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Davis football News
Apr 7, 2014
I watched two OSU football practices last week. One basically a long scrimmage, the other the Orange Blitz, which included some scrimmaging. Here’s what I saw: * J.W. Walsh is the quarterback. There’s no doubt about that. Walsh is being rotated like a No.
Oklahoma State football: J.W. Walsh is the quarterback
Berry Tramel | Apr 7, 2014[img]2397144[/img] I watched two OSU football practices last week. One basically a long scrimmage, the other the Orange Blitz, which included some scrimmaging. Here’s what I saw: * J.W. Walsh is the quarterback. There’s no doubt about that. Walsh is being rotated like a No. 1 quarterback, getting more snaps than freshman Mason Rudolph, who frankly could use more work if he’s actually in a QB derby. Walsh is being promoted like a No. 1 quarterback, with OSU running a taped interview with Walsh over the public address system during the Blitz. Walsh is playing like a No. 1 quarterback, with his performance clearly ahead of Rudolph. Mike Gundy, who earlier said he wouldn’t talk about quarterbacks until the season opener Aug. 30, long ago surrendered that stance and Saturday even admitted that Walsh is the apparent starter. “J.W. has been throwing the ball great,” said speedy receiver Blake Webb, who caught deep balls from both Walsh and Rudolph on Saturday. “Anytime he (Walsh) gets a chance to throw it deep, I love going deep. We connected a couple times and it was a great day.” * Webb was the best offensive player on the field Saturday. I assume Jhajuan Seales will be OSU’s go-to receiver, while players like Brandon Sheperd and Marcel Ateman will be used extensively, too. But Webb drew the eyes of coaches two years ago when he arrived, and now we know why. The guy can play. * I wrote about Tyreek Hill for the Sunday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. It looks to me like Hill is going to be a tailback. If he can’t handle it, Hill will move back to slot receiver. But Hill is going to be given every chance to be the home run hitter out of the backfield, while Des Roland and Rennie Childs will be the more battering rams. “I think you’ve got a young man that can play multiple positions,” said OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton. “That’s part of what you do in spring ball, experiment, See what a young man can do.” I wrote about how OSU’s ideal usage of Hill is the way West Virginia used the speedy Tavon Austin two years ago. But Singleton pointed out that Austin was a full-time receiver until late in the year, when WVU shifted him to tailback to take advantage of OU’s funky no-linebacker defense, and Austin exploded for 344 rushing yards against the Sooners. “Tyreek has more of a background as a running back” than did Austin, Singleton said. “He did some different things in junior college. I think he’s capable.” Roland and Childs are solid backs but not necessarily threats to take it to the house on any given play. Hill is. “Definitely,” Singleton said. “He’s at another gear. When he’s at his top end speed, there’s not many people on the football field that are going to catch him. I think that’s the benefit that he has. “Now, he lacks some things that those other guys have. Some size, ability to make four-yard carries really easy and those types of things. He just adds to the complement of running backs we have in the room. And I think that’s important, to have a mixture of different types of backs that can be successful against different types of opponents.” * Rudolph is hampered by OSU’s makeshift offensive line, which is missing Devin Davis and Brandon Garrett, both recovering from injuries. Walsh’s experience and scrambling ability helps him adjust to a pass rush. Rudolph is “a high school kid out there running around and playing,” Gundy said. “We’re really inexperienced on the offensive line, especially at the twos (backups). We just don’t have much depth. We have two starters who aren’t out there with us. For that reason, when the twos are out there, it can be tough on a quarterback. Those five guys are giving us everything, but they’ve never played at this level. It’s not easy for those guys to function, but they’re coming along well. We’re making some strides.” * Veteran offensive lineman Daniel Koenig said, “It was not one of our better days. We’ve had better. Our offense clicks at some points and sometimes we don’t. We’re working on it. We’re getting those guys out there that need to play. We have guys that are stepping up who need to keep moving forward. If we do that, things will happen.” * If there’s an odd man out in the receiving corps, it could be C.J. Curry. He had a couple of drops. You can’t go dropping the ball. * Hill has been impressive considering what he’s done this spring. Worked out exclusively at slot receiver, then the last week or so working out exclusively at tailback. All the while running track as well. * The most interesting thing Gundy said was this, about his defensive line: “I think we will be better on the defensive line this coming year than we were last year, that’s just my personal opinion.” Now that’s quite a statement. The 2013 Cowboys had Calvin Barnett at defensive tackle alongside James Castleman, and their backups, Davidell Collins and Anthony Rogers, were seniors. Only Castleman is back. And gone, too, is starting end Tyler Johnson. The Cowboys have a bunch of good ends, it looks like – Jimmy Bean, Sam Wren, Emmanuel Ogbah. But Gundy must be happy with the tackles, too. * Maybe I’m out of shape from football watching, but it looked to me like OSU’s offensive tempo was good. And then Gundy said it wasn’t nearly as fast as the Cowboys want to be. “The way we played today is similar to what we do, but it’s not like on game day,” Gundy said. “There’s a lot more going on. We would like to play faster. Our tempo last year was slow for us, but it needs to be faster this fall. It was slow today, because we don’t have enough depth. If we go too fast, we run those guys, we can’t get anything out of them.” * Cornerback Ashton Lampkin, who figures to take over for departed Justin Gilbert, talked about which of his teammates have shined brightest this spring: “There’s a lot of guys that have stepped up. I believe (linebacker) Seth Jacobs has stepped up a lot, he’s coming in to his own. He didn’t play a lot his freshman year, he redshirted and didn’t play a lot last year. He’s come in and done what the coaches have asked of him. Tre Flowers and Jordan Sterns and Darius Curry (defensive backs all), those guys are stepping up and becoming players for this team.” * Gundy also is high on his receivers. He said the d-line and receivers “are the deepest positions we have. They’re the most experienced. Of course they have to stay healthy and have a good work ethic, which are always important, but the maturity we have at those positions at this point is what you would have in a normal year that didn’t feature 28 seniors leaving. Those positions are in great shape. Elsewhere, we’re still developing young players.”
BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore...
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: Sunday, March 23
Mar 22, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Brenden Fowler, Yukon (Crowder) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Connor Litterell, Tuttle (Cowley County) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Mason McAlister, Yukon (Cowley County) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Tyler McIntosh, Tuttle (SW Christian) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Seth Sandlin, Stigler (Carl Albert) Dalton Secrist, Tuttle (SW Christian) Ryan Skalnik, Verdigris (Neosho) Will Sprayberry, Moore (NOC-Enid) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) Logan Wigley, Yukon (NOC-Enid) BOYS BASKETBALL Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Mitch Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Rylee Bellmon, Perry (UCO) Deven Bond, Poteau (UCO) Maddie Brown, Jenks (UCO) Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Taylor Harrill, Cache (St. Gregory’s) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Mikayla Howorka, Tuttle (SWOSU) Anthonio Humphrey, Douglass (Kansas) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Heather Johnson, Noble (St. Gregory’s) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North (Pittsburg St.) Hayley Redwine, Norman (OU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek (UCO) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre’Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Dustin Blasingame, Carl Albert (Southwestern, Kan.) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Luke Booker, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) Austin Cross, Grove (OBU) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike’Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Rayce Denton, Heritage Hall (Arizona Christian) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Garrett Duckworth, OCS (OBU) Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Jared Fink, Dewey (OBU) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jesse Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Craig Hofeld, Destiny Christian (OBU) Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Jake Jones, Verdigris (Ottawa) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Drew Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Evangel) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Gerrell Murry, Putnam City (SWOSU) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O’Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Dustin Pierce, Jones (Mid-America Nazerene) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Wesley Rivas, Tahlequah (William Penn) Tanner Robertson, Mustang (OBU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Evan Sprayberry, Moore (Tabor) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Brett Tye, Jenks (Pitt St.) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Nathan Voreis, Tuttle (SNU) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Willliams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Ty Yeates, Jenks (William Penn) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (St. Gregory’s) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Jessica Gremling, Moore (Southwestern, Kan.) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Chad Smith, Plainview/OU (OBU) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jessica Prewitt, Broken Arrow (OBU) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Truman Berghall, Jenks (OBU) Durham Chilcoat, Jenks (OBU) Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue Depaz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Julius James, Moore (NSU) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Michael Mitrik, Jenks (Tulsa) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Nathan Osborne, Jenks (OBU) Daniel Paugh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Tyler Ridener, Jenks (Central Arkansas) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Reagan Ballard, Edmond Memorial (UCO) Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abby Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Kayla Buster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Karla Cabello, Puntam City North (Mid-America Christian) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Jordan Cleveland, Moore (USAO) Anna Crawford, Mustang (OU)* Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Melissa Giles, Broken Arrow (NSU) Caitlyn Hanslovan, Verdigris (ORU) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Morgan Kent, Sapulpa (NSU) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Madi Logsdon, Tulsa Union (NSU) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Julia Mathis, Broken Arrow (NSU) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Lauren Parker, Stillwater (USAO) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Katelin Teter, Claremore (NSU) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) Sydni Wiles, Mustang (OC) Katelyn Williams, Moore (USAO) Morgan Wilson, Piedmont (USAO) Summer Witt, Verdigris (ECU) SOFTBALL Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Kortney Brown, Duncan (Rose St.) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Makenzie Carpenter, Jenks (Connors St.) Chloe Clifton, Wayne (Seminole St.) Cheyanne Coffman, Apache (Rose St.) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Chris Coplen, Stigler (Eastern) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Peyton Garrett, Tuttle (NWOSU) Shannon Godfrey, Tulsa Kelley (St. Gregory’s) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Caitlin Hall, Moore (OBU) Sable Hankins, Moore (Lamar) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) McKayla Hendrix, Jenks (Seminole St.) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Reneé Leonard, Rush Springs (Rose St.) Brayden Lindsey, Wynnewood (Western Texas) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Jenna Lynn, Moore (OBU) McKenzie Martin, Perkins-Tryon (NOC-Tonkawa) Stephanie Martin, Kellyville (Rose St.) Lauren Mason, Cache (Rose St.) Brianna McArthur, Moore (Central Arkansas) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Shelby Miller, Bethel (Seminole St.) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Alexa Nolen, Stigler (Connors St.) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Sethe Story, Heritage Hall (Austin College) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Aspen Vail, Little Axe (St. Gregory’s) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Jessica Watkins, Glenpool (Rose St.) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Mindy Winters, Tuttle (Rose St.) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) Lauren Zalewski, Rush Springs (Rose St.) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) TENNIS Taylor Factor, Moore (Seminole) Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hayes, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Mar 7, 2014
Hubie Brown coached 15 seasons in the NBA and ABA and has been a television analyst for 30 years.
A conversation with Hubie Brown
Darnell Mayberry | Mar 7, 2014[img]2369108[/img] Hubie Brown coached 15 seasons in the NBA and ABA and has been a television analyst for 30 years. He is widely considered one of the best minds in basketball and a tireless worker, who, even at 80 years old, hasn’t come up for air. In 2005, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor. Brown will work Sunday’s game between the Thunder and Lakers for ABC alongside Mike Tirico and Heather Cox. In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, Brown talked about tanking, his television style and the greatest man he’s ever known. Do you miss coaching? What you miss — when you’ve been a coach all your life — you miss the practices. John Wooden summed it up beautifully one time. He and I were doing a clinic one time in Portland, Ore. and he said ‘You miss the smell of the gym.’ Now, what he meant by that, you miss the practices where the chemistry is developed. And by that we mean you take individual talent, you make it accountable and at the end of the period of time you’re hoping for chemistry. And naturally, you want the players to be able to reach their maximum potential. And over weeks, months and years, you see that develop, whether you’re at the high school, college or professional level. What did you like least about the job? Well, I think that if you’re in it as a profession the most difficult thing is losing. Or getting a team with maximum injury to still perform at a playoff level. It develops frustrations. Frustrations for the players as well as they coaches. Because now, you’re grinding. You’re grinding on a daily basis. And unfortunately, you’re hoping that your superiors, at whichever level, understand that the team is functioning at its maximum in spite of all the injuries. That’s a difficult time. Because as we all know today it’s high expectations that cannot possibly be backed up because of either the talent level or the opposition within your conference. It’s unfair when management or the fans, and then even the players themselves; wishful thinking doesn’t get it done. Having said that, you’ve got a lot of teams now that just seem like they’re not trying to win. What are your thoughts on tanking? I would have difficulty with that. And I’ve been in situations where we had excellent success and then our team was robbed by injures to our key personnel, where the games missed exceeded 300. But I honestly felt that our coaching staff never shortened the practices, never cheated the younger players in their growth toward their potential. The game plans and the accountability can’t falter. Because this is professional sports, where the fan is paying high dollar and expects maximum performance whether the players are all there and especially they expect the coaching staff to be coaching to its maximum. I would never want to have a team that our coaching staff was associated with ever to be thought of as tanking games. You deserve your maximum effort on a nightly basis to not only the players but to the fan, and then to the franchise, and then to the city. Does the television work you do now and have done for years provide consolation by keeping you close to the game? Well, I’ve done clinics for coaches at all levels for 40 years. So not only did we have the basketball on a team level, but we’ve also had the clinics. Now, the clinics were not only here in the United States, but they were around the world throughout FIBA Basketball. So I would do, at that time, between 20 and 30 clinics a year. I don’t mean basketball camps now. I mean basketball clinics for coaches. SO I’ve always had that. But television, this will be my 26th year of doing full-time television, meaning for national television. It used to be USA on Thursday nights. Then CBS and then Turner and now ESPN/ABC. I’ve done 26 years of full television on a yearly basis and then three other years where, when my team was eliminated, I was fortunate to do the playoffs. So it’s been 29 years of, fortunately, a love relationship with the competition. And staying current keeps your mind sharp. And you anxiously look forward to the games. It keeps you young. I was going to ask you about your clinics. I’ve heard you conduct them like few others. What can you tell me about your style as a clinician and what do you do that you think makes you so effective in that arena? You’re asking me to blow a lot of smoke here, OK? You know what I’m saying? I start every clinic the same way. I ask the audience, if we’re on the court with demonstrators, or if we’re in a hotel convention hall with overhead projectors, I ask the audience to have an open mind and allow us to shot different ways to show different ways of whatever the topic is for that day to expand their knowledge. You never talk down to an audience. You try to keep the open mind exploring and seeing And then also terminology has to be brief. Because when people come to a clinic, they pay money. They expect it to be a classroom situation. They expect 60 minutes of education, a variety of ideas and then current and new ideas that might not be prevalent in their areas of the country. You’re constantly trying to bring them new things. You’re one of my favorite analyst in any sport because of your ability to break down the game. I want to know from you how did you develop your style of analysis? Well, the style that we use on television comes from, A, being a coach, a teacher first. And then also from the clinics. Because you learn to use short sentences with substance, then clarity, meaning verbal, and then hopefully demonstrated it either on the court or on the overhead projectors. Now in television, from Day One, I always used to get miffed that baseball and football, the analyzation of the sports were so scientific and supposedly difficult to understand. But yet basketball was referred to like we just got together at 6:30 for a 7:30 game but we met out on the corner. So while we do a televised game, from Day One, we brought statistics to the game. We brought statistics to the graphics. And we tried to talk to the fan like you’re talking to your team, so that the players who are not playing are understanding what is going on on the court; why the offense or defensive philosophies are working or not working. And I feel then, just like the clinics, you never talk down to the audience. You try to show them what is happening because it’s difficult on television for people who are not in the sport as coaches or players to see all 10 people. You are trying to show them not only what is happening in two against two or three against three on one side of the floor, which it eventually comes down to, but you are also trying to educate them on what is happening on the opposite side of the lane, which might be what they’re really looking for in whatever sets they are running. Do you feel the NBA is still a misunderstood league, and if so what do you think is the biggest misconception about the NBA today? No. I honestly feel that the analyzation of the game is right at that level now of football and in baseball, and the fan expects the analyst to be on the top of their game. They want to know why things are happening, why teams are changing defenses and the offenses are not adjusting or vice versa. They expect that type of preparation by the analyst, and also they want substance not surface knowledge. Now that’s big. And I think that for the analyst you must come prepared. Because the challenge is to keep the fan watching a game that is a blowout. Because now, your outside preparation has to come into the game now, whether it’s the story lines of the teams competing, or conferences, or the entire league, or history. That’s why when you come you always want to be able to convey items of interest, items that make the fan see what’s happening, help them in their conversations of comparing teams or players and then be able to back it up to open his eyes to the history of the league. Let me piggyback on that for a second in regard to your preparation, because you have a reputation for being a tireless worker to this day. Where does that gene come from? (Long pause). In 1947, my father lost his job as a foreman in the Kearny, New Jersey Shipyards. I was in the eighth grade. (Pauses). I have difficulty talking about my father, OK? He’s the greatest man I’ve ever met in my life. Because at that time, the war was over and the shipyards were closing down and it was extremely difficult to get a job. And for seven months, he tried desperately to get a job. One day, he sat me down and said to me, ‘Always remember you’re a half a step from the street.’ Because he had, as a foreman, an excellent job in the shipyards. So you owe it to always give 100 percent. And that’s stuck with you to this day? Of course. That’s a powerful statement, you know? Because unfortunately when we have success at whatever level in the coaching profession you’re at, you lose sight at times of true reality. You think that you’re bulletproof. And if you do not have the preparation, the daily discipline to prepare, the open mind to new ideas, it could cause you to be in the street. So that’s how I tried to be as an athlete at the high school and college levels, and then as a coach. What’s the biggest piece of advice you try to pass on to players and coaches today? Well, there’s just so many things that you try to do when you do philosophy. We, as a staff, were never big on a ton of rules. But we were very big on being on time. And if you’re late you’re going to be accountable. Knowing your job. Sounds easy. Be on time, know your job, be unselfish and we would tell players know when to shoot and when to pass. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Yeah, but a lot of people struggle with it. (Laughs). We’re fanatical about being on time. And also for the player to know their jobs. The fourth thing is you’ve got to work hard at your job. Those four things are going to be because we, as a staff, are going to make you accountable on a daily basis. There’s so many other things that you do in clinics for philosophy. But I started with you with the open mind stuff and all the stuff that goes with all of that. But keeping an open mind is critical because then you will always stay current in your development within your offenses and your defenses. It will also keep you current within the handling of the player, male or female. Because you will have heard other means of accountability, what other coaches mean by the word. Because discipline is a major part of the accountability because you’re totally striving for that one word, chemistry. And we throw that word around so often. But we know that the word chemistry is the key to the success of the team. How about the flip side? What’s one thing players and coaches always ask you? That could be anything. A guy might want an attack against the box and one, against the triangle and two, a good zone offense, a side out of bounds that works against man-to-man or zone in the last five to eight seconds of a game; underneath the basket, do you have a play that can get us a high-percentage shot out of bounds under our own basket against zone or man? You know, things like this. These things come up all the time because young coaches want to know different ways of doing things. What was it like succeeding a coaching legend in Red Holzman in New York? Well I was extremely fortunate to have a great relationship with Red Holzman. A beautiful man. The first time I met Red Holzman was in September of 1951 when our Niagara University basketball team had five scrimmages with the Rochester Royals that were the NBA champions in ’51. We scrimmaged them at Niagara and down at Rochester, which was only an hour and a half drive. And Red was a backup point guard to Bob Davies, who at that time was First-Team All-NBA. So that’s where I met him the first time. But I was a big fan of Red. We had a great relationship. My wife with his wife, they used to sit close to one another at the games at the Garden. I coached there for five years and Red was still involved with the team. So I saw him. He would come to practices. Naturally, he was at most of the home games before his health took over. But Red was highly respected for his relationship with the players, then his offensive ingenuities, his different sets that he ran offensively. And everybody called it New York City basketball. But it was organized in different sets, which people didn’t get. Red is one of the all-time greats ever to coach in the league. He was the total package. Red was always a warm, very giving person. And he treated everybody like a brother. He was just a great man. Aside from coming up short in the Finals, what stuck with you the most about the years you coached Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson?I would tell teams the third thing when I would take over a job, I would come in with a list of subject and topics that I would cover, the third thing I would tell them was of being involved with Kareem, who’s going to win his third MVP in four years in the league, and then Oscar, who at that time was the greatest all-around player in the history of the game and was at the end, ‘You will practice hard hard every day. We will run an organized practice session so that you can reach your potential. We as a staff owe it to you to be totally organized on a daily basis, and to give you an advantage every night to win.’ Because I learned that from those two guys. I told them there’s no one in this room who will ever match Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Oscar Robertson. And if you doubt that, just go to the record books and look up what they accomplished. So I would say to them ‘You will be accountable.’ Because for two years, I never saw a high school or college team practice as hard as the Milwaukee Bucks. And the teaching by Larry Costello opened my eyes to a whole new doctorate’s degree in basketball. Because I say this all the time, when your two best players are coachable and are winners, they demand that you come prepared. And they demand that good game plan. And they demand the scouting. And being with them was enjoyable because each guy in his own way was a genius at his profession. They both knew every play and where all five guys had to be in every one of the sets that we had. And it was eye-opening. And that loss in Game 7 was so difficult because we both won on the others court. But on the last game of the year in the regular season, we lost our excellent point guard, Lucious Allen, with an ACL. Dave Bing fell across Lucious, and Lucious came down on a uniform that they used to lay out next to the benches in the old days. And he slipped on that thing, and I’ll be dammed Dave landed right across his knee and that hurt us from winning a championship. Because Don Chaney and Jo Jo White pressed us the full time, and our backup point guards couldn’t handle the pressure. And Oscar, at his age, at that time, had to handle the ball in the last two games against that kind of pressure. And when people don’t understand what hand checking is, Don Chaney, at 6-5, had the biggest hands and could put it right on your hip and he could steer you. His hands were that big and that strong. God, you’re bringing back a lot of memories. My last question might bring back even more. What’s the best ABA story you can tell me? Well winning a championship in our first year. That team was only together one year. There were four new players, and I was a new coach. And back then in ’75, we only had 10 players on a team because they couldn’t afford an 11th or a 12th player. Up until February, we had the best record. We were really playing great. And then we lost Dan Issel, who’s in the Hall of Fame, and Gene Littles, our backup point guard. Both guys got hurt in a game in Denver. We lost them for a couple of months. And we were behind the Nets, who won the championship the year before with Dr. J and those guys. We were behind them five games. We had to play them three times in the last month. So we had a meeting and I told them that in our last 10 games we were going to beat the Nets three times and we were going to win all 10 games. And the Nets were going to lose these three games, and then they were going to get beat by Denver in Denver, coached by Larry Brown and Doug Moe. And we needed one other game for them to lose. Well, on the last day of the season, Memphis upset them and we beat them three times. When the playoffs came, we went 4-1, 4-1, 4-1 and won the championship. Artis Gilmore was the Most Valuable Player and won a car and, I think, $5,000 from Sport Magazine. It was a great team that only played together for one year. Because over the summer, the owners of the team sold Dan Issel for $500,000 to a team that never opened up. It was going to be a team in Baltimore. They then sold Issel to Denver for the $500,000. That’s how Denver got Dan Issel. And then Teddy McClain, our point guard, the best defensive guard in the league, from Tennessee State, went and played for the Nets. Now, the reason why I tell you that is because if you’ve heard Dr. J within the past month and they asked Doc if any teams from the ABA could ever win an NBA championship, he says without a doubt the 1975 Kentucky Colonels. Now that was a hell of a compliment about that team because we were only together one time. That was a great, great team. Special thanks to Hubie Brown for his time. You can catch Brown broadcasting Sunday’s game between the Thunder and Lakers, as well as throughout the NBA season on ESPN and ABC.
The Homestead native, according to a family obituary, “was every boy's favorite dad for many years.”
Tributes: Cecil Outhier spent spare time teaching neighborhood kids the basics of sports
By Scott Munn, Assistant Sports Editor, email@example.com | Feb 24, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience: *Cecil Outhier was a Homestead native who worked 37 years for Haliburton Oil Services. He took great pleasure in teaching neighborhood boys how to pitch, hit and catch a baseball; kick and pass a football; shoot a basketball; and safely fire a rifle. A family obituary said Outhier “was every boy's favorite dad for many years.” He died recently at age 86. *Carla Hertzog Elam, 42, of Chickasha was a supervisor for United Parcel Service. She was the mother of three, softball player Lynnsie and wrestlers Austin and Cael. The kids' athletic ability came naturally. Carla played softball and basketball at Lawton High School. She went on to play college softball while earning a business administration degree at Cameron. Carla also coached youth softball. *Mitchell McElmurry, 61, of Muskogee was a three-sport letterman at Fort Gibson High School in the early 1970s. He played football, basketball and baseball, before moving on to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. McElmurry played competitive softball for several state championship teams. He returned to Fort Gibson High and served as an assistant football coach for more than 15 years. *Jimmy Banks, 88, of Elk City was asked to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization out of high school. He instead chose the Navy, signing up in September 1942 as America faced the challenge of a two-front war. Afterward, he went home to southwestern Oklahoma and played semi-pro baseball in the Elk City League. Banks spent one season in professional ball, 1951, with the Pampa Oilers and Borger Gassers of the West Texas-New Mexico League. He wound up spending several years working for the postal service. *Talala resident Errol Calvert Sr., 73, was an accomplished archer who bagged a state-record buck in 1963. Calvert was a body builder into his late 50s, receiving the Mr. Oklahoma Spirit Award after defeating kidney cancer. *Jerry Meyers Jr., 66, graduated from Ada High School, which was about 10 miles from his hometown of Francis. Meyers served in the Vietnam War, and then worked in the oil fields as a mechanic. Free time was spent fixing and driving race cars. *Ken Hopkins, 61, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was an all-area offensive lineman in 1970 for Lawton High. He earned a football scholarship to Northwestern Oklahoma State, although he finished an economics degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State. Hopkins, a supporter of youth sports, worked in health care while living in Florida. *Ed Buddrus, 92, of Muskogee was president and chairman of the board of Acme Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. The World War II veteran was a disciplined athlete, running in many marathons during his life. *Sharon Davis Ellwanger of Shawnee liked to tell people she grew up playing baseball with a kid who would go on to become a pretty good catcher — Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Ellwanger, who grew up in the Oney area, died eight days before her 67th birthday. *Jon Arrasmith, 33, was a silver medalist in tennis at the 1997 Sooner State Games. He was an All-City honorable mention selection as a senior, in 1998, at Choctaw High School and then played two seasons at Seminole Junior College. A die-hard Indianapolis Colts fan who worked for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as an internal auditor for the game commission. *Buddy Leake, 80, of Oklahoma City starred at halfback for the Oklahoma Sooners under coach Bud Wilkinson. For more on Leake's career, read staff writer Berry Tramel's story on NewsOK.com. *Shirley Fulton Finley, 68, of Velma was an Army wife who coached youth baseball and bowling. ... Ernie Cox, who died on his 77th birthday, played baseball at Dale High School. ... Ben Morgan, 20, of Locust Grove was a swimming instructor at the Boys & Girls Club. ... Bob Perry, 73, of Enid coached youth basketball. ... Carl White, 52, of Choctaw wrestled at Carl Albert High School. The commercial plumber was a fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Oklahoma City Thunder and the OU sports teams. *Ward McCaskill, 93, of Hennipen spent 30 years as a faculty member at Star Spencer. The World War II veteran coached eighth-grade boys and girls sports. ... Army veteran Richard Stokes, 64, coached soccer at Park Lane Elementary School in Lawton. He was Cibalo, Texas, resident at the time of death. ... Allen Blaylock, 73, of Chickasha played football at Douglass High School. Also an avid golfer. ... Neva Dunbar Huffman, 78, of Vinita played basketball at Bluejacket High School. ... *Richard Jack, 71, played basketball and wrestled for Sapulpa High School. ... Robert Adair, 76, was a longtime industrial arts teacher at Chouteau High School who participated in tractor pulls. ... Kathy Spess Bell, 63, of Stillwater played high school basketball at Mannford. ... Mike Blonien, 58, of Altus attended the University of Tulsa on a baseball scholarship. ... Ocie Davis, 82, was an Air Force veteran and longtime Department of Transportation employee. He was an avid Rush Springs High School athletics supporter. BY SCOTT MUNN
Feb 18, 2014
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, is an Oklahoman and a man for all seasons. He routinely volunteers at every Olympics and gives friends and colleagues a peek at his adventures with daily email dispatches. Everyone looks forward to them, which is why I post them on the blog, so everyone can get a feel for what’s going on around the Olympics.
Bill Hancock's Olympic adventure: the most hated man Sochi
Berry Tramel | Feb 18, 2014[img]2351791[/img] Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, is an Oklahoman and a man for all seasons. He routinely volunteers at every Olympics and gives friends and colleagues a peek at his adventures with daily email dispatches. Everyone looks forward to them, which is why I post them on the blog, so everyone can get a feel for what’s going on around the Olympics. Monday, February 17 (Please excuse the typos and bad writing in this friendly message to family members. They are sweethearts and so will not object to sloppiness. Will hurry. There’s too much Olympics to explore.) Breakfast: Pear chunk, Russian salad (peas, cheese and stuff), toast with nasty orange marmalade, orange juice, corn, plump sausage, yummy mullet porridge, tasty pork cutlet, cheese, and delicious strawberry yogurt drink. Breakfast note No. 1: I know it’s really “millet” porridge. But I think “mullet” is cuter. And the sign at the breakfast buffet does say “mullet.” Breakfast note No. 2: orange marmalade may be the worst food ever invented. It tastes like pureed orange peel with a dash of motor oil. Low overcast this morning. No mountains. A writer went to a place called “The London Bar” in Sochi and had a nifty cheeseburger and beer. That says it all. Did I say the concession sands have bottles of Coke, Coke Light, Fanta and PowerAde. The cost is about $2.75. There’s no ice for drinks, by the way. No ice anywhere, in fact. Of course, the reason is that the ice would come from tap water. And tap water is a no-no. Met and got recruited by four American evangelicals in the park the other day. They were nice enough. I told them I was the choir. Commute from Chistye Prudy to the Main Press Center: 20 minutes by bus. Wow, Nicki and I were SO lucky to have visited the mountains yesterday. The visibility is zero up there today and it’s likely several events will be delayed. Lucky, lucky, lucky. Forgot to mention about the gondola rides in the mountains. The Russians say gon-DOE-luh. We say GONE-du-luh, of course. Tuh-MAY-to, tuh-MAH-to. Let’s don’t call the whole thing off. Not yet. Volunteer du jour: Dominic, young like almost all the others. Stopped us from taking photos of the broadcast positions during practice at the speedskating venue. That’s happened at other Olympics. I’m not sure why. In excellent English, Dominic apologized. He was sheepish and shy. I asked how he had acquired such excellent control of the English language. “I’m from New York City,” he said. Two writers have visited Stalin’s dacha in Sochi. They rolled billiard balls on his pool table, saw his furniture, etc. Note from my favorite seventh grader in Stillwater (well, actually, my favorite seventh grader in the entire world) – How can you not tell Coke from Pepsi? I’m simply flabbergasted. Lunch: Croissant with chocolate filling. Quite delicious, if a little tout d’suite. (Sorry. Punning between language is unfair.) Daily reminder: it’s 10 hours different from Central time. So when it’s 10 a.m. in Chickasha, it’s 8 p.m. in Sochi. Note from Plano — Have you noticed that at several angles ice dancer Charlie Davis looks like Nate Hancock? Three things of interest: (1) a young Russian said Nikita Khrushchev was “popcorn”; which I did not understand at all; no doubt something got lost in the translation; (2) a middle-aged American reporter did not know that Khrushchev had said “we will bury you,” and (3) a 20-something reporter had never heard of Wally Pipp. The wait to get into the only souvenir store in Olympic Park continues to be an hour—two hours at times. It’s not worth the wait. Olga, the woman in charge of marketing for the company that runs the store, said, “we definitely underestimated the interest in this. We didn’t expect this demand….it is far more than we would ever have expected.” She said there is no significant tradition of Russians buying t-shirts and other souvenirs. But folks are going nuts over this shop. There are thousands—millions—of great places to fall and get injured here at the Olympics. And no yellow tape to mark steps. So far, so good for me—except for that little tumble down the hill a few days ago. The American journalists are playing hurt. One sprained her thumb picking up her backpack. Another fell off a curb and sprained his ankle badly. Another stubbed his toe on the threshold of his room and has been hobbling for three days. A photographer spent two days in bed with 103 fever. A press officer did the same thing. I am wondering if skin can come off from washing hands too much. Weather: Foggy, drizzly and dark this morning. It’s conclusion-of-Casablanca weather. And then the sun appeared about mid-day. Here at the coastal cluster, high 52, low 45. Up at Laura cross-country ski and biathlon center, high 34, low 30. Russia Fact that surely must be true because somebody told me: Those onion-spire towers? Word is, they originated because the snow would fall off of them. Anton, a volunteer, said his family lives in St. Petersburg (Russia.) “They call me to say they are jealous of our warm weather here.” They’ve assigned the USA’s quarterfinal hockey game to Shayba arena, the small one. That’ll create a severe ticket crunch. Think playing the BCS championship game at Allen High School: great stadium but not nearly enough seats. And significant demand for ice dance tickets, too. I’ll be a candidate for “most hated person at the Olympics” for a couple of days. Just decided that ice dancing is my second-favorite Winter Olympics sport, right behind cross-country skiing. The music is almost always terrific and so is the dancing. Dinner: Wheat Thins. One-quarter of an excellent chocolate cinnamon roll from the Canadians, who went to the Cinnabon in Sochi. Yes, there’s a Cinnabon store in Sochi! What a great world! Talked to a photographer from Luxembourg today. He’s the only journalist here from his country. “The others could not make arrangements for hotel rooms,” he said. He has been to every Olympics since 1976. Also ran into SI’s Austin Murphy. We discussed his excellent piece on Super Bowl halftimes. We did not discuss at length his one-sided treatment of my employer. He was dashing off to a television shot anyway. Have spent considerable time here with Joe Posnanski, one of the truly good guys. We had discussed heading off for an adventure, but ticketing has bound me to the office. (We climbed the Great Wall of China together, and also went to the James Bond exhibition in London. The Great Wall and a Great Chinese Dinner afterward were a real highlight.) What a privilege to be here! Every day is an adventure. Sochi. Hot. Cool. Yours. Da Svidanya for now.
Feb 8, 2014
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Oklahoma high school sports signing list: Feb. 8, 2014
Feb 8, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) BOYS BASKETBALL Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Mitch Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre'Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D'Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike'Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Janari Glover, Millwood (Western Illinois) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jessie Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O'Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Williams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (Arizona Christian) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Memorial (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue Depaz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abby Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) SOFTBALL Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O'Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) TENNIS Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hayes, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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An overall look at how the 14 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference fared Wednesday on Signing Day.___ATLANTIC DIVISIONBOSTON COLLEGENational rankings: (Rivals 42; Scout 61).Best in class: Connor Strachan, lb, Needham, Mass.Best of the rest: Jonathan Hilliman, rb, Jersey City, N.J.; Harold Landry, de, Fayetteville, N.C.; Mike Knoll, k, Cuyahoga Falls, OH.Late additions: Nat Dixon, wr, Lynn...
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The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014An overall look at how the 14 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference fared Wednesday on Signing Day. ___ ATLANTIC DIVISION BOSTON COLLEGE National rankings: (Rivals 42; Scout 61). Best in class: Connor Strachan, lb, Needham, Mass. Best of the rest: Jonathan Hilliman, rb, Jersey City, N.J.; Harold Landry, de, Fayetteville, N.C.; Mike Knoll, k, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Late additions: Nat Dixon, wr, Lynn Haven, Fla.; Noa Merritt, dl, Sparta, N.J.; Oseh-Lie Saine, dl, Lincoln, R.I. One that got away: Defensive back Tre Tarpley from Pittsburgh, Pa., flipped his commitment from BC to Vanderbilt over the weekend. NOTE: "This is our class. Last year we were able to bring in a couple of guys," BC second-year coach Steve Addazio said. "This is a class that we put a full year in to and we know them very well. Anytime you sign 30, that's a large number. There can be some misses, but we feel great about this class." ___ CLEMSON National rankings (Rivals 13; Scout 28). Best in class: Deshaun Watson, QB, Gainesville, Ga. The Parade All-American who amassed 17,134 yards of total offense is expected to compete with senior Cole Stoudt and sophomore Chad Kelly for the starter's job. Watson committed to the Tigers in February 2012 and held firm despite overtures from schools like Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State. Best of the rest: Artavis Scott, WR, Oldsmar, Fla. Picked Clemson over home-state schools Florida, Florida State and Miami. Late addition: None. Of the drama-free day, Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott said "when your 5-star quarterback is already on campus you can sleep a little better the night before signing day." One that got away: Andrew Williams, DE. Clemson didn't have strong hopes of landing Williams, but crossed their fingers before he chose Auburn. NOTES: Clemson's class includes linebackers Judah Davis and J.D. Davis, the twin sons of former Tigers great Jeff Davis, who's now an assistant athletic director for his alma mater. ... Clemson's lone defensive end signee was Richard Yeargin of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., who had committed to Notre Dame but re-opened his recruitment after the season. ___ FLORIDA STATE National rankings (Rivals 4; Scout 4). Best in class: Dalvin Cook, RB, Miami Central HS Best of the rest: Ermon Lane, WR, Homestead (Fla.) HS; Travis Rudolph, WR, Cardinal Newman (Fla.) HS Late addition: Ja'Von Harrison, WR, Kathleen (Fla.) HS, had been committed to Virginia Tech. One that got away: Malik McDowell, DE, Southfield (Mich.) HS. NOTE: "Travis Rudolph and Ermon Lane I think our big-time players," Fisher said. "But I think Ja'Von (Harrison) is right there in that same caliber of them. And then when you get three of them, so spread the field, inside guys, outside guys, they're all big-bodied guys. But the big-bodied guys that have the capability and have the quickness to go inside, which is rare." ___ LOUISVILLE National rankings (Rivals 46; Scout 45). Best in class: Reggie Bonnafon, QB, Louisville. Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-3, 205-pounder was Louisville's first 2014 signee by the staff of former Cardinals coach Charlie Strong, now at Texas. Bonnafon threw for 2,606 yards and 16 touchdowns against just eight interceptions last season. He also rushed for 895 yards and 18 TDs. Best of the rest: RB L.J. Scott, OL Lukayus McNeil, OL Danny Burns, DE Terry Ramsey, TE Charles Standberry. Late additions: Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad, LB, Fort Pierce, Fla; Cornelius Sturghill, WR, Memphis; Jimmie Terry, OL, Madison, Miss. All three committed to the Cardinals on Wednesday. One that got away: Devin Pike, TE, Cincinnati. He had committed last July to Louisville but switched to Wake Forest last week after making his official visit. NOTE: Petrino loves offense and lavishly praised Bonnafon, who fits his philosophy: "I'm really excited about Reggie Bonnafon and being able to have him come in, a guy we feel is very, very talented throwing the ball," he said. "He can make all the different throws, is accurate and has a strong arm. He also has the ability to run the ball." ___ N.C. STATE National rankings: (Rivals 30; Scout 26). Best in class: Kentavius Street (Greenville) is rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals ranked the defensive end as the No. 2 recruit in North Carolina. Best of the rest: N.C. State loaded up with instate talent, including safety Germaine Pratt (No. 9 in state by Rivals) and quarterback Jalan McClendon (No. 9 in state by Scout). Late addition: Cornerback Troy Vincent Jr., son of the former NFL Pro Bowl defensive back, was originally committed to Penn State. But when coach Bill O'Brien left to coach the NFL's Houston Texans, Vincent switched his commitment to the Wolfpack. "Troy's very technical," Doeren said. "He's been backpedaling since he was 3 years old." One that got away: N.C. State couldn't quite reel in instate receiver Trevion Thompson of Durham. Thompson, Scout's No. 3-ranked recruit in the state, signed with Clemson. NOTES: Early enrollee Ty Linton originally signed with rival North Carolina in 2010 before signing to play baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He recently decided to play college football and Doeren — who had recruited him while an assistant at Wisconsin — got him to sign with N.C. State instead of UNC. "It's great to have a freshman that's 23 years old that's ... going to offer some unique experiences and life lessons to our team," Doeren said. ... The Wolfpack added five offensive linemen and six defensive linemen. ... N.C. State signed six from Georgia. ... Nine players in the class enrolled for the spring semester. ___ SYRACUSE National rankings (Rivals 48; Scout 51). Best in class: KJ Williams, WR, Bethlehem, Pa. Best of the rest: Alin Edouard, QB, Miami; Steve Ishmael, WR, Miami; Chris Slayton, DE, Chicago. Late addition: Denzel Ward, OG, Chicago. One that got away: Zeek Rodney, DT, Rock Hill, S.C. ___ WAKE FOREST National rankings (Rivals T-55; Scout 66). Best in class: Clawson's class had no players rated higher than three stars by either recruiting service. The best of the bunch might be three-star TE Devin Pike (Cincinnati), whom Scout.com rated as the nation's 32nd-best player at his position. Two of Pike's brothers played for the University of Cincinnati. Best of the rest: The Demon Deacons signed two quarterbacks with impressive pedigrees. Travis Smith went 41-0 at Ithaca (Mich.) High School with three consecutive state titles. John Wolford threw for 126 career touchdowns at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla. — breaking the state record set by Tim Tebow. Late addition: Fourteen players committed from Jan. 16 to signing day, assistant Zach Stone said. DE Willie Yarbary (Augusta, Ga.) defected from Indiana's class after the Hoosiers changed defensive coordinators. One that got away: Wake Forest got most of the players it wanted. The Demon Deacons offered Demarquis Gates last week but the linebacker signed with Mississippi. NOTE: Wake Forest appeared to cast a wider net than perhaps in previous years. Clawson signed players from 12 states, including Michigan, Arkansas and Mississippi. "I am really proud of our staff. We hit the ground running," Clawson said. "There wasn't one day that a coach could be on the road that we weren't all on the road." ___ COASTAL DIVISION DUKE National rankings (Rivals T-55; Scout 66). Best in class: Zach Harmon (Toledo, Ohio) is rated as the nation's 20th-best center by Scout.com. Best of the rest: Cutcliffe's quarterbacks always attract attention — he's a key mentor for Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning — and his latest QB signees are Johnathan Lloyd (Graham, N.C.) and Nicodem Pierre (Miami). Lloyd enrolled early and took part in Duke's pre-Chick-fil-A Bowl practices, and Cutcliffe says he has "great feet, about as fluid as you would want to be and he's quick." Late addition: Sixteen of Duke's signees committed in 2012 or '13. The last to say he would sign — WR Trevon Lee (Miramar, Fla.) — made his announcement Monday and Cutcliffe said the Blue Devils' big year helped sway him. Cutcliffe says Lee "has certainly got a lot of talent" but shied away from saying he would be an immediate difference-maker. One that got away: None. Duke didn't appear to have any late defections from its class because Cutcliffe doesn't like to play games with the recruiting process. "You didn't hear the word decommit. ... If you decommit, odds are, you never committed," he said. NOTE: Cutcliffe spent Sunday watching his pupil Peyton Manning lose the Super Bowl from a luxury box at Metlife Stadium and he said "as I'm going in, maybe in the hundreds of people said, 'We followed your team, we love your team, etc. etc.' ... All that does have an effect." ___ GEORGIA TECH National rankings (Rivals 47; Scout 47). Best in class: RB Myles Autry, DB Step Durham Best of the rest: WR CJ Leggett, C Andrew Marshall, WR Qua Searcy, DE KeShun Freeman, DB Lance Austin, DB Lawrence Austin Late addition: Autry One that got away: DT Mike Sawyers of Nashville signed with Tennessee. NOTE: Johnson summoned up his customary annual critique of Georgia Tech getting ranked low in recruiting services when he said, "If you go back and look for the last six years, there's four teams in the ACC who've won more games than all of the others. Those teams are Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. And that's my view of the star system. So if our recruiting is so bad, and that is so accurate, then we must be great coaches. And from what I read from you guys (media) I don't believe that. You can't have it both ways. So that's the facts. That's not spin. That's just facts." ___ MIAMI National rankings (Rivals 12; Scout 11). Best in class: Brad Kaaya, QB, West Hills, Calif. Best of the rest: Malik Rosier, QB, Mobile, Ala.; Trevor Darling, OL, Miami; Joseph Yearby, RB, Miami; KC McDermott, OT, Wellington, Fla.; Chad Thomas, DE, Miami, Fla.; Michael Wyche, DT, East L.A. College. Late addition: David Njoku, a 215-pound wide receiver and tight end from Cedar Grove, N.J., committed last week. One that got away: Travonte Valentine, a 335-pound defensive tackle from Hialeah, Fla., had committed to the Hurricanes but re-opened the recruiting process last month and signed with Louisiana State. ___ NORTH CAROLINA National rankings (Rivals 20; Scout 31). Best in class: RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.) set Mecklenburg County records with 3,690 yards rushing and 53 touchdowns this season. He originally committed to Notre Dame but Fedora credits assistant coach Gunter Brewer with "staying on him. When he realized that, 'I don't have to go across the country to reach all my dreams and goals.' ... That was big." Best of the rest: Fedora landed the son of NFL and former Wake Forest receiver Ricky Proehl. Fedora says WR Austin Proehl was "the most competitive guy on the field" at his summer camp and "you know his dad, you know what his dad has done. The kid's a gym rat." Late addition: North Carolina picked up commitments last month from four-star OL Jared Cohen and three-star WR Devin Perry. One that got away: None. Fedora says he locked up 20 of his 22 recruits before July 2013, didn't lose anyone to any signing-day drama and kept the class together despite a handful of departures from his coaching staff — most notably offensive coordinator Blake Anderson's move to Arkansas State head coach. "A lot of those guys committed. ... They weren't tied to a coach. They were tied to the university," Fedora said. NOTE: Fedora has placed an emphasis on recruiting the state of North Carolina, and eight of his signees were from the state. He's landed North Carolina's past two AP prep players of the year in Hood and T.J. Logan. "Those eight guys from the state are actually seeing what's happening here in Chapel Hill. They see the future," Fedora said. "They understand what we're preaching and they're seeing it on the field and they're getting excited." ___ PITTSBURGH National Rankings (Scout 42, Rivals 44) Best in class: Alex Bookser, OT, Pittsburgh, Pa. Best of rest: Adonis Jennings, WR, Clementon, N.J. Late addition: Hez Trahan, DE, Philadelphia, Pa. One that got away: Wade Freebeck, QB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Quotable: "We've had chances to be around him and had a chance to see him play, and we really think he can add a lot to what we think is a pretty good offensive line group that we have already," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said about offensive tackle recruit Alex Bookser. ___ VIRGINIA National rankings (Rivals 40; Scout 40). Best in class: Quin Blanding, S, 6-4, 210, Virginia Beach. A five-star recruit rated as the top safety prospect in the nation by virtually every recruiting service. He and fellow UVA signee Andrew Brown were named co-Defensive players of the year by Tom Lemming. Best of the rest: Andrew Brown, DT, 6-4, 290, Chesapeake. Jamil Kamara, WR, 6-2, 210, Virginia Beach. Steven Moss, OL, 6-5, 275, Fredericksburg. Late addition: None. One that got away: Will Richardson, OL. Originally committed to the Cavaliers, but flipped a few weeks ago and signed with N.C. State. NOTE: Despite much speculation about London's future as the Cavaliers stumbled to a 2-10 finish, he said "it was gratifying to see that the young men that made a commitment earlier stuck with their commitment and really galvanized the entire class going down the stretch." ___ VIRGINIA TECH National rankings (Rivals 25; Scout 35). Best in class: Melvin Keihn, LB, 6-2, 215, Towson, Md. Best of the rest: C.J. Reavis, DB, 6-0, 190, Chester, Va. Marshawn Williams, RB, 5-11, 224, Hampton. Late addition: Raymon Minor, LB, 6-3, 215, Ashland, Va. One that got away: Ja'Von Harrison, WR. Committed to the Hokies long ago, but showed up at his signing in a Florida State hat and signed with the home-state Seminoles. Would have been highest-rated recruit.
ILLINOISNational rankings (Rivals 71; Scout 68).Best in class: Jihad Ward, 6-6 285, dt, Globe Institute of Technology (N.Y.)Best of the rest: Malik Turner, 6-3 205, wr, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-GriffinLate addition: Chris James, 5-11 185, db, Orange-Stark (Texas) High SchoolOne that got away: Tyree Stone-Davis, CB, Pierce College (Calif.).NOTE: The best player Illinois will add may not...
Signing day capsules for each Big Ten school
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014ILLINOIS National rankings (Rivals 71; Scout 68). Best in class: Jihad Ward, 6-6 285, dt, Globe Institute of Technology (N.Y.) Best of the rest: Malik Turner, 6-3 205, wr, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-Griffin Late addition: Chris James, 5-11 185, db, Orange-Stark (Texas) High School One that got away: Tyree Stone-Davis, CB, Pierce College (Calif.). NOTE: The best player Illinois will add may not be among the signings. Quarterback Wes Lunt sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma State. ___ INDIANA National rankings: (Rivals 36; Scout 44). Best in class: Tim Gardner, ol, Avon, Ind. Best of the rest: Dominque Booth, wr, Indianapolis; Jordan Fuchs, te, Queens, N.Y.; Greg Gooch, lb, Longwood, Fla.; Robert McCray III, Rockdale, Ga.; Tegray Scales, lb, Cincinnati. Late addition: McCray, who didn't make his decision until the final hours leading up to signing day. One that got away: Willie Yarbary, de, Augusta, Ga., decommitted from Indiana and wound up choosing Wake Forest after Indiana changed defensive coordinators. NOTE: "Physically, he (Gooch) is a Mike linebacker, who can come in and rush off the edge. He'll provide tremendous personality for this defense," new coordinator Brian Knorr said. ___ IOWA National rankings (Rivals 60; Scout 41). Best in class: Wiegers, Scheel Best of the rest: Nelson, Keegan Render, OG, Indianola, Iowa Late addition: Taylor One that got away: Ross Pierschbacher, OT, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Alabama) NOTE: Although Iowa signed many of the state's top prospects, Pierschbacher wavered on his oral commitment and wound up with Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa. The Hawkeyes also failed to land the state's No. 1 recruit, wide receiver and Iowa State signee Allen Lazard. But Lazard's father and brother played for the Cyclones, and he's been committed to them for years. ___ MARYLAND National Rankings: (Rivals 51; Scout 60). Best in class: OL Damian Prince, Forestville, Md. Parade All-American picked Maryland over Florida and South Carolina in a nationally televised ceremony at Bishop McNamara High School. Best of the rest: DE Jesse Aniebonam, Olney, Md.; WR Juwann Winfree, Englewood, N.J. Aniebonam is a highly regarded pass rusher who had 30 scholarship offers from schools in just about every major conference. Winfree was offered as a safety by Georgia but wanted to play offense. Late addition: LB Nnamdi Egbuaba, Baltimore. Edsall thinks the Terps got a steal in this under-the-radar prospect, who possesses great size and speed along with a high motor. One that got away: CB Jalen Tabor, Washington, D.C. Five-star cornerback from Friendship Collegiate Academy grew up minutes from the College Park campus and always spoke highly of Maryland, but ultimately signed with Florida. NOTES: Two of Maryland's top recruits are already enrolled at College Park. Derwin Gray and Larry Mazyck, both of whom graduated from Friendship Collegiate Academy in D.C., spent the 2013 season playing at Fork Union Military Academy and Iowa Western Community College, respectively. Gray and Mazyck, who technically count against the Class of 2013 in terms of how their scholarships are assigned, should contend for immediate playing time. ___ MICHIGAN National rankings (Rivals 31; Scout 27). Best in class: Jabrill Peppers, DB, Paramus, N.J. Best of the rest: Drake Harris, WR, Grand Rapids, Mich. Late addition: Jared Wangler, LB, Warren, Mich. One that got away: Damon Webb, DB, Detroit. NOTE: Wangler's father, John, was a quarterback for the Wolverines from 1977-80. ___ MICHIGAN STATE National rankings (Rivals 21; Scout 21). Best in class: Montae Nicholson, db, Monroeville (Pa.). Best of the rest: Brian Allen, ol, Hinsdale (Ill.) Late addition: T.J. Harrell, db, Tampa (Fla.) One that got away: Darius Slade, de, Montclair, N.J. NOTE: Slade committed to Michigan State in mid-January but had a late change of heart and signed with Urban Meyer and Ohio State on Wednesday. ___ MINNESOTA National rankings: Rivals 53, Scout 51. Best in class: Jeff Jones, RB, Minneapolis Washburn HS. Best of the rest: Isaiah Gentry, WR, Cincinnati Moeller HS; Melvin Holland, WR, Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods HS; Conner Krizancic, WR, Mentor (Ohio) HS; Brandon Lingen, TE, Wayzata (Minn.) HS; Connor Mayes, OL, Van Alstyne (Texas) HS; Gary Moore, DT, Mobile (Ala.) Murphy HS; Dimonic Roden-McKinzy, QB, Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte HS; Andrew Stelter, DE, Owatonna (Minn.) HS. Late additions: Moore reneged on his verbal commitment to Southern Mississippi and Krizancic did the same to Cincinnati. One that got away: Frank Ragnow, OL, Chanhassen (Minn.) HS. Signed with Arkansas. NOTE: Julien Kafo, a defensive end from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, has an atypical background as a Canadian prospect. He speaks four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. ___ NEBRASKA National Rankings (Rivals 32; Scout 34). Best in class: Monte Harrison, WR, Lee's Summit, Mo. He's a dynamic athlete who led his West High team to a state championship. The question is whether he'll show up in Lincoln or turn pro in baseball. A speedy and strong-armed outfielder, he's pegged as a top-50 MLB draft pick. Best of the rest: Tanner Farmer, OL, Highland, Ill. He made an impressive showing at the Under Armour All-Star Game and is ranked among the best offensive line prospects in the country. He and fellow O-lineman D.J. Foster out of Lincoln will make bids for early playing time. Late addition: Mikale Wilbon, RB, Chicago. He flipped from Vanderbilt after James Franklin took the Penn State coaching job. He's been injury prone but has the tools to be a great one. One that got away: Blake McClain, DL, Jacksonville, Fla. He flipped twice down the stretch, de-committing from Florida State, pledging to Nebraska and signing with South Carolina. NOTE: Nebraska secured verbal commitments from a half-dozen players in the two weeks before signing day, but the strong finish was mitigated by the loss of McClain and three others who went elsewhere. ___ NORTHWESTERN National rankings (Rivals 66; Scout 56). Best in class: Clayton Thorson, QB, Wheaton, Ill. Best of the rest: Austin Anderson, RB, Plano, Texas; Garrett Dickerson, TE, Englewood, N.J.; Justin Jackson, RB, Carol Stream, Ill.; Parrker Westphal, CB, Bolingbrook, Ill. Late addition: Xavier Washington, DE, Cedar Hill, Texas One that got away: Hamilton Anoa'I, LB, San Mateo, Calif. NOTE: DL Fred Wyatt of Lawrence, Kan., comes with a connection to Fitzgerald and Northwestern. His father Buddy was the defensive line coach at Northwestern for two years in the late 1990s, and Buddy and Fitzgerald worked under Gary Barnett at Colorado. ___ OHIO STATE National rankings (Rivals 3; Scout 3). Best in class: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County Best of the rest: Dante Booker, LB, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary; Johnnie Dixon, WR, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer; Jamarco Jones, OL, Chicago De La Salle Late addition: Darius Slade, DL, Montclair (N.J.) One that got away: Malik McDowell, DL, Southfield (Mich.) to Michigan State NOTE: "We signed 23 players with an emphasis on linebacker, a position where we're going through an overhaul. There are four linebackers we recruited and they have to play four us. Just so everybody knows, there's no redshirting (for them)," Meyer said. ___ PENN STATE National rankings: Rivals 21; Scout 21. Best in class: Saeed Blacknall, WR, 6-2, 210, Manalapan, N.J. Best of the rest: De'Andre Thompkins of Swansboro, N.C., and Chris Godwin of Middletown, Del., were two of four wide receivers coach James Franklin recruited to fill void left by Allen Robinson, who left for the NFL draft. . Quarterback Michael O'Connor from Ottawa, Ontario, trained with former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and was one of five of Penn State's 25 signees who began Penn State classes in January. . Franklin also added to his complement of tight ends with Mike Gesicki (6-5, 245) from Manahawkin, N.J. Late addition: Torrence Brown, a three-star defensive lineman (6-4, 240) from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who de-committed from Southern Mississippi. One that got away: Four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley of Brooklyn, N.Y., de-committed from Penn State and opted for Florida when longtime Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson became defensive line coach and assistant head coach at Ohio State. NOTE: Recruits who faxed in letters of intent were welcomed by Franklin and his assistants via cellphone and were announced individually in NFL draft day fashion. There was a draft board that listed all players in the football offices as well. ___ PURDUE National rankings (Rivals 75; Scout 64). Best in class: Gelen Robinson, de, St. John, Ind. Best of the rest: David Blough, qb, Carrollton, Texas; Tim Cason, db, Clarkston, Mich. Late addition: Corey Clements, ol, Mesa (Ariz.) CC. One that got away: Ladarius Wiley, wr, Los Angeles, decommitted earlier this week. NOTE: "We're really excited about getting our needs. You look at last season, and I think we've done a lot of good things in addressing those needs." — coach Darrell Hazell. ___ RUTGERS National rankings (Rivals 57; Scout 55). Best in class: Sideny Gorpe, LB, Newark, N.J. Best of the rest: Kevin Wilkins, DL, Mahwah, N.J. Late addition: Giovanni Rescigno, QB, Macomb Township, Mich. One that got away: Saeed Blacknall, WR, Manalapan, N.J. NOTE: "...Rutgers had an abysmal year," Mike Farrell, the national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com said. "They've had 12 de-commitments, which is a record. I've never heard of a program that didn't lose a head coach, that didn't go under NCAA sanctions, lose that many kids. They just had a disastrous recruiting year. I think they're ninth in the Big Ten." ___ WISCONSIN National rankings: (Rivals 33; Scout 28). Best in class: Jaden Gault, OL, Cottage Grove, Wis. Best of the rest: D.J. Gillins, QB, Jacksonville, Fla.; Dareian Watkins, WR, Galion, Ohio; Taiwan Deal, RB, Capitol Heights, Md.; George Panos, OL, Hartland, Wis.; Conor Sheehy, DL, Milwaukee. Late addition: D'Cota Dixon, CB, Oak Hill, Fla. One that got away: Craig Evans, DL, Sun Prairie, Wis. (Michigan St.) NOTES: Panos' father, Joe, played offensive line at Wisconsin from 1990-93 and was captain of the 1993 Big Ten championship team. ... Andersen's son, Chasen, is joining the Badgers as a walk-on inside linebacker.
Here are the signing day capsules from each of the Big 12 schools:___BAYLORNational rankings (Rivals 34; Scout 23).Best in class: KD Cannon, wr, Mount Pleasant, Texas.Best of the rest: Davion Hall, wr, Texarkana, Texas; Terence Williams, rb, Ennis, Texas; and two junior college transfers who are already enrolled at Baylor, Jarell Broxton, og, Gaithersburg, Maryland; and Grant Campbell, lb,...
Signing day capsules for each Big 12 school
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014Here are the signing day capsules from each of the Big 12 schools: ___ BAYLOR National rankings (Rivals 34; Scout 23). Best in class: KD Cannon, wr, Mount Pleasant, Texas. Best of the rest: Davion Hall, wr, Texarkana, Texas; Terence Williams, rb, Ennis, Texas; and two junior college transfers who are already enrolled at Baylor, Jarell Broxton, og, Gaithersburg, Maryland; and Grant Campbell, lb, Bakersfield, Calif. Late addition: None, the Bears got early commitments and they stuck. One that got away: None. Baylor fans watching a webcast that included a shot of the fax machine set next to the Big 12 championship trophy on the Waco campus saw every national letter of intent they expected to see. NOTE: Briles said the Bears' success on the field is certainly having an impact on recruiting, not to mention the team moves into a new stadium next fall. "The difference now and three years ago? Three years ago, we were selling hope, vision and trying to acquire something," he said. "Now we're selling defending something. Our job is to defend a Big 12 championship." ___ IOWA STATE National rankings (Rivals 56; Scout 52) Best in class: Allen Lazard, wr, Urbandale, Iowa. Best of the rest: Jordan Harris, lb, Clarksdale, Miss.; Martinez Syria, rb, Humble, Texas; Mike Warren, rb, Lawton, Okla.; Brian Peavy, db, Houston, Texas; Darius Lee-Campbell, qb, Spring, Texas. Late addition: Willie Harvey, lb, Hastings, Fla., who picked Iowa State on Monday after decommitting from Southern Mississippi. One that got away: Tommy Mister, rb, 6-0, 210, decommitted after Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads fired offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope and signed with Indiana. NOTE: "He's a guy that will knock people's fillings loose. That's how he plays. He's productive. He shows up and plays very physical. He's got that mental approach to the game. He's very smart." — Rhoads on linebacker Jordan Harris. ___ KANSAS National rankings (Rivals 55; Scout 62). Best in class: Traevohn Wrench, rb, Gardner, Kan. Best of the rest: Jacob Bragg, ol, Nacogdoches, Texas; Kyron Watson, lb, East St. Louis, Ill.; D.J. Williams, dl, Lufkin, Texas; Derrick Neal, wr, Dallas. Late addition: Corey Avery, rb, Dallas, who picked Kansas this past week after visiting Nebraska and considering Ohio State, LSU and Texas. One that got away: Austin Stevens, dl, Montclair, N.J., committed to Kansas in September and switched his pledge to Boston College in December. NOTE: Kansas invested heavily in football hotbeds Texas (11 players) and Florida (four), while picking up three in-state recruits. But as evidence of the lengths Weis was going to secure talent, he also lured prospects from six other states and Canada. ___ KANSAS STATE National rankings (Rivals 46; Scout 57) Best in class: D'Vonta Derricott, lb, Henrico, Va. Best of the rest: Terrell Clinkscales, dt, Maywood, Ill.; Dalvin Warmack, rb, Blue Springs, Mo.; Dalton Risner, ol, Wiggins, Colo.; Elijah Lee, lb, Blue Springs, Mo. Late addition: Isaiah Riddle, lb, Newnan, Ga., picked the Wildcats on signing day over Memphis and Louisville despite never visiting the school. One that got away: Aaron Sharp, qb, Humble, Texas, who committed to Kansas State last July but switched to UCLA in January. NOTE: The Wildcats hope Derricott and Clinkscales fill two of the biggest holes. Derricott was courted by nearly every Big 12 school while Clinkscales switched his commitment from Nebraska. ___ OKLAHOMA National rankings (Rivals 15; Scout 13). Best in class: Joe Mixon, rb, Oakley, Calif. Best of the rest: Mark Andrews, wr, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Alex Dalton, ol, Troy, Ohio; Samaje Perine, rb, Pflugerville, Texas; Dallis Todd, wr, La Mirada, Calif.; Steven Parker, db, Jenks, Okla. Late addition: Orlando Brown, ot, Duluth, Ga. NOTE: Coach Bob Stoops called this one of his best classes. He said the win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl helped close out several recruits. ___ OKLAHOMA STATE National rankings (Rivals 27; Scout 14). Best in class: Tyreek Hill, ath, Garden City, Kan. Best of the rest: Gyasi Akem, lb, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Keenen Brown, wr, Houston; Mason Rudolph, qb, Rock Hill, S.C. Late addition: Jarrell Owens, de, Palestine, Texas One that got away: Steven Parker, db, Jenks, Okla. (Oklahoma) NOTE: Hill has a listed time of 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. As a sophomore at Garden City Community College last season, he had 32 catches for 532 yards with six touchdowns and he carried the ball 101 times for 659 yards and five touchdowns. ___ TCU National rankings (Rivals 51; Scout 38). Best in class: Shaun Nixon, rb, Lake Travis, Austin, Texas. Best of the rest: Ty Barrett, ol, Dallas Skyline; qbs Foster Sawyer, Fort Worth, and Grayson Muehlstein, Decatur; wrs Corey McBride, Geismar, La., and Emanuel Porter, Dallas Lincoln. Late addition: Nixon, a four-star recruit, had committed to Texas A&M before his surprise visit to TCU last weekend. Patterson called him a "guy who stood out who wanted to come to TCU. I don't think you ever turn down a great tailback." One that got away: DE Jarrell Owens, who was also a running back at Palestine High, committed to the Frogs last summer. But the 6-3, 240-pounder switched to Oklahoma State after a visit to Stillwater last weekend and signed with the Cowboys on Wednesday. NOTE: Ty Summers was a dual-threat All-District quarterback with 3,774 total yards and 47 touchdowns at San Antonio's Reagan High. Patterson recruited him to play linebacker, like he has done with other former high school QBs, including Jason Phillips, who is an NFL linebacker for Philadelphia. "A little bit going back to my old ways," Patterson said. "He ran with the ball more than he threw it. He's a very physical player." ___ TEXAS National rankings (Rivals 20, Scout 16 ). Best in class: Jerrod Heard, qb, Denton, Texas Best of the rest: Poona Ford, dt, Hilton Head, S.C. Late addition: Chris Nelson, dt, Lakeland, Fla. One that got away: Sione Teuhema, de, Keller, Texas NOTE: Coach Charlie Strong wasn't hired to replace Mack Brown until Jan. 6, which meant he had to scramble to hold on to some previous commitments and lure others. The class won't be considered as strong compared to what Texas fans are used to, but no one will care if the Longhorns win on the field. ___ TEXAS TECH National rankings (Rivals 43; Scout 35). Best in class: Patrick Mahomes, qb, Whitehouse, Texas. Best of the rest: Justin Stockton, rb, Cibolo, Texas; Ian Sadler, wr, Argyle; Devin Lauderdale, wr, Houston; Nigel Bethel, db, Miami; Rika Levi, dl, South San Francisco, Calif. Late addition: Shaquille Davis, ol, Ponomo, Calif. One that got away: Zaycoven Henderson, dt, Longview, Texas (Texas A&M). NOTE: "He's a winner," coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Mahomes. "You watch him play and he willed his team to victories over and over." ___ WEST VIRGINIA National rankings (Rivals 38; Scout 40). Best in class: Dravon Henry, db, Aliquippa (Pa.) HS. Best of the rest: William Crest, qb, Dunbar HS, Baltimore. Donte Thomas-Williams, rb, Hillside HS, Durham, N.C. Late addition: Dontae Angus, ol, Martin Luther King HS, Philadelphia. Angus had initially committed to Florida. One that got away: Josh Krok, ol, McKinley HS, Niles, Ohio. Krok signed with Kentucky after making a visit last month to Lexington, Ky. NOTE: Holgorsen called Henry "one of the better players in the Northeast" who can play cornerback or safety and be used as a returner.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Temple Owls went just 2-10 in the American Athletic Conference in 2013. But according to head coach Matt Rhule, the Owls' national profile is only improving.The second-year coach announced he had signed 25 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday. Despite Temple's record last year, Rhule came away with the conference's second-highest rated recruited class,...
Temple, Rhule sign secondary support
Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Temple Owls went just 2-10 in the American Athletic Conference in 2013. But according to head coach Matt Rhule, the Owls' national profile is only improving. The second-year coach announced he had signed 25 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday. Despite Temple's record last year, Rhule came away with the conference's second-highest rated recruited class, per Rivals.com, behind only South Florida. "The Temple T really traveled well for us," he said. "For the first time since I've been here, we've taken our Temple brand really across the country. And what we found was, the university as a whole is really becoming a national brand. . As we went to Colorado and Florida, people really respect Temple a great deal." The 2014 class is comprised of players from nine states, but 13 of the 25 commits are still local kids from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And Rhule's highest-rated recruit is also the one who lives closest to the university. Aaron Ruff, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman from Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia, is ranked as the Owls' lone four-star recruit. Ruff committed to Temple in 2013 and stayed committed after also receiving offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. "Aaron is the total package," Rhule said. "He's a tremendous football player, but more importantly, he's a tremendous human being, he comes from a great family, and he's a great student." Ruff aside, Rhule managed to bolster what was a beleaguered secondary last year. The Owls allowed the most yards in the AAC and allowed eight different opponents at least 300 yards passing. Of the 13 commits on the defensive side of the ball, eight are defensive backs. The biggest name of the bunch is cornerback Anthony Davis from Gateway High School in Western Pa. Davis turned down offers from 16 other FBS programs, including Penn State, Missouri, and Nebraska. "This is a throwing league," Rhule said. "(You) need to have not just two corners, you need to have four, five, six corners in this league to compete with the teams that run the Air Raid, the Run and Shoot. So we tried to go out and get as many defensive backs as we could. ... The same is true with pass rushers." That last group is headlined by linebacker/defensive end Michael Dogbe from New Jersey.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have gotten a bit of a jump on signing day with 10 of their 23 signees announced Wednesday already enrolled in school."Those guys that are here now they'll have the quickest ability to have an impact on the team because they're already here," coach Rick Stockstill said. "They're going to be able to go through our offense and defense...
Middle Tennessee adds 23 players in 2014 class
Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have gotten a bit of a jump on signing day with 10 of their 23 signees announced Wednesday already enrolled in school. "Those guys that are here now they'll have the quickest ability to have an impact on the team because they're already here," coach Rick Stockstill said. "They're going to be able to go through our offense and defense and special teams systems and schemes through the spring. So that'll give them a leg up on the others." The Blue Raiders are coming off a bowl appearance in their debut season in Conference USA, and they also have consecutive eight-win seasons. Stockstill signed eight of his commitments from junior colleges to add some experience. Of the signees, 12 are on offense with five linemen, three tight ends, two receivers, a running back and a quarterback. Defensively, Middle Tennessee added four linebackers, two cornerbacks, two safeties and two linemen. Stockstill says they needed help at linebacker and secondary, and he thinks the players they signed will help immediately. ___ MIDDLE TENNESSEE National rankings (Rivals 83; Scout 87). Best in class: A.J. Wells, punter, Buena Vista, Ga. Wells was rated among the best kickers and punters in the country, and he had a long field goal of 47 yards as a senior. He graduated early and enrolled in January. Best of the rest: Pat Martin, db, Highland Community College in Kansas and Trey Wafford, lb, Gulf Coast Community College in Mississippi. Stockstill got these three-star rated defenders to help add experience to a group of 10 signees on defense, and Martin originally signed with Tennessee out of high school. Late addition: Daryl Rollins-Davis, RB, Knoxville. The running back out of Fulton is a Mr. Football winner in Tennessee and a two-time state champion who ran for 1,990 yards and 40 touchdowns. Four more left: Stockstill still has four scholarships left to sign more players. "We'll evaluate what's out there, what's available in both high and junior college. I'm not going to take somebody just to take them because we'll have such a small class next year I'll just use those numbers in that class."
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech shored up its thin roster at quarterback by signing one of the state's best high school players in 2013.Coach Kliff Kingsbury added 25 players Wednesday, including three junior college players who enrolled last month.Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the son of a former pro baseball player, threw for 3,587 yards with 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions last...
Texas Tech gets top in-state QB Mahomes
BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech shored up its thin roster at quarterback by signing one of the state's best high school players in 2013. Coach Kliff Kingsbury added 25 players Wednesday, including three junior college players who enrolled last month. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the son of a former pro baseball player, threw for 3,587 yards with 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions last season. In December he was named the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors football player of the year. Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield, Michael Brewer and Clayton Nicholas have left the program. Mayfield and Davis Webb, who looks to be the top quarterback going into spring, split starts last season. Texas Tech was also looking to bolster its defense after giving up more than 200 yards rushing per game in 2013.
The annual All-State game is scheduled Aug. 1 in the Tulsa area.
High schools: Oklahoma Coaches Association announces All-State football rosters
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Jan 27, 2014The Oklahoma Coaches Association announced its All-State football rosters Monday. The All-State game will be played Aug. 1 in the Tulsa area. WEST Coaches: Mike Williams, Anadarko (Head); Stuart Purintun, Kingfisher; Clint Warren, Minco; Justin Merideth, Edmond Memorial. Offense Quarterbacks: Jacob Lewis, McGuinness; Cameron Batson, Millwood; Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage. Running backs: Michael Warren, Lawton; Landon Nault, Kingfisher; Braden Stringer, Blanchard; Jacob Overton, Minco; Trevor Harris, Laverne. Receivers: Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe, Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood; Joe Neece, Cashion. Tight end: Payton Prince, Norman North. Linemen: Tristan Hill, Mustang; Houston Tyler, Southmoore; Logan Parks, Yukon; Blake Finley, Guthrie; Jonathan Higgins, McGuinness; Grant Lee, Clinton; Mildren Montgomery, Douglass. Defense Linemen: Ivan Thomas, Lawton; Brandon Jones, Midwest City; Cade Parker, Norman; Noble Lybrand, Bethany; Gatlin Squires, Kingfisher; Levi Allen, Wynnewood. Linebackers: Mitchell Fritts, Lawton MacArthur; Johnny Jones, Douglass; Carlos Herrera, Hollis, Braden Ruth, Davis; Trenton Grimes, Pond Creek-Hunter. Backs: Kai Callins, Guthrie; Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial; Justin Brown, El Reno; Mykel Shaw, Anadarko; Devon Mitchell, Clinton; Cage Kennedy, Plainview. Kicker: Matt Hockett, Norman. EAST Coaches: Bryan Pratt, McAlester (Head); Mike Hedge, Meeker; Duwayne King, Vinita; Brent Marley, Victory Christian. Offense Quarterbacks: Cody Hale, Sand Springs, Coleman Key, Broken Arrow. Running backs: Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner, Jarome Smith, McAlester. Receivers: Slade Nordic, Bartlesville; Caden Pratt, McAlester; Chris Lester, Shawnee; Austin Reed, Broken Arrow; Bradley Campbell, Hilldale, Danny Burke, Metro Christian; Tanner Sweeten, Arkoma; Linemen: Jordan Blue, Talihina; Jason Bradford, Hominy; Dillon Smith, Meeker, Tyler Base, Oologah; David Seagle, Cascia Hall; Connor Wood, Owasso, Chandler Miller, Bixby. Defense Linemen: Skyler Wood, Nowata; Jeremy Smith, Berryhill; Matthew Dreyer, Bixby; Tristan Anderson, Tulsa Union; James Willis, Owasso, Bailey McKay, Sequoyah-Claremore. Linebackers: Carlos Aguilar, Poteau; Coleby Evans, Tulsa Union; Cale Wilson, Sallisaw; Dylan Chance, Commerce; Dalton Shinn, Afton. Backs: Steven Parker, Jenks; Tre Betts, Sand Springs; Jace Pitchford, Poteau; Andrew King, Victory Christian; Taylor Kegley, Pryor; Shamal Evans, Vian; Chase Williams, Wetumka.
Jan 15, 2014
For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here.
College football hires: Where the coaches comes from
Berry Tramel | Jan 15, 2014[img]2319553[/img] For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here. I also listed the five schools with the best track record of hiring assistant coaches to be head coach — and the five schools with the best track record of hiring head coaches to be head coach. But I had the data for every major-conference school, and I thought I would share it. Here’s what I did. I went back to every hire since roughly World War II. I made some judgment calls. If a coach was hired before the war but coached well after the war — Gen. Robert Neyland at Tennessee, Wally Butts at Georgia, Jim Lookabaugh at OSU — I included him. If a coach came in in 1945 and coached a year or two, I mostly ignored him. Remarkably, I found the previous employer of every coach on this list except one — Pitt’s John Michelosen, who coached Pitt from 1955 through 1965. I found some of his previous history, but I never could figure out what he was doing in 1954. Probably coaching in the NFL, but I couldn’t be sure. Anyway, I thought this was fantastic information, because it can be used so many ways. Which I intend to in the next few days. Who’s had the most stable environment for head coaches? Which school has lost the most assistants to head coaching jobs? What’s been the most prolific stepping stone job? Funny job switches over the years. All kinds of interesting topics, and I tend to get to them in the next few days. But first, I thought I’d just give you the data, ranking the schools from most likely to hire an assistant coach to be head coach, to least likely. It’s a great tour through post-war college football history. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll see all kinds of names you once knew but forgot about it. Pepper Rodgers from Kansas, UCLA and Georgia Tech. John Pont at Indiana and Alex Agase at Purdue. Bo Rein at North Carolina State and, tragically, LSU. John Ralston at Stanford. Pete Elliott, the former Bud Wilkinson lieutenant, at Nebraska, California, Illinois and Miami. Forest Evashevski at Iowa. You can look at coaches’ strange circles. Paul Dietzel going from LSU to Army to South Carolina. Bill Curry from Georgia Tech to Alabama to Kentucky. Wes Fesler from Pitt to Ohio State to Minnesota. You can look at oddities, like Stanford’s amazing affinity for NFL coaches and how Notre Dame isn’t the only school to hire a high school coach. Well, there’s a bunch you can look for. But I’ll get you started by just listing the schools. For OU and OSU, I went way back in time. And I didn’t make note of several coaches who had been head coaches at one time but were assistants when hired at certain jobs: *-denotes sat out one season before being hired; **-denotes sitting out multiple seasons before being hired; OKLAHOMA STATE 91.7 percent Mike Gundy 2005 Oklahoma State assistant Les Miles 2001 Dallas Cowboys assistant Bob Simmons 1995 Colorado assistant Pat Jones 1984 Oklahoma State assistant Jimmy Johnson 1979 Pitt assistant Jim Stanley 1976 Oklahoma State assistant Dave Smith 1972 Winnipeg Blue Bombers assistant Floyd Gass 1969 Austin College Phil Cutchin 1963 Alabama assistant Cliff Speegle 1955 Edmonton Eskimos assistant J.B. Whitworth 1950 Georgia assistant Jim Lookabaugh 1939 Capitol Hill High School Ted Cox 1936 Tulane Albert Exendine 1934 Oklahoma State assistant Pappy Waldorf 1929 Kansas assistant John Maulbetsch 1921 Phillips SYRACUSE 88.9 percent Scott Shaffer 2013 Syracuse assistant Doug Marrone 2009 New Orleans Saints assistant Greg Robinson 2005 Texas assistant Paul Pasqualoni 1991 Syracuse assistant Dick MacPherson 1981 Cleveland Browns assistant Frank Maloney 1974 Michigan assistant Ben Schwartzwalder 1949 Muhlenberg Reaves Baysinger 1947 Syracuse assistant Biggie Munn 1946 Michigan assistant OKLAHOMA 85 percent Bob Stoops 1999 Florida assistant John Blake 1996 Dallas Cowboys assistant Howard Schnellenberger 1995 Louisville Gary Gibbs 1989 Oklahoma assistant Barry Switzer 1973 Oklahoma assistant Chuck Fairbanks 1967 Oklahoma assistant Jim Mackenzie 1966 Arkansas assistant Gomer Jones 1964 Oklahoma assistant Bud Wilkinson 1947 Oklahoma assistant Jim Tatum 1946 Iowa Pre-Flight Snorter Luster 1941 New York Giants assistant Tom Stidham 1937 Oklahoma assistant Biff Jones 1935 LSU Lewie Hardage 1932 Vanderbilt assistant Adrian Lindsey 1927 Bethany (KS) Bennie Owen 1905 Bethany (KS) GEORGIA 83.3 percent Mark Richt 2001 Florida State assistant Jim Donnan 1996 Marshall Ray Goff 1989 Georgia assistant Vince Dooley 1964 Auburn assistant Johnny Griffith 1961 Georgia assistant Wally Butts 1939 Georgia assistant WEST VIRGINIA 81.8 percent Dana Holgorsen 2011 Oklahoma State assistant Bill Stewart 2007 West Virginia assistant Rich Rodriguez 2001 Clemson assistant Don Nehlen 1980 Michigan assistant Frank Cignetti 1976 West Virginia assistant Bobby Bowden 1970 West Virginia assistant Jim Carlen 1966 Georgia Tech assistant Gene Corum 1960 West Virginia assistant Art Lewis 1950 Mississippi State assistant Dudley DeGroot 1948 Los Angeles Dons Bill Kern 1940 Carnegie Tech KANSAS STATE 77.8 percent Bill Snyder 2009 retired Ron Prince 2006 Virginia assistant Bill Snyder 1989 Iowa assistant Stan Parrish 1986 Marshall Jim Dickey 1979 North Carolina assistant Ellis Rainsberger 1975 Wisconsin assistant Vince Gibson 1967 Tennessee assistant Doug Weaver 1960 Missouri assistant Bus Mertes 1955 Kansas State assistant VANDERBILT 78.6 percent James Franklin 2011 Maryland assistant Robbie Caldwell 2010 Vanderbilt assistant Bobby Johnson 2002 Furman Woody Widenhofer 1995 Vanderbilt assistant Rod Dowhower 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant Gerry DiNardo 1991 Colorado assistant Watson Brown 1986 Rice George MacIntyre 1979 Ole Miss assistant Fred Pancoast 1975 Memphis Steve Sloan 1973 Georgia Tech assistant Bill Pace 1967 Arkansas assistant John Green 1963 Florida assistant Arthur Guepe 1953 Virginia assistant Bill Edwards 1949 Cleveland Browns assistant NORTHWESTERN 72.7 percent Pat Fitzgerald, 2006, Northwestern assistant Randy Walker, 1999, Miami-Ohio GaryBarnett,1992, Colorado assistant Francis Peay, 1986, Northwestern assistant Dennis Green, 1981, Stanford assistant Rick Venturi, 1978, Illinois assistant John Pont, 1973, Indiana Alex Agase, 1964, Northwestern assistant Ara Parseghian, 1956, Miami-Ohio Lou Saban, 1955, Washington assistant Bob Voigts, 1947, Cleveland Browns assistant VIRGINIA TECH 71.4 percent Frank Beamer 1987 Murray State Bill Dooley 1978 North Carolina Jimmy Sharpe 1974 Alabama assistant Charlie Coffey 1971 Arkansas assistant Jerry Claiborne 1960 Alabama assistant Frank Moseley 1951 Kentucky assistant Robert McNeish 1948 Navy assistant CALIFORNIA 69.2 percent Sonny Dykes 2012 Louisiana Tech Jeff Tedford 2002 Oregon assistant Tom Holmoe 1997 California assistant Steve Mariucci 1996 Green Bay Packers assistant Keith Gilbertson 1992 Washington assistant Bruce Snyder 1987 Los Angeles Rams assistant Joe Kapp 1982 non-football Roger Theder 1978 California assistant Mike White 1972 Stanford assistant Ray Willsey 1964 NFL assistant Marv Levy 1960 New Mexico Pete Elliott 1957 Nebraska Pappy Waldorf 1947 Northwestern BAYLOR 66.7 percent Art Briles 2008 Houston Guy Morriss 2003 Kentucky Kevin Steele 1999 Carolina Panthers assistant Dave Roberts 1997 Notre Dame assistant Chuck Reedy 1993 Baylor assistant Grant Teaff 1972 Angelo State Bill Beall 1969 LSU assistant John Bridgers 1959 Baltimore Colts assistant Sam Boyd 1956 Baylor assistant WAKE FOREST 64.2 percent Dave Clawson 2014 Bowling Green Jim Grobe 2001 Ohio Jim Caldwell 1993 Penn State assistant Bill Dooley 1987 Virginia Tech Al Groh 1981 Texas Tech assistant John Mackovic 1978 Purdue assistant Chuck Mills 1973 Utah State Tom Harper 1972 Wake Forest assistant Cal Stoll 1969 Michigan State assistant Bill Tate 1964 Illinois assistant Billy Hildebrand 1960 Wake Forest assistant Paul Amen 1956 Army assistant Tom Rogers 1951 Wake Forest assistant Peahead Walker 1937 Elon UTAH 63.6 percent Kyle Whittingham 2005 Utah assistant Urban Meyer 2003 Bowling Green Ron McBride 1990 Arizona assistant Jim Fassel 1985 New Orleans Breakers assistant Chuck Stobart 1982 Toledo Wayne Howard 1977 Long BeachState Tom Lovat 1974 Utah assistant Bill Meek 1968 Army assistant Mike Giddings 1966 Southern Cal assistant Ray Nagel 1958 UCLA assistant Jack Curtice 1950 Texas-El Paso TEXAS TECH 63.6 percent Kliff Kingsbury 2013 Texas A&M assistant Tommy Tuberville 2010 Auburn* Mike Leach 2000 Oklahoma assistant Spike Dykes 1987 Tech assistant David McWilliams 1986 Texas assistant Jerry Moore 1981 North Texas Rex Dockery 1977 Tech assistant Steve Sloan 1975 Vanderbilt Jim Carlen 1970 West Virginia J.T. King 1961 Tech assistant DeWitt Weaver 1951 Tulsa assistant NEBRASKA 62.5 percent Bo Pelini 2008 LSU assistant Bill Callahan 2004 Oakland Raiders Frank Solich 1998 Nebraska assistant Tom Osborne 1973 Nebraska assistant Bob Devaney 1962 Wyoming Bill Jennings 1957 Nebraska assistant Pete Elliott 1956 Oklahoma assistant Bill Glassford 1949 New Hampshire FLORIDA STATE 62.5 percent Jimbo Fisher 2010 Florida State assistant Bobby Bowden 1976 West Virginia Darrell Mudra 1974 Western Illinois Larry Jones 1971 Tennessee assistant Bill Peterson 1960 LSU assistant Perry Moss 1959 Wisconsin assistant Tom Nugent 1953 VMI Don Veller 1948 Indiana assistant MISSISSIPPI STATE 61.5 percent Dan Mullen 2009 Florid assistant Sylvester Croom 2004 Green Bay Packers assistant Jackie Sherrill 1991 Texas A&M** Rockey Felker 1986 Alabama assistant Emory Bellard 1979 Texas A&M Bob Tyler 1973 MississippiState assistant Charles Shira 1967 Texas assistant Paul Davis 1962 MississippiState assistant Wade Walker 1956 MississippiState assistant Darrell Royal 1954 Edmonton Eskimos Murray Warmath 1952 Army assistant Slick Morton 1949 VMI Allyn McKeen 1939 Memphis WASHINGTON STATE 61.5 percent Mike Leach 2012 Texas Tech** Paul Wulff 2008 Eastern Washington Bill Doba 2003 Washington State assistant Mike Price 1989 WeberS tate Dennis Erickson 1987 Wyoming Jim Walden 1978 Washington State assistant Warren Powers 1977 Nebraska assistant Jackie Sherrill 1976 Pittsburgh assistant Jim Sweeney 1968 Montana State Bert Clark 1964 Washington assistant Jim Sutherland 1958 Washington assistant Al Kircher 1952 Michigan State assistant Forest Evashevski 1950 Washington State assistant PITTSBURGH 61.1 percent Paul Chryst 2012 Wisconsin assistant Todd Graham 2011 Tulsa Dave Wannstedt 2005 Miami Dolphins Walt Harris 1997 Ohio State assistant Johnny Majors 1993 Tennessee Paul Hackett 1989 Pittsburgh assistant Mike Gottfried 1986 Kansas Foge Fazio 1982 Pittsburgh assistant Jackie Sherrill 1977 Washington State Johnny Majors 1973 Iowa State Carl DePasqua 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Dave Hart 1966 Navy assistant John Michelosen 1955 assistant Red Dawson 1952 Michigan State assistant* Tom Hamilton 1951 Pittsburgh administrator Len Casanova 1950 Santa Clara Mike Milligan 1947 Pittsburgh assistant Wes Fesler 1946 Princeton assistant OREGON 60 percent Mark Helfrich 2013 Oregon assistant Chip Kelly 2009 Oregon assistant Mike Bellotti 1995 Oregon assistant Rich Brooks 1977 UCLA assistant Don Read 1974 Portland State** Dick Enright 1972 Oregon assistant Jerry Frei 1967 Oregon assistant Len Casanova 1951 Pittsburgh Jim Aiken 1947 Nevada Tex Oliver 1938 Arizona STANFORD 60 percent David Shaw 2011 Stanford assistant Jim Harbaugh 2007 San Diego Walt Harris 2005 Pittsburgh Buddy Teevens 2002 Florida assistant Tyrone Willingham 1995 Minnesota Vikings assistant Dennis Green 1989 San Francisco 49ers assistant Jack Elway 1984 San Jose State Paul Wiggin 1980 New Orleans Saints assistant Rod Dowhower 1979 Stanford assistant Bill Walsh 1977 San Diego Chargers assistant Jack Christiansen 1972 Stanford assistant John Ralston 1963 Utah State Jack Curtice 1958 Utah Chuck Taylor 1951 San Francisco 49ers assistant Marchmont Schwartz 1942 Stanford assistant OLE MISS 60 percent Hugh Freeze 2012 ArkansasState Houston Nutt 2008 Arkansas Ed Orgeron 2005 Southern Cal assistant David Cutcliffe 1998 Tennesee assistant Tommy Tuberville 1995 Texas A&M assistant Billy Brewer 1983 Louisiana Tech Steve Sloan 1978 Texas Tech Ken Cooper 1974 Ole Miss assistant Billy Kinard 1971 Arkansas assistant John Vaught 1947 Ole Miss assistant TCU 60 percent Gary Patterson 2000 TCU assistant Dennis Franchione 1998 New Mexico Pat Sullivan 1992 Auburn assistant Jim Wacker 1983 Texas State F.A. Dry 1977 Tulsa Jim Shofner 1974 San Francisco 49ers assistant Billy Tohill 1972 TCU assistant Jim Pittman 1971 Tulane Fred Taylor 1967 TCU assistant Abe Martin 1953 TCU assistant ILLINOIS 59.1 percent Tim Beckman, 2012, Toledo Ron Zook, 2005, Florida Ron Turner, 1997, Chicago Bears assistant Lou Tepper, 1991, Illinois assistant John Mackovic, 1988, Kansas City Chiefs* Mike White, 1980, San Francisco 49ers assistant Gary Moeller, 1977, Michigan assistant Bob Blackman, 1971, Dartmouth Jim Valek, 1967, South Carolina assistant Pete Elliot,1960, California Ray Eliot,1942, Illinois assistant UCLA 59.1 percent Jim Mora Jr. 2012 Seattle Seahawks** Rick Neuheisel 2008 Baltimore Ravens assistant Karl Dorrell 2003 Denver Broncos assistant Bob Toledo 1996 UCLA assistant Terry Donahue 1976 UCLA assistant Dick Vermeil 1974 Los Angeles Rams assistant Pepper Rodgers 1971 Kansas Tommy Prothro 1965 Oregon State Bill Barnes 1958 UCLA assistant Red Sanders 1949 Vanderbilt Bert LaBrucherie 1945 Los Angeles High School KENTUCKY 58.3 percent Mark Stoops 2013 Florida State assistant Joker Phillips 2010 Kentucky assistant Rich Brooks 2003 Atlanta Falcons assistant** Guy Morriss 2001 Kentucky assistant Hal Mumme 1997 Valdosta State Bill Curry 1990 Alabama Jerry Claiborne 1982 Maryland Fran Curci 1973 Miami John Ray 1969 Notre Dame assistant Charlie Bradshaw 1962 Alabama assistant Blanton Collier 1954 Cleveland Browns assistant Bear Bryant 1946 Maryland LSU 58.3 percent Les Miles 2005 Oklahoma State Nick Saban 2000 Michigan State Gerry DiNardo 1995 Vanderbilt Curley Hallman 1991 Southern Miss Mike Archer 1987 LSU assistant Bill Arnsparger 1984 Miami Dolphins assistant Jerry Stovall 1980 LSU assistant Bo Rein 1980 North Carolina State Charlie McClendon 1962 LSU assistant Paul Dietzel 1955 Army assistant Gaynell Tinsley 1948 LSU assistant Bernie Moore 1935 LSU assistant IOWASTATE 58.3 percent Paul Rhoads 2009 Auburn assistant Gene Chizik 2007 Texas assistant Dan McCarney 1995 Iowa assistant Jim Walden 1987 Washington State Jim Criner 1983 Boise State Donnie Duncan 1979 Oklahoma assistant Earle Bruce 1973 Tampa Johnny Majors 1968 Arkansas assistant Clay Stapleton 1958 Oregon State assistant Jim Myers 1957 UCLA assistant Vince DiFranceca 1954 Western Illinois Emmett Stuber 1947 Southeast Missouri State VIRGINIA 58.3 percent Mike London 2010 Richmond Al Groh 2001 New York Jets George Welsh 1982 Navy Dick Bestwick 1976 Georgia Tech assistant Sonny Randle 1974 East Carolina Don Lawrence 1971 Virginia assistant George Blackburn 1965 Virginia assistant Bill Elias 1961 George Washington Richard Voris 1958 Army assistant Ben Martin 1956 Navy assistant Ned McDonald 1953 Virginia assistant Arthur Guepe 1946 Virginia assistant BOSTON COLLEGE 57.7 percent Steve Addazio 2013 Temple Frank Spaziani 2009 Boston College assistant Jeff Jagodzinksi 2007 Green Bay Packers assistant Tom O’Brien 1997 Virginia assistant coach Dan Henning 1994 Detroit Lions assistant Tom Coughlin 1991 New York Giants assistant Jack Bicknell 1981 Maine Ed Chlebek 1978 Eastern Michigan Joe Yukica 1968 New Hampshire Jim Miller 1962 Detroit Ernie Hefferle 1960 Washington Redskins assistant Mike Holovak 1951 Boston College assistant Denny Myers 1946 Brown assistant CLEMSON 55.6 percent Dabo Swinney 2008 Clemson assistant Tommy Bowden 1999 Tulane Tommy West 1993 Chattanooga Ken Hatfield 1990 Arkansas Danny Ford 1978 Clemson assistant Charley Pell 1977 Clemson assistant Red Parker 1973 The Citadel Hootie Ingram 1970 Arkansas assistant Frank Howard 1940 Clemson assistant PURDUE 54.5 percent Darrell Hazell 2013 Kent State Danny Hope 2009 Purdue assistant Joe Tiller 1997 Wyoming Jim Colletto 1991 Ohio State assistant Fred Akers 1987 Texas Leon Burtnett 1982 Purdue assistant Jim Young 1977 Arizona Alex Agase 1973 Northwestern Bob DeMoss 1970 Purdue assistant Jack Mollenkopf 1956 Purdue assistant Stu Holcomb 1947 Army assistant SOUTHERN CAL 54.5 percent Steve Sarkisian 2014 Washington Lane Kiffin 2010 Tennessee Pete Carroll 2001 New England Patriots* Paul Hackett 1998 Kansas City Chiefs assistant John Robinson 1993 Los Angeles Rams Larry Smith 1987 Arizona Ted Tollner 1983 Southern Cal assistant John Robinson 1976 Oakland Raiders assistant John McKay 1960 Southern Cal assistant Don Clark 1957 Southern Cal assistant Jeff Cravath 1942 Southern Cal assistant NORTH CAROLINA STATE 53.8 percent Dave Doeren 2013 Northern Illinois Tom O’Brien 2007 Boston College Chuck Amato 2000 Florida State assistant Mike O’Cain 1993 North Carolina State assistant Dick Sheridan 1986 Furman Tom Reed 1983 Miami-Ohio Monte Kiffin 1980 Arkansas assistant Bo Rein 1976 Arkansas assistant Lou Holtz 1972 William & Mary Al Michaels 1971 North Carolina State assistant Earle Edwards 1954 MichiganState assistant Horace Hendrickson 1952 North Carolina State assistant Beattie Feathers 1944 Appalachian State* COLORADO 53.8 percent Mike MacIntyre 2013 San Jose State Jon Embree 2010 Washington Redskins assistant Dan Hawkins 2006 Boise State Gary Barnett 1999 Northwestern Rick Neuheisel 1995 Colorado assistant Bill McCartney 1982 Michigan assistant Chuck Fairbanks 1979 New England Patriots Bill Mallory 1974 Miami-Ohio Eddie Crowder 1963 Oklahoma assistant Bud Davis 1962 Colorado administrator Sonny Grandelius 1959 MichiganState assistant Dal Ward 1948 Minnesota assistant Jim Yeager 1941 IowaState OREGON STATE 50 percent Mike Riley 2003 New Orleans Saints assistant Dennis Erickson 1999 Seattle Seahawks Mike Riley 1997 Southern Cal assistant Jerry Pettibone 1991 Northern Illinois Dave Kragthorpe 1985 IdahoState Joe Avezzano 1980 Tennessee assistant Craig Fertig 1976 Southern Cal assistant Dee Andros 1965 Idaho Tommy Prothro 1955 UCLA assistant Kip Taylor 1949 Michigan State Lon Stiner 1933 Oregon State assistant ARIZONA 50 percent Rich Rodriguez 2012 Michigan Mike Stoops 2004 Oklahoma assistant John Mackovic 2001 Texas** Dick Tomey 1987 Hawaii Larry Smith 1980 Tulane Tony Mason 1977 Cincinnati Jim Young 1973 Michigan assistant Bob Weber 1969 Arizona assistant Darrell Mudra 1967 Montreal Alouettes Jim LaRue 1959 Houston assistant coach Ed Doherty 1957 Philadelphia Eagles assistant Warren Woodson 1952 Hardin-Simmons Robert Winslow 1949 Southern Cal assistant Miles Casteel 1939 Michigan State assistant MARYLAND 50 percent Randy Edsall 2011 Connecticut Ralph Fridgen 2001 Georgia Tech assistant Ron Vanderlinden 1997 Northwestern assistant Mark Duffner 1992 Holy Cross Joe Krivak 1987 Maryland assistant Bobby Ross 1982 Kansas City Chiefs assistant Jerry Claiborne 1972 Virginia Tech* Roy Lester 1969 Rockville Montgomery High School Bob Ward 1967 Army assistant Lou Saban 1966 Buffalo Bills Tom Nugent 1959 Florida State Tommy Mont 1956 Maryland assistant Jim Tatum 1947 Oklahoma Clark Shaughnessy 1946 Pittsburgh WISCONSIN 50 percent Gary Andersen 2013 Utah State Bret Bielema 2006 Wisconsin assistant Barry Alvarez 1990 Notre Dame assistant Don Morton 1987 Tulsa Dave McClain 1978 Ball State John Jardine 1970 UCLA assistant John Coatta 1967 Wisconsin assistant Milt Bruhn 1956 Wisconsin assistant Ivy Williamson 1949 Lafayette Harry Stuhldreher 1936 Villanova PENN STATE 50 percent James Franklin 2014 Vanderbilt Bill O’Brien 2012 New England Patriots assistant Joe Paterno 1966 Penn State assistant Rip Engle 1950 Brown FLORIDA 50 percent Will Muschamp 2011 Texas assistant Urban Meyer 2005 Utah Ron Zook 2002 New Orleans Saints assistant Steve Spurrier 1990 Duke Galen Hall 1984 Florida assistant Charley Pell 1979 Clemson Doug Dickey 1970 Tennessee Ray Graves 1960 Georgia Tech assistant Bob Woodruff 1950 Baylor Bear Wolf 1946 Navy Pre-Flight KANSAS 46.4 percent Charlie Weis 2012 Florida assistant Turner Gill 2010 Buffalo Mark Mangino 2002 Oklahoma assistant Terry Allen 1997 Missouri State Glen Mason 1988 Kent State Bob Valesente 1986 Kansas assistant Mike Gottfried 1983 Cincinnati Don Fambrough 1979 retired Bud Moore 1975 Alabama Don Fambrough 1971 Kansas assistant Pepper Rodgers 1967 UCLA assistant Jack Mitchell 1958 Arkansas Chuck Mather 1954 Massillon Washington HS Jules Sikes 1948 Georgia assistant MIAMI 45.8 percent Al Golden 2011 Temple Randy Shannon 2007 Miami assistant Larry Coker 2001 Miami assistant Butch Davis 1995 Dallas Cowboys assistant Dennis Erickson 1989 Washington State Jimmy Johnson 1984 Oklahoma State Howard Schnellenberger 1979 Miami Dolphins assistant Lou Saban 1977 Buffalo Bills Pete Elliott 1973 retired Fran Curci 1971 Tampa Charlie Tate 1964 Georgia Tech assistant Andy Gustafson 1948 Army assistant TEXAS A&M 45.8 percent Kevin Sumlin 2012 Houston Mike Sherman 2008 Houston Texans assistant Dennis Franchione 2003 Alabama R.C. Slocum 1989 Texas A&M assistant Jackie Sherrill 1982 Pittsburgh Tom Wilson 1978 Texas A&M assistant Emory Bellard 1972 Texas assistant Gene Stallings 1965 Alabama assistant Henry Foldberg 1962 Wichita State Jim Myers 1958 Iowa State Bear Bryant 1954 Kentucky Ray George 1951 Southern Cal assistant NORTH CAROLINA 45.5 percent Larry Fedora 2012 Southern Miss Butch Davis 2007 Cleveland Browns** John Bunting 2001 New Orleans Saints assistant Carl Torbush 1997 North Carolina assistant Mack Brown 1988 Tulane Dick Crum 1987 Miami-Ohio Bill Dooley 1967 Georgia assistant Jim Hickey 1959 North Carolina assistant Jim Tatum 1956 Maryland George Barclay 1953 North Carolina assistant Carl Snavely 1934 Bucknell TENNESSEE 45.4 percent Butch Jones 2013 Cincinnati Derek Dooley 2010 Louisiana Tech Lane Kiffin 2009 Oakland Raiders Phil Fulmer 1992 Tennessee assistant Johnny Majors 1977 Pittsburgh Bill Battle 1970 Tennessee assistant Doug Dickey 1964 Arkansas assistant Jim McDonald 1963 Tennessee assistant Bowden Wyatt 1955 Arkansas Harvey Robinson 1953 Tennessee assistant Robert Neyland 1926 Tennessee assistant GEORGIA TECH 45 percent Paul Johnson 2008 Navy Chan Gailey 2002 Miami Dolphins assistant George O’Leary 1994 San Diego Chargers assistant Bill Lewis 1992 East Carolina Bobby Ross 1987 Maryland Bill Curry 1980 Green Bay Packers assistant Pepper Rodgers 1974 UCLA Bull Fulcher 1972 Tampa Bud Carson 1967 Georgia Tech assistant Bobby Dodd 1945 Georgia Tech assistant MICHIGAN 45 percent Brady Hoke 2011 San Diego State Rich Rodriguez 2008 West Virginia Lloyd Carr 1995 Michigan assistant Gary Moeller 1990 Michigan assistant Bo Schembechler 1969 Miami-Ohio Bump Elliott 1959 Michigan assistant Bennie Oosterbaan 1948 Michigan assistant Fritz Crisler 1938 Princeton IOWA 44.4 percent Kirk Ferentz, 1999, Baltimore Ravens assistant Hayden Fry, 1979, North Texas Bob Commings, 1974, Massillon Washington High School Frank Lauterbur, 1971, Toledo Ray Nagel, 1966, Utah Jerry Burns, 1961, Iowa assistant Forest Evashevski, 1952, Washington State Leonard Raffensperger, 1950, Iowa assistant Eddiel Anderson, 1939, Holy Cross INDIANA 42.3 percent Kevin Wilson,2011, Oklahoma assistant Bill Lynch, 2007, Indiana assistant Terry Hoeppner, 2005, Miami-Ohio Gerry DiNardo, 2002, Birmingham Thunderbolts Cam Cameron,1997, Washington Redskins assistant Bill Mallory, 1984, Northern Illinois Sam Wyche, 1983, San Francisco 49ers assistant Lee Corso, 1973, Louisville John Pont, 1965, Yale Phil Dickens, 1958, Wyoming Bob Hicks, 1957, Wyoming assistant Bernie Crimmins, 1952, Notre Dame assistant Clyde Smith, 1948, Wisconsin-La Crosse Bo McMillin, 1934, Kansas State DUKE 41.6 percent David Cutcliffe 2008 Tennessee assistant Ted Roof 2003 Duke assistant Carl Franks 1999 Florida assistant Fred Goldsmith 1994 Rice Barry Wilson 1990 Duke assistant Steve Spurrier 1987 Tampa Bay Bandits* Steve Sloan 1983 Ole Miss Shirley Wilson 1979 Duke assistant Mike McGee 1971 East Carolina Tom Harp 1966 Cornell Bill Murray 1951 Delaware Wallace Wade 1931 Alabama WASHINGTON 40.9 percent Chris Petersen 2014 Boise State Steve Sarkisian 2009 Southern Cal assistant Tyrone Willingham 2005 Notre Dame Keith Gilbertson 2003 Washington assistant Rick Neuheisel 1999 Colorado Jim Lambright 1993 Washington assistant Don James 1975 Kent State Jim Owens 1957 Texas A&M assistant Darrell Royal 1956 Mississippi State John Cherberg 1953 Washington assistant Howard Odell 1948 Yale MICHIGAN STATE 40 percent Mark Dantonio 2007 Cincinnati John L. Smith 2003 Utah State Bobby Williams 2000 Michigan State assistant Nick Saban 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant George Perles 1982 Philadelphia Stars Muddy Waters 1980 Saginaw Valley State Darryl Rogers 1976 San Jose State Denny Stolz 1973 Michigan State assistant Duffy Daugherty 1954 Michigan State assistant Biggie Munn 1946 Syracuse SOUTH CAROLINA 40 percent Steve Spurrier 2005 Washingon Redskins* Lou Holtz 1999 Notre Dame** Brad Scott 1994 Florida State assistant Sparky Woods 1989 Appalachian State Joe Morrison 1983 New Mexico Richard Bell 1982 South Carolina assistant Jim Carlen 1975 Texas Tech Paul Dietzel 1966 Army Marvin Bass 1961 Georgia Tech assistant Warren Giese 1956 Maryland assistant ARIZONA STATE 38.5 percent Todd Graham 2012 Pittsburgh Dennis Erickson 2007 Idaho Dirk Koetter 2001 Boise State Bruce Snyder 1992 California Larry Marmie 1988 Arizona State assistant John Cooper 1985 Tulsa Darryl Rogers 1980 Michigan State Frank Kush 1958 Arizona State assistant Dan Devine 1955 Michigan State assistant Clyde Smith 1952 Indiana Larry Siemering 1951 Pacific Ed Doherty 1947 Notre Dame assistant Steve Coutchie 1946 Mesa High School NOTRE DAME 33.3 percent Brian Kelly 2010 Cincinnati Charlie Weis 2005 New England Patriots assistant Tyrone Willingham 2002 Stanford George O’Leary 2002 Georgia Tech Bob Davie 1997 Notre Dame assistant Lou Holtz 1986 Minnesota Gerry Faust 1981 Cincinnati Moeller High School Dan Devine 1975 Green Bay Packers Ara Parseghian 1964 Northwestern Joe Kuharich 1959 Washington Redskins Terry Brennan 1953 Notre Dame assistant Frank Leahy 1941 Boston College MISSOURI 33.3 percent Gary Pinkel 2001 Toledo Larry Smith 1994 Southern Cal** Bob Stull 1989 Texas-El Paso Woody Widenhofer 1985 Oklahoma Outlaws Warren Powers 1978 Nebraska assistant Al Onofrio 1971 Missouri assistant Dan Devine 1958 Arizona State Frank Broyles 1957 Georgia Tech assistant Don Faurot 1935 Truman State AUBURN 28.3 percent Gus Malzahn 2013 Arkansas State Gene Chizik 2009 Iowa State Tommy Tuberville 1999 Ole Miss Terry Bowden 1993 Samford Pat Dye 1981 Wyoming Doug Barfield 1976 Auburn assistant Shug Jordan 1951 Georgia assistant OHIO STATE 25 percent Urban Meyer 2012 Florida* Luck Fickell 2011 Ohio State assistant Jim Tressel 2001 Youngstown State John Cooper 1988 Arizona State Earle Bruce 1979 Iowa State Woody Hayes 1954 Miami-Ohio Wes Fesler 1947 Pitt Paul Bixler 1946 Ohio State assistant TEXAS 22.2% Charlie Strong 2014 Louisville Mack Brown 1998 North Carolina John Mackovic 1992 Illinois David McWilliams 1987 Texas Tech Fred Akers 1977 Wyoming Darrell Royal 1957 Washington Ed Price 1951 Texas assistant Blair Cherry 1947 Texas assistant Dana X. Bible 1937 Nebraska ALABAMA 18.2 percent Nick Saban 2007 Miami Dolphins Mike Shula 2003 Miami Dolphins assistant Mike Price 2003 Washington State Dennis Franchione 2001 TCU Mike DuBose 1997 Alabama assistant Gene Stallings 1990 Phoenix Cardinals Bill Curry 1987 Georgia Tech Ray Perkins 1983 New York Giants Bear Bryant 1958 Texas A&M J.B. Whitworth 1955 Oklahoma State Red Drew 1947 Ole Miss MINNESOTA 18.1 percent Jerry Kill, 2011, Northern Illinois Tim Brewster, 2007, Denver Broncos assistant Glen Mason,1997, Kansas Jim Wacker, 1992, TCU John Gutekunst, 1986, Minnesota assistant Lou Holtz, 1984, Arkansas Joe Salem, 1979, Northern Arizona Cal Stoll, 1972, Wake Forest Murray ‘Warmath, 1954, Mississippi State Wes Fesler, 1951, Ohio State Bernie Bierman, 1932, Tulane ARKANSAS 9.1 percent Bret Bielema 2013 Wisconsin Bobby Petrino 2008 Atlanta Falcons Houston Nutt 1998 Boise State Danny Ford 1993 Clemson** Jack Crowe 1990 Arkansas assistant Ken Hatfield 1984 Air Force Lou Holtz 1977 New York Jets Frank Broyles 1958 Missouri Jack Mitchell 1955 Wichita state Bowden Wyatt 1953 Wyoming Otis Douglas 1950 Drexel
Over the last nine seasons at OSU, when we praised the offense's execution or extolled the program's rise, Wickline was way down the list of reasons why. But that couldn't be further from the truth.
Joe Wickline's impact as OSU offensive line coach will be hard to replace
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jan 13, 2014Joe Wickline is headed to Texas, and Oklahoma State is looking for his replacement. Who will it be? How will he do? In today's world, we're always ready to move on to the next thing. And while I'm as curious as anyone about who Mike Gundy will bring in to coach the offensive line — the Cowboy coach's track record for hiring assistants is pretty salty — I'd like to slow this train for a minute and take a look back at Wickline. I'm not sure his impact on OSU will ever be fully appreciated. Sure, Wickline was celebrated about as much as any offensive line coach could be. His intensity was well-documented. Ditto for his development of unheralded recruits and unconventional methods of mixing and matching linemen, going against the norm of having players stick to just one position on the line. We even knew enough about Wick to have learned he had a short stint in professional wrestling. Still, the offensive line is an under-the-radar part of football. It doesn't get any stats. It does things that are difficult for even the most die-hard football heads to understand. Fans don't often talk about it. Media doesn't often feature it. Sexy, the offensive line isn't. Offensive line coaches? Even less sexy. So, over these past nine seasons at OSU, when we praised the offense's excellence or extolled the program's rise, Wickline was way down the list of reasons why. But that couldn't be further from the truth. You liked seeing Kendall Hunter and Joseph Randle break into the open? Or Brandon Weeden or Zac Robinson zip a pass down the field? Or Dez Bryant or Justin Blackmon haul in a big catch? All of those guys were able to do what they did in part because of Wick's lines. And those offensive linemen have been successful regardless of whose offense the Cowboys were running. The coordinator position has changed a bunch during Wickline's time in Stillwater — Larry Fedora for three years, Gundy for two, Dana Holgorsen for one, Todd Monken for two and now Mike Yurcich — as has the offensive philosophy, but the offensive lines have just continued to produce. Think back to the early months of last season and how shocked everyone was that Wickline's bunch wasn't humming along. Never mind that the Cowboys lost their best lineman, left tackle Devin Davis, right before the season. Still, Wickline eventually hit on the right mix and the Cowboys had another solid season. OSU led the Big 12 during the regular season allowing only 11 sacks. And they did it with a bunch of guys who came out of high school largely unheralded. Brandon Webb was the most celebrated, playing in the Army All-American Game, but he ended up on a line with a guy who played just one season of high school football, Chris Grisbhy. Taking linemen who weren't always four- and five-star recruits and turning them into a formidable force is Wick's hallmark. “He could see that talent,” said Evan Epstein, a former Cowboy center who recently finished up his first season as offensive line coach at New Mexico Highlands University. “He's got an eye for that talent that is just different than everybody else's.” Then, Wick would coach ‘em up. “He'd turn them into an offensive line that could block and be effective against anybody we played,” Epstein said. “It's really an amazing thing.” Former Cowboy and current Green Bay Packer Lane Taylor said: “He always made it work. He always adjusted to whatever offensive coordinator came in and whatever scheme he had. “He's definitely a one-of-a-kind kind of guy.” Wickline is regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the country. Replacing him won't be easy. Who will it be? How will he do? With apologies to the Cowboys' next offensive line coach, it's difficult to imagine he will have any bigger impact than Wick. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen is scheduled to make a presentation to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association suggesting the need to split Class 6A in all athletics.
High school notebook: OSSAA to hear proposal for splitting 6A in all sports
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Jan 13, 2014Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen is scheduled to make a presentation to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association suggesting the need to split Class 6A in all sports. Balenseifen will appear before the OSSAA board of directors at their regular meeting Wednesday, according to the meeting agenda. The proposal comes in the aftermath of the Class 6A schools voting to split the class into two 16-team divisions, each with their own state champion, for football only. That decision will take effect next fall. The new proposal is based on the imbalance of championships won by the schools ranking in the top 16 of average daily attendance — approximately 87 percent of all championships over the last 16 years, according to Balenseifen — as compared to those in the bottom 16 of the class. FERGUSON JENKINS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Warren Spahn Award Gala organizers announced Monday 12 winners of the Ferguson Jenkins Awards, which are presented annually to the state's top high school baseball and softball players and coaches. The baseball winners include Cascia Hall's Bryce Carter, Deer Creek's Caleb Eldridge, Carl Albert's Gavin Lavalley, Edmond Santa Fe's Quin Walbergh and Owasso's Braden Webb. Softball winners include Southmoore's Katelyn Brown, Sand Springs' Mallory Collins, Piedmont's Brè Davis, Westmoore's Destinie Lookout and Carl Albert's Abby Meador. The two coaches honored are Deer Creek baseball coach Ron Moore and Southmoore softball coach Jeff Small. The athletic winners are selected based on athletic and scholastic achievement. The awards will be presented by Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins on Jan. 28 at the Warren Spahn Award Gala at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, where Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will receive the Warren Spahn Award and ESPN softball analyst Michele Smith will receive the Bill Teegins Award. JOHNSON HAS BIG WEEKEND FOR CROSSINGS Crossings Christian sophomore Amanda Johnson was impressive over the weekend at the Hinton Tournament, averaging 24.7 points per game in a tournament in which the team finished fifth. Johnson, who is 5-foot-11, was named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring 21, 32 and 21 points in all three games. BETTS COMMITS TO MISSOURI STATE Sand Springs defensive back Tre Betts announced on Twitter Sunday that he has verbally committed to Missouri State. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He had interest from several programs, including an offer from North Texas. HOT WEEK FOR SEILING'S NYBERG Seiling sophomore Bowan Nyberg had quite a week during a run that included two wins over ranked Class A opponents and a championship at the Ward Center Classic. Seiling went 3-1 on the week, with Nyberg averaging 30 points per game and shooting 44 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 5.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. Seiling, ranked No. 17 in Class A, knocked off No. 5 Drummond and No. 9 Laverne at the Ward Center Classic, avenging an earlier loss to Laverne.
COMMENTARY — While the OU coach might leave for an NFL job someday, he's not going to a team that doesn't have solid leadership.
Oklahoma football: Cleveland definitely not the right spot for Bob Stoops
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Jan 7, 2014We kept hearing Bob Stoops' name linked with the Cleveland Browns. Kept hearing that Stoops might finally be ready to jump to the NFL. The NFL? Maybe some day. Maybe even some day soon. But the Browns? No chance. In fact, Cleveland is the prime example of what keeps coaches like Stoops on campus. The Browns returned to life for the 1999 season. The same year Stoops arrived in Oklahoma. The Browns have fired six coaches during those 15 years: Chris Palmer, Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur and Rob Chudzinski. Chudzinski was fired last week after one year on the job. The new-age Browns also have had six general managers. They've got a new chief executive officer, Joe Banner, who's been on the job 15 months and has fired two coaches. The company of the Browns' new owner, Jimmy Haslam, is under federal investigation for rebate irregularities. Oh yeah, Stoops is going to run to that job. Let's see. Shaky ownership. Quick-trigger leadership. No quarterback. Cold weather. In a division with three franchises that do seem to know what they're doing. What's not to love about that offer? Nobody that already has a really good football job is going to Cleveland. And Stoops has a really good football job. The Sooners aren't back on top of college football, but they're not far off, as we discovered — and maybe he did, too — in New Orleans. OU has stable leadership; Stoops works for the same two men, president David Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione, who hired him 15 years ago. OU is investing in its program. I talked to Stoops a couple of months ago about what was next on his wish list, after the opening of the new dorm, and he really wasn't passionate about anything. There's a faction of boosters that want to modernize the west-side upper deck; new press box, new suites, make it comparable to the east side. Stoops seemed fine either way. OU's talent isn't where it once was, but it's not where we thought it was. The Sooners stared down Alabama and have a bunch of ballplayers returning. Stoops has a quarterback, he's got an energized fan base, he's got enough ammunition to say “told you so” all the way to September. He's happy as a bird. Stoops keeps his options open. Down in New Orleans last Friday, he said, “you never know” concerning the Browns. He also told the Casillas & Company radio show “It's my full intention to be the coach at Oklahoma next year.” I believe him on both counts. I believe he does plan on staying in Norman, and I also believe that you indeed never do know for sure. OU officials are confident that Stoops is not entertaining NFL offers. The pro rumors could be nothing more than his agent angling for a raise from OU. That's standard practice in a profession that has become quite sordid on the money side. Stoops is not at a stage of his life where leaving would be ideal. A daughter in high school. Twin sons soon to enter high school. The NFL interests most football coaches, Stoops included. Also scares most football coaches, too, because of its volatility. I think it's possible that Stoops answers the siren song some day. Might even be when the Sooners are riding high; I think it would be important to him to leave OU in a good way. But any franchise that wants to whisk away Stoops from Norman better have solid ownership and proven leadership. A good quarterback and decent weather wouldn't hurt, either. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Jan 6, 2014
Texas has just hired a 53-year-old former University of Florida defensive coordinator who spent some formative years with Steve Spurrier. OU is coached by a 53-year-old former University of Florida defensive coordinator who spent some formative years with Steve Spurrier. It’s doubtful that the Charlie Strong/Bob Stoops rivalry will last as long as the 15 years of Stoops/Mack Brown.
Oklahoma football: Charlie Strong & Bob Stoops comparisons
Berry Tramel | Jan 6, 2014[img]2311540[/img] Texas has just hired a 53-year-old former University of Florida defensive coordinator who spent some formative years with Steve Spurrier. OU is coached by a 53-year-old former University of Florida defensive coordinator who spent some formative years with Steve Spurrier. It’s doubtful that the Charlie Strong/Bob Stoops rivalry will last as long as the 15 years of Stoops/Mack Brown. But it should be fun watching how OU-Texas morphs with a new Longhorn coach. The last time OU-Texas had a new head coach, it was the 20th century and the world was different. Here’s a quick bio on Strong. He was born Aug. 2, 1960, in Batesville, Ark. That’s 38 days before Stoops was born in Youngstown. Batesville is a town of about 10,000 located in northeast Arkansas. NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett is from Batesville. Former major leaguer Rick Monday was born in Batesville. NASCAR star Mark Martin was born and raised in Batesville. Strong went to Batesville High School, then to the University of Central Arkansas, as a walk-on. Strong quickly earned a scholarship as a defensive back — he had 186 tackles, 11 interceptions and a 100-yard interception return against Southeast Missouri State. Strong went to graduate school at Henderson State and then began a coaching odyssey. Graduate assistant at Florida for two years and one year at Texas A&M. Then two years coaching at Southern Illinois. Two years at Florida, where he coached for Galen Hall, the long-time offensive coordinator at OU. When Hall was fired, Florida hired Spurrier. Before Spurrier made up his mind about his staff, Strong took a job at Ole Miss. A year later, Spurrier called Strong and brought him back to Florida, as assistant head coach. In 1995, Lou Holtz hired away Strong for Notre Dame. But after one year, Holtz resigned. Bob Davie took over, and Strong stayed on the staff. Three years later, Holtz became head coach at South Carolina and brought Strong to Columbia as defensive coordinator. In 2002, Spurrier went to the NFL, and Florida promoted Ron Zook. Zook hired Strong to be defensive coordinator, and when Zook flamed out and Urban Meyer came aboard, Strong stayed on. In December 2009, Louisville hired Strong. So next October, Strong and Stoops meet for the first time in an ancient rivalry. They will enter the Cotton Bowl with some shared history.
Charlie Strong was introduced to the media Monday as the next head coach of the University of Texas.
Strong Debut: What the new Texas coach said in his introduction Monday
Erik Horne | Jan 6, 2014Charlie Strong was introduced to the media Monday as the next head coach of the University of Texas. What does it mean for the rest of the Big 12? Who knows yet, but Strong had his share of quote-worthy comments during the presser. He's a recap of Strong's top moments: Charlie Strong on prepping for OU in the ’08 title game. “This is like a nintendo game… We won’t stop these guys.” UF did stop OU btw — Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 6, 2014 Strong on previous ADs not hiring him b/c he’s black: “The college football world is changing.” — Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) January 6, 2014 New #Texas coach Charlie Strong: “We will work like it’s fourth-and-1 or fourth-and-inches.” — Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) January 6, 2014 Charlie Strong: “I could’ve been the 15th choice. I’m just so happy to be the head coach.” — ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) January 6, 2014 Strong to Texas high school coaches: “When we leave this state, don’t think your player isn’t good enough to play here.” — David Ubben (@davidubben) January 6, 2014 Strong: Wants to make sure that Texas secures recruiting in the state but he will cherry-pick others from out of state (mostly Florida). — Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) January 6, 2014 Strong: “Let’s not get caught up in the 5-stars. Let’s not get caught up in the 4-stars. Let’s get caught up in the FB players.” — Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) January 6, 2014 New #Texas coach Charlie Strong: If something is soft you can get it hard.. Your program has got to be built on toughness. — Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 6, 2014
Jan 5, 2014
The Oklahoman high school sports staff takes a look at some of the best moments, performances and surprises of the 2013 football season.
Looking back at the year in Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Jan 5, 2014With all the bad weather that December brought, it felt like the high school football season of 2013 was going to carry into the new year. Thankfully it all got wrapped up, just a week later than planned. The Oklahoman released its All-State football team in Sunday's newspaper, and our Little and Big All-City teams will roll out over the next couple of days. But for now, The Oklahoman high school sports staff takes a look at some of the best moments, performances and surprises of the 2013 football season. Game of the Year Scott Wright: I declared Norman North's frantic 45-42 win over Midwest City on Sept. 27 the Game of the Year moments after Jake Edzards had booted the winning field goal. And it took nearly three months for a game to top it. Davis' rally from 19 down at halftime — and 11 down with under six minutes with the ball at its 1-yard line — to win the Class 2A title was the year's best game. Jacob Unruh: Davis' comeback to beat Millwood in the Class 2A championship game. I wasn't there, but this is easily the game of the year for me. Trailing by 19 at halftime and then scoring two touchdowns in the final 2:23 to win the title is remarkable. Trent Shadid: Blanchard's 20-17 win over Plainview in the Class 3A semifinals goes down as the best game I saw this season. Trailing 17-14 with 2:33 remaining, Blanchard put together an 11-play, 71-yard drive capped by a game-winning touchdown run from star running back Braden Stringer with just over 30 seconds to play. Best Moment of the Year Scott Wright: The Kingfisher and Davis state championships. The seniors on those two teams had each been to two state finals before this season, and lost both. Their coaches had each been to multiple title games without a victory. And on the same Thursday night in December, they all went home with a gold ball. Jacob Unruh: Guthrie star Kai Callins' final performance was one to remember. Just a year removed from suffering a torn ACL, the running back/defensive back rushed for 231 yards, four touchdowns and also intercepted a pass in the Bluejays' 51-21 win against McAlester in the Class 5A championship. Trent Shadid: Hollis' run to winning the Class A state title. Ranked No. 6 in The Oklahoman's preseason poll, Hollis didn't exactly come out of nowhere to win the Class A title, but their dominance was impressive. The Tigers went 14-0 with no opponent coming within 17 points. Season's Biggest Surprise Scott Wright: The Meeker Bulldogs. After starting 17th in The Oklahoman's Class 2A preseason rankings, the Bulldogs finished third following the most successful season in school history. Just an incredible job by coach Mike Hedge, his staff and players. Jacob Unruh: The year of the quarterback losing steam so quickly. Entering a season with top recruits like David Cornwell and Justice Hansen expected to dominate, injuries ruined their senior campaigns. Meanwhile, other star quarterbacks floundered at times, leaving the spotlight to other players at other positions. Trent Shadid: The lack of a Division I scholarship offer for senior running backs Kai Callins (Guthrie), Landon Nault (Kingfisher), and Braden Stringer (Blanchard). Some say Stringer and Nault are too short, and Callins too skinny to play at the elite college level. I say the stats, highlights, and high character of all three suggest otherwise. Best Performances We Saw Scott Wright: This one comes with a Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1: Norman North's Jake Edzards kicks a game-winning 43-yard field goal to defeat Midwest City as time expires. Part 2: A week later in Yukon, Edzards comes through again with the game-winner, this time from 35 yards in the closing seconds. A ton of high school kickers never get the chance to try a game-winner in the final seconds. Edzards got two in two weeks, and came up clutch on both. Jacob Unruh: Lawton running back Michael Warren was absolutely unstoppable in the Wolverines' 50-33 win against Edmond Santa Fe on Oct. 18, breaking his own school single-game rushing record with 358 yards while also scoring five touchdowns. It was easily the best performance of his impressive season. Trent Shadid: Minco's Jacob Overton against Cashion in Week 4. Overton — who played running back, quarterback, receiver, and defensive back — showed off his incredible versatility in a 41-12 road victory against district A-3 rival Cashion. The senior accounted for 350 of the Bulldogs 427 yards, scoring three touchdowns on the ground and throwing for another. He also added a fourth-quarter interception, further proving his ability to do it all. Best Performances We Didn't See Scott Wright: Seminole star Papi White had a lot of performances that were worth watching, but his 466-yard night against Marlow to open the playoffs — a state single-game postseason record — must've been magical to watch. White rolled off two more 300-yard games the next two weeks. Jacob Unruh: I would have loved to watch Central Marlow senior Kevin Harris in Week 2 when he scored nine touchdowns in a 74-34 win against Oklahoma Christian Academy. He scored six times on the ground, caught a TD pass and also returned both a punt and kickoff for TDs. Oh, and he finished with 360 yards rushing. Trent Shadid: Washington's Brock Harmon against Hinton in Week 6. The senior defensive back returned three interceptions for touchdowns in one quarter, setting a national record during Washington's 57-14 win. The record, which was tied less than a month later, came on returns of 31, 42, and 32 yards during a span of just six minutes. Best-dressed Coach These days, if you see someone wearing a suit and tie on the field at a Friday night football game, it usually means the school principal worked late and didn't have time to change clothes. But first-year head coach Rashaun Woods went old-school when he took the field for John Marshall, with a suit and tie — though the suit coat usually didn't last until kickoff on those warm September nights. It was a nice touch from a well-respected member of the state's football community, from his days at Millwood, Oklahoma State and into the pros.