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Associated Press | Sep 1, 2015Here's a look at AP's Indiana news coverage at 12 a.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Indianapolis bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or email@example.com. Jason Keyser is on the desk. All times EDT. A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. NEW THIS DIGEST: SCHOOL TOUR-DUNCAN, ELKHART-DYING TREES, AGRICULTURE LABORATORY, IU HEALTH CHIEF TOP STORY: PENCE-DRUGS INDIANAPOLIS — Months after outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis drew national attention to rampant intravenous drug abuse in some parts of Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence announced on Tuesday the creation of a task force that will explore the best way to fight addiction. The Republican governor's move comes as authorities across the U.S. are shifting approaches to illegal drug use, moving away from a get-tough-on-crime approach in favor of reduced sentencing for low-level offenders and an acknowledgement that addiction is a public health concern. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 500 words, photos. AROUND THE STATE: SUBWAY SPOKESMAN-FOUNDATION CHIEF INDIANAPOLIS — The former director of a foundation created by longtime Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to 12 counts of child exploitation and one count of child pornography, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Under the plea agreement, Russell Taylor, 44, cannot ask for a sentence of less than 15 years in prison and prosecutors can ask for a sentence of up to 35 years, followed by supervised release for the remainder of his life, prosecutors said. 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EXCHANGE-CHILDREN'S MUSEUM INDIANAPOLIS — A new exhibit at The Children's Museum tackles the topic of religion through the eyes of five children who are Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist. "National Geographic Sacred Journeys" was four years in the making. Director of collections Christian Carron describes the exhibit as a "safe place for families and children to talk about religion." By Cara Anthony. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 475 words, photos. IN BRIEF: — INMATE ESCAPE-DEPUTY: A judge has sentenced a man who overpowered a deputy and stole her police cruiser to 22 years in prison. SENT: 130 words. — REGIONAL CITIES PROGRAM: Seven proposals have been submitted for a new state grant program aimed at encouraging Indiana counties and cities to collaborate on regional development projects. SENT: 125 words. — FORGED NURSING LICENSE: A 29-year-old central Indiana woman accused of faking a nursing license faces four new charges related to the case. 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SPORTS: FBN--COLTS-HASSELBECK'S LAST CHANCE INDIANAPOLIS — Matt Hasselbeck understands the significance of Thursday's preseason finale. The 39-year-old quarterback has a one-year contract and is backing up Andrew Luck, who has never missed a pro game. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 715 words. FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-RUNNING SOUTH BEND — No. 11 Notre Dame wants to run the ball more this season and the Fighting Irish think they have the big, nasty line to lead the way. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley has been projected as a possible top 10 NFL draft pick, and he is joined by Nick Martin, a second-year captain with 24 career starts. The Irish also have an experienced running back in Tarean Folston, who rushed for 889 yards last season, and quarterback Malik Zaire, who carried the ball 22 times for 96 yards in his only start against LSU in the Music City Bowl. By Sports Writer Tom Coyne. SENT: 590 words, photo. 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After a great experience with its inaugural event last year, Choctaw High School is set for its second annual XR Tickets Kickoff Classic on Saturday. Choctaw will play host to a high school football double-header, starting with Jones vs. Vian at 11 a.m. and Davis vs. Lincoln Christian at 3 p.m. “The teams were really excited to be a part of it again,” Choctaw coach and athletic director Todd...
Choctaw's Kickoff Classic double-header returns Saturday
Aug 31, 2015After a great experience with its inaugural event last year, Choctaw High School is set for its second annual XR Tickets Kickoff Classic on Saturday. Choctaw will play host to a high school football double-header, starting with Jones vs. Vian at 11 a.m. and Davis vs. Lincoln Christian at 3 p.m. “The teams were really excited to be a part of it again,” Choctaw coach and athletic director Todd Dilbeck said. “We’re really proud of this event, and we think it will be great again this year.” Choctaw begins its season Friday night with a visit from Sapulpa.
High school football: Moore entering huge rivalry game with high expectations for second season under Paul HixAug 31, 2015
Now a star tight end as a senior at Moore, Jordan Jones has felt the disappointment as a fan and a player of a 15-game losing streak to Westmoore.
High school football: Moore entering huge rivalry game with high expectations for second season under Paul Hix
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 31, 2015MOORE — Jordan Jones hasn't missed a Moore War game since the sixth grade, and he's never seen Moore top rival Westmoore in that span. Now a star tight end as a senior at Moore, Jones has felt the disappointment as a fan and a player of a 15-game losing streak to Westmoore. He's hoping to change that Friday night at Moore Schools Stadium. “I can just tell how bad it sucks to go your whole four years and not win a game,” Jones said. “That's how some of the players were, and to get a ‘W' for them it would mean everything to me because I know how much it would mean to us and the community.” In its second season under coach Paul Hix, Moore is experiencing bigger expectations than recently felt around the program. The team is determined to deliver a better season, and that starts with winning the game the Lions can't seem to win. “I think we need to win the first game of the year,” Hix said. “It just so happens to be the biggest game of the season for our community. “It's just the first game for us. I think I made the mistake of trying to downplay it last year. But to my community and my kids and my student body and the teachers, it's the Super Bowl. It's almost go big or go home because I feel like for 15 years in a row we have lost a big section of the enthusiasm just because we don't win this game.” The game was also honored as part of the Great American Rivalry Series on Monday. The game will be presented by the Army and an in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime Friday. The team that wins the game will also be presented a trophy along with game MVP and a top-student athlete from each school. Last season, Moore went 0-10 under Hix, but there were some positive developments around the program. Quarterback Josh Detweiler showed promise while throwing for 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. Hix said that Detweiler has shown remarkable improvement in the offseason and is poised for a big season. He could become the school's all-time leading passer by the end of the season. “Mentally, he is right there on par with any other quarterbacks I've had as far as mastering the concepts,” Hix said. Hix also said the team has shown improvement in the second year of his spread offense. A new defensive scheme has also led to more speed and improvement from the linebackers. But even with all of the positive developments there have been some struggles for Moore leading up to this week. Top receiver Abel Wills recently suffered a broken collarbone. Last Tuesday, highly-touted running back Darian Davis left for a prep school out of state. “It's easy to make excuses but we know that we lost them, they're good players and everything but we've got to move past that and look forward to Westmoore,” Detweiler said. And Moore is certainly looking forward to Friday with the idea that win could snowball and lead to more in the coming weeks. The school spirit is up. The morale around the football team is up. The community is even fired up. “I had a couple cops today tell me that they hope we beat Westmoore,” Jones said. “It's just really exciting.”
Aug 31, 2015
Verbally committed to Nebraska, Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.
High school notebook: Del City QB Terry Wilson invited to Semper Fidelis All-America Game
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 31, 2015Del City quarterback Terry Wilson received an official invitation to the Semper Fidelis All-America game on Monday. The game is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2016, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised by Fox Sports 1. Verbally committed to Nebraska, Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. BETHANY LOSES PINION FOR SEASON Cole Pinion's senior season couldn't have gotten off to a better start, or come to a more difficult ending — all in a span of 15 minutes. The Bethany senior running back took his first carry of the season 51 yards for a touchdown in the Bronchos' win over Lone Grove last Friday. His second carry went for 26 yards and set up another Bethany TD. But it turns out, Pinion's third carry was his last of the season. Running left along the line of scrimmage, he tried to cut up field and his knee buckled. Monday's tests showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending his senior year. It's a big blow for Bethany, which defeated No. 8 Lone Grove 34-29 last week. Pinion was a returning starter at running back and linebacker. The Bronchos' senior Dakota Snow and sophomore Payton Harrell combined for more than 100 yards in place of Pinion after he was injured last week. CHOCTAW'S TWO-GAME KICKOFF CLASSIC RETURNS SATURDAY After a great experience with its inaugural event last year, Choctaw High School is set for its second annual XR Tickets Kickoff Classic on Saturday. Choctaw will play host to a high school football doubleheader, starting with Jones vs. Vian at 11 a.m. and Davis vs. Lincoln Christian at 3 p.m. “The teams were really excited to be a part of it again,” Choctaw coach and athletic director Todd Dilbeck said. “We're really proud of this event, and we think it will be great again this year.” Choctaw begins its season with a visit from Sapulpa Friday night. HALSTEAD, MINCO GET OFF TO FAST START Brock Wardlaw's first game as Minco's head coach went about as smoothly as it could have. Wardlaw's Bulldogs opened with a 60-12 road victory over Watonga in Week Zero last Friday, behind a breakout performance from running back Tucker Halstead. The senior had touchdown runs of 19 and 25 yards in the first quarter, ultimately finishing with 183 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. Quarterback Hunter Jones was 8-of-12 passing for 128 yards and a touchdown. Shannon Williams added a pair of big plays for Minco as well, returning a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, then going 64 yards for a rushing score.
Aug 30, 2015
A few teams got the high school football season off to a good start with Week Zero last Friday, but a full schedule of Week 1 games are lined up across the state this week. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's top 10 games of the week: 1. Class 6A-II No. 2 Midwest City at 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington Two historically powerful Class 6A-II teams with championship talent — one from Tulsa, one...
The Oklahoman's Top 10 Games of Week 1: Midwest City-Tulsa Washington a powerhouse matchup
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 30, 2015A few teams got the high school football season off to a good start with Week Zero last Friday, but a full schedule of Week 1 games are lined up across the state this week. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's top 10 games of the week: 1. Class 6A-II No. 2 Midwest City at 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington Two historically powerful Class 6A-II teams with championship talent — one from Tulsa, one from the Oklahoma City metro — meeting in the season opener. It can't be topped. 2. Class 6A-I No. 1 Jenks at 6A-II No. 1 Bixby Bixby has a big hill to climb to hang with Jenks, but the idea of two top-ranked defending champions meeting up in the opener is still fun. 3. Class 6A-I No. 4 Broken Arrow at 6A-I No. 5 Owasso The winner of this game gets a boost to its contender status as we try to decide who can challenge Jenks and Tulsa Union for the 6A-I crown. 4. Class 5A No. 6 Collinsville at 4A No. 2 Oologah, Thursday Collinsville won this matchup last year, but Oologah got back on track and made a run to the Class 4A finals. 5. Class 3A No. 5 Lincoln Christian vs. 2A No. 1 Davis at Choctaw, 3 p.m. Saturday Choctaw's special Saturday doubleheader starts with Jones vs. Vian at 11 a.m. 6. Southlake Carroll (Texas) at 6A-I No. 2 Tulsa Union One of Oklahoma's powerhouse big-school teams against one from Texas. Instant rivalry. 7. Class 5A No. 5 Ardmore at 4A No. 7 Ada New coaches on each side of this rivalry — Josh Newby at Ardmore and Wade Standley at Ada — but preseason hype has been high in each town. 8. Class 6A-I No. 9 Edmond Memorial at 6A-I No. 6 Southmoore, Thursday Edmond Memorial's solid defense will give Southmoore's young offensive talent a good test out of the gate. 9. Class 6A-II No. 5 Stillwater at 5A No. 3 Deer Creek Deer Creek gets a glimpse of its future with the impending move to 6A-II a year away. 10. Class A No. 7 Ringling at 2A No. 6 OCS An intriguing matchup between two teams that have been regular state title contenders in their respective classes the last few years.
Aug 27, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last year's record: 1,575-351 (81.8 pct.) Class 4A TUTTLE 28, Davis 26 MOUNT ST MARY 20, Tecumseh 14 Class 3A Jones 35, HOLDENVILLE 12 Lindsay 27, PERKINS 24 BETHANY 21, Lone Grove 20 Class 2A NOWATA 34, Vian 28 COMMERCE 28, Yale 7 Class A Community Christian 20, WILSON 14...
High school football picks for Week Zero
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 27, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last year's record: 1,575-351 (81.8 pct.) Class 4A TUTTLE 28, Davis 26 MOUNT ST MARY 20, Tecumseh 14 MCLOUD 24, Christian Heritage 20 Class 3A Jones 35, HOLDENVILLE 12 Lindsay 27, PERKINS 24 BETHANY 21, Lone Grove 20 Class 2A NOWATA 34, Vian 28 COMMERCE 28, Yale 7 WEWOKA 34, Tishomingo 28 Class A Community Christian 20, WILSON 14 Cordell 42, EMPIRE 16 AFTON 24, Miller, Mo. 20 MINCO 44, Watonga 12 MOORELAND 48, Chisholm JV 12 Class B Wright Christian 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 28 Class C COYLE 50, SW Covenant 34 Independent Destiny Christian 56, CORNERSTONE CHR. 6 CASADY 21, Holland Hall 14 OKC PATRIOTS 46, Life Christian 20 *Home team in CAPS
When basketball season begins, expect to see a smorgasbord of stories about Texas’ depth and experience. Bring a pillow on senior night. It might take a while.Coach Shaka Smart and his assistants are dialed into this year’s team, but they also have an eye on the future. Six seniors are leaving — make it seven if junior guard Isaiah Taylor jumps into the NBA draft.Essentially, Smart will have to...
Smart sizing up recruiting landscape with an eye toward Texas' future
Brian Davis and Richard Tijerina, Associated Press | Aug 25, 2015When basketball season begins, expect to see a smorgasbord of stories about Texas’ depth and experience. Bring a pillow on senior night. It might take a while. Coach Shaka Smart and his assistants are dialed into this year’s team, but they also have an eye on the future. Six seniors are leaving — make it seven if junior guard Isaiah Taylor jumps into the NBA draft. Essentially, Smart will have to rebuild half the roster after his first season. Thus, an intriguing question: What does Smart want the Texas roster to look like in the years ahead? “Obviously, you can’t have a team full of guys that are my height,” the 5-foot, 10 1/2-inch coach said. “There are some great players that were quote, unquote ‘undersized’ at their position. We’re looking for other factors,” Smart added. “Size and athleticism is something that we will factor in. But we want guys that have a high motor. Guys who want to play a fast, exciting, up-tempo style. We love guys that can make plays from all five positions.” This season, the Horns still have a sizable front line. Cam Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert are all 6-foot-9 or taller. Shaquille Cleare, a 6-foot-8 bruiser, joins the mix after sitting out per NCAA transfer rules. Those are four solid rim protectors. But what about the guards and wing players? Does Smart want only players from the 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-6 variety? Yes, every coach wants tall players, obviously. But Smart appears to value sheer athleticism above all else. At this point, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the Horns are headed long term in recruiting. Smart and his staff are still developing relationships with the state’s high school coaches. Just like football coach Charlie Strong, Smart had to hit the ground running, figure out who’s who, what’s what and where’s that? The Horns have only one player committed for the 2016 class. Jacob Young, a four-star guard from Houston Yates, is a 6-foot scorer considered the 10th-best player in the state, according to Horns247. Keep close watch on the type of players committing to Smart’s program in September and October. Key recruiting weekends are usually tied to home football games, when recruits can get an eyeful of what the campus is like. That will give some insight as to the type of team Texas assembles in the future. Smart appears to be chasing big in-state targets. St. Stephen’s power forward Jarrett Allen (6-9) is the nation’s 18th-best prospect. Irving MacArthur’s Andrew Jones (6-4 guard) and DeSoto’s Marques Bolden (6-10 center) are both listed among the state’s top 10. De’Ron Davis, a 6-9 forward from Aurora, Colo., is the top-rated player in his home state. In fact, Texas is also chasing the No. 1-rated players in New York, Vermont, Maryland, Georgia and Florida. James Banks, a 6-10 center rated the third-best player in Indiana, is scheduled to visit UT this weekend. Just because Smart has six or seven scholarship slots available doesn’t mean he’ll sign that many during November’s early signing period. Remember, Myles Turner signed with Texas during the late signing period in May 2014. “There’s not really a magic number that we have,” Smart said. “I don’t know for sure how many guys we’ll sign. We’re excited about the guys we’re recruiting and excited about showing them Texas. There’s quite a few guys that haven’t seen our campus or our facilities.” ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000048049,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Vick needed a job. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a backup quarterback.One solid workout solved both problems.The Steelers signed the four-time Pro Bowler to a one-year deal on Tuesday night, hopeful there's enough game left in the 35-year-old's still dangerous legs to provide the defending AFC North champions some insurance should something happen to Ben...
Steelers sign QB Michael Vick to 1-year deal
By WILL GRAVES, Associated Press | Aug 25, 2015PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Vick needed a job. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a backup quarterback. One solid workout solved both problems. The Steelers signed the four-time Pro Bowler to a one-year deal on Tuesday night, hopeful there's enough game left in the 35-year-old's still dangerous legs to provide the defending AFC North champions some insurance should something happen to Ben Roethlisberger. "There's not a throw on the field he can't make from an arm strength standpoint," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "He's a very experienced guy at what he does at this point in his career and the mobility is still unique even at 35." Vick spent 2014 with the New York Jets, engineering an upset over the Steelers on Nov. 9 by throwing for two touchdowns in a 20-13 victory, his lone triumph during an otherwise forgettable season. The Jets made no move to retain him and with backup Bruce Gradkowski on injured reserve after hurting his left (non-throwing) hand in last Sunday's preseason win over Green Bay, Pittsburgh didn't hesitate to reach out to Vick. Tomlin said the situation isn't unlike what the Steelers went through in 2008 when Charlie Batch was injured during training camp. Pittsburgh brought in Byron Leftwich and Daunte Culpepper and put them through the paces at Latrobe High School before signing Leftwich, who ended up playing four seasons in two different stints with the team. "(Leftwich) gave us several good years of service ... a guy that was a franchise quarterback who embraced the challenge here," Tomlin said. "I imagine Mike is of the same mindset." Vick is more than six years removed a lengthy prison stay following his federal conviction for financing a dogfighting conspiracy. The arrest and subsequent downfall forced him out of the league in his prime, though he resurrected his career with Philadelphia, making the Pro Bowl in 2010 after throwing for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns. The last three years have been a steady decline and he was little more than a situational specialist last season for the Jets behind Geno Smith. Still, his presence carries weight. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said he was "starstruck" when he ran into Vick before practice. "He's a guy I idolized growing up," Bell said. One who has made a concerted effort to become an advocate for animals even as the stigma of his crime persists, something that hasn't gone unnoticed by Pittsburgh's front office. "Obviously we're sensitive to those potential things but we are going to do our due diligence," Tomlin said. "Rest assured that we've done that, but rest assured he's done a lot since he's gone through some of the things he's gone through and his track record at this point in that regard speaks for itself." There is no chance of Vick being in the mix for the starting job so long as Roethlisberger — who hasn't missed a game in two years — remains healthy. Vick instead will get a chance to beat out Landry Jones for the No. 2 spot. Jones remains a project entering his third season, though Tomlin has stressed repeatedly that the "arrow is pointing up" in terms of Jones' development. Vick, however, could be an intriguing option for an offense that ranked second in the league last year behind Roethlisberger, Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. He gave the Steelers an up-close look at what he could do during that odd victory in mid-November — a loss that nearly derailed Pittsburgh's momentum on its way to a division title — and there remains an intense respect for his erratic if singular talent. Roethlisberger, an unabashed dog lover whose foundation provides support for K-9 units in the region, isn't concerned about Vick's past misdeeds becoming a factor. "This is a locker room, and it's about football," he said. "And that's what matters most to me." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Aug 21, 2015
With each touchdown, the talented team’s confidence rose.
High school football: Southmoore impresses with big plays against Carl Albert
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 21, 2015MOORE — It took two plays Friday night for Southmoore to score a touchdown. Then on the first play of a quarter scrimmage against Carl Albert, the SaberCats struck again. It was just two of a good amount of big plays for Southmoore at Southmoore High School. And with each touchdown, the talented team’s confidence rose. “I have no doubt that we can execute anything we’ve been told we can,” running back Darrian Moss said. “We have the talent as long as we put our mind to it, work hard, get it done and execute.” Southmoore won the quarter portion 21-7 with two big touchdown runs from Moss, who went 50 yards down the sideline on the first play of the quarter. SaberCats coach Jeremy Stark said Moss has shown improvement this offseason to earn more touches. “He’s a real strong runner,” Stark said. “He’s not real big, but he’s got breakaway speed. Once he gets out in the open he’s hard to tackle and hard to bring down.” Moss, a senior, said he worked in the offseason to be more physical. That certainly showed as he powered through a defender for his second touchdown. “I feel like I’ve become more physical, I got faster and more experienced,” Moss said. “But everybody else on the team has as well. I’ve got to credit them too.” Southmoore also got big plays from quarterback Casey Thompson and versatile senior Dunya Rice, who scored on the second play of the night. But Stark said he would like to see not only the big plays, but a nice long drive that leads to points. “Offensively, we throw the ball vertical quite a bit,” he said. “But there are going to be situations where we have to drive, so we can’t live and die on a big play. We’ve got to get better at driving the ball and running the football downhill.” CARL ALBERT’S OFFENSE STALLS There weren’t the big plays from Carl Albert’s offense that Southmoore featured. Titans coach Gary Rose said he is hoping his young squad learns from a lackluster performance going into next week’s scrimmage against Putnam North, Edmond Santa Fe and Lawton MacArthur. “The thing about us in scrimmages is we don’t prepare for anybody,” Rose said. “We work on us. We just go back and get the film out and look at what we’re doing individually and team-wise. I saw potential, but on the 100 mile journey we’re about 15 down the road. So we’ve got a few more miles to go. Our goal is to get better every week as we always try to do and hopefully by Week 6 or 7 we’ll be where we need to be.” The Titans’ first-team offense failed to score a touchdown, but part of that was an aggressive Southmoore defense that shut down the run and constantly pressured quarterback Braxton Dickerson. “That’s a really good football team in my opinion,” Rose said. “Now, they’re really good or we’re really bad. I don’t think that we’re that bad, but we’re not very deep. We’re nervous; we’ve got to grow up. I just think the potential’s there, but we’ve got so much to work on it’s going to be a long road.” Carl Albert was also without wide receiver Marque Luster for the most of the scrimmage after he suffered a minor knee injury early in the rapid fire. SOUTHMOORE’S JONES, LEWIS SIT OUT Two of Southmoore’s star players were in street clothes. Defensive end Noah Jones, who is verbally committed to Texas Tech, sat out with a knee injury. Jones is ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. Junior receiver Quindon Lewis also sat out with a shoulder injury. Stark said both are expected to be ready for the SaberCats’ season opener at Edmond Memorial. CARL ALBERT QBS IMPRESS ROSE Rose was impressed with Dickerson and backup quarterback Johnny Bizzell, a junior who threw a touchdown pass with 36.6 seconds left in the quarter scrimmage. But Dickerson was bottled up. Rose said the offensive line needs to show improvement next week. “We’ve got to protect him better,” Rose said. “You can’t throw the football if you’re getting harassed and blitzed. We didn’t pick blitzes up very well. I think our two quarterbacks have a ton of potential. We’ve got some depth issues in the line that concern me.”
High school football: McGuinness coach Justin Jones impressed with physicality in scrimmage with Lawton MacArthurAug 20, 2015
With a physically imposing team, defending Class 5A champion Lawton MacArthur, on the other side of the ball, McGuinness showed that it has a tough side, too.
High school football: McGuinness coach Justin Jones impressed with physicality in scrimmage with Lawton MacArthur
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 20, 2015McGuinness coach Justin Jones knows the first scrimmage of the season will have lots of busted plays, mistakes and miscommunications. So all he asked his team to do on Thursday night was to play physical football — and on that front, the night couldn’t have gone much better for the Irish. With a physically imposing team, defending Class 5A champion Lawton MacArthur, on the other side of the ball, McGuinness showed that it has a tough side, too. The back-and-forth scrimmage involved big plays for both teams, especially early for McGuinness, which had a pair of 60-yard touchdown runs early in the varsity portion of the scrimmage. “I told them I wanted them to play physical football, play as hard as they could,” Jones said. “We had guys at the end of the scrimmage still throwing their bodies around and going hard. That’s what I’m most proud of our guys for tonight.” MACARTHUR’S FIAILOA STAYS BUSY Even though it was a scrimmage, Lawton MacArthur’s 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman T.J. Fiailoa seemed to hardly leave the field. A college prospect with multiple Division I offers, Fiailoa will start at right tackle, but he’ll also see time on the defensive line. On Thursday night, he was working at center with the second-team offense, a move that serves two purposes. Fiailoa is likely an interior lineman at the next level, so it’s good experience for him, and gives him some game tape to show recruiters. But more importantly, the Highlanders are lacking depth on the offensive line, so Fiailoa’s presence is needed. “I joke with our offensive line coach that when he calls for the twos, the first-team guys just change positions,” Lawton Mac coach Brett Manning said. “T.J. is an offensive player 100 percent of the time, but he’s going to get some defensive reps, too. He’s too good an athlete not to use him.” YOUNG MCGUINNESS O-LINE SHOWS TALENT Junior running back Zach Segell went 60 yards for a touchdown on McGuinness’ first snap of the night. With the addition of another junior, Kolby Mendenhall, who moved in from Perry where he was a state champion sprinter, the Irish could have a potent backfield tandem behind a young offensive line. Senior guard Cole Mueggenborg and junior center Emory Winter lead the group that is expected to start sophomores at the tackle spots. “Our offensive line coach, Brian Pierce, has eased them into it and brought them along well,” quarterback Jacob Mullins said. “They’re young, but they’re working well together.” Jones said he was most excited about their pass protection against a strong, fast defensive front Thursday. “They’ve all got really good feet,” Jones said. “They’re long and they can move really well. Those guys are gonna keep getting better.” LAWTON MAC’S LOVE FILLING BIG SHOES Lawton MacArthur has churned out a string of good quarterbacks, most recently with Will Collins, who is an incoming freshman at Louisiana-Monroe. Anthony Love is next in line, and showed the skills to be a dangerous player as he settles into the starting job. A lanky 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior, Love was a threat with his arm and with his feet Thursday night. “We only return three starters, and Anthony is like a whole bunch of kids on our team who just need those reps,” Manning said. “Anthony is smart, he’s a really good kid and he’s trying hard. It’s just gonna take some time. “He has all the tools to be a really good quarterback, and I expect him to be a really good quarterback this year.” By Scott Wright, staff writer
Aug 19, 2015
In a showcase of stellar running backs, Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore.
High school football: Star running backs highlight start of football scrimmages
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma has some talented running backs in the senior class, and over the course of a couple hours Thursday night at Moore Stadium, you can see three of the best in action. Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore. All four teams will participate in the rapid-fire scrimmage portion of the schedule beginning at 4:30 p.m. Half-games will follow junior-varsity action, with Westmoore and Union meeting at 6:45 and Norman North taking on Edmond Santa Fe immediately after. While it’s the most intriguing scrimmage on Thursday’s schedule around the Oklahoma City area, it isn’t the only exciting matchup slated. Class 6A Division II runner-up Lawton will be at Edmond North, and defending 5A champ Lawton MacArthur will visit McGuinness in what could be a preview of an eventual playoff game. Putnam City North will be at Del City, another 5A contender. In the smaller classes, Millwood will host Centennial and Plainview, and Tuttle will get its only scrimmage action of the preseason with a visit from Cache. Tuttle will begin its regular season on Aug. 28 when Davis comes to town. Friday’s scrimmage schedule offers a better variety, including Carl Albert at Southmoore, and four solid small-school teams in action at Casady. The Cyclones will host Kingfisher, John Marshall and Christian Heritage. Here are some notable city-area football scrimmages this week: Thursday Putnam City West at Deer Creek Putnam City North at Del City Lawton at Edmond North Lawton MacArthur at McGuinness Centennial, Plainview at Millwood Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Tulsa Union and Westmoore at Moore Stadium Little Axe at Southeast Cache at Tuttle Friday Crooked Oak, Washington and Holdenville at Bethel Chickasha, Elgin at Blanchard Christian Heritage, Kingfisher, John Marshall at Casady Hennessey at Cashion Western Heights and McLoud at Chandler Clinton at El Reno Meeker, Cushing at Jones Wayne at Lexington Bethany, Harrah at Newcastle Ardmore at Noble Mount St. Mary at OCS Perry at Perkins Enid at Putnam City Carl Albert at Southmoore Norman, Tulsa Edison at Stillwater Choctaw, Shawnee at Tecumseh
Aug 17, 2015
Another Youngstown, Ohio, coach — another Cardinal Mooney graduate — is in the college football crosshairs. And this one is not a Stoops or a Pelini. Tim Beck is Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator and thus will have a major role in not just the Buckeyes’ defense of their 2014 national championship, but the selection of a quarterback. Ohio State is staging a battle royale with J.T. Barrett,...
Another Cardinal Mooney grad in college football crosshairs
Berry Tramel | Aug 17, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3777546[/img] Another Youngstown, Ohio, coach — another Cardinal Mooney graduate — is in the college football crosshairs. And this one is not a Stoops or a Pelini. Tim Beck is Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator and thus will have a major role in not just the Buckeyes’ defense of their 2014 national championship, but the selection of a quarterback. Ohio State is staging a battle royale with J.T. Barrett, who quarterbacked the Buckeyes to much success most of 2014, and Cardale Jones, who carried the mantle the rest of the way after Barrett was injured against Michigan. Jones quarterbacked victories over Wisconsin (Big Ten title game), Alabama (Sugar Bowl) and Oregon (national title game). That derby goes on without Braxton Miller, a former Buckeye star quarterback who has moved to receiver after a shoulder injury derailed his ’14 season. Cardinal Mooney is the school that produced the brothers Stoops and Pelini. Bob, Mike (both now of OU) and Mark (head coach at Kentucky) Stoops. Bo (formerly head coach at Nebraska, now in charge at Youngstown State) and Carl (formerly head coach at Florida Atlantic) Pelini. Beck was on Bo Pelini’s staff at Nebraska in recent years but was washed out when Pelini was fired after last season. Beck surfaced at an even better post. Ohio State football is riding high, and Beck replaces Tom Herman, who got an excellent head coaching job at the University of Houston. “It’s a blessing,” Beck told ESPN of overseeing the nation’s foremost quarterback derby. “But it’s also a curse.” You can read ESPN’s story here. Beck is 49. He’s closer in age to Bo Pelini and Mark Stoops (both 48) than Bob and Mike Stoops, the patriarchs of the Youngstown coaching tree. Beck played two years at Central Florida and graduated from UCF in 1988. He coached two years of high school in Florida and one year at Illinois State before joining the older Stoopses on Bill Snyder’s staff as a graduate assistant in 1991-92. Beck went back to high school football for three years, then joined Missouri State’s staff for three seasons. Then it was back to high school football for six years before Mark Mangino’s Kansas’ staff from 2005-07. Mangino was with Snyder when Beck was there. In 2008, Beck joined Pelini in Lincoln and spent seven years with the Cornhuskers, the last four as offensive coordinator. Now Beck has one of the best assistant jobs in college football. And one of the toughest decisions to make.
On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan.The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather...
OKC Thunder: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching
Anthony Slater, Associated Press | Aug 15, 2015On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan. The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather briefcases. Etched in his memory most, though, is the body language – slumped shoulders amidst a backdrop of dreary, depressing weather. “It’d be February and these guys would be sitting up there on the platform and they’d just look miserable,” Billy says. “No one would look happy. I’m like, I don’t want to do that.” For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice. Those four months in a Lower Manhattan office are nothing more than a footnote in the iconic coach’s illustrious career. But in retrospect, they served as an important sparkplug for his second basketball life. The brief unhappiness bred both an appreciation for what he left behind and an extra boost of hoops passion that turned into one of Donovan’s best assets, paving his path to the Thunder organization. It wasn’t difficult to get his foot in the Wall Street door. Because of basketball, Donovan had a recognizable name and plenty of connections. While playing for the Knicks, Billy was introduced to the father of one of the team’s ball boys. He was starting up a brokerage. When Donovan was done playing, the two connected. The business strategy was simple. The previous few years, Donovan rose to basketball fame in the northeast. Sports fans — better known on Wall Street as prospective clients — knew his story. He was popular. So Billy proved perfect for pushing stock, particularly to Providence alums. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., he spent his days cold-calling strangers. “They give me these stack of cards: ‘Call Joe Smith from this company or whatever it is from Dallas, Texas,’” he said. “And I’m trying to get this guy on the phone. And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m pushing what stock? And what does this stock do? And why is this thing going to do well?’ What drove me nuts was the cold-calling.” For Donovan, it was a world too focused on material things. “It was all about making money,” he says. “Just money, money, money.” Meanwhile, his old life lingered and teased. Every time he entered the office, everyone wanted to talk sports with the former star. His old team, the Knicks, led by his old coach, Rick Pitino, played blocks away. Donovan found himself continually wandering uptown for games after work, watching his old teammates live the life he loved while growing cold about the new life he didn’t. Before Wall Street, Donovan never thought about coaching. But given time to reflect and something to pair it against, he realized he needed to get back in the game. Donovan revealed this desire to Pitino one night after a Knicks game. His old coach told Billy he was crazy. Stick to the business world. You don’t want to coach. “I’m like, ‘Listen, I’m not doing this. I don’t like it,’” Billy said. So Pitino opened up to him. The legendary coach’s employment swaps always had a way of lining up perfectly for Donovan. He showed up at Providence and turned Billy’s college career around. Then he took the Knicks job and gave Billy his one true NBA shot. Now he was planning to leave New York for the recently vacated Kentucky position. The timing, again, couldn’t have worked out better. In May of 1989, for the third time, Pitino tossed Billy a basketball life raft. But it didn’t come attached with an immediate job. Pitino could only make Billy a grad assistant, which came with mandatory grad school. Didn’t matter. Donovan accepted, leaving the financial security of Manhattan for an unpaid gig at the end of a Lexington bench, his start date set just weeks after his wedding. Donovan found a golden opportunity awaiting him at Kentucky, surrounded by the perfect tutors for a driven young coach. While at Providence, he played under a star-studded college staff, including Stu Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, two future NBA head coaches. In Lexington, Pitino flanked himself with another group of gems, including Ralph Willard, Herb Sendek and Tubby Smith. All three would go on to lead power conference teams. Tubby won a national title. At Kentucky, Pitino unofficially assigned him to be Donovan’s mentor. “We took a liking to each other,” Tubby said. “Great listener. Energy was off the charts. He just absorbed everything.” Though Donovan was a grad assistant, Pitino never treated him like one. “I was exposed to everything at a really, really young age,” Donovan said. His early duties included recruiting, advanced scouting, travel planning, player development and film breakdown. “You just couldn’t overwork the guy,” Tubby Smith said. Pitino’s staff took over Kentucky at a vulnerable time. An NCAA scandal rocked the legendary program during the 1988 season. Eddie Sutton was forced to resign after an investigation into improper benefits and academic fraud. Kentucky was hit with hefty penalties, including a two-year postseason ban beginning Pitino’s first year. Despite the obstacles, they quickly pulled Kentucky out of probation and back to national relevance, popularizing an up-tempo style that galvanized the previously frustrated fanbase. The Wildcats made an Elite Eight his third season and a Final Four his fourth. Behind the scenes, Donovan served as an integral part of the rebuild. He related well with the players – including team captain John Pelphrey and future NBA star Jamal Mashburn – serving as a communication bridge between team and staff. He was professional and prepared but still athletically lively, able to construct practice plans and then, at only 25, take part in them. “He was practicing every day,” Pelphrey said. “And he was better than everyone.” Donovan also helped land some of the nation’s top talent. Relying on his personal success story, Billy helped recruit some of the key players for the 1996 national title team, which had three first round picks – Tony Delk, Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty. “(Pitino) turned (Billy) into one of the best 3-point shooters, one of the best point guards in the country,” Tubby Smith said. “Who better to sell Rick Pitino than that guy?” Over the next few years, Billy rapidly rose the ranks. He was a paid assistant by his second season and the lead assistant by his fourth. Travis Ford, a player for those Kentucky teams, marvels at Donovan’s proficiency creating opposing scouting reports. Now the head coach at Oklahoma State, Ford splits that duty between his three assistants. At UK, there was a season Donovan formulated every one. “That’s just unheard of,” Ford said. “Absolutely unheard of.” By Donovan’s mid to late 20’s, it became clear Pitino was grooming him to be a head coach. Jerry Tipton, a Lexington-based sports writer who has covered Kentucky basketball since 1981, remembers Pitino subbing Donovan in for his media duties on multiple occasions. “That wasn’t by accident,” Tipton said. “He wanted him to get used to it.” “Everyone recognized it,” John Pelphrey said. “This guy was a young, bright star in the making. And that wasn’t easy to do. Because there were a lot of stars on that coaching staff.” Marshall sure noticed. In 1994, the program named 28-year-old Billy Donovan the youngest head coach in Division I basketball. Marshall went 9-18 the season before he arrived and 18-9 in his first year. The senior-laden team had talent. It just needed direction. “When you come in and establish a work ethic, you’re going to motivate a lot of guys who realize they don’t have a lot of time left,” Pelphrey said. “You can quickly turn things around. Billy recognized that.” To fill out his staff at Marshall, Donovan went young. Really young. For familiarity, he retained 27-year-old Donnie Jones from the previous regime. To help infuse that frantic Pitino pace, he hired 25-year-old John Pelphrey, the former Kentucky Wildcat. And for recruiting purposes, he plucked 27-year-old Anthony Grant from the talent-rich Miami area. Billy’s unlikely rise to the NBA was largely credited to his extreme dedication. Those soul-sucking four months on Wall Street only strengthened and crystallized his basketball passion. At Marshall, he recognized the benefit of that coaching trait and surrounded himself accordingly, formulating an energetic and hungry staff all within the same age bracket. “We were each other’s best friends,” Pelphrey said. “If you wanted to go to the movies, you could just call someone up. You didn’t have to say, oh, we’ll go next Thursday. It’d be, OK, I’ll see you in 15 minutes.” It translated to a productive work environment. They’d be in the office until 1 a.m. and back at the facility by 6 the next morning, battling each other in competitive pickup games. “Those were some fun times,” Grant said. It was an enthusiasm that seeped into their players and an energy that shined through their team’s transition style. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley took notice. Lon Kruger left for Illinois after the 1996 season and Foley was looking for a coach. Three seasons earlier, the Gators made a surprising Final Four run, but as Foley put it, they’d only experienced “pockets of success.” He wanted to build a consistent winner, a perennial basketball power in a football conference, similar to what Pitino had resurrected at Kentucky. So Foley locked in on his protégé. He flew to Huntington, West Virginia and interviewed Donovan. A few hours later, he flew back to Gainesville certain he found his man. Donovan and his staff of 30 and unders were soon on their way to Florida. ——— ©2015 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002537,t000040342,t000023124,t000002774,t000002622,t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000221300,g000065627,g000065577,g000220964
Aug 15, 2015
Pearson, who is about to embark on his first season as the Pirates’ head coach, remembers getting beat by Putnam City teams that could compete with any in the state. He remembers the legendary players who have worn the orange and black.
The Collected Wisdom of Putnam City football coach Preston Pearson
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 15, 2015WARR ACRES — When Preston Pearson looks around his new home at Putnam City High School, he doesn’t see a football team that’s been struggling to compete with the big boys in Class 6A Division I. He sees a place full of people who want to be champions again. Pearson, who is about to embark on his first season as the Pirates’ head coach, remembers getting beat by Putnam City teams that could compete with any in the state. He remembers the legendary players who have worn the orange and black. And Pearson comes to Putnam City with a championship model that he has developed over 25 years in coaching, the last 15 at Broken Arrow and Tulsa Union. A father of three boys, his youngest son, Kyler, will be an eighth-grader in the PC school district, and Pearson wants to build a program his son will one day be proud to play for. I graduated from Broken Arrow High School, then got a chance to play for Larry Kramer at Emporia State in his first year, and he started a lot of freshmen. So I started all four years there. We went to the national playoffs for the first time in school history. My wife, Lana, was from a small town nearby in Kansas, and when I got done playing at Emporia, they asked me if I’d come coach with them. So I went to Chapparal High School, a small, rural community, and spent 10 years there, eight as an offensive coordinator and two as a head coach. I loved the atmosphere at that school. It was a small town, people parking around the field with their lights shining on the field. You had to chalk the field yourself. It was grassroots. A great experience. Plus, I love to hunt and fish, so I was in a great place for that. Rick Jones called me after they’d had a rough year at Broken Arrow, and asked if I wanted to come home. I had to convince my wife, because she was at home, but I told her it was time for me to get to go home. My wife taught for 25 years and this will be her first year not teaching. She taught our sons their first year for kindergarten, and I taught our first two sons their senior year. Who knows, I may get to teach our youngest son when he gets to be a senior here at Putnam City. My oldest son, Kale, was the starting quarterback at Air Force. He’s still at the Academy as a graduate assistant, helping coach quarterbacks. Going through the Air Force Academy was a grueling experience for him. It challenged his character, his will, his drive. Anybody who’s got a son or daughter who has gone to a military academy knows it’s not your typical college. I’m so in awe of what those students go through. They put you to the test. Then to be a Division I athlete on top of that — no sleep, just study, study, study. It’s very rewarding in the end, but you pay a heavy price to get there. My middle son, Kaylor, is playing baseball at Butler County Community College in Kansas, and I’ve got an eighth-grader, Kyler, who is bleeding black and orange now. That little guy ran through the teepee at Union for seven or eight years. He led our Redskins out of that tunnel for a long time. He wasn’t sure about this at first, but now, he’s drinking the Kool-aid. Every idea I have as a coach is borrowed or stolen, and I’m not afraid to say that. I’ve been at some good places, and the things that both of those schools have done, I’m trying to implement all the stuff I really like here. Those two places gave me a wealth of information on how to build a practice schedule, how to practice, how to be structured, how to do the little things right. In the end, when the little things start getting overlooked, they turn into giant things on Friday night, so we’re trying to do all the little things right. As little as picking up trash in the locker room. If you see something that needs done, we want you to do it without being told to do it. That’s the type of kid we’re trying to build. Someone who’s responsible, who we can count on. Someone who’s getting it done in the classroom. At Broken Arrow and Union, we learned that the kids who were getting it done in the classroom would be there on Friday night. It was the kids who were kind of iffy in the classroom and missing school — on Friday night, they’ll get you beat. Because I was at Union the last few years, people think everything I’m bringing is from Union, but I learned a lot at Broken Arrow under Rick Jones. Rick Jones is a great football coach, as is Kirk Fridrich at Union. I was the assistant head coach for Brent Whitson at Broken Arrow for a short time, and he taught me a lot. He’s down in Texas, at South Grand Prairie, just tearing it up. I’ve been fortunate to work for three extremely good coaches over a 15-year period to learn from and watch. The structure, the organization, the mentorship — just living like a champion. That’s something that came from Union. If you become champions first, you have a chance to win championships later. You don’t win the game and become a champion. You’ve got to be a champion to have an opportunity to win championships. Jenks and Union, they were already champions, and that gives them the opportunity to win that championship trophy. I was the offensive coordinator at Broken Arrow awhile back and Putnam City came over there and knocked us out of the playoffs in the second round. I went back and watched it on film and by far, they were the best team on this side of the state. I went to Union and we played Putnam City again in the playoffs, and it was a pretty good game. We scored a couple touchdowns late to separate ourselves. But I went back and watched the film again and saw just how good they were. I started thinking about it back then, that if something ever happened at Putnam City, that might be a place I’d be interested in coaching. I’ve had many opportunities to leave, but I’ve been at great places and I didn’t want to take a head coaching job just to take one. I was a head coach in Kansas, so I had done that. I wanted to win, win, win and soak it all in. Then if it was the right place and the right time, I’d go. Putnam City is a team that has historically competed with the best in 6A. This place has won, will win, wants to win. It was just perfect.
Aug 15, 2015
For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice.
OKC Thunder: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching
BY ANTHONY SLATER | Aug 15, 2015On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan. The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather briefcases. Etched in his memory most, though, is the body language – slumped shoulders amidst a backdrop of dreary, depressing weather. “It’d be February and these guys would be sitting up there on the platform and they’d just look miserable,” Billy says. “No one would look happy. I’m like, I don’t want to do that.” For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice. Those four months in a Lower Manhattan office are nothing more than a footnote in the iconic coach’s illustrious career. But in retrospect, they served as an important sparkplug for his second basketball life. The brief unhappiness bred both an appreciation for what he left behind and an extra boost of hoops passion that turned into one of Donovan’s best assets, paving his path to the Thunder organization. It wasn’t difficult to get his foot in the Wall Street door. Because of basketball, Donovan had a recognizable name and plenty of connections. While playing for the Knicks, Billy was introduced to the father of one of the team’s ball boys. He was starting up a brokerage. When Donovan was done playing, the two connected. The business strategy was simple. The previous few years, Donovan rose to basketball fame in the northeast. Sports fans — better known on Wall Street as prospective clients — knew his story. He was popular. So Billy proved perfect for pushing stock, particularly to Providence alums. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., he spent his days cold-calling strangers. “They give me these stack of cards: ‘Call Joe Smith from this company or whatever it is from Dallas, Texas,’” he said. “And I’m trying to get this guy on the phone. And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m pushing what stock? And what does this stock do? And why is this thing going to do well?’ What drove me nuts was the cold-calling.” For Donovan, it was a world too focused on material things. “It was all about making money,” he says. “Just money, money, money.” Meanwhile, his old life lingered and teased. Every time he entered the office, everyone wanted to talk sports with the former star. His old team, the Knicks, led by his old coach, Rick Pitino, played blocks away. Donovan found himself continually wandering uptown for games after work, watching his old teammates live the life he loved while growing cold about the new life he didn’t. Before Wall Street, Donovan never thought about coaching. But given time to reflect and something to pair it against, he realized he needed to get back in the game. Donovan revealed this desire to Pitino one night after a Knicks game. His old coach told Billy he was crazy. Stick to the business world. You don’t want to coach. “I’m like, ‘Listen, I’m not doing this. I don’t like it,’” Billy said. So Pitino opened up to him. The legendary coach’s employment swaps always had a way of lining up perfectly for Donovan. He showed up at Providence and turned Billy’s college career around. Then he took the Knicks job and gave Billy his one true NBA shot. Now he was planning to leave New York for the recently vacated Kentucky position. The timing, again, couldn’t have worked out better. In May of 1989, for the third time, Pitino tossed Billy a basketball life raft. But it didn’t come attached with an immediate job. Pitino could only make Billy a grad assistant, which came with mandatory grad school. Didn’t matter. Donovan accepted, leaving the financial security of Manhattan for an unpaid gig at the end of a Lexington bench, his start date set just weeks after his wedding. Donovan found a golden opportunity awaiting him at Kentucky, surrounded by the perfect tutors for a driven young coach. While at Providence, he played under a star-studded college staff, including Stu Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, two future NBA head coaches. In Lexington, Pitino flanked himself with another group of gems, including Ralph Willard, Herb Sendek and Tubby Smith. All three would go on to lead power conference teams. Tubby won a national title. At Kentucky, Pitino unofficially assigned him to be Donovan’s mentor. “We took a liking to each other,” Tubby said. “Great listener. Energy was off the charts. He just absorbed everything.” Though Donovan was a grad assistant, Pitino never treated him like one. “I was exposed to everything at a really, really young age,” Donovan said. More Donovan series from NewsOK Part 1: Donovan honed his game, made his name in the toughest of basketball environments Part 2: A boy and a dream: How Billy Donovan's childhood goal turned him into a legendary ballplayer Looking back on Billy Donovan's brief NBA career His early duties included recruiting, advanced scouting, travel planning, player development and film breakdown. “You just couldn’t overwork the guy,” Tubby Smith said. Pitino’s staff took over Kentucky at a vulnerable time. An NCAA scandal rocked the legendary program during the 1988 season. Eddie Sutton was forced to resign after an investigation into improper benefits and academic fraud. Kentucky was hit with hefty penalties, including a two-year postseason ban beginning Pitino’s first year. Despite the obstacles, they quickly pulled Kentucky out of probation and back to national relevance, popularizing an up-tempo style that galvanized the previously frustrated fanbase. The Wildcats made an Elite Eight his third season and a Final Four his fourth. Behind the scenes, Donovan served as an integral part of the rebuild. He related well with the players – including team captain John Pelphrey and future NBA star Jamal Mashburn – serving as a communication bridge between team and staff. He was professional and prepared but still athletically lively, able to construct practice plans and then, at only 25, take part in them. “He was practicing every day,” Pelphrey said. “And he was better than everyone.” Donovan also helped land some of the nation’s top talent. Relying on his personal success story, Billy helped recruit some of the key players for the 1996 national title team, which had three first round picks – Tony Delk, Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty. “(Pitino) turned (Billy) into one of the best 3-point shooters, one of the best point guards in the country,” Tubby Smith said. “Who better to sell Rick Pitino than that guy?” Over the next few years, Billy rapidly rose the ranks. He was a paid assistant by his second season and the lead assistant by his fourth. Travis Ford, a player for those Kentucky teams, marvels at Donovan’s proficiency creating opposing scouting reports. Now the head coach at Oklahoma State, Ford splits that duty between his three assistants. At UK, there was a season Donovan formulated every one. “That’s just unheard of,” Ford said. “Absolutely unheard of.” By Donovan’s mid to late 20’s, it became clear Pitino was grooming him to be a head coach. Jerry Tipton, a Lexington-based sports writer who has covered Kentucky basketball since 1981, remembers Pitino subbing Donovan in for his media duties on multiple occasions. “That wasn’t by accident,” Tipton said. “He wanted him to get used to it.” “Everyone recognized it,” John Pelphrey said. “This guy was a young, bright star in the making. And that wasn’t easy to do. Because there were a lot of stars on that coaching staff.” Marshall sure noticed. In 1994, the program named 28-year-old Billy Donovan the youngest head coach in Division I basketball. Marshall went 9-18 the season before he arrived and 18-9 in his first year. The senior-laden team had talent. It just needed direction. “When you come in and establish a work ethic, you’re going to motivate a lot of guys who realize they don’t have a lot of time left,” Pelphrey said. “You can quickly turn things around. Billy recognized that.” To fill out his staff at Marshall, Donovan went young. Really young. For familiarity, he retained 27-year-old Donnie Jones from the previous regime. To help infuse that frantic Pitino pace, he hired 25-year-old John Pelphrey, the former Kentucky Wildcat. And for recruiting purposes, he plucked 27-year-old Anthony Grant from the talent-rich Miami area. Billy’s unlikely rise to the NBA was largely credited to his extreme dedication. Those soul-sucking four months on Wall Street only strengthened and crystallized his basketball passion. At Marshall, he recognized the benefit of that coaching trait and surrounded himself accordingly, formulating an energetic and hungry staff all within the same age bracket. “We were each other’s best friends,” Pelphrey said. “If you wanted to go to the movies, you could just call someone up. You didn’t have to say, oh, we’ll go next Thursday. It’d be, OK, I’ll see you in 15 minutes.” It translated to a productive work environment. They’d be in the office until 1 a.m. and back at the facility by 6 the next morning, battling each other in competitive pickup games. “Those were some fun times,” Grant said. It was an enthusiasm that seeped into their players and an energy that shined through their team’s transition style. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley took notice. Lon Kruger left for Illinois after the 1996 season and Foley was looking for a coach. Three seasons earlier, the Gators made a surprising Final Four run, but as Foley put it, they’d only experienced “pockets of success.” He wanted to build a consistent winner, a perennial basketball power in a football conference, similar to what Pitino had resurrected at Kentucky. So Foley locked in on his protégé. He flew to Huntington, West Virginia and interviewed Donovan. A few hours later, he flew back to Gainesville certain he found his man. Donovan and his staff of 30 and unders were soon on their way to Florida.
Aug 13, 2015
It was the second touchdown catch last fall against Deer Creek that McGuinness’ Rubell Goe sent a message to the outside world. A third straight fade route from the 25-yard line in overtime, Goe came down with the pass from backup quarterback Clay Morris for his second score of the night. The Irish lost the game in triple-overtime, but it was clear Goe was going to be special, even if he was a...
High school football: McGuinness' Rubell Goe becoming dangerous receiver
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 13, 2015It was the second touchdown catch last fall against Deer Creek that McGuinness’ Rubell Goe sent a message to the outside world. A third straight fade route from the 25-yard line in overtime, Goe came down with the pass from backup quarterback Clay Morris for his second score of the night. The Irish lost the game in triple-overtime, but it was clear Goe was going to be special, even if he was a sophomore at the time. Goe has now started to capitalize on his skills with multiple Division I programs showing interest and the focus of the offense turning his way. “We knew that he could be special and we started telling him that now it’s about the little things,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “He’s got that skill level, now can you refine it and be one of the better guys in the state? That’s what we told him. "Don’t just be good enough to be the best McGuinness receiver. Be the best receiver in the state and once he accomplishes that we’ll start working to the national level.” Goe, who is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, caught 36 passes for 605 yards and 10 touchdowns last season despite playing a somewhat limited role as an inside receiver. That certainly won’t be the case this year. He’s moving to an outside spot where quarterback Jacob Mullins can connect with him more often to open things up for talented junior running back Zach Segell, who rushed for 1,130 yards and 12 TDs last season. “We have good chemistry together, we know each other really well,” Goe said. “Our quarterback’s a throwing quarterback. We haven’t had one of those in a while, so him just being able to throw and our running backs open up things for us. I think it just opens up things for me and the other receivers. Goe said basketball was his first love and he didn’t play football until the sixth grade. It was then he realized how much he enjoyed the sport. It didn’t take long for him to prove why. “He’s got some pure athleticism and speed,” Jones said. “He’s long already. He’s a big physical receiver. It makes him a prototype college guy.” Goe is the type of player who can change things for McGuinness, which finished fourth in District 5A-2 last season. He certainly knows that, as do McGuinness’ opponents. “I want to succeed badly,” Goe said. “I think with the people helping me I can really get there. I just expect big things.”
Aug 8, 2015
Habern retired from football before his senior season, but was back at Big 12 Media Days last month as a representative of the College Football Playoff, where he interned last year and is now a full-time staffer.
Collected Wisdom with former Sooner and current College Football Playoff staffer Ben Habern
By Jason Kersey Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 8, 2015Ben Habern Former OU center, College Football Playoff staffer Age: 26 Residence: Irving, Texas Ben Habern admits now that Big 12 Media Days in 2012 were a little strange. He was entering his senior season of college football at OU and expected to return from neck surgery. Even as he told reporters in Dallas that he was ready to go, he had doubts in the back of his mind because his spine was still in a lot of pain. Habern retired from football a little over a week later, but was back at Big 12 Media Days last month as a representative of the College Football Playoff, where he interned last year and is now a full-time staffer. Habern came to OU from Argyle, Texas and played high school ball at Liberty Christian. He played some as a true freshman in 2008 — when OU lost to Florida in the BCS National Championship Game — before a foot injury forced him to take a medical redshirt, then started 30 games over the next three years. Habern is part of a long string of OU football centers who are smart, cerebral and good speakers. That list includes Bubba Burcham, Vince Carter, Jon Cooper and Gabe Ikard, and continues today with senior Ty Darlington. I grew up playing baseball my whole life. I guess the thing that stands out is that as I got older, I progressively got worse at baseball, as I just got bigger and bigger. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t as good at baseball. I loved football. I had two older brothers who played football. I remember watching them play all throughout high school and knew that’s what I wanted to do, so I started playing football in seventh grade. It just came natural to me. I was a big kid who was strong and explosive, and as I grew into my body, I became more athletic. Sports was a huge part of my life, but baseball wasn’t the thing for me. I played some my freshman year and started my sophomore year, and that was when I really started growing into my body and was becoming a little more athletic. As a sophomore, I was 6-2 or 6-3 and about 280. I remember doing sprints and things like that in practice, and I would keep up with some of our receivers. I started thinking, “Well, maybe I am pretty good and have a shot at this.” That’s when I started getting more focused on my training and making sure I was eating right, those types of things. I think it was my third game junior year when I was offered by OU, and that’s when it really sank in. Then some other offers came in. I committed in April before my senior year. I grew up an OU fan. It was the school I wanted to go to. Even if I didn’t play football, I probably would’ve just gone there for school. In the back of my mind, it was always OU. My dad’s got family in Oklahoma. We’ve got ties there. That’s why when I was growing up, five, six, seven years old, it was OU football. It was always on. The early workouts that first summer were terrible. I remember calling my dad from my dorm room after the first one and saying, “I don’t know if I can do this.” I barely made it through the workout. It was one of those things where you have to grit your teeth a little bit, keep your head down, and then every day got a little bit easier. It was still extremely hard, but you got into that transition, meeting your teammates, becoming friends with them. That’s one thing that helped all of us get through it was just the bond between your teammates and all the good times in the locker room. Those were the positives that would help you get through. That first year was incredible. Going from a small little private high school in Texas, where I graduated with 60 kids, and then on to playing in front of 85,000 people and playing for the national championship, it was a pretty incredible experience. We had a shot. We were in the red zone a couple of times in the first half and weren’t able to get the ball in the end zone. Coming down to Media Days in 2012, retiring from football was on my mind. And to be honest, it was in my mind all throughout summer camp. There was some pain that I was dealing with, and I had tweaked my back again, so it was one of those things where, I was just kind of like, ”I’m gonna push it as far as I can and see if I really wanna do this or not,” At media day, I remember answering questions and saying, “Yeah, I feel healthy, I’m ready to get going, I’m excited,” and then a few days after that, when camp was about to start, I just had a change of heart. I just didn’t feel ready and knew that I had a long life ahead of me. I didn’t want to risk it. It was a little odd coming in here and thinking that I might not be playing. It was really, really difficult. I was a senior. A lot of my teammates were guys I’d played with two, three, four years, and we were entering the season ranked high. We had a lot of returning starters, Landry (Jones) was back. There were a lot of times when I would waver back and forth, but in the end, I was 22-years old and knew I had a long life ahead of me. I was cleared to play, but just didn’t feel like it was right. That season was hard. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted to stay in college sports; that was something I was really passionate about. I was given the title of student coach, so I sat in on some coaching meetings and would try to invest there a little bit. Nothing against college football coaches; it just wasn’t the lifestyle I wanted to live. I know there’s a lot of recruiting they have to do and a lot of long hours. Then I started thinking maybe I’d be more interested in the administrative or business side of college sports. It is a little odd that there has been this string of guys like that at center for OU, but I think it’s a little bit the nature of the position. Even before me, there were guys like Jon Cooper, Vince Carter and Bubba Burcham. You are looked at as the leader of the offensive line and you’re looked at as the one who is supposed to communicate the signals and the calls, and checking pass protections, those types of things. You have to be a very effective communicator, and you have to be a good leader. It is expected of you. I was able to sit back and watch Jon Cooper do it his senior year. I learned a ton from him. I guess you just kinda put an extra weight on your shoulder and know that this is how you have to do it, and this is expected of you. I remember having meetings with Coach (James) Patton, and he told me, “You’re expected to be a leader on this team. A lot of responsibilities come with that.” After the 2012 season, I decided to go back to school and get my master’s degree at OU and became a graduate assistant there. I just graduated last semester with a degree from the college of education, with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic administration. I was working as a graduate assistant at OU in the licensing office. I had gone to an NCAA career in sports forum in Indianapolis, and met a few people there. Some guy created a Facebook group for all the participants. One day he posted the application for the College Football Playoff internship on there, and at the time, I just thought, “Well, I guess I’ll give it a shot.” I talked to Joe Castiglione and Kenny Mossman. They helped me put my resume and everything together. It just ended up working out. I got an internship there and moved down to Dallas last July, and now I’m working full time for them. I’m on the more marketing and sales side of the Playoff. I help sell sponsorship for the national championship game and then some of the premium ticketing and hospitality for corporations that come in and want to entertain some of their clients. It has been a learning experience. There’s a lot of logistical things that I’ve had to learn and tried to get better at. The staff there is incredible. I’m learning from some of the great people in college sports and people who have great track records. Now that I’m here full time, I can put some roots down and get some really good experience for the next few years.
“LAWSUIT: A MACHINE which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage.”– Ambrose BierceWE surely hope to see you at the Boys and Girls Club rummage sale Saturday, 724 E. HarrisStreet, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.FRIDAYS AFTER 5, Kilgore Main Street’s summer series of free concerts, comes to a close this week with George Faber Jr. and Friends.A KILGORE native, George is director of performing arts for...
Kilgore News Herald, Texas, Bill Woodall column
Bill Woodall, Associated Press | Aug 5, 2015“LAWSUIT: A MACHINE which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage.” – Ambrose Bierce WE surely hope to see you at the Boys and Girls Club rummage sale Saturday, 724 E. Harris Street, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. FRIDAYS AFTER 5, Kilgore Main Street’s summer series of free concerts, comes to a close this week with George Faber Jr. and Friends. A KILGORE native, George is director of performing arts for Tyler school district and he knows a LOT of fine musicians – several of them will be with him Friday at the World’s Richest Acre Park. The music starts at 8 p.m. WE DON’T know if Winnsboro high school has ever won a Texas state football championship – but they’re eager for the season to start. ACCORDING to UIL rules, high school football teams this year weren’t allowed to start practicing for the upcoming season until August 1. So at 12:01 a.m. on that date – a minute after midnight last Friday night/Saturday morning, the Winnsboro Red Raiders were on the field. THAT is Texas high school football. WE saw you buying school supplies Saturday, throwing away about 8 percent of all you spent. HAD you but waited until this weekend, all school supply purchases would be exempt from sales tax. But, hey, it’s your money. FOR the rest of you, sales tax free weekend is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For a list of supplies and apparel exempted from sales tax, visit TexasTaxHoliday.org. MARCUS Thornton was born in Baton Rouge and came to Kilgore College Rangers from Louisiana. Here was named a junior college all-American before he went back to Baton Rouge to play basketball at LSU There, in 2009, he was the SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Today he’s a shooting guard for the Houston Rockets. RECOGNIZING his talent, Mayor Ronnie Spradlin will proclaim August 29 to be Marcus Thornton Day in Kilgore. • welcometokilgore.com •THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS include: August 5 - Micah Thurston, Dana Wright, Donna Cooley, Kathy Barham, Ledell Carpenter, Ray Patterson, Della Coleman, Eric Jerome Ector, Jordan Anne Gabriel, Joseph P. Adams, Jason Luis, Laure Clark, Kyle Beale, Sharon Patterson, Jana Gae Walker, Gary Hales, James Dykes, Ann Patterson, Lovella Williams, Daniel Morris, Rhonda Pierce, Joyce Ann Dickey August 6 - David Frankenhoff, Susie Stracener, Ruth Lomax, Virginia Belcher, Dallas Rodgers, Eric Smith, Brenda K. Ivy, Noma Horton, Larry Cain, Earl Petty, Jerry Bynum, Charles Howard, Nancy Williams, Joyce Ann Dickey, C.H. Tims, Kera Brown, Ricky Watson, Traci Lynn Portley, Chris Burkett, Robert Watson, Angela Morgan, Janet Clayton, Steve Brown, Ty Sharp, Debbie Reese, William Carl Bryant, Joe Suriano, Kyler Little August 7 - Bonne Hart, Angela Hearne, Gregory Guinn, Kathryn Maxwell, Tamara Lynn Talley, Janette Jones, Jason Dean Henson, Samantha Rae Morrow, Martha Swaim, Donald Cox, Randy Hinton, Carol Stetson, Mike Anthony, Trey Copeland, W.E. “Gene” Whitworth, Billie VanMeter, Denise Croley THIS WEEK'S ANNIVERSARIES include: August 7 - Donna and Ross McFarland, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brantley, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. McDonald ——— ©2015 the Kilgore News Herald (Kilgore, Texas) Visit the Kilgore News Herald (Kilgore, Texas) at www.kilgorenewsherald.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002537,t000002953,t000003007,t000032269,t000032262,t000184365,t000181361,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065606
Aug 5, 2015
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — As Saints quarterback Drew Brees rolled away from pressure, Mark Ingram raced out of the backfield and toward the left sideline, where he nimbly made a tough, twisting catch on a throw over his back shoulder.His father, former NFL receiver Mark Ingram Sr., might have enjoyed that play, even if it was only in training camp. The younger Ingram, now entering his...
Saints' Ingram angling for expanded role in passing game
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | Aug 5, 2015WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — As Saints quarterback Drew Brees rolled away from pressure, Mark Ingram raced out of the backfield and toward the left sideline, where he nimbly made a tough, twisting catch on a throw over his back shoulder. His father, former NFL receiver Mark Ingram Sr., might have enjoyed that play, even if it was only in training camp. The younger Ingram, now entering his fifth NFL season, hopes he'll be able to show off more of his receiving pedigree when it matters. "I've always wanted to do that since my first day here. I've always believed in myself that I could contribute in the passing game, coming out of the backfield, running routes," Ingram said after practice Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to that, hopefully expanding that role." Given some personnel changes in New Orleans this offseason, Ingram could get his wish. The Saints released Pierre Thomas, among the club's most productive receivers out of the backfield, particularly on screen passes. Last season, Thomas led all Saints running backs — and was fifth on the club overall — with 45 receptions for 378 yards. Ingram, whose maiden Pro Bowl nod came largely because of his 964 yards rushing, was third in receiving among Saints running backs last season with 29 catches for 145 yards. During 11-on-11 drills in full pads Wednesday, Ingram caught a couple passes from Brees and another from backup Ryan Griffin. Sean Payton said it's difficult to discern a resemblance between the way the younger Ingram catches the ball and how his father did it, largely because they've played different positions. Yet Payton stressed, "Mark has that versatility, though, where we feel like he absolutely is someone who can help us not only in the running game but in the passing game." Fellow Saints running back C.J. Spiller, acquired this offseason, also is expected to be involved in the passing game, an area in which he thrived in Buffalo. Still, Ingram believes he has the tools — even the resume tape — to push for more opportunities as well. When Ingram was young, his father worked with him on his receiving skills and technique, and the younger Ingram played receiver in high school in Michigan. After Ingram converted to running back at Alabama, he became the vaunted football program's first Heisman Trophy winner partly because of his ability to turn short passes into sizeable gains. Ingram is quick to point out that one of his favorite highlights of his college career came on a screen pass, in the second quarter of the 2009 SEC championship game. After catching the pass at Alabama's 25, Ingram accelerated rapidly, splitting two Florida tacklers at the 40, then cutting behind a block as he scampered across midfield. He slipped one more tackler before being pushed out of bounds at the Gators 3-yard line. He finished that season with 32 catches for 334 yards and three TDs receiving. In a 2010 game against Mississippi State, Ingram lined up wide on the right side, caught a bubble screen as he cut inside of a block by Julio Jones, and raced away from pursuers for an 80-yard score. "I've been doing it," Ingram said of his ability to make plays as a receiver. "I've just been waiting on my opportunity where I can do it here." Notes: Safety Jairus Byrd, trying to come back from knee surgery that sidelined him most of last season, remained absent with an undisclosed ailment that has sidelined him all six days of practice at training camp. "He is progressing well," Payton said. "I think sooner than later we are going to get a chance to see him, and at the same time we are going to be smart." Asked if Byrd's absence related to the safety's surgically repaired knee, Payton said, "Next question." ... Other absences from the padded practice session included inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and tight end Josh Hill. Cornerback Keenan Lewis left during practice, as did receiver Brandon Coleman. Payton generally declines to discuss injuries during preseason, when the NFL does not require injury reports. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Norm Hitzges was an out-of-work TV sportscaster when KERA-FM (90.1) offered him $15 for an hour of Saturday morning radio airtime back in August 1975. Hitzges grabbed the money and on April 9 was off and running on what has become an unparalleled sports-talk run along the Dallas-Fort Worth radio dial. As if anyone needs to be told, at 71, he’s still going strong as the mid-morning host on...
The Dallas Morning News Barry Horn column
Barry Horn, Associated Press | Jul 31, 2015Norm Hitzges was an out-of-work TV sportscaster when KERA-FM (90.1) offered him $15 for an hour of Saturday morning radio airtime back in August 1975. Hitzges grabbed the money and on April 9 was off and running on what has become an unparalleled sports-talk run along the Dallas-Fort Worth radio dial. As if anyone needs to be told, at 71, he’s still going strong as the mid-morning host on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket. In honor of Norm’s upcoming 40th anniversary on radio, here’s our first “40 for 40.” Best guest: Don Nelson. He always tried to be entertaining and funny. And, if you listened closely, he told you important things. One day I was pressing him about who the Mavericks might draft that night. He was very coy but as we said goodbye he said, "Auf Wiedershehen." That night German teenager Dirk Nowitzki became a Maverick. Worst guest: Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. Just a few minutes before he was to go on the air he suggested he should get paid. I was stunned, politely declined and went to "open lines." Busiest year: In 1990, I was an ESPN baseball game analyst every Tuesday and Friday night and doing the morning show every day on KLIF from 5:30-9 a.m. I believe I worked in 23 parks that season. Weirdest thing that ever happened during a show: While doing an early morning show at Fenway Park, I accidentally set off the fire alarm. Within minutes, lots of guys in fire suits arrived and looked at me, certain I was a knucklehead. Best talk show host ever: Johnny Carson on TV. On radio, probably Larry King – great brain. Guest I’ve never been able to book: Either of the Rangers owners – Ray Davis or Bob Simpson. And, yes, we have asked. Favorite caller: Leon Simon, the barber. He became my friend and then co-host for a while. Worst-ever remote location: Outside a Texaco Mini-Mart at Northwest Highway and Abrams during rush hour with the traffic zooming past. And then the skies opened and poured down rain. Best Norm Hitzges imitation: Toss up between George Dunham and Gordon Keith. But Gordon has me saying much weirder things. Twitter or Cyber Dust: Yellow pad and flip phone. If I could attend only one more sporting event it would be: Game 7 of a Rangers World Series win. Favorite play-by-play voice: Four aces – Pat Summerall, Brad Sham, Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz. And I already miss Ralph Strangis. Favorite analyst: Howard Cosell, who broke ground for so many of us. Right now it's Troy Aikman. I learn something every time I listen to him. Vin Scully is truly one of a kind. Greatest career influence: Former local CBS news anchor and news director Eddie Barker who took a raw kid with a big nose, unusual voice and less-than-ideal hair and gave him his first TV reporting job in January 1972. Ever offered a network radio job: No, thank heavens. I might have actually taken it and left an area I've come to love very much. Last job before getting into TV-radio: Teaching journalism at San Antonio MacArthur High School. Best DFW athlete ever watched: Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson. Favorite sport: To announce it would be baseball. To watch on TV it's the NFL. To attend it's horse racing. Least favorite sport: That's easy -- boxing. Favorite racehorse: A cheap claimer named Steal Me Blind who won at huge odds at New Orleans Fairgrounds one day. He paid a huge price creating a very nice payday for my father Edgar and myself. It may have been the first time he'd smiled in the weeks and months since the death of my mom, Lillian, who'd been his wife and racing partner for decades. Sporting event never attended but would like to: Il Palio, a horse race held twice a year around the city square in Siena, Italy. It’s a huge spectacle. Did you think you would ever see another Triple Crown winner in your lifetime: No. Then I saw American Pharoah run with his hooves barely touching the racing surface. Sport most proficient in: Amateur, impromptu hot dog eating contests in ballparks. First time ever on radio: Did play-by-play of a Sul Ross State football games while I worked there as a teacher during the 1967-68 school year. Self-review of first radio talk show: It remains a blur. I was very nervous. I know I talked too fast, which makes my voice get even an octave higher and makes me sound squeakier. It must have been a joy to listen to. Number of times called into a talk show: Not once. Usual work attire: Sweat pants or shorts, a sometimes-color-coordinated T-shirt and sandals. When you dress in the dark in the early morning it's not always pretty. Most unusual idiosyncrasy: I'm anal about always trying to use a few minutes of time to do something, no matter how small that something might be. Initial reaction in 2000 when management informed I was moving to the Ticket: I didn't want to go. I was happy at KLIF. Last book read: God As He Longs For You To See Him by Chip Ingram. Best series on home DVR: House of Cards. The perfect Saturday night: The 3 M's -- Merlot, movie and (wife) Mary. For my last wedding anniversary: We planned our next journey to some place she'd always wanted to go --Tuscany. Best movie of 1939, Wizard of Oz, Mister Smith Goes to Washington or Gone With The Wind: Gone With The Wind. John Wayne, Jack Nicholson or Tom Hanks: Hanks by a nostril hair over Nicholson. Favorite all-time pro wrestler: The late Angel of Death, who was my friend. Next birthday wish: Another birthday. How many more years I have remaining on the air: How many more years do I have left? Message to listeners: I hope I always deserve you. Adios Ortegel: At least for now Bob Ortegel, who brought smarts and grace to every Mavericks broadcast with which he ever was associated, announced this week he will not be back for the 2015-16 season. Ortegel, 74, said he made his impromptu decision when he couldn’t sleep at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. He said he was up thinking about the great coaches he calls friends who have died, including Dean Smith, who passed earlier this year. In a conversation Friday, Ortegel emphasized he was not using the word “retiring” to describe his situation. “I’m taking the year off and I have no idea what will happen after that,” he said. Ortegel debuted as the Mavericks television analyst Nov. 26, 1988 on the cable network then known as HSE. He was hired to work alongside Allen Stone as a replacement for Bob Weiss, who had abruptly left to become assistant coach of the Orlando Magic. Ortegel broadcast Mavericks games on TV and radio until February 2011, when he was bounced from his television seat by owner Mark Cuban, who was looking to “refresh” the product. Ortegel joined Fox Sports Southwest’s Mavericks’ studio 10 months later. He called games worked by all nine Mavericks coaches. Ortegel coached college basketball for 18 seasons before sliding into a TV analyst seat on Missouri Valley Conference basketball in 1982. He worked alongside Ray Scott, better known nationally for his NFL work. Said Mark Followill, who worked alongside Ortegel for six seasons on Mavericks television and is 30 years his junior: “He has been a mentor on life, basketball and broadcasting. He is a friend who was always welcoming, nurturing and teaching, which must have come from his years coaching.” Talking Cowboys The team’s preseason television schedule belongs to KTVT (Channel 11). The station will air the four games with Bill Jones, Babe Laufenberg and Keith Russell behind the mikes. The Blue-White scrimmage on Aug. 9, which also will attract a lot of eyeballs to watch grown men run around in shorts, will be on sister station KTXA (Channel 21). Bryan Broaddus replaces Laufenberg alongside Brad Sham on the radio. Meanwhile ESPN decided that the 90 minutes it planned to allot for Tuesday’s training camp special with the Cowboys couldn’t possibly be enough. It has decided to expand to two hours beginning at 6 p.m. Kenny Mayne, John Gruden and Darren Woodson will serve as tour guides. And Fox Sports Southwest has a daily 15-minute training camp wrap at 10:30 p.m. or after Rangers’ post-game shows. Sham, Mickey Spagnola and Lindsay Cash cover the news of the day. Numbers game 3.0 and 1.4: Monday’s Dallas-Fort Worth ratings for Rangers 6-2 loss at home to the Yankees on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN, who shared the game. 2.3: Tuesday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Fox Sports 1. 3.5: Wednesday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 5-2 win over the Yankees on FSSW. 3.9: Thursday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 7-6 win over the Yankees on FSSW. On Twitter: @bhorn55 ——— ©2015 The Dallas Morning News Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002537,t000040350,t000002664,t000002672,t000003183,t000381949,t000002674,t000002409,t000002437
Jul 26, 2015
Tickets for all home games are available: Sept. 5 vs. Akron; Sept. 19 vs. Tulsa; Oct. 3 vs. West Virginia; Oct. 24 vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 7 vs. Iowa State; and Nov. 21 vs. TCU.
Oklahoma scene: OU single-game football tickets on sale Monday
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Jul 26, 2015A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2015 Oklahoma home football season will go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday. The tickets were originally reserved for opponents and returned to OU after going unclaimed. Tickets for all home games are available: Sept. 5 vs. Akron; Sept. 19 vs. Tulsa; Oct. 3 vs. West Virginia; Oct. 24 vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 7 vs. Iowa State; and Nov. 21 vs. TCU. Fans can purchase tickets online at SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU athletics ticket office at (800) 456-4668. OKC FC LOSES FINALE Ashley Henderson's goal in the 87th minute gave Motor City FC a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City FC in the third-place game of the inaugural Women's Premier Soccer League Under-20 National Championships at Tom Thompson Field in Edmond. Oklahoma City trailed 1-0 late in the first half until Jaci Jones of Mustang High School evened the game on a pass from Erin Eckhart two minutes into extra time. The teams remained even until Henderson's shot. Oklahoma City could not muster a tying goal in regulation or the additional five minutes of added time. Jones tied two other players for most goals in the tournament with three. In the championship game, the Chicago Red Stars Reserves outlasted SoCal FC, 2-1. GASTINEAU GETS LONG-AWAITED VICTORY Whit Gastineau of Oklahoma City won his first Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car event in more than a year Saturday night at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada. Gastineau passed pole-sitter Michael Bookout on the eighth of 25 scheduled laps and led rest of the way. The race was stopped with one lap remaining after Brett Wilson's car erupted in flames due to a blown engine. After an uninjured Wilson was taken to the pits, Gastineau hung on to the top spot and beat runner-up Shane Sellers of Oklahoma City by .650 seconds. Pauls Valley driver Gary Owens, Zach Chappell of Talala and Bookout rounded out the top-five finishers. Late Friday night, Robert Sellers passed his son Shane on the 17th lap and went on to win the inaugural Summer Sprint Shootout at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Dez Bryant and DeAndre Jordan are all after the same thing: A world championship.Three Texans with plenty of individual accolades can all point to a team title as the ultimate goal.So which one has the best chance to win the big one?Before we get to that answer, let’s take a look at each case separately, then add up the chips when the dealing’s done.Let’s start with Aldridge,...
Austin American-Statesman Cedric Golden column
Cedric Golden, Associated Press | Jul 24, 2015LaMarcus Aldridge, Dez Bryant and DeAndre Jordan are all after the same thing: A world championship. Three Texans with plenty of individual accolades can all point to a team title as the ultimate goal. So which one has the best chance to win the big one? Before we get to that answer, let’s take a look at each case separately, then add up the chips when the dealing’s done. Let’s start with Aldridge, the former Longhorn who grew up a few basketball courts south of American Airlines Arena. Seagoville’s most famous product was easily the prized catch in the free agent sweepstakes this offseason, so much so that the Los Angeles Lakers tried to woo him with a push from Kobe and a nice marketing slogan (LA to LA). Easy decision. Shoot, Shaq is closer to making a good movie than the Lake Show is to another championship, so Aldridge turned them and six other teams down to join the San Antonio Spurs, in his mind a turn-key franchise when it comes to collecting hardware. It’s the ideal fit for the only player to average over 23 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last two seasons. How Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford continue to convince their core players to take less money to keep the franchise in the title chase year in and year out is something to behold. Aldridge joins Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, bargain-basement-priced free agent David West, and the newest superstar Kawhi Leonard to give San Antonio sole possession of second most dangerous team in the West, next to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Imagine Aldridge playing power forward with Duncan at center. That’s 35 points and 20 rebounds a night and we haven’t even gotten to the perimeter guys yet. Sticking with the hoops theme, let’s tackle Jordan. I’m sure Dallas owner Mark Cuban would prefer the word “strangle” after DJ reneged on an verbal agreement to sign. Jordan showed the maturity of a high school senior — what was this, national signing day? — in his handling of his free agency, but all things considered, his decision to return to the Clippers was the best he could make if we’re talking about title potential. The Mavericks weren’t going to win one with him and they’re certainly not going to win one without him in 2016. His original attraction to Dallas was the opportunity to become a franchise player after toiling as the third or fourth option with the Clippers. That said, a center who shoots 40 percent from the free throw line and is not named Shaq or Wilt won’t be leading any team anywhere. He’s best as the third option in LA, which gives him his best chance to win a title. With football season fast approaching, I saved the Dez for last. Before he got his $45 million guaranteed, Bryant’s threat to sit out the regular season put me in the mind of Emmitt Smith back in the day. The Cowboys had just won their first Jimmy-Jerry Super Bowl in 1992, and Emmitt led the league with 1,713 yards, but did it at a salary of $465,000, well south of the $1.8 million Barry Sanders pulled in that year. So Emmitt held out and Jerry held firm, that is, until the Cowboys started 0-2 with Derrick Lassic at running back. Emmitt eventually got his money, rushed for more than 1,500 yards in just 14 games, and the Cowboys became the first team to open the season with two straight losses and win a Super Bowl. Jerrah didn’t want to go through that sort of thing again. Bryant is the best player on this team and a top-five player at his position, right there with Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones and Antonio Brown. His three-year average of 91 catches for 1,311 yards and 13 touchdowns is proof enough. So which Texan will be wearing a title ring at season’s end? I love Dez, but Dallas’ problems at running back have cooled me on the thought of them having a better chance to win a Super Bowl than the Spurs do at winning the NBA Finals. Jordan going back to the Clippers still doesn’t guarantee them getting out of the West. That leaves me with Aldridge. His new team may be a little long in the tooth, but it’s built to win now. Aldridge is the missing piece and the Spurs will be in the mix for title number six. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000222672,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164
Jul 20, 2015
Junior linebacker Levi Draper verbally committed to OSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2017 class. And he’s certainly a big catch.
OSU football: Collinsville junior Levi Draper verbally commits to Cowboys
BY JACOB UNRUH | Jul 20, 2015COLLINSVILLE — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer doesn’t usually follow head coach Mike Gundy’s lead on Twitter when welcoming a new commitment. Spencer was fired up Monday, though. “Shots heard across the nation, ‘Pistols Firing’ from Collinsville, OK,” he tweeted. “Cowboys got better today.” Junior linebacker Levi Draper verbally committed to OSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2017 class. And he’s certainly a big catch. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound four-star recruit holds nearly 20 Division I scholarship offers already — including schools like Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. “The kid is just a can’t-miss kind of kid,” Collinsville coach Kevin Jones said. “He’s absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime kind of kid at a smaller-level high school. I know we’re a 5A school, but we’re still a small town. It’s not like we’ve got a lot of Division I kids rolling through here.” The last Collinsville player to sign a Division I football scholarship was Ryan Garrett, who signed with Tulsa in 2002. Draper just fits the mold of a Division I player. Not only does he have the frame, he has the speed and strength. He runs a 4.58 40-yard dash. He bench presses 325 pounds and squats around 400 pounds. It’s a product of his family owning a gym, but also his desire to get better on the football field. Since about the fifth grade, there hasn’t been a camp he and his family have turned down that they could make. He also played in the Eastbay All-American Bowl as part of Team USA as a freshman just months after he took over the starting role in Week 5 and led Collinsville to the state semifinals. “We used it as a tool to get better,” Draper said. “We’ve been doing stuff like that since I’ve been younger. It’s always been a goal of ours. We work hard to make myself a better football player. It’s been a goal of our whole family and we’re just thankful.” Last season, he totaled 115 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery while leading Collinsville to the state quarterfinals. It didn’t take long for his whirlwind recruitment to begin. Draper toured the country during his recruitment. He visited various schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State and Oklahoma. Still, he always knew OSU — which offered in May — was going to be one of his top schools. For the past three weeks, he’s been leaning toward the Cowboys. He brought his family on his second visit to Stillwater on Monday, this time sending the Cowboys to Big 12 Media Days with possibly the biggest junior commitment in Gundy’s tenure. “That’s where I felt most comfortable and it feels like a family there,” Draper said. “My family loves it and that’s where I feel like I fit best, so I made the decision. The last step was getting my whole family down there and letting them see it. Then I was ready. “I was thankful for every opportunity I had. Every one of them was exciting. They were all big-time offers. In my mind there was no reason to put it off. I knew where I wanted to play.”
Jul 20, 2015
Millwood’s Cameron Batson is the only Okie on the Red Raiders’ roster now, but others like Tre Porter of Carl Albert, Tramain Swindall of Millwood, Colby Whitlock of Noble — all the way back to the most legendary of OKC-Lubbock connections, Wes Welker of Heritage Hall — have been big recruiting scores for Texas Tech.
Super 30: Southmoore's Noah Jones following line of productive Oklahomans at Texas Tech
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 20, 2015MOORE — About once every other year, Texas Tech coaches sneak in and swipe an Oklahoma high school football player. And when they land one, it usually turns out to be a happy relationship. That trend lends itself to a promising future for Southmoore’s Noah Jones. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end, who is No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class, committed to the Red Raiders in June. He’ll follow a line of productive Oklahoma City-area players to land in Lubbock. Millwood’s Cameron Batson is the only Okie on the Red Raiders’ roster now, but others like Tre Porter of Carl Albert, Tramain Swindall of Millwood, Colby Whitlock of Noble — all the way back to the most legendary of OKC-Lubbock connections, Wes Welker of Heritage Hall — have been big recruiting scores for Texas Tech. Jones is as excited about coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff as they are about him. “They’re trying to do something special,” Jones said. “I want to buy into that, too. They think I can get some playing time early and have a chance to be a part of something big.” The Red Raiders see Jones as a defensive end now, but potentially someone who could play all across the line as he physically develops. He has a powerfully built lower body with the possibility to add some significant upper-body mass in the future, increasing his weight to the 280 range. “Noah is big, strong, physical,” Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark said. “He moves well for as big as he is. And he’s smart. All of those things put together make for a good football player. “He’s still young, and he works his butt off in the weight room, so as he develops, he’ll be able to build up his upper body.” While his future is on the defensive line, Jones will get a little bit of work on the offensive side in his senior season at Southmoore. “Toward the end of the season last year, I played some tight end, and I might do a little bit of that again this year,” Jones said. “But defense is what I love. I think sacking the quarterback is great. Better than scoring touchdowns.”
Jul 11, 2015
Julie Cage isn’t a big sports fan, so she knows Lincoln Riley in a much different way.
Lincoln Riley stories from Muleshoe, Texas
By Jason Kersey | Jul 11, 2015JULIE CAGE MULESHOE, Texas — Julie Cage isn’t a big sports fan, so she knows Lincoln Riley in a much different way. Cage and her husband moved to Muleshoe more than 30 years ago, and quickly became friends with Mike and Marilyn Riley at First United Methodist Church. When Lincoln got to high school, he and Cage worked together narrating the cantata musical programs at church during holiday seasons. Cantatas mostly consist of a choir singing songs, but require narrators to read parts between songs to keep the story moving. Riley and Cage did the male and female readings, respectively. Despite his young age at the time, Cage called Riley “a very excellent narrator.” “Lincoln reads well, speaks well and they liked to have a masculine and a feminine voice in those things,” Cage said. “Everyone in Muleshoe is just very proud of his accomplishments and the fact that he’s kept an attitude of his roots. He doesn’t get carried away with what he has accomplished. “He is one of those hometown boys who has maintained that attitude, that frame of mind, and yet has the capability and the desire to grow, to learn, to achieve. He’s really well-rounded.” STACY CONNER MULESHOE, Texas — Stacy Conner grinned as he jokingly took credit for kickstarting Lincoln Riley’s coaching career. “I’m responsible,” said Conner, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Muleshoe. “His senior year, I needed an assistant for our Little Dribblers team, so I called Lincoln and got him.” Riley was already a popular guy in town, especially with young kids, because he was the quarterback who led the football team to unprecedented success. “All the little boys loved him,” Conner said. “He ran the practices. I just made phone calls and took care of everything else because the kids wanted to be around Lincoln.” Lincoln taught the 11- and 12-year-old hoopsters some simple plays, and during games, urged them to slow down instead of — as little kids are prone to do — just running down the floor and heaving layups. Conner chuckled at the irony of Lincoln Riley — purveyor of no-huddle, lightning-fast offensive football — coaching kids to play slow. “And now he wants his players to go fast.” BOB GRAVES MULESHOE, Texas — No one in town was happier than Bob Graves when Lincoln Riley was named Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator. Graves has lived in Muleshoe for nearly six decades, but is a die-hard Sooner fan. He grew up in Hollis — home of Bud Wilkinson-era Sooner football players J.W. Cole, Leon Heath, Leon Manley and Darrell Royal — and graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford. He moved to Muleshoe in 1958 to take his first teaching job out of college and never left. He was a junior high principal and coached football and girls basketball in Muleshoe. One of his junior high football players was Lincoln’s dad, Mike Riley. Graves has done television announcing for Muleshoe football games on the local cable access channel for several years. Until his recent death, Graves’ nephew Ronnie Jones — also an OU fan from Hollis — announced the games with him. Graves has a room full of OU memorabilia, and everyone in town knows him as Muleshoe’s biggest Sooner fan. A few weeks ago when Lincoln Riley was recruiting in Dallas, he called Graves just to chat. “He just said, ‘I got thinking about it and wanted to talk to you a little while,’” Graves said. “Of course he knew that Ronnie and I were big OU fans.” DAVID WOOD MULESHOE, Texas — David Wood took over the Muleshoe football program as head coach in 1996, and his mark on the program has been evident. The Mules have only missed the state playoffs three times in his tenure, but Wood is quick to point out the impact Lincoln Riley had in those early years, too. Riley became the team’s starting quarterback his junior season in 2000 and led the Mules to a 14-1 record and a state semifinal appearance. “You only had to tell him things once,” Wood said “He would be an extra coach on the field for us. Things like that made it so much easier when he was at quarterback. “Lincoln was at the helm of the offense. He’s the one who made it go.” Of course, the offense Riley directed at Muleshoe is nothing like the one he coordinates now at Oklahoma. The Mules ran a pro-style, I-formation system that rarely had Riley taking shotgun snaps. After Riley had been at Texas Tech a few years working under Mike Leach, he went back to Muleshoe and helped Wood and the coaching staff install a version of the Air Raid. Two years later the Mules won a state title running that offense. “He was able to tell us just the bones of the offense and how simple it was, yet you have to remember all the intracacies of every little play,” Wood said. “There weren’t very many plays, but the way he was able to teach it to us, and how to start each practice and how to end each practice, it made it so easy to relate that to the kids.” TOWN OFFICIALS MULESHOE, Texas — Colt Ellis was six years younger than Lincoln Riley, but knew him well. Ellis and Lincoln’s brother, Garrett, were close. “We always looked up to Lincoln,” said Ellis, a Muleshoe city counciler and the town’s mayor pro tem. “I think the things that he’s done and achieved make us proud that we’re from Muleshoe. He was a good person to look up to. “I think Garrett has the same qualities of leadership. The Rileys have just meant a lot to Muleshoe. They’re such genuine people and good friends. They’ve been friends with my family for many years.” David Brunson, who has been Muleshoe’s city manager for 14 years, knows the Riley family well and said Lincoln’s success has been great for the town’s pride. “It gives us some more exposure,” Brunson said. “All of Muleshoe is really proud of Lincoln and what he’s done. We’re certainly proud to have him closer to Muleshoe.”
Billy Jones is disappointed, but not surprised. He’s disappointed it took until now for use of the Confederate battle flag to fall into broad disfavor in this country. He is not surprised, however, that the flag has been sanctioned in areas of public life from official settings to sporting venues for the half-century since he became the first black basketball player in the ACC.“It’s very...
Barry Jacobs: Confederate flag issue brings back bad memories for ACC’s first black athletes
By Barry Jacobs, Associated Press | Jul 6, 2015Billy Jones is disappointed, but not surprised. He’s disappointed it took until now for use of the Confederate battle flag to fall into broad disfavor in this country. He is not surprised, however, that the flag has been sanctioned in areas of public life from official settings to sporting venues for the half-century since he became the first black basketball player in the ACC. “It’s very disappointing we’re still kicking this around, very disappointing,” Jones says of debate over the flag with its 13-starred blue “X” on a red field. “It’s a sign of the whole time when one group was in control, one group was oppressed, and to me it’s like holding on to that. That was just part of that world. I get it, but we’re not in the ’60s anymore. We’re just not there anymore.” Jones quietly entered the ACC as a Maryland Terrapin in an era before intensive media coverage of sports and prior to the existence of common understandings for intelligent discussions of race. During the 1965-66 season, when Jones took the court for the Maryland varsity, the league was a quaint assemblage covering four states and eight schools between College Park, Md., and Columbia, S.C. Political correctness in many places the Terps traveled was not defined by respect for differences, but rather by minorities “knowing their place” at the bottom of the social pecking order. Overt segregation was dying a slow death, but not without stiff resistance. Jones routinely encountered racial snubs and slurs, punctuated by prominent displays of the Confederate flag. The image appeared on T-shirts, on bumper stickers affixed to cars and trucks. Fraternities, including at Maryland, hung the battle flag from chapter house windows. “It was very obvious,” Jones says of the unwelcoming message the flag conveyed. One pioneering African-American athlete, Duke’s Ernie Jackson, a native of Columbia, recalled his discomfort relying on teammates who displayed the Confederate flag outside their dorms. The sight made it “extremely difficult to have to go to war with those guys and play with them from a teammate perspective,” said Jackson, a consensus All-American and the ACC football’s first black Player of the Year in 1971. Jones had his own sour experience on a visit to Duke, when the snack bar operator at Durham’s train station refused to serve him with his teammates. In response, coach Bud Millikan’s Maryland contingent walked away. When possible, Jones and classmate Pete Johnson kept such episodes to themselves. The slights were so numerous they might appear to be “crybabies” if they kept telling Millikan, Jones said. The apparent lack of friction reinforced a narrative of smoothly achieved integration. The backstory was more complicated throughout the ACC, and not only for individual players. The 1963 court-ordered admission of a black student at Clemson was accomplished without violence. But within weeks of the enrollment of Harvey Gantt, later the mayor of Charlotte, South Carolina lawmakers made an unmistakably defiant declaration by voting to place the Confederate battle flag atop the State House in Columbia. Their disdain for federal mandates to promote racial equality was in keeping with the spirit of an S.C. Supreme Court ruling only six years earlier, which found it inherently libelous, and a basis upon which to sue for damages, to call a white person a “Negro.” Soon after gaining admittance, the handful of African-American students at Clemson, as elsewhere around the South, strongly objected to school functions featuring renditions of “Dixie” and displays of the battle flag as vestiges of a slave-era past. But those divisive symbols were celebrated then, as now, by many whites as links to a proud past. So, when Clemson’s cheerleaders ran onto the field before an October 1969 football game at Death Valley carrying a huge American flag as a substitute for the customary Confederate version, the crowd booed and jeered. The next day, citing ongoing harassment — including a blackface Homecoming skit and cars driven slowly across campus shadowing African-American students — some 60 black undergrads protested by leaving Clemson en masse, if merely overnight. “It was not only the flag, but the activities behind the flag that bothered us,” says Craig Mobley, who in 1971 became the first black varsity basketball player at Clemson. “We knew it meant intimidation. That was it. That was just the bottom line. The flag itself is neutral. It’s the hands of the people that use it that make a difference.” The flag’s current presence on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol building is defended by boosters as a tribute to the sacrifices endured by state residents during the Civil War. But that portrayal willfully distorts the flag’s modern provenance and ignores the silence of traditionalists when that symbol of Confederate pride was adapted for less savory purposes. The battle flag was embraced by groups such as the Dixiecrats, a breakaway strain of white supremacist Democrats led in 1948 by South Carolina’s then-Gov. Strom Thurmond. And of course the flag is routinely flaunted by the Ku Klux Klan, long classified as a terrorist organization. “That’s what the KKK had,” says Al Heartley, the first African-American basketball player at N.C. State in the late 1960s. Heartley played high school ball in Smithfield, a town that long sported a billboard on its outskirts proclaiming, “Welcome to KKK Country.” Adds Heartley: “The KKK and the Confederate flag were together. Yeah, they would try to intimidate black folks.” When segregationist George Wallace became Alabama’s governor in 1963, he ordered Confederate battle flag replicas affixed to the helmets of state troopers. Two years later, just as Jones and classmate Pete Johnson finished their barrier-breaking freshman season at Maryland, that emblem was prominently displayed by troopers during a savage attack on voting-rights marchers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. “As we all have to acknowledge, the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride,” President Barack Obama said last month while eulogizing pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, a shooting victim at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. “For a long time we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens.” Certainly those who led the way from a divided society to a commingled one through sports are not blind to the darker aspects of what the battle flag represents. “The flag is just a symbol,” says Jones, whose race still attracts security personnel when he shops in high-end stores. “It’s the bigotry, the right of entitlement, the sense of superiority that’s the issue.” Heartley foresees Confederate battle flags increasingly relegated to museums. Beyond that, he is more resigned than hopeful. “When things happen, unfortunately like the nine folks killed in Charleston, we’ll have a lot of discussion about it and we’ll go back and forth. My thought is, it’ll be like the gun (control) situation — we’ll talk about guns, but eventually we won’t do much.” Mobley, a native of Chester, S.C., believes younger generations — already exposed to more ethnic and cultural diversity than their predecessors — will benefit from discussions of America’s racially fraught past. Jones sees a chance to promote change, declaring, “I honestly believe that, the more we understand the past, the better we’re prepared for the future.” ——— ©2015 The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Visit The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) at www.newsobserver.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008058,t000008056,t000003183,g000362661,g000065792,g000066164,g000225474,g000065582,g000215818
Jul 5, 2015
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local):8:32 p.m.U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played the role of fan and teacher while he watched the American victory in the Women's World Cup final.Biden kept a close watch on the United States' 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, while also explaining the action or discussing the play with his grandson,...
The Latest: VP Biden dotes on grandson as he watches final
By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Jul 5, 2015VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local): 8:32 p.m. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played the role of fan and teacher while he watched the American victory in the Women's World Cup final. Biden kept a close watch on the United States' 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, while also explaining the action or discussing the play with his grandson, Hunter. "Ten minutes, Hunt. Ten minutes," he said as the team inched closer to victory. Biden was asked by a pool reporter if he played soccer as a kid, and he marveled at the growth of the sport. "I played football," he said. "My boys were 5 and 6 and started in a county league. And it went from 50 kids to 600 in three years. I don't even think the high school that I went to had a soccer team." ___ 6:15 p.m. Carli Lloyd has won the Golden Ball as the most outstanding player in the Women's World Cup. Lloyd had a hat trick in the final as the U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 and finished with six goals in the tournament. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo won the Golden Gloves award as the top goalkeeper in the tournament. The United States defense was stellar throughout and went 540 minutes between the first match of the group stage and Sunday's final without giving up a goal. Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan won the Best Young Player award and Germany's Celia Sasic won the Golden Boot. ___ 5:51 p.m. The United States has won its third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd. The Americans became the first country with three women's titles and got a measure of revenge for their loss in the 2011 final against Japan. Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, the only player remaining from the 1999 title team, both came on as subs late in what's expected to be their final World Cup appearances. Lloyd scored in the third, sixth and 16th minutes, the last a speculative shot from midfield that beat Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Lloyd scored the fastest hat trick in World Cup history, men's or women's, in the highest scoring Women's World Cup final. Lauren Holiday also scored in the first half and Tobin Heath added a goal in the 54th minute after Japan scored an own goal to cut the deficit to 4-2. ___ 5:36 p.m. Abby Wambach has come on for the United States in what is expected to be her final Women's World Cup appearance. Wambach subbed on in the 79th minute against Japan with the U.S. leading 5-2. Wambach has morphed from being a starter to a late sub off the bench during the tournament, a role that seemed to boost the American attack. Chants of "We want Abby," started around the 65-minute mark. The roar grew when she was called over to the bench in the 75th minute. Wambach isn't the only star making her World Cup farewell. Japan's Homare Sawa came on in the first half. Sawa is playing in her record sixth Women's World Cup. ___ 5:15 p.m. Just when Japan appeared to have a glimmer of hope, Tobin Heath answered back in a hurry for the Americans. Moments after Japan scored on an own goal, Heath scored off a scramble in the penalty area to give the United States a 5-2 lead. Japan had just cut the deficit to 4-2 in the 52nd minute when U.S. defender Julie Johnston's header went past goalkeeper Hope Solo and into the American net. But the U.S. responded briskly with Morgan Brian laying off a pass into the middle of the box where Heath was unmarked. The seven combined goals are the most ever in a Women's World Cup final. ___ 4:50 p.m. Carli Lloyd rewrote the Women's World Cup record book with three goals in the first 16 minutes as the United States took a 4-1 lead at halftime of the final against Japan on Sunday. Lloyd set records for the fastest goal and became the first woman to score a hat trick in the World Cup final. She also was the third American woman to score a hat trick in any World Cup match, joining Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings Gabarra, both of which came during the 1991 tournament. Lloyd's hat trick was the fastest in women's or men's World Cup history. Lloyd is also the first American to score goals in four straight World Cup matches. Lauren Holiday's goal in the 14th minute gave the Americans a 3-0 lead and Lloyd scored from midfield moments later. She also had chances at a fourth and possibly fifth goal during the first half. ___ 4:31 p.m. Japan is on the board with a goal from Yuki Ogimi, cutting its deficit to 4-1 and ending the United States' streak of not allowing a goal at 540 minutes. Ogimi scored just before the half-hour mark in Sunday's Women's World Cup final. She out-positioned Julie Johnston for a cross into the U.S. penalty area and beat American goalkeeper Hope Solo with a left-footed shot. The U.S. had not allowed a goal since the opening match of the tournament against Australia. ___ 4:20 p.m. The rout is on. Carli Lloyd scored her third goal of the first half catching Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off her line and scoring from midfield as the United States has taken a 4-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the Women's World Cup final. Lloyd scored the two fastest goals in Women's World Cup history, scoring twice in the first six minutes of the match. Lauren Holiday scored to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead when she volleyed a shot past Kaihori after a header from Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu went straight up in the air. Moments later Lloyd took a speculative shot from midfield and completed her hat trick. ___ 4:07 p.m. The United States has taken a 2-0 lead on two goals from captain Carli Lloyd in the first six minutes of the Women's World Cup final against Japan. Lloyd scored in the third minute off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe that was driven low into the penalty box. Lloyd made a run from outside the box and one-touched the shot past Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Moments later, Lloyd scored again off a scramble in the penalty area in the sixth minute after a free kick from the U.S. just outside the Japan penalty area. __ 3:55 p.m. Abby Wambach hopes the "fairytale-like ending," comes on Sunday for not only herself but her U.S. teammates. In an extended monologue interview with Fox Sports, Wambach says, "I hope this is it, not just for me but this entire group of women." Wambach fought back tears throughout the seven-minute interview that was shown prior to the Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan. Wambach says she's not one to often show a vulnerable side but the days are ticking away for her pro soccer career. "I've had the best life and it's all in total because of the friendships I've made. I've literally grown up on this team and the good, the bad and the ugly my teammates have helped me through it all," Wambach said. Wambach was not in the starting lineup for the U.S., but is expected to be one of the first options off the bench. ___ 3:35 p.m. Jill Ellis has no doubt she's made her dad proud. John Ellis served as a commando in the British Marines, and had a long career as a coach, before moving the family to Virginia when Jill was a young girl. The U.S. coach has relied on her father's advice at the Women's World Cup. Ellis faced criticism early on for the team's stagnant offense. But step by step throughout the tournament, the Americans have come together. Now the United States is in the final facing Japan, the team that beat them four years ago at the World Cup in Germany. Ellis has proven adept at shutting out the noise, saying her dad told her when she got into coaching that "50 percent will be with you and 50 percent will be against you." John Ellis is not in Canada for the final. But the 76-year-old does send his daughter texts reading, "Three deep breaths. Keep going." ___ 3:05 p.m. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Vancouver around midday Sunday and met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper prior to attending the Women's World Cup final between Japan and the U.S. Biden led a U.S. delegation to the final that included his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, and two former U.S. soccer stars: Mia Hamm and Cobi Jones. Also traveling with the vice president: three of his grandchildren and President Barack Obama's daughter Sasha, according to a pool report. Jill Biden led the delegation to the final in 2011 in Germany which the U.S. lost to Japan, but her husband was absent from that trip. ___ 2:40 p.m. Japan was reeling in the wake of the destructive tsunami that struck the country in March 2011. Its women's soccer team had a World Cup in Germany to prepare for while the country was trying to rebuild. One of the opposing countries that became critical in helping Japan prepare for that World Cup it eventually won with friendlies and joint practices: The United States. Japan coach Norio Sasaki said before Sunday's final that he was thankful for how the U.S. helped Japanese soccer during a "tough situation." This will be the third straight major final between the countries with Japan winning the World Cup in 2011 and the U.S. winning the Olympic final in 2012. The Japanese women became stars and a rallying point for their country in the wake of the tsunami, but interest in the team has waned in the years since. "If we can win, we can make soccer a part of Japanese culture, not just a fad," Japan captain Aya Miyama said. ___ 2 p.m. Vancouver is awash in the stars and stripes. American fans filled the streets of Vancouver on Sunday ahead of the Women's World Cup final between Japan and the United States. A large number of those fans came from the Pacific Northwest, with easy access from the soccer hotbeds of Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Sounders, Timbers, Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns jerseys were scattered among the crowd of American jerseys with the names "Wambach," ''Leroux" and "Morgan" across the back. But not all were locals. One family riding the train Sunday morning decided to have a family reunion in Vancouver for the final. One part of the family was from Virginia, the other from California. They bought their tickets for the final at halftime of the U.S. semifinal match against Germany when the game was still tied 0-0 in the hopes the U.S. would prevail. They turned out to be right.
Jul 4, 2015
NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t...
OU football: Sooners making a strong in-state recruiting push
By Ryan Aber | Jul 4, 2015NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t need any time to think, committing on the spot. Roberson is one of three in-state players among OU’s six commitments for the 2016 class, joining Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry and NEO and former Lawton High cornerback Maurice Chandler. Whether it’s a renewed focus on recruiting the state or the high number of Division I-caliber players the state is producing in not only the upcoming class but the one after that, the Sooners are riding a wave of recruiting momentum in Oklahoma this year. They’ve even continued to strengthen their 2015 class within the borders as NEO defensive end Austin Roberts committed to the Sooners in early June, not long before Chandler officially jumped aboard. Chandler’s high school coach, Randy Breeze, said the Sooners’ never stopped pursuing the corner, even after he had to go the junior college route after signing with Texas Tech out of high school. “Every time they’d come by to look at someone, they’d ask how Maurice was doing and talk about him,” Breeze said. “They stayed with him the whole time. That was a big plus.” Oklahoma has offered at least two other state high school players from 2016 — John Marshall offensive lineman Tramonda Moore and Edmond Sante Fe defensive back Calvin Bundage. Several others, including Broken Arrow’s Rowdy Frederick, Southmoore’s Noah Jones and Idabel’s K.J. Wells, have stayed on OU’s radar despite not yet receiving an offer from the Sooners. “I think more and more, OU’s doing a better job of building those secondary relationships,” Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for SoonerScoop.com, said. “It may not be be the first guys they offer, or the first guy they’ve wanted, but they are making sure those guys know that, ‘Hey, we like you,’ and if we have a spot open up or whatever the hangup they may have is — whether it’s grade issues or they don’t have a scholarship spot for them or whatever it may be — they’re communicating those things better to the kids. “I think it shows up more because you get less and less of these stories of kids that have animosity or are hostile about, ‘Why isn’t this school recruiting me when all these are other schools are?’” Breeze has seen that first hand, whether it’s with Chandler or other athletes he’s had in recent years. “They have broken down the recruiting, where I think each coach has a piece of Oklahoma now,” Breeze said. “I think that was a good change they’ve made to get coaches more involved in the state of Oklahoma.” OU running backs coach Jay Boulware is responsible for the Lawton area and Bedenbaugh spent plenty of time there when the Sooners made a strong push for lineman Jalin Barnett last year. Barnett eventually signed with Nebraska. At some points during the Bob Stoops era, the Sooners have been criticized for not making the most of in-state recruiting opportunities or for “slow-playing” local recruits as they make offers to players in other states. “That’s a touchy situation,” Breeze said. “What people in Oklahoma have got to realize is that the program that the University of Oklahoma has now, they can recruit any kid in the country. They don’t have limitations. It’s danged if you do, danged if you don’t. “Our kids love Oklahoma. I’d like to see them stay close to home because maybe I can slip off and watch them on a Saturday if they’re fairly close.” That criticism has been at least partially unfair, McCuistion said. “If you’re recruiting in your own stats and you offer a kid, it’s probably a 50-50 bet right that minute that you get that kid,” McCuistion said. “I think some people forget and say, ‘Well, OU hasn’t offered that many guys.’ When OU offers an in-state kid, they have to be 100 percent they want to take that kid. You can’t just throw that offer out. When Arizona State comes to Oklahoma, for example, and offers a kid that kid’s not going to commit on the spot. They can offer a kid earlier so if a kid blows up, they can say they were on him from very early on. “That’s something out-of-state schools can do and Oklahoma does it in other states. But when you’re in-state and you’re the school that has the dynamic pull that Oklahoma does, you have to know that you want that kid and he’s as good as anybody you could go to Texas and get or go to California and get.” Staff changes the last few years — adding Boulware, Bedenbaugh and the now-departed Jerry Montgomery a few years ago and now adding Lincoln Riley, Diron Reynolds and Kerry Cooks this offseason — have helped as well. “It’s hard to argue that it’s coincidence,” McCuistion said. “Maybe it is but it’s really hard to make that case when the timing of everything matches up so perfectly. YOu just look at it and these things stopped happening or at least slowed down. You’re always going to have kids that are disgruntled but for the most part you don’t hear kids saying, ‘I haven’t heard from Oklahoma in a month,’ or, ‘They offered me and they never called me again.’ You don’t hear stuff like that. “It sounds so simple. It’s tough on the kids because it makes them sound petty. But this is the biggest decision in their lives. They want to communicate with the people that are going to be responsible for their future. That’s reasonable.”
Jun 25, 2015
Reader responses to our Bob Barry Jr. tributes have been overwhelming. I thought I would share some with you: Bill Khourie: “Just finished reading your piece on BBJ and yes, so many thousands felt like they knew him and knew him well. I lost my only son over Christmas break while in his last year at OU, Jan. 6, 2009. Many of his friends started a memorial golf tournament and banquet to honor...
Readers lament the loss of Bob Barry Jr.
Berry Tramel | Jun 25, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3714772[/img] Reader responses to our Bob Barry Jr. tributes have been overwhelming. I thought I would share some with you: Bill Khourie: “Just finished reading your piece on BBJ and yes, so many thousands felt like they knew him and knew him well. I lost my only son over Christmas break while in his last year at OU, Jan. 6, 2009. Many of his friends started a memorial golf tournament and banquet to honor his life and his dedication to his younger sister that he dearly loved. She was born with a very rare syndrome that drastically altered her life. She graduated as a special education student, but her brother took her to the senior prom so she could enjoy the same experience as the other high school students. It was her only time to ever experience a prom. My son was an SAE at OU. BBJ caught wind of the event from SAE alumni and volunteered to emcee his memorial banquet fund raiser without compensation. I had never met him. However, when I introduced myself at the beginning of the banquet, I stuck my hand out to shake, but instead, he gave me a hug and said, ‘As a parent, my heart bleeds for you and I pray God will bring healing to you and your entire family.’ He asked to meet Billy's sister and mother to express his condolences to them as well. His kindness, compassion and generosity was only a part of what made him such an incredibly special husband, father, friend and professional. When my wife and I heard the news Saturday, like so many thousands, we were crushed. Even thou we only got to meet and spend time with him on the one occasion, we felt like we lost a loved one. Yes, you are correct, Berry, the condolences offered by thousands were perhaps for ourselves as well. He may have departed our Earthly life, but his incredible spirit, special smile and kindness to all will continue to loom larger than ever as he and Bob Sr. are broadcasting to a new audience.” Sounds like Bobby. I know he was a loyal SAE alum and was dismayed at the actions of the SAE knuckleheads earlier this year. Bobby also was dismayed at David Boren’s swift rebuke of the fraternity, closing the chapter and the house on the OU campus. Bobby believed that the actions of a few shouldn’t offset the actions of the many. Brent Taliaferro: “Very nice article yesterday — a good tribute. His smile and warmth came through the radio.” I agree. Bobby didn’t have the most provocative radio show. But he might have had the most pleasant. It’s kind of difficult to describe, but the melodic rhythm of Bobby’s voice served to almost relax the sports radio listener. Which is against the grain. Jim Snow: “I have loved your coverage on the loss of Bob Barry, Jr. I think many people, including me, forget how tight the sportscasting fraternity is. The unfortunate thing about losing BBJ is that he was not able to see and receive the accolades that were bound to come his way (even on top of what he has already received). He could have so easily ridden the coattails of his dad, but that was not his style, and you know that far better than me. I am sure that Crossings (church) will be standing room only come Friday. I feel so much for his wife and family. Such a premature loss. I am sure that there will be a lot of weeping on Friday, but I pray that BBJ’s service will truly be a celebratory one.” It is a shame that we wait until such a time as this to tell people how we feel. But maybe BBJ has had an impact on us. I did almost three hours of radio on the Sports Animal with Craig Humphries and Al Eschbach on Monday, and as we left, Craig told me that he loved me. Ben McCain: “Just watched your tribute to Bob Barry Jr. It touched me. You nailed it! My brother, Butch, and I worked with Bob and his dad for several years at Channel 4. We always had a good time on the air and off the air with both of them. They were great broadcasters and great people. Seems like we always ended up laughing about something when we talked to Bob Jr. When I think of Bob Barry Jr., I think of laughter and good feelings. That’s not a bad way to be remembered.” Butch and Ben McCain. The brother duo that news and weather and a variety of entertainment shows at Channel 4 from 1981-87, and at Channel 5 from 1987-94. They’ve been gone from the market 21 years. Gone from KFOR for 28 years. And yet they worked with Bob Barry Jr. That is a stout legacy. Jari Askins: “Count me among the many of your readers who say ‘well done’ on the tribute to BBJ.” Yep. The former lieutenant governor was a big fan of BBJ. More from NewsOK Tramel: I wish Bob Barry Jr. had stayed off 'the death machine' Wright: How Bob Barry Jr. kick-started my career What they're saying about the death of Bob Barry Jr. Carlson: People loved Bob Barry Jr. because he loved people Kevin Durant on Bob Barry Jr.'s death: "It just wont' be the same" Tramel: Fans came to know the real Bob Barry Jr. Verl Brorsen: “I remember when Junior came to Perry some years back playing on a Channel 4 basketball team against some put-together locals for a community fundraiser. He was raining in threes that night like an NBA 3-point champ. He had a great time loving every minute of it.” The Foul Shots, they called their team. I actually saw Bobby play high school basketball team. He was the seventh man in a six-man rotation at Norman High School, but he in all fairness was a solid player on a really good team. State semifinalist as a senior. Left-handed, and liked to shoot. Had quite the flair for fashion, even on the basketball court. Patty Cox Hampton Roloff: “I've enjoyed your writing regarding Bob Barry Jr. In the mid 1970s, Oklahoma City was on the verge of losing professional baseball. My late husband Bing and I appealed to the local sports media to help us find an investment group that would insure that the OKC 89ers would not just survive but thrive in the coming future. Having known Bob Barry Sr. ince our school days, he and other broadcasters jumped on the bandwagon, and our attendance at All Sports Stadium soared from 42,000 in 1975 to over 250,000 per season for the next 15 years. Bobby Jr. followed in his dad's footsteps, not just as an excellent broadcast journalist, but as an avid supporter, booster and true fan of local high school, college and minor league teams throughout the state. A hole was left in my heart after the passing of Bill Teegins, Volney Meece, Bob Hersom, Jerry Park, Bob Sr. and now Bobby Jr. I am thankful that our mayor, Mick Cornett, who was a friend and colleague of all of these great men, exemplifies what they all knew and believed: that no city becomes a great major League city without first being a GREAT minor league city. Bobby Jr. didn't just report Oklahoma sports news but made fans of Oklahoma sports teams in and out of the state through his enthusiasm, knowledge and love of Oklahoma athletes, coaches and administrators. My family's condolences go out to Bobby’s family, friends, colleagues and all of the people who watched, loved and will miss his broadcasts. He was a true ambassador of this great state and will always be greatly missed.” Patty and Bing Hampton indeed rescued baseball in the mid-‘70s. Interesting to know the credit she gives the media for the success of the 89ers. Larry Freeman: “Since Saturday, I have been in absolute mourning — for a man I never met. Your article was astute: we offer condolences not necessarily for you but for us. Bob Barry Jr. was pure joy....excitable...always optimistic. I always wanted to PROTECT him. Never have him change. Hated when people attacked Bob Barry Sr. in great part because I knew it would hurt his son. Loved the way he treated ALL people (just like his dad). Bottom line is this: for better or worse, you guys in the media are in our homes, our cars, our lives. You have been with us so long in great part, because we trust you. You are like family to us. Our connection to the sports world, and it hurts when something like this happens to family.” Exactly. And trust this, Larry. Most of us know it. Most of us know that we have a sacred trust to live up to. Bobby knew it for sure. Bill Plummer: “Excellent piece this morning on BBJ. Like father, like son. Bob was one of a kind and what a great loss. He will be missed by many people. Perhaps his high school would name an award or have a scholarship in his name. I would gladly donate to it.” Norman High School in BBJ’s day certainly was a bastion of future Oklahoma sports media. Dean Blevins was a ’74 grad. BBJ ’75. Me in ’79. Mike Steely, now with The Franchise, in ’81. Heath Holt: “Everybody here at the office is still in shock from the news of the passing of Bob Barry Jr. It is hard to believe that we won’t hear his Oklahoma twang voice over the airwaves each day. Just unbelievable. Most times when a person leaves, they just get replaced by somebody else and everything just keeps on rolling. Sometimes, though, it is just a loss. Things aren’t as good as they were before and we just live with less than we had. Bob Barry Jr. is one of those people that won’t be replaced. Several of us University of Texas graduates that reside around Oklahoma City and Norman feel that loss as well. The passing of Bob Barry Jr. isn’t just a loss for the state of Oklahoma, it is simply a huge loss.” I love the phrasing. Sometimes, you just have to live with less. Mike Skinner: “I know Friday will be a long, tough day. Sending a note now thinking there might be a ‘middle time’ of anguish as those close to BBJ felt he would have wanted you to carry on but feeling a group reluctance to be the first to step out to reach toward what might be a ‘new normal.’ All you've said and written is spot on. Senior and Junior were two in a million, yet we see many of these every day in the middle of America and take them for granted. Hoping we are all reminded of that and send more notes of thanks, etc. Hang tough. It's probably a generational thing (being almost 60), but can't help but think that good and greater times are yet to come as we continue to be better from knowing the best and emulating the best.” Interesting idea. We’ve talked incessantly about BBJ the last few days. So what can we learn from him? Enjoying what we do. Treating strangers well. Throwing ourselves into multiple endeavors. Lots of things are on the list. Coleen Adair: “You put into words exactly what I was feeling. That I had lost a friend. I can't even imagine the hurt all of you that knew him are feeling.” I remember something my friend Greg Blackwood said at Bill Teegins’ funeral. Greg was a long-time videographer for Teegins at Channel 9. Greg spoke and told everyone, “all of you who felt like you knew Bill? You did.” Same with BBJ. He was as he seemed. Scott: “Great article on Bob Barry Jr. I had met Bob but didn't know him. Your article described Bob as exactly the person I thought he was.” Thanks. Phillip Cody: “I went to OSU in 1969 to play football. Later on I remember how proud we were when Bob Barry Sr. became the voice of the Cowboys and still remember how heartbroken we were when he went back to the Sooners. Through the years I continued to respect Senior and then found an admiration for BBJ. Like you eluded to in the article, it's hard to be on a radio show three hours a day and not get to know someone. In essence, if you were passing through Oklahoma and happened to click on his radio show, I would guess most listeners would think this dude is all right. Always humble. That's the difference in BBJ and most of his peers. When you really get down to it, he had enough of his pops in him and I presume family, religion, etc., that he was a voice that from that perspective, was just different. From my perspective, it's something we could all learn from. A little less know it all, talk a little less, listen a little more, search others out who know more about what we talk about and be truly thankful for another day on this Earth to get to do it. I've always detested the way OU and OSU boo each other and how little respect can be shown to the ones that play the game. In regards to that lack of respect, the most decent thing OSU ever did was showing our great respect for Senior the last time he came to Stillwater. I know Junior was in that same mold, no doubt a chip off the old block, a very special individual. I also know he will be missed by so many and especially by people like you, who truly knew him.” Junior grew up in Norman and obviously was an OU graduate. But he never aligned himself with the Sooners at the expense of the Cowboys. He would be found at the best game. Or both games, if possible. Bowls for example. I think he had the respect of both OU and OSU fans. R.J. Johnson: “Listening to BBJ made me feel better about myself. He was the face up front for us average Joes who never had much success in sports. On the radio he wasn't the tough guy, the clown, the jerk, or the know-it-all. He just had a good time, treated everyone fair and gave us the inside scoop on the sports world.” I can’t disagree. Pat Ownbey: “Thank you for your article this morning on Bob Barry Jr. I believe you hit the nail squarely on the head. I am originally from OKC but have lived the last 40 years in Ardmore. When I was younger, I worked at KWTV as a film editor while I attended OU. I teamed with Bob Jr.'s brother, Frank, at KGOU. I did play by play and Frank did color. We broadcast several Norman High School games together and most of the time we would see Bob Sr. at some point in the pressbox. During my stint at Channel 9, I went to see Bob Sr. about sports broadcasting. Long story short, I didn't know him, but the moment I walked in he made me feel like he was my best friend. Bob Jr. was the same way. They didn't seem to ever take themselves too seriously in terms of who they were, and they loved people. I saw that over and over again in the times I was around Bob Sr. Most of the time that was a play by play seminar or at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters meetings. I stayed in the field for more than 35 years, later working as sports director at KXII-TV in Sherman before running and owning radio stations in the Ardmore market. Today I serve as state representative for District 48, in my eighth year. When Bill Teegins died and now Bob Jr., the shock and grief is that of losing a close friend. I made it a point to listen to Bob Barry Jr. on WWLS partly because of his attitude and his knowledge of sports. I really appreciated how he treated others no matter what the caller was like. I believe all of us would like our lives to matter, to make a difference in the lives of others, to touch people in a positive way. I believe Bob Sr. and Jr. have left a mark on many across this country, certainly here in Oklahoma. For me, as a young man, that message translated into treating everyone with respect, everyone matters. Don't take yourself so seriously and enjoy every moment. To many of us, we have lost a friend that can't be replaced. Our prayers go out to Bob's family and those of you who were close to him.” That’s another thing that can’t be replaced. The decades-long roots established by the Barrys. Robert Leslie: “Shocking and a truly sad moment for Oklahoma. You didn’t have to be only a sports fan for it to hit a nerve. Even if you didn’t really know Bobby, you felt you knew him. I knew Bob Barry Sr. better – what a gentleman and nice, classy person – but Junior was cut from the same cloth. My wife actually called Junior before her weight-loss surgery because he’d been through it, too. She said he was so nice and supportive on the phone and answered every single question she, a total stranger, had. It helped her decide also to have the surgery. Just another story pointing out what a good person Junior was.” That’s the thing about a lot of media people. We are accessible. That doesn’t mean we automatically are amenable to that access. Junior was. Robert Heard: “I too am one of those who never met Bob but feel the loss of such a fine and talented sports person. Most every day I looked forward to Bob and Coach Pat on the Animal. They were like a tag-team of greatness. I've learned at 68 that our life is very uncertain and bad things do happen to good people. Bob will be missed for a long time to come.” Jones and BBJ indeed were an excellent combo on the radio. Think about it. Bob Barry Sr. called the games of Jones’ great OSU teams from the 1980s, then Bob Barry Jr. teamed with Jones on the radio for many years. DeLinda Cole: “I wanted to write to express my condolences to you and the Sports Animal staff for the loss of BBJ. I also want to say that the tribute and expression of love and respect that has been shared about him throughout the past two days has been honoring, and I'm quite certain that BBJ is smiling down from heaven with pride. This is a horrible tragedy, but you all have done an excellent job in honoring him.” Thanks. The reaction from the Sports Animal personalities has been very telling to me. I’ve seen and heard things I never thought I would see and hear. And that’s a good thing. Jerry Isbell: “Oklahoma has lost a broadcasting legend and I’m mourning the loss of a dear friend. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. Bobby was a rock star. Surely he’d never leave us this soon. He was always the life of the party. Junior never needed sleep or an on-air script. He could ad-lib better than anyone. As a young journalist, Bobby taught me there were only three things to ask… Why, why and why? I can’t figure it out. ‘Why?’ He was killed on his motorcycle as a scumbag with no license, carrying drugs, made a U-turn in his pathway. As always, Bobby was full speed ahead and bringing it peddle to the metal. His heart and peddle were always jammed to the floorboard for us all. That’s why we loved him. I first met Bob Barry Jr. in 1985. I was a freshman at the University of Oklahoma and wanted to be in the TV sports business. But more importantly, I wanted to learn marketing. I realized he ‘had it.’ He knew marketing. I clung to his every move and knew I was watching a legend. Bobby took me under his wings and for some reason liked me. I was an 18 year-old punk from Broken Bow, OK. He treated me like royalty. Why? I made him laugh a lot…he loved to laugh. From scores of chuckles, a great friendship was born. I learned how to ask questions from him. I learned how to work a room from him. I learned how to speak in front of people from him. I learned how to deliver a sales pitch from him. I learned how to love people more… because of him. He always found something great in everyone. Bobby loved people. He craved interaction with others…he needed it like oxygen. No time for ‘downtime.’ He had to hang with folks. His father was the legendary Bob Barry Sr. He was born into Oklahoma broadcasting royalty but never showed it. Bobby worked his tail off. 18-20 hour days…I saw it. He’s helped me immensely through the years. A reference from Bob Barry Jr. was golden. Bobby helped me many times. Anything I needed, he’d do it. We enjoyed hundreds of hours together in news helicopters, satellite trucks, stinky vans and horrible press conference buffets. We spent time together with legends like Gary Player, Barry Switzer, Barry Sanders, Brian Bosworth, Monica Seles and James Garner. I could name drop hundreds more. He connected with them all and they loved him. Why? We last spoke a couple of weeks ago. He’d been wanting to play Cedar Creek Golf Course in Beavers Bend and take his wife to our Mountain Visa cabin. He was planning something great for her…only he knew why. I’ve been fortunate to be around many national media people through the years. None were better than Bob Barry Jr. Especially behind the scenes. He could prepare a sportscast in a matter of minutes. Bobby was lightning fast as a deadline approached. He could work under pressure like none other. There are so many emotions flowing now as tears pound my keyboard. I’d thought several times to tell him, ‘wear a helmet on your motorcycle.’ I was going to tell him the next time we spoke. Why didn’t I tell him sooner? Why did the guy with no license and dope in his vehicle make a U-Turn in front of him? Bobby, you’ve always had the scoop. We’re struggling. We need one last breaking story. Please help us understand ‘why?’” Not really any doubt that BBJ evoked passion and loyalty. Jay Badry: “Having just read of the untimely death of Bob Barry Jr., my heart sank. Of course, I had never met him personally, but he and his dad were such a part of my life as an Oklahoman and a lifetime OU fan. And then I thought of you and others who had a personal connection with BBJ and I can't imagine how this affects you. In the book of James we read that life is like the morning fog that appears for a short time and is soon gone. What a reminder to hold every moment and everyone we love close and never miss a chance to squeeze the very marrow out of life. Certainly, those of us who hope in Christ have assurance of a life beyond this one, yet it's hard to say goodbye, especially when those we love are taken so suddenly.” The suddenness of BBJ’s death is startling. To everything there is a season, but a 58-year-old man still in his prime — Bobby seemed a decade younger — makes us all take stock.
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports