 11:32 a.m. Who has the better basketball program overall OU or OSU, outside of arenas. GIA vs Loyd Noble isn't even close, but that's the architects fault. Berry Tramel 11:32 a.m. I did my Rushmore list of all kinds of things yesterday. You can read it here. http://newsok.com/mount-rushmore-the-ultimate-list/article/3935593 I had my four favorite Italian joints on the list. No. 1 is Garozzo's in KC, followed by Pete's Place in Kreb, The Grotto in Scottsdale and Charlie Gitto's in St. Louis. Byron Houston 11:32 a.m. Who has the better basketball program overall OU or OSU, outside of arenas. GIA vs Loyd Noble isn't even close, but that's the architects fault. Berry Tramel 11:33 a.m. Oops, got those out of order. Sorry. But it's a good question. OU has had more sustained, consistent success. OSU has had more epic periods, thanks to Iba and Sutton. But it's close on both regards. The difference historically is that when OSU got down, it stayed down for near a quarter century. When OU was down ('60s), it didn't stay down that long. Berry Tramel 11:34 a.m. OK, super questions. I appreciate it. I've got to go now. Talk to you next week.
Berry Tramel jumped on to talk Thunder, Sooners and Cowboys on the Power Lunch chat today. Here's the full transcript.
Berry Tramel talks Travis Ford, Lon Kruger and OU's chances of going unbeaten in football in 2014
berry tramel | Feb 13, 2014NewsOK Sports 10:14 a.m. Welcome to the Power Lunch chat. Berry Tramel will be on at 11 a.m., but it's never too early to get those questions in. Fire away. NewsOK Sports 10:45 a.m. This is a test. NewsOK Sports 10:46 a.m. OK, let's try this again. NewsOK Sports 10:47 a.m. This is Berry Tramel, seeing if my name will appear. Berry Tramel 10:48 a.m. OK, let's try it again. Berry Tramel 10:50 a.m. OK, I'm up and running. So send in your questions and we'll get started soon. dr. el prez 10:53 a.m. Berry, always enjoy talking college hoops with you. Lloyd Noble was pretty much a morgue last night despite Kruger doing a solid job and playing a fan friendly style of hoops. Hypothetically...if Capel had won say twenty-four games his last season and made the Sweet Sixteen....would Joe C have hung with him on the NCAA deal with Tiny Gallon? Berry Tramel 10:54 a.m. Oh sure. Capel got fired for lack of on-court success and lack of fan appeal. And the two are related. If the Sooners had won that second year after Blake Griffin (2010-11), Capel would have kept his job. Guest 10:54 a.m. Robert Allen had said yesterday that the new offensive line coach could be named as soon as last night. I have not heard of any announcement . Do you know of who it might be or when it would be announced? Berry Tramel 10:55 a.m. I have no idea when it will be announced. I know my cousin Jimmie in Tulsa reported that the Oregon State o-line coach is the likely hire, but I don't know anything beyond that. Guest 10:55 a.m. Hey Berry...as a died hard OSU fan I was surprised by the play of Mason Cox against UT. Wheres Ford been hiding this guy???? Hammonds and Gaskins olay without any passion...and thats poor coaching, right? Berry Tramel 10:56 a.m. Anyone who plays without passion cannot blame the coach. That's on the player. You can blame the coach for playing a guy with no passion, but Ford hasn't played them enough to warrant that charge. If you want to blame Ford for something, blame him for not using Mason Cox earlier. The guy looked like he had a little promise. GilaPete 10:56 a.m. Berry, Do you think Coach Gundy is working any better with the media after his couple of altercations with DOK? Berry Tramel 10:58 a.m. I only know of one altercation with the Oklahoman, and that was six years ago. But Gundy is not working well with any media, except the in-house people. I don't know why he wants to be at war with the media, but he obviously does and has succeeded. Max 10:58 a.m. Apparently Bell was a great receiver in high school and worked some at tight end in Norman. Now that TE is his position; have you or anyone you know ever seen him catch a pass? If so what are your thoughts? I don't doubt his ability as much as I'm curios of his style of play. Berry Tramel 10:59 a.m. If Bell has good hands, then no reason he should be a quality tight end. He shows no signs of not wanting to hit or get hit, so if he can block some, he could be a threat. Of course, the biggest key is, will his heart be in it? Quarterbacking can get in your blood. Cowboy organge 10:59 a.m. berry, u mentioned OSU's PR firm. Can you shed a little lite to us about it? Berry Tramel 11:00 a.m. OSU has hired a professional PR firm to help it through dicey situations. SI, Sutton's car crash, Marcus Smart. Good business. Mark KC 11:00 a.m. Does the SEC (Alabama) have enough power to push through this 10 second rule change for defensive substitutions? Berry Tramel 11:01 a.m. I don't think it's an SEC deal. I think most of college football will support it. HEck, OU and OSU rarely snap the ball inside 10 seconds. Baylor does some, but most schools do not. So I think it will pass with wide support. Luvee 11:02 a.m. When does Holder take a serious look at buying out Ford and making a new hire? Lack of depth and recruiting whiffs are why this team will miss the tourney again, not Cobbins injury or Smarts suspension, and it's an issue that keeps repeating itself. Berry Tramel 11:03 a.m. I don't know. The Cowboys were riding high until losing Cobbins. That's because the depth was shaky, but OSU had a big-time team when it had Cobbins and Smart. Now, it's got a ghost of a team. With that said, I wouldn't fire Ford. The contract costs too much -- he's still got five years left -- and Ford has recruited well. There is reason for optimism, though not nearly the optimism going into this season. Mark KC 11:03 a.m. Living in KC I hear from KU fans asking what is wrong in Stillwater that we can't fill Gallagher IBA arena anymore. I tell them to just be thankful the Thunder didn't end up in KC or the same would be happening in the Fieldhouse. Do you think that is true? Berry Tramel 11:05 a.m. No. I don't think that is true. I think the Thunder has hurt OSU to some degree, but a couple of other things have happened. GIA is too big. 13,611. That's too many for a school that's not located in a metro area. Plus, OSU has done a wonderful job building up its football attendance. OSU's fan base is not infinite. Many Cowboy fans have had to make a decision on which sport to buy tickets for, and they've chosen football. I think KU basketball is tradition-rich enough that it would survive challenges from the KC market. Cowboy organge 11:05 a.m. when IS ou going to get a new arena? make it about 9k and very small. Heard the Smu arena is awesome and loud but only seats 7k Berry Tramel 11:08 a.m. A new arena at OU would be nice, but I think it's unnecessary. Lloyd Noble is OK, not great. And there's not a great demand. So I think it would be a bad call. Guest 11:08 a.m. Berry, would a poorly attended Bedlam game by OSU fans send the message across to Holder that Ford needs to go? I imagine having more OU fans in Stillwater then OSU fans would not sit well. Berry Tramel 11:09 a.m. I think it would send a message. I think that would be very alarming. You know, I think fans got Gary Gibbs fired and helped get Sean Sutton fired. Fans most definitely could fire Travis Ford, if enough bolt. Shawn 11:09 a.m. I've heard many point guards referred to as the fastest in the NBA (John Wall, Ty Lawson, Westbrook, Lillard, and probably others). How would you rank the top five or so? Berry Tramel 11:10 a.m. 1. Lawson. 2. Rose. 3. Westbrook. 4. Wall. 5. I have no idea. The reason Rose (when healthy) and Westbrook are ahead of Lawson in general is strength. Lawson is as fast. But not nearly as strong. harry man 11:11 a.m. are you going to the VOVERRATED nba all-star game in new orleans? Berry Tramel 11:11 a.m. No. That's Darnell Mayberry territory. Sam 11:11 a.m. Hi Berry, love you on thunder buddies. My question is do you think OKC will try to build Adams post game over the next few years and try to feed the offense through him as an extra threat? And are we ever going to see another high scoring game from him again? Berry Tramel 11:12 a.m. We'll not see Adams have a high-scoring game this season. That's not his gig. As long as Durant and Westbrook are in the saddle, there's no reason to run an offense through a postman. He'll just be in the way. Adams can still score a bunch on putbacks and occasional postups. -M 11:13 a.m. The Thunder need to go 19-9 to once again better their winning percentage from the previous season, you think they'll do that right? Berry Tramel 11:13 a.m. Yes, I do. The only drawback would be is if Westbrook returns and there's an adjustment period. That could always happen, leading to a few losses. But OKC is 21-4 with Westbrook and 21-8 without Westbrook. I think they can go 19-9 down the stretch. Joel 11:13 a.m. Assuming OU can remain relatively healthy next year in football and Knight can come anywhere close to his performance against Alabama on a consistent basis I have them going undefeated next year. The schedule looks great with OSU and Baylor in Norman and Texas likely will struggle with a first year head coach. Your thoughts on next year and your prediction on their record? Berry Tramel 11:15 a.m. I think OU has a chance for a very good year. But I would not predict an unbeaten regular season. As good as OU played in NEw Orleans, the Sooners still had struggles at times. The schedule does break for OU, but the Sooners have to go to Lubbock and Manhattan and Dallas and Morgantown. Not easy places to play. Guest 11:15 a.m. I understand that Ford has a huge buyout in his contract. But if Ford is brought back next year isn't it a decision between Losing Fan's Money vs Losing Buyout Money? Berry Tramel 11:15 a.m. Well, I don't think fans could cancel enough tickets to offset Ford's contract. It's more of an interest issue. 8,000 empty seats in GIA speaks to the long-term health of the program, more than any ecomoic immediacy issue. Mark 11:16 a.m. With what happened last night in Norman, how do you see things going down in Stillwater this Saturday? Berry Tramel 11:16 a.m. Man, I don't know. That was a clunker of a game OU played against Tech. I'm sort of leaning toward OSU now. Foul trouble would end the discussion, however. Guest 11:16 a.m. You on the radio may be the best thing ever... more please! Berry Tramel 11:16 a.m. Better than the Fabulous Sports Babe? Bill 11:17 a.m. Do you see the Thunder making any moves before the trade dealine? Berry Tramel 11:19 a.m. No. My guess is that the Thunder stands pat. The team is playing well, it's staying under the luxury tax. I see no reason to make a move. Guest 11:19 a.m. As an OSU Alumni and Fan, I'm done supporting Travis Ford. I had high hopes that this would be the year the Ford would show that he was the right person for Stillwater, but all I have seen is the total lack of control that he has over this program and players. If he is brought back next year, it would be a real shame and a slap in the face of former players and coaches that built this program and made it one of the Top 10-15 programs in the country at one time. Berry Tramel 11:22 a.m. I still support Ford. But you're right. He seems to have lost the mainstream Cowboy fan. It's going to be tough to get them back. Caleb Lance 11:22 a.m. Really excited what Lon Kruger is doing at OU. He has been so succesfull everywhere he has gone, leading 5 teams to the tourney. This being said, since he has already done well here and taken us to the tournament, does this mean we wont have him long? and will he be off to his next challenge say a 6th school to the tournament? Berry Tramel 11:23 a.m. I would be stunned if Lon Kruger left OU for another job. He's in his 60s. I would think retirement would be the big scare for OU. Guest 11:23 a.m. If Ford is fired at the end of this year, who would be a realistic Top 5 Candidates for the position? Would OSU have a chance to go after the Wichita State Coach? Berry Tramel 11:24 a.m. I don't know. He's got a good thing going. Talking about Gregg Marshall. It's been harder to get coaches away from big-time mid-majors -- Mark Few, Shaka Smart, etc. Jack 11:24 a.m. Berry. I think with the new 4 team play off in College football expansion in the Big 12 is dead. And I think the Big 12 should have tried to get Louisville and Cincy in the fold. What do you think? Berry Tramel 11:26 a.m. The playoff should have no effect on the Big 12. Everyone is fighting the SEC hype machine, but if the Big 12 will produce a top-flight team, it should be OK. OSU would have made the four-teamer in 2011. Nobody would have made it in 2013. NO one deserved to make it. Sure, the Big 12 should have jumped on Louisville; could have added the 'Ville and stayed at 11., if need be. Guest 11:26 a.m. Would a Thunder NBA Championship have a larger impact on the state of Oklahoma then any National Championships by OSU or OU? Berry Tramel 11:26 a.m. I'm going to say yes, because the Thunder has everyone on board. A good portion of the state doesn't support either the Sooners or the Cowboys. But virtually everyone is a Thunder fan. Cameron 11:27 a.m. Do you think Westy will be ready to go when the Heat come to town? Berry Tramel 11:27 a.m. I'm going to guess yes. But I have no idea. Colton 11:27 a.m. I heard you say on WWLS that your picks for Big 12 expansion were Arkansas and LSU. Do you think there is any realistic chance the Big 12 pursues schools of that caliber? Or any chance said schools would consider joining? Berry Tramel 11:28 a.m. I think the Big 12 probably has sent out feelers. But I doubt either school would jump. It would be a longshot. Some bad stuff would have to happen in the SEC -- politics, disgust with the new 14-team format, etc. -- for them to consider. And the Big 12 would have to show stability. harry man 11:28 a.m. NIT for OSU? Berry Tramel 11:28 a.m. It could happen. osu823 11:28 a.m. Based on what we've seen with the tailspin of OSU basketball, and the talent on this team, do you think Travis Ford should be ousted as coach? Berry Tramel 11:29 a.m. No. I think OSU could use some stability. And while this team has some talent, it also has some deficiencies. I would not fire Ford. But he has to know he's on alert. Guest 11:29 a.m. With all of the talk lately of Thunder rivalies. Does anyone remember when th Lakers were considered a rival? Berry Tramel 11:29 a.m. I certainly remember it. It was fun. Two playoff series against the Lakers. But those seem long ago and far away. Guest 11:29 a.m. Would an NBA Championship all but guarantee that Durant and Westbrook would retire in Thunder uniforms? Reason for asking is that guys like LeBron, Bosh, Garnett, Malone, Barkley, Shaq all came close with their first teams, but left to other teams to get that title. Had they won with their 1st team, chances are they might have stayed longer, perhaps retired with them. Thoughts? Berry Tramel 11:31 a.m. I think the best way to keep Durant and Westbrook is to win the title. The main reason you leave is to seek a title. If you've got one, you know it can be done here. The Thunder has done everything it can to set up a good shop for its superstars. Winning the title would make the future look even brighter. harry man 11:32 a.m. derek jeter is retiring after 2014 season. love me some jeter. love the way he presents himself off on the field. made the annoucement about retiring and that's it...low key Berry Tramel 11:32 a.m. It's tough to say anything bad about Derek Jeter. Class all the way. Brad 11:32 a.m. Isn't it true that this "lack of control" narrative surround Ford and OSU basketball was non-existent until this year with Smart's outbursts? Berry Tramel 11:33 a.m. I would agree. I can't think of any of these issues in years past. More talent and depth problems. The lack of control narrative is relatively new. Guest 11:33 a.m. Are you multi tasking? Or do you have a clone on the radio rigth now? Berry Tramel 11:34 a.m. Multi-tasking. Brad 11:34 a.m. Is it fair that Travis Ford gets compared to the likes of Eddie Sutton, Tubby Smith, Rick Barnes, Lon Kruger, and Bill Self? Berry Tramel 11:35 a.m. Sure. That's his competition. That's who he's got to be compared to. And he's paid well. So yes. Very fair. Guest 11:35 a.m. Do you think the thunder will amnesty Perkins in the offseason Berry Tramel 11:36 a.m. Don't know. Depends on how the season plays out. I'm leaning toward no. Leaning toward Perk staying. Cross Timber 11:36 a.m. Here's one for you to tackle Berry...why does society/media glorify homosexuality (ie Michael Sam)? I'm not one of these homophobic people who thinks gay people are the worst thing in our society. But I also don't think that lifestyle should be glorified and put up on a pedestal (and I think the vast majority of your readers are probably with me). Thoughts? Berry Tramel 11:39 a.m. I don't know if it's being glorified, but I do think the media is asking everyone to accept it. You can be tolerant without acceptance, if you know what I mean. I think a lot of media isn't really asking for tolerance. They're asking everyone to accept it. I think there's a difference. Haze 11:39 a.m. Berry, KSTATE to Norman next year, correct? Remember great win in Manhattan this year, Lockett career game in the first half Berry Tramel 11:40 a.m. Oh, yeah, I'm mixed up. I was thinking 2011 in Manhattan, forgetting that we're in 2014. The years are going by too fast. You're right. That's another scheduling break for OU. Guest 11:40 a.m. I love the Thunder, but growing up in OK with no team I loved the Bulls with Jordan. If the current Thunder roster remained healthy the entire year, could they have challenged the Bulls 72 win season in 95'-96'? Berry Tramel 11:40 a.m. I assume not. That team won 72 games. Let's let this Thunder team win one title before we get too carried away. willie 11:40 a.m. Were the last 3 games of the Sooner football season a sign that Stoops wants to start coaching again? Berry Tramel 11:41 a.m. Stoops never stopped coaching. I would say demoting Brent Venables and firing four coaches was all the sign you needed. Guest 11:41 a.m. If the THunder win the title this year, pretty much everybody is under contract next year except Thabo and Fish. Is there a chance they could look at 70 wins next year? Berry Tramel 11:42 a.m. Again, how about making the NBA Finals before we start talking history? No reason to get too far ahead of ourselves. Jeff 11:42 a.m. I have no problem with the role Perkins plays on the team, but his salary will keep us from re signing Thabo next year and I think we need Thabo back. They have to amnesty Perkins and use the cap savings for Thabo and the draft picks and maybe add a veteran Big or shooter Berry Tramel 11:42 a.m. Thabo will not command much money. There is not a big market for defensive specialists who are almost 30 and not that good on offense. I doubt Thabo would cost more than $7 million over two years. $3.5M per year. Brad 11:43 a.m. What do you think are the chances that Michael Cobbins gets a medical redshirt from the NCAA? Berry Tramel 11:43 a.m. I haven't done the math. Has he played more than 20 percent of the season? But he already redshirted, which won't help. Guest 11:43 a.m. any news on OU stadium renovation? Berry Tramel 11:43 a.m. They're discussing things. I'll check. Berry Tramel 11:43 a.m. OK, everyone, great questions. Talk to you next week.
Feb 8, 2014
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Oklahoma high school sports signing list: Feb. 8, 2014
Feb 8, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) BOYS BASKETBALL Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Mitch Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre'Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D'Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike'Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Janari Glover, Millwood (Western Illinois) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jessie Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O'Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Williams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (Arizona Christian) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Memorial (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue Depaz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abby Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) SOFTBALL Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O'Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) TENNIS Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hayes, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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I conducted an online chat on Friday morning, but I had a noon appointment and had to cut it off at the scheduled 11:30. I usually go over if we’ve got extra questions, and we had extra questions. So I saved the questions and am posting them with their answers now.
More chat questions: Does the Thunder care what you think?
Berry Tramel | Feb 7, 2014I conducted an online chat on Friday morning, but I had a noon appointment and had to cut it off at the scheduled 11:30. I usually go over if we’ve got extra questions, and we had extra questions. So I saved the questions and am posting them with their answers now. Guest: “Can you relate to the Thunder’s team officials or coach, what your readers are asking questions about the team, and are they receptive to such questions whether simple or complex for them?” I would say they are as receptive to your questions as they are to ours. You don’t get a whole lot out of Thunderville unless you’re talking to Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins or sometimes Derek Fisher. Guest: “What do you think is the real story on Deondre Clark — going to LSU and it slipped out, or is OU still in the mix?” Slipped out. It’s clear that Clark signed with LSU but wanted some kind of drama. I suppose that’s what he got. Mike: “Can you explain Gundy’s paranoia. He must think people are knocking his door down trying to figure out what OSU is doing football wise. Won’t let QBs talk. Gundy himself is not talking to the media. Had his recruiting press conference on Thursday and basically lied about the reason. If there is a school that needs as much good pub as possible, it’s OSU. If I’m the media, I just don’t go to Stillwater anymore. Your thoughts?” Oh, it’s not that bad yet. You still need to go to Stillwater. Most press conferences also include some availability to assistant coaches and players. But the whole thing is so needless. There’s no reason for Gundy to be at war with the media. He’s been a media darling for literally 30 years. And now he’s alienated the media, at a place that historically has had to fight for a decent share of the marketplace. Not smart. Guest: “‘Ibaka is in the conversation, but (Suns guard Goran) Dragic is the one guy that should be on the team. If I had to pick between him and Ibaka, I would have gone with Dragic.’ Do you agree with Barkley?” Oh, probably not. But I have no big complaint. I don’t understand why the all-star roster is limited to 12. Seems like 15 would be a good number. One per team, though not required that every team have a representative. I think Ibaka is terribly underrated. But Dragic is having a great year, too. David: “What do you think about the disparity in salary between Texas OC Joe Wickline ($535,000) and the DC Vance Bedford ($760,000)? Salaries reported yesterday by ESPN. Do you think Texas is doing the right thing regarding the Wickline buyout, and wouldn’t Holder and OSU not be legally required to contest such a possible loss of $600,000?” Well, I don’t really understand the question “legally required.” If you’re asking me if Texas is trying to pull a fast one, the answer is yes. Shawn Watson, Charlie Strong’s assistant head coach and the real offensive coordinator, is set to make $650,000. Guest: “Were you rooting for the Broncos or the Seahawks? Any wager on it?” Betting is silly. I don’t bet. I sort of wanted the Seahawks to win, for this reason. I’ve never really wanted an NFL team to win the Super Bowl because it won a certain free-agent derby. That’s what we have in the NBA, and it’s lousy. We don’t have that in baseball. One guy can’t swing a franchise. It appeared that Peyton Manning might be able to do that, getting Denver to the Super Bowl. I don’t want the NFL to ever get to that point. Guest: “Any news on Russell Westbrook coming back?” Nope. I assume it’s still after the All-Star Game. Which is still 13 days away. The Thunder plays next Thursday at the Lakers, then gets a week off before hosting Miami. D: “What would you say about OU and OSU recruiting? Successful?” Sure. Both signed 25-27 future all-pros. I think it’s fabulous. Guest: “What was your trip all about to New York?” Convention of the international order of bird watchers. We meet every three weeks. Spongebob squarep…: “Do you think the Gundy issue with the media goes to him not wanting to play as tough a non conference schedule? I could see how Gundy would not want that published. A lot of media ran with that during his last courting to Tennessee and last contract negotiation.” I have no idea what he’s upset about. He might be just trying to prove who swings the biggest stick. D: “How long do you see the slump/rebound when Westbrook returns taking?” I don’t know if there will be a slump, but I do think there will be an adjustment period. Especially if Westbrook had returned when the Thunder was playing at a high level. But let’s be honest. The last three games, the Thunder has slipped a little. At Washington, home against short-handed Memphis and Minnesota. I think Westbrook won’t interrupt things much, and then the Thunder will be in a higher gear quickly. Paul: “Do you think the big twelve will ever get back to 12 teams or more?” Not any time soon. No good candidates. And no good reason to expand. We’ll see how the new college football playoff goes. If something occurs to make the Big 12 feel the need to expand, they could get interested in the likes of Brigham Young, I suppose. But for now, no. Jack: “So I thought Tech denied (Baker) Mayfield’s transfer? Does this just mean he has to sit out a year?” No. It means he loses a year’s eligibility. In other words, he’s eligible in 2015 and will be a junior. It’s a raw deal. A totally raw deal. D: “Will Thabo be back in OKC next year?” I’m going to guess yes. Defensive specialists generally don’t get much on the free-agent market. So it’s not like some team will spend $5 million or so on Thabo. I think OKC would like him back, because his perimeter defense remains strong. I could see the Thunder giving Thabo $3 million a year for three years. Guest: “If Brooks knows how to play his bigs, why did he lose six consecutive times to the Heat?” He was being loyal and stubborn. But he might have lost anyway. And the only ones that really count are the Finals. Regular-season games are interesting but not terribly relevant. They reveal matchup advantages, but not much beyond that. Miami was a better team two years ago, whether Brooks went small or not. Jack: “So with Bell moving to TE, who is the backup QB next year?” I am writing about this for Saturday’s paper. It’s a two-man derby. Cody Thomas or Justice Hansen. And if Knight is hurt bad, good-bye to tight end. Blake Bell will be back. Guest: “What does Brooks need to do better against the Heat, aside from their last win?” How about make his 3-pointers? Or close out on Miami’s shooters? Or get back in transition? Oh, wait. He’s not playing. If Brooks will just go small more often, he’s done his duty. The rest is up to the squad. Guest: “Which should osu fans be more excited about, (Mason) Rudolp(h) or tyreek hill?” The odds are greater that Hill will make the bigger impact. But if Rudolph is the quarterback, then he’s the answer. My guess: Rudolph doesn’t start the season but does finish the season. Guest: “So Gundy lies. Please let us know what you are talking about and give us some examples to back up your statement.” Gundy said Bill Young’s future is up to Bill. Two weeks later, Young is fired. After an August practice, Gundy said no one was injured but was asked about the ambulance that arrived at practice and carried away someone. Gundy said there was no ambulance, even though everyone saw it. Gundy said he would not be hiring an offensive coordinator; two or three days later, Dana Holgorsen was hired. Gundy said Zac Robinson would start because Bobby Reid was injured; then Gundy admitted Reid was fine. Do you want me to go on? Jack: “Do you see any potential trade deadline deals with the Thunder?” No. I think they’re standing pat. But you never know. Guest: “Why is Brooks not like playing from the post and loves mostly jumpers? Is he a small type player like he was?” Who plays from the post? Minnesota? Charlotte? Who else? The Thunder does not like mostly jumpers. The Thunder likes to attack the basket. The Thunder has an incredibly efficient offense. To ask for more is being a little silly. Midwestokie: “General thoughts on the OU’s 2014 class? Who is the headliner of the class when you look at immediate playing time, need, readiness etc?” I don’t know. I guess the running backs will play immediately. Mixon and Perine. OU needs tailbacks. Guest: “What is still lacking to make Adams a premier center?” Defense. Guarding the pick’n roll, primarily, but also the post. Adams will be a very good player. But he’s got to defend better. Guest: “The Seahawks team is not the high salary team and still won the championship, even with a college coach. Can the Thunder do the same?” The Thunder is a small market team, but it’s not a small salary team. The Thunder is paying Durant and Westbrook (and Ibaka) a ton of money. The Thunder is skirting with the luxury tax. Jared: “What’s your thoughts on Jeremy Lamb’s play this year, his development and his future role/ceiling?” I love how Lamb is playing. He’s one of the keys to the Thunder surge. I doubt he’ll ever be a star, but he’s a very solid player with a bright future. Mike: “Final 4 in football playoff next year is, OU, FSU, Alabama, USC my prediction.” I think the first three are contenders. I don’t know about Southern Cal. In fact, I’m pretty sure the Trojans won’t be in it. Jack: “Is Travis Ford done?” No way. First off, his team’s in a slump. His program’s not unraveling. Second, there’s plenty of time for rallying. Third, his contract will keep him safe. Ford has another 6-7 years on his contract. OSU can’t afford to fire him. RK: “Been meaning to ask someone about this for quite awhile. Your thoughts on the Big 12 Baseball Tourney moving to T-town in 2015?” I think it’s an OK move. It had lost momentum in OKC. Truth is, OKC might have outgrown the Big 12 Baseball Tournament. Maybe it’s time for Tulsa to have a turn. We’ve got a lot going on in OKC. NCAA championships. NCAA regionals. The NBA. The Big 12 baseball tournament sort of got lost. Oklahoma Man: “Why would any average high school student decide which college to attend based on a Sports Illustrated article. Have you been out in the cold to long?” No one bases any decision on any one thing. But OSU no doubt had to conduct some damage control after the SI series. And all those parents who send their daughters to OSU from Dallas and Houston are going to want to know what the heck is going on. Guest: “Do you think PJIII will be a starter next season and who will he replace?” Heck no. He plays Durant’s position. I guess if OKC lost Thabo, the Thunder could be looking for a perimeter starter, but you can’t ask Durant or Jones to cover 2-guards on a regular basis. So no. No starts in Jones’ future. Guest: “I know you like Brooks, does he have a weakness in your opinion?” Oh sure. I don’t think his X’s and O’s are as strong as some coaches’. But those great tacticians sometimes can’t motivate players. Let me ask you this. In six years, have you ever seen the Thunder not play hard? Ever seen the Thunder loaf? Ever seen the Thunder disrespect the game? Westbrook on occasion has gotten mad, but he’s gotten over it. Perkins can have a dicey disposition. But Brooks has handled all that extremely well. Lawton: “The quarterback with the most college starts on next year’s OU team will be Baker Mayfield. With Travis Knight’s history of injuries, and with more a QB- running game, wouldn’t it be in OU’s best interest to get involved in the Mayfield’s appeal to the NCAA to not sit out a year?” Hey, that’s an excellent idea. I don’t know on what grounds he’ll appeal, but it couldn’t hurt. You’re right. OU’s deep QB well suddenly has gone shallow, with Bell moving to tight end and Thompson transferring. Bebe: “Any chance OU will move Orlando Brown to tailback?” I don’t know anything about it. He seems a little large to be playing tailback, doesn’t he? Sam P.: “Thunder roster stands as is for the rest of the season. Chemistry is good. Results have been good. Players developing nicely. Russ will be back soon.” I think you’re right.
Winters guided the Bronchos to three conference championships and one NAIA Tournament appearance.
Tributes: Former UCO basketball coach Mark Winters dies at age 85
BY SCOTT MUNN, Assistant Sports Editor, email@example.com | Feb 3, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience: *Mark Winters, 85, spent 16 years as men's head basketball coach at the University of Central Oklahoma. He guided the Bronchos to a 239-185 record with three Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championships and one NAIA Tournament appearance over the 1962-78 seasons. Winters was inducted into the UCO Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. He also spent time as a basketball coach at the high school level and at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at first Presbyterian Church in Edmond. *Leland Crissman, 86, of Duncan was a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. The right-hander spent the 1947 season with the Ardmore Indians of the Sooner State League, tying for the team lead with 11 wins. Crissman threw for the Indians' farm teams in Midland, Texas (1948) and Spartanburg, S.C. (1949), before returning to Oklahoma for one more season of pro ball. He played parts of the 1950 season with the Chickasha Chiefs of the Sooner State League and the Oklahoma City Indians of the Texas League. After his playing days, he coached American Legion baseball and worked for Haliburton Services. *Stillwater resident Joan Bauer Wittner was a New York native who coached at the elementary and high school levels. She and husband Bob moved to Oklahoma in 1982 (Bob accepted a position at Oklahoma State), and Joan continued her involvement in athletics. She was a youth soccer coach; officiated youth and adult sports; and worked as a coach and volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics. Joan was a Donna Nigh Award recipient for her service as a volunteer. She died recently at age 73. *Vern Benson, 89, of Granite Quarry, N.C., spent the 1959 and 1960 baseball seasons as manager of the Tulsa Oilers. Benson guided the St. Louis Cardinals farm team to a 153-135 record and two third-place finishes in the Texas League. He then served as an assistant coach for several big league teams, including the Cardinals' 1964 world champions. In an unusual twist to Benson's career, he spent one game as manager of a bad Atlanta Braves team, in 1977. He replaced Braves owner and television magnate Ted Turner, who managed one game while regular skipper, Dave Bristol, was on a reported scouting assignment. National League president Chub Feeney told Turner rules prohibited managers from having ownership in a team. So Benson, the Braves' third-base coach, took over for Turner until Bristol returned to finish out a 61-101 season. *Archie Franz, 88, played basketball for Corn High School. He became a farmer and rancher in the area, supplementing his income by refereeing basketball games. *Seth Martin, 15, played basketball for the Cement junior high and high school teams. A devoted fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant. *Racine, Wis., native Virgil Carlson had a successful tryout with the old Milwaukee Braves — but any thoughts of playing pro baseball were dashed later that week, when he was drafted into the Navy. He was a Broken Arrow resident at the time of death at age 74. *Stanley Hardrick played football at Central High School in Oklahoma City and Cameron University in Lawton. Hardrick was a 240-pound all-district and All-Capital Conference lineman for Central, which clinched its league championship in 1966 with an 18-16 victory over Southeast. The title was the Cardinals' first of any kind since 1947. After college, Hardrick went on to become a supervisor for the City of Oklahoma City. *Tulsa native Linda Ishmael Smith, 78, was an all-conference basketball player at Jenks. She worked in speech therapy in Oklahoma, Illinois, Virginia and Wisconsin before retiring to Sarasota, Fla. *Dwight Ward, 57, of Maysville owned the D&L Tackle Shop. He also donated time to the Pauls Valley rodeo arena, helping build bleachers. *Wes Burton, 58, of Tulsa was a professional golfer and teaching pro in New York, Florida and Argentina. He spent 30 years playing on either the South American Tour or the Champions Tour. Burton qualified for the 2007 U.S. Senior Open with a record-low 64. *Yvonne Blount Chesnutt, 94, of Oklahoma City played tennis for Central High School, finishing as state runner-up in May 1937. ... Norman Schulz, 76, was a Lone Wolf native who played college football at Southwestern State. ... Patti Baker Crosby, 67, of Edmond was a Cushing High School cheerleader. ... Mary Penner, 57, of Wayne played high school basketball at Lexington. ... Jack Staiger, 83, of Tulsa owned the Staiger Tennis Center for 20 years. *Glen Richardson, 95, of Edmond was a golfer who played at Wichita State. ... Charlene Thorpe Black, 74, of Courtney coached youth softball and was an avid Ringling Blue Devils fan. ... Kevin Weedle, 58, of Denton, Texas, was a record-setting basketball player at Chattanooga High School. ... Sue Parker Wild, 66, of Fox assisted husband Ed in training bird dogs for field trials competition. *Paul Seiter, 74, played baseball and football at Moore High School. ... Elinor Russell Lehman, 91, of Commerce was a cheerleader and football queen at Kingfisher High School. ... John Hudspeth, 78, of Shawnee played baseball at Durant High School and then freshman football at OU. ... Delbert Kauk, 89, of Clinton played sandlot baseball in the 1940s for Johnniesville in western Oklahoma. BY SCOTT MUNN
Feb 2, 2014
Sander, who has done a little bit of everything for the Antlers during his football career, will join the Sooners as a defensive back.
High school notebook: Deer Creek's Caden Sander to walk on at OU
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writers | Feb 2, 2014Deer Creek's Caden Sander has decided to go to Oklahoma as a preferred walk-on. Sander, who has done a little bit of everything for the Antlers during his football career, will join the Sooners as a defensive back. The 6-foot, 175-pound Sander played quarterback for Deer Creek as a senior, throwing for 2,144 yards and 14 touchdowns. He rushed for 740 yards and 11 TDs. He has also returned kicks and has 12 career interceptions for the Antlers. He was named the District 5A-2 Ironman of the Year. McALESTER'S PRATT COMMITS McAlester receiver and Oklahoman All-State first-team selection Caden Pratt has verbally committed to Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, the Tulsa World reported. An all-purpose playmaker, Pratt scored 24 touchdowns while compiling a combined 1,779 yards rushing, receiving, and passing. He helped the Buffaloes to a Class 5A runner-up finish. Also, Coweta linebacker Tristan Butcher switched his commitment from North Carolina-Charlotte to Central Oklahoma, according to the World. Tulsa Union linebacker Coleby Evans also committed to NCAA Division II power Pittsburg State (Kan.) after setting a school record for tackles in a season. LITTELL CLIMBS RANKINGS Stillwater's Jon Littell recently climbed one spot to No. 29 in Perfect Game's rankings for the 2014 high school baseball class. The outfielder and third baseman has impressed with his arm strength from the outfield, throwing 92 mph. He was also on the roster for the Perfect Game All-American Classic. Littell is the son of Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Jim Littell. Jon Littell has signed to play at Oklahoma State.
For 15 years, Wes Welker has played football for teams in Lubbock, Texas; suburban Boston and now Denver. But Welker’s favorite basketball team is the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 1999 Heritage Hall High School graduate loves the Thunder and during Super Bowl week was asked about the Thunder and the hot stretch of OKC superstar Kevin Durant.
Super Bowl 48: Wes Welker talks Kevin Durant
Berry Tramel | Jan 31, 2014For 15 years, Wes Welker has played football for teams in Lubbock, Texas; suburban Boston and now Denver. But Welker’s favorite basketball team is the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 1999 Heritage Hall High School graduate loves the Thunder and during Super Bowl week was asked about the Thunder and the hot stretch of OKC superstar Kevin Durant. “It’s been pretty phenomenal just watching him out there,” Welker said. “They had (Russell) Westbrook go down, and so your key players have got to step up, and he’s definitely stepped up in a major way. It’s been really fun to watch and he’s great for Oklahoma City, not just as a player, but as a person. They definitely appreciate him there.” Can Welker, who has had his share of hot streaks, relate to the “zone” in which Durant seems to be in? “Yeah, I think every athlete at some point or another has been in the zone like that,” Welker said. “Just having to carry over from game to game like he has is pretty incredible. I look forward to him keeping that going throughout the year.” I wrote about Welker for the Friday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. But Welker had a lot to say about a variety of subjects. I’m going to write more about Welker for the Sunday paper, but there’s plenty of stuff that won’t make, either, so I thought I would share it. On his Super Bowl experience being an advantage. Welker has played in two Super Bowls. The entire Seahawk roster has played in a combined zero: “Maybe a little bit. Just trying to give some guys insight of what this week is like, the media obligations and the traveling to practice and not being at the facility through the week and different things like that. It’s definitely different and something that you kind of have to get used to.” On the Seahawks’ defense biggest strength: “Their whole defense is a big strength. That’s why they’re the No. 1 defense. Obviously their back end and defensive backfield is definitely up there. They do a great job across the board of playing pretty sound defense and staying on top of it. So we’re definitely going to have our hands full.” On the Bronco receivers, five of whom caught at least 10 touchdown passes this season: “I think everybody has their own opinion and everything, but this is one of the best groups I’ve ever played with. It’s the NFL. There’s a lot of good receiving groups. Every team is going to have good receiving groups in the NFL.” On his many concussions: “I think they do a good job of the protocols and different things like that these days. But we’re football players, we’re competitors and you want to be out there playing. You want to be out there on the field and giving your best for your team. It’s kind of a tough issue sometimes and you just go out there and deal with it and try to keep yourself safe, but at the same time, given the chance to go compete, you go compete.” On what Welker does the Saturday night before a big game: “I think basically just relaxing and going over my gameplan and being on to of all that. Making sure that I’m just ready to go. Make sure I’m getting my massages and stretched out and ready to go for Sunday.” On if he’s slept the night before previous Super Bowls: “Yeah, I have. I think just knowing the past, going through the week and preparation and everything else, you’re ready to get some sleep and make sure you’re ready to go for Sunday.” On his plans for Sunday morning: “My plan for Sunday morning is just like any other game. Just focusing and getting ready for the game and treating it like any other regular season game.” On his pre-game rituals: Welker said he likes to arrive at the stadium early, four hours before kickoff. Listen to the Kings of Leon and get his mind ready for the game. On how he’s handled Super Bowl hoopla, which for Welker has meant five straight days, Sunday through Thursday, of media sessions: “You try to make it as normal as possible. Just try and focus on the game, focus on the week and the gameplan and just getting ready for it. You deal with it how you can.” On Denver coach John Fox: “He’s one of those guys, he’s very inspirational, a very motivational type guy. The energy he brings to the team and everything like that. The guy can talk to anybody. You sit down at lunch and he can just sit there and talk and talk and talk. I mean, he’s that way with everyone. Just a great man, a great individual. I’m glad he’s our coach and our leader.” On Fox’s heart problems, which kept him away from the Broncos for four games this season: “I wouldn’t say he was different at all. He came back feeling healthier than he was before. So obviously, he’s our guy and he brings that energy and at the time we were just worried about his health and making sure that he was all good. We just told him, we’ll take care of everything on our end and you just get right and get back when you’re ready.” On playing with Hall of Fame quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady: “It’s kind of by design. There’s just not too many quarterbacks I’d actually play with. So, when it came down to it, it was two options. This has been a good one.” On what people don’t know about Manning: “He’s actually a very genuine person. A great teammate, he loves hanging out with the guys and being around the guys, camaraderie and everything else. He enjoys it. It makes you enjoy it as well.” On his relationship with Brady: “We just text after the game and stuff like that, but he’s a good friend of mine and we wish nothing but the best for each other.” On if it was bitter or sweet to beat the Patriots in the AFC title game: “I think a little bit of both. Obviously playing there and everything like that, you make a lot of relationships and a lot of friends and you wish the best for them. But, at the same time you’re excited about the opportunity you have in front of you.” On the impact of the weather, which doesn’t figure to be as severe as previously feared: “I feel good about it. I played in this for six years so I have a good idea of what to expect and what to be ready for, different things like that. It really didn’t feel too bad out there just walking over here to this boat and things like that. I’m looking forward to it, this is what football is supposed to be.” On throwing the ball in bad weather: “I’ve seen a lot of games where they’ve been able to throw for a lot of yards in bad weather. I don’t see that being a problem for us. I just see us going out there and executing our plays and not worrying about the weather or anything else. Just have the mindset that we’re going to move the ball and score touchdowns.” On his most memorable cold weather game: “Really there are so many to choose from. I remember we played the Jets one time in 2007 later in the year, low scoring game. It was tough. We had another one in Buffalo where we had 70 mile per hour winds. They had to take a rope and pull the field goal post back upright so that we could kick extra points and field goals and different things like that. I remember the receivers, we would just rotate and we would be throwing each other jackets. There would only be one receiver in the game because we really couldn’t throw the ball. Just basically, ‘Here you take my jacket, now you get over here and get warm, I’ll go in this play.’ We would rotate three of us the whole game.”
My brother called me one morning a month or two ago. He had a little news. The basketball team at Southwestern Christian University, where he’s a Bible professor, had beaten Oklahoma City University the night before. SCU had defeated OCU. That’s big news for anyone who has followed the history of Southwestern, which is located in Bethany just west of Southern Nazarene University.
Jim Poteet: Honoring a glorious basketball career
Berry Tramel | Jan 24, 2014My brother called me one morning a month or two ago. He had a little news. The basketball team at Southwestern Christian University, where he’s a Bible professor, had beaten Oklahoma City University the night before. SCU had defeated OCU. That’s big news for anyone who has followed the history of Southwestern, which is located in Bethany just west of Southern Nazarene University. We knew all about Southwestern long before my brother started teaching there; it’s affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, the denomination in which we were raised and which is headquartered in Bethany. To think that Southwestern Christian could not only rise to be in the Sooner Athletic Conference with OCU, but beat the school of Abe Lemons and Paul Hansen, the school of Arnold Short and Hub Reed? That’s an amazing story. And Jim Poteet is the reason why. Poteet joined SCU in 2009 as a consultant who became assistant athletic director and helped the Eagles establish a comprehensive athletic program and a sports management program, which has become the biggest major at the school. In a previous life, Poteet was the coach who established Southern Nazarene (then Bethany Nazarene College) as a basketball power, and in April, Poteet will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, during the association’s convention in Kansas City. Southwestern Christian honored Poteet on Thursday night with a reception before its game against USAO, and I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation. Poteet and my brother have become fast friends, and the three of us get together for lunch on a regular basis. Poteet knows as much about basketball as anyone in the state, both the history and the technique and the personalities. Everything from Corn Bible to Kevin Durant, Poteet knows all about it. And the reception was a great reminder of all the people he’s impacted. In typical Poteet style, this wasn’t a testimonial for him. This was a testimonial by him about all the people who came to honor him. “I didn’t expect this,” Poteet said. “But man, I’ll always treasure this.” I thought I would share some of the stories: * Southern Nazarene president Loren Gresham was in attendance, as anyone would expect. Gresham was Poteet’s assistant coach at SNU in the 1970s, then succeeded Poteet as head coach in 1979. Gresham coached SNU to the 1981 NAIA national championship and eventually was promoted to president. Gresham and Poteet met in 1958, at a church camp. They eventually played basketball together at Pasadena College (now called Point Loma Nazarene) in California. But their ties go back even further — Gresham’s father and Poteet’s uncle were roommates at Penial College, which became Southern Nazarene, in 1929. “We played basketball a lot of places on this Earth,” Poteet said. “Both ended up at BNC. I was head coach. He was assistant coach and professor of political science. “It was the fall of ’71. We had just joined the NAIA. We had a goal of getting to the national tournament and winning it. Back then, there were 576 members. It only took 10 years. “We didn’t have any money. Go on a road trip, we’d eat on $3 a day. Slept four to a room. We’d pull the mattress off and someone would sleep on the box springs.” * Several of Poteet’s SNU players were in attendance. Jeff Jantz remains SNU’s all-time leading scorer. Poteet remembers the exact point total, 2,104. Poteet loves to tell the story that Jantz started every game but one. Jantz was a little wild — raised in a Mennonite home in Colorado, Poteet once saw him riding a motorcycle through campus on only one wheel — and Poteet had enough. Told Jantz if he got another technical foul, it would cost him. Jantz got another, and Poteet sat Jantz down. Missed an entire game, and the Redskins lost by one point. “It cured him,” Poteet said. “He never got another.” Poteet said he once took Jantz into a toilet stall, grabbed him by the shirt and said, “if you don’t get your life straightened out, you’re not going to amount to anything.” “I was afraid he was going to hit me.” Other players in attendance were John Miller, Lonnie Gibson and Larry Hess. Miller retired in 2008 after 25 years as a Pontotoc County district judge; he won the NAIA’s Emil Liston Award in 1976, based on scholarship, character and playing ability. Poteet said Gibson was a hard worker who didn’t have the athletic ability of others. Poteet recalled the 1976 District 9 championship game, when BNC hosted then-Central State in the title game at Broadhurst Pavilion, when the fire marshal closed the doors to further patrons three hours before tipoff. Tied with 90 seconds left, Poteet had the Redskins hold the ball for the last shot, then called timeout with about 15 seconds left. He told his squad, take an open shot. “Except you, Lonnie Gibson. You have to shoot a layup.” With two seconds left, Gibson had no choice. He was 20 feet from the basket and had the ball. “He let fly the most beautiful shot you’ve ever seen,” Poteet said. Bethany Nazarene was on its way to Kansas City for the national tournament. Hess was recruited out of Point Pleasant, W.Va. “He could talk a mile a minute,” Poteet said. “He conned my wife (a Bethany Nazarene professor) into giving him a C in a class so he could stay eligible.” Poteet said his wife still hasn’t received that last paper. * Bethany schools superintendent Kent Shellenberger and his wife, Stephanie, were there. Stephanie is the daughter of Merrill Green, the OU football star of the 1950s who later became Jack Mildren’s high school coach at Abilene (Texas) Cooper. Stephanie Shellenberger was a volleyball player at Bethany Nazarene when Poteet arrived as coach/athletic director. He later hired her as the school’s volleyball coach. * Sooner Athletic Conference commissioner John Hudson came by. His league was formed in 1978, and Poteet was voted president. So Poteet called Hudson, who had been coaching at USAO and then was in law school at OU, and talked him into being commissioner. The first game Hudson ever coached for USAO was at Bethany. The Drovers came out in Oral Roberts uniforms. “You playing a rent-a-team tonight,” Poteet asked. Turns out the USAO uniforms hadn’t come in, so Ken Trickey loaned some old uniforms to Hudson. A few years later, Poteet was coaching Athletes in Action, a traveling evangelism team that played exhibitions. Athletes in Action played at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, with Larry Brown coaching the Bruins. Poteet called Hudson and invited him to sit on the bench with AIA, with one caveat. He had to keep his mouth shut. Hudson complied. But Hudson couldn’t keep quiet Thursday night. He told of attending the 1973 NAIA national tournament in Kansas City with Poteet. “Jim Poteet can walk into an arena with 12,000 people, and in less than hour, he can talk to half the people in the room. Here’s how he does it. In mid-sentence, you look around, he’s gone.” Poteet also coached at Northwest Nazarene, Pasadena College, Biola College and Seattle Pacific. His Athletes in Action team beat the 1980 Soviet Olympic team. Poteet was retired, helping out with the afterschool program at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, when Poteet told Southwestern provost Reggie Wenyika the school should consider a sports management program. Wenyika said great, you start it up and the school will pay you $1 a year. SCU got its money’s worth. “I missed being around collegiate athletics,” Poteet said. Getting Southwestern Christian into the NAIA “was a great fit for us. It’s a great opportunity.” During the first half of the Southwestern Christian-USAO, I chatted some with Poteet. The game was competitive, spirited, not overly artistic. “This is what college athletics are really all about,” Poteet said. Wenyika said, “God gave us to him as a gift. Jim, you’re one of a kind.”
Jan 22, 2014
The emails are in, and lots to talk about. The Thunder riding high (this week) and the Thunder struggling (last week). Sugar Bowl leftovers. Mike Gundy. Lots on the table. Let’s get to it. OU FOOTBALL Tom: “Frankly, I am glad for both the kid and the university (Kendal) Thompson is leaving OU. I had season tickets during the era that his dad (and others) was caught up in all of the...
Tramel emails: Thunder lineup changes & benefits of Kendal Thompson leaving
Berry Tramel | Jan 22, 2014[img]2325560[/img] The emails are in, and lots to talk about. The Thunder riding high (this week) and the Thunder struggling (last week). Sugar Bowl leftovers. Mike Gundy. Lots on the table. Let’s get to it. OU FOOTBALL Tom: “Frankly, I am glad for both the kid and the university (Kendal) Thompson is leaving OU. I had season tickets during the era that his dad (and others) was caught up in all of the drugs, shootings and alleged rape. It never made sense to me that this was a good fit to bring back the spectacle of that era. I realize that is not fair to the son, but the reality is that what would have been portrayed would have brought back the disgrace of the OU program of a past era. If there was any doubt at all, the comments of Charles Thompson in the middle of the season solidified my opinion.” You’re probably right. It’s probably best for all concerns. I thought Kendal, from all reports, handled everything great. And Charles handled it as well as anyone could. He’s a father first. So that was going to have some sticky points. But it’s probably best that Kendal is moving on. Dan: “Please, could we get a few more stories about the Sugar Bowl, 23 is not quite enough!” OU fans would read 123. Jim: “If I recall, you were the only sports writer to pick OU over Alabama. Congratulations.” I picked Bama 27-17. But on game day, I did write a column about how many double-digit underdogs in BCS games manage to pull the upset. THUNDER UP Chris: “Durant is crazy. Couple of years ago, he used to be a scorer. Has turned into a shooter, too.” I don’t know. I always thought Durant was a primo shooter. I know he’s gotten better, but I think he’s gotten better at degree of difficulty. Just straight shooting, I think Durant was a phenom shooter even at Texas. Steve: “While I know this is what you do, it must be very special to witness what KD is currently doing from up close. After last night’s performance, he is bringing back memories of MJ in his prime. As for the defense, I, too get frustrated with Perk and Thabo’s inability to make offensive contributions with any form of consistency. However, without their defense last night the Thunder are down a game to Portland in the division AND the season series is lost.” It’s an amazing run, no doubt about it. And it’s a very good question. Do we appreciate what we are seeing? Do we appreciate what fell in our lap six years ago? I hope so. I think so. Not to sadden the mood, but it won’t last forever. Jim: “I have watched basketball since I was 12 years old (now 75). Watched the Rochester Royals, at the Edgerton Park arena in Rochester, because we were in a PAL league and we could stay and watch the games after playing. Well, we were just kids with no coaches, etc. Anyway, I have seen some great scorers, Cousy, Wanzer, Wilt, McAdoo and later Kareem (on TV) and others, but Durant tops them all! I am not a big fan of present day pro basketball. I usually only watch the last quarter if any, but the last quarter of this (Warriors) game was something else.” I have no idea who Wanzer is. But I know the Rochester Royals, who moved to Cincinnati, and then to Kansas City, and now are in Sacramento. I had never even thought about the Buffalo/Rochester connection. Upstate New York has had three NBA franchises, all three have scooted out of the region. The Buffalo Braves went to San Diego and became the Clippers. The Syracuse Nationals went to Philadelphia and became the 76ers, after the Warriors from Philly to San Francisco. Kevin: “Why do Rocket fans boo D-Fish when he touches the ball?” The Lakers traded Fisher to Houston two years ago and he declined to report, instead negotiating a buyout of his contract, which allowed him to sign with the Thunder. Fisher wanted no part of the then-rebuilding Rockets. Kent: “The curse of Kelvin Sampson returns. Rockets score 19 points in a half. Looked like OU-Mizzou in the 2003 Big 12 finals in Dallas. No one much remembers that game, but it was wild. The Sooners led 37-18 at halftime and eventually led 46-24 with 15:05 left in the game. And then OU won 49-47. The Sooners scored three points those final 15 minutes, all on foul shots. Missouri’s Rickey Paulding missed a driving shot with four seconds left that would have tied the game. That’s the only game that came to mind when I watched the Rockets’ 19-point second half. Joel: “On the discussion about the starting lineup, there were a couple of comments you made I thought were interesting: 1) Perkins should keep starting, even for minimum minutes, due to team chemistry; and 2) You like Thabo but wish he’d play better. So here’s my question: Why is Brooks so rigid about how he starts the game and the second half? I can understand chemistry (I guess), although it can’t be lost on the players that the Thunder have issues with how they start games and second halves and that can’t help team chemistry. In my opinion, Brooks is a very loyal person, and truly values his players. That’s why they like him. But I’m afraid this is going to wear thin if they don’t win it all. I’m just hoping, for his sake, that he’s not playing the Doug Collins role vs. Phil Jackson and that he’s never able to get them over the top.” The starting lineup has worked. That’s why Brooks sticks with it. It combines offense and defense. It allows some solid offensive players to come off the bench and give the B team a boost. This lineup will wear thin when it doesn’t work. Otherwise, it would be nuts to switch. Mike: “Things are never as good as they seem and never as bad as they seem. Notice the Heat have quietly lost three straight. It’s good to remember that what happens in January stays in January. It’s all practice until April.” Great points. When the Thunder struggles, losing at Salt Lake and Denver and Memphis, or when the Thunder wins four straight and Durant goes crazy, it’s still January. Mike: “If the Thunder don’t get Perkins and Sefolosha off the floor, they are going nowhere. Sefolosha can’t hit the broadside of a barn and Perkins is very consistent in committing fouls. The Thunder will never win a championship if these issues are not corrected. Get rid of those two and try to get Gasol from the Lakers. If the Thunder had a scoring center and would make their offensive game plan to score in the paint when possible, they would be unbeatable. Most good championship caliber teams have a scoring center.” Leading the NBA right now in paint points are 1. Detroit, and 2. Philadelphia. Minnesota is fifth. Memphis is sixth. Sacramento is eighth. New Orleans is 10th. The Thunder is 11th. Miami gets no scoring from the center position. Bosh doesn’t play center and gets most of his points outside. Ibaka scores more inside than does Bosh. In fact, most of the recent NBA champions did NOT have scoring centers. Miami, Dallas, Boston. Only the Lakers. Mitch: “Truth must be told here and that is both Thabo and Perkins are liabilities. Their so-called defensive prowess is overwhelmed by extremely limited offense. With Westbrook out, it shows. Forty percent of the lineup is an offensive backwater. Yes, there is no need to have four or five go-to guys with KD and Westbrook, but that does not mean you want extremely bad offensive players at all times. Perkins’ value is declining faster than the Nellie Johnstone Well #1 at Caney Creek. I’m not saying the solution is easy. But the first step is to identify the problem. I really cannot articulate a great reason for starting Sefolosha. Defense is often hard to measure but results are evident. These two deadwoods are part of the problem and not the solution.” This was written last week, when the Thunder was coming off that loss to the Grizzlies. And it’s been obviously renounced with the Thunder’s recent play. But you know what this kind of thinking represents? Football mentality. The idea that every loss is cataclysmic and is a sign that something is very wrong. It’s not even true in football, with 12 games a year. It’s absolutely nonsense in the NBA, which plays 82 regular-season games. You know what a five-game losing streak in the NBA represents (not that the Thunder ever has a five-game losing streak)? One NFL game. One. The Thunder has plenty of scoring with Durant and Westbrook. Heck, in recent games, the Thunder has had plenty of scoring with just Durant. The Thunder needs Thabo and Perk — or someone like them — for defense, and that’s shown in recent games. Jim: “The Thunder are built to win track meets. Without Westbrook, that option is gone. They have the talent but are not coached to run disciplined plays. Reggie does better when running the second unit because much of that time Durant is out of the lineup. When he plays with Durant, he defers to the detriment of his own skills to score. As much as I like the coach, he will not win with them without all the pieces in place for every game. Too much risk, if I owned the team. San Antonio has less talent but they do what they are coached to do and that solid coaching has them in contention every year. Presti comes out of that franchise. He needs to make a change if he wants to get the most out of what he has.” Let me get this straight. You say OKC won’t win the NBA without Westbrook. I agree. You say the Thunder should can Scotty Brooks so it can hire a coach as good as Gregg Popovich. I agree. The only coach as good as Gregg Popovich that I know of is Gregg Popovich. So if you can talk Pop into coming into OKC, sign me up. MIKE GUNDY Bob: “I read your article on Gundy and Wickline very carefully. How interesting! I am wondering, if on the larger scene at OSU, Gundy has issues with Holder and then that just sifts down? I will be very interested to see how the Cowboys do at football next season. They will lose in Norman for sure. I wish Gundy would admit that the OU game is not just another game for the fan base.” You might be onto something about Gundy/Holder, but I think they have mended fences to some degree. I don’t know that for sure. Frank: “I have read and enjoyed your articles for years and rarely disagree and even then it was just opinion. I have to say, though, lately you have become focused on bashing Gundy from saying things like you don’t fit the profile of someone he would come after to this latest article. He was jealous of Wickline and wanted to fire him. BS, Berry. Fire the best line coach in the country? Don’t buy it. How bout a story on Bob, Mikey and Brent?” I wrote about Mike Stoops and Venables when it happened. Two years ago. Is that the best you’ve got? And by the way, I didn’t bash Gundy this time. I just said he wanted to fire Wickline. Maybe he had good reason. But I know he wanted to fire him. Jerry: “If you do a history on the quarterback selections made by Gundy, you will find that every excellent quarterback, from the beginning of Gundy’s head coaching career, was an afterthought, NOT the initial selection. Everyone one! Can he really pick a winner from the beginning? Many of his initial picks were not just bad, they were awful.” Well, I wouldn’t say they were an afterthought. But it’s often been a circus. The Donovan Woods/Bobby Reid waltz, the Reid/Zac Robinson waltz, the decision to start Alex Cate against Colorado in 2009. The switches of the last two seasons. It hasn’t been smooth. Mike: “Ouch! The article on Wickline hurt my OSU Orange Pride. I hope there is nothing to it. I will be devastated if there are problems with Mike Gundy, his coaching staff and Mike Holder. I want to believe we have turned the corner and there are brighter days ahead. OSU is dear to my heart. In other words, I bleed orange. I am a 1978 alum, therefore I have been through a lot. As they used to say in the Civil War, ‘I have seen the Elephant.’ Maybe, just maybe, OSU can gain some respect for where we have come from and where we want to go.” What are you talking about? Of course OSU has gained some respect. The Cowboys’ national brand is soaring. OSU had a rough end to the 2013 season, but these are not the times that try men’s souls. 0-10-1 tries your soul much more than losing Bedlam or a tight Cotton Bowl. COLLEGE BASKETBALL Tommy: “You are so correct there are few venues like The Phog in collegiate basketball. Many of the old homes had been replaced except for Kansas and Duke. However, I would say both programs thrive in their unique old stadiums. I think it is safe to say as long as Bill Self is coaching, The Phog will remain. I think the appreciation that is so mutual of Bill Self for the history of, and the current status of, KU basketball is just so prevalent. I really think as much as any coach, he has embraced the university in total although he graduated from a rival university in the same league. He has really bought into KU and the fans, alumni, and administration have responded in kind. It is so refreshing even for someone like Cindy Self to be so involved in the community, charitable foundations along with her husband. It is quite a change from the image of the Roy Williams family that really never thought Kansas, Lawrence or KU was quite up to the class of North Carolina. The down home attitude and total class of Bill Self just fits. I hope he never goes pro. It would be such a loss not only to KU but to the game.” Well, there’s a lot there. I never detected that Roy Williams didn’t fit at KU. In fact, I think Jayhawk fans were mortified when he left. I remember what the Kansas City Star’s Joe Posnanski wrote when Williams departed. Something along the lines of, we thought he was more than a basketball coach. But no doubt, Self has embraced the Jayhawk tradition. Stang: “OSU women’s coach Jim Littell has moved the program into national prominence, but I see no support. Why is there no radio coverage for the program? You can’t get 105 FM in either OKC or Tulsa. Surely this adversely affects recruiting. And very limited TV coverage as well.” It’s a great point. You would think with all the sports radio options in OKC and Tulsa now, OSU could sign a contract with someone that would include women’s hoops. And the television situation is abysmal, too. I thought OSU signed a deal with Fox Sports? It appears to have had little effect. John: “Enjoyed your article on Allen Fieldhouse. I agree it’s a classic venue, however fan support did take a dive when the team was down many years ago. My brother is a KU graduate and I remember going to OSU game at Allen in 1980 on Saturday afternoon when he was a student and I was in high school at John Marshall — it was maybe half filled and OSU won easily behind Leroy Combs and Lorenza Andrews (Self was a year away). KU had Darnell Valentine. Flip side is I also saw OU play there in ‘93 or ‘94 (Jeff Webster was top OU player) and it was filled to capacity and was rocking. Needless to say, KU won easily. It’s a great place. Might sound crazy but I wish OU would retrofit McCasland to about 8,500 capacity. If they did, it wouldn’t be far off from Allen.” Well, OU can’t retrofit the Fieldhouse. It only seated 4,100 in its heyday. So that’s a non-starter. But you’re right. KU had its dips back in the day. Even then, though, Allen Fieldhouse was a great place. Timothy: “Call it the Kansas roll.You are scrapping with them and all of a sudden in a few minutes of time you are down 17. Then they tend to let up in the middle and you can get within eight or nine and then they finish you off. It would have been a leg up on the rest of the conference if we could’ve hit the 3. We have lost two conference games on the road by a total of five points. Kansas usually hits a skid of mediocrity in or about mid-conference season. That doesn’t always mean they lose them, but they can be had.” I don’t know. As far as OSU is concerned, the Cowboys trail KU by two full games, and KU has played the tougher schedule. The Jayhawks already have been to Ames and Norman. If the Cowboys win out, they still need KU to lose somewhere else, just to have a tie. And winning out is very difficult, since OSU plays at Ames, Austin, Norman and Waco. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Ed: “Really enjoyed what you wrote about the flip flops in college football, dating back to the heydays of Harvard and Yale. Right down my alley. I well remember when Santa Clara was a power. Saw us (OU) play them here in 1949. Yep, times and fortunes change. I’m not quite old enough to remember it, but if you dig deep enough, you can see that the University of Chicago once put quite a whipping’ on Texas. Nobody stays on top of the mountain forever. Thanks for a trip down memory lane.” Minnesota is my favorite example. And Kansas State, too. Heck, nobody remembers this, but Florida State didn’t even play football until 1948, and Florida was an afterthought until the ‘80s and not even a national power until Spurrier in the ‘90s. Blake: “Is there anyway OU considers leaving the Big 12 at this point? It sure seems to me the Big 12 needs to be proactive to expand at least two more schools soon if they are to thrive competitively long term.” No. Contracts are much more iron-clad than they used to be. The Big 12 is going to have to pull itself up. Chris: “Bobby Petrino, with his track record and issues, he stills gets another chance. Both at Western Kentucky and Louisville. Why wouldn’t someone, somewhere take a chance on Mark Mangino? Based upon my understanding, while Mangino was not a joy to work with, the allegations were grossly overstated and not established by the majority of players. I also know that he had a horrible relationship with the AD (who is now gone). All of his negatives don’t seem to be worse or as bad as Petrino. They were not NCAA allegations and the man won a ton of games at KANSAS! They won an Orange Bowl for goodness sakes, and yet he seems to be outcast as a leper, yet others with issues similar continue to get opportunities because they win. I’m not a Mangino fan or a Mangino detractor, just curious as to why it seems no one at any level will touch him.” Chris: I just think at that time there was a wave of alleged mistreatment of players. With all the talk about exploitation of players, scandal of player abuse was a hot-button issue. Meanwhile, coaches lying or cheating and screwing around is nothing new. I do think things are relaxing on Mangino. Becoming offensive coordinator at Iowa State is a great step. Steve: “I was lucky enough to be in New Orleans this year for the OU game. I felt we had a good chance to win but probably still less than 50-50. I have been around OU a long time and it seems when even their fans become doubters is when OU will show us who OU football really is. But speaking of history, I would put Alabama, Notre Dame and OU in the all-time top five programs. I was wondering how many times a college football team has beaten both Alabama and Notre Dame in the same year. And for OU this year, neither game was at home.” I know Southern Cal beat both Bama and Notre Dame in 1970 and 1978. Tennessee beat both in 1999 and 2001. PRO FOOTBALL Billy: “Am I the only human being who realizes that (Richard) Sherman was beaten on that play, (Michael) Crabtree got behind him and if Kap (Colin Kaepernick) makes a back corner pass instead of the short underneath pass, the whole scenario changes.” I don’t know. Sherman is so good, he goads QBs into those throws. And if a play requires a perfect pass for completion, better throw it somewhere else. Tiki: “The NFL is rigged. You and I both know holding could be called on half the plays in football, or a nit-picky foul in basketball. There has rarely been a level playing field where big money is involved.” Big money is the very reason games AREN’T rigged. The risk is too great. If it is found that sports organizers have rigged games, the sport goes poof. Maybe an isolated official (Tim Donaghy) or upset ballplayer (Black Sox) rigs a game, but nothing orchestrated. There’s too much money in it already. Ben: “How in the world did OU not sign Wes Welker out of high school? Ranks up there with letting Barry Sanders go. Really, Wes was all-state everything?? No offer from OU?” Sometimes you miss. Tom Brady was a sixth-round draft pick.
The weekly emails are in. Let’s get to them, though I’m saving Sugar Bowl questions for later in the week. THUNDER Randy: “We watched the second half of the Thunder game Friday night on DVR. Here’s my deep thought: HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE HAVE TO WATCH @#!$%@&@@!
Tramel: Emails in on Russell Westbrook & Texas job
Berry Tramel | Dec 30, 2013The weekly emails are in. Let’s get to them, though I’m saving Sugar Bowl questions for later in the week. THUNDER Randy: “We watched the second half of the Thunder game Friday night on DVR. Here’s my deep thought: HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE HAVE TO WATCH @#!$%@&@@! KENDRICK PERKINS MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE GAME OF BASKETBALL! Even though what I was watching was a thousand miles away and two hours old, I found myself screaming at my television. I can’t take it anymore.” As soon as the other team agrees not to attack the paint, via post or pick’n roll. The Thunder beat Charlotte because of stingy defense. Al Jefferson scored 16 points but needed 16 shots to do it and went to the foul line only once (for two shots). Then Perk neutralized Dwight Howard on Sunday night. That’s how the Thunder has to win without Westbrook. That’s one way to win WITH Westbrook. Caleb: “There isn’t much data out there because Russell Westbrook played in most of OKC’s games. Westbrook plays incredible 1-on-1 defense and creates a ton of turnovers. But we all know that he gambles a lot at the expense of the team defense. After watching Charlotte last night, OKC might have even better field goal percentage defense (at the expense of creating turnovers). I recall getting smoked by Minnesota (without Westbrook). But Scott Brooks did play Adams the whole fourth quarter. I guess time will tell. But I think it’d be an interesting conjecture to put out there that OKC defense might be even better with Westbrook out.” I think there is some evidence out there that the Thunder’s defense is much better with Jackson, with or without Westbrook. But again, we’ll see. Jerry: “Isn’t it strange that Westbrook would have to have surgery for the third time on the same knee in the same area as the original surgery? He is a very high-priced item to be messing around with the wrong surgeons, if in fact that is the case. He will be back, but in the meantime they will be losing their home court advantage in the playoffs. Your take?” I don’t think homecourt advantage is as important to the Thunder as it used to be. That said, it’s not for certain that the Thunder will lose it. I also wonder if Westbrook should have used the Thunder doctors instead of the doctors recommended by his agents. Trent: “I read that Westbrook’s personal surgeon found his latest swelling and recommended this last surgery? Three questionable medical calls now: 1) Nixing the Tyson trade; 2) Green lighting the Perkins trade when his health/legs are actually what Chandler’s were thought to be; 3) Westbrook’s inadequate surgeries. With such a well run Thunder organization how does this keep happening? I can only think of Portland drafting Odom with injury concerns and maxing Roy with no knee cartilage as a comparable for bad medical decisions.” I don’t know that the Thunder made the wrong call on Chandler. He’s played well when he’s played, but he’s still been hurt a lot. The Perkins trade was fine. They’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of Perk, who has been much healthier than has Chandler. And the Thunder doctors have made no calls on Westbrook. His agent has handled all that. Jeff: “LeBron and Durant are the undisputed two best players in the league, but fans, commentators, analysts, writers, they all seem split on who is second best. I think it might just be Westbrook. His passing has been awesome lately. His rebounding and defense I think are overlooked.” I’d have to go with Chris Paul. But I’m going to miss Westbrook these next few games. Gene: “Every NBA game I see probably three or four double dribbles that would be called in high school or college, but it is never called in the NBA. I can only assume it is not a violation in the pros, or are the rules different?” No, same rules. I have to say, I never see any double dribbles in the NBA. TEXAS JOB Jack: “I agree UT should probably hire Art Briles, but I think the next coach will be an extreme surprise. To be honest, with Saban not interested, I’m not happy with any of the candidates bandied around. I don’t see anyone truly top notch. So, I have an extreme candidate. I realize many people may dismiss him outright. But I actually think Jon Gruden would be a great fit at Texas. First, the new UT coach needs to be an iconic figure. Gruden is a bad boy who would absolutely titillate the Longhorn faithful. They would totally love him. He’s a true Texan in spirit, too. He’s very smart, very strong and very, very charismatic. I think that’s what Texas needs, wants and desires. He would also be fun; the UT football coach needs to be a fun guy who will draw a lot of attention to the program. Gruden would do that. Having Saban would have been great, but then it would have been all about Saban turning around another program instead of it being about UT football. Gruden would win, and would do it with charisma and flair and controversy, but all of that would turn the UT football program into the most noticed, colorful and highly-watched program in the country. They can’t go with a no-name, even if he’s a great program-builder; the program needs to transcend the game, and Gruden would make that happen. I will also go out on a limb: I think Gruden is probably a much better fit for the college game than the pros. I think he’s a Nick Saban-in-the-making. Saban and Gruden are both ‘cute,’ with a boyish look yet with an extreme technical perfectionism. I really think Gruden would be the right choice. It would be a risky choice, and an unorthodox choice, but, the right choice. By the way, I’m also a psychotherapist and have done their profiles. Saban and Gruden have the exact same persona with the exception that Saban is a little more quiet by nature.” I disagree on virtually every count. Starting with the last one. Gruden and Saban seem nothing alike. The next coach at Texas does NOT need to be an iconic figure. If he wins, he’ll be iconic. If he doesn’t win, he’ll be out on his kiester. Sure, the Texas fans would love Gruden. As long as he beat OU (and OSU and Baylor). Gruden doesn’t seem Texas in spirit to me. He seems Californian. Texas does not need someone who will draw a lot of attention to the program. You think this is Rice? But of course, the primary reason not to hire Gruden is, no one has any idea if he can coach the college game. Can he recruit? Does he want to recruit? Can he glad-hand? Does he want to glad-hand? I think Gruden is a huge risk. Don: “I think all you media people are missing the mark on the next Texas coach. We don’t hear much around here about Todd Graham, but if you will recall when he was at Rice (winner), Tulsa (winner), Pitt (not sure), Arizona State (bowl 2013), plus he was hired at Arizona State by guess who. I believe Texas is just keeping this man in the quiet corner of their top five list, and since he is a native Texan, he will be the pick.” It’s my understanding that as part of the agreement to let athletic director Steve Patterson out of his ASU contract, he agreed to not hire anyone from Arizona State for a number of years. With that said, I think UT will hire someone with a better track record than Graham. Mike the Tiger: “Read your article about Saban not being out of the Texas job. You’re right about Little Nicky. People forget that he signed a five-year extension with LSU two weeks before he bolted for the Fins. The guy is completely without honor or honesty. To my knowledge he still hasn’t signed his contract. It would be just like him to agree to it only to shut things up while he prepares for the Sugar Bowl, then bolt for the Horns the day after. The Bama meltdown would be epic and all LSU fans are praying for it! Justice would be served!” I have soured on Saban going to Texas. He’s too smart for that. He’s the king at Alabama. At Texas, nobody even knows who’s running the ship. A weak president. Boosters involved with big decisions. It’s a mess. No way Saban signs up for that. Gray: “I agree James Franklin is a really good coach. But I’m not sold on the theory that if you win eight or nine a losing school, you will do better at a big-name school. I remember that being said about Dennis Franchione. Their best bet is to hire a bright and hard working top assistant at a major school. They will spend less money and decrease the pressure some. But among the candidates, I like Pat Fitzgerald the best. I’m a big Northwestern fan. He is brilliant and defense-oriented. He is a class guy with a good moral compass. He is a great choice if they can make it happen.” Texas never hires an assistant. At least the ‘Horns haven’t in 60 years. But I like Fitzgerald, too. Bob: “I think Gundy would go to Texas if they offer him the job. He feels under-appreciated at OSU. The recent Bedlam loss did not help this situation of his feeling that the fan base doesn’t appreciate him. So I think he would go to UT if he gets the chance.” I think Gundy would go, too, but I don’t know that he feels unappreciated. I think he’s occasionally frustrated with Holder and/or Boone, but it’s not an appreciation problem. Keith: “I’ve been reading about the candidates for the Texas football head coaching job. Is there not a candidate out there who has Texas roots? Someone who bleeds Texas orange? Someone who at least has Texas ties? (Other than Will Muschamp, although some of my Gator friends would love to see him go back to Texas!) It seems like a program is big and storied as Texas would have some former players or assistant coaches who would be on the radar.” Jerry Gray is the only one I know of. NFL defensive coordinator, former ‘Horn DB. Gerry: “Here’s my top three predictions for the new football coach at Texas: 1. Gary Patterson; 2. Mike Gundy; 3. Bob Stoops. What are your top three predictions?” James Franklin, Charlie Strong, Pat Fitzgerald. No way UT hires Patterson. Not quite sophisticated enough. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Todd: “Hey, Berry, enjoy the Big Easy. Question: how many freshmen have won BCS bowls? I don’t think many. Not Sammy B. Not Johnny Football. Has any freshman QB won the big bowl? I want to pick FSU, but worried if Jamieson can buck the trend.” Jamelle Holieway. Mitch: “I’m not sold on Kevin Sumlin as a great coach. With a premier QB, he finished third and fourth in the league. They lost four games this year. Their defense is hideous. This kind of record got Slocum fired. I’m not saying he is a bad coach. But if I have a top program and need a coach, Sumlin is not on my A list. His résumé is what? During the tumultuous summer of Johnny M., I felt Sumlin was just hoping it would go away. I did not see any great things from him. I think he will be competitive, but I see no greatness. Not yet. I’m far more impressed with Art Briles résumé and his drawl bothers me not the least.” I love Art Briles. But I’ll say this. The Johnny Football deal was out of Sumlin’s hands. That was a decision made higher up. A&M is a strange place. Slocum got fired for going 8-4 — with some 6-6′s thrown in there, too. So far, Sumlin hasn’t done that. Still, it will be interesting to see how he does without an elite QB. Sumlin has mostly had Case Keenum and Johnny Manziel. Journal: “Certainly Texas A&M and Missouri have experienced good seasons in the SEC, but I think Big 12 fans need to remember two important points. Missouri made its hay this year by virtue of competing in a watered-down Eastern division with Florida and Georgia depleted by injuries. The Texas A&M team competing in the SEC is not the same team which lined up against Big 12 teams before bolting for the SEC. The SEC has faced Johnny Manziel and a high-powered Aggies offense — something Big 12 defenses rarely saw. So this is not the same A&M team Big 12 lined up against. Still, they are playing well over there, but I am afraid most sportswriters attempting to make this argument failed to realize they are comparing apples and oranges.” I don’t agree. It’s apples to apples. Yeah, the Big 12 didn’t play against Manziel. It played against Ryan Tannehill, a first-round draft pick who has started two years in the NFL. And before that, it played against Stephen McGee, and other good A&M quarterbacks. And Missouri played its final eight Big 12 seasons in a watered-down division. The Big 12 North. Terry: “Has either Gundy brother ever expressed a desire to coach together? If Mike were to leave, is there a possibility he would take Cale with him? Seems like Cale has topped out at OU.” Doesn’t sound like it. Neither one has expressed an interest in it, so far as I know. Bob: “I think the Big 12 will be lucky to win two out of the six bowl games. I’m guessing OU will get hammered and that the Pokes will manage to lose to MU by maybe two touchdowns. I love Big 12 sports. But the conference is just not that strong in football. What’s your prediction. Let’s see. The Big 12 already has KSU in the bag, and I think Baylor wins. So that means OU (likely loss), OSU (tossup), Texas (likely loss) and Tech (likely loss). So the Big 12 could win two or three with no luck. Three or four with a little luck. OTHER STUFF Don: Great story on the twins. So you’re a twin?” Yep. Have been all but 30 seconds of my life. My twin is a Bible professor at Southwestern Christian University. Lives about a mile and a half from me. Blake: “I think ESPN’s attempt at being a global leader by hiring local media in different parts of the U.S. and re-syndicating local links on their website comes across as contrived. I realize their share holders are getting wealthy beyond imagination, but starving out media competitors is worse than a potential antitrust lawsuit — long term their customers will resent their brand not having other options to follow their teams. My father-n-law has been working with nonprofits in Ukraine for over 30 years. Ukraine has a centralized government and marketplace, and America is starting to have the same tendencies in media, government, schools. Heck even our churches are getting so big we do not even know each other. Just think it makes for a less creative and compelling marketplace.” Interesting points. Not so much about ESPN but about American culture. If you believe in the market economy, you’ve got to accept the marketplace. Why didn’t Paul Blair ever get any recognition for being an Oklahoma product? Oh, he’s had some recognition over the years for being born in Cushing, but the truth is, his Cushing ties are virtually non-existent. He barely was there any time at all. Our long-time sports editor, the late Bob Colon, grew up in Cushing and would have been about Blair’s age. Bob was an historian. But he said he never once heard of Blair, growing up.
Dec 14, 2013
The seven fans who made half-court shots at Oklahoma City NBA games share the story of their shot, the aftermath and what it means to them now.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Fans share their half-court shot stories
BY JENNI CARLSON | Dec 14, 2013ROLAND GARRETT Dec. 28, 2005 Garrett was the first Oklahoma City fan to hit a half-court shot and the only one to hit one during the Hornets' two-year stay. Then an Oklahoma City police detective, he won a 2006 Ford Mustang. Now a special agent in charge with the state's attorney general, he actually got picked for the half-court contest again a couple years ago, but he didn't win the free-throw shooting contest. “Walking down to the arena, I missed a step on the curb and pulled my calf a little bit, so I jokingly told my son, ‘Ah, man, I won't be able to shoot the half-court shot tonight if they pick me.' When they came up and approached me ... I had to try it. “They had little miniature basketball goals set up on the concourses. So, I was in the concourse with one of those little basketballs practicing taking off with my steps. “Originally, I thought it was short, but it went through the net. “I never really played organized ball. I played football (at John Marshall High School). But I was still able to go out there and knock that shot down and represent. “Besides passing a pretty rigorous naval swim test, that was a pretty big deal. “People started saying I wasn't going to get a car. I just heard people saying it was going to be a lease for a certain amount of time. Nobody from the Hornets organization ever said that. “And the next week, they got me one. They were real nice and professional about everything. They just told me when to show up and pick it up. Everything worked out good. I just kept it for three or four months and then I traded it off. I enjoyed it.” ROBERT YANDERS Dec. 12, 2010 Yanders was the first fan to make the half-court shot at a Thunder game — and he wasn't even a Thunder fan. A former Missouri State player who was playing professionally overseas, he came to Oklahoma City for the game to visit a friend, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Jamahl Mosley. Now a retired player, Yanders lives in Springfield, Mo. “We got to the game early, and I wanted to watch the skill development they did with the guards and the bigs because I was going to be doing that one day in life. So, they have people that come around and ask, ‘Hey, do you want to shoot a half-court shot?' At first I was like, ‘Get out of our face. I'm trying to watch.' But then he said, ‘Hey, man, you can win $20,000.' My wife kind of looked at me, ‘You can warm up.' “The lights were on ... and I embraced the moment, pumped the crowd up and went out there and shot that shot that I've shot millions of times after practice playing around with the fellas. “All I could think was seams, arch, follow through, and it went straight through the net. I went crazy. Me and the Thunder bear or whatever that thing is. “I took over half of that money and I started my nonprofit. We run a basketball program called the Yanders Law. We do a lot of good work in the community. I'm paying it forward. “They could've picked anyone in the crowd. I guess I looked like a scrub, and they were like, ‘We're going to pick on this little guy.' And I let 'em have it that night.” ROMAN OWEN May 3, 2011 Even though he played high school basketball at tradition-rich Okarche and college ball at Southwestern Christian University, Owen never really practiced half-court shots. But that season as the Mid-America University women's coach — he's now video coordinator for Sherri Coale's Sooners — he had his players end pregame shootaround with half-court shots. They're convinced he was practicing for the Thunder contest. “We were sitting there going ... ‘If you lose the free-throw contest, you'll never live that down.' I said, ‘I've seen most people shoot. I think I can win the free-throw contest, no problem. That's $100. I don't know if it's still the case, but if you just hit the rim or the backboard, they'd give you $500. Just don't leave it short and you get $600. That's a great night. “So, that was the only thought I had in my mind — don't leave it short. “It took me like three or four hours to respond to the 100-plus text messages and so many emails. That was crazy. “I remember getting a call the next day for the tax attorney for my family. I answer the phone and he's like, ‘Roman? ... Bring me $5,000 tomorrow.' And he hung up the phone. “The next day or two days later, I got a call from Berry Tramel. He wrote an article, and I got to be on the front of sports. Growing up in Oklahoma, I've read all of his articles. When he called, I was like, ‘The money's great, but this is really cool to spend time with him.' “We just used it pretty much for a down payment on a house. Big blessing.” JUSTIN DOUGHERTY March 24 Dougherty wins the unofficial award for best celebration. Then a sports reporter for KOLR-TV in Springsfield, Mo., he got tackled by Kevin Durant. Now a news reporter in Oklahoma City at KWTV-9, Dougherty still struggles to believe it all happened. “(A Thunder official) wanted me to be in a free-throw competition. My thinking is, ‘Standing on an NBA court taking some free throws? Sure.' Then he said, if you win the free throws, ‘You get to shoot a half-court shot.' I said, ‘No need to inform me about that. I won't win the free-throw contest, but I'll step on the court for you.' “As soon as I won the free-throw contest ... have you seen “For Love of the Game”? You know when he says, “Clear the mechanism”? That's exactly what happened. I didn't activate it. It just did. “So, I took the dribbles took the shot, and this is where I regained cognitive abilities. It was in the air, and I said, ‘Oh, that's straight. Oh, that might be in. Please God, don't let it bounce out. It's in.' “Then I went ballistic. “I was looking right at Kevin, and we make eye contact, and I was like, ‘Come at me, big fella.' He comes running right at me, and he jumps in my arms. I tried to catch him. I did not want to drop him at all. I thought I could hold him up. I remember thinking, ‘I've got to make sure I hit first because he can't get hurt. I can get hurt. I doesn't matter. But he can't get hurt.' “I guess Skip Bayless called me out the next day. I guess he was like, ‘The fan can't call out Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant cannot get hurt.' I was like, ‘My intention was to catch him and hold him up.' “Went to bed at 4, did a phone interview at 6. Half way through the phone interview, I realized I wasn't talking to my mom. I was so out of it.” LARRY HILL April 21 Making the half-court shot was the continuation of a string of good luck for Hill, then a counselor at Britton Elementary. First, he won the tickets to that game through an NCAA Tournament bracket contest on Power 103.5 FM. Then, the Thunder game just happened to fall on girlfriend Niki's birthday. “I've never practiced on half-court shots. When I played basketball in high school (at Douglass) ... I shot threes a lot and I practiced on my three-point shot, but I never sat and shot three-point shots. “My main thing was just focusing on the rim. Before he even gave me the ball, I zoomed in on the rim. I just made sure I aimed at that. “I lost my mind after that ball sank. I found myself on the Thunder's bench. I don't even remember running over there. “I got some bills paid up and paid off some student loans, and I actually went on a vacation. Then I ended up going back to school. I'm in the grad program at OU now. “I think the shot kind of kick-started me to go back to school. It made me think, ‘If I can hit that $20,000 shot, I can do anything I put my mind to.' With that master's in human relations, it also helps out with my LPC, which is licensed professional counselor, and that's my main goal. I've got to impact the community, especially the community that I come from, the environment that I was raised in. Those kids feel like they don't have an outlet, they feel like there's no hope, so I feel like it's my responsibility to go back and let them know that they can do anything. “I know how hard it is because I know how hard it was for me to make it to where I am. The chances were slim to none — they were just as slim as me hitting that shot.” CAMERON RODRIGUEZ Nov. 18 Rodriguez looked every bit like a former high school basketball standout from Elk City when he nailed the half-court shot. Trouble was, he was also a current college basketball player at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. NAIA rules prohibited him from taking the $20,000 winnings, a rule that he appealed and won. “I'm a shooter. That's what I do. I feel pretty comfortable with the ball in my hands shooting it. I tried to keep my form as much as possible. I tried to shoot it like a real shot. I guess it worked. “I found out that it might be a problem (to keep the money) that night as soon as my coach found out. He saw it on Twitter. He called me. He was like, ‘Man, that's awesome. I'm so happy for you, but don't take it tonight. We want to make sure you're not going to lose your eligibility.' “My first thought was, ‘If I don't get this, worse case it's going to go a charity, and I'll still have all the photos and all the memories and all the articles and everything else to remember it.' That was more worth it to me than the money was. “The next day, I sat down with my head coach and athletic director, and we kind of threw some ideas around. I told my coach and my AD whether I got the money outright or not, I was going to use it for school. Me and my coach were like, ‘Wonder if they'd do a scholarship where you don't take the money and MidFirst gives it to you as a scholarship.' “We talked to the NAIA and the guy who was helping us, and he said, ‘Well, that's actually kind of a good idea. The few people that stuff like this happened to before ... they all tried to appeal to just try to get the cash.' “I think it all worked out. I think God has a reason for everything.” BRAD BRUCKER Nov. 21 Brucker is a high school coach at Piedmont, but he's way more comfortable using his feet, head or forearms. Soccer and volleyball are his sports, but he's a huge Thunder fan. He got a chance to shoot the half-court shot because he left work late and wanted to find a hot dog. “This guy kind of tugs on my arm and says, ‘Hey, man, do you shoot baskets?' I'm like, ‘Nope.' We were walking past all the people that are trying to sell you stuff. I'd just done a section in my business class about not giving your personal information at places like the Thunder game because of identity theft reasons. “Britney kind of grabs my arm. She says, ‘Brad, I think this is for the $20,000 half-court shot.' “Don't step over the line and just throw it down at the white square on the backboard. That's all I was thinkin'. At no moment did I think it was going in — until it splashed in. “Of course, then the whole Jay Z thing happened. “I walked over and shook his hand, and he kind of pulled me in for a hug. I wanted to shake hands with Beyoncé, too, but I went over to shake his hand and she kind of stepped back. I didn't want to be trucked by their security. “The secretaries (at school) were just getting bombarded. Yahoo! Sports. TMZ Sports. ESPN Radio. My assistant principal who'd just won assistant principal of the year, he was like, ‘Why don't you just take my office?' He looked at me and said, ‘Yeah, I've got some phone calls to return, too, but the Piedmont Gazette can wait.' “I was the first person in my family to graduate college, and it took me 10 years and a lot of student loans. I don't want the same thing for my children. This gives me an opportunity to actually invest and maybe go a ways in helping them not have student loans.”
Here's a schedule for this week's Oklahoma high school football playoff games.
Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Week 4 schedule
Dec 11, 2013Class 6A At Tulsa Univ. Thursday, Dec. 12 Tulsa Union (11-2) vs. Jenks (13-0), 7 p.m. Class 5A At OSU (Stillwater) Saturday, Dec. 14 McAlester (12-1) vs. Guthrie (13-0), 7 p.m. Class 4A At OSU (Stillwater) Saturday, Dec. 14 Anadarko (13-0) vs. Poteau (12-1), 1 p.m. Class B At SWOSU (Weatherford) Saturday, Dec. 14 Laverne (13-0) vs. Pond Creek-Hunter (12-1), 1 p.m. Class C At SWOSU (Weatherford) Saturday, Dec. 14 Cherokee (11-0) vs. Tipton (11-0), 7 p.m. Semifinals Class 3A Friday, Dec. 13 At Moore H.S. Blanchard (12-0) vs. Plainview (13-0), 7 p.m. At Choctaw H.S. Seminole (13-0) vs. Kingfisher (13-0), 7 p.m. Class 2A Friday, Dec. 13 At McAlester H.S. Vian (13-0) vs. Davis (13-0), 7 p.m. At East Central (Ada) Millwood (13-0) vs. Hartshorne (11-2), 7 p.m. Class A Friday, Dec. 13 At Southeastern (Durant) Talihina (13-0) vs. Ringling (11-1), 7 p.m. At Cache H.S. Hollis (12-0) vs. Apache (11-2), 7 p.m.
Here are the updated dates and locations for the state semifinals and finals for next week, pending the results of Class 4A’s semifinals Saturday afternoon: Championship Games Class 6A At Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater Jenks vs.
Updated high school football playoff dates and locations
Scott Wright | Nov 30, 2013Here are the updated dates and locations for the state semifinals and finals for next week, pending the results of Class 4A’s semifinals Saturday afternoon: Championship Games Class 6A At Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater Jenks vs. Tulsa Union, 7 p.m. Thursday Class 5A At Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater Guthrie vs. McAlester, 1 or 7 p.m. Friday Class 4A At Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater Anadarko/Wagoner vs. Douglass/Poteau, 1 or 7 p.m. Friday Class B At Southwestern State in Weatherford Laverne vs. Pond Creek Hunter, 7:30 p.m. Friday Class C At Southwestern State in Weatherford Shattuck/Cherokee vs. Tipton/Sharon-Mutual, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Semifinal Games Class 3A At Moore HS Blanchard vs. Plainview, 7:30 p.m. Friday At Choctaw HS Seminole vs. Kingfisher, 7:30 p.m. Friday Class 2A At McAlester HS Vian vs. Davis, 7:30 p.m. Saturday At East Central in Ada Millwood vs. Hartshorne, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Class A At Southeastern State in Durant Talihina vs. Ringling, 7:30 p.m. Friday At Cache HS Hollis vs. Apache, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Nov 27, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders need the same short memory during a short week, for different reasons.The Cowboys have to move on from a last-play win over the New York Giants to stay in position to end a three-year playoff drought. The Raiders must forget a last-minute loss to Tennessee that damaged hopes for their first postseason trip since 2002."Maybe being...
Cowboys, Raiders need short memories in short week
SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Nov 27, 2013ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders need the same short memory during a short week, for different reasons. The Cowboys have to move on from a last-play win over the New York Giants to stay in position to end a three-year playoff drought. The Raiders must forget a last-minute loss to Tennessee that damaged hopes for their first postseason trip since 2002. "Maybe being a short week you just know you can't think about it," said quarterback Tony Romo, who has directed winning fourth-quarter drives in the past two Dallas victories. "I mean really, this game comes so fast you're immersed in the study and just looking at the opponent and really wearing yourself out to get all of the looks to find out what you think is the best way to attack them. And by the end of the week you feel comfortable." Romo won't be the only undrafted starting quarterback Thursday. Oakland's Matt McGloin makes his third career start on a big Thanksgiving stage two weeks after his debut in Texas with a victory over Houston. McGloin became the fourth quarterback since the NFL merger in 1970 to throw three touchdown passes without an interception in his first start against the Texans. He then put the Raiders in position to beat the Titans with a fourth-quarter drive that Tennessee answered on a TD with 10 seconds remaining for a 23-19 win. The rookie from Penn State got his chance after Terrelle Pryor injured a knee, and now coach Dennis Allen isn't hesitating to call him the starter. "It's never been too big for Matt," Allen said. "Last week it wasn't always pretty early in the game, but in the second half he really got going in the passing game. Everybody's told him he can't do it, but he's continued to prove people wrong and so far he's been able to do that in the two starts he's had." Five things to consider as the Cowboys meet the Raiders for a second straight time on Thanksgiving. Dallas won the last meeting 24-7 in 2009. DUAL HOMECOMING: Allen, the youngest head coach in the league, is coming home, and so are the Cowboys. For Allen, that means coaching in front of family and friends just a few miles from where he grew up (suburb of Hurst) and played high school football (L.D. Bell). Allen also was a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, where he played safety. "It'll be fun," he said. "Unfortunately, we don't get a lot of time to hang out and visit. I won't be having Thanksgiving dinner with the family. I'll be in, get the job done and then get back out." For the Cowboys, it means playing at their $1.2 billion stadium for just the second time in seven weeks. They had four road games and a bye in that span. POSTSEASON PICTURE: The Cowboys (6-5) are tied with Philadelphia atop the NFC East lead and created some separation for the division leaders with last week's 24-21 win over the Giants. Dallas has played winner-take-all finales against division rivals the past two seasons, and the possibility looms again with the Eagles visiting to wrap up the regular season. The Raiders (4-7) are last in the AFC West and have virtually no chance to win the division, but a wild-card berth isn't unrealistic if they get on a roll. WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT: Raiders running back Darren McFadden returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring Nov. 3 against Philadelphia and is expected to play. Backup Rashad Jennings leads the league with 553 yards from scrimmage the past four weeks and will also get time. "I think he's earned the right and deserves the right to continue to get his carries," Allen said of Jennings. Oakland tackle Jared Veldheer is on target to play for the first time since tearing his left triceps in the preseason. For the Cowboys, linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant, cornerback Morris Claiborne and receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris are out with hamstring injuries. KICKING TRENDS: The arrow points up for Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, who set a franchise record with his eighth winning field goal — a 35-yarder that beat the Giants on the final play. Rafael Septien had seven from 1978-86. Bailey is 18 of 20 for the year and has nine misses in three seasons for an accuracy rate just shy of 90 percent. Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski missed twice against Tennessee, giving him multiple misses in a game for the first time since 2010. He's 15 of 22 for the season. RARE ROAD BLUE: The Cowboys will wear their blue road jerseys at home in a rarity that will stress out their fans. It's happening because Dallas was again planning a throwback ensemble of white helmets with a blue star and an old-style blue jersey. After the league banned throwback helmets in September over safety concerns because the players hadn't broken them in, Dallas decided on the same road blue uniforms they wore in San Diego. Yes, the Cowboys lost to the Chargers, something loyal followers surely will remember because they've always considered the road blues to be cursed. The team doesn't track the win-loss record in blue. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org ___ Follow Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apschuyler
Nov 7, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright makes his predictions for Friday's Week 10 games.
High school football: Week 10 picks for Friday's games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 7, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 144-25 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,274-306 (80.6 pct.) Friday's Games City Area CUSHING 35, Bethany 14 SW COVENANT 48, Bokoshe 14 WESTMOORE 35, Broken Arrow 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Choctaw 31 LEXINGTON 28, Community Christian 24 Coyle 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Crescent 42, PAWNEE 8 Crooked Oak 44, NORTHEAST 20 CASHION 35, Crossings Christian 12 Davenport 56, GANS 8 Del City 49, SOUTHEAST 14 MILLWOOD 56, Dibble 20 Douglass 24, ADA 20 Edmond Memorial 45, PC WEST 18 CARL ALBERT 38, El Reno 13 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Guymon 20 Harrah 33, McLOUD 30 Hennessey 29, ALVA 26 Heritage Hall 42, STAR SPENCER 20 Jones 34, BRIDGE CREEK 14 Kingfisher 44, MARLOW 14 NORMAN NORTH 40, Lawton Eisenhower 22 PAULS VALLEY 28, Madill 27 Mannford 42, TECUMSEH 16 DEER CREEK 35, McGuinness 32 Meeker 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 Newcastle 42, BETHEL 6 LAWTON 35, Norman 21 GUTHRIE 49, Northwest 13 Oklahoma Christian 38, LUTHER 35 Piedmont 32, WEATHERFORD 28 MINCO 44, Pioneer 12 Purcell 34, ATOKA 7 JENKS 49, Putnam City 7 GLENPOOL 47, Santa Fe South 8 Seminole 42, CHANDLER 18 Shawnee 45, NOBLE 16 Southmoore 35, MUSTANG 32 St. Mary 28, LITTLE AXE 27 OWASSO 31, Stillwater 28 CHR. HERITAGE 30, Stroud 26 BLANCHARD 28, Tuttle 21 Washington 34, LINDSAY 28 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 44, Waurika 20 Wayne 35, MAYSVILLE 7 OKEMAH 48, Wellston 12 Class 6A TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Bartlesville 28 Bixby 31, MUSKOGEE 13 Sand Springs 28, ENID 25 SAPULPA 38, Tulsa Edison 7 Tulsa Union 49, PONCA CITY 6 Class 5A Claremore 28, GROVE 22 Collinsville 35, TAHLEQUAH 17 Coweta 40, TULSA CENTRAL 38 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 21 Lawton MacArthur 30, ARDMORE 22 McAlester 45, TULSA MEMORIAL 18 PRYOR 38, Tulsa East Central 34 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 18 Tulsa Kelley 42, SKIATOOK 28 Class 4A Anadarko 42, ELGIN 6 Cascia Hall 46, BROKEN BOW 7 Catoosa 21, OOLOGAH 20 WOODWARD 26, Clinton 22 CACHE 21, Elk City 20 SALLISAW 27, Fort Gibson 24 Miami 30, TULSA WEBSTER 10 STILWELL 24, Muldrow 20 Tulsa McLain 32, CLEVELAND 24 Wagoner 46, VINITA 12 Class 3A Beggs 37, HENRYETTA 7 METRO CHRISTIAN 17, Berryhill 10 Bristow 28, PRAGUE 7 SULPHUR 20, Dickson 16 Eufaula 27, HEAVENER 24 STIGLER 30, Idabel 6 Inola 34, KELLYVILLE 18 Jay 38, BLACKWELL 12 Locust Grove 42, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 PLAINVIEW 40, Lone Grove 12 VICTORY CHR. 49, Morris 6 PERKINS 21, Okmulgee 20 Seq. Claremore 28, DEWEY 24 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Seq. Tahlequah 28 VERDIGRIS 28, Sperry 7 CHECOTAH 27, Spiro 24 ROLAND 30, Valliant 12 HILLDALE 44, Westville 6 Class 2A Adair 34, PAWHUSKA 12 HUGO 28, ANTLERS 27 NOWATA 38, Chelsea 6 Chouteau 28, CANADIAN 20 Comanche 24, HINTON 22 Davis 44, TISHOMINGON 12 Hobart 24, FREDERICK 14 Kingston 30, COALGATE 13 Marietta 28, KONAWA 21 Mounds 28, HASKELL 27 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 CANEY VALLEY 28, Oklahoma Union 24 Pocola 24, MOUNTAINBURG, ARK. 20 KANSAS 27, Salina 22 Thomas 40, MANGUM 6 CHISHOLM 28, Tonkawa 24 HARTSHORNE 48, Wilburton 8 COLCORD 38, Wyandotte 32 Class A Apache 22, CORDELL 14 EMPIRE 40, Bray-Doyle 14 WATONGA 31, Carnegie 27 SAVANNA 42, Central Sallisaw 28 BARNSDALL 34, Depew 26 Fairview 40, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 Hollis 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Hominy 32, DRUMRIGHT 6 TEXHOMA 34, Hooker 7 Kiefer 42, MORRISON 28 Okeene 46, MOORELAND 14 Porter 28, FOYIL 20 Quinton 34, HAILEYVILLE 12 Rush Springs 28, WILSON 12 SAYRE 28, Snyder 22 ELMORE CITY 36, Stratford 28 Summit Christian 30, AFTON 28 Talihina 44, GORE 12 BEAVER 28, Turpin 16 Velma-Alma 42, HEALDTON 30 RINGLING 44, Walters 6 Warner 34, LIBERTY 12 Wynnewood 42, WEWOKA 20 Yale 24, REGENT PREP 20 Class B CAVE SPRINGS 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton at Waukomis Cyril at Central Marlow Fox 58, ALLEN 30 WETUMKA 66, Keota 20 GARBER 54, Medford 8 RINGWOOD 38, Merritt 34 Paoli 42, GEARY 14 LAVERNE 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 28 STROTHER 56, Porum 48 Rejoice Christian 56, WOODLAND 22 Seiling 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Welch 38, WATTS 32 DEWAR 54, Weleetka 20 Class C Balko 58, TYRONE 8 DC-LAMONT 34, Buffalo 24 TIPTON 56, Corn Bible 6 Gracemont 34, DUKE 28 CHEROKEE 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 0 SASAKWA 34, Maud 28 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 38 SHARON-MUTUAL 44, Shattuck 34 MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 40, Temple 28 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 BOISE CITY 56, Waynoka 6 ARKOMA 48, Webbers Falls 20 Independent TULSA NOAH 44, OKC Legion 20
Nov 6, 2013
Time for more emails, and there’s plenty of topics. Lots of people weighed in on Clint Chelf and the Washington Redskins. Let’s get right to it. SOONER FOOTBALL Don: Stoops was a little testy in yesterday’s press conference. You are absolutely correct.
Tramel's inbox: Emails on Clint Chelf and Redskins name
Berry Tramel | Nov 6, 2013[img]2259995[/img] Time for more emails, and there’s plenty of topics. Lots of people weighed in on Clint Chelf and the Washington Redskins. Let’s get right to it. SOONER FOOTBALL Don: Stoops was a little testy in yesterday’s press conference. You are absolutely correct. No question that the Big 12 presents challenges like never before. Stoops was in defensive mode yesterday. Parity is here because of reductions of scholarships put in a few years ago. Facilities upgrades for most of the Big 12 have upped the ante also. I like Bob Stoops, but reality is that it is much harder today than ever before to win championships! Your line of questioning was right on point.” I don’t know if it’s harder or not. OU’s just not doing it as much. That much we know. Isaiah: “Curious your thoughts on how long Bob Stoops would stay at OU. Not that I think he will leave anytime soon, but given his comments about trying to maintain a work/life balance for himself and for his coaches, I don’t think he would be an NFL head coach. Hearing him talk about the demands of being a college coach and his description of an NFL coach’s possible schedule, I now don’t see him leaving for the NFL. I imagine he has talked to Steve Spurrier about his experience, as well as other people around the league about the grind an NFL head coaching job is. Do you imagine he will stay a long time at OU? I certainly know that president Boren and Joe C. won’t ever tell Bob to leave, but I don’t see Bob ever leaving OU for the NFL. Now it’s just a matter of how much longer he’ll be around. Does he want to leave on a high note or when his kids are through high school?” I agree that Stoops isn’t likely for the NFL. Now, he could get his fill of coaching, but I don’t see any signs of that just yet. If I was guessing, I’d say Stoops would stay in Norman at least through his kids getting out of high school. His twin sons are in middle school. So that’s another five years or so. David: “The Sooners’ most dreaded disease is the crippling acquirement of the Three and Out. It was well demonstrated against Texas. Best drive and consistency emerged in the long drive against Texas Tech, keeping the Raiders off the field. You think that’s a winning formula?” I think it’s the only formula against Baylor. Run the ball. Control the clock. Keep Baylor’s offense on the sideline. Frustrate Bryce Petty. I see no other way to win. Johnny: What is the status on Kendal Thompson? Is he over his injury or is he still rehabbing? And what about Cody Thomas? I know he is redshirt, but I was wondering what you think his future potential is. Starter in a year or two?” Thompson is ready to play. I have no idea about Cody Thomas and I would be stunned if anyone else did either. Melvin wrote about Big 12 titles being harder or easier in recent years to win: “Harder or easier? With Nebraska, Missouri and Texas A&M gone?” It’s a valid point. Parity has come to the Big 12, but when solid football schools like Mizzou, A&M and Nebraska leave, you’d think OU and Texas would clean up even more. But no. CLINT CHELF T.J.,: “Glad you don’t coach. ‘Putting Chelf in against Tech is the wrong decision.’ Brilliant! As usual, you look like a complete ass. Keep your day job. Don’t go into coaching!” Actually, playing Walsh would have been the proper move against Tech. I would keep Chelf this week, because Chelf played well against Tech, but a few things to remember. 1. Chelf still completed just 53 percent of his passes against Tech. 2. Chelf was the beneficiary of a new tailback and a cohesive offensive line. Against Iowa State, OSU went to Des Roland at tailback, plus had some continuity with the line for the first time. Chelf still played poorly. Things came together against Tech. Bill: “How about an apology to Clint Chelf??” For what? I didn’t say anything wrong. I said Walsh should start at Tech. And I’m not convinced I was wrong. Nikki: “I think it is awful the way that you bash this young man. I have read your articles for years now and you seem to have a very negative edge to your writings, especially toward Mike Gundy. I have even noticed this attitude in many of your OU articles also. I suggest that you take a step back and read some of your pass articles and review your style of writing from previous years. I enjoyed them then but do not now. There has been a long time rumor that you had some issues with the Gundy family years ago. Is this still an issue with them? Do you take it out on some of his players because you do not like the Gundy family? I feel very sorry for the Chelf kid because of your negative writings about him. This is twice that you have lashed out on him in the newspaper. . He seems to be the best quarterback that OSU has at this time. He seems to be doing his best and working hard trying to make this team successful! Why do you keep pounding this kid over and over again with your words? Maybe you are just getting old like the rest of us and need to work on being more upbeat now. Take a look at yourself, Barry. If you are struggling with negative issues in your life, there are some great medicines out there to help you. Try it. You might like yourself more. Maybe your readers will like you again.” I’ve got no problems with the Gundys. I’ve been writing about Mike since 1984. His old man gets mad at me from time to time, but I don’t pay any attention to it. Here’s what I like. Quarterback who complete passes to their own team. That’s why I favor Walsh over Chelf. And as for that old part, speak for yourself. Bob: “Do you think Clint Chelf is back and for real?” I think Chelf is about like he’s always been. He can make some plays. He also can get you beat. Fred: “OK! What you got say now about Clint Chelf? How he was the wrong move, I believe he proved he can compete with the best QBs. Not the greatest QB at OSU but can get the job done when needed!” Here’s what I’ve got to say. Where were all you Chelf supporters before the game? Know how many emails I got before the game, chastising me for saying OSU should go with Walsh? Zero. Zero. There was no faith in OSU or Chelf. None. I don’t listen to yapping from people who think they’re soothsayers because they wait until after the game is over to say what should have been. Michelle: “Obviously you are so blatantly anti-OSU that you cannot even report your own statistics correctly! According to your own stats, Chelf has twice completed MORE THAN 70% of his passes in his eight career games; one game in which he had more than 77% completed passes!” Do you guys understand my lot now? Chelf has completed more than 59 percent of his passes twice in eight games, and that’s supposed to be a sign that he’s the proper choice at quarterback. We’ve got a lot of educating to do. Paul: “You do not owe Clint Chelf an apology for suggesting J.W. Walsh start or at least play significantly against Texas Tech, due to his below average passing abilities. He still has below average passing abilities, (see two picks, 1 for 6), but he is one thing you did not mention, unflappable. The kid makes a costly mistake and he’s contrite on the sideline but his body language never changes. Just go back out and try again. Honestly I still think he is learning the nuances of reading defenses. Pretty late date to do that but he still has very mixed game experience. Some NFL QBs take several years at the outset of their careers to learn to properly read a defense. Chelf doesn’t have the arm or savvy to make it in the NFL, but he is passable (pun intended) for a college QB. Roland is the best downhill runner I have seen at OSU in many years. Not as fast as DeMarco Murray, or strong as Adrian Peterson, but the kid gets some of the same results as those two great ‘north-south ‘ runners.” Actually, not only did I refer to Chelf’s unflappability, I used the exact word “unflappable.” Greg: “You’re wrong on the OSU QB situation. Chelf should have started all along. Now, he has to work out the cobwebs. The Cowboys have no chance with Walsh…nada, none, zippo, zero. With Chelf, OSU has a fighting chance. Actually, I think OSU is going to screw up a lot of things. I believe Tech (in Lubbock) will defeat Texas and OSU will finish them off in Austin. They will be massacred in Waco. Good bye Mack. An interim will coach a bowl game.” Give Greg credit. He wrote this email before the OSU-Tech game. I can respect that. But UT-Tech is in Austin, not Lubbock, and that game comes after OSU-Texas. THUNDER Chris: “My opinion is that the Thunder is wise to avoid the luxury tax this season because doing so would make it more difficult to re-sign Kevin Durant. If the Thunder became a tax paying team this season, they would face the repeater tax after the 2015-16 season. That’s the same time Durant’s current contract expires. I believe he’s less likely to stay in OKC if it looks like those next four years will be dedicated to rebuilding. If the Thunder waits until next season to go into the luxury tax, when it comes time to re-up, Durant knows he has at least one more season with Westbrook, Ibaka and Adams. Those are four players you can, hopefully, win a ring with. I think Sam Presti is wiser to make that argument.” This seems clear. The Thunder is headed for the luxury tax next season and the year after. The repeater penalty, which is really punitive, kicks in if you go into the tax three times in four years. So the Thunder is wise to stay out of it in 2013-14. William: “Does Sam Presti draft better than he trades? Sam trades good for draft choices. But when it comes to trading for NBA horse flesh, no thank you. I’d rather have Jeff Green at this point over Perk. KD fell in his lap. He drafted Russell Westbrook, Serge, Harden.. He drafted too smart with Harden; couldn’t afford him in Stockyard City. People continue to second guess that choice. It’s not Brooklyn and Prokhorov, it’s OKC and Bennett. He knows what the small town market will bear and how deep Clay Bennett’s pockets are. Stick with drafting, that’s his forte. Sam could use a good Lieutenant in the front office…a counter weight. I’d already trade in Perkins for Steven Adams. I’m amazed that Scottie is giving him playing time. He never gives rookies playing time. Maybe his hand is being forced?” Wait a minute. I know Perkins is becoming damaged goods, and his days are numbered. But do you have any idea how good that trade was? The minute Perkins arrived, OKC’s culture changed. All that talk about defense became actuality. The Thunder became an NBA contender because of the Perkins trade. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Bernie: “Reading your blog regarding the Ames, Iowa, trip, it occurred to me that Montana and North Dakota State have been dominant teams at the Division I FCS level for years. North Dakota State is currently ranked No. 1. Why do you think teams like Minnesota, since you mentioned St. Paul, and Iowa State have struggled so much at the FBS level to reach success? Just cannot recruit enough speed from the southern tier of states to the American north needed to compete at the FBS level? Interesting to think about the FCS and FBS success differences in the American north.” Hmm. That’s worth thinking about. Yes, Iowa State and Minnesota have struggled. But Ohio State and Michigan have flourished. Yes, Alabama and LSU have dominated. Mississippi State and South Carolina, not so much. So I looked at all the I-AA champions. North Dakota State twice in a row, Eastern Washington, Villanova, Richmond, Appalachian State thrice in a row, James Madison, Delaware, Western Kentucky, Montana, Georgia Southern twice in a row, UMass, Youngstown State, Marshall, well, that’s enough. A good cross section of north and south. Moreso than in I-A. Maybe speed is the reason. Tivis: “When you see certain sports teams, you always know what their uniforms will look like. Everyone knows what the Oklahoma Sooners. New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas Longhorns will be wearing. But it is a surprise every time you see the OSU Cowboys, Baylor Bears, Houston Astros, Oregon Ducks, Maryland Terrapins and others as far as their uniforms. Does it have something to do with some being traditional winners and some, maybe, not being such traditional winners?” It has everything to do with recruiting ballplayers. The younger generation loves the contemporary looks. I think you’ll see the Oklahomas and the Alabamas going more and more in that direction. OSU FOOTBALL Don: “Hope OSU has convinced you by now with the Texas Tech dominance. They are peaking at right time! Every week improving, especially since Roland’s running and offensive line are coming together. The quarterback’s iffy, but has great leadership. Chelf has passed Walsh because of leadership and running ability. Great team and coaching leadership as well. Defense solid and getting better. I was impressed with the physicality of this team on both sides of ball. Let’s hope OU wins Thursday and have two Oklahoma teams in the running.” It certainly was a big-time performance in Lubbock. Maybe the Pokes are peaking. However, I don’t think Chelf is playing over Walsh because of leadership. I think Chelf is playing because of arm strength. Tim: “One thing I noticed besides the superior offensive line play against Tech (every play, just about, we knocked them off the line), is that Glenn Spencer and the defensive coaches make really good halftime adjustments. Against the better opponents, note the two halves point differential.” OK, I noted it. Throwing out the Lamar and Texas-San Antonio games, OSU has outscored foes 98-48 in the second half. Iowa State and Texas Tech, particularly, have been second-half dominations. Del: “OSU’s recent record in Texas and vs. Texas schools looking dominant. Since 2010, games in Texas and/or against Texas schools: 17-2. Conference road games in Texas since 2009: 9-1. Overall vs. A&M, Texas, Baylor, Tech and TCU since 2009: 15-3. I love this stuff. John: “I know the Cowboy fans are beating you up a bit after the weekend’s articles, but I’m one fan that appreciates your candor and unbiased reporting. I’ve always felt the biggest problem with the offense is not necessarily the QB but the tweaks and changes in either routes/QB reads or something to do with getting away from the detail of the Holgorsen offense. Way too many throws to the wrong spot, broken routes, poor timing, etc. I saw it vividly in the spring game and had concerns. This was not as evident against Tech because of the run game success, but against better fronts I still have my concerns. Have to give the coaches and players credit for great adjustments and a really nice win that not many including myself really expected.” Ah, an admission that a win was not expected in Lubbock. That’s good. That’s really good. I, too, wonder if they’ve gotten away a little much from the Holgorsen offense. It’s possible the answer is no. It’s possible that what you did with Brandon Weeden, you can’t do with others. That’s a good one to keep an eye on. Greg: “Good article tonight giving Chelf praise, when your last article was saying Walsh should be the QB. Not ripping on you. I didn’t see this performance coming either. But game balls should go out to Glenn Spencer and the defense. Bill Young’s firing looked like a wise move then and tremendous move now.” Spencer is doing a heck of a job, there’s no doubt about that. Edward: “Just checked into my hotel from the game today and read your article re Chelf. As a Sunday morning QB, I don’t disagree too much with what you wrote. What irritates me the most about you and most (all??) OKC media is your constant measurement of teams on how they play OU. You guys didn’t give us a chance because the Red Raiders played your vaunted Sooners head up last week. Earth to Berry and all other OKC media, this isn’t the 1970s, and your Sooners are an average to good team in the top 25. And so are the Cowboys. Coach Gundy has the Pokes playing at a higher level. I will say based on what Chelf was able to accomplish today, (leading his team to a huge win in a hostile environment) he was very impressive. Oh, and I can’t wait to see Thomas Lott, the Selmons, and Little Joe Washington, lead by Cecil Cemara, venture into Boone Pickens this year….Oh wait – this is 2013. Silly OKC press.” Silly OKC press? How about silly fans who have a 2×4 stuck up their butt. The reason everyone picked Tech to win was not because Tech played OU tough, but because OSU’s offense had been mediocre all season. I think OSU will beat OU in Stillwater this season. But before Cowboy fans get too fancy-pantsed, remember that OSU has beaten OU once in the last 10 meetings. That’s the same ratio as in the ’70s. Ron, talking about a small contingent of OSU fans in Lubbock: “I wouldn’t be to hard on them for this trip. I know Tech grads that won’t even go to games in Lubbock because of the way their fans treat visitors. There was some of that on Tech’s trip to Norman even.” Tech students have that reputation. But I didn’t know it applied to all Tech fans. Danny: “I don’t blame OSU fans for not going to Tech. I went a few years ago and don’t care to go back. They are the worst hosts I have ever seen. No telling what they would be like if they won. They rank right up there with Mississippi State baseball fans. If you don’t know about them, ask Gary Ward.” Do you realize it’s been 26 years since the Anthony Blackmon incident? The OSU centerfielder dropped his pants and mooned Mississippi State fans, who had been hurling racial slurs at him during the NCAA Mideast Regional. We’ve come a long way. Bill: “College football is not my specialty, but your article made me wonder. Who made the worse decision this year about the OSU quarterback position: Lunt or Gundy?” Gundy. Letting Lunt leave because his future wasn’t clear? Horrible decision. Lunt clearly had the most upside of the three OSU quarterbacks.\ REDSKINS David: “I’ve been sitting on the fence with regards to the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins and the movement towards name change. So much of what passes for people being upset today is hyperventilated political correctness –everyone is insulted by everything. But your article has allowed me to see it for what it is and it is hard to argue otherwise. And, yes, just because something always has been doesn’t make it forever acceptable. Perhaps as a nation of people, we are maturing and learning to be more sensitive to the feelings of others. It is now the time to change the name. Thanks for the excellent article which gives us better “insight” from both you and Mr. Tsotigh.” Don’t worry. The detractors are coming. Bill: “By your logic in saying the name Redskins is an inappropriate name for an NFL football team, I suggest you should be just as indignant about the name Oklahoma Sooners. After all, the Sooners were criminals who illegally jumped the gun for the Land Run. So shouldn’t we be ashamed of idolizing a football team the goes by that name. If that isn’t enough, we should be even more ashamed of the name Oklahoma. After all, it’s translation in Choctaw means ‘red people.’ So we are guilty of being politically incorrect with the demeaning state name of Oklahoma, certainly nothing we should be proud of. Being ‘nudged’ into being politically correctness is simply giving way to the people and ideology whose goal is to control people’s minds.” Is that the best you’ve got? Rather than discuss the issue of whether Indians are being degraded, turn it into this kind of nonsense? David: “Susan Shown Harjo of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has been quoted as saying, ‘the use of ANY stereotype in the portrayal of Indians is considered … to be contributory to their dehumanization and deracination.’ The Washington Redskins are just the beginning, Mr. Tramel. If Daniel Snyder caves, how long do you think it will take Native American advocacy groups to go after the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks or the Golden State Warriors? Although they would never admit it, I suspect the owners of the before mentioned franchises hope that Snyder doesn’t relent because they know they’ll be next in the crosshairs! Besides, how much do you feed the beast of hyper-sensitivity and political correctness?” You’re probably right. The Braves and the Blackhawks probably hope the Redskins keep their name. If there’s a team out there called Redskins, someone else is at the front of the line. Yenna: “Thank you for you column concerning the Washington Redskins football team and your stated opinion on the subject. However, I find it ironic that an individual with such deep roots in Oklahoma would inject themselves in an argument over a perceived offensive nickname given to a private organization. The very meaning of the word Oklahoma coming from the Choctaw language means ‘Red People.’ Is the term ‘Redskin’ somehow equally or more offensive than ‘Red People?’ Is it that when one hears the term ‘Oklahoma’ they don’t immediately think of ‘Red People.’ Perhaps the state gets away with veiled racism because the offensive name is disguised by a foreign language. Maybe Washington could simply disguise the ‘Redskins’ nickname using a foreign language like Spanish. The team could call themselves the Washington ‘Piel Rojas.’ That doesn’t sound nearly as offensive. I would suggest you lead the way in Oklahoma by demanding the state as a government entity, change their offensive name before making like demands on a profitable private business. For the record, I am neither a supporter or fan of the Redskins nor the State of Oklahoma.” Piel Rojas. I like it. I like it a lot. David: “The state’s name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning ‘red people.’ Bit ironic that a sportswriter from Oklahoma would comment on other people using the words red skin. People who live in glass houses, etc, etc. You also forgot to mention that before each and every Florida State University home football game, a half naked Caucasian dressed like a clownish Seminole Indian rides a horse to midfield and throws a spear into the ground. Not only does the Seminole Tribe not complain about this insensitive performance, but believe it or not, the Seminole Tribe of Florida actually condones it. Max Osceola, the chief and general council president of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has stated that he regards it as an ‘honor’ to be associated with the university.” I didn’t mention it because I didn’t want to write 50,000 words on the subject, which I could have. I have written about the Seminoles/Florida State relationship, which is a huge point of contention in the Indian community. But all this Oklahoma/red people argument. Please. Come up with something better. Ryland: “Thank you for writing the opinion piece on the use of the above word. I was born in 1949 so I have had the opportunity to see things change in word usage as you stated. When I was young people who were ignorant called me blanket ass, chief (I am not one ), redskin and other offensive names. When people ask me now why I am offended, I try and explain but am sometimes met with ‘that’s stupid.’ I finally started doing this. It is like calling an African American a N… That sometimes gets their attention. It would be nice if the African American football players in the NFL and college would join in the protest. My great grandfather, war chief Tabananica (hears the sun rising ) was a prisoner of war of the United States and was locked up in Fort Marion, Fla., for 14 years. He gave my family our Comanche name. It is not Redskin. Thank you again for focusing attention on this very offensive name.” That’s what is known as a primary source. Chance: “No mention of the Wynnewood Savages in today’s article? I think you could make the case that nickname is much worse and degrading than ‘Redskins’ has ever been. Any thoughts?” I agree. I didn’t want to take on every issue, but I completely agree. Kurt: “But when did you think it was offensive? Not until the ‘I’m offended by everything’ crowd told you, right? I have an aunt named Gay who is 80. No one thought that name was offensive until the homosexual crowd co-opted the word. Sometimes old definitions are just old and need to be redefined.” I thought it was offensive 20something years ago. That’s when I first wrote a column about it. I think it was at the Norman Transcript. I worked there until 1991. Pat: “My Webster dictionary says a Redskin is ‘an American Indian.’ No more no less. Maybe your dictionary is a politically correct addition. As a certified American Indian, I find nothing offensive in the name Redskin unless that redskin is a robber, thief, murderer, etc. I suggest you look in ‘your dictionary’ and look up ‘Caucasian Sportswriter.’ You might find ‘noun, a honkey without ownership or investment poking their nose into other peoples business. Often a characteristic of having the need to fill up space with nothing to write.’” I promise. The more my detractors talk, the better they make my case. Eric: “I disagree with your assessment on the Redskin name. You failed to mention that the term was derived by the Indians themselves to delineate themselves from the white man. It was a term of pride for them. The term was not a white man’s term used as a slur. You forgot to mention that or you didn’t do your research. It’s obviously a name of pride for the Redskins, and always has been. It’s saying they’re tough, brave. It’s not a slur. How many teams call themselves disparaging names? Oklahoma Idiots? Dallas Dummies? You may find a few silly names, but very, very few disparaging nicknames are out there. All you’ve really done is fall in line with activists that are trying to guilt our ‘white society’ into feeling sorry for them, when the truth is that the term is a term of pride. Most of their race agrees with that. It’s the easy way out just being an appeaser. Lame on your part, and an intellectual copout.” Here’s where Eric is wetter than a car wash. Redskin is not a source of pride. And here’s how you know. Like I wrote, the term is out of use except as a mascot for a sport team. Chief? Brave? Even warrior? We still use those terms. No one – Indians, whites, no one – uses redskin. No one. It’s not a source of pride. It’s a racial slur. Doug: “I found it interesting that after reading your article this morning, I watched the Today Show. They were interviewing all the stars from the new movie Last Vegas. One subject that they talked about was ‘political correctness’ because Hallmark took out the word ‘gay’ in ‘don we now in gay apparel’ to ‘don we now in fun apparel.’ They all agreed Hallmark was basically being stupid. Morgan Freeman also made an interesting comment. He said we HAVE gone too far with PC and gave the example that suddenly he is called an ‘African’ as in African American. Mr. Freeman said, ‘I’m not African. I am not from Africa.’ I could not possibly care less about WashingtonDC’s team changing their team name or not changing their team name, but I am tired of everyone forcing political correctness down my throat. We have gotten so thin skinned in our society, it’s ridiculous.” The biggest problem with political correctness is when people use it as an excuse to never change anything. It becomes an automatic fallback position. Oh, that’s just political correctness. The same kind of thinking was used to fight against women’s suffrage and civil rights and all kinds of issues. It wasn’t always called political correctness, but it always was about the same thing. Keeping the status quo. Gary: “My name is Gary Pratt, and I am the Chairman of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. I would like to thank you for your concern and article. Thank you for acknowledging the fact that Redskin is a racial slur and is unethical and unacceptable in today’s society. It is a subject that has long been detested by our people, yet our voices seem to go unheard by those of higher authority. Let’s hope and pray the governor, and representatives from our state government, have read your article, and receive the motivation to go out and make a difference.” Glad to help Paul: “Your commentary today is spot-on. Offensive = Offensive. Change the name. But I want to approach the debate from a biological prospective. From the time of Aristotle, Linnaeus, Darwin, etc., critical thinkers were trying to put all of life into some manageable box to make sense of nature. For example, Canis lupus is a wolf. Canis familiaris is a domesticated dog. Within any species of life, there will be shown some differences = Unique and Distinct. All of life which is critical for survival. Biologists have a hard enough time to put all of life into a simple box. The idea that race is even used is crazy regarding Homo sapiens and out of the realm on biologists. Is there a difference between a German Shepard and a Poodle? Yes….but they are the same species capable of interbreeding = they are the same. When is the last time you heard someone in the grocery store ask what race of pepper (Capsicum annuum) you bought. Bell Pepper, Jalapeno, Cayenne??? These plants are in the same species, just unique and distinct. So to make a distinction among humans (i.e. Redskins, Polish Americans, etc.) is not logical from a biological prospective. I had fun talking about leeches in my class this week. Maybe the Washington Redskins can rename themselves the Washington D.C. Leeches (all pun intended).” I think we’ve stumbled upon an intellectual. Who knew they existed in this forum? Stan: “As usual, great read this morning. In total agreement with you. When you said …”I’d give you examples, but it’s not even decent to list them,” I really, really wish you could have. But part of the irony of the subject is that due to our nation’s history, you would have been castigated for just giving a few examples, where I, as an African American, have no such burden….at least where disparaging names concerning us are concerned. Can you imagine the uproar names like the Douglass Jigs, Coons, Spear Chuckers, etc. would have caused? It’s an issue the resolution of which is long overdue.” It is interesting that the use of such words has made discussion more difficult. I guess that’s not a terrible tradeoff. I’d rather talk around such words than have to hear them in regular conversation. Jim: “Your column was spot on. Want to get the name changed? Challenge the tax free status of the team. Change the name or lose their non-profit status. An organization that is formed solely for the purpose of playing professional football should not enjoy tax free status while it’s very name incites bigotry and slander.” Do the Redskins have tax-free status? I’m no expert. But that’s basically what the NCAA has done, threatening various status for schools that won’t change nicknames perceived to be offensive. Nick: “No argument – the term Redskin is defined as disparaging and offensive. But a couple of questions come to mind. 1. The Washington NFL team has been the Redskins since 1932. So why has the controversy boiled to the top now? 2. Are we now going to go after all the collegiate and high school sports teams with American Indian names? There aren’t many collegiate teams left with these kinds of names, but Wikipedia lists too many high schools with American Indian names to count. They are broken down by specific names and 91 of them are Redskins. Looks like this argument will continue forever.” I don’t know when the Redskin debate started, but like I said, I know it’s at least 20 years old. Wouldn’t surprise me if it was much older than that. I actually cut the Washington Redskins much more slack than I do colleges and high schools. Snyder is a free enterprise businessman. He can do whatever he wants. A public high school or university should be held to higher standards. Jeff: “Loved your piece on the Redskins and completely agree with you. I think we could start right now and right here by getting the Daily Oklahoman journalists to stop using the term from here on out and simply refer to them as ‘Washington’ in their articles. And tell everyone what you’re doing and why. What do you think? Would the paper’s leadership support/stand behind this? If you’re serious, I challenge you with this next step.” Interesting idea. The Portland Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle and Kansas City Star, I’ve been told, have taken that step. It might be a good idea. On the other hand, the biggest impact would be if networks engaged in the practice. The trouble is, the networks and the NFL are contractual partners, so that would be dicey. Bill: “Been waiting a long time for you to weigh in on the issue. Thanks for your article today. Yes, you’re right. Some names are fine. Lots of people can be Warriors, Chiefs, and Braves. It’s those like “Savages” or those with caricatures like Cleveland’s. With those, I say, ‘Keep the names. Just change the image.’ How long would the names last if we replaced the image of any other ethnic group? Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, and yes, even Whites.” I’ve long wondered why some teams held onto the imagery. For instance, OCU, which changed from the Chiefs to the Stars back in the ‘90s. OCU could have kept Chiefs, just change the imagery. Lots of people are chiefs. Not just Indians in full headdress. Mary: “As the mother of two children (adults) who are Native American, I thank you for your article. They both hate the name.” Actually, the whole debate is silly. Redskins? Really? In 1943, maybe. In 2013, you’ve got to be kidding. Greg: “I think there is one angle your story failed to address. If American Indians are so offended by the name Redskins, would it not make sense that they (and other like-minded people) would pool their funds and make Daniel Snyder an offer to purchase the team? Then, they could change the name to something they find more suitable. Seems like too often, people enjoy standing on the sidelines and telling everyone else how to run their own business, but run away from the opportunity to ‘put their money where their mouth is.’” Daniel Snyder wouldn’t sell. Jacob: “I appreciate your support in recognizing the outdated notion that this racial slur in some way ‘honors’ our people. I know you will get some flack from those who say that we are overly sensitive, but your statement will draw support from rational American Indian people who recognize that, by taking one step at a time, we might begin to eradicate those symbols of bigotry that seem benign on the surface but lead to other more insensitive and inappropriate stereotypical images of our people. You have taken the moral high ground and that could lead to other more impactful changes as progress continues to change our attitudes. As Dr. King stated, the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” One step at a time. Those might be the most important words in that email.
Oct 30, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state, including Edmond North-Midwest City, Cushing-Seminole and McGuinness-Guthrie.
Oklahoma high school football picks: Week 9
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 30, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-29 (83.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,130-281 (80.1 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area LAWTON MAC 45, Capitol Hill 8 WESTMOORE 34, Tulsa Edison 7 Class 6A TULSA UNION JV 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 Class 5A TULSA EAST CENTRAL 31, Tahlequah 20 Class B REJOICE CHR. 58, South Coffeyville 12 Independent Cornerstone Chr. 56, COOKSON HILLS 32 Friday's Games City Area Ada 28, McLOUD 21 Alva 42, DIBBLE 30 Bethany 38, BRISTOW 20 HERITAGE HALL 56, Bethel 7 MARLOW 54, Bridge Creek 12 CASADY 31, John Marshall 28 Cashion 35, CARNEGIE 13 MEEKER 38, Central Sallisaw 14 PERKINS 28, Chandler 24 Chickasha 35, SOUTHEAST 7 Chr. Heritage 48, CROOKED OAK 42 Crossings Chr. 28, PIONEER 22 COMMUNITY CHR. 30, Dallas HSAA Davenport 44, STROTHER 14 Destiny Christian 54, LIFE CHR. 20 Douglass 27, HARRAH 17 DEL CITY 24, Duncan 20 Edmond North 13, MIDWEST CITY 10 EDMOND MEMORIAL 24, Ed. Santa Fe 20 Enid 28, STILLWATER 10 Geary 28, MACOMB 24 EL RENO 42, Guymon 14 Haskell 35, WELLSTON 20 Kingfisher 28, NEWCASTLE 21 LEXINGTON 30, Konawa 22 PUTNAM NORTH 28, Lawton Ike 12 JONES 35, Little Axe 7 MILLWOOD 45, Luther 20 GUTHRIE 34, McGuinness 14 Minco 46, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 LAWTON 45, Mustang 20 DURANT 28, Noble 27 Norman North 49, MOORE 20 OKLAHOMA CHR. 47, Northeast 18 DEER CREEK 42, Northwest 14 BERRYHILL 38, OKC Legion 17 FOX 56, Okla. Christian Aca. 8 Piedmont 32, ELGIN 24 Plainview 48, PAULS VALLEY 12 Putnam City 28, MUSKOGEE 24 NORMAN 44, Putnam West 20 TECUMSEH 30, Santa Fe South 13 OKC PATRIOTS 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Shawnee 49, TULSA HALE 7 Southmoore 49, CHOCTAW 33 TUTTLE 40, St. Mary 13 CENTENNIAL 42, Star Spencer 38 PURCELL 28, Sulphur 7 HENNESSEY 35, Tonkawa 22 YUKON 49, U.S. Grant 8 CRESCENT 28, Watonga 24 WYNNEWOOD 21, Wayne 14 SW COVENANT 32, Webbers Falls 28 CARL ALBERT 56, Western Heights 8 Windsor Hills 34, COLDWATER, KAN. 30 Class 6A Bartlesville 44, PONCA CITY 13 Jenks 45, BIXBY 14 OWASSO 32, Sand Springs 28 BROKEN ARROW 56, Sapulpa 10 TULSA UNION 49, Tulsa Washington 20 Class 5A Ardmore 42, ALTUS 7 PRYOR 28, Collinsville 18 Coweta 38, CLAREMORE 28 McALESTER 44, Skiatook 13 Tulsa Central 35, GROVE 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, TULSA MEMORIAL 24 Class 4A POTEAU 42, Broken Bow 13 CLINTON 34, Cache 10 CATOOSA 28, Cleveland 14 WOODWARD 30, Elk City 13 Glenpool 28, MANNFORD 27 Oologah 28, MIAMI 24 Sallisaw 37, MULDROW 17 FORT GIBSON 32, Stilwell 17 CASCIA HALL 49, Tulsa Rogers 8 WAGONER 56, Tulsa Webster 6 TULSA McLAIN 30, Vinita 14 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 18 Class 3A MADILL 28, Atoka 7 Beggs 39, MORRIS 18 Checotah 34, EUFAULA 20 SEMINOLE 49, Cushing 42 Dewey 44, VERDIGRIS 6 Heavener 28, IDABEL 21 INOLA 30, Henryetta 22 Hilldale 35, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 17 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 OKMULGEE 32, Kellyville 10 LOCUST GROVE 34, Lincoln Christian 17 Lone Grove 28, DICKSON 22 SPIRO 30, Roland 19 METRO CHR. 34, Seq. Claremore 7 Sperry 14, BLACKWELL 6 Stigler 28, VALLIANT 7 Victory Christian 44, PRAGUE 8 ADAIR 36, Westville 6 Class 2A KINGSTON 28, Antlers 24 Caney Valley 18, CHELSEA 14 Chisholm 22, NEWKIRK 15 DAVIS 44, Coalgate 6 FREDERICK 28, Comanche 20 Commerce 36, COLCORD 21 VIAN 35, Hartshorne 14 HOBART 35, Hinton 24 Holdenville 28, MOUNDS 20 Kansas 38, HULBERT 6 WYANDOTTE 44, Ketchum 7 Lindsay 36, MANGUM 12 Nowata 44, CHOUTEAU 14 Okemah 35, STROUD 34 Panama 48, POCOLA 28 Pawhuska 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 Perry 31, PAWNEE 12 SALINA 34, Quapaw 6 MARIETTA 27, Tishomingo 20 HUGO 42, Wilburton 14 Class A Afton 38, WARNER 12 HOLLIS 34, Apache 8 KIEFER 42, Barnsdall 7 FAIRVIEW 32, Beaver 16 QUINTON 22, Canadian 6 DEPEW 28, Drumright 7 Elmore City 34, CADDO 7 VELMA-ALMA 28, Empire 27 SUMMIT CHR. 34, Fairland 12 MORRISON 42, Foyil 6 GORE 28, Haileyville 21 Healdton 24, RUSH SPRINGS 12 PORTER 24, Liberty 22 STRATFORD 32, Maysville 14 Mooreland 33, TURPIN 8 Oklahoma Bible 28, HOOKER 7 Ringling 49, BRAY-DOYLE 0 TALIHINA 29, Savanna 24 CORDELL 22, Sayre 16 OKEENE 28, Texhoma 21 Thomas 42, SNYDER 7 Wewoka 34, REGENT PREP 20 WALTERS 28, Wilson 26 HOMINY 28, Yale 24 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 12 Allen 52, PAOLI 6 Cave Springs 44, PORUM 32 MERRITT 48, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 56, STROTHER 8 Dewar 54, KEOTA 38 Laverne 60, SEILING 14 WAUKOMIS 48, Medford 22 Oaks 42, COPAN 20 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 Ringwood 48, GARBER 28 CENTRAL MARLOW 58, Waurika 12 WOODLAND 42, Welch 14 Weleetka 54, BOWLEGS 6 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Boise City 28 WESLEYAN CHR. 46, Claremore Chr. 14 Corn Bible 38, DUKE 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 58, Goodwell 8 Maud 54, BOKOSHE 6 GRANDFIELD 48, Midway 8 Ryan 48, MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 44 Temple 54, GRACEMONT 8 Thackerville 58, SASAKWA 12 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 42 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 42, Waynoka 20
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Longhorns have been in a long, steady decline. And given the player exodus since last season, coach Rick Barnes is under increasing pressure to make a quick turnaround.For more than a decade, Barnes pushed the Texas program to new heights: A Final Four appearance, the first No. 1 ranking in school history and two Longhorns, T.J. Ford and Kevin Durant, who earned...
After slow Texas decline, Barnes' future uncertain
JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Oct 29, 2013AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Longhorns have been in a long, steady decline. And given the player exodus since last season, coach Rick Barnes is under increasing pressure to make a quick turnaround. For more than a decade, Barnes pushed the Texas program to new heights: A Final Four appearance, the first No. 1 ranking in school history and two Longhorns, T.J. Ford and Kevin Durant, who earned national player of the year honors. But a long drought of postseason success has dragged into its fifth year and last season's 16-18 record — Texas' first losing season since 1997 — have raised the pressure. Athletic director DeLoss Dodds — who has announced he will retire next year — has publicly said he's worried about the direction of the program even as football coach Mack Brown faces questions about his own job future. But while Brown has a roster loaded with talent try to turn things around this season, Barnes must do it with a depleted roster that lost four of its top four scorers from a year ago to the NBA draft, transfers and the Greek basketball league. Barnes has often recruited nationally, which meant landing players like Durant from the Washington, D.C., area, but also that the Longhorns started losing out on some of the best players from talent-rich Texas high schools. Barnes admits recruiting misfires. Not just players who leave early for professional leagues, but others like Sheldon McClellan and Julien Lewis who become unhappy and transferred out. Texas has no scholarship seniors. "It came under my watch," Barnes said. "I'm to blame for that." Barnes is left with a scrappy nucleus of returning players to try to get the program back on track. The leading returning scorer is sophomore guard Javan Felix, who averaged 6.8 points last season. Felix had off-season hip surgery but is expected to play this season. "We know the guys that are here are full on 100 percent with the team," sophomore forward Conner Lammert said. "The guys who transferred had different plans in mind." Here's five things to know about the Longhorns, who start the season at home Nov. 8 against Mercer: WHO WILL SCORE?: A good question, considering the Longhorns lost four players from last season who combined for nearly 50 points per game (Texas only averaged 66 ppg). Felix has shown he can be a hot shooter —he scored 26 against Baylor last season — and may prove more dependable if he doesn't have to carry the load at point guard. Myck Kabongo's 23-game suspension last season forced Felix take over point guard duties and it wore him down. "Javan proved a year ago he's capable of putting up numbers," Barnes said. AT THE POINT: Kabongo's suspension forced Felix to handle way more than Texas wanted last season. Look for the early point guard duties to go to freshman Isaiah Taylor, who led the private Village School in Houston to a 23-5 record last season. But Felix is still available if needed to run the offense. DEFENSE: Barnes built the Texas program on a foundation of tough-as-nails defense. He'll need it again given the lack of firepower on offense. The Longhorns lost eight games last season by seven points or less. New rules that will limit aggressive defense on the perimeter are a concern. "We've had to think long and hard about how we're going to play without fouling," Barnes said. "I'm a little bit more concerned about that side of it probably than the offense." BIGGER IN TEXAS: Texas has some size and they'll need it in the Big 12. Center Prince Ibeh is 6-foot-10 and beefy forwards Cameron Ridley (6-9, 285 pounds) and Jonathan Holmes (6-8, 240) have shown they can be the Longhorns' muscle under the basket. Ibeh and Ridley combined for 87 blocks last season. Holmes also the leading returning rebounder with 5.6 per game last season. TOUGH SCHEDULE: Barnes has never been shy about scheduling tough opponents in order to get his team ready for the Big 12. This season the Longhorns play Vanderbilt and Michigan State and there are road trips to Temple and North Carolina. Not on the schedule is a return trip to the Maui Invitational, where the Longhorns were stunned by Division II Chaminade last season. "It was a tough season last year," Lammert said. "We're going to be sure to try not to make the same mistakes as last year. We're young, we have a lot of energy and we're really excited."
Former Newcastle High School standout Ryan Corbin has been a part of Southwestern State's rebuilding plan
Oklahoma small-college football: Southwestern State finally flirting with success again
BY SCOTT MUNN | Oct 25, 2013Ryan Corbin has endured the worst of times at Southwestern State. Knee surgery that wiped out a year of football. Four losing seasons. That's why this fall is special. Corbin has saved his best for last. And the Bulldogs are flirting with success not seen in Weatherford for a while. “Football is not meant to be perfect,” said Corbin, a fifth-year tight end. “A lot will go your way, and a lot will not go your way. That's the way it is. I accept that. But I'm an effort-kind-of-guy. If you keep giving good effort, it will pay off eventually.” Southwestern State is 4-3 going into Saturday's 6 p.m. Great American Conference game against East Central (3-3) at Fast Lane Field in Weatherford. The Bulldogs and Bacone are the only small college teams in Oklahoma with a winning record. With four games left on the schedule — three of which Southwestern State should be favored — the Bulldogs might have its best season in years. Corbin has been a big part of the rebuild, although a severe knee injury dashed his 2011 season. He received a medical redshirt, and intense rehabilitation was driven by people “doubting and questioning whether I would be able to come back and play. It made me work even harder to come back and show them.” The Newcastle High product returned in 2012 and caught 47 passes for a team-best 400 yards, including one touchdown. This season, Corbin has 44 catches for a team-high 575 yards and four TDs. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has played fullback a couple of times this season, and he has two TDs by rush. Corbin's best game so far this season came Oct. 17 against Southeastern State in Durant. He had three touchdown catches, including a pair of 8-yarders in the fourth quarter that capped a big comeback. The Bulldogs won 37-27, and Corbin was named The Oklahoman's State College Football Player of the Week the following Tuesday. “I just ran a couple of good routes and caught the ball,” Corbin said with a laugh. “It was great to win against a state rival. We don't like to lose in-state games. I hope we can do the same against East Central this week.” GRID BITS * Northeastern A&M wraps up its 2013 season with a 1 p.m. game Saturday at Navarro in Corsicana, Texas. NEO (3-5) snapped a three-game skid a week ago with a 21-14 victory over Cisco (Texas). NEO is 1-4 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference and will not qualify for the league's playoffs. * Bacone (5-2) cracked the NAIA rankings, coming in this week at No. 25. The Warriors are the first team rated by the NAIA this season since Langston opened at No. 23. Langston has since dropped out of the rankings, though voters did not consider the Lions' strength of nonconference schedule. The Lions host Oklahoma Baptist at 2 p.m. Saturday with a very deceptive 2-4 record. Expect the Nov. 9 game in Muskogee between Langston and Bacone to determine the Central States Football League champ. * Marquez Clark knew Central Oklahoma's football program was in rebuilding mode when he signed in 2012. The first-team junior college All-American chose UCO so he could play with best friend Adrian Nelson and for coach Nick Bobeck, people he developed relationships with while at Navarro. Nelson, a quarterback, and Clark, a receiver, set several school passing/receiving records while in junior college. Clark signed with Kansas State out of Navarro but failed to meet academic requirements. “Coach Bobeck told me it was going to be a rebuilding process,” Clark said. “But I told him I wanted to go to war with him, regardless. I love Coach Bobeck, I know he's a good coach.” Clark ranks fifth among UCO's single-season receiving leaders with 987 yards and five touchdowns on 58 catches. The Bronchos have three games left, and the junior needs 482 yards to tie Dee Dee Carter for most in a season. Carter had 1,469 in 2001. * Southern Nazarene lost one of its leading receivers when Ryan Mischler left the team for personal reasons. The sophomore out of Tulsa Union caught 25 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in five games. He was the Crimson Storm's second-leading receiver. ... SNU's freshman running back, Brian Yenor, goes into Saturday's game at Arkansas-Monticello needing 27 yards to take the team rushing lead. The Perry High product started the season as the Storm's No. 3 running back. * Before the season started, coaches pointed to defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert as an impact player for Oklahoma Baptist's first varsity football season since 1940. The 6-foot, 240-pound freshman out of Southmoore has not disappointed. Here's an example: Last Saturday, during the Bison's 37-10 rout of Wayland Baptist (Texas), Gilbert had 11 tackles; three sacks for minus-14 yards; five tackles for minus-23 yards, a forced fumble; and a fumble recovery. * UCO's Nick Bobeck said starting running back Joshua Birmingham has been bothered by an ankle injury since a Sept. 28 game at Washburn (Kan.). Although Birmingham has played through the injury, Bobeck sidelined the senior for most of the second half last week against Central Missouri. True freshman Jake Gandara finished with 17 carries for 87 yards, both team highs, and a touchdown. * East Central wide receiver Caleb Holley was named Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The senior set a single-game school record with 224 yards and tied a school record with three touchdown catches during the Tigers' 64-14 rout of Northwestern. Holley's batterymate, quarterback Spencer Bond, could have easily won the league award. Bond completed 21 of 30 pass attempts for 418 yards and five touchdowns.