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Jan 28, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) — With a push from the NFL, all 50 states and the District of Columbia passed youth concussion laws over the span of about five years.They were modeled after legislation passed in Washington state in 2009. But an Associated Press analysis shows just 21 of the laws that followed included all four key elements in Washington's bill."Washington state is the 'gold standard,'" said Peter...
Why what's missing in states' youth concussion laws matters
By HOWARD FENDRICH and EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press | Jan 28, 2015PHOENIX (AP) — With a push from the NFL, all 50 states and the District of Columbia passed youth concussion laws over the span of about five years. They were modeled after legislation passed in Washington state in 2009. But an Associated Press analysis shows just 21 of the laws that followed included all four key elements in Washington's bill. "Washington state is the 'gold standard,'" said Peter Carfagna, the founder of a sports marketing company and a teacher at Harvard Law School. "I have a hard time thinking of a good reason why you'd deviate from it." Here's an explanation of why those basic tenets are considered important: IMMEDIATELY REMOVING ATHLETE SUSPECTED OF HAVING A CONCUSSION This is the most rudimentary of the provisions, and yet it's not mandated by two states, Illinois and Wyoming. Immediately leaving a game or practice is important because a person is at increased risk for a second, more dangerous, concussion while the brain is still healing from one. "One and you're out. No same-day return," said Richard Ellenbogen, co-chairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee. "Anybody suspected — the key word is 'suspected' — of having a concussion, (is) pulled out." Arizona and South Carolina allow a player to return the same day if cleared by a doctor who's present. EDUCATING COACHES As news about head injuries connected to sports has spread, it's become easier to drive home the importance of recognizing symptoms so a coach, for example, knows when to send a player to the sideline. "Awareness has risen, and we're evaluating more students for concussions than ever," said Cynthia Clivio, a high school athletic trainer for the private Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii. "Part of it is, our coaches are more educated." New York's law, for example, says schools' coaches, gym teachers, nurses and athletic trainers must take a course that covers how to recognize, treat and monitor students' concussions. INFORMATION FORM SIGNED BY ATHLETE AND PARENT Part of the process of increasing awareness is making athletes and parents aware of the dangers of concussions — and of the dangers of continuing to play or practice when suspected of getting a concussion. Dr. Dawn Comstock, who is studying the laws' effectiveness as part of a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control, called those forms "an important part of the overall education piece." WRITTEN CLEARANCE BY A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER WITH CONCUSSION TRAINING The more specific this part of a law, the lower the chances an athlete will return to action before it's safe. This element of the laws was the least consistent. Only 30 states other than Washington contain both elements — that the clearance be in writing, and that it come from a health care provider with concussion training. "That language was very carefully chosen," said Jay Rodne, the Republican who sponsored the law in Washington state. "We wanted to make sure ... a school district could not just have an uncertified or unlicensed athletic trainer who was given the title 'athletic trainer' but had no certification or no credentials to clear an athlete." Rodne, along with academics who tracked the laws, said advocacy groups for various types of health care providers tried to influence decisions on who would be allowed to clear athletes. As for requiring something in writing, Harvard's Carfagna said: "Without having something in writing to establish who gave the clearance, there's a better chance it could be someone unqualified. There's no fingerprint." EVEN LAWS THAT MEET ALL FOUR STANDARDS AREN'T AS STRONG AS THEY COULD BE Rodne said enforcement mechanisms were too costly to get approved. In Oklahoma last year, a bill that failed would have suspended athletic trainers, coaches or referees who allow an athlete with a concussion to return to action later that day. Other attempted improvements were rejected, too. In Massachusetts, for example, baseline concussion testing for all high school athletes — to allow someone treating them to better gauge whether they have a head injury — was considered in 2013. In Maryland, a 2014 bill would have made players on one high school football team per county wear concussion impact sensors to track brain injuries. "Our work is not done. It's not even close to being done," Ellenbogen said. "We're changing the culture, but we've got to reach all Americans." ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich Follow AP National Writer Eddie Pells on Twitter at http://twitter.com/epells ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 28, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books.But are the laws strong enough?An Associated Press analysis of the 51 youth concussion laws — one in each state and the District of Columbia —...
AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite
By HOWARD FENDRICH and EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press | Jan 28, 2015PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books. But are the laws strong enough? An Associated Press analysis of the 51 youth concussion laws — one in each state and the District of Columbia — found that fewer than half contain all of the key principles in the initial bill passed in Washington state in 2009. That measure mandated education for coaches about concussion symptoms, removal from a game if a head injury is suspected, written clearance to return, and a concussion information form signed by parents and players. About a third of the laws make no specific reference to which ages or grades are covered. Even fewer explicitly apply to both interscholastic sports and rec leagues such as Pop Warner or Little League. Certain laws make clear they cover public and private schools, others only refer to public schools, while some don't say at all. Almost all lack consequences for schools or leagues that don't comply. "We did make compromises ... in some states where we wanted to get something. A 'B'-level law, as opposed to an 'A'-level law," said NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller, who testified about concussions before Arizona's legislature on Tuesday while in town for the Super Bowl. "Better to get something good, and get something in place," Miller said, "as opposed to shoot for something fantastic in all places — and fail." The laws were passed with remarkable speed, and many were weakened because of concerns about cost. Jay Rodne, the Republican who sponsored Washington's initial law, said putting expensive enforcement mechanisms in the bills would have caused many to fail. Judy Pulice, in charge of state legislation for the National Athletic Trainers' Association, helped guide the NFL as bills were written and was disappointed that the final products didn't include penalties for noncompliance. "What happens if you don't pull the kid out of the game? What happens if you put them back in with no medical release?" Pulice said. "Nothing happens." The AP's review of the laws passed after Washington found that only 21 have all four of the requirements in the model legislation. All but two of the laws call for the immediate removal of an athlete from a game or practice if a concussion is suspected. All but four contain language about education for coaches. Yet only 34 say that before returning to action, an athlete with a head injury must have written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. Just 30 mandate that a concussion information form be signed both by the athlete and a parent or guardian. "They don't all have the (main) principles. Not every state has the same bite as Washington state," said Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Washington and co-chairman of the NFL head, neck and spine committee. He treated Zackery Lystedt, the middle-school football player who nearly died after getting two concussions in a game. Washington's law was named for the teen. After that landmark bill was passed, Ellenbogen recalled, he had a conversation with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about efforts to replicate the legislation. "The commissioner asked me, 'What do (you) want to get out of this?' I said, 'I want to see, in my lifetime, 10 more states pass a Zack Lystedt law,'" Ellenbogen said. "And he said, 'No. We're going to get all 50 states. And we're going get them in under five years.'" Goodell pushed for the laws at a time his league was facing almost daily reminders of concerns about the link between football and head injuries. Researchers studying brain tissue of deceased former players such as Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, who both committed suicide, found signs of a degenerative disease also found in boxers and often connected to repeated blows to the head. Thousands of ex-players sued the league, saying it didn't do enough to inform them about, and protect them from, concussions. President Barack Obama suggested fans might have a guilty conscience while watching football. Against that backdrop, Ellenbogen said, the NFL held weekly conference calls with state legislators, doctors and other advocates. Miller, who led the lobbying, estimated the effort cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their success was swift. By comparison, it took more than twice as long to get mandatory seat belt laws passed in 49 states; New Hampshire still doesn't have one for adults. "We wouldn't have had 50 states pass these laws," Ellenbogen said, "if it wasn't for the financial backing and political gravitas of the NFL." Goodell wrote 44 governors whose states had not enacted laws. He spoke about the topic at Harvard's School of Public Health and in an address to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. And when, a few days before last year's Super Bowl, Mississippi became the last state to finalize its law — albeit a measure missing elements — the league patted itself on the back, saying it had "actively advocated" for the regulations. In October, the NFL trumpeted that Goodell would accept the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington's 2014 Leadership Award. Now the question becomes how effective these laws might be in a country where, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly a quarter-million people under 19 were treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal, sports-related concussions in 2009. For 10 years, Dr. Dawn Comstock has collected data from athletic trainers at hundreds of U.S. high schools, and she is comparing state-by-state concussion statistics from before and after each law was enacted to try to understand the practical effect the legislation is having. "I'm sensitive to people getting a false sense of security," said Comstock, of the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. "It's great what (state lawmakers) did. But has it made a difference for any player playing any sport?" Larry Cooper, athletic trainer at a school for grades 7-12 outside of Pittsburgh, charts concussions reported in all sports. In the 2007-08 academic year, three years before Pennsylvania passed its law, there were 10 concussions reported at his school, he said. That rose to 15 in 2013-14, and 18 already in 2014-15. "Parents and student-athletes are much more aware of signs and symptoms," Cooper said. He's not the only one noticing. Despite the weaknesses in a majority of the laws, there does seem to be consensus that they have increased awareness. The NFL's Miller said they can always be amended. "I say, 'Let's go back and make them better.' That's OK, too," he said. "There's only 10 laws that are etched in stone and those are the Ten Commandments. Everything else can be changed. Everything else can be improved." ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich Follow AP National Writer Eddie Pells on Twitter at http://twitter.com/epells ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 17, 2015
Despite his youth, new OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has been a college football coach for a good while .Mike Leach hired Riley as his full-time outside receivers coach at age 23.
Oklahoma football: Why Bob Stoops thinks Lincoln Riley is 'the perfect guy' for the Sooners
BY JASON KERSEY | Jan 17, 2015NORMAN — Lincoln Riley’s remarkable memory was one of the first things his high school teachers and coaches noticed about him. “You tell him something one time, and that’s all it took,” remembered Muleshoe High football coach David Wood. “The teachers here at the school would talk about how he never took notes. He had a photographic memory. All he did was look at the board, and he’d be able to remember everything. “He has a brilliant mind.” That intelligence put Riley in the fast lane. It’s why the 31-year-old has gone from little Muleshoe, Texas, to becoming Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in a lot less time than it normally takes coaches to reach that level. OU coach Bob Stoops officially introduced Riley at a Saturday afternoon news conference, calling Riley “the perfect guy to move forward in the direction we want to go.” Riley replaces Josh Heupel as Oklahoma’s offensive playcaller and quarterbacks coach. Stoops still has to replace fired wide receivers coach Jay Norvell and recently retired cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright, but said Saturday he is still working on filling those positions. For now, Stoops has the most important of those vacancies filled. Following a tremendously disappointing 8-5 season — capped by an embarrassing 40-6 Russell Athletic Bowl loss to Clemson — Stoops is, in many ways, staking the future of his program on the youngest offensive coordinator he’s had since he arrived in Norman 16 years ago. Despite his youth, though, Riley has been a college football coach for a good while. He walked on as a quarterback at Texas Tech, but after his first season, coach Mike Leach called Riley into his office. “I’d probably never talked to him for more than five minutes,” Riley said. Leach told Riley bluntly that he probably wouldn’t ever play quarterback at Texas Tech. However, Leach had noticed Riley’s intelligence, and offered him a chance to become a student assistant. “I had to make a decision,” Riley said. “Do you keep doing the college thing and enjoying it and keep trying to play … or do you wanna grow up right now? That’s the path I chose.” Leach hired Riley as his full-time outside receivers coach at age 23. By comparison, when Stoops was 23, he was just starting as an Iowa graduate assistant. Stoops didn’t get a full-time college coaching gig until he was 28. “That’s rare,” Stoops said of Riley getting a job so young, “but when you look at his background and the fact that Mike had been grooming him there for four years as a student, he knew what he was getting.” Stoops compared it to when he was defensive coordinator at Kansas State, and Brent Venables became the Wildcats’ full-time linebackers coach right out of school. “I look at what kind of experience has it been? Has it been good or bad experience?” Stoops said. “Lincoln’s had a lot of good experience at a young age.”
Jan 12, 2015
New coach runs Air Raid offense, but still depends heavily on running backs.
Oklahoma football: A closer look at Lincoln Riley and his offensive philosophy
Jan 12, 2015NORMAN — Running back Vintavious Cooper left his first conversation with Lincoln Riley with a clear idea of what his role would be in East Carolina’s “Air Raid” offense. Or so he thought. “He fooled me,” Cooper remembered with a laugh Monday. Riley “fooled” Cooper in a good way, though. “Coach Riley actually gave me the ball a lot more than I expected,” he said. Riley was officially hired as Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Monday after five years in the same position at East Carolina. Because he’s a Mike Leach disciple and runs the Air Raid, some might be worried what that means for Samaje Perine and the Sooners’ running backs. But fear not, Sooner fans. This isn’t Leach’s offense, which has never had a 1,000-yard rusher in any of Leach’s 13 seasons as a head coach. This is Riley’s own version of it, and he depends heavily on running backs. Cooper carried the ball at least 200 times in each of his two seasons — 2012 and 2013 — at East Carolina for a total of 2,242 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 70 passes out of the backfield. “It goes hand-in-hand with his philosophy of establishing the physicality up front, and at the same time, having a guy that can come out of the backfield and make catches in the screen game,” Cooper said. East Carolina ranked third in the nation last year in passing offense (371.9 yards per game) and was fifth in total offense (533 yards per game). The 31-year-old Riley’s ECU offenses have ranked 1-5 in school history in terms of total offensive production. Before arriving at East Carolina, Riley spent seven seasons on the Texas Tech coaching staff under Leach. That tenure began when Riley — who spent one year as a walk-on quarterback with the Red Raiders — ended his playing career to become a student assistant. He was elevated to a graduate assistant coach, and became Tech’s full-time receivers coach at age 23. He was the Red Raiders’ wide receivers coach during Michael Crabtree’s record-breaking career. “Lincoln brings a fresh perspective to our program that I believe will help us maximize our potential offensively,” OU coach Bob Stoops said in a news release. “He owns a consistent track record of implementing innovative offensive concepts during his career and has a history of developing productive offensive players. He has been mentored by a number of successful offensive coaches during his career, while developing his own unique offensive approach.” After Stoops fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell last week, he made it clear that he wanted to bring in an offensive coordinator with a strong system already in place. Riley certainly fits that bill, and has shown an ability to adjust his system based on the personnel he’s got. At Oklahoma, he gets a strong group of running backs led by Perine, who rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. Joe Mixon will also join the fray this year. The former five-star prospect sat out all of last season while serving a suspension, but while in high school, the Oakley, Calif., native was good at catching passes out of the backfield. Junior-to-be Keith Ford, who rushed for 392 and five touchdowns last year, also showed an ability to be productive in the pass game. As quarterbacks coach, Riley will inherit an open competition. Trevor Knight looked like a budding superstar in the 2014 Sugar Bowl against Alabama, but struggled mightily to reproduce that magic throughout last season. Baker Mayfield, who sat out this year because of NCAA transfer rules, is expected to be in the mix as a potential starter. He was the Big 12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year at Texas Tech in 2013. “Oklahoma is one of those programs you dream of working for as a coach, especially for a head coach as respected and as successful as Bob Stoops,” Riley said in a news release. “I know the high expectations that come along with this position, and I’m ready to embrace the challenge. I’m excited to arrive in Norman to build relationships with our student-athletes and get to work with the rest of the coaching staff.”
Jan 12, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright has decided to retire from coaching, sources confirmed Monday evening to The Oklahoman. An official announcement of Wright’s retirement is expected this week. He could move into an administrative role within the OU athletic department, although that is still yet to be determined. His retirement ends a […]
Oklahoma football: Cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright retiring from coaching
Jason Kersey | Jan 12, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright has decided to retire from coaching, sources confirmed Monday evening to The Oklahoman. An official announcement of Wright's retirement is expected this week. He could move into an administrative role within the OU athletic department, although that is still yet to be determined. His retirement ends a remarkable coaching career that has spanned five decades. Wright began his coaching career in the early 1970s at Texas high schools before moving into the college ranks at Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) in 1979. There, he coached future Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green. In 1983, he moved to North Texas State for three seasons. Wright came to Texas in 1986 and served under three head coaches while spending time coaching linebackers, the secondary, special teams and wide receivers. In 1997, Wright was the Longhorns' defensive coordinator. The Russell Athletic Bowl was Wright's 21st bowl game as a coach. Wright is one of only two assistant coaches to serve under Bob Stoops during all of his first 16 years in Norman. The Mission, Texas, native was one of the first hires Stoops made when he took over Oklahoma in 1999, brought aboard to bolster the Sooners' recruiting in the state of Texas. Wright did that throughout his time at Oklahoma and expanded his reach far beyond Texas. In recent years, Wright helped bring Tony Jefferson and Aaron Colvin to the Sooners. Wright discovered defensive end Charles Tapper at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine in San Antonio when Tapper was a raw, inexperienced football player. Tapper was a first-team All-Big 12 defensive end as a sophomore. For his first five seasons at OU, Wright served as the recruiting coordinator and defensive ends coach. In 2005, Wright was named the assistant head coach, assistant defensive coordinator and continued to coach defensive ends. From 2011-12, Wright added special teams coordinator to his duties in addition to coaching the defensive ends. In 2013, he switched to coaching cornerbacks when Jerry Montgomery came aboard to coach defensive linemen and Jay Boulware took over special teams.
Jan 6, 2015
BY THE NUMBERS — With Bob Stoops firing his co-offensive coordinators, here’s a statistical look at the Sooners’ struggles
Oklahoma football: A by-the-numbers look at the Sooners' offensive struggles
By Jason Kersey | Jan 6, 201523 Oklahoma’s total offense rank in 2014. The Sooners averaged 464.7 yards per game. 20 Oklahoma’s scoring offense rank in 2014. The Sooners averaged 36.4 points per game. 83 Oklahoma’s passing offense rank in 2014. The Sooners averaged 203.5 passing yards per game. 10 Oklahoma’s total offense rank in 2010, the year before Josh Heupel was promoted to offensive coordinator. 14 Oklahoma’s scoring offense rank in 2010, the year before Josh Heupel was promoted to offensive coordinator. 3 Oklahoma’s passing offense rank in 2010, the year before Josh Heupel was promoted to offensive coordinator. 32 Number of wide receivers catches in the five games this season after Sterling Shepard’s groin injury. 3 Number of wide receiver touchdown receptions in the five games this season after Sterling Shepard’s groin injury. 1.82 Oklahoma’s touchdown-to-interception ratio in the four years since Josh Heupel’s promotion to offensive coordinator. 2.51 Oklahoma’s touchdown-to-interception ratio in the 12 years under Bob Stoops before Josh Heupel’s promotion to offensive coordinator. 5 Number of carries by running back Samaje Perine in the Sooners’ 48-14 loss to Baylor this year. Perine finished the season with 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns. 20 Number of high school wide receivers who have signed with Oklahoma since Jay Norvell’s hiring 1 Number of those WRs who have been drafted (out of the nine who have been eligible for the NFL Draft) 4 Number of 1,000-yard receiving seasons under Norvell, three of which were by Ryan Broyles. 0 Number of 1,000 yard receiving seasons under Norvell since Broyles’ senior season in 2011. 0 Outright Big 12 championships since Heupel’s promotion.
Jan 6, 2015
The Sooners’ offense will have new leadership in 2015, and Bob Stoops said he’s been given all the resources he’ll need to lure a top-notch offensive coordinator to Norman. Here’s a look at some of the possible candidates to be Oklahoma’s next offensive coordinator.
Oklahoma football: A look at some possible offensive coordinator candidates
BY JASON KERSEY | Jan 6, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell, announcing the moves in a Tuesday news conference. The Sooners’ offense will have new leadership in 2015, and Stoops said he’s been given all the resources he’ll need to lure a top-notch offensive coordinator to Norman. Here’s a look at some of the possible candidates to be Oklahoma’s next offensive coordinator: SONNY CUMBIE Age: 33 Current position: TCU co-offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: N/A Why it makes sense: Cumbie spent four seasons as an offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Texas Tech — his alma mater — before jumping to TCU this season. His work with Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin has been phenomenal. Could he have a similar impact with Trevor Knight? Cumbie also has a relationship with OU’s Baker Mayfield — who could wrestle the Sooners’ QB job from Knight — from their days at Texas Tech. Why it doesn’t: Cumbie doesn’t call plays at TCU, and Stoops probably wants an experienced play caller running his offense in 2015. SCOTT FROST Age: 40 Current position: Oregon offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $400,000 Why it makes sense: Oregon ranks second in the country in scoring offense and third in total offense this season. Frost has been part of the Oregon staff since 2009 — and offensive coordinator the past two years — mastering the Ducks’ high-powered, up-tempo offense that has become one of the most explosive in the nation. He’s coached Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota the past two years, and Oregon is playing for the national championship next week against Ohio State. Frost will surely get a raise from Oregon after this season, but Stoops has been given ample resources to surely out-bid almost anyone if it comes to that. Why it doesn’t: Frost is probably close to landing a major head coaching job, so would he really leave Oregon for another offensive coordinator gig? Also, with things going as well as they are at Oregon, would he really leave to take on a rebuilding project in Norman, especially if the Ducks give him a big raise? TYSON HELTON Age: 36 Current position: Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Current salary: $135,000 Why it makes sense: In his first season as Western Kentucky’s offensive coordinator, the Hilltoppers averaged 534.6 yards of offense and 44.4 points per game. WKU were second in the nation in passing offense, averaging 374.3 passing yards. He has spent time coaching running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks, giving him a good variety of experience working with several aspects of an offense. Helton would surely receive a gigantic raise in Norman from his current $135,000 salary. Why it doesn’t: Helton has only called plays for one season, and none of his experience has been in any of the Power Five conferences. JOSH HENSON Age: 39 Current position: Missouri offensive coordinator/TEs/OL Current salary: $550,000 Why it makes sense: Henson was promoted to Missouri’s offensive coordinator in December 2012, and he made tremendous improvements to the Tigers’ offense. Mizzou went from a 5-7 record in 2012 to 12-2 in 2013, when the Tigers won the SEC East and the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers ranked 34th nationally in passing efficiency in Henson’s first year, as opposed to 103rd in that category the season before. He spent four seasons as LSU’s recruiting coordinator from 2005-08, meaning he’s got good connections in the South that could pay huge dividends in recruiting. He’s a Tuttle native, so he’s got plenty of local connections. Why it doesn’t: Henson played at Oklahoma State. He’s also got a pretty good thing going at Missouri, which has won consecutive SEC East championships and seems to be a program on the rise in what is considered college football’s best conference. RHETT LASHLEE Age: 31 Current position: Auburn offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $600,000 Why it makes sense: Lashlee is a Gus Malzahn disciple, having played quarterback in high school under Malzahn and working under him for much of his young career. He’s smart and innovative, and a good quarterback teacher, having worked the last two years with Nick Marshall. The Tigers played for the national championship in Lashlee’s first season at Auburn. Why it doesn’t: Would Lashlee leave Malzahn? Also, would the Sooners be willing to pay him more than the $600,000 he’s making right now? Stoops also indicated Tuesday that he wants an experienced play caller and coordinator, so would he be willing to bring in someone so young? SETH LITTRELL Age: 36 Current position: North Carolina offensive coordinator/TEs Current salary: $250,000 Why it makes sense: Littrell played under Stoops and was a fullback and team captain on the 2000 national championship team. He’s worked at Texas Tech, Arizona, Indiana and now North Carolina, giving him lots of varied experience. He’s also got familiarity with current OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh; the two worked together at Tech and Arizona. Why it doesn’t: Heupel was also a former Stoops player and 2000 team captain. Stoops’ best assistants on the current staff are those he didn’t have a previous relationship with. New, fresh ideas are what the Sooners need offensively. MARK MANGINO Age: 58 Current position: Iowa State offensive coordinator/TEs Current salary: $350,000 Why it makes sense: Mangino was the Sooners’ offensive coordinator on the 2000 national championship team. He was Kansas’ head coach during the Jayhawks’ most successful stretch ever, peaking with an Orange Bowl win to end the 2007-08 season. He made obvious improvements in his first year at Iowa State, despite the Cyclones’ poor record. Stoops and Mangino remain close friends. Why it doesn’t: The way in which Mangino left Kansas would probably make it difficult for Stoops to justify hiring him to David Boren and Joe Castiglione. Also, the last time Stoops re-hired an old coordinator — Mike Stoops — the old magic didn’t come back. GARRICK MCGEE Age: 41 Current position: Louisville offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $650,000 Why it makes sense: McGee has head coaching experience, having spent two seasons leading UAB from 2012-13. He was Arkansas’ offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino, and the Razorbacks went 10-3 and won the Sugar Bowl in 2010 with the nation’s No. 8 total offense. McGee played quarterback at Oklahoma from 1994-95. Why it doesn’t: McGee is well paid at Louisville, and has a good working relationship with Petrino. DOUG MEACHAM Age: 50 Current position: TCU co-offensive coordinator/WRs Current salary: N/A (reportedly $350,000) Why it makes sense: Meacham shares the offensive coordinator title with Sonny Cumbie, but is the one who calls plays at TCU. He’s a good recruiter and has overseen the Horned Frogs’ incredible offensive resurgence in 2014. He was a finalist for the Broyles Award this year as the nation’s top assistant coach. He’s very familiar with the Texas recruiting scene, having worked at Oklahoma State and Houston before TCU. Why it doesn’t: Meacham is a former Oklahoma State player and has a good thing at TCU, with Boykin returning next season. LINCOLN RILEY Age: 31 Current position: East Carolina offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $278,800 Why it makes sense: East Carolina ranked fifth in the nation in total offense this season, and Riley is considered a rising star in the coaching profession. He learned the Air Raid offense as a player and then coach under Mike Leach at Texas Tech, and was Michael Crabtree’s position coach during his record-breaking career. He’s been ECU’s offensive coordinator for five seasons. Why it doesn’t: If Stoops wants an established, experienced offensive coordinator, would Riley’s age be a barrier despite his five years as offensive coordinator? JAKE SPAVITAL Age: 29 Current position: Texas A&M offensive coordinator/QBs Current salary: $483,000 Why it makes sense: Spavital is a Dana Holgorsen disciple, working under him at Oklahoma State and West Virginia before becoming Kevin Sumlin’s offensive coordinator in 2013. He worked with Johnny Manziel during his first season with the Aggies, and Manziel’s passing numbers actually improved in his sophomore season under Spavital. He’s got plenty of recruiting connections in Texas, and is an Oklahoma kid, having played quarterback at Tulsa Union. Why it doesn’t: Spavital is still a new offensive coordinator, having only called plays the last two years. He’s also still very young, and has only been a full-time college coach for four years.
Dec 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month.But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama's potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are...
For Obama, high ambitions, less power to achieve
By JULIE PACE and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press | Dec 29, 2014WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama's potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are trying to push aside his agenda in favor of their own. At times this year, Obama seemed ready to move on as well. He rebelled against the White House security "bubble," telling his Secret Service detail to give him more space. He chafed at being sidelined by his party during midterm elections and having to adjust his agenda to fit the political interests of vulnerable Democrats who lost anyway. Yet the election that was a disaster for the president's party may have had a rejuvenating effect on Obama. The morning after the midterms, Obama told senior aides, "If I see you moping, you will answer to me." People close to Obama say he is energized at not having to worry about helping — or hurting — Democrats in another congressional election on his watch. He has become more comfortable with his executive powers, moving unilaterally on immigration, Internet neutrality and climate change in the last two months. And he sees legacy-building opportunities on the international stage, from an elusive nuclear deal with Iran to normalizing relations with Cuba after a half-century freeze. "He gained some clarity for the next two years that is liberating," said Jay Carney, who served as Obama's press secretary until this spring. "He doesn't have as much responsibility for others." Still, pillars of Obama's second-term agenda — gun control, raising the federal minimum wage, universal pre-school— seem destined to stand unfulfilled. Wrapping up the Iraq and Afghanistan wars isn't turning out to be nearly the tidy success story Obama once envisioned. Even supporters say one of the president's top remaining priorities may have to be simply preventing Republicans from dismantling his earlier accomplishments, including the health care law. The Yes-We-Can man is entering a twilight of maybes, his presidency still driven by high ambitions but his power to achieve them running out. ___ Before the midterm election results arrived, Obama's advisers say, the president realized he would finish his presidency with Republicans running Capitol Hill. Whatever message the Democrats' defeat sent about the president's own standing, Obama concluded the status quo meant more gridlock. Indeed, 2014 had been another year of fits and starts for a White House that has struggled to find its footing in Obama's second term. The feeble HealthCare.gov website stabilized, but scandal enveloped the Veterans Affairs Department. Syria got rid of its chemical weapons, but a violent extremist group pulled the U.S. back into military conflict in the Middle East. The unemployment rate fell, but so did Obama's approval ratings — to the lowest levels of his presidency, worse than the second-term averages for most recent presidents. "I don't care who you are, after eight years or six years of the presidency, your influence has eroded," said Robert Dallek, a historian who has met periodically with Obama. "Even someone like Eisenhower or Reagan, you just can't sustain it." While White House officials acknowledge the presidency has challenges in its waning years, they say recent economic gains and executive actions on immigration and climate change show Obama still can exert considerable influence. "This year the president's policy successes vastly outstripped his political successes," said Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser. Nearly two dozen White House officials, former Obama aides, presidential historians and political analysts discussed Obama's standing as he closes his sixth year in office, some on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss their conversations with the president or his top advisers. For much of the year, Obama appeared to struggle with the realization that his political standing had slipped. He publicly complained about criticism of his foreign policy by pundits in Washington and New York (his private gripes were more colorful and profane). Despite Democratic pleas to stay out of November's elections, he said his policies were indeed on the ballot. He desperately sought to break free of the confines of the White House. One afternoon in June, he joined his chief of staff in making an impromptu Starbucks run on foot, leaving aides and reporters sprinting to catch up. "Bear on the loose," the president's advisers jokingly said. They said it was good for his mood to break free from the bubble. But there were also real concerns in the West Wing about his behavior. Not only was he trying to escape the ever-present press, but Obama was ordering his Secret Service detail to keep its distance. In 2014, Obama also went back to war in the Middle East. Less than three years after the last American troops left Iraq, Obama sent U.S. forces back to train and assist the country's security forces in fighting Islamic State extremists. By fall, the U.S. was launching airstrikes against the militants in Iraq and Syria. As he announced the strikes, Obama promised Americans this time would be different from the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. No U.S. combat troops would on the ground, he said. But he seemed to be trying to reassure himself as much as anyone else. In public and in private, Obama appears to understand his presidency may end on a war footing. He's been reading "Redeployment," a collection of short stories about the Iraq war by former Marine Phil Klay. Shortly before Christmas, he made an unusual visit to a military base in New Jersey to thank troops and their families — and pledge to preserve hard-fought military gains abroad. ___ Obama is realistically optimistic about what he can get done over the next two years, advisers say. He wants to try tax reform and sees opportunities to accelerate growth and job creation with the economy on firmer footing. Aides have reached out to historians and political scientists to solicit ideas for Obama's next State of the Union address, including fresh ways to address income inequality. "They have reasonable expectations," said Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, who spoke with White House aides about income inequality before the election. "It is the sixth year, after all." A big question hanging over the White House is how much Obama, whose charisma once charmed the world, can still shape the national debate. "There's almost always a point of diminishing returns on a president's words," said Jeff Shesol, a former presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton. Indeed, the president is forging ahead as something of an isolated figure. December's debate over keeping money flowing to the government showed Democrats in Congress won't hesitate to go their own way. In recent weeks, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York has questioned the timing of Obama's 2010 health care law. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi pronounced herself "enormously disappointed" that Obama embraced a spending bill she saw as a GOP attempt at blackmail. And Sen. Bob Menendez, the outgoing Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, began work with Republicans on new penalties against Iran — against Obama's wishes. Inside the White House, Obama's tight inner circle of loyal advisers keeps shrinking. The trio of political gurus who helped run his presidential campaigns — David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs and David Plouffe — have long since moved on. As has onetime chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, now the mayor of Chicago. Other longtime aides, including Pfeiffer and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, are said to be eyeing exits. Bringing in fresh talent is becoming a greater challenge. Obama may have to navigate this challenging phase of his presidency without a full stable of trusted advisers with whom he's comfortable. Many Democratic operatives are also more interested in spots on Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential presidential campaign than joining an administration entering its twilight. In some instances, it has been hard for the White House to get prominent Democrats to publicly back Obama's policy decisions, particularly on foreign affairs, until they know Clinton's position. Clinton is widely expected to announce a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama is trying to branch out. He started keeping his version of a bucket list: the names of authors, business leaders, innovators and others he wants to bring to the White House for a private lunch or dinner. Some who have visited: inventor and business tycoon Elon Musk, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, a major Republican donor. Obama has opened up his social circle beyond a core group of friends from Chicago and his childhood in Hawaii. He's become close to former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, who has hosted fundraisers for Obama's presidential campaigns. Former football player Ahmad Rashad, who dated senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett earlier this year, worked his way into the president's golf outings and joined the first family on vacation in the Florida Keys and Martha's Vineyard. ESPN host Michael Wilbon, an occasional golf partner, said Obama displayed an astounding "ability to compartmentalize" amid the past year's frustrations. "A lot of successful people have to have that, but not like the president," Wilbon said. Obama admits to being distracted at times. Asked how much sports he watches on TV, the president told ESPN this month, "There are times I will admit at night, when I've got a really fat briefing book, where I might have the game on with the sound off." ___ Less than halfway through his presidency, Obama reflected on how being in office had left him "all dinged up." The vaunted "hope" posters from his 2008 campaign are "all dog-eared and faded," he said at a fundraiser three years later. He was searching for ways to re-create the energy of 2008. Heading into his final two years in the White House, that challenge is greater. While Obama and his team talk a good game about opportunities ahead, they've been here before: Plunging into a new year full of energy and ideas, only to run smack into Washington gridlock. Signs that Obama's presidency is closing are all around. Within weeks, the race to replace him will begin in earnest. Democrats are lining up to endorse Clinton, though she's yet to declare her candidacy. By spring, a committee of Obama friends and advisers will announce which city will host his presidential library. Honolulu, Chicago and New York are in contention. People close to Obama say he is weighing what he will do when he leaves the White House at the relatively young age of 55. He is studying the paths his predecessors have taken and has expressed interest in working on both domestic and international issues. He is considering ways to expand mentoring programs he started for young black men in the U.S. and emerging leaders in Africa and Asia. "He's going to have a very unique opportunity and ability to reach young people not only here but in other countries," said Jon Favreau, Obama's longtime speechwriter who left the White House last year. It is less clear where Obama and his family will go after their time in the White House ends. They own a red-brick, Georgian-style home in Kenwood, a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. Their oldest daughter, Malia, graduates from high school soon and has been looking at colleges in California. The president is said to be drawn to the idea that he could blend in more easily in bustling New York. Obama is already imagining life with fewer restrictions. Asked in a New Yorker interview earlier this year whether he would want to be a judge, Obama said that sounded a bit "too monastic." "Particularly after having spent six years and what will be eight years in this bubble, I think I need to get outside a little bit more." ___ Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC and Nancy Benac at http://twitter.com/nbenac
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month.But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama's potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are...
Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes
By JULIE PACE and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press | Dec 28, 2014WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama's potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are trying to push aside his agenda in favor of their own. At times this year, Obama seemed ready to move on as well. He rebelled against the White House security "bubble," telling his Secret Service detail to give him more space. He chafed at being sidelined by his party during midterm elections and having to adjust his agenda to fit the political interests of vulnerable Democrats who lost anyway. Yet the election that was a disaster for the president's party may have had a rejuvenating effect on Obama. The morning after the midterms, Obama told senior aides, "If I see you moping, you will answer to me." People close to Obama say he is energized at not having to worry about helping — or hurting — Democrats in another congressional election on his watch. He has become more comfortable with his executive powers, moving unilaterally on immigration, Internet neutrality and climate change in the last two months. And he sees legacy-building opportunities on the international stage, from an elusive nuclear deal with Iran to normalizing relations with Cuba after a half-century freeze. "He gained some clarity for the next two years that is liberating," said Jay Carney, who served as Obama's press secretary until this spring. "He doesn't have as much responsibility for others." Still, pillars of Obama's second-term agenda — gun control, raising the federal minimum wage, universal pre-school— seem destined to stand unfulfilled. Wrapping up the Iraq and Afghanistan wars isn't turning out to be nearly the tidy success story Obama once envisioned. Even supporters say one of the president's top remaining priorities may have to be simply preventing Republicans from dismantling his earlier accomplishments, including the health care law. The Yes-We-Can man is entering a twilight of maybes, his presidency still driven by high ambitions but his power to achieve them running out. ___ Before the midterm election results arrived, Obama's advisers say, the president realized he would finish his presidency with Republicans running Capitol Hill. Whatever message the Democrats' defeat sent about the president's own standing, Obama concluded the status quo meant more gridlock. Indeed, 2014 had been another year of fits and starts for a White House that has struggled to find its footing in Obama's second term. The feeble HealthCare.gov website stabilized, but scandal enveloped the Department of Veterans Affairs. Syria got rid of its chemical weapons, but a violent extremist group pulled the U.S. back into military conflict in the Middle East. The unemployment rate fell, but so did Obama's approval ratings — to the lowest levels of his presidency, worse than the second-term averages for most recent presidents. "I don't care who you are, after eight years or six years of the presidency, your influence has eroded," said Robert Dallek, a historian who has met periodically with Obama. "Even someone like Eisenhower or Reagan, you just can't sustain it." While White House officials acknowledge the presidency has challenges in its waning years, they say recent economic gains and executive actions on immigration and climate change show Obama still can exert considerable influence. "This year the president's policy successes vastly outstripped his political successes," said Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser. Nearly two dozen White House officials, former Obama aides, presidential historians and political analysts discussed Obama's standing as he closes his sixth year in office, some on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss their conversations with the president or his top advisers. For much of the year, Obama appeared to struggle with the realization that his political standing had slipped. He publicly complained about criticism of his foreign policy by pundits in Washington and New York (his private gripes were more colorful and profane). Despite Democratic pleas to stay out of November's elections, he said his policies were indeed on the ballot. He desperately sought to break free of the confines of the White House. One afternoon in June, he joined his chief of staff in making an impromptu Starbucks run on foot, leaving aides and reporters sprinting to catch up. "Bear on the loose," the president's advisers jokingly said. They said it was good for his mood to break free from the bubble. But there were also real concerns in the West Wing about his behavior. Not only was he trying to escape the ever-present press, but Obama was ordering his Secret Service detail to keep its distance. In 2014, Obama also went back to war in the Middle East. Less than three years after the last American troops left Iraq, Obama sent U.S. forces back to train and assist the country's security forces in fighting Islamic State extremists. By fall, the U.S. was launching airstrikes against the militants in Iraq and Syria. As he announced the strikes, Obama promised Americans this time would be different from the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. No U.S. combat troops would on the ground, he said. But he seemed to be trying to reassure himself as much as anyone else. In public and in private, Obama appears to understand his presidency may end on a war footing. He's been reading "Redeployment," a collection of short stories about the Iraq war by former Marine Phil Klay. Shortly before Christmas, he made an unusual visit to a military base in New Jersey to thank troops and their families — and pledge to preserve hard-fought military gains abroad. ___ Obama is realistically optimistic about what he can get done over the next two years, advisers say. He wants to try tax reform and sees opportunities to accelerate growth and job creation with the economy on firmer footing. Aides have reached out to historians and political scientists to solicit ideas for Obama's next State of the Union address, including fresh ways to address income inequality. "They have reasonable expectations," said Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, who spoke with White House aides about income inequality before the election. "It is the sixth year, after all." A big question hanging over the White House is how much Obama, whose charisma once charmed the world, can still shape the national debate. "There's almost always a point of diminishing returns on a president's words," said Jeff Shesol, a former presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton. Indeed, the president is forging ahead as something of an isolated figure. December's debate over keeping money flowing to the government showed Democrats in Congress won't hesitate to go their own way. In recent weeks, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York has questioned the timing of Obama's 2010 health care law. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi pronounced herself "enormously disappointed" that Obama embraced a spending bill she saw as a GOP attempt at blackmail. And Sen. Bob Menendez, the outgoing Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, began work with Republicans on new penalties against Iran — against Obama's wishes. Inside the White House, Obama's tight inner circle of loyal advisers keeps shrinking. The trio of political gurus who helped run his presidential campaigns — David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs and David Plouffe — have long since moved on. As has onetime chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, now the mayor of Chicago. Other longtime aides, including Pfeiffer and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, are said to be eyeing exits. Bringing in fresh talent is becoming a greater challenge. Obama may have to navigate this challenging phase of his presidency without a full stable of trusted advisers with whom he's comfortable. Many Democratic operatives are also more interested in spots on Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential presidential campaign than joining an administration entering its twilight. In some instances, it has been hard for the White House to get prominent Democrats to publicly back Obama's policy decisions, particularly on foreign affairs, until they know Clinton's position. Clinton is widely expected to announce a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama is trying to branch out. He started keeping his version of a bucket list: the names of authors, business leaders, innovators and others he wants to bring to the White House for a private lunch or dinner. Some who have visited: inventor and business tycoon Elon Musk, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, a major Republican donor. Obama has opened up his social circle beyond a core group of friends from Chicago and his childhood in Hawaii. He's become close to former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, who has hosted fundraisers for Obama's presidential campaign. Former football player Ahmad Rashad, who dated senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett earlier this year, worked his way into the president's golf outings and joined the first family on vacation in the Florida Keys and Martha's Vineyard. ESPN host Michael Wilbon, an occasional golf partner, said Obama displayed an astounding "ability to compartmentalize" amid the past year's frustrations. "A lot of successful people have to have that, but not like the president," Wilbon said. Obama admits to being distracted at times. Asked how much sports he watches on TV, the president told ESPN this month, "There are times I will admit at night, when I've got a really fat briefing book, where I might have the game on with the sound off." ___ Less than halfway through his presidency, Obama reflected on how being in office had left him "all dinged up." The vaunted "hope" posters from his 2008 campaign are "all dog-eared and faded," he said at a fundraiser three years later. He was searching for ways to re-create the energy of 2008. Heading into his final two years in the White House, that challenge is greater. While Obama and his team talk a good game about opportunities ahead, they've been here before: Plunging into a new year full of energy and ideas, only to run smack into Washington gridlock. Signs that Obama's presidency is closing are all around. Within weeks, the race to replace him will begin in earnest. Democrats are lining up to endorse Clinton, though she's yet to declare her candidacy. By spring, a committee of Obama friends and advisers will announce which city will host his presidential library. Honolulu, Chicago and New York are in contention. People close to Obama say he is weighing what he will do when he leaves the White House at the relatively young age of 55. He is studying the paths his predecessors have taken and has expressed interest in working on both domestic and international issues. He is considering ways to expand mentoring programs he started for young black men in the U.S. and emerging leaders in Africa and Asia. "He's going to have a very unique opportunity and ability to reach young people not only here but in other countries," said Jon Favreau, Obama's longtime speechwriter who left the White House last year. It is less clear where Obama and his family will go after their time in the White House ends. They own a red-brick, Georgian-style home in Kenwood, a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. Their oldest daughter, Malia, graduates from high school soon and has been looking at colleges in California. The president is said to be drawn to the idea that he could blend in more easily in bustling New York. Obama is already imagining life with fewer restrictions. Asked in a New Yorker interview earlier this year whether he would want to be a judge, Obama said that sounded a bit "too monastic." "Particularly after having spent six years and what will be eight years in this bubble, I think I need to get outside a little bit more." ___ Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC and Nancy Benac at http://twitter.com/nbenac
Dec 26, 2014
OU coach Bob Stoops reported that doctors and trainers believed Romar to be fine but ordered X-rays as a precaution.
Oklahoma football notebook: Matt Romar leaves practice in ambulance
By Jason Kersey, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel | Dec 26, 2014OU defensive tackle Matt Romar suffered an apparent neck injury near the end of practice Friday. Romar was wheeled off Kroy Crofoot Field at First Academy High School in Orlando, Fla., and placed in an ambulance. OU coach Bob Stoops reported that doctors and trainers believed Romar to be fine but ordered X-rays as a precaution. Romar, a promising redshirt freshman from Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial, had nine tackles this season with one sack. STRIKER: NO FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS OU linebacker Eric Striker said he didn’t see former Sooner Tony Jefferson’s recent advice on staying in school. Jefferson declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season, then went undrafted. But Striker appreciates it. “I mean, yeah, Tony’s been there,” Striker said. “And a lot of guys have been there. And you see the draft from last year. A lot of juniors didn’t get picked up. So you’ve got to be real conscious. This is a big life decision you’re making, you know what I mean? “For Tony to come out and say that, not just here at Oklahoma but at every university, juniors should think about that. Because he was in a bad situation. And it sucked for him. The fact that he said that, I have to take that into account. That’s him reaching out to us, just being truthful and honest. I appreciate him for that.” Striker said his decision won’t be based on financial considerations. “Nah, nah,” Striker said. “No, my family can take care of themselves. I don’t have any kids. I’m not in that type of situation. I enjoy college life. Like I said, the NFL is a dream. When it comes down to it, I’ve got to make the best decision for me.” MCSHAY: BOWL FILLED WITH NFL TALENT The OU-Clemson matchup might not have the luster of the College Football Playoff games, but it'll still have its share of NFL caliber talent. ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay ranked college football's remaining bowl games based on NFL talent. He leads with the Rose Bowl between Oregon and Florida State, which features 16 players who could be drafted in 2015. Checking in at No. 7 is the Russell Athletic Bowl, where McShay says “you should keep an eye on the line of scrimmage,” and that there are four players on each team that currently have draftable grades: “The Sooners have a pair of second-round offensive tackles in Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson. Williams is the higher-graded of the two and is more consistent and powerful, while Thompson is a more natural athlete who needs to remove some inconsistencies from his game. “The entire Oklahoma O-line will have its hands full with the Clemson D-line, starting with DE/OLB Vic Beasley. He's a difference-maker as a pass-rusher whose first-step quickness and closing speed are near elite.” ANDREWS ADAPTING TO TIGHT END OU freshman Mark Andrews signed with the Sooners as a four-star wide receiver prospect, but has been working at tight end while redshirting this season. The 6-foot-6, 236-pounder from Scottsdale, Ariz., was the 25th-ranked wide receiver — and the 176th-ranked overall player — in the 2014 recruiting class, according to Rivals. Senior Blake Bell, who switched to tight end from quarterback during the last offseason, said he’s been impressed with Andrews’ progress. “From what I saw in the very beginning to now, he’s definitely getting a lot better blocking and (with) technique,” Bell said. “He’s got four more years, so that’s going to help him a lot. Coach (Jay) Boulware will do a great job of teaching him all that stuff.” NO DGB IN FLORIDA Quarterback transfer Baker Mayfield is with the Sooners on the bowl trip, but wide receiver transfer Dorial Green-Beckham is not. The reason? NCAA rules. Ineligible players cannot travel, but since Mayfield transferred from Texas Tech in January, he has completed two full semesters. Thus when the fall semester ended, he was eligible to travel, though he cannot play in the bowl game. But since Green-Beckham transferred from Missouri in the summer, he’s completed just one semester at OU and thus could not be part of the traveling party. SANCHEZ WAXES NOSTALGIC OU cornerback Zack Sanchez grew sentimental as he talked about playing one final game with some of his senior teammates. “Some of the guys that I’ve been around with since I’ve got here, like Rashod (Favors) and Julian (Wilson), and this is the last time we’ll be together as teammates,” Sanchez. “This has been a special week for us. Me and Shod went to see a movie last night. Spending the week with him, he’s been like the big brother to me since I’ve stepped foot on campus. It’s been good to spend this last week with the guys, away from home and playing football.” Sanchez and Favors both are from Fort Worth, Texas. CLEMSON TO WEAR STICKERS Clemson helmets will be adorned with two special stickers for the game. The Russell Athletic Bowl will provide a sticker. The second sticker will commemorate the 75-year anniversary of Clemson’s first bowl game, a 6-3 victory in the Cotton Bowl over Boston College and legendary coach Frank Leahy.
Dec 25, 2014
The Sooners have started true freshmen Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas at safety and cornerback, respectively, several times this season.
Oklahoma football notebook: Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas still adjusting
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Dec 25, 2014Oklahoma’s defensive backfield has struggled mightily at times this season. The Sooners rank ninth in the Big 12 Conference in pass defense, allowing an average of 272.7 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. A lot of those problems, though, can be attributed to several young, inexperienced guys playing in Oklahoma’s secondary. The Sooners have started true freshmen Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas at safety and cornerback, respectively, several times this season. “I think it’s been an eye-opening experience,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of Parker and Thomas. “I don’t have any question that both those freshmen have the possibilities of being All-Americans when they leave here if they progress and work hard and be competitive. They both have shown they can compete at this level.” Thomas said that the biggest adjustment for him this year has been the fact that everyone on this level — unlike in high school — is a great athlete. “Everyone out there knows the game just as good as you do or better,” Thomas said. “The speed is entirely different. Everyone is just as strong, just as big, just as fast if not bigger, faster and stronger. That was the one thing I had to cope with the most. Just getting adjusted to the bigger and better players.” NORVELL TALKS WR DEPARTURES Oklahoma’s wide receivers have been among the most disappointing position group of the 2014 season, with junior Sterling Shepard being the only wideout to be consistently productive. Adding to that difficultly, though, has been the untimely departure of a couple talented young receivers. Redshirt freshman Dannon Cavil and junior Derrick Woods both left the team this year. Cavil, who never made a game appearance in Norman, announced his departure in the middle of the season, while Woods was dismissed from the team earlier this month. “Every year there are challenges,” said receivers coach Jay Norvell. “You never want to lose anybody. We want to help all of these players improve and reach their goals. It’s a competitive environment. College football is that way, whatever school you’re at. It’s unfortunate if it doesn’t work out, but that’s life. Life is hard. “You have ups and downs and you have to work your way through it. Some guys just choose a different route. That’s their prerogative. You’ve just gotta keep working through it.” QUOTABLE Mike Stoops, on facing Brent Venables: “It’s never about us; it’s about our programs and getting our players to play and do what they have to do to play well. … This game is very difficult. The longer you’re in it the more you respect the people and the way they go about their business and the way they do things. Brent has been first-class ever since I first met him.”
Dec 23, 2014
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — It was a subtle change that maybe made a difference. With Robert Griffin III wearing a wristband for the first time, the Washington Redskins ended a six-game skid.It made sense, given that coach Jay Gruden has been trying to get Griffin to play with a better tempo all season."We just wanted to experiment a little bit," Gruden said Tuesday. "We have some calls that are a...
New wristband is helping hand for RG3, Redskins
By JOSEPH WHITE, Associated Press | Dec 23, 2014ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — It was a subtle change that maybe made a difference. With Robert Griffin III wearing a wristband for the first time, the Washington Redskins ended a six-game skid. It made sense, given that coach Jay Gruden has been trying to get Griffin to play with a better tempo all season. "We just wanted to experiment a little bit," Gruden said Tuesday. "We have some calls that are a little bit wordy, and we just put about five or six runs on there and a couple of play-action plays and a couple of dropbacks, and maybe speed up the process. Maybe for third down where you say, 'No. 5,' he can look at it and read it." Griffin wore the plays on his left wrist — it wasn't easy to spot, given how it meshed with his white long-sleeve undershirt — during Saturday's 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. In-game communication hasn't been ideal all season under the first-year coach, no matter which quarterback has been playing. The Redskins lead the NFL with eight offensive delay-of-game penalties. The New England Patriots, incidentally, have zero. On Saturday, the Redskins were flagged for running out the play clock just once, although that one was particularly stupefying because it came after the game had been stopped for an injury. Still, overall, Griffin and the offense appeared to have their act together better than in previous games. The wristband can be credited with playing a minor supporting role. "Everybody wears a wristband around the league, mostly," said Griffin, who said he also wore one in high school. "But it can help speed up the communication process between the coaches and quarterback, and get you in a better tempo as an offense. It's something they wanted to experiment with, and we used it a couple of times, and there was no problems." Gruden said he'll probably expand the number of plays on the list for Sunday's season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, the wristband only helps if the coach actually uses it. As he learned during the Eagles game, it's an adjustment calling out numbers instead of plays. "I think towards the middle of the game we ended up just calling (the plays) anyway," Gruden said. "It was kind of hard to find the numbers and all that. But there is some merit to it, no question." The win has calmed the Gruden-Griffin waters, at least for a week. Gruden said he's still getting a feel for his quarterback, in part because Griffin missed six games with a dislocated ankle. Griffin said Saturday's game was another chance to "sharpen up" his technique and other fundamentals that Gruden has continually preached. "To be honest with you, we're still getting to know one another, what he's good at, what he likes, what he's comfortable with," Gruden said. "He did a good job in training camp. He does a good job as far as knowing the football plays, (but) you really don't get a chance to see what he's comfortable with until you call them on game day." After the game, Gruden said: "Winning football games is the only thing that matters to me for a quarterback." Asked if that was fair, Griffin didn't want to get into such analysis. "Jay is the head coach, he's going to make decisions and do things a certain way," Griffin said. "My job is not to try to play that mental mind game. It's to go out and try to lead this team to victory." NOTES: LB Trent Murphy was placed on injured reserve with a broken bone in his right hand, the 12th Redskins player to go on season-ending IR. OL Rishaw Johnson was signed from the New York Giants' practice squad. ... The Redskins rearranged their schedule and practiced Tuesday so that they could be off on Christmas Day. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP
Dec 22, 2014
NORMAN — The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don’t feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners — widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff — finished the […]
OU football: Jason Kersey's favorite Sooner stories from 2014
Jason Kersey | Dec 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Samaje.jpg]3524433[/img] NORMAN -- The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don't feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners -- widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff -- finished the regular season 8-4 and are preparing for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson next week. But the year had plenty of positives around OU football as well, and this blog post will highlight some of them. I've compiled a list of links to my favorite stories I wrote during the 2014 calendar year. These aren't breaking news stories; they are simply the stories I enjoyed working on the most, and I've tried to keep it positive. Consider it my Christmas gift to our readers who happen to be OU fans. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Trevor-Knight.jpg]3524431[/img] FRIDAY, JAN. 3: Oklahoma stuns Alabama with 45-31 upset victory in the Sugar Bowl Quotable -- Bob Stoops' mother, Dee, on her initial reaction when she found out the Sooners would face Alabama: "I said, 'Oh no.' But I feel very confident in Bobby’s body of work, so I’m not counting the Sooners out." SUNDAY, JAN. 12: The Collected Wisdom of former OU center Bubba Burcham Quotable -- Burcham, on his decision to quit coaching at Coweta High School and enter the ministry: "God puts a path for a man to do something, and you have to follow that path. I couldn’t deny what God was doing in my heart. So I jumped off the school bus." THURSDAY, FEB. 6: Georgia offensive lineman Orlando Brown the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- surprise for Oklahoma Quotable -- Brown, on his maturation through high school: "Through it all, I feel I kept a level head. I stayed humble. I worked hard. I feel as though this Oklahoma opportunity definitely shows that it paid off." SUNDAY, FEB. 9: A closer look at what went into Blake Bell’s decision to move to tight end Quotable -- Former OU center Gabe Ikard, on why Bell changed positions: "He did this for himself, but he also did this because it is the best thing for the team. He loves being at OU; didn’t want to leave the friendships he has established in Norman; and wanted to have an opportunity to play for a national championship next year." SUNDAY, MARCH 16: Trevor Knight taking his newfound fame in stride. Quotable -- Trevor's mom, Tricia Knight, on her son: "I always tell my friends that he makes me a better person, just by listening to the things he says. He's a very humble kid, and that's the way we raised him. He knows that life is gonna have his ups and downs, and he got to really experience that -- probably for the first time in his life -- last year. It builds character and it made him a better person." SATURDAY, APRIL 12: How Trevor Knight’s positivity and support helped his father through cancer treatments Quotable -- LaDonna Sutherland, the nurse who cared for George Knight throughout his cancer treatments, on the Sugar Bowl: "It was the best ending to the story, to have that finally come to fruition. George is just so proud of the boys. He just beamed when they walked in. I can tell you I've never seen it before as a nurse, the way those boys look at their dad. Trevor was there during his dad's worst times, and I genuinely think it was a big, huge part of pulling George through." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Jaz.jpg]3524435[/img] WEDNESDAY, MAY 7: Jaz Reynolds praises Bob Stoops in extensive interview about his past -- and his future Quotable -- Reynolds, on Bob Stoops giving him several chances: "That's Coach Stoops for you. He's a good coach, but he's a better man. He understands that people make mistakes. I say the same thing to everybody, I'm just happy that Coach Stoops is who he is and gave me a second chance to come back, even though I didn't deserve it. Honestly, that was the second time I'd been suspended. If I was to do that at any other school, I'm pretty sure they would've been done with me." FRIDAY, MAY 9: Aaron Colvin’s family supported him through tough stretch Quotable -- Colvin, on his parents: "I couldn’t ask for better parents, period. Their mentality, their mindset makes me stronger because they're just so strong-willed. They don't let many things affect them or get them down, and if they do, they're not gonna show it." SUNDAY, JUNE 15: Blake Bell’s resilience, flexibility resonate with residents from his hometown of Wichita Quotable -- Johnnie Bell, Blake's 87-year-old grandfather, on Blake: "He's been blessed with a frame of mind that is pretty much on the happy side. He always looked on the better side of things. He was always proper. In fact, I think he handled (last season) better than I did." SUNDAY, JULY 6: Lynn McGruder, another Sooner who received a second chance, rooting for Dorial Green-Beckham Quotable -- McGruder, on what advice he'd give Green-Beckham: "I would tell him to take it one day at a time. Stay positive. Really, really soak in the fact that he has a second chance, and truly, truly don't let anything negative from the outside come into his life." SUNDAY, JULY 20: Midsummer, Knight's dream: How Trevor Knight spent his summer vacation Quotable -- Trevor's pastor, Adam Barnett: "He keeps a level head and shows a lot of discipline in the way he manages his time. I'm proud of him for keeping his priorities straight. He could very easily get those out of order, but he doesn't." SUNDAY, AUG. 3: Strength coach Jerry Schmidt optimistic about Sooners’ leadership and newcomers Quotable -- Schmidt, on receiver Dorial Green-Beckham's first few summer workouts: "He was in the trash can quite a bit. To me going into it, I thought this guy is going to be a pain and throw our whole karma off as far as leadership and all that stuff. He responded to it. ... He said, 'I'm gonna get there coach.' ... Sometimes guys like that have kinda cruised through because they can kinda get by on their talent." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Lacoltan-Bester.jpg]3524432[/img] SUNDAY, AUG. 10: Lacoltan Bester, Justin Gilbert and 'The Play That Changed It All' Quotable -- OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: "I can't remember a more satisfying season, and it just goes to show, one play can make a difference." MONDAY, AUG. 25: Eric Striker’s mother a continuing source of inspiration for the OU linebacker Quotable -- Striker, on his mother, Lia Skelton: "I'm the person I am because of her. I get my kindness from her. My humbleness from her. My relentlessness from her. I always try to project that image of how she raised me." TUESDAY, SEPT. 2: Sterling Shepard’s biggest fan isn’t crazy about his new role in the return game Quotable -- Shepard, on his mom, Cheri: "She remembers seeing my dad get kinda clobbered back there, but I’m not worried about it. That’s the name of the game. You’re gonna get hit." THURSDAY, SEPT. 4: Jordan Thomas’ intelligence, fast learning result in early playing time Quotable -- Thomas, on when he has fun: "I have fun when I sleep. You've got to rest your brain and rest your body from all the work you have to do mentally and physically. That's it." SUNDAY, SEPT. 7: Walk-on Caleb Gastelum rewarded with scholarship after big performance against Tulsa Quotable -- Gastelum, on staying motivated: "I tell myself everyday that hard work pays off. Sometimes you get down because you don't think it'll happen and things aren't going your way. You just remind yourself that if you work hard, good things will happen." TUESDAY, SEPT. 16: Freshman running back Samaje Perine has always looked, played mature beyond his years Quotable -- Samaje's mother, Gloria: "Samaje has worked all his life for this moment. He puts in a ton of work. He goes that extra mile. When everybody else is tired or playing video games, he’s in the gym or watching plays to try to get better. I’m happy that the coaching staff realizes that and trusts him." SATURDAY, OCT. 4: Trevor Knight was almost a TCU Horned Frog Quotable -- Trevor's dad, George Knight: "Trevor really thought he wanted to stay in Texas," George Knight said. "That's until he saw Norman and saw the campus and got to know the coaches there." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Tyrus-Thompson.jpg]3524434[/img] MONDAY, OCT. 27: Tyrus Thompson’s family motivates him to improve, make NFL Quotable -- Tyrus' wife, Olivia, on the challenges of raising two kids, working and having a husband who plays college football: "The road games are the hardest. I can't go because my job doesn't care that he plays football or that I don't have child care. There have been times when I've been on the brink of getting fired because they don't care. I've almost lost my job two or three times." MONDAY, NOV. 3: ‘Sooner Dave’ gets his moment in the sun Quotable -- Smith, on getting his chance against Iowa State: "I've learned that chances don't come often, so when they do come, you have to make the most of them. That's the only thing that was in my head when I was out there." THURSDAY, NOV. 6: Walk-on Oklahoma safety Najee Bissoon working to stand out from the crowd Quotable -- Bissoon, on his red hair: "I know it attracts attention. Not from crowds; I wanted to attract the attention of our coaching staff. I want Coach to always have something to remember me by. As a walk-on, it’s already hard enough to get much attention.” SUNDAY, NOV. 23: Samaje Perine runs for record 427 yards in OU’s 44-7 win over Kansas Quotable -- Legendary former OU running back Joe Washington: "With today's passing offenses, you've got a kid that rushes for 427 yards? It's a thing of beauty." SUNDAY, NOV. 30: Why news of Caleb Gastelum’s scholarship thrilled other walk-ons past and present Quotable -- Former OU tight end Trent Ratterree, on the walk-on brotherhood: "When one of us did well, it was like all of us did well. It is kinda like a sub-group within the team. We were always pulling for each other. Anytime a walk-on got to play, if they messed up. it hurt. If they did well, it felt good." FRIDAY, DEC. 5: Former high school rivals offer advice for stopping Samaje Perine Quotable -- Rouse High (Leander, Texas) linebacker Ryan Heinrich: "Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low. Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety." FRIDAY, DEC. 11: Sooners fullback Aaron Ripkowski is as tough as they come Quotable -- Marlo Ripkowski, Aaron's mom, on her son receiving the Don Key Award: "To be able to a receive an award like that shows all his hard work and all those years paid off. He's such a good young man."
NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine was named a finalist Thursday for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The award, established in 2012, recognizes the top offensive player in NCAA Division I football who was born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played college football in Texas and also has […]
Oklahoma football: Samaje Perine named finalist for Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Jason Kersey | Dec 11, 2014NORMAN -- Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine was named a finalist Thursday for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The award, established in 2012, recognizes the top offensive player in NCAA Division I football who was born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played college football in Texas and also has strong character off-the-field. Perine, who played high school football at Hendrickson High in Pflugerville, Texas, has rushed for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns this season as a true freshman. In the Sooners' 44-7 win at home over Kansas on Nov. 22, Perine set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for single-game rushing yardage with a 427-yard performance. The other finalists for the award are Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. Fans can vote for their favorite finalist once per day at http://www.earlcampbellaward.com.
Dec 5, 2014
We don’t attack many root problems in America. We treat the symptoms, not the disease. So let’s discuss the core problem in the now-infamous Douglass-Locust Grove game. It’s not the OSSAA. It’s not Douglass’ behavior. It’s not Locust Grove’s lack of honor. It’s the shortage of quality officiating across America on the high school and […]
Douglass-Locust Grove: Will officiating shortage get even worse?
Berry Tramel | Dec 5, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/patrick-mckaufman.jpg]3507598[/img] We don't attack many root problems in America. We treat the symptoms, not the disease. So let's discuss the core problem in the now-infamous Douglass-Locust Grove game. It's not the OSSAA. It's not Douglass' behavior. It's not Locust Grove's lack of honor. It's the shortage of quality officiating across America on the high school and youth levels. And it's easy to understand why it exists. Time demands. Parental abuse. Limited financial gain. If every day was like Black Friday, you wouldn't find too many interested in being a store clerk. But every day can be like Black Friday for referees, umpires and game officials. Fewer young people are venturing into officiating. During this Douglass-Locust Grove week, I've heard from two officials concerned about the ramifications of the controversy, fearing that such a spotlight on officiating could keep officiating prospects from deciding to enter the vocation. "There is significant net loss of officials every year because very little new blood enters the system and old guys are retiring," wrote Beau Deen, a Norman engineer and long-time high school football official. "Why? There is no recruiting, and Baby Boomers make up the lion’s share of officials." Jerod Phillips also reached out to me. Phillips is a Big 12 official from Grove. Young guy who just was hired by the conference this season. I wrote about him in the summer, after meeting him at the Big 12 officiating clinic in Irving, Texas. You can read that column here. "Regardless of the outcome on the (Douglass-Locust Grove) issue, my biggest fear is we're trying to recruit young and up-and-coming officials at all levels, and I don't want this to leave a bad taste in people's mouths," Phillips said. "We're really top heavy. Lot of older officials. We're going to have to replace those guys. "If we're getting this bad publicity, we're going to lose some prospects. That kind of bothered me." Earlier this week, I wrote about Mike Whaley, who oversees officiating for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. You can read that post here. Whaley alluded to the shortage, too. Think about the shortage this way. On a typical Friday night, there are 150-170 high school games played. Last Friday night, there were 20 played. And still, one of the crews Whaley appointed to play didn't know the rules. Good officials know the rules. Period. So there's an acute shortage, and every time an official gets attacked by a fan, or an official screws up a game so bad it ends up in district court, it's less likely that a young guy will say, hey, I ought to try that. There are other issues, too. "It's really difficult," Phillips said. "I don't know what that falls back on or why or what we can put our finger on, other than I think life is so much faster. People just don't have time the way we did 10-15 years ago, to starting a new adventure. It's really hard to reach out and get in contact with people willing to do this." So, I asked Phillips, why should a young guy do it? He's not going to get rich. He can make some extra money. Make some extra money and catch a lot of grief. If those are the talking points of officiating, the shortage is not going away. "The positives? The majority of us have been associated with the games," said Phillips, who grew up in Jay, in eastern Oklahoma, south of Grove. "For lack of a better term, I wasn't good enough to play college football, but I still wanted to be in contact with the game. This was an avenue to stay in contact with the game. That's the main driving force behind my story. Being in contact with the kids, the brotherhood, the fellowship with the other guys you're traveling with." Phillips said he's made "lifelong bonds" with fellow officials. "Most of the really, really good guys that I know, have been football or basketball officials. It's a lifelong bond you develop." Deen concurs that pace of life makes it difficult to get certain people involved in officiating. That's why he says we need to market to the younger crowd. "What little unofficial recruiting there is aims at the wrong guys," Deen wrote. "Take me for instance. I’m 35 and just like most guys around my age, I’m married, have a high-pressure job, and have at least one child. There is almost no chance a guy starts officiating in this season of life. I know because I’ve tried to get friends to join. Trying to get new blood from my peer group is almost entirely futile." Deen asked me to use my "bully pulpit" to "stir the interest of the unmarried, unburdened-by-life college kids to put on the stripes and work games." I think it's a solid strategy and needs coordination, through the OSSAA. In the past, universities have had one-hour officiating classes through their health and physical education departments. If those no longer exist, work to reinstate them. Get to not just OU and OSU, but the regional universities and junior colleges. Set up clinics for beginners. Heck, offer free pizza and Dr. Pepper. You'll get a dozen people walk through the door just for that reason. Deen is right. The recruiting has to start with young people. "Whether it's basketball or football or whatever sport, I just really encourage people, for the young guy going to college, or the young guy trying to get into this, just the chance to be a positive influence," Phillips said. "It's the camaraderie and the atmosphere you get to be a part of. Not everybody gets to do that." Phillips acknowledges the problems. The abuse from fans. The pressure-cooker officials are in, no matter the level. "You're making decisions based upon people's young men and young ladies," Phillips said. "Emotions run thin. That's the biggest thing I hear. 'I don't want to put myself in situations where I have to deal with that.'" But, Phillips said, "I don't want that to overall affect what we're doing trying to recruit young officials." And Phillips, who at age 39 is a success story by any measure, said, "I would just say stay the course. The human element is always going to be there. We're human. We're going to make mistakes. Take into consideration the responsibility we have by choosing to do this. The responsibility to the players, the coaches, the fans, we have to do our best, whether it's a Little League game or an NFL game. I look at it as a huge responsibility. We need to be prepared for whatever can come that way. "The human element's always going to be there. At all levels, it's not our intent to go out and make mistakes. The more you prepare yourself, the more you study, the fewer mistakes you're going to make. You can't ever get away from that human element. That's always going to be there." Phillips is worried. He's not distraught. He says in northeastern Oklahoma, he's actually seen an uptick in the last year of young officials. He hadn't seen that in awhile, so he's encouraged. Phillips just didn't want Douglass-Locust Grove to scare off prospects. "I hope we continue to get those young guys," Phillips said. "Always going to be those bumps in the road. Hope we can shed a little light on the situation." Meanwhile, Deen is even more concerned. "I just completed my 18th season officiating," Deen wrote. "I started during my first fall as a freshman at OU. My dad, who retired from officiating after 41 years, got me started along with many others over the years. For a college kid it was great extra money and kept me involved in my favorite sport. "From all the articles I’ve read of yours regarding the DHS/LGHS game, it does appear that you give a rip about having high school officials that know the rules. The way that happens is to get young college guys (and gals if they want to, of course) calling little league and junior high long enough to know the rules so there is a pool of talent to replace the Baby Boomers dropping out in droves each year."
Nothing makes most college football coaches happier than being able to reward a deserving walk-on with a scholarship at some point during their career.
Oklahoma football walk-ons: Big 12 coaches share why they love awarding scholarships to walk-ons
BY JASON KERSEY AND ERIK HORNE | Nov 29, 2014Nothing makes most college football coaches happier than being able to reward a deserving walk-on with a scholarship at some point during their career. Kansas interim head coach Clint Bowen is especially fond of those moments. He knows exactly what it’s like for those players. Bowen walked on at Kansas in 1990, transferred to Butler County Community College, then walked on a second time with the Jayhawks in 1992. After returning to Kansas, he led the Jayhawks with 114 tackles, which ranks as the third-most tackles by a KU defensive back in program history. “It’s a different path than a scholarship kid,” Bowen said. “I think it takes a special individual because they have to overcome a lot more. To give a kid a scholarship, see their faces light up when that happens, they truly earned it. “They’re the ones with the incentive-based contract. They have to go and earn theirs, and when they do it’s pretty special.” Here’s a look at what other Big 12 coaches had to say about walk-on players and the rare opportunities to reward some of them with scholarships: Texas coach Charlie Strong: “I’ve always held scholarships for walk-ons. … I want them to understand they’re a part of this program. They come out to practice just like the scholarship players. They put in the time like the scholarship players, and if they do something good they’re gonna be rewarded.” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: “We’ve awarded hundreds in my tenure here, which is a very significant number. Obviously, it’s rewarding because A: There are no gifts — they are all well-deserved, and earned, and, consequently, that forwards the value of hard work and being a good person, and achieving on and off the field. It’s motivation for others as well to do exactly that.” Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: “You can tell by the reaction of the team that the guys really appreciate those guys’ effort. At Oklahoma, it probably doesn’t happen as much as it does at a lot of schools because of the level of players we’re able to recruit. It’s a little tougher for walk-ons to make their name here, but we still have had guys who do it and have done a great job.” Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops: “I think it takes a special guy to be able to do all that.” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen: “Having walk-ons is a huge part of your developmental squad, part of your scout team. You’ve got to treat those guys great. The best rule the NCAA’s done here lately is being able to feed those guys. Having the numbers is why you’re able to be able to have scout teams and developmental squads. The more they develop, the better off it’s gonna help your team down the road.” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury: “That’s one of the funnest parts of our job. … That’s one of the joys of being a coach.” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads: “There’s nothing like it. Awarding a young man a scholarship, period, is a great feeling for a head football coach, whether it’s a high school senior you’re scholarshipping coming into your program or somebody that’s already here. Quite honestly, giving the walk-on a scholarship is probably more euphoric than the other. These are guys who have toiled, they’ve paid their own way. We value them at a very high level.”
Nov 23, 2014
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty broke into the open with the end zone in front of him.Petty and the No. 6 Bears weren't about to be tripped up by Oklahoma State again.After throwing touchdowns on Baylor's first two drives that took a minute combined, Petty ran 21 yards for the final score as the playoff-contending Bears won 49-28. They avenged their only regular-season loss of...
No. 6 Baylor beats Oklahoma State 49-28
STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Nov 23, 2014WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty broke into the open with the end zone in front of him. Petty and the No. 6 Bears weren't about to be tripped up by Oklahoma State again. After throwing touchdowns on Baylor's first two drives that took a minute combined, Petty ran 21 yards for the final score as the playoff-contending Bears won 49-28. They avenged their only regular-season loss of a year ago, a game in which Petty inexplicably tripped at the 1 with a clear path to the end zone. "Redemption," Petty said. "To have it go down in that fashion and me be able to get in the open field again, I don't know if it takes away the trip. ... It makes my mind ease up a little bit." Baylor (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 7 CFP) won its 15th consecutive home game on a dreary and rainy night along the banks of the Brazos River, staying in a three-way tie with No. 5 TCU and No. 12 Kansas State for the Big 12 lead with two games left. A year ago, Baylor was No. 3 in the country and undefeated through nine games when Petty fell short of the end zone when the game was still scoreless. The Bears then fumbled and the Cowboys drove 99 yards for their first score in a 49-17 thumping that took Baylor out of the national championship picture even as it still won its first Big 12 title. "I was glad that he got that last touchdown," coach Art Briles said. "To me, that was kind of justification for about 11 1/2 months ago." Devin Chafin ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns, while Shock Linwood had 113 yards rushing with a score for Baylor, whose home winning streak matches No. 2 Alabama for the longest in the country. Corey Coleman extended his nation's best streak with a TD catch in his seventh consecutive game. While rain fell for several hours before kickoff and during much of the game, there was a break in the weather at the start. The Bears took full advantage. Petty completed 18 of 29 passes for 262 yards, 149 of those coming on the opening two drives — the first lasting 36 seconds and the other 25 seconds. Petty hit Jay Lee in stride for a 65-yard TD on the second play of the game and Coleman made an over-the-shoulder grab for a 54-yard score. "We felt like we had to get it while we could," Briles said. "Be real aggressive while the ball was dry and try to get points on the board because we felt rain was coming." Oklahoma State (5-6, 3-5) has lost five games in a row. That is its longest losing streak since also losing five in a row during Mike Gundy's first season as head coach in 2005, and the last time the Cowboys didn't go to a bowl game. Highly touted freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph was 13-of-25 passing for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his debut for the Cowboys, who have to win at No. 23 Oklahoma in two weeks to get to their ninth straight bowl game. "Looks like he played OK. He made some mistakes," Gundy said. "He had a couple of poor throws. Obviously, he made a mistake there at the end on the interception." Rudolph started in place of Daxx Garman, who was in uniform and wearing a baseball cap on the sideline. Gundy gave no explanation for the switch, and the decision that took the redshirt off of the quarterback who finished Northwest High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, early and enrolled at Oklahoma State last spring. Baylor led 42-14 when Chafin scored on a 1-yard run with 14:21 left. But Rudolph threw a 68-yard touchdown to James Washington, whose 38-yard grab on the next drive set up a 2-yard TD run by Rennie Childs. The Cowboys were driving again when Rudolph's pass was intercepted by Orion Stewart to set up Petty's TD run with 3 minutes left. "That's a point in the game where we've got to score, put this thing away," Petty said. "Orion made a fabulous pick. We needed to feed off that." Five teams ranked ahead of Baylor in the College Football Playoff rankings played and won Saturday. The only higher-ranked team idle was TCU, whose only loss was at Baylor six weeks ago after blowing a 21-point lead in the final 11 minutes. The Bears play Texas Tech at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium next weekend. Their regular-season finale is at home Dec. 6 against Kansas State.
Nov 20, 2014
Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance:___SNOWBOUND WITH THE BANDThe New York City indie rock band Interpol had to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal because their tour bus was snowbound for two days on the New York State...
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The Associated Press, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance: ___ SNOWBOUND WITH THE BAND The New York City indie rock band Interpol had to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal because their tour bus was snowbound for two days on the New York State Thruway. The band, touring to promote its new album, "El Pintor," posted messages on Twitter and Facebook announcing Thursday night's show in Montreal was canceled. Members were heading from a show in Columbus, Ohio, to the Toronto gig on Tuesday when their bus became stuck along with scores of other vehicles stranded by the storm. On their Twitter feed, the band posted selfies with vodka and snack bags. At 4 a.m. Thursday, guitarist and vocalist Daniel Kessler tweeted, "Finally just started making a move 50+ hours later. Hoping for some luck today." The band has a sold-out show in Boston on Friday night. ___ BILLS TAKE THEIR SHOW ON THE ROAD The NFL has decided to move the Buffalo Bills' scheduled Sunday home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit. League spokesman Michael Signora announced the change on Thursday. The snowstorm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions' facility. The Lions are at New England on Sunday. ___ BUFFALO HAS COMPANY ... Other areas around the Great Lakes continue to deal with their own bouts of lake-effect snow, albeit not on the scale of Buffalo, situated at the end of 240-mile-long Lake Erie. Parts of northern New York off the eastern end of Lake Ontario have received as much as 2½ feet of snow, with more expected by the time the storms subsides Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. In some areas, the snow is being driven by winds gusting to more than 30 mph. Pennsylvania's two most northwestern counties, Erie and Crawford, are under a lake-effect snow warning through 3 p.m. Friday. And in Michigan, more than 7 inches of snow fell overnight Wednesday in Kent County, home to Grand Rapids, Michigan's second-largest city. ___ ... BUT NOT IN ALASKA The ground is bare in Alaska's largest city. Skiers are hitting the trails on roller skis. High school cross-country ski teams are practicing by running and hitting school gyms. This time of year, Anchorage normally has nearly 17 inches of snowfall. Instead, it's seen less than 4 inches — and that snow has melted in unseasonably warm weather. In fact, a light rain fell this week, only to later freeze into a slick layer on roads and trails. The same system that is pushing frigid conditions from the north to the Lower 48 states is bringing warmer conditions to Alaska from the south, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Dixon. It should wind down over the weekend, he said. ___ TRAPPED TRUCKERS About 300 truckers were idled Thursday at truck stops and service areas along the New York State Thruway as they waited for the highway to be cleared and reopened. An assistant manager at the TravelCenters of America truck stop in Pembroke, 25 miles east of Buffalo, said more than 100 tractor-trailers were parked there. Some have been stuck there since the lake-effect storms began Monday. A spokeswoman for the neighboring Pilot Flying J truck stop said at least 150 trucks were parked on the property, down from 200 Wednesday. State officials say there are 45 trucks waiting out the storm at service areas between Rochester and the Pennsylvania border. That 132-mile stretch of Interstate 90 has been closed since early Tuesday. ____ SEEKING SHELTER The American Red Cross has aided more than 300 people at emergency shelters set up in western New York since the lake-effect snow began Monday. About 130 people spent Wednesday night at the organization's shelters or at others the group is assisting, said spokesman Jay Bonafede. Many are motorists whose vehicles got stuck in deep snow. The shelters have been set up at fire stations, churches and senior and community centers from Ripley on the Pennsylvania border to suburban Buffalo towns. The Buffalo Fire Department provided cots, blankets and toiletries, and local supermarkets and other businesses are donating food and supplies. ___ ABOUT THE LAKE EFFECT The images were striking: a city half awash in daylight, half inundated by a thick bank of snow rolling off Lake Erie. Lake-effect snow happens every year around the Great Lakes, so why was this bout in Buffalo so severe? It's about timing and temperatures, said Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Typically, convection draws moisture into the lower atmosphere as cold air moves across a relatively warmer lake, and winds carry the system ashore. This time the air was especially cold, Lake Erie is warmer than it would be later in the year, and the winds stretched the length of the 240-mile-long lake in the right direction, making for an even stronger snow dump that hit land and persisted for an unusually long period, about 30 hours. "In this case, all of those factors have been maximized," Burke said.
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Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Vin Cherwoo at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800 845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All Times EST. TOP STORIES FBN--WINTRY WEATHER-BILLS BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's "impractical" now for the Bills to host the Jets on Sunday because of the snowstorm battering the Buffalo area. The storm has dumped more than 5 feet of snow since Monday night, with more coming. The Bills missed a second straight day of practice. By John Wawrow. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. FBN--CHIEFS-RAIDERS OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders, 0-10 and looking for their first victory in more than a year, play the first-place Chiefs. Still, Kansas City coach Andy Reid is wary of this longtime rivalry: "When you go to the Black Hole, you better be ready." By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:25 p.m. BOX--TIM DAHLBERG MACAU — No one questions Chris Algieri's toughness, not after he got up from two first-round knockdowns and fought half-blinded to win a decision win in his June title fight with the feared Ruslan Provodnikov. Now, this undefeated boxer with a master's degree in clinical nutrition, awaits Manny Pacquiao this weekend. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBN--VICK-CHANGING THE GAME In the 13 years since his arrival as the fastest man on the field who also happened to have the best arm, Michael Vick's impact has been felt — in the way quarterbacks and offenses evolve in high school, college, and eventually, the pros. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 950 words, photos. NEW/DEVELOPING SOC--FIFA-WCUP PROBE GENEVA — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's financial monitoring panel, will study the report by American prosecutor Michael Garcia. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos. FBN--PETERSON APPEAL The NFL players' union appeals the league's suspension of Adrian Peterson. In a letter obtained by the AP, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands that an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 400 words, photos. — With: — VIKINGS-PETERSON'S SON-BOND — Judge adds bond conditions for man charged in death of Adrian Peterson's son. SENT: 250 words. BKN--IVERSON-NIKE SNEAKER PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA star questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 650 words, photos. BBO--OWNERS MEETINGS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baseball owners unanimously approve a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed Bud Selig as commissioner early next year. Owners also discuss a variety of issues, among them pace of play, instant replay and domestic violence initiatives. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos. GLF--LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP NAPLES, Fla. — The biggest payout in women's golf is on the line when the LPGA Tour season finale gets starts at the CME Group Tour Championship. Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko can claim a $1 million bonus by winning the tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL-DRAW LILLE, France — Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos. NFL FBN--TEXANS-BLUE HOUSTON — Alfred Blue didn't spend any time feeling sorry for himself when he didn't hear his name called until the sixth round of this year's NFL draft. Houston's rookie running back remembered something coaches had long told him: "It's not where you begin, it's how it ends." By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. FBN--REDSKINS-KERRIGAN ASHBURN, Va. — In contrast to, say, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Kerrigan is perhaps the most drama-free member of the Washington Redskins. He leads the team with 7 1/2 sacks, even though he's been playing hurt. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. — Also: — FBN--EAGLES-TURNOVERS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. — FBN--49ERS-RELIABLE BOLDIN — By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. — FBN--PACKERS-PROTECTING RODGERS — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. — FBN--BRONCOS-LATIMER — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m. — FBN--BEARS-CUTLER — By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. COLLEGE FOOTBALL FBC--RUGBY-STYLE PUNTING PHOENIX — The never-ending battle for field position has a new weapon: the rugby-style punt. More teams are turning to the end-over-end punts that are tough to defend and sometimes tougher to catch. By College Football Writer John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBC--T25-BAYLOR-RIGHT AT HOME Playoff-contending No. 6 Baylor, going for its second Big 12 title in a row, has two home games and a neutral-site game to finish the regular season. The Bears have won 26 of their last 27 such games. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. FBC--T25-COLORADO ST-HART'S RESURGENCE FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Tailback Dee Hart's making the most of a fresh start with No. 22 Colorado State after transferring from Alabama over the summer. He's rushed for 909 yards and 11 TDs, helping the Rams to their best start since 1994. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBC--THE GAME CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard has gotten used to beating Yale in The Game — eight straight victories. But there's something nice about both teams being at their best for one of college football's oldest rivalries. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. — Also: — FBC--T25-KANSAS ST-WEST VIRGINIA — By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. — FBC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE — By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. start. — FBC--CALIFORNIA-GOFF'S TEAM — By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 700 words, photos. — FBC--EAST CAROLINA-HARDY'S RECORD — By Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos. COLLEGE BASKETBALL BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-POWERHOUSE PLATOONS LEXINGTON, Ky. — No. 1 Kentucky is college basketball's answer to the U.S. national team, with two platoons of NBA-caliber talent. The Wildcats feature nine players of at least 6-foot-6 going all out. They don't need to pace themselves because they know relief is minutes away. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. NBA BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-RUBIO RECOVERS MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio was playing some of his best ball with the Timberwolves when he went down Thursday with a badly sprained ankle that will keep him out for a while. The Spanish point guard discusses his injury. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m. AUTO RACING CAR--F1-MERCEDES RIVALRY ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg intensifies entering the final race of the season, with Rosberg taunting his Mercedes teammate by urging him to "drive cleanly." By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos. — With: — CAR--F1-DRIVER CHANGES — Two-time Formula One champ Fernando Alonso leaving Ferrari after season; will be replaced by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 650 words, photos. — Also: — CAR--NASCAR-KAHNE-HENDRICK — Hendrick Motorsports gives driver Kasey Kahne three-year contract extension. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 550 words. FEATURES BBN--MARLINS-LORIA'S LEGACY MIAMI — By agreeing to pay Giancarlo Stanton $325 million over the next 13 years, Jeffrey Loria gets to keep one of baseball's premier sluggers with the Marlins. Whether that deal comes with some goodwill for the oft-controversial owner remains to be seen. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m. HKO--LOGISTICS MADE EASY Logistics for neighborhood sports leagues is no easy thing. What players are available? Who's supplying the snacks? Now there's an app — with an assist from former NHL player Bret Hedican — helping organizers put their focus where it is needed most — on the games. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m. BASEBALL — BBA--BLUE JAYS-MARTIN — Catcher Russell Martin discusses the next phase of his career after signing a $82 million, five-year contract with the Blue Jays. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. — BBO--JAPAN-MLB ALL-STARS — Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game. SENT: 200 words. GOLF — GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Rory McIlroy shares first-round lead at season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos. — GLF--AUSTRALIAN MASTERS — Defending champ Adam Scott trails by six strokes after first round of Australian Masters. SENT: 350 words. — GLF--CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL — Opening round of unofficial event involving PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players at Pebble Beach. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m. OTHER NEWS — SPORTS BETTING — Judge expects to rule by Friday on whether New Jersey can partially lift the ban on sports gambling. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words, photos. — BOX--JERMAIN TAYLOR-SHOOTING — Jermain Taylor charged in August shooting in Arkansas; boxer could face up to 26 years in prison. SENT: 150 words. — BKC--TARKANIAN HOSPITALIZED — Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, 84, hospitalized for pneumonia. SENT: 130 words, photos. — OLY--RIO-GOLF COURSE-LAWSUIT — Construction on golf course for 2016 Rio Olympics could be halted because of legal obstacles. By Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos. — SOC--BRAZIL-PELE'S SON — Pele's 44-year-old son released from jail in Brazil to appeal money laundering conviction. SENT: 130 words, photos. — BOB--RUSSIA-DOPING — Russian national two-man bobsled champion tests positive for banned substance. SENT: 100 words. CAPSULES — BKN--NBA CAPSULES. — HKN--NHL CAPSULES. — FBC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES. ___ Thursday's Time Schedule (EST) NFL Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. NBA L.A. Clippers at Miami, 8 p.m. Chicago at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. NHL Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. College Football (Top 25) No. 12 Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. No. 25 Duke vs. North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. College Basketball (Top 25) Men No. 10 Texas vs. Iowa at New York (Madison Square Garden), 7 p.m. No. 12 Villanova vs. Bucknell, 8 p.m. No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m. No. 16 San Diego State vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 10:30 p.m. No. 17 Connecticut vs. College of Charleston at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m. No. 22 SMU at Indiana, 8 p.m. No. 23 Syracuse vs. California at New York (Madison Square Garden), 9 p.m. No. 24 Michigan vs. Detroit, 6 p.m. Women No. 2 South Carolina vs. Clemson, 7 p.m. No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 10 Texas, 9 p.m. No. 7 Duke at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. No. 12 Louisville vs. Belmont, 7 p.m. No. 17 West Virginia at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.
Nov 16, 2014
On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game."One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females," Kevin Murray told his players at Woodland Hills High. "We'd be doing you a very big disservice by not holding you accountable."At the jailhouse in High Point, North Carolina, a sterner version of that message...
Better strategies sought to curb domestic violence
DAVID CRARY, Associated Press | Nov 16, 2014On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game. "One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females," Kevin Murray told his players at Woodland Hills High. "We'd be doing you a very big disservice by not holding you accountable." At the jailhouse in High Point, North Carolina, a sterner version of that message is now given routinely to men detained for domestic-violence offenses and considered at risk of re-offending. "We're putting these guys on notice that domestic violence is not going to be tolerated here," said Police Chief Marty Sumner. "The message is very clear: 'We know who you are, we know what you're doing. It has to stop.'" The two programs target different audiences. But in the realm of domestic-violence prevention, where the record of success is spotty, they share a status as two of the nation's most promising initiatives. Coaching Boys Into Men is one of the flagship programs developed by Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit working to curb abuse of women and children. Thousands of high school coaches across the country, now joined by some middle school coaches, have received training in how to convey to their players the importance of treating young women with respect and avoiding abusive behavior. The program has attracted the notice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency funded a three-year evaluation, involving more than 2,000 high school athletes in Sacramento County, California, which found that participating players were more likely to intervene to stop abuse and less likely to perpetrate it. High Point's program — the Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative — was conceived in 2009 based on an approach developed by David M. Kennedy, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. While many programs focus on helping victims of domestic violence, High Point's initiative targets the offender with a strategy of aggressive deterrence. Since the program was fully implemented in 2012, the recidivism rate for domestic-violence offenders in High Point has been cut to about 9 percent, which the police department says is about one-third the national rate. There's been one intimate-partner homicide since 2009, compared to 17 between 2004 and 2008. "We'd get 5,000 domestic-violence calls a year — every year it's our No. 1 call," Chief Sumner said. "It gets passed on from generation to generation, but this program is a really good shot at breaking that cycle citywide." Efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence have been vigorously pursued in the U.S. for more than three decades. After Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, domestic violence committed by intimate partners — current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends — declined by more than 60 percent over the next 10 years. Since then, however, the numbers have stayed relatively flat. Even as incidents involving National Football League players and other pro athletes refocus attention on domestic violence, leading prevention advocates say more resources and smarter strategies are needed to combat it. "We now have a safety net for victims, we have the laws in place, judges who understand the seriousness of the issue," said Esta Soler, president of Futures Without Violence. "We need to do more to prevent the problems, not just treat the problems." For decades, so-called batterer intervention programs have been one of the main forms of prevention, with offenders participating in group sessions aimed at promoting non-abusive behavior. A range of local programs have won praise — such as Wisdom Walk, which focuses on African-American men in Milwaukee, and Caminar Latino, which runs a 24-week program for Latino men in Atlanta. However, research on the effectiveness of group intervention programs has produced mixed findings — causing some judges and probation officers to mandate that men participate, others saying there's no evidence of success. And what about the much-discussed programs in High Point and Pittsburgh? Here's a closer look at each: ___ The new regimen in High Point, a city of about 107,000, kicks into gear whenever police respond to a domestic disturbance call. Even if there's no arrest, and no previous record of domestic violence, the alleged aggressors receive another visit from a police officer within 48 hours and are notified that they are henceforth on a "watch list." With any subsequent domestic violence offense, there's an escalating series of consequences, including a face-to-face warning from a detective at the time of arrest and — for some repeat offenders — a summons to appear in person before a panel of police, prosecutors and members of the community. "In an hour, we explain how it's going to be different," Sumner said. "We will use any means to sanction you." The pressure tactics include threatening to classify any further domestic violence offense as a felony and to expedite prosecution of any other criminal case pending against the offender. Sumner's department has found that many domestic-violence offenders have a record of other violent crimes, and uses those records to help decide which targets of the program might deserve extra scrutiny. The community panel makes clear that the police will maintain their aggressive stance regardless of whether the offender's victim plays an active role in any future case or seeks to stay out of it. David Kennedy noted that in the traditional responses to domestic violence, the onus often was on the victim to report the abuse and testify about it in court, sometimes incurring threats and further violence in the process. "We wanted to be able to say to the offender, 'You're dealing with us, you're not dealing with her. The state is going to make you stop,'" Kennedy said. "The feedback from the women is, 'You've got his attention. Things are better. Keep it up, and keep me out of it.'" If victimized women do want services, they are offered through a Victim's Justice Center that opened in April. It's a one-stop site where victims can meet with police, get protective orders from legal aid attorneys, and be informed of other available services. "In the past, it was up to the victim to do all the work while dealing with the threats," said Tiffany Atkins, a domestic violence attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina. "Now we take the responsibility." Sumner said his department has been able to implement the program without increasing its budget — primarily by adding some new training and reassigning two detectives to specialize in domestic-violence cases. Said Kennedy of the approach, "If you do it smart, it doesn't need to be costly." ___ If any high school was tailor-made for Coaching Boys Into Men, it might be Woodland Hills. It's a perennial football powerhouse in western Pennsylvania, sending many of its players on to major college teams and even to the NFL. It also serves a 12-town district that includes some of greater Pittsburgh's roughest neighborhoods. "The community of kids we deal with — there are a lot of broken homes," said Keith Davis, who attended the school and now, at 30, is in his third year on the football coaching staff. "A lot of players have seen where their father has beaten their mother, beaten their sister — it's no wonder they grow up the same way," Davis said. "The program — they're actually living it. In some schools, it might not hit home the way it did with us." Davis recalled how players followed news reports of the Steubenville, Ohio, case in which two high school football players were convicted last year of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party in 2012. "A lot of our guys came back and said, 'Coach, I've been in situations like that,'" Davis said. "We have to put a stop to it." Launched as a public service announcement campaign in 2001, Coaching Boys Into Men has since expanded to schools and coaches associations across the country — with new pilot programs this year involving coaches of 7th- and 8th-grade athletes. It's based on the premise that young athletes will take exhortations from their coaches seriously, and then — as role models among their peers — will be taken seriously by other students as they re-think their attitudes about relationships and abuse. "If you're a student athlete, you're also a student leader — respected by peers, by underclassmen, with a degree of influence and power," said Alan Johnson, superintendent of the Woodland Hills School District. "You can be a leader for good, or a leader for bad. You have to make the decision which kind you're going to be." One of the team's top linemen on offense and defense, 265-pound senior Daniel Gibson, said the players, by taking the program to heart, had indeed had an influence on other students. "Whatever we do, everyone else would like to do," he said. "They get off on our vibe" Another advocate of Coaching Boys Into Men is Wendell Say, head football coach for 35 years at Aiea High School near Honolulu. He's been using the program for five years — it's now a routine prelude to practices on Wednesdays. "The curriculum is simple — it just takes 15 minutes at most, unless you let the kids talk," Say said. "I sometimes take 45 minutes." Say says his players — many from low-income housing projects — often convey their firsthand knowledge of domestic violence. They've seen it in their family, or abused their own girlfriends, and they've also followed the domestic-violence cases involving Ray Rice and other NFL players. "We still have kids who make wrong choices," Say said. "But hopefully every year you learn more — a little understanding that just because you're stronger doesn't give you the right to hurt someone." The program — broken down thematically on a series of "training cards" — targets such behavior as catcalling and demeaning boasts about girlfriends. It also advises coaches on how to handle actual incidents of physical and sexual violence committed by team members. The ethos is summed up in a pledge to be taken by players and coaches: "I believe in treating women and girls with honor and respect. I know that violence is neither a solution nor a sign of strength. I believe that real men lead with conviction and speak out against violence against women and girls. I believe that I can be a role model to others by taking this pledge." ___ Online: Coaching Boys Into Men: http://www.coachescorner.org/ The High Point initiative: http://cops.usdoj.gov/html/dispatch/09-2014/a_different_response_to_ipv.asp ___ Follow David Crary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CraryAP
Nov 5, 2014
They’ll both fight on Saturday night at Remington Park as part of a six-fight card. Kenzie Witt is set to take on Lucas Queen in the opening bout at 8, with Trey Lippe facing Tim Bronson later in the evening, both in heavyweight bouts.
Boxer Tommy Morrison's sons trying to make a name for themselves in the ring
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Nov 5, 2014Brothers Trey Lippe and Kenzie Witt have stepped into the boxing ring. Those names probably don’t sound familiar to boxing fans, but their father — former World Boxing Organization champion Tommy Morrison — likely brings back some memories for those who followed the sport in the 1990s. Morrison’s sons are off to a promising start, Lippe at 5-0 and Witt at 1-0 with another win as an amateur. None of their opponents have made it out of the second round. They’ll both fight on Saturday night at Remington Park as part of a six-fight card. Witt is set to take on Lucas Queen in the opening bout at 8, with Lippe facing Tim Bronson later in the evening, both in heavyweight bouts. Morrison’s sons have no definite expectations, but each have lofty hopes as they embark on their own boxing careers. Maybe the only thing they know for sure, this isn’t about simply following in the footsteps of a former boxing superstar. “We want to establish our own name,” said Lippe. “We aren’t just trying to copy him.” Witt said: “This is about us. It’s just kind of crazy who we are, but I’d be trying to do this all the same way no matter whose kid I am.” Above all else, they wanted to get back to being athletes. Lippe, 25, now lives in Tulsa after staring on the football field in high school at Vinita and going on to play defensive end at Central Arkansas. Witt, 24, resides in Bartlesville and was once a basketball standout at Colcord before turning down scholarship opportunities to join the workforce out of high school. Lippe and Witt didn’t grow up in the way you’d expect children of a professional athlete who made more than $10 million in his career and once played the role of Tommy “The Machine” Gunn in Rocky V. “We didn’t reap the benefits of anything,” Witt said. Having been too young to understand Morrison’s fame and subsequent downfall after testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus in 1996, Lippe and Witt have relied mostly on stories from those close to him to understand what their father went through. Today, they don’t harbor any harsh feelings for what their father once described as a “permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle” that likely led to contracting HIV. Instead they’ve developed a sense of pride based on his accomplishments in the ring and expressed thankfulness for time spent with him, especially later in his life. For Lippe, who wears a replica of his father’s trunks with “TOMMY” written across the belt, the relationship with his father was somewhat distant. He describes Morrison as a fun-loving friend more than a father figure. Witt explains Morrison’s personality in much the same way, but calls him the only father he ever knew. “He was on me all the time,” Witt said. “I was around him a lot in his later years and I constantly got ragged on, because he always wanted me to do something good with my life. It was a little different from time to time, but it all worked out.” There’s also a protective attitude toward how their father was viewed and treated, specifically in northeastern Oklahoma, after his HIV diagnosis. Lippe and Witt both recalled a story they’d been told of the “Home of Tommy Morrison” sign being taken down in Jay shortly after the press conference announcing he was HIV positive. “In small towns like that, everyone is paranoid and people don’t know what they’re talking about,” Witt said. “He told me a lot of times he would walk into the gym and people would walk circles around him and not want to get close to him. They didn’t know anything about it.” While their boxing careers are about trying to accomplish success for themselves, Lippe and Witt know their father would be proud. They’ve even set goals as lofty as the ones Morrison once achieved. “Hopefully at some point down the road I at least fight for the belt,” Lippe said. “I think I can achieve that.” Witt said: “I’m right there with him. If we’re going to do it, go big or go home.”
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Nov 5, 2014
Norvell said this week that he wished Cavil well, but he also wanted the redshirt freshman to stay.
Oklahoma football notebook: Receivers coach Jay Norvell says Dannon Cavil has to live with decision
By Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Erik Horne | Nov 5, 2014Last week, wide receiver Dannon Cavil left the Oklahoma program and expressed a desire to transfer. Sooners wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said this week that he wished Cavil well, but he also wanted the redshirt freshman to stay. “It’s his decision,” Norvell said. “That’s one thing when kids go to college and they leave home, they get to make their own decisions at some point. We like to see kids fight through adversity. We think it builds character. I’m disappointed that he’s decided not to do that. But that’s something that he has to live with. We all have to live with the decisions we make. “I hope he’s continuing to learn from his day-to-day existence. A lot of times guys think things are going to be a certain way, and they just aren’t. As much as you try to tell them, they have to find out for themselves. So we’ll see.” FIVE THINGS ON STRIKER Sports Illustrated’s Ben Glicksman wrote a feature on Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker that was posted on the magazine’s website Wednesday. Here’s five things we learned from Glicksman’s story on Striker: 1. Striker’s first football memory involves running the Oklahoma drill when he was 6, playing for the Winston Park Warriors in Tampa. Neither he nor his teammate knew how to hit. “We were just going helmet to helmet,” Striker told the magazine. “Like straight up. Damn near about to break our necks.” 2. In middle school, Striker would mow his family’s front and back yard before games to try to settle his nerves. 3. Striker’s mother, Lia Skelton, decided to go to law school after seeing boys in her neighborhood who she thought were good people being sent to jail. “I would see the revolving door,” Skelton told SI. “And I would think, it’s not fair. It’s not right. People aren’t given a chance.” 4. Embattled Florida coach Will Muschamp didn’t want Striker. Striker visited Gainesville for a junior day in 2011 and watched as two of his teammates went into Muschamp’s office and received an offer from the Gators. “So I go in there and he’s like, ‘Hey Striker, I like what you do out there. You do a lot of good things and you play well. But I don’t know where you fit,’” Striker said. 5. Striker nearly transferred after his freshman season. After he had six tackles in his freshman season — all in the Kansas game — Striker asked his high school coach, Sean Callahan, to explore transfer options. “I was like, ‘Man, (this is) not for me,” Striker told SI. “I was education, but I want to play football as well.” When Mike Stoops put the 3-4 back in during the spring of 2013, Striker decided to stay and eventually won the starting spot in the fall.
Nov 4, 2014
On his weekly radio show Tuesday night, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners “probably” would wear alternate uniforms Saturday against Baylor. Production issues kept OU from wearing its home alternates Sept. 13 against Tennessee, but a week later, the Sooners debuted their new road alternates at West Virginia in a 45-33 win. The last time OU wore alternate uniforms at home was Aug. 29,...
Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says Sooners will 'probably' wear alternates vs. Baylor
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Nov 4, 2014On his weekly radio show Tuesday night, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners “probably” would wear alternate uniforms Saturday against Baylor. Production issues kept OU from wearing its home alternates Sept. 13 against Tennessee, but a week later, the Sooners debuted their new road alternates at West Virginia in a 45-33 win. The last time OU wore alternate uniforms at home was Aug. 29, 2003, against North Texas when the Sooners wore throwback uniforms modeled after the look worn by Bud Wilkinson’s teams of the 1950s. This year’s home alternates feature crimson jerseys with “Oklahoma” on the chest instead of the traditional “Sooners.” The helmets are white with a crimson stripe with an oversized interlocking OU logo. NORVELL: SHEPARD WILL PLAY Sooners co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell has no doubt junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard will play Saturday. “He’ll play,” Norvell said. “I don’t think there’s any question that he’ll play. It’s just a matter of managing the week in practice.” Shepard was hurt on OU’s first offensive play in Saturday’s win over Iowa State, suffering an apparent groin injury. Stoops said after the game that Shepard could’ve returned had the game been close but wasn’t sure how he would respond in the following days. “Practice is harder than the game, just to get through all the plays and prepare and to learn everything and to get the practice reps,” Norvell said. “But no, he’ll play. We’ll get him ready to do that.” KNIGHT EARNS CAMPBELL WEEKLY AWARD Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for his performance against Iowa State. Knight ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more, becoming the first FBS player this season to accomplish that feat. He threw for 230 yards and ran for a career-best 146. To be considered for the award, players must be born in the state of Texas, have played for a Texas high school, played at a Texas-based junior college or play for a Division I school in Texas. GUNDY EXCITED FOR SMITH Sooners running backs coach Cale Gundy enjoyed seeing redshirt sophomore running back David Smith have success at the end of Saturday’s win, even if his carries came with the game out of hand. “He was ready,” Gundy said. “He’s been in our system now for three years so he’s grown up, he’s matured. Everybody was excited for him because it is difficult. It’s difficult sometimes when you’re not a guy that’s getting reps or getting plays and your buddies are out there and they’re having success. The toughest thing is to stay involved. “He’s a third-year guy that cares about this team. That’s why they call him Sooner Dave. It was nice to see him get out there and have some success.” QUOTABLE Stoops on Baylor’s sometimes-overlooked running game: “That’s a lot of people, but not us. They want to run the ball. They’re persistent about it and they’re good at it. And from it is where they try to get all of their big play-action passes. It begins with being great against the run game first.” Not only do the Bears lead the Big 12 with 349 passing yards per game, the Bears average a league-best 241.2 yards per game on the ground.
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 28, 2014
Freshman receiver broke out with first start and first catches of his career against Kansas State.
Oklahoma football: Michiah Quick shows signs of progress
BY RYAN ABER | Oct 28, 2014NORMAN — Michiah Quick tried to bide his time early in the season. A groin injury early in camp slowed down the highly touted freshman wide reciever, and it took him awhile to recover physically and get caught up with the speed of college football. Two weeks ago against Kansas State, Quick finally broke through with a couple of firsts — first start, first catches. For a team needing another pass catcher with the ability to consistently make plays outside of Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal, it was a sign that things could get better. Sooners co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell were both happy with Quick’s performance, not only in his two catches for 27 yards but the things he did away from the ball. “He was strong in the middle, physical blocking, did some nice things as far as his route running, getting to the right spaces,” Heupel said. “I thought really he just competed in a really good way for 60 minutes. For a guy that got his first major action I guess outside of the second half of the Cotton Bowl, he handled himself in a really good way.” Quick said he wasn’t a very good blocker in high school in Fresno, Calif., but that he’s concentrated on improving that deficiency since he’s arrived in Norman. Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight’s eyes light up when asked about Quick’s progression. “He’s really an explosive player and works really hard,” Knight said. “I’m really proud of the way that he communicates out there on the field, especially in practice. If we miss a pass or if we miss a read or something like that, he’s running back asking, ‘What did you want to see?’ It’s really encouraging to see a young guy communicate that way and want to get better and strive to be that way.” Shepard has been touting Quick for a long time. “I told you guys at the beginning of the season, he’s one of those guys that plays big and doesn’t act like a freshman,” Shepard said. “You guys got a chance to see that (against Kansas State).” Quick said it wasn’t difficult finding his way and continuing to make progress as he returned from the early injury. “It was just a learning process,” Quick said. “I’m a young guy. I knew I wasn’t going to come in here and just start automatically unless I really worked for it. I tried but came up short, and it was just a matter of time until now.” Knight said it wasn’t quite that easy, but Quick handled himself the right way as he worked for more playing time. “It’s hard for every guy that comes out as a big-time recruit, coming in thinking, ‘I’m going to start,’ or whatever and then they don’t,” Knight said. “It’s hard. It really is hard mentally. He did a good job of having a really good relationship with me despite that and I stayed close with him and helped him out with the playbook and things like that. “When he got his chance, he went in there and played pretty good and he’s going to continue to do that. I’m excited for him.”
Oklahoma football notebook: Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware wanted another return for touchdownOct 26, 2014
Oklahoma’s Alex Ross has been fantastic in the kick-return game this season. Last week against Kansas State, Ross couldn’t quite break free on one, though he did have returns of 18 and 22 yards. Still, special teams coordinator Jay Boulware was still seething a few days later at his group not returning a third kickoff for a touchdown this season. “I’m still ticked off by that,” Boulware said....
Oklahoma football notebook: Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware wanted another return for touchdown
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Oct 26, 2014Oklahoma’s Alex Ross has been fantastic in the kick-return game this season. Last week against Kansas State, Ross couldn’t quite break free on one, though he did have returns of 18 and 22 yards. Still, special teams coordinator Jay Boulware was still seething a few days later at his group not returning a third kickoff for a touchdown this season. “I’m still ticked off by that,” Boulware said. “We had it pretty well scouted out. We knew what they were doing and what the plan was. There was a couple of them in there, whether we didn’t field the ball right or didn’t block it the way we did it in practice. We had a chance. There were a couple that we should have split right down the middle of the hole. “It would have been a different game. I’m mad at all of them.” SHEPARD STILL GETTING SINGLE COVERAGE Sterling Shepard has had some monster games this season — 177 receiving yards at Tulsa, 215 at TCU, 197 vs. Kansas State. Still, Shepard continues to regularly find himself facing single coverage, something that doesn’t particularly surprise the junior. “I look around the nation and I still see good receivers getting single-covered,” Shepard said. “Some teams feel like they can shut it down. They feel like they can be the defense to shut it down. Hopefully it stays that way.” OU COMMITS HAVE BIG WEEKEND A pair of Sooners 2015 commits had big nights last weekend for their high schools. Running back commit Rodney Anderson of Katy, Texas, had 14 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns — including a 62-yarder — in a 56-7 win over Houston Strake Jesuit. The notable part of Sooners kicking commit Austin Seibert’s night happened well before his team’s game. In pregame warmups before his Belleville (Ill.) West team beat Alton 45-24, Seibert hit a 70-yard field goal. During the game, Seibert was 1 for 2, hitting a 42-yard field goal.
Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0.
High school football roundup: Kyle Duke's five touchdowns leads to Bethany rout
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Oct 25, 2014Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0. Hattler had touchdown receptions of 2, 6, and 63 yards from Duke, who also connected on a 78-yard scoring strike to Bryton Schmidt. Duke also had a 5-yard scoring run in the game as the Bronchos rolled up 526 yards of total offense, 335 passing and 191 on the ground. Bethany led 35-0 at halftime. DEL CITY DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT, SCORES THREE TIMES Terry Wilson rushed for two scores, including a 79-yard touchdown run, and passed for two more as Del City routed El Reno 69-0. Kobe Bryer caught both scoring strikes from Wilson from 54 and 28 yards. The Del City defense had three pick sixes in the game. Davion Freeman returned two interceptions for touchdowns of 60 and 50 yards. Matt Lamb returned a pick 25 yards for another score. The Eagles’ defense recorded three quarterback sacks and held El Reno to 104 yards of total offense, YELLOWJACKETS BLANK PERKINS BEHIND STERNBERGER Kingfisher romped to a 37-0 win over Perkins as senior Jace Sternberger had a strong game on both sides of the ball. Playing tight end on offense, Sternberger caught five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Playing defensive end, Sternberger returned a fumble 21 yards for a score and had three pass deflections plus a quarterback sack. Senior wide receiver Brady Smith caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Docker Haub, who threw for three scores and was 15 of 19 in the game for 149 yards. The Yellowjackets improved to 7-1 on the season. Perkins fell to 5-3. McGUINNESS ROLLS TO EASY WIN OVER GUYMON Sophomore Zach Segell and senior Jennings Jarman each ran for two scores as McGuinness dumped Guymon 62-8. Segel rushed for 128 yards on 10 carries while Jarman gained 110 yards on just three carries, one of which was a 95-yard touchdown run. Senior Braden Roy had two receptions for 59 yards for the Irish, including a 54-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Mullins. Rubell Goe also caught a 41-touchdown pass from Mullins. McGuinness had 538 yards of total offense in the game, including 380 through the air. CASTIGLIONE, TURNER SPARK MOUNT ST. MARY Joe Castiglione Jr. rushed for two touchdowns and 149 yards on 30 carries as Mount St. Mary cruised to a 54-22 victory over Dickson. The Rockets’ Jimmy Turner rushed for one score and had a touchdown reception. On defense, Turner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble. Dickson running back Chris Bamburg rushed for 99 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN DOMINATES CROOKED OAK Oklahoma Christian School erupted for 42 points in the second quarter as the Saints crushed Crooked Oak 70-7. Luke Frankfurt rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 42, 14 and 18 yards. Quarterback Thomas Qualls had a 16-yard touchdown pass to Connor Sikes and also scored on a 45-yard run. Kade Van Meter returned a kick 82 yards for a touchdown for the Saints. BLACKWELL’S SCHUERMANN THROWS SIX TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST CENTENNIAL Sam Schuermann tossed six touchdown passes to lift Blackwell to a 54-18 victory over Centennial. Schuermann completed three scoring strikes to Johnny Strahorn of 15, 10 and 14 yards. Steven Perry scored all three touchowns for Centennial. He returned a kick 93 yards for one score and caught two touchdown passes from Kahlan McDaniel of 34 and 46 yards. WHITFIELD, STANDLEE HAVE BIG NIGHT FOR MEEKER Senior running back Tim Whitfield rushed for 308 yards and quarterback Jake Standlee accounted for six touchdowns as Meeker rolled over Bridge Creek 49-21. Whitfield scored two touchdowns in the game, one on a 55-yard run and the other on a 24-yard pass reception. Standlee ran for three scores, passed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 85 yards to the end zone. Meeker totaled 703 yards of offense in the game, including 565 on the ground. Bridge Creek rolled up 453 yards of offense, 359 rushing. MORRIS LEADS CASADY TO VICTORY Casady rallied from an early deficit to defeat Arlington Oakridge 41-24. Quarterback Collin Morris rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two scores to lead the Cyclones. He also had two interceptions in the game. Denver Johnson caught three passes, including a 66-yard scoring strike from Morris. Junior running back Jay Bozalis rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries. Gary Woods had touchdown runs of 10 and 4 yards for Casady. The Cyclones trailed 17-7 after the first quarter before scoring 34 consecutive points. MARTIN RUNS WILD FOR HARRAH Harrah running back Grant Martin rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns as Harrah defeated Tecumseh 52-13. Martin also had a 63-yard reception in the game, giving him 423 yards of total offense.
Oct 24, 2014
Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger shaved off the beard he's been growing since July on Thursday, grabbing the spare clippers he keeps in his locker after practice.Tennessee had just announced he will make his first career start Sunday against Houston, and reporters were headed his way. Mettenberger kept a moustache and a soul patch just above his chin, and he wore a red headband,...
Rookie getting his Halloween look on
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 24, 2014Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger shaved off the beard he's been growing since July on Thursday, grabbing the spare clippers he keeps in his locker after practice. Tennessee had just announced he will make his first career start Sunday against Houston, and reporters were headed his way. Mettenberger kept a moustache and a soul patch just above his chin, and he wore a red headband, too. Asked if he shaved because he knew the media was coming, Mettenberger said he thought it would a good look for the front page of the local newspaper. His beard had gotten pretty thick and shaggy, but Mettenberger didn't shave just to avoid a beard comparison with Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "My beard is in the minor leagues compared to his," Mettenberger said. "Yeah, I definitely have a little beard envy toward Fitz." Mettenberger said he shaved because Halloween is close, so he wanted to go ahead and start looking like the character he plans to be. So exactly what will his costume be? "Ben Stiller, 'Dodgeball,'" Mettenberger said. "Can't you see it?" CATCHING ON: Ahmad Bradshaw might not be the most memorable Bradshaw in Pittsburgh. But the Steelers (4-3) know he's someone they must defend Sunday when Indianapolis (5-2) comes to town. Bradshaw has rejuvenated his career in Indy with his powerful trademark runs — and catching passes. The two-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants started his eighth NFL season with 139 catches, 1,129 yards and five touchdowns. This year, in seven games Bradshaw is averaging 4.8 yards rushing, but with 24 catches, 212 yards and six touchdowns is on pace to shatter his previous career best receiving numbers. It's not unfamiliar territory for the 5-foot-10, 217-pound power runner. "I started high school as a receiver backing up my cousin. We ran the wishbone. That year when I finally got to high school we finally opened it up and took WVU's offense and spread it out," Bradshaw said. "From then on, that's when I was able to start catching the ball, becoming a receiver. From then on, I felt that I could be a weapon out of the backfield if I had to. Coming into the NFL, that's just how I saw myself, as a scat type of back." REDSKINS' RUN WOES: Washington coach Jay Gruden heard the question about the lackluster state of his team's running game and immediately rubbed his eyes, then let out a loud sigh. "Where do you want to start?" Gruden replied. His Redskins (2-5) rank 21st in the 32-club NFL with 99.4 yards rushing per game. That's down from the 135.3 yards that Washington averaged last season, and way down from the 169.3 the team ran for per game in 2012, when NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III gained 815, fifth most in a season by a quarterback. "Right now, we're just not working in concert together the way I think we should," Gruden said. "It's not all the line. It's not all the tight ends. It's not all the backs. It's not all the receivers. It's a combination of everything. We're going to continue to run it, continue to work on it, and hopefully it will click." With Griffin less of a runner in his second season because of knee surgery — and sidelined since Week 2 in 2014 with a dislocated left ankle — teams have paid more attention to running back Alfred Morris. The third-year player's numbers have slipped across the board. After rushing for 1,613 yards (100.8 per game) as a rookie in 2012, Morris ran for 1,275 (79.7 ypg) last season, and he's at 440 (62.9 ypg) heading into Washington's game Monday night at the Dallas Cowboys. Morris has yet to top 100 yards in any game this season, and his totals the past three weeks were 29, 41 and 54 yards. Against the Titans last week, Gruden said, Morris missed a couple of cuts. "I still think he's the same guy. I think he's a good, productive running back in the NFL. We've just got to get him better looks, and when he has a good look, he's got to make the right reads," Gruden said. "So it's a little bit of a combination of everything. We still like Alfred. We still feel like he's going to carry us to where we need to go." JON & JAY: The Washington Redskins are playing their second Monday night game of the season, which means a second pregame production meeting between coach Jay Gruden and "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden, his brother. "It's entertaining. They ought to film it," Jay Gruden said. "It's always good to see him. We don't get a chance to see each other very much this time of year, obviously, but it's always good to see him. He's a pro at what he does. He'll throw out a couple of ideas to me every now and then." Jay Gruden's counterpart on Monday night, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, said he's not concerned about a potential conflict of interest. "I've known coach Gruden and Jay for a long time, and they're certainly professional," Garrett said. "They've demonstrated that throughout their careers. It's something that is kind of part of this game, and it's something that I know we're going to handle the right way, and I'm sure they're going to handle it the right way as well." LET ME THROW THE BALL: Miami Dolphins wideout Mike Wallace was a bit envious of former teammate Antonio Brown when he saw the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver throw a touchdown pass on a gadget play last week. Wallace has never attempted a pass in his six-year NFL career and has never thrown for a touchdown, even in high school. He says he's overdue. "I've got a good arm," Wallace says. "I can throw it 60 yards. I might throw it 80." Wallace does have five touchdown receptions this year. But for two years he and Ryan Tannehill have struggled to click on deep passes, even though the speedy Wallace frequently gets open. If Tannehill is open deep on a gadget play, would Wallace hit him? "I'll get it to him," Wallace said. "I'm nice." A GAME OF SWITCHEROO: Bubba Ventrone should probably keep his place in the Bay Area and remain on standby for the San Francisco 49ers. Same for quarterback Josh Johnson, back on the team — for this week at least. Just because the 49ers are on their bye week doesn't mean they're not making what has become a regular, revolving transaction list with a trio of players. It's usually all for the purpose of practice and game planning. On Tuesday, the Niners re-signed Johnson, who played in college for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at San Diego. Special teams standout and safety Ventrone was released to clear roster room. Only four days earlier, on Oct. 17, Ventrone was signed and Johnson cut. Three days prior, on Oct. 14, Johnson was signed and Ventrone waived. Before that, Ventrone was re-signed on Oct. 8 and wide receiver Kassim Osgood was released, then Osgood was back two days later and Johnson cut on Oct. 10. While Harbaugh hasn't offered specifics into strategy behind the moves, when Johnson has been back during certain weeks the coach said it's to get him ample practice time. So, is he playing the opponents' quarterbacks on the scout team? "No, he's a 49ers quarterback," Harbaugh said. ___ Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner, Teresa M. Walker and Howard Fendrich, and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Steven Wine, Joseph White and Michael Marot contributed to this story. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS