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Class 6A football playoffs will have a bye week to avoid championship games on Thanksgiving weekend.
High schools: Classification committee formed by OSSAA
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Mar 26, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors continued their look at classification issues Wednesday, officially naming the members of the committee to examine the issue. The committee — comprised of 13 members — will look at classifications across all sports after Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen made a presentation in July asking to split Class 6A into two divisions in all sports, not just football. The board elected to form a committee to examine the classification in all activities, including the non-athletic activities. Balenseifen will be on the board along with Tulsa Public Schools District athletic director Gil Cloud, Bethany superintendent Kent Schellenberger, Tishomingo superintendent Kevin Duncan, Cache athletic director Lonnie Nunley, Midwest City principal Chris Reynolds, along with board members Duane Merideth, Mike Broyles and Mike Zurline. OSSAA staff members David Jackson and Mike Plunkett are also on the committee. Non-athletic representatives include Norman Fine Arts director Brad Benson and Edmond Santa Fe assistant principal Catherine Johnston. CLASS 6A FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS BYE WEEK DECIDED The OSSAA voted to make the third week of the football playoffs a bye week for both divisions of Class 6A next season, avoiding having championship games on Thanksgiving weekend. With each class featuring just 16 teams, it will take three games to determine a champion instead of the four for other classes. The addition of a bye week allows both Class 6A divisions to finish the same weekend the former Class 6A finished. SHEAKLEY CONTRACT NOT EXTENDED EXTRA YEAR With the option to extend OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley’s existing contract one year, the board voted 6-4 in favor of not adding one year to the deal. Sheakley is under contract for two more years following this school year and said he is not concerned with the board’s decision. “I’ve got a great board and very supportive board,” Sheakley said. “For a lot of them, that’s just what they do in their districts. I’m good with that.” The board did vote to renew contracts for Jackson, Plunkett, Amy Cassell, Mike Clark, Mike Whaley and David Glover through next year. CARL ALBERT HOSTING CHARITY GAME THURSDAY The Carl Albert baseball team is hosting a charity baseball game Thursday afternoon against Guthrie with proceeds going to Titans alumnus Matt Montgomery, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and admission is $5. The proceeds from the gate will go to Montgomery as part of a school-wide fundraiser. Montgomery played football and briefly played baseball at Carl Albert. DOZIER PICKS UP WIN NO. 500 Carl Albert baseball coach Wayne Dozier picked up win No. 500 last week, adding to a strong legacy that includes two straight Class 5A titles. “It means I’m getting old, really,” Dozier said. “It also means we’ve had a lot of good guys. Since I came back in ’05 it’s been year after year that we’ve had guys that are really good athletes and really good players.” Dozier first started coaching the Titans in 1995 and spent six years before stepping away from baseball. He never left the school, but returned in 2005 to the field. It’s worked out well for everybody with him in the dugout. “Our big deal is building team chemistry, working together, playing hard and finding ways to be better teammates and find ways to work harder and become better players,” said Dozier, who will be honored Friday for his achievement. “Very simple goals, but these guys buy into those things. The last thing is being dependable.” ROLAND’S CANTRELL PICKS ARKANSAS One offer was all it took for Roland’s Austin Cantrell to make his college choice. Just a few days after receiving an offer from Arkansas, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end verbally committed to the SEC school, according to multiple online reports. Cantrell becomes the state’s fourth prospect in the 2015 class to commit, along with Norman North quarterback John Kolar (Oklahoma State) and OU pledges Josh Wariboko-Alali of Casady and Marquise Overton of Jenks.
BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore...
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: Sunday, March 23
Mar 22, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Brenden Fowler, Yukon (Crowder) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Connor Litterell, Tuttle (Cowley County) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Mason McAlister, Yukon (Cowley County) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Tyler McIntosh, Tuttle (SW Christian) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Seth Sandlin, Stigler (Carl Albert) Dalton Secrist, Tuttle (SW Christian) Ryan Skalnik, Verdigris (Neosho) Will Sprayberry, Moore (NOC-Enid) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) Logan Wigley, Yukon (NOC-Enid) BOYS BASKETBALL Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Mitch Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Rylee Bellmon, Perry (UCO) Deven Bond, Poteau (UCO) Maddie Brown, Jenks (UCO) Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Taylor Harrill, Cache (St. Gregory’s) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Mikayla Howorka, Tuttle (SWOSU) Anthonio Humphrey, Douglass (Kansas) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Heather Johnson, Noble (St. Gregory’s) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North (Pittsburg St.) Hayley Redwine, Norman (OU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek (UCO) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre’Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Dustin Blasingame, Carl Albert (Southwestern, Kan.) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Luke Booker, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) Austin Cross, Grove (OBU) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike’Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Rayce Denton, Heritage Hall (Arizona Christian) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Garrett Duckworth, OCS (OBU) Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Jared Fink, Dewey (OBU) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jesse Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Craig Hofeld, Destiny Christian (OBU) Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Jake Jones, Verdigris (Ottawa) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Drew Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Evangel) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Gerrell Murry, Putnam City (SWOSU) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O’Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Dustin Pierce, Jones (Mid-America Nazerene) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Wesley Rivas, Tahlequah (William Penn) Tanner Robertson, Mustang (OBU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Evan Sprayberry, Moore (Tabor) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Brett Tye, Jenks (Pitt St.) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Nathan Voreis, Tuttle (SNU) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Willliams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Ty Yeates, Jenks (William Penn) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (St. Gregory’s) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Jessica Gremling, Moore (Southwestern, Kan.) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Chad Smith, Plainview/OU (OBU) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jessica Prewitt, Broken Arrow (OBU) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Truman Berghall, Jenks (OBU) Durham Chilcoat, Jenks (OBU) Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue Depaz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Julius James, Moore (NSU) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Michael Mitrik, Jenks (Tulsa) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Nathan Osborne, Jenks (OBU) Daniel Paugh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Tyler Ridener, Jenks (Central Arkansas) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Reagan Ballard, Edmond Memorial (UCO) Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abby Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Kayla Buster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Karla Cabello, Puntam City North (Mid-America Christian) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Jordan Cleveland, Moore (USAO) Anna Crawford, Mustang (OU)* Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Melissa Giles, Broken Arrow (NSU) Caitlyn Hanslovan, Verdigris (ORU) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Morgan Kent, Sapulpa (NSU) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Madi Logsdon, Tulsa Union (NSU) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Julia Mathis, Broken Arrow (NSU) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Lauren Parker, Stillwater (USAO) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Katelin Teter, Claremore (NSU) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) Sydni Wiles, Mustang (OC) Katelyn Williams, Moore (USAO) Morgan Wilson, Piedmont (USAO) Summer Witt, Verdigris (ECU) SOFTBALL Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Kortney Brown, Duncan (Rose St.) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Makenzie Carpenter, Jenks (Connors St.) Chloe Clifton, Wayne (Seminole St.) Cheyanne Coffman, Apache (Rose St.) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Chris Coplen, Stigler (Eastern) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Peyton Garrett, Tuttle (NWOSU) Shannon Godfrey, Tulsa Kelley (St. Gregory’s) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Caitlin Hall, Moore (OBU) Sable Hankins, Moore (Lamar) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) McKayla Hendrix, Jenks (Seminole St.) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Reneé Leonard, Rush Springs (Rose St.) Brayden Lindsey, Wynnewood (Western Texas) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Jenna Lynn, Moore (OBU) McKenzie Martin, Perkins-Tryon (NOC-Tonkawa) Stephanie Martin, Kellyville (Rose St.) Lauren Mason, Cache (Rose St.) Brianna McArthur, Moore (Central Arkansas) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Shelby Miller, Bethel (Seminole St.) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Alexa Nolen, Stigler (Connors St.) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Sethe Story, Heritage Hall (Austin College) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Aspen Vail, Little Axe (St. Gregory’s) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Jessica Watkins, Glenpool (Rose St.) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Mindy Winters, Tuttle (Rose St.) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) Lauren Zalewski, Rush Springs (Rose St.) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) TENNIS Taylor Factor, Moore (Seminole) Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hayes, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A friend who rescued Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith as he was drowning at a Florida beach said Tuesday he acted on instinct when the pair and two other friends got caught in a rip current."Me and Isaac got pulled farther out than everyone else, so we were having trouble," Mitch McCune said in a telephone interview. "He was drowning and I grabbed him and got him...
Indiana WR hospitalized after swimming accident
Associated Press | Mar 18, 2014BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A friend who rescued Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith as he was drowning at a Florida beach said Tuesday he acted on instinct when the pair and two other friends got caught in a rip current. "Me and Isaac got pulled farther out than everyone else, so we were having trouble," Mitch McCune said in a telephone interview. "He was drowning and I grabbed him and got him to shore. It was tough." He said once he was able to stand, another friend, wide receiver Ty Smith, helped pull Griffith to shore. McCune wasn't sure how far from shore the rip current had taken them, but said they were out past the buoys. McCune performed CPR on Siesta Beach until Sarasota County Sheriff's Department officers and emergency units arrived. Police said Griffith was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where spokeswoman Kim Savage said he remained in a medically induced coma Tuesday evening. His condition was critical but stable, and doctors said he was showing "small, but incremental improvements," she said. Griffith's parents, Shannon and Kim Griffith were by their son's side and released a statement through the hospital, Savage said. "We deeply appreciate the prayers and outpouring of support coming to us through tweets, calls and messages, both from Florida and Indiana. We are seeing positive signs throughout the day and winning small battles that give us hope," the statement said. McCune, an Indiana student who is studying to be an athletic trainer, said he had visited Griffith several times in the hospital and asked Hoosiers fans to pray for Griffith. "Pray for his lungs and his little battles and that he will come out strong and OK," he said. "Just keep thinking positive thoughts." The sheriff's department said Griffith was drinking in a hotel room with McCune, Smith and safety Nick Stoner when the four decided to go swimming. McCune denied they had been drinking. "I don't know how that started," he said. McCune described Griffith as non-responsive when he pulled him out. The sheriff's report said Griffith's CT scans were normal and spokeswoman Wendy Rose said Tuesday that his "signs are positive." Stoner, 21, is a wide receiver from the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood. Smith, a 19-year-old safety, is a redshirt freshman from Bloomington. A statement released by Indiana asked fans to keep Griffith in their thoughts. Griffith played at Homestead High School near Fort Wayne. His father, Shannon Griffith, is football coach at Manchester University in northeastern Indiana.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University wide receiver Isaac Griffith has been hospitalized in critical condition in Florida following a water accident.Griffith's father posted on his Twitter account Tuesday that the redshirt freshman player is in a medically inducted coma at a Sarasota hospital.Shannon Griffith wrote that he and his wife had flown from Indiana to be with their son....
IU receiver in coma after Florida water accident
Associated Press | Mar 18, 2014BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University wide receiver Isaac Griffith has been hospitalized in critical condition in Florida following a water accident. Griffith's father posted on his Twitter account Tuesday that the redshirt freshman player is in a medically inducted coma at a Sarasota hospital. Shannon Griffith wrote that he and his wife had flown from Indiana to be with their son. Griffith says his son's vital signs are stable but that he remains on a ventilator. He wrote that the 19-year-old was involved in a "water accident involving a rip current." Other details weren't immediately available. Shannon Griffith is head football coach at Manchester University in northeastern Indiana. Isaac Griffith set school records for receptions and touchdowns while playing at Homestead High School near Fort Wayne.
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience.
Tributes: Former State Fair Speedway driver Jerry Morrison dies on 76th birthday
BY SCOTT MUNN | Feb 17, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience: *Anything that had wheels and Jerry Morrison was willing to race it. Local dirt car racing fans will remember the El Reno resident for driving a No. 8 Pontiac Grand Prix pro stock at State Fair Speedway. Pro stocks were a highly competitive division over the 1989-2009 seasons, and although Steve Smith, Perry Robb Jr. and Mark Brill dominated headlines by combining for 15 championships, Morrison could make it tough for that trio on any given Friday night. He was often a top-10 driver during his career at the landmark Oklahoma City track, winning six A features and finishing fourth in points for the 1991, 2001 and 2007 seasons. Morrison raced drag cars in the 1960s, twice finishing runner-up in the National Hot Rod Association's World Finals in a B dragster. He later competed in motocross, then moved to oval track car racing. Before becoming a Friday night staple in Oklahoma City, Morrison won three mini-stock championships at Dutton Speedway in Fort Cobb and one title at Clinton Motorsports Park. Morrison's love for speed extended into the family — his granddaughter is Kenzie Ruston, who is a rising star on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Morrison died recently on his 76th birthday. *Dr. Tom Stough, 74, of Okarche was a 123-pound wrestler and quarterbacked the Geary High School football team. Stough earned a wrestling scholarship to Oklahoma, although he soon joined the Army and trained as an X-ray technician. After Stough was discharged, he returned to OU to begin studying medicine. *Michael Raines, 40, was a broker for Midtown Mortgage. The Tulsa Union High School graduate was an All-State golfer in 1992. *Francis Francoeur, 91, of Lawton worked as a gunner and navigator — and eventually became a pilot — on a B-17 bomber during World War II. After the Allied victories, he worked in lumber and also coached boys basketball at St. Mary High School in Ponca City. He guided St. Mary to an Oklahoma Catholic League championship in the 1950s. Francoeur was an avid fisherman who made trips to Mexico and Canada to drop a line. *Jim Pugh died on his 69th birthday. He played football for Cushing High School, when it defeated Harding 15-14 for the Class A state championship in 1961. Pugh went on to serve in Vietnam as a reconnaissance helicopter pilot. *Shirley Willcox Johnson, 72, of Choctaw held OU season football tickets for more than 35 years. She was an international traveler who never left home without her golf clubs and a founding member of the Choctaw Women's Golf Association. *Horace Anderson, 88, of Tulsa played football, basketball and baseball at Wayne High School. The World War II veteran played semi-pro baseball, and he was an avid golfer who, in 1968, was the Mohawk Men's Association champion. By trade, he worked for a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Tulsa. *Don Nelson graduated from Shawnee High School and went on to play tennis for Oklahoma State. Nelson, who spent 36 years working for Southwestern Bell, was a longtime Cowboys football season ticket holder. During off time, Nelson entered several water skiing competitions. He died at age 76. *Virginia Edwards Elkins, 90, of Del City was a 1940 graduate of Crooked Oak High School, where she was an exceptional basketball and softball player. *Darrell Long, 66, of Oklahoma City spent 42 years working at Tinker Air Force Base. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter who spent his post-Tinker years as an archery technician for Bass Pro Shops in Bricktown. Long was also the father-in-law of former Oklahoma City Blazers star Tyler Fleck. *Iona Patterson Flippin, 91, of Norman was devoted supporter of Oklahoma Sooner athletics. The retired teacher attended her last OU-Texas football game at age 90, traveling to Dallas the old-fashioned way — by train. *Oklahoma City resident Eldon Watts, 80, played football and basketball at Cherokee High School in his native Kansas. ... Willie Salyer, 84, of Blanchard played baseball at Binger High School. ... Irene Haynes, 48, played basketball and softball and ran track for Lawton Eisenhower High School. ... Randy Ragsdale, 52, of Oklahoma City was a four-year letterman in football at Dewey High School.
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Roughly 1,000 people attended the funeral for an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player who died.Eddie Key III was remembered Saturday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln. The crows included family, friends and teammates.Jerry Key says he didn't just lose his brother; he lost his best friend.Officials say Key died Feb. 8 because of fluid in his lungs...
Wayne State College funeral draws large crowd
Associated Press | Feb 16, 2014WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Roughly 1,000 people attended the funeral for an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player who died. Eddie Key III was remembered Saturday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln. The crows included family, friends and teammates. Jerry Key says he didn't just lose his brother; he lost his best friend. Officials say Key died Feb. 8 because of fluid in his lungs caused by a bacterial pneumonia infection. Key was found later in his dorm room at the campus in northeast Nebraska. Key was listed as a defensive end for Wayne State last fall. He graduated from Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., in 2013. Wayne State coach Dan McLaughlin says Key was always making his teammates laugh.
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Autopsy results show that pneumonia killed an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player last weekend.Deputy Wayne County Attorney Amy Miller said Thursday that bacterial pneumonia filled Eddie Key III's lungs with fluid. Miller says Key likely died in his sleep sometime Saturday morning.Key was found Saturday evening in his dorm room at the campus in northeast...
Wayne State College player died of pneumonia
Associated Press | Feb 13, 2014WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Autopsy results show that pneumonia killed an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player last weekend. Deputy Wayne County Attorney Amy Miller said Thursday that bacterial pneumonia filled Eddie Key III's lungs with fluid. Miller says Key likely died in his sleep sometime Saturday morning. Key was found Saturday evening in his dorm room at the campus in northeast Nebraska. Key was listed as a defensive end for Wayne State last fall. He graduated from Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., in 2013. Key's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Preliminary autopsy results show no signs that alcohol or a drug overdose was involved in the death of an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player.Eddie Key III's body was found Saturday evening in his dorm room at the campus in northeast Nebraska.Wayne Police Chief Marlen Chinn says it may take weeks before complete autopsy and toxicology results are available....
Alcohol, drugs don't show up in Wayne autopsy
Associated Press | Feb 10, 2014WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Preliminary autopsy results show no signs that alcohol or a drug overdose was involved in the death of an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player. Eddie Key III's body was found Saturday evening in his dorm room at the campus in northeast Nebraska. Wayne Police Chief Marlen Chinn says it may take weeks before complete autopsy and toxicology results are available. Authorities believe Key died in his sleep Saturday morning. He was last seen alive about 4 a.m. Saturday. Key played defensive end for Wayne State last fall after he graduated from Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., in 2013.
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player who was found dead in his dorm room.An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Sunday on Eddie Key III's body. He was found in his dorm room around 7 p.m. Saturday.Authorities believe Key likely died in his sleep Saturday morning, said Amy Miller with the Wayne County...
Death of Wayne State College player investigated
Associated Press | Feb 9, 2014WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player who was found dead in his dorm room. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Sunday on Eddie Key III's body. He was found in his dorm room around 7 p.m. Saturday. Authorities believe Key likely died in his sleep Saturday morning, said Amy Miller with the Wayne County Attorney's office. Key was last seen alive around 4 a.m. Saturday. Wayne State spokesman Jay Collier says the college of about 3,600 students in northeast Nebraska is providing counseling to the football team and other residents of the dormitory where Key lived. Key played defensive end for Wayne State last fall after he graduated from Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., in 2013. He was a second-team All-Nebraska player and was recognized for his play on the offensive line at North Star as a high school junior and senior. Key's high school coach, Mark Waller, said the young man had appeared to have a bright future. "He was just a great kid," Waller said. "It's a tragic situation. We loved Eddie and we're going to miss him." The Lincoln school district plans to send counselors to North Star to visit with Key's former teammates and classmates.
Feb 8, 2014
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Oklahoma high school sports signing list: Feb. 8, 2014
Feb 8, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) BOYS BASKETBALL Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Mitch Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre'Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D'Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike'Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Janari Glover, Millwood (Western Illinois) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jessie Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O'Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Williams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (Arizona Christian) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Memorial (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue Depaz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abby Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) SOFTBALL Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O'Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) TENNIS Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hayes, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Winters guided the Bronchos to three conference championships and one NAIA Tournament appearance.
Tributes: Former UCO basketball coach Mark Winters dies at age 85
BY SCOTT MUNN, Assistant Sports Editor, email@example.com | Feb 3, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience: *Mark Winters, 85, spent 16 years as men's head basketball coach at the University of Central Oklahoma. He guided the Bronchos to a 239-185 record with three Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championships and one NAIA Tournament appearance over the 1962-78 seasons. Winters was inducted into the UCO Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. He also spent time as a basketball coach at the high school level and at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at first Presbyterian Church in Edmond. *Leland Crissman, 86, of Duncan was a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. The right-hander spent the 1947 season with the Ardmore Indians of the Sooner State League, tying for the team lead with 11 wins. Crissman threw for the Indians' farm teams in Midland, Texas (1948) and Spartanburg, S.C. (1949), before returning to Oklahoma for one more season of pro ball. He played parts of the 1950 season with the Chickasha Chiefs of the Sooner State League and the Oklahoma City Indians of the Texas League. After his playing days, he coached American Legion baseball and worked for Haliburton Services. *Stillwater resident Joan Bauer Wittner was a New York native who coached at the elementary and high school levels. She and husband Bob moved to Oklahoma in 1982 (Bob accepted a position at Oklahoma State), and Joan continued her involvement in athletics. She was a youth soccer coach; officiated youth and adult sports; and worked as a coach and volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics. Joan was a Donna Nigh Award recipient for her service as a volunteer. She died recently at age 73. *Vern Benson, 89, of Granite Quarry, N.C., spent the 1959 and 1960 baseball seasons as manager of the Tulsa Oilers. Benson guided the St. Louis Cardinals farm team to a 153-135 record and two third-place finishes in the Texas League. He then served as an assistant coach for several big league teams, including the Cardinals' 1964 world champions. In an unusual twist to Benson's career, he spent one game as manager of a bad Atlanta Braves team, in 1977. He replaced Braves owner and television magnate Ted Turner, who managed one game while regular skipper, Dave Bristol, was on a reported scouting assignment. National League president Chub Feeney told Turner rules prohibited managers from having ownership in a team. So Benson, the Braves' third-base coach, took over for Turner until Bristol returned to finish out a 61-101 season. *Archie Franz, 88, played basketball for Corn High School. He became a farmer and rancher in the area, supplementing his income by refereeing basketball games. *Seth Martin, 15, played basketball for the Cement junior high and high school teams. A devoted fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant. *Racine, Wis., native Virgil Carlson had a successful tryout with the old Milwaukee Braves — but any thoughts of playing pro baseball were dashed later that week, when he was drafted into the Navy. He was a Broken Arrow resident at the time of death at age 74. *Stanley Hardrick played football at Central High School in Oklahoma City and Cameron University in Lawton. Hardrick was a 240-pound all-district and All-Capital Conference lineman for Central, which clinched its league championship in 1966 with an 18-16 victory over Southeast. The title was the Cardinals' first of any kind since 1947. After college, Hardrick went on to become a supervisor for the City of Oklahoma City. *Tulsa native Linda Ishmael Smith, 78, was an all-conference basketball player at Jenks. She worked in speech therapy in Oklahoma, Illinois, Virginia and Wisconsin before retiring to Sarasota, Fla. *Dwight Ward, 57, of Maysville owned the D&L Tackle Shop. He also donated time to the Pauls Valley rodeo arena, helping build bleachers. *Wes Burton, 58, of Tulsa was a professional golfer and teaching pro in New York, Florida and Argentina. He spent 30 years playing on either the South American Tour or the Champions Tour. Burton qualified for the 2007 U.S. Senior Open with a record-low 64. *Yvonne Blount Chesnutt, 94, of Oklahoma City played tennis for Central High School, finishing as state runner-up in May 1937. ... Norman Schulz, 76, was a Lone Wolf native who played college football at Southwestern State. ... Patti Baker Crosby, 67, of Edmond was a Cushing High School cheerleader. ... Mary Penner, 57, of Wayne played high school basketball at Lexington. ... Jack Staiger, 83, of Tulsa owned the Staiger Tennis Center for 20 years. *Glen Richardson, 95, of Edmond was a golfer who played at Wichita State. ... Charlene Thorpe Black, 74, of Courtney coached youth softball and was an avid Ringling Blue Devils fan. ... Kevin Weedle, 58, of Denton, Texas, was a record-setting basketball player at Chattanooga High School. ... Sue Parker Wild, 66, of Fox assisted husband Ed in training bird dogs for field trials competition. *Paul Seiter, 74, played baseball and football at Moore High School. ... Elinor Russell Lehman, 91, of Commerce was a cheerleader and football queen at Kingfisher High School. ... John Hudspeth, 78, of Shawnee played baseball at Durant High School and then freshman football at OU. ... Delbert Kauk, 89, of Clinton played sandlot baseball in the 1940s for Johnniesville in western Oklahoma. BY SCOTT MUNN
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is already locked into fixing things that went wrong during the Tigers' 11-2 season.Swinney doesn't want returnees satisfied after a third straight season of double-digit victories and the school's first victory in a BCS bowl with their 40-35 win over Ohio State at the Orange Bowl earlier this month.The countdown clock on video screens at...
Clemson not resting on past success
PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Jan 16, 2014COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is already locked into fixing things that went wrong during the Tigers' 11-2 season. Swinney doesn't want returnees satisfied after a third straight season of double-digit victories and the school's first victory in a BCS bowl with their 40-35 win over Ohio State at the Orange Bowl earlier this month. The countdown clock on video screens at Clemson's football complex is winding down to the next season's opener at Georgia — and Swinney wouldn't have it any other way. "We had a team meeting this week to get these guys back refocused on the new year," Swinney said. "It's what you do. You start over every year." Swinney won't have as many offensive pieces to start over with as he did a year ago. Record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins won't return — Boyd who exhausted his eligibility and Watkins who chose to give up his final college season for the NFL draft. The two were critical components why the Tigers averaged over 500 yards and 40 points a game the past two seasons. Most questions Swinney will face are about who'll replace Boyd, not just as starting quarterback but as the face of Clemson football. "Right away," Swinney said with a grin, "right away you've got to go there." Cole Stoudt, son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, has been Boyd's backup the past three seasons and done well when pressed into service. Boyd was remarkably durable during his time, so Stoudt's role was usually to mop up after games had gotten out of hand. Still, Stoudt's completed nearly 80 percent of his throws this season for 415 yards and five touchdowns. Behind Stoudt is another player with an NFL pedigree in Chad Kelly, the nephew of Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly. Also in the mix is true freshman DeShaun Watson, one of the country's top high school prospects who enrolled at Clemson earlier this month. Swinney has said often that Watson, at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, is the prototype quarterback for Clemson's high-speed offense. "At the end of the day, we are going to have a guy ready to go when it comes time to play, but we've got a long way to go before we figure all of that out," he said. Swinney would also like to elevate Clemson's running attack. The Tigers had their third straight season with a 1,000-yard rusher when senior Rod McDowell passed that mark in the Orange Bowl win. But the Tigers lacked the breakaway back they'd had in past years with C.J. Spiller and Andre Ellington. The Tigers will look for production from Zac Brooks, D.J. Howard, C.J. Davidson, along with freshmen redshirts Wayne Gallman and Tyshon Dye. "We have a chance to be pretty special in our back field," Swinney said. "It will be a little bit of a shift in that direction, if you will, but we will see." They'll be no shortage of players to take over for Watkins, who set school records with 101 catches and 1,464 yards. Charone Peake was a starter before injuring a knee in September, but is rehabbing well and should be ready for the fall. Starter Martavis Bryant, who caught the second-most passes on the team behind Watkins, also declared early for the NFL. But Adam Humphries, Germone Hopper, Mike Williams and T.J. Green all return and expect to make an impact. Clemson's defense took a big step forward this season under second-year coordinator Brent Venables and got a boost this week when All-American defensive end Vic Beasley returned to school instead of entering the NFL draft. That leaves intact a defensive line that helped the Tigers lead the country in tackles for loss. The secondary will lose both cornerbacks in senior Darius Robinson and Bashaud Breeland, who gave up his final year in college for the NFL draft. The Tigers will be counting on several young players like MacKensie Alexander, the fourth best high-school prospect from last year who was redshirted after getting hurt in fall camp. Swinney says a focus of spring ball will be in cutting down turnovers. The Tigers had 26 of them during the season, 10 of those coming in its two losses to national champion Florida State and No. 4 South Carolina. "You don't even have a chance to win those games when you're not taking care of the ball," the coach said. "We've got to really take another step there."
Jan 15, 2014
For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here.
College football hires: Where the coaches comes from
Berry Tramel | Jan 15, 2014[img]2319553[/img] For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here. I also listed the five schools with the best track record of hiring assistant coaches to be head coach — and the five schools with the best track record of hiring head coaches to be head coach. But I had the data for every major-conference school, and I thought I would share it. Here’s what I did. I went back to every hire since roughly World War II. I made some judgment calls. If a coach was hired before the war but coached well after the war — Gen. Robert Neyland at Tennessee, Wally Butts at Georgia, Jim Lookabaugh at OSU — I included him. If a coach came in in 1945 and coached a year or two, I mostly ignored him. Remarkably, I found the previous employer of every coach on this list except one — Pitt’s John Michelosen, who coached Pitt from 1955 through 1965. I found some of his previous history, but I never could figure out what he was doing in 1954. Probably coaching in the NFL, but I couldn’t be sure. Anyway, I thought this was fantastic information, because it can be used so many ways. Which I intend to in the next few days. Who’s had the most stable environment for head coaches? Which school has lost the most assistants to head coaching jobs? What’s been the most prolific stepping stone job? Funny job switches over the years. All kinds of interesting topics, and I tend to get to them in the next few days. But first, I thought I’d just give you the data, ranking the schools from most likely to hire an assistant coach to be head coach, to least likely. It’s a great tour through post-war college football history. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll see all kinds of names you once knew but forgot about it. Pepper Rodgers from Kansas, UCLA and Georgia Tech. John Pont at Indiana and Alex Agase at Purdue. Bo Rein at North Carolina State and, tragically, LSU. John Ralston at Stanford. Pete Elliott, the former Bud Wilkinson lieutenant, at Nebraska, California, Illinois and Miami. Forest Evashevski at Iowa. You can look at coaches’ strange circles. Paul Dietzel going from LSU to Army to South Carolina. Bill Curry from Georgia Tech to Alabama to Kentucky. Wes Fesler from Pitt to Ohio State to Minnesota. You can look at oddities, like Stanford’s amazing affinity for NFL coaches and how Notre Dame isn’t the only school to hire a high school coach. Well, there’s a bunch you can look for. But I’ll get you started by just listing the schools. For OU and OSU, I went way back in time. And I didn’t make note of several coaches who had been head coaches at one time but were assistants when hired at certain jobs: *-denotes sat out one season before being hired; **-denotes sitting out multiple seasons before being hired; OKLAHOMA STATE 91.7 percent Mike Gundy 2005 Oklahoma State assistant Les Miles 2001 Dallas Cowboys assistant Bob Simmons 1995 Colorado assistant Pat Jones 1984 Oklahoma State assistant Jimmy Johnson 1979 Pitt assistant Jim Stanley 1976 Oklahoma State assistant Dave Smith 1972 Winnipeg Blue Bombers assistant Floyd Gass 1969 Austin College Phil Cutchin 1963 Alabama assistant Cliff Speegle 1955 Edmonton Eskimos assistant J.B. Whitworth 1950 Georgia assistant Jim Lookabaugh 1939 Capitol Hill High School Ted Cox 1936 Tulane Albert Exendine 1934 Oklahoma State assistant Pappy Waldorf 1929 Kansas assistant John Maulbetsch 1921 Phillips SYRACUSE 88.9 percent Scott Shaffer 2013 Syracuse assistant Doug Marrone 2009 New Orleans Saints assistant Greg Robinson 2005 Texas assistant Paul Pasqualoni 1991 Syracuse assistant Dick MacPherson 1981 Cleveland Browns assistant Frank Maloney 1974 Michigan assistant Ben Schwartzwalder 1949 Muhlenberg Reaves Baysinger 1947 Syracuse assistant Biggie Munn 1946 Michigan assistant OKLAHOMA 85 percent Bob Stoops 1999 Florida assistant John Blake 1996 Dallas Cowboys assistant Howard Schnellenberger 1995 Louisville Gary Gibbs 1989 Oklahoma assistant Barry Switzer 1973 Oklahoma assistant Chuck Fairbanks 1967 Oklahoma assistant Jim Mackenzie 1966 Arkansas assistant Gomer Jones 1964 Oklahoma assistant Bud Wilkinson 1947 Oklahoma assistant Jim Tatum 1946 Iowa Pre-Flight Snorter Luster 1941 New York Giants assistant Tom Stidham 1937 Oklahoma assistant Biff Jones 1935 LSU Lewie Hardage 1932 Vanderbilt assistant Adrian Lindsey 1927 Bethany (KS) Bennie Owen 1905 Bethany (KS) GEORGIA 83.3 percent Mark Richt 2001 Florida State assistant Jim Donnan 1996 Marshall Ray Goff 1989 Georgia assistant Vince Dooley 1964 Auburn assistant Johnny Griffith 1961 Georgia assistant Wally Butts 1939 Georgia assistant WEST VIRGINIA 81.8 percent Dana Holgorsen 2011 Oklahoma State assistant Bill Stewart 2007 West Virginia assistant Rich Rodriguez 2001 Clemson assistant Don Nehlen 1980 Michigan assistant Frank Cignetti 1976 West Virginia assistant Bobby Bowden 1970 West Virginia assistant Jim Carlen 1966 Georgia Tech assistant Gene Corum 1960 West Virginia assistant Art Lewis 1950 Mississippi State assistant Dudley DeGroot 1948 Los Angeles Dons Bill Kern 1940 Carnegie Tech KANSAS STATE 77.8 percent Bill Snyder 2009 retired Ron Prince 2006 Virginia assistant Bill Snyder 1989 Iowa assistant Stan Parrish 1986 Marshall Jim Dickey 1979 North Carolina assistant Ellis Rainsberger 1975 Wisconsin assistant Vince Gibson 1967 Tennessee assistant Doug Weaver 1960 Missouri assistant Bus Mertes 1955 Kansas State assistant VANDERBILT 78.6 percent James Franklin 2011 Maryland assistant Robbie Caldwell 2010 Vanderbilt assistant Bobby Johnson 2002 Furman Woody Widenhofer 1995 Vanderbilt assistant Rod Dowhower 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant Gerry DiNardo 1991 Colorado assistant Watson Brown 1986 Rice George MacIntyre 1979 Ole Miss assistant Fred Pancoast 1975 Memphis Steve Sloan 1973 Georgia Tech assistant Bill Pace 1967 Arkansas assistant John Green 1963 Florida assistant Arthur Guepe 1953 Virginia assistant Bill Edwards 1949 Cleveland Browns assistant NORTHWESTERN 72.7 percent Pat Fitzgerald, 2006, Northwestern assistant Randy Walker, 1999, Miami-Ohio GaryBarnett,1992, Colorado assistant Francis Peay, 1986, Northwestern assistant Dennis Green, 1981, Stanford assistant Rick Venturi, 1978, Illinois assistant John Pont, 1973, Indiana Alex Agase, 1964, Northwestern assistant Ara Parseghian, 1956, Miami-Ohio Lou Saban, 1955, Washington assistant Bob Voigts, 1947, Cleveland Browns assistant VIRGINIA TECH 71.4 percent Frank Beamer 1987 Murray State Bill Dooley 1978 North Carolina Jimmy Sharpe 1974 Alabama assistant Charlie Coffey 1971 Arkansas assistant Jerry Claiborne 1960 Alabama assistant Frank Moseley 1951 Kentucky assistant Robert McNeish 1948 Navy assistant CALIFORNIA 69.2 percent Sonny Dykes 2012 Louisiana Tech Jeff Tedford 2002 Oregon assistant Tom Holmoe 1997 California assistant Steve Mariucci 1996 Green Bay Packers assistant Keith Gilbertson 1992 Washington assistant Bruce Snyder 1987 Los Angeles Rams assistant Joe Kapp 1982 non-football Roger Theder 1978 California assistant Mike White 1972 Stanford assistant Ray Willsey 1964 NFL assistant Marv Levy 1960 New Mexico Pete Elliott 1957 Nebraska Pappy Waldorf 1947 Northwestern BAYLOR 66.7 percent Art Briles 2008 Houston Guy Morriss 2003 Kentucky Kevin Steele 1999 Carolina Panthers assistant Dave Roberts 1997 Notre Dame assistant Chuck Reedy 1993 Baylor assistant Grant Teaff 1972 Angelo State Bill Beall 1969 LSU assistant John Bridgers 1959 Baltimore Colts assistant Sam Boyd 1956 Baylor assistant WAKE FOREST 64.2 percent Dave Clawson 2014 Bowling Green Jim Grobe 2001 Ohio Jim Caldwell 1993 Penn State assistant Bill Dooley 1987 Virginia Tech Al Groh 1981 Texas Tech assistant John Mackovic 1978 Purdue assistant Chuck Mills 1973 Utah State Tom Harper 1972 Wake Forest assistant Cal Stoll 1969 Michigan State assistant Bill Tate 1964 Illinois assistant Billy Hildebrand 1960 Wake Forest assistant Paul Amen 1956 Army assistant Tom Rogers 1951 Wake Forest assistant Peahead Walker 1937 Elon UTAH 63.6 percent Kyle Whittingham 2005 Utah assistant Urban Meyer 2003 Bowling Green Ron McBride 1990 Arizona assistant Jim Fassel 1985 New Orleans Breakers assistant Chuck Stobart 1982 Toledo Wayne Howard 1977 Long BeachState Tom Lovat 1974 Utah assistant Bill Meek 1968 Army assistant Mike Giddings 1966 Southern Cal assistant Ray Nagel 1958 UCLA assistant Jack Curtice 1950 Texas-El Paso TEXAS TECH 63.6 percent Kliff Kingsbury 2013 Texas A&M assistant Tommy Tuberville 2010 Auburn* Mike Leach 2000 Oklahoma assistant Spike Dykes 1987 Tech assistant David McWilliams 1986 Texas assistant Jerry Moore 1981 North Texas Rex Dockery 1977 Tech assistant Steve Sloan 1975 Vanderbilt Jim Carlen 1970 West Virginia J.T. King 1961 Tech assistant DeWitt Weaver 1951 Tulsa assistant NEBRASKA 62.5 percent Bo Pelini 2008 LSU assistant Bill Callahan 2004 Oakland Raiders Frank Solich 1998 Nebraska assistant Tom Osborne 1973 Nebraska assistant Bob Devaney 1962 Wyoming Bill Jennings 1957 Nebraska assistant Pete Elliott 1956 Oklahoma assistant Bill Glassford 1949 New Hampshire FLORIDA STATE 62.5 percent Jimbo Fisher 2010 Florida State assistant Bobby Bowden 1976 West Virginia Darrell Mudra 1974 Western Illinois Larry Jones 1971 Tennessee assistant Bill Peterson 1960 LSU assistant Perry Moss 1959 Wisconsin assistant Tom Nugent 1953 VMI Don Veller 1948 Indiana assistant MISSISSIPPI STATE 61.5 percent Dan Mullen 2009 Florid assistant Sylvester Croom 2004 Green Bay Packers assistant Jackie Sherrill 1991 Texas A&M** Rockey Felker 1986 Alabama assistant Emory Bellard 1979 Texas A&M Bob Tyler 1973 MississippiState assistant Charles Shira 1967 Texas assistant Paul Davis 1962 MississippiState assistant Wade Walker 1956 MississippiState assistant Darrell Royal 1954 Edmonton Eskimos Murray Warmath 1952 Army assistant Slick Morton 1949 VMI Allyn McKeen 1939 Memphis WASHINGTON STATE 61.5 percent Mike Leach 2012 Texas Tech** Paul Wulff 2008 Eastern Washington Bill Doba 2003 Washington State assistant Mike Price 1989 WeberS tate Dennis Erickson 1987 Wyoming Jim Walden 1978 Washington State assistant Warren Powers 1977 Nebraska assistant Jackie Sherrill 1976 Pittsburgh assistant Jim Sweeney 1968 Montana State Bert Clark 1964 Washington assistant Jim Sutherland 1958 Washington assistant Al Kircher 1952 Michigan State assistant Forest Evashevski 1950 Washington State assistant PITTSBURGH 61.1 percent Paul Chryst 2012 Wisconsin assistant Todd Graham 2011 Tulsa Dave Wannstedt 2005 Miami Dolphins Walt Harris 1997 Ohio State assistant Johnny Majors 1993 Tennessee Paul Hackett 1989 Pittsburgh assistant Mike Gottfried 1986 Kansas Foge Fazio 1982 Pittsburgh assistant Jackie Sherrill 1977 Washington State Johnny Majors 1973 Iowa State Carl DePasqua 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Dave Hart 1966 Navy assistant John Michelosen 1955 assistant Red Dawson 1952 Michigan State assistant* Tom Hamilton 1951 Pittsburgh administrator Len Casanova 1950 Santa Clara Mike Milligan 1947 Pittsburgh assistant Wes Fesler 1946 Princeton assistant OREGON 60 percent Mark Helfrich 2013 Oregon assistant Chip Kelly 2009 Oregon assistant Mike Bellotti 1995 Oregon assistant Rich Brooks 1977 UCLA assistant Don Read 1974 Portland State** Dick Enright 1972 Oregon assistant Jerry Frei 1967 Oregon assistant Len Casanova 1951 Pittsburgh Jim Aiken 1947 Nevada Tex Oliver 1938 Arizona STANFORD 60 percent David Shaw 2011 Stanford assistant Jim Harbaugh 2007 San Diego Walt Harris 2005 Pittsburgh Buddy Teevens 2002 Florida assistant Tyrone Willingham 1995 Minnesota Vikings assistant Dennis Green 1989 San Francisco 49ers assistant Jack Elway 1984 San Jose State Paul Wiggin 1980 New Orleans Saints assistant Rod Dowhower 1979 Stanford assistant Bill Walsh 1977 San Diego Chargers assistant Jack Christiansen 1972 Stanford assistant John Ralston 1963 Utah State Jack Curtice 1958 Utah Chuck Taylor 1951 San Francisco 49ers assistant Marchmont Schwartz 1942 Stanford assistant OLE MISS 60 percent Hugh Freeze 2012 ArkansasState Houston Nutt 2008 Arkansas Ed Orgeron 2005 Southern Cal assistant David Cutcliffe 1998 Tennesee assistant Tommy Tuberville 1995 Texas A&M assistant Billy Brewer 1983 Louisiana Tech Steve Sloan 1978 Texas Tech Ken Cooper 1974 Ole Miss assistant Billy Kinard 1971 Arkansas assistant John Vaught 1947 Ole Miss assistant TCU 60 percent Gary Patterson 2000 TCU assistant Dennis Franchione 1998 New Mexico Pat Sullivan 1992 Auburn assistant Jim Wacker 1983 Texas State F.A. Dry 1977 Tulsa Jim Shofner 1974 San Francisco 49ers assistant Billy Tohill 1972 TCU assistant Jim Pittman 1971 Tulane Fred Taylor 1967 TCU assistant Abe Martin 1953 TCU assistant ILLINOIS 59.1 percent Tim Beckman, 2012, Toledo Ron Zook, 2005, Florida Ron Turner, 1997, Chicago Bears assistant Lou Tepper, 1991, Illinois assistant John Mackovic, 1988, Kansas City Chiefs* Mike White, 1980, San Francisco 49ers assistant Gary Moeller, 1977, Michigan assistant Bob Blackman, 1971, Dartmouth Jim Valek, 1967, South Carolina assistant Pete Elliot,1960, California Ray Eliot,1942, Illinois assistant UCLA 59.1 percent Jim Mora Jr. 2012 Seattle Seahawks** Rick Neuheisel 2008 Baltimore Ravens assistant Karl Dorrell 2003 Denver Broncos assistant Bob Toledo 1996 UCLA assistant Terry Donahue 1976 UCLA assistant Dick Vermeil 1974 Los Angeles Rams assistant Pepper Rodgers 1971 Kansas Tommy Prothro 1965 Oregon State Bill Barnes 1958 UCLA assistant Red Sanders 1949 Vanderbilt Bert LaBrucherie 1945 Los Angeles High School KENTUCKY 58.3 percent Mark Stoops 2013 Florida State assistant Joker Phillips 2010 Kentucky assistant Rich Brooks 2003 Atlanta Falcons assistant** Guy Morriss 2001 Kentucky assistant Hal Mumme 1997 Valdosta State Bill Curry 1990 Alabama Jerry Claiborne 1982 Maryland Fran Curci 1973 Miami John Ray 1969 Notre Dame assistant Charlie Bradshaw 1962 Alabama assistant Blanton Collier 1954 Cleveland Browns assistant Bear Bryant 1946 Maryland LSU 58.3 percent Les Miles 2005 Oklahoma State Nick Saban 2000 Michigan State Gerry DiNardo 1995 Vanderbilt Curley Hallman 1991 Southern Miss Mike Archer 1987 LSU assistant Bill Arnsparger 1984 Miami Dolphins assistant Jerry Stovall 1980 LSU assistant Bo Rein 1980 North Carolina State Charlie McClendon 1962 LSU assistant Paul Dietzel 1955 Army assistant Gaynell Tinsley 1948 LSU assistant Bernie Moore 1935 LSU assistant IOWASTATE 58.3 percent Paul Rhoads 2009 Auburn assistant Gene Chizik 2007 Texas assistant Dan McCarney 1995 Iowa assistant Jim Walden 1987 Washington State Jim Criner 1983 Boise State Donnie Duncan 1979 Oklahoma assistant Earle Bruce 1973 Tampa Johnny Majors 1968 Arkansas assistant Clay Stapleton 1958 Oregon State assistant Jim Myers 1957 UCLA assistant Vince DiFranceca 1954 Western Illinois Emmett Stuber 1947 Southeast Missouri State VIRGINIA 58.3 percent Mike London 2010 Richmond Al Groh 2001 New York Jets George Welsh 1982 Navy Dick Bestwick 1976 Georgia Tech assistant Sonny Randle 1974 East Carolina Don Lawrence 1971 Virginia assistant George Blackburn 1965 Virginia assistant Bill Elias 1961 George Washington Richard Voris 1958 Army assistant Ben Martin 1956 Navy assistant Ned McDonald 1953 Virginia assistant Arthur Guepe 1946 Virginia assistant BOSTON COLLEGE 57.7 percent Steve Addazio 2013 Temple Frank Spaziani 2009 Boston College assistant Jeff Jagodzinksi 2007 Green Bay Packers assistant Tom O’Brien 1997 Virginia assistant coach Dan Henning 1994 Detroit Lions assistant Tom Coughlin 1991 New York Giants assistant Jack Bicknell 1981 Maine Ed Chlebek 1978 Eastern Michigan Joe Yukica 1968 New Hampshire Jim Miller 1962 Detroit Ernie Hefferle 1960 Washington Redskins assistant Mike Holovak 1951 Boston College assistant Denny Myers 1946 Brown assistant CLEMSON 55.6 percent Dabo Swinney 2008 Clemson assistant Tommy Bowden 1999 Tulane Tommy West 1993 Chattanooga Ken Hatfield 1990 Arkansas Danny Ford 1978 Clemson assistant Charley Pell 1977 Clemson assistant Red Parker 1973 The Citadel Hootie Ingram 1970 Arkansas assistant Frank Howard 1940 Clemson assistant PURDUE 54.5 percent Darrell Hazell 2013 Kent State Danny Hope 2009 Purdue assistant Joe Tiller 1997 Wyoming Jim Colletto 1991 Ohio State assistant Fred Akers 1987 Texas Leon Burtnett 1982 Purdue assistant Jim Young 1977 Arizona Alex Agase 1973 Northwestern Bob DeMoss 1970 Purdue assistant Jack Mollenkopf 1956 Purdue assistant Stu Holcomb 1947 Army assistant SOUTHERN CAL 54.5 percent Steve Sarkisian 2014 Washington Lane Kiffin 2010 Tennessee Pete Carroll 2001 New England Patriots* Paul Hackett 1998 Kansas City Chiefs assistant John Robinson 1993 Los Angeles Rams Larry Smith 1987 Arizona Ted Tollner 1983 Southern Cal assistant John Robinson 1976 Oakland Raiders assistant John McKay 1960 Southern Cal assistant Don Clark 1957 Southern Cal assistant Jeff Cravath 1942 Southern Cal assistant NORTH CAROLINA STATE 53.8 percent Dave Doeren 2013 Northern Illinois Tom O’Brien 2007 Boston College Chuck Amato 2000 Florida State assistant Mike O’Cain 1993 North Carolina State assistant Dick Sheridan 1986 Furman Tom Reed 1983 Miami-Ohio Monte Kiffin 1980 Arkansas assistant Bo Rein 1976 Arkansas assistant Lou Holtz 1972 William & Mary Al Michaels 1971 North Carolina State assistant Earle Edwards 1954 MichiganState assistant Horace Hendrickson 1952 North Carolina State assistant Beattie Feathers 1944 Appalachian State* COLORADO 53.8 percent Mike MacIntyre 2013 San Jose State Jon Embree 2010 Washington Redskins assistant Dan Hawkins 2006 Boise State Gary Barnett 1999 Northwestern Rick Neuheisel 1995 Colorado assistant Bill McCartney 1982 Michigan assistant Chuck Fairbanks 1979 New England Patriots Bill Mallory 1974 Miami-Ohio Eddie Crowder 1963 Oklahoma assistant Bud Davis 1962 Colorado administrator Sonny Grandelius 1959 MichiganState assistant Dal Ward 1948 Minnesota assistant Jim Yeager 1941 IowaState OREGON STATE 50 percent Mike Riley 2003 New Orleans Saints assistant Dennis Erickson 1999 Seattle Seahawks Mike Riley 1997 Southern Cal assistant Jerry Pettibone 1991 Northern Illinois Dave Kragthorpe 1985 IdahoState Joe Avezzano 1980 Tennessee assistant Craig Fertig 1976 Southern Cal assistant Dee Andros 1965 Idaho Tommy Prothro 1955 UCLA assistant Kip Taylor 1949 Michigan State Lon Stiner 1933 Oregon State assistant ARIZONA 50 percent Rich Rodriguez 2012 Michigan Mike Stoops 2004 Oklahoma assistant John Mackovic 2001 Texas** Dick Tomey 1987 Hawaii Larry Smith 1980 Tulane Tony Mason 1977 Cincinnati Jim Young 1973 Michigan assistant Bob Weber 1969 Arizona assistant Darrell Mudra 1967 Montreal Alouettes Jim LaRue 1959 Houston assistant coach Ed Doherty 1957 Philadelphia Eagles assistant Warren Woodson 1952 Hardin-Simmons Robert Winslow 1949 Southern Cal assistant Miles Casteel 1939 Michigan State assistant MARYLAND 50 percent Randy Edsall 2011 Connecticut Ralph Fridgen 2001 Georgia Tech assistant Ron Vanderlinden 1997 Northwestern assistant Mark Duffner 1992 Holy Cross Joe Krivak 1987 Maryland assistant Bobby Ross 1982 Kansas City Chiefs assistant Jerry Claiborne 1972 Virginia Tech* Roy Lester 1969 Rockville Montgomery High School Bob Ward 1967 Army assistant Lou Saban 1966 Buffalo Bills Tom Nugent 1959 Florida State Tommy Mont 1956 Maryland assistant Jim Tatum 1947 Oklahoma Clark Shaughnessy 1946 Pittsburgh WISCONSIN 50 percent Gary Andersen 2013 Utah State Bret Bielema 2006 Wisconsin assistant Barry Alvarez 1990 Notre Dame assistant Don Morton 1987 Tulsa Dave McClain 1978 Ball State John Jardine 1970 UCLA assistant John Coatta 1967 Wisconsin assistant Milt Bruhn 1956 Wisconsin assistant Ivy Williamson 1949 Lafayette Harry Stuhldreher 1936 Villanova PENN STATE 50 percent James Franklin 2014 Vanderbilt Bill O’Brien 2012 New England Patriots assistant Joe Paterno 1966 Penn State assistant Rip Engle 1950 Brown FLORIDA 50 percent Will Muschamp 2011 Texas assistant Urban Meyer 2005 Utah Ron Zook 2002 New Orleans Saints assistant Steve Spurrier 1990 Duke Galen Hall 1984 Florida assistant Charley Pell 1979 Clemson Doug Dickey 1970 Tennessee Ray Graves 1960 Georgia Tech assistant Bob Woodruff 1950 Baylor Bear Wolf 1946 Navy Pre-Flight KANSAS 46.4 percent Charlie Weis 2012 Florida assistant Turner Gill 2010 Buffalo Mark Mangino 2002 Oklahoma assistant Terry Allen 1997 Missouri State Glen Mason 1988 Kent State Bob Valesente 1986 Kansas assistant Mike Gottfried 1983 Cincinnati Don Fambrough 1979 retired Bud Moore 1975 Alabama Don Fambrough 1971 Kansas assistant Pepper Rodgers 1967 UCLA assistant Jack Mitchell 1958 Arkansas Chuck Mather 1954 Massillon Washington HS Jules Sikes 1948 Georgia assistant MIAMI 45.8 percent Al Golden 2011 Temple Randy Shannon 2007 Miami assistant Larry Coker 2001 Miami assistant Butch Davis 1995 Dallas Cowboys assistant Dennis Erickson 1989 Washington State Jimmy Johnson 1984 Oklahoma State Howard Schnellenberger 1979 Miami Dolphins assistant Lou Saban 1977 Buffalo Bills Pete Elliott 1973 retired Fran Curci 1971 Tampa Charlie Tate 1964 Georgia Tech assistant Andy Gustafson 1948 Army assistant TEXAS A&M 45.8 percent Kevin Sumlin 2012 Houston Mike Sherman 2008 Houston Texans assistant Dennis Franchione 2003 Alabama R.C. Slocum 1989 Texas A&M assistant Jackie Sherrill 1982 Pittsburgh Tom Wilson 1978 Texas A&M assistant Emory Bellard 1972 Texas assistant Gene Stallings 1965 Alabama assistant Henry Foldberg 1962 Wichita State Jim Myers 1958 Iowa State Bear Bryant 1954 Kentucky Ray George 1951 Southern Cal assistant NORTH CAROLINA 45.5 percent Larry Fedora 2012 Southern Miss Butch Davis 2007 Cleveland Browns** John Bunting 2001 New Orleans Saints assistant Carl Torbush 1997 North Carolina assistant Mack Brown 1988 Tulane Dick Crum 1987 Miami-Ohio Bill Dooley 1967 Georgia assistant Jim Hickey 1959 North Carolina assistant Jim Tatum 1956 Maryland George Barclay 1953 North Carolina assistant Carl Snavely 1934 Bucknell TENNESSEE 45.4 percent Butch Jones 2013 Cincinnati Derek Dooley 2010 Louisiana Tech Lane Kiffin 2009 Oakland Raiders Phil Fulmer 1992 Tennessee assistant Johnny Majors 1977 Pittsburgh Bill Battle 1970 Tennessee assistant Doug Dickey 1964 Arkansas assistant Jim McDonald 1963 Tennessee assistant Bowden Wyatt 1955 Arkansas Harvey Robinson 1953 Tennessee assistant Robert Neyland 1926 Tennessee assistant GEORGIA TECH 45 percent Paul Johnson 2008 Navy Chan Gailey 2002 Miami Dolphins assistant George O’Leary 1994 San Diego Chargers assistant Bill Lewis 1992 East Carolina Bobby Ross 1987 Maryland Bill Curry 1980 Green Bay Packers assistant Pepper Rodgers 1974 UCLA Bull Fulcher 1972 Tampa Bud Carson 1967 Georgia Tech assistant Bobby Dodd 1945 Georgia Tech assistant MICHIGAN 45 percent Brady Hoke 2011 San Diego State Rich Rodriguez 2008 West Virginia Lloyd Carr 1995 Michigan assistant Gary Moeller 1990 Michigan assistant Bo Schembechler 1969 Miami-Ohio Bump Elliott 1959 Michigan assistant Bennie Oosterbaan 1948 Michigan assistant Fritz Crisler 1938 Princeton IOWA 44.4 percent Kirk Ferentz, 1999, Baltimore Ravens assistant Hayden Fry, 1979, North Texas Bob Commings, 1974, Massillon Washington High School Frank Lauterbur, 1971, Toledo Ray Nagel, 1966, Utah Jerry Burns, 1961, Iowa assistant Forest Evashevski, 1952, Washington State Leonard Raffensperger, 1950, Iowa assistant Eddiel Anderson, 1939, Holy Cross INDIANA 42.3 percent Kevin Wilson,2011, Oklahoma assistant Bill Lynch, 2007, Indiana assistant Terry Hoeppner, 2005, Miami-Ohio Gerry DiNardo, 2002, Birmingham Thunderbolts Cam Cameron,1997, Washington Redskins assistant Bill Mallory, 1984, Northern Illinois Sam Wyche, 1983, San Francisco 49ers assistant Lee Corso, 1973, Louisville John Pont, 1965, Yale Phil Dickens, 1958, Wyoming Bob Hicks, 1957, Wyoming assistant Bernie Crimmins, 1952, Notre Dame assistant Clyde Smith, 1948, Wisconsin-La Crosse Bo McMillin, 1934, Kansas State DUKE 41.6 percent David Cutcliffe 2008 Tennessee assistant Ted Roof 2003 Duke assistant Carl Franks 1999 Florida assistant Fred Goldsmith 1994 Rice Barry Wilson 1990 Duke assistant Steve Spurrier 1987 Tampa Bay Bandits* Steve Sloan 1983 Ole Miss Shirley Wilson 1979 Duke assistant Mike McGee 1971 East Carolina Tom Harp 1966 Cornell Bill Murray 1951 Delaware Wallace Wade 1931 Alabama WASHINGTON 40.9 percent Chris Petersen 2014 Boise State Steve Sarkisian 2009 Southern Cal assistant Tyrone Willingham 2005 Notre Dame Keith Gilbertson 2003 Washington assistant Rick Neuheisel 1999 Colorado Jim Lambright 1993 Washington assistant Don James 1975 Kent State Jim Owens 1957 Texas A&M assistant Darrell Royal 1956 Mississippi State John Cherberg 1953 Washington assistant Howard Odell 1948 Yale MICHIGAN STATE 40 percent Mark Dantonio 2007 Cincinnati John L. Smith 2003 Utah State Bobby Williams 2000 Michigan State assistant Nick Saban 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant George Perles 1982 Philadelphia Stars Muddy Waters 1980 Saginaw Valley State Darryl Rogers 1976 San Jose State Denny Stolz 1973 Michigan State assistant Duffy Daugherty 1954 Michigan State assistant Biggie Munn 1946 Syracuse SOUTH CAROLINA 40 percent Steve Spurrier 2005 Washingon Redskins* Lou Holtz 1999 Notre Dame** Brad Scott 1994 Florida State assistant Sparky Woods 1989 Appalachian State Joe Morrison 1983 New Mexico Richard Bell 1982 South Carolina assistant Jim Carlen 1975 Texas Tech Paul Dietzel 1966 Army Marvin Bass 1961 Georgia Tech assistant Warren Giese 1956 Maryland assistant ARIZONA STATE 38.5 percent Todd Graham 2012 Pittsburgh Dennis Erickson 2007 Idaho Dirk Koetter 2001 Boise State Bruce Snyder 1992 California Larry Marmie 1988 Arizona State assistant John Cooper 1985 Tulsa Darryl Rogers 1980 Michigan State Frank Kush 1958 Arizona State assistant Dan Devine 1955 Michigan State assistant Clyde Smith 1952 Indiana Larry Siemering 1951 Pacific Ed Doherty 1947 Notre Dame assistant Steve Coutchie 1946 Mesa High School NOTRE DAME 33.3 percent Brian Kelly 2010 Cincinnati Charlie Weis 2005 New England Patriots assistant Tyrone Willingham 2002 Stanford George O’Leary 2002 Georgia Tech Bob Davie 1997 Notre Dame assistant Lou Holtz 1986 Minnesota Gerry Faust 1981 Cincinnati Moeller High School Dan Devine 1975 Green Bay Packers Ara Parseghian 1964 Northwestern Joe Kuharich 1959 Washington Redskins Terry Brennan 1953 Notre Dame assistant Frank Leahy 1941 Boston College MISSOURI 33.3 percent Gary Pinkel 2001 Toledo Larry Smith 1994 Southern Cal** Bob Stull 1989 Texas-El Paso Woody Widenhofer 1985 Oklahoma Outlaws Warren Powers 1978 Nebraska assistant Al Onofrio 1971 Missouri assistant Dan Devine 1958 Arizona State Frank Broyles 1957 Georgia Tech assistant Don Faurot 1935 Truman State AUBURN 28.3 percent Gus Malzahn 2013 Arkansas State Gene Chizik 2009 Iowa State Tommy Tuberville 1999 Ole Miss Terry Bowden 1993 Samford Pat Dye 1981 Wyoming Doug Barfield 1976 Auburn assistant Shug Jordan 1951 Georgia assistant OHIO STATE 25 percent Urban Meyer 2012 Florida* Luck Fickell 2011 Ohio State assistant Jim Tressel 2001 Youngstown State John Cooper 1988 Arizona State Earle Bruce 1979 Iowa State Woody Hayes 1954 Miami-Ohio Wes Fesler 1947 Pitt Paul Bixler 1946 Ohio State assistant TEXAS 22.2% Charlie Strong 2014 Louisville Mack Brown 1998 North Carolina John Mackovic 1992 Illinois David McWilliams 1987 Texas Tech Fred Akers 1977 Wyoming Darrell Royal 1957 Washington Ed Price 1951 Texas assistant Blair Cherry 1947 Texas assistant Dana X. Bible 1937 Nebraska ALABAMA 18.2 percent Nick Saban 2007 Miami Dolphins Mike Shula 2003 Miami Dolphins assistant Mike Price 2003 Washington State Dennis Franchione 2001 TCU Mike DuBose 1997 Alabama assistant Gene Stallings 1990 Phoenix Cardinals Bill Curry 1987 Georgia Tech Ray Perkins 1983 New York Giants Bear Bryant 1958 Texas A&M J.B. Whitworth 1955 Oklahoma State Red Drew 1947 Ole Miss MINNESOTA 18.1 percent Jerry Kill, 2011, Northern Illinois Tim Brewster, 2007, Denver Broncos assistant Glen Mason,1997, Kansas Jim Wacker, 1992, TCU John Gutekunst, 1986, Minnesota assistant Lou Holtz, 1984, Arkansas Joe Salem, 1979, Northern Arizona Cal Stoll, 1972, Wake Forest Murray ‘Warmath, 1954, Mississippi State Wes Fesler, 1951, Ohio State Bernie Bierman, 1932, Tulane ARKANSAS 9.1 percent Bret Bielema 2013 Wisconsin Bobby Petrino 2008 Atlanta Falcons Houston Nutt 1998 Boise State Danny Ford 1993 Clemson** Jack Crowe 1990 Arkansas assistant Ken Hatfield 1984 Air Force Lou Holtz 1977 New York Jets Frank Broyles 1958 Missouri Jack Mitchell 1955 Wichita state Bowden Wyatt 1953 Wyoming Otis Douglas 1950 Drexel
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — From two-star to just plain star — Darqueze Dennard is an inspiration to any player who feels overlooked in the recruiting process.Dennard grew up in Georgia, but he left Southeastern Conference territory to play for Michigan State. To hear him tell the story, he didn't have much of a choice. The Spartans gave an opportunity to a young man who had been an...
Dennard excels as part of Michigan State secondary
NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press | Dec 28, 2013EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — From two-star to just plain star — Darqueze Dennard is an inspiration to any player who feels overlooked in the recruiting process. Dennard grew up in Georgia, but he left Southeastern Conference territory to play for Michigan State. To hear him tell the story, he didn't have much of a choice. The Spartans gave an opportunity to a young man who had been an afterthought to seemingly everyone else. Now Dennard is an All-American and the winner of this year's Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back. He and the fourth-ranked Spartans will take on fifth-ranked Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday. "Seeing it all come together, it's truly a blessing," Dennard said. "My story tells you, just keep praying, believing. Work hard and everything will work out." Dennard was a talented high school player, but that's no guarantee of success at the next level. Scout.com gave him only two stars in its recruiting rankings, and so did Rivals.com. Dennard isn't sure what might have happened to his career if Michigan State hadn't signed him as part of its 2010 recruiting class. He says his family's financial situation would have made it difficult for him to walk on somewhere. "I probably wouldn't have played sports," he said. "I'd probably have been home doing who knows what." In the Big Ten, it didn't take long for Dennard to prove he belonged. He started two games as a freshman for a Michigan State team that ended up tying for the Big Ten title, and he's only improved since then. Dennard intercepted three passes in each of the next two seasons, and four more as a senior. Now he's part of a Michigan State team that's ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense — and will play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988. "He's an extremely competitive young man," coach Mark Dantonio said. "He's a guy that wasn't a highly recruited guy, but extremely quick, and he's got great presence on the football field, great ball skills, great presence, and he brings that to the table, and he brings his confidence to the table." Dennard teams up with fellow cornerback Trae Waynes and safeties Kurtis Drummond and Isaiah Lewis to form the nucleus of a bruising secondary. Michigan State is No. 1 in the nation against the run and No. 6 against the pass. The Spartans like to talk about turning the defense into a "No-Fly Zone" — and that was certainly evident in the Big Ten championship game against Ohio State. The Buckeyes actually rushed for 273 yards against Michigan State's vaunted defense, but Dennard and the secondary held strong, preventing Ohio State from big passing plays that might have broken the game open. Braxton Miller completed only eight passes for the Buckeyes, and the Spartans were able to rally in the fourth quarter for a 34-24 win. "Obviously there's a domino effect. If you're not very good on the edges, then it's going to fall, and you've got to take care of the edges another way," Dantonio said. "We've put a lot of responsibility on (Dennard) and our other corner, Trae Waynes, and they've lived up to their billing." Dennard in particular embodies a Michigan State program that has turned into a consistent winner despite lacking the recruiting hype of rivals like Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. When he came out of high school, Dennard looked like a marginal college prospect. Now, he looks like NFL material. "It's just truly a blessing to even be in the shoes I am today. I really don't believe where I'm at," Dennard said. "You could say I'm playing for those two-star guys that are looking for hope."
Dec 24, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Overton looks around the Colts' locker room and feels like the luckiest guy in town.It's not just because he's playing for the winners of the AFC South and preparing for a second straight playoff run. Or that he participated in one of the greatest one-season turnarounds in NFL history. Or just that he's here at all, fulfilling an improbable NFL dream.For the long...
Overton's road to NFL keeps life in perspective
MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Dec 24, 2013INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Overton looks around the Colts' locker room and feels like the luckiest guy in town. It's not just because he's playing for the winners of the AFC South and preparing for a second straight playoff run. Or that he participated in one of the greatest one-season turnarounds in NFL history. Or just that he's here at all, fulfilling an improbable NFL dream. For the long snapper, life has always been about more than football. "I think it started with my grandfather, who played college football at the University of Washington and coached football for years and was always serving his teammates and coaches and those around the church," Overton said Tuesday. "My dad was a police officer and it was the same thing. Giving back was something I wanted to do." Overton has done his part better than most. Long before he made it to the NFL, he teamed with Maurice Clarett to run a football camp for children in Omaha, Neb. Yes, that Maurice Clarett. This summer, Overton invited 10 patients from Riley Hospital for Children to a Justin Bieber concert in Indianapolis and he's planning to make a Christmas Day visit to the one girl, Mia Benge, who couldn't attend the concert because she was too ill. Serving others came naturally to Overton because it was in his genes. Reaching the big stage of the NFL was not. The 6-foot-1, 242-pound Overton played his college ball at Western Washington, a Division II school that's hardly a mandatory stop for NFL scouts. His pro career began in the barely recognizable arenafootball2 league. He made two stops in the Arena Football League, was cut twice by the Seahawks in training camp and once by the Texans. And when the AFL's best long snapper couldn't find a full-time job in 2010, he challenged his agent to get him one — explaining that if a guy recently released from prison could get signed, he should have a contract, too. "It was odd because my first year in the UFL, our punter was Todd Sauerbrun and he was with Maurice in Denver, so I'd heard all those stories about Maurice," Overton said, recalling his initial thoughts after getting cut by Seattle in 2010. "I thought 'Man, how can a guy like that, who's been incarcerated get a shot and I can't?'" Eventually, Overton did get his shot alongside Clarett in Omaha, and the odd couple became close friends. Overton helped provide Clarett, the guy who led Ohio State to a national championship and served prison time for robbery, with a new perspective on life. Clarett wouldn't allow Overton to let go of his NFL dream, no matter how far-fetched it may have seemed. So when the rebuilding Colts signed Overton during the 2012 offseason, they shared the joy. "He's undersized, he's five years removed from college, he got cut by the UFL, he comes from a situation where he's not supposed to make it. He had plenty of excuses or reasons to give up. My brother Matt doesn't give up," said Clarett, who is now pursuing a rugby career. "It's a Hollywood story how the guy from Western Washington hooked up with the guy from prison. But he's living the American dream." Indianapolis turned out to be a good fit for Overton. Not only did he join a team that was in full rebuild mode, he walked into a locker room where his philosophy was already an essential part of the franchise. Peyton Manning did so much community work that one of the city's children's hospitals was named after the superstar quarterback. Andrew Luck joined a long list of Colts players such as former defensive captain Gary Brackett when he helped at the city's other big pediatric hospital, Riley. Former players such as Tarik Glenn, Marlin Jackson and Jeff Saturday are still involved in community work in the area. Now, at age 28 and in his second NFL season, Overton can't believe his good fortune. He's snapping footballs to Pat McAfee, one of the league's best punters, and Adam Vinatieri, who needs six points to become the seventh member of the NFL's elite 2,000-point club and nine to pass George Blanda for No. 6 on the career list. It could happen Sunday against Jacksonville (4-11). Since he arrived in town, the Colts (10-5) have won 21 games, and he works every day around guys like Luck, AFC sacks leader Robert Mathis and perennial Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne. Overton hasn't changed. "He's a good guy," said Vinatieri, a four-time Super Bowl champion. "He's definitely one of those guys who works hard at his trade. He, Pat and myself, we really blend well together." Overton still speaks regularly with Clarett and checks in frequently with Benge, a high school freshman who was battling a brain tumor when they met. And while Overton isn't going home Wednesday, he does plan to visit with Benge and her family Christmas Day. "She's doing really good, thanks for asking," he said. "I'm just fortunate to be in the position to help. Since coming to Indy, (community work) has been a high priority, a high priority from (team owner Jim) Irsay on down." But Clarett knew that long ago. "I call him the modern day Rudy. He inspired me to do the things that I was trying to do, to never give up," Clarett said. "A lot of people say they can do it, they care about the community and really they could care less. He truly cares." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
Dec 13, 2013
The weekly emails are in. Earlier in the day, I posted the dispatches about Bedlam Behaving Badly and officiating concerns. Now, everything else, ranging from OU exhilaration to OSU agony. BEDLAM DOMINANCE Jimmy: “I cannot believe how in God’s name you can claim ‘the Cowboys dominated much of the day.’ Are you serious?
More emails on Bedlam, Alabama, Mack Brown and Mike Gundy
Berry Tramel | Dec 13, 2013[img]2293353[/img] The weekly emails are in. Earlier in the day, I posted the dispatches about Bedlam Behaving Badly and officiating concerns. Now, everything else, ranging from OU exhilaration to OSU agony. BEDLAM DOMINANCE Jimmy: “I cannot believe how in God’s name you can claim ‘the Cowboys dominated much of the day.’ Are you serious? I began wondering if I watched the same game as you did. I don’t believe necessarily either team dominated the other, and it was a tight game by no accident. You didn’t give any halfway decent credit to OU’s defense for that result. You could have acknowledged OU’s good defensive play, including the goal line defense on the 1-yard line. You are assuming OSU at will could have done whatever they wanted to do to OU and they just simply for some reasons didn’t, and that’s unfortunately cutting OU’s good work yesterday short. I just believe your observation is simply wrong! I know most likely, as usual, you will defend your opinion and claim I’m wrong, or I don’t know what I’m talking about, but every once in awhile I believe you could and should rethink and revisit your observation and correct yourself later, when it’s so obvious like this one.” I stand by what I wrote. OU faked a field goal for a TD, ran back a punt for a TD, staged a goal line stand and got a good performance from its third-team quarterback. And still trailed with 20 seconds left. OSU played that game like it was in complete control. The Cowboy coaches seemed to think they would win so long as they didn’t screw it up. And then suddenly, they were in a cliffhanger, and then suddenly, they had lost a game they had dominated much of the day. Sean: “How would you explain the Bedlam dominance by OU? Obviously the 84 wins to 17 is stunning. But even when you look at just since Switzer stepped down, OSU still has only won six times (one against Smellsofbourbon, two against Blake, and three against Bob). It is simply amazing to me that with competitive games — many down to the wire, particularly in Stillwater — that OU has still won at better than an .800 clip.” I have no ready explanation for it. Much of the time, OU has just been better. But the Sooners seem to win all the close ones. Think of it this way. In the last 37 years, OSU has beaten OU once by single digits. John: “What has happened in the series in the last 13 years is twice OU has had the better team and lost and twice OSU has had the better team and lost. That is really all there is to it. People are panicking because in two of the last four years, OU has won despite having an inferior team. Well, that happens sometimes. Blake Bell is one of the worst quarterbacks in all of Division I this year and one of the worst I have ever seen. But for one drive he managed to look great, just like for one drive a freshman Josh Fields managed to play way above his head. The worst thing Gundy could do is panic and start having an attitude about the game. They used to say the same thing about Tom Osborne. He could never beat OU. But in the ‘70s, when he started coaching, OU generally had the better team. Despite this, Osborne still managed to upset what I think should be considered the best OU team of all time in 1978. But sure enough when the early ‘80s rolled around, Osborne started winning. And when the late ‘80s and early ‘90s came around, he put his foot on OU’s throat. Somehow Sooner magic didn’t mean much when Osborne had the superior team. The same thing will hold true for Gundy. It took him ten years. But he finally has equal talent with OU. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. And with equal talent will come equal breaks. The best thing for Gundy to do now is what he is doing, worry about beating Missouri. Even this year, if OSU goes down and beats Missouri and OU receives the epic beating from Alabama most people expect, OU’s victory won’t seem quite as significant as it does now.” Man, you need to get out more, if the guy who won in South Bend and Stillwater is one of the worst quarterbacks you’ve ever seen. But excellent point about Tom Osborne. Dr. Tom absolutely had an OU problem. But in his final 10 games against the Sooners, Osborne lost just once. John: “I agree that this was the best Bedlam ever. Especially if you’re an OU fan – double-digit road dog, all the injuries, late lead changes and then the touchdown on the last play. But the biggest play of the game (other than the obvious go-ahead TD pass at the end)? The holding call on the first play from scrimmage, which brought back a 75-yard TD. If that TD holds up, the Sooners are getting blown out. There’s no coming back from that.” I tend to agree. That would have been a huge firestarter for OSU. Instead, it sucked the air out of Boone Pickens Stadium, and it took awhile to get it back. MIKE GUNDY Jeff: “I couldn’t agree with you more. An F for coach Gundy. For all the great things Mike Gundy does, clock management is not his forte. On OSU’s final drive, I don’t think we ran the ball once, used very little clock and gave OU the ball with plenty of time left. Then when OU was moving the ball at will, Gundy never called timeout to slow their drive/momentum, not to mention the two calls. He does this all the time, often looking lost, check prior games and pay attention in the future. Gundy can’t manage the clock.” I don’t know. I really haven’t noticed any clock management problems with Gundy, but I haven’t studied it, either. Saturday, I had no problem with OSU’s final drive. Pass, pass, pass, pass. Four great completions brought the Cowboys inside the OU 10-yard line. Then OSU ran three plays into the end zone. You’ve got to score and can’t worry too much about the clock. Herb: “Once again, Mike Gundy coached not to lose instead of coaching to win. Big difference. Same mindset that Pat Jones had in games with OU and Nebraska.” I don’t know. Maybe. I thought OSU passed too much. That’s not playing not to win. That’s just playing silly. Bob: “I am a diehard Cowboy fan, and I believe you were kind in your article. I think of Les Mile’s record against Bob Stoops, and here’s what I think, For the foreseeable future, the very best season a Cowboy fan can look forward to is 11-1. Sooners not only own Bedlam, they own Gundy. That’s what you didn’t say. The coaching staff that produced the Baylor win, is same staff that the Sooners own. I am afraid that given current coaching staff, the Pokes have no chance of ever winning a national title.” I can’t agree. Gundy made some mistakes yesterday, but OSU has done the hard part. Figuring out Bedlam should be the easy part. Tim: “I am still smarting over the Bedlam loss. For me the whole game comes down to one thing you touched on Sunday, and nothing else matters. Everything else in that game is a result of this one thing. Yurcich did not commit to the run when it was dominating the game. There is no doubt had he stayed with almost exclusively running the ball, OSU would have won going away. OSU had the game in hand, and he quit running the ball. Why? OU couldn’t stop it and had not done well against the run all year. What better formula to win any game than a defense that is shutting the other team down, and a dominating run game? How can anyone justify his play calling? I would love to hear him or Gundy try to. We sometimes hear talk about how a certain game was too big of a stage for a young player. Bedlam was way too big of a stage for Mike Yurcich. He blew it, he choked, period.” I don’t know about choking. But I definitely think Yurcich and/or Gundy let the game get away from them. The Cowboys got away from the run, for no apparent reason. And it cost them. Brent: “Does Gundy have an OU problem like John Cooper had a Michigan problem? The three losses in the past four years suggest that it’s possible. Look at the manner in which those three games have been lost. Karma, jinx, whatever you wanna call it, one conference title & one win vs. OU are not acceptable with the resources he’s had in place the majority of his tenure.” I would say the answer is yes. Gundy has an OU problem. John: “I think Mr. Gundy needs to be the next football coach at Texas cause he don’t think Oklahoma high school football players can play on his OSU team. Seventy players on OSU’s roster from Texas. I think it’s disrespect to Oklahoma coaches, high school programs and players. After all, I think Oklahoma taxpayers still foot the bill for OSU.” You can’t argue with the results. OSU has done very well recruiting in Texas. MACK BROWN/NICK SABAN Mitchell: “I think Mack is gone but Saban stays. I know Switzer says Texas is the best job in the country, but I do not buy it. It is one of many. If it were the best job, we would see more empirical evidence. I can publicly debate that OU has been better. The ‘potentially’ best is speculation. They have strapped on cleats since Chester Arthur was president, so we would know by now if they were the best. Think back to the likes of Hayes, Schembechler, McKay, Parseghian, Royal, Bryant, Osborne. These guys do not leave for lateral positions. I think Texas is actually a little less than Bama. There is almost no modern precedent for an elite coach to make a lateral move without some intervening factor (NFL, scandal, etc.). In reality, Texas is a hard job to sell to an established coach at a great program. The idea they ‘get who they want’ is poppycock. After Royal they got Akers, McWilliams, Mackovic and finally Mack from North Carolina (an upgrade hire for him, not a lateral). OU got Wilkinson, Switzer and Stoops from the ranks of assistants. Truth is there is hardly anyone who they can hire that is not either a top assistant or a rising star (like the old Miami of Ohio pipeline). This is the historical precedent of college football at least the last 50 years or so.” I largely agree, though you could argue that Urban Meyer went from Florida to Ohio State, with a year hiatus. But the thesis is right. The Longhorns have not hired an already-paramount coach since D.X. Bible in 1937. David: “I agree 100 percent that Nick Saban is the best college football coach on the scene today. This, despite the fact that Bob Stoops has a higher winning percentage than Saban and has averaged more wins per season than Saban. Even if we suppose that Nick Saban were to travel to Austin, Big 12 fans would probably only be enjoying his coaching prowess for five or six years, judging on his past history. As an OU fan, I would still take Bob Stoops, even with his five-loss seasons in ‘99 and ‘09, over any other college coach on today’s scene.” Warms my heart to know someone still likes their coach. Vernon: “I read Saban was quoted as saying he was a long time ‘friend of the Stoops.’ I don’t see it. Saban was born in West Virginia in 1951, played college ball in Ohio but was too old to have played with any of the Stoops boys. I don’t think he ever coached with any of the Stoops boys. What’s the deal? Why would Saban say he and the Stoopses go way back?” Apparently, when Saban coached at Kent State in the ’70s, and West Virginia in the late ‘70s, and Ohio State in the early ’80s, he recruited Cardinal Mooney High School and got to know Ron Stoops Sr. (Heck, Saban might have recruited Bo Pelini, who did go to Ohio State out of Cardinal Mooney). Saban said he got to know Mark Stoops through the recruiting process and was at Ohio State when Mike and Bob played at Iowa. And it grew from there. Gary: “If Mack does resign, and is replaced by Saban, it will hearken back to 1976, when OU beat Wyoming and Fred Akers in the Fiesta Bowl. Shortly afterward, he was named coach at Texas to replace Darrell Royal.” Except Alabama isn’t Wyoming. Bob: “I believe Saban at Texas would be great for the Big 12. Steel on Steel. Ones vs. Ones. Isn’t that what makes everyone better? I believe the SEC overall got better with Saban (both times).” I agree. It might give OU and OSU some hairy moments, but Texas being better would enhance the Big 12, and the Big 12 being better would enhance OU and OSU. OU-ALABAMA Charles: “Just can’t believe OU will play Alabama. They are arguably still the best team, despite its one loss, in the country, so I hope you will encourage and challenge Bob to put his Big Game Bob skills to good use to prepare for this game. Using your great reporting skills, I hope you can provide some incentive in your words to get those coaches to rise above their current skills and abilities to create a winning game plan for this game. You know Saban will. I remember Bob talking about the weaknesses of the SEC earlier in the year. Now it’s his chance to prove his words playing probably the best team in the country.” Who knows? Maybe Bama will be down. Lost to Utah in the 2008 season Sugar Bowl. I’m not going to be able to motivate the Sooners into anything. John: “I would be interested to read your dissection of this unproven theory: Big Game Bob is bigger in big games as an underdog than he is as a favorite. I have not broken down the data to confirm this, but it seems to be true. He coaches more aggressively and his players seem to respond. When Stoops gets backed into a corner he comes out swinging, and his Sooners seem to play with a reckless abandon. KSU, Nebraska and FSU in that magical season of 2000 come to mind, as do several UT games, and of course, 2013 Bedlam. Do the numbers prove this theory? I understand you don’t need many double reverses, fourth-and-twos, and fake field goals if you are a heavy favorite. But even in tight games against the likes of TCU, OSU, and Tech, he calls a much more conservative game, and his teams don’t play with the bravado they do as dogs. True or not?” It’s a good question. My initial response is no, Stoops’ record isn’t that great as an underdog. Most coaches aren’t. But it’s worth researching. And think of it this way. OU was a huge underdog in the Florida State Orange Bowl, but the Sooners didn’t play with reckless abandon. In fact, OU played fairly conservative that night. Gray: “I am happy for Blake Bell that he did great last week. He deserves good things. Hope he stays. But it would not be the right move to go back to him as starter. Bama has few weaknesses, but like most teams, an athletic QB can give fits. Here are three weeks to hone the offense and work with Knight without a gameplan needed for a game in five days. The future is Knight. But clearly Bell is there in reserve and you could do worse. But going back to Bell as a starter would be regressive in my view. I know they play to win, but this bowl season will also prep for next year. Give TK the start here and you have a sophomore QB that has already faced the ultimate. It will make the future brighter.” Well, I think that in any bowl game, you have to play the quarterback that gives you the best chance to win. To do anything else is cheating your seniors. So the question becomes, who gives OU the best chance to win? I don’t know. I need to talk to some coaches and get a better read. A more mobile quarterback no doubt helps against Alabama. But you’ve got to be able to throw, too, despite what Auburn did. The truth is, OU doesn’t have a Johnny Manziel or an Aaron Murray or an Auburn running game. Lynn: “Bob Stoops had high praise for A.J. McCarron, who was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy the next day. ‘I think AJ McCarron is the best player in the country, I really do,’ Stoops said. ‘If I had a vote, that’s who I’d vote for.’ So does Stoops really feel that McCarron is better than Johnny Manziel? Gosh I hope not, or this season’s Sugar Bowl is going to be even worse than last season’s Cotton Bowl for Stoops and his Sooners. I can’t see McCarron shredding any defense the way Johnny Football did in last year’s Cotton Bowl. That was a clinic.” A&M scored 41 points. I don’t necessarily think Bama will score 41 points in the Sugar Bowl, but it wouldn’t be a big surprise if it happened. And this OU defense is better than last year’s OU defense. John: “Doesn’t it seem a bit odd to you that the Big 12 champion is playing a directional school in the bowl game, and a ‘rebuilding’ OU team, now ravaged with injuries, is playing perhaps the best college football team in the country? I will not miss the BCS! I think that the basic premise was flawed, in that a Central Florida or Northern Illinois could get into a BCS game, even though their regular-season opponents were usually not in the same class as those of the BCS automatic qualifier schools. Boise State notably excepted, most of these Cinderellas turn into pumpkins on the BCS game field. OU will have to play like Boise State did in the Fiesta Bowl to have any chance against Bama.” John: Yes. But also, don’t count out mid-majors. Utah beat Alabama. TCU beat Wisconsin. Northern Illinois was very competitive last year in the Orange Bowl against Florida State. More competitive than Florida was against Louisville. Giving the little guy a chance, if they meet certain standards, I think is fine. Steve: “Being an OU fan, I was very pleased with the way they tenaciously held up against OSU. Showed some character. I do not expect them to beat Alabama, but a good showing on that stage will be invaluable for the younger players and should help a bunch with recruiting.” Well, if OU can avoid getting blown out, it will help recruiting. Win, lose close, sure. But get beat 41-13 again, like the Cotton Bowl last season, could hurt recruiting. Ron: “It looks like we need all of the quarterbacks. The Bama game could be great for recruiting. We don’t have to win….if we can just keep it close and look competitive. If we play well, it could cause us to turn the corner on recruiting again.” I agree. A competitive game would put the Sooners in a positive light. A blowout would be bad for business. Johnny: “The Sugar Bowl could not be a worse matchup for OU and the shape the team is in physically. I probably need to have my head examined, but I might go to the game even though we have no chance. My friends I usually go with have already said they are not wasting their money. Of course it would have been a bad matchup if they were in perfect health, Bama is that much better. All of the talking heads on TV last night were almost laughing at this matchup. The Sugar Bowl agreement with the SEC and Big 12 will not last more than three years. After three blowout games and falling ratings the network will make the Sugar Bowl drop the Big 12 and open it up to the best team available. Just look at your article for that proof. OSU has a little better shot than OU but not much. The Big 12 goes 0-2 against the SEC. This is not a trend it is reality. I don’t see it that way. I don’t see this as an opportunity for OU to get whacked. I see this as an opportunity for OU to make a statement. Maybe win, maybe not, but let people know that Big 12 football and OU football is alive and well. Hardin: “Trevor has started four games and been knocked out of two by injury. Is that the future of this offense? Better have QBs stacked up like running backs.” I think it’s a concern. I think it’s a major concern. James: “OU is in a better bowl than Oregon, LSU, Texas, Baylor, Missouri, Texas A&M, Nebraska, BYU, Notre Dame, Georgia, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Boise State. OU haters will come out of the walls. It’ll happen.” So what if it does. Who cares? BEDLAM TALENT Mike: “Interesting how conflicted the media seems to be about the Sooners. On the one hand, I have read and heard a lot of rhetoric about the Sooners’ ‘talent slip’ over the last few years. I think you even wrote something on this in the days leading up to the bedlam game when pretty much every one of you picked OSU to win. Then, in the days since, instead of crediting the Sooners for still having talent, you guys wanted to talk about how OSU still had better talent but that the coaches blew it. Now, I hear virtually every day on the radio, most of the local talking heads discuss how OU is going to be ‘really good’ next year and a ‘national championship’ contender if they can settle the quarterback position. You cannot be on a talent slide one day and then project to be the type of team to contend for titles the very next year. If overall talent has declined, it’ll take much more than a settled quarterback situation to come anywhere near contending for a title.” Easiest question of all time. If you’ve got a question about what somebody said on the radio, call the radio. Press: “Since it’s apparent to you that OSU has better talent than OU, I think it would be appropriate for you to write an article about the outstanding job Stoops and his staff have done this year especially in light of the victory. This would include all the adversity they have encountered — injuries on the O-line & D-line, quarterback changes, suspensions, dismissals, etc. I also believe this should include the obvious impact the three new coaches have made on the field and in recruiting. No one gave OU much of a chance today but it might be fair to say that Stoops and crew can still coach ‘em up even though they may have less talent. It remains to be seen but with their youth playing so well, the future still looks promising.” I agree, the future looks promising. And Stoops’ staff clearly outcoached OSU’s. No doubt about it. Richard: “OSU was the better team?? What exactly do you smoke when you watch these games? The OU staff completely out coached the OSU coaching staff. After losing the starting quarterback and having to juggle the two backups as well as dealing with other injuries, they found a way to win. The coaches made gutsy calls and the players executed.” If OU had the better team, why did Stoops need to outcoach Gundy? Chance: “I’m still somewhat amazed at the Bedlam loss and Gundy’s overall record against OU. At the same time, Gundy HAS beaten OU, so you’d think he’d be over that hump. What was special about 2011? That team was elite, but the 2011 Sooners team was pretty good too. I would say the talent disparity between the two teams was greater this year than 2011, but maybe I’m just overrating this year’s OSU team. Any thoughts?” Interesting question. 2011 OSU was much better than 2013 OSU. And 2011 OU was much better than 2013 OU. I’d say OSU probably had a bigger edge this year. That 2011 OU team was in national title contention as late as Nov. 19. JOSH HEUEPL Isaiah: “Is Boise State now too high profile of a program that they would not consider Josh Heupel for head coach, if Bob Stoops recommended him?” I think the answer is yes. Boise State just hired Arkansas State’s Bryan Harsin. I think Ark State could be a good ft for Heupel. Fitz: “I was thrilled at the play calling by the Sooners Saturday.” Josh Heupel had a very good day, but let’s not get carried away by the playcalling. Here is how OU’s first nine possessions ended: punt, punt, punt, punt, field goal, interception, punt, punt, punt. Then the Sooners had a nice drive, led by Kendal Thompson, and faked the field goal for a touchdown. Then finished off with Blake Bell – field goal, punt, TD. Heupel had the cool triple option wrinkle, with Jalen Saunders or Sterling Shepard in motion and reversing to be the trailing halfback, plus the double reverse that Saunders turned into a big play. And finally, adjusting back to the old offense, with Bell. But it wasn’t like a bunch of fluid offensive gains. A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING Wayne: “A 92-year-old uncle of mine had the gall to die and have his funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday. It meant the wife and I had to leave the game, turn off the TV with score at 14-14 and go. We joined the other sad-faced kin (just a few braved the slick ice) where a bunch of out-of-state kin proceeded to give impromptu eulogies for over an hour. They were unaware of the game. How could that be? Luckily, the funeral director had a secret radio in his ear and we were able to learn the score. Wile perhaps two mourners came out sadder (OSU fans), the vast majority left the church acting as if they were glad the old uncle was gone. Or was it because of the splendid OU win?” DVR, my man. DVR. Brad: “I often hear you say that expansion for expansion’s sake is bad. But wouldn’t expansion regardless of the teams tend to show that the Big 12 is truly committed to remaining a conference long term? My belief is that the Big 12 is viewed nationally as an unstable/dying conference, and that is one of the reasons why OU and UT recruiting has been down in recent years. Elite schools recruiting against UT and OU have an easy trump card given the national perception of the Big 12 as a brand.” I think the Big 12’s brand has been damaged, but you don’t repair it by expanding for expansion sake. Adding two ho-hum schools would damage the Big 12 much more than staying pat. OU and UT recruiting has been down because of the SEC’s rise, which is not due to expansion but to success. Everyone wants to play in the SEC. Bob: “I have a question that if you don’t know, would you ask one of the OU coaches when you have a chance. I would like to know why OU’s DBs on a whole do not look back for the ball? OU has had several pass interference calls because the DB did not look back. Do the coaches tell them not to look back? I’ve see occasionally they do, but not on a consistent basis. Drives me crazy.” OU’s defensive backs are being told to get their head around. But it’s hard to do. You’re running full speed, trying to keep up with a receiver, but you’ve got to turn your head at just the right time, else you’ll be left behind. There’s nothing easy about it. Geary: “The comments that are written about your articles remind me of a basketball game crowd, and you are the man with the striped shirt and whistle. You know what I mean, and I don’t have to explain. Now, I will say that about the only time that I see a good officiated game is when my grandkids’ teams are not playing!” My skin is thick. Craig: “I did not understand why OU would challenge the best defensive back in the country when they did. There were different times he came out ahead. One interception and another time it could have been, but he dropped the ball when he landed. The defensive back would always have position on the receiver. Ask Stoops, why challenge him? It appeared OU receivers could not make the moves to get loose from him and he would take away the inside position.” Good question, but maybe I’ve got the answer. At that point in the game, last minute, do or die, you can’t worry too much about who you’re picking on or interception possibilities. Third quarter? Sure. David: “With Michigan State ending Ohio State’s 23-game winning streak last night, I guess Florida State now has the longest streak at 15 games. With all the parity in today’s college football, I will never live long enough to see any team break Oklahoma’s 47-game record. It may be decades before any team approaches it. There were no undefeated teams in 2011, and only Ohio State last year and Florida State this year were undefeated.” I agree? 47? No way.
High school wrestling: Putnam City's Keegan Moore, Stillwater's Chandler Rogers among wrestlers to watchDec 9, 2013
A look at some Oklahoma high school wrestlers to watch for the 2013-14 season.
High school wrestling: Putnam City's Keegan Moore, Stillwater's Chandler Rogers among wrestlers to watch
BY TRENT SHADID | Dec 9, 2013Wrestlers to watch Daton Fix, Sand Springs, freshman, 113 pounds: Freestyle national champion starts his high school career ranked No. 4 nationally. Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville, senior, 132 pounds: Three-time state champion and Oklahoma State signee went 45-3 last season. Kaid Brock, Stillwater, junior, 132 pounds: Compiled a 37-0 record on his way to a state title last season. Keegan Moore, Putnam City, junior, 132 pounds: State champion last year and has a career record of 72-3. Joe Smith, Stillwater, junior, 152 pounds: Son of OSU coach John Smith is No. 4 nationally at 145 pounds, but will start the season at 152. Chandler Rogers, Stillwater, senior, 170 pounds: OSU signee, ranked No. 3 nationally, moved to Stillwater from Spokane, Wash. where he was a three-time state champion. Dixon triplets, Edmond North, seniors: The three OU signees — Lance (170 pounds), Joel (182 pounds), and Andrew (220) pounds — all won state championships last year while going a combined 126-1. Nathan Marek, Southmoore, senior, 182 pounds: State champion as a sophomore has signed with OU and is ranked No. 11 nationally. Derek White, Edmond North, senior, 195 pounds: The Nebraska signee won a state title last season and is ranked No. 4 nationally. Jadon Davenport, Sallisaw, senior, 195 pounds: Ranked No. 8 nationally, the two-time state champion leads the way for one of 4A's top teams. Braden Ruth, Davis, senior, 285 pounds: A star on the mat and football field, he enters the season ranked No. 8 nationally. Note: Individually rankings are by weight class from InterMat Wrestling.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A sports agent's employee and a former college football player are charged with violating North Carolina's agent law, making them the fourth and fifth people facing criminal charges for providing benefits to Tar Heels football players in 2010.Willie James Barley Jr. and Michael Wayne Johnson Jr. are charged with facilitating Georgia-based agent Terry Watson's efforts...
2 more charged in North Carolina agents probe
AARON BEARD, Associated Press | Nov 13, 2013HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A sports agent's employee and a former college football player are charged with violating North Carolina's agent law, making them the fourth and fifth people facing criminal charges for providing benefits to Tar Heels football players in 2010. Willie James Barley Jr. and Michael Wayne Johnson Jr. are charged with facilitating Georgia-based agent Terry Watson's efforts to sign Robert Quinn and Greg Little — both now in the NFL — in violation of the law. They are the last of the five to appear in court after being indicted by an Orange County grand jury on Sept. 30. Those indictments came after testimony from an investigator with the North Carolina Secretary of State's office after a three-year investigation and were immediately placed under seal. Indictments against Watson, his longtime associate and a former UNC tutor were unsealed last month. "I don't anticipate any more indictments at this time," Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall said after Johnson's court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Barley is listed on an arrest order as Watson's employee, while Johnson is Little's friend and was the starting quarterback at North Carolina Central at the time. Johnson and Little — now a receiver with the Cleveland Browns — played together at Hillside High School in Durham. Johnson, 25, faces three counts of athlete agent inducement, including providing a location for Watson to meet with Little and provide him with $5,000 in May 2010. He also provided Watson a location to send a package containing $100 for Little in May and June of that year, according to indictments unsealed Wednesday. William D. Young IV, Johnson's Raleigh-based attorney, said his "shocked" client was never anything more than "an extraordinary student-athlete and dedicated lifelong friend of Greg's" with no relationship to Watson. "My view of this statute is it's designed to protect any student-athlete from the grips of an agent — period," Young said. Woodall said Johnson — currently an employee of Rosenhaus Sports Representation, which has Little as a client — was arrested Friday in Florida, then released on a promise to return to court. "We're not alleging that (Johnson) was being induced to sign a contract," Woodall said. "And therefore I don't think they're protected under the statute." Barley, 29, of North Chesterfield, Va., faces four inducement charges by providing Quinn with benefits of $1,525.74 for a trip the eventual NFL first-round draft pick took to Miami in May 2010. That included $750 to purchase two roundtrip airline tickets, a hotel room valued at $675.74 and $100 in cash in addition to the use of a car for two days, according to indictments. Barley was arrested late last week, appeared in court Friday and released on $30,000 bond. The state's Uniform Athletes Agents Act requires agents to register with the Secretary of State's office and is designed to shield athletes from sports agents who would offer gifts to entice them to sign representation contracts. Prosecution is left to district attorneys in locations where violations are alleged to have occurred. It is a Class I felony to violate the law, meaning a maximum prison sentence of 15 months, and violations also could carry civil penalties of up to $25,000. Woodall has said anyone without a criminal record must receive probation if convicted of a Class I felony. Former tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson was the first to appear on Oct. 3 on four counts of providing benefits to Little to help Watson sign the former Tar Heels receiver. Thompson paid for airline tickets for Little and Johnson to go to Miami in May 2010, with Little telling investigators he reimbursed Thompson with money provided by Watson, according to a probable cause affidavit in a June search warrant. Watson was charged with 13 counts of providing cash or travel accommodations to Little, Quinn and Marvin Austin valued at nearly $24,000. He also faces one count of obstruction of justice for not providing records sought by authorities. Watson's friend, Patrick Mitchell Jones, of Cartersville, Ga., is charged with providing $725 to Quinn and also appeared in court last month. Quinn, Little and Austin were either dismissed from the team or declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits and didn't play during the 2010 season. Quinn plays for the St. Louis Rams, while Austin was a second-round pick of the New York Giants in 2011 and also spent time with Miami and Dallas this season. The next hearing for all five defendants is scheduled for Dec. 17. ___ AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh contributed to this report. ___ Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap
Nov 13, 2013
I’ve been sitting on my emails from OU-Baylor and just now have gotten around to digging through them. Actually, digging out of them is more like it. I received hundreds. So I thought I would share some, and group them by subject.
Oklahoma football: Emails in on loss to Baylor, and it's not pretty
Berry Tramel | Nov 13, 2013[img]2266496[/img] I’ve been sitting on my emails from OU-Baylor and just now have gotten around to digging through them. Actually, digging out of them is more like it. I received hundreds. So I thought I would share some, and group them by subject. I will say this. The rancor for Bob Stoops, Josh Heupel and Blake Bell is quite the horse race. I don’t know who’s in the biggest doghouse. Decide for yourself. BOB STOOPS POSSE Larry: “Stoops is hunkered down in denial mode because 1) Stoops thinks that Sooner fans and the media, representing us fans, have unrealistic expectations. He believes the program is in great shape at 7-2 right now. 2) He doesn’t understand that OU fans are mad about Baylor, not because we lost, but because we were beat every which way but loose and generally looked pathetic. 3) Stoops is just as happy with beating Kansas as Baylor. For Stoops, all wins are equal. And all losses are also equal, regardless of who we’re playing and whether we get beat by three points in OT or a half a hundred. And finally 4) Sooner fans better not expect any program changes, because Stoops is a ‘grinder’ and he’s pretty well set in his ways, which to be honest have proven to be successful over time. In short we all need to be happy with 10-3 seasons, and satisfied with 9-4 seasons.” Sorry, can’t agree. I think Stoops knows the program has slipped. He’s just not in any mood to admit it. He’s not content just being 10-3. And I absolutely would expect some program changes. Heck, he’s fired four coaches in the last two years and demoted another. John: “Time for Stoops to climb out of denial or I give him two more years tops and a mess which will take three or four years for the next coach to clean up. The fan base is restless at best. More accurately, it is tipping into just being pissed. We aren’t Belichicks, but we are not totally stupid, either, despite what Boren thinks.” Hey, it’s not Boren that thinks we don’t know anything about football. It’s Stoops who thinks that. But he’s not exactly wrong. OU football is not in disarray. It is not reeling toward mediocrity. It’s slipped from its top perch. You want a crazy stat? OU’s record the last four years is 39-10. LSU’s record the last four years is 41-9. The Sooners need some staff tinkering, either with new blood or new ideas. The Sooners need a talent upgrade. But OU football does not need an overhaul. Overhaul Sooner football, and the chances are much greater than the resulting product will be worse, not better, than what you see now. Terrill: “Let’s see to it the regents all get together and make it possible for the Sooner coaching staff all get their gigantic cost of living raises. Of course, I’m being sarcastic. His salary and lack of proper coaching, makes a raise seem unrealistic to me. I hear entirely too much grumbling. Like I’ve said before, we can’t control the regents. We can allow ourselves to be heard in print. We reached the Stoops’ pinnacle a dozen years ago.” This was actually a very useful email. There’s a general discontent with OU football right now, and it goes far beyond just the losses. It has a lot to do with the price tag of it all. Starting with the coaching salaries. When football coaches made $200,000 and teachers made $20,000, the coaches were in a different stratosphere. But they didn’t live vastly different lives than their constituents. But now teachers make $40,000, and head coaches aren’t making $400,000. They’re making $4 million. So when everything goes great, it’s all good. But when there are troubled times, resentment builds quickly. And Terrill is right. The huge annual raises for coaches are a sore point for the common guy. Jeff: “If Bob decides to move on (he acts disengaged most of the time anyway) or it’s decided that Bob needs to move on, who would be an ideal successor? The bill would be best filled by someone who can recruit — especially in Texas. Someone who likes to deal with alums and the media and someone who is good at it. Someone who is decisive and can make tough decisions. Someone who still likes to coach and who enthusiastically embraces all of the trappings of being a coach at a big time school. I got it! How about Mack Brown?” I’ll go you one better. Why not just trade coaches? Texas would love to have Stoops. Just trade coaches straight up. Mack does fit what OU needs (I’m being a little silly). Stoops does fit what UT needs (I’m being less silly). Sydney: “Why has Bob Stoops become larger than the university? He is killing the Sooners’ football program, but it’s acceptable to the university, where as Barry Switzer produced winning seasons that included some of the greatest college football games in the history of the program and college football, yet he was axed. If Stoops is allowed to stay, it will destroy one of the winningest football programs in the history of college football. Do politics rule in this situation? Does everyone forget that Switzer went 7-4-1, 8-4 and 8-4 for three straight years? And that Switzer wasn’t fired for on-field performance, but for off-field problems? Let’s settle down. Everyone will be better off. OU’s record the last four years: 12-2, 10-3, 10-3, 7-2. Not great. But not ruinous. David: “Jeez, Stoops has an uncanny ability to bury his head in the sand. Bell is not the answer for the future. I feel like Stoops has conceded to mediocrity, especially since he keeps defending Bell, who clearly is never going to be a premier quarterback. But then again, who needs a premier quarterback when mediocrity is the standard. His Big Game Bob days are long, long gone. The fan and booster base has one simple question to answer: What does OU want to be? Champions on a national level? They sure don’t seem to act like they want to be champions anymore, settling for garbage like what has been on the field for the last several years.” OU has not settled. What’s interesting is that anyone would think that OU has settled. Have a slump, and the answer is, what exactly? Fire the coach? Fire a coach that you and almost everyone else knows is not just a quality coach, but an elite coach? That’s the definition of madness. Deciding that rather than working through a problem, you’ll just blow up everything and start over. Mike: “Leading 5-3 with the offense struggling so much, punt the ball midway through second quarter instead of going for a long field goal and try to pin Baylor deep. That’s what the other Barry used to do. Kicking game and defense.” Well, the other Barry coached in another century. But I’ll defend Stoops on this one. Yes, he had Michael Hunnicut try a 48-yard field goal that missed. But on the next possession, Stoops punted Baylor deep. Pinned the Bears on the 7-yard line. And Baylor went 93 yards for a touchdown. You get a chance to score with this offense, you take the chance to score. Doug: “I do not see the problem as being all Josh Heupel. Stoops has more to do with the game plan that the media seems to say. I am tired of Stoops, the fifth or sixth-best coach in the Big 12. I do not think that Brent Venables should have been demoted just to make room for The Second Greatest Stoops. I am tired of the whole family. It seems to me that the real problem is the talent level. In this recruiting class, OU is getting commitments from players who had offers from Louisiana Monroe and Houston. Many of our three-star recruits were no star, one star or two star until they commit to OU but then all of a sudden, they are better prospects. I know Stoops does not pay any attention to the ratings of players. But most coaches seem to do exactly that. Alabama does not fight it out with Louisiana Monroe, Houston, New Mexico, North Texas, etc. for players. Neither did OU at one time. Now OU is reduced to the lower level of recruits and this is shown by the play on the field. We simply do not have the quality players that we used to. We also do not recruit, or cannot recruit Texas like we used to. We have to go all over the U.S. to get players, when there are enough in Texas and Oklahoma to supply most of our needs.” Hey, how did Mike Stoops get lumped into this? He didn’t have a bad night. I do not advocate paying attention to any recruiting rankings. However, clearly, recruiting is the fundamental problem. QUARTERBACK SWITCHEROOS Wayne: “What have you heard of the freshman Cody Thomas? We seem to be better going forward, other than the most important position on the field.” Haven’t heard anything one way or another about Thomas. I have no idea. Jason: “Your article (about Stoops loving stability) was great in the sense you kind of answered a lot of my and the fans’ questions. Why does Stoops not try Trevor or Kendall more? My own question was presented to friends at halftime of the OU-Baylor game. Should Stoops sit Blake the second half? This game is over. Let’s see if we have a future QB in Trevor or Kendall. We need to know now because we are not winning the Big 12 (which Stoops claims is the ONLY thing they care about at OU. Which I think you forgot to mention in your article. If that is ALL he cares about, then who cares if they lose to Baylor worse if Trevor/Kendall play). So I loved your article because it makes sense on Stoops’ paranoia and his stubbornness. I think he is in right now worse than ever and to me is an issue with this program. But what if Kendall (or Trevor) meant OU would have a BETTER chance to win THIS year, to beat K-State, OSU because Bell is NOT a playmaker, can NOT throw the football, has become in my opinion scared to run because he doesn’t want to get hurt and lose his job. OU has less of a chance to win with HIM at QB because the offense stinks. I know it is not all him, but his non-playmaking ability just adds to the bad offense. A Trevor or Kendall’s ability to get away from bad blocking or run outside or throw ball downfield on run, etc., just might be the difference in winning a game because Bell has made very few BIG plays. What if Kendall is a Manziel like QB? Not saying he is him, but what if he made plays to spark the offense, overcome offense weaknesses and his athletic ability makes a difference? And I didn’t think Trevor was that bad. Heck, he only had two games. Bell has had what, 6-7 games to prove he isn’t very good?” I think Stoops believe he is playing the best quarterback. Who knows how Thompson will play. But Stoops isn’t trying to lose games. He’s playing the guy he believes is the best. Larry: “Give (Kendal) Thompson a shot at it. It can’t get much worse.” Are you kidding me? It can’t get worse? It could get a ton worse. It could get way worse. Bob Stoops is not going to tank games. Kermit: “With Bell and Knight struggling, what is the status of Kendal Thompson? Has he not recovered 100 percent or is his play less stellar than the other QB?” Less stellar. That’s the truth. That’s what Bob Stoops can’t say. He thinks Blake Bell is not just better, but way better, than Thompson. If they were close, Thompson would have been given a chance. But Stoops doesn’t believe they are close. Doesn’t mean Stoops is right. But there’s no doubt that that’s what he believes. Greg: “In a maudlin way, OU is really ‘close’, but ever so far. Lost was the fabulous performance by the defense and special teams to put the team in a position to give Baylor a chance to choke and wilt. The game should have been 21-3 or 0 and a figurative haymaker delivered. But when OU failed to score ahead 5-3, you could see the defensive players knew what was coming. They were dejected because they were equally confident the offense could not supplement their performance. Aside from specifics, this team has now completed a near year-long descent to one with no ‘identity.’ Three factors: 1. The Peter principle; just because a whiz kid coach is a great position coach he might not have been ready for the next step to be a coordinator. Now the person responsible for putting him there is faced with a decision he either can’t or, worse, won’t make. 2. Stoops has been told repeatedly he needs a dual threat QB offense but he really never believed in it. My take is he was relieved to see Bell initially succeed and it took the pressure off him to continue the change. Now he has no identity. Bell has exposed himself as barely average and this year is toast because Bell does not know what is expected of him. He can’t even do what he did in the past as Belldozer because he is trying to be Sam or Landry and he knows he isn’t. Problems compound. Other key players see it. They don’t know to be supportive or take a contrary view. Mediocrity is the order of the night and you absorb another humiliating loss. Losing is bad, looking bad while doing is worse. 3. If Stoops wants to be a dual threat team, try Kendal and put his heart in it for ISU, a perfect team for the ‘experiment’. If it works, you are brilliant. If not, you at least know next year, the future is Cody Thomas or someone new doing what White, Bradford or Jones did. But if that is what he really wanted all along because that is what his staff can master with coaching, go ahead and pull Thomas’ redshirt.” Interesting ideas, I’ll grant you. But you can’t pull Thomas’ redshirt. What’s the point in that? He’s barely been practicing. That’s a recipe for disaster. The lack of commitment to an identity or an offense? I would tend to agree. The OU offense is a total mess. Jay: “Stack the box and take the middle away from Bell. Make him beat you with a lateral run or throwing down the field against man coverage; he can’t do either. It isn’t rocket science and that’s just what Baylor did. Why should we be surprised? You (or someone) reported last year that Barry Switzer said Kendal Thompson was the best quarterback out there (presumably at the time including Landry Jones) but that Heupel/Stoops wouldn’t play him so he should transfer. It’s a bit frustrating that OU’s best quarterback is finishing his third year without seeing (or any prospect of seeing) live action.” It wasn’t me. And it wasn’t anyone else that I know of. The myth of Kendal Thompson grows by the second. Now he’s better than Landry Jones. You know who was mythologized last year? Blake Bell. Everyone always wants the guy who hasn’t played, to play. But the truth is, the coaches don’t believe Thompson is as good as Blake Bell. There’s no conspiracy. That’s just what they believe. They might be wrong. They’re probably right. Stephen: “I was born and raised in Oklahoma and have been a Sooner fan since I was a little toddler. Now retired in Sacramento, I have experienced a lot of frustration this season and especially last night watching OU play. Every time OU attempted to duplicate last year’s success with the Belldozer, everyone in the stadium, especially the Baylor defense, knew who was going to be carrying the ball. OU has developed no options like a pitchout or a quick pass to keep the defense guessing. This particular play call is my pet peeve, but like your article stated, the whole offensive game plan was a big question mark. When OU was behind 24-5 at halftime and it was obvious Blake Bell wasn’t going lead the team back in the second half, why not give Trevor Knight a chance at some big game experience? He might not have as good an arm as Blake, but his legs more than make up for it. After all, Trevor had a bad second game and was yanked for Blake. How many bad games does Blake have to have until Trevor gets another chance?” I actually like the suggestion. I think halftime would have been a good idea to switch, just to give Knight some time. See how he’s progressed since Sept. 7. And clearly, it’s time to scrap the Belldozer. No question about that. At least in its present form. OH MY JOSH Richard: “Sure our players can take responsibility for mistakes or missed assignments or fess up to fans, but what I want to hear is statements from the offense coordinator that the game plan was a zero for the Texas & Baylor games. Sure he won a national championship as a quarterback, but that doesn’t make him a wizard to be a offense coordinator. Move Bell to tight end and play Knight or Thompson, give Finch and Ford more game time, be creative with the offense. Contact Mike at WashingtonState for ideas. Something outside the box.” You know what I hate? I hate mixed-bag emails. Emails that have a great idea, something really rock solid, then go off on some crazy tangent. Like this episode of L.A. Law I saw years ago, where a brilliant attorney, played by Kevin Spacey, would suddenly just go coo-coo in the courtroom. One of the Mackenzie Brackman lawyers, Ann, I think, walked in on the guy one time and he was on a office chair, riding it like a horse, pretending he was in a race. She leveled the bad news that she was going to have to have him committed to be disbarred, though if it was up to her personally, she’d enter him in the Preakness. Richard has a great point. I’m ready to hear Josh Heupel stand up and say, we didn’t have a clue. But then Richard starts thinking he’s in the Preakness and wants Blake Bell moved to tight end. There is 100 percent clarity that OU coaches think Bell is their best thrower. And there is no reason to think they’re wrong, other than wishfulness. Mitch: “In your opinion, if not for playing here, would Josh be the offensive coordinator? If the answer is no, then OU is doing itself a disservice. I find it difficult to believe he is the best qualified.” It’s a flawed question. Of course Heupel wouldn’t be the coordinator if he had played at Utah State or South Dakota. There’s a chance, a good chance, that Stoops never would have heard of Heupel. Absolutely Heupel being a star OU quarterback is a major reason why Heupel currently is the OU coordinator. You can’t separate the two. David: “Do you thing Bob Stoop would consider bringing back Mark Mangino to help right the ship? He is hard working, he can get the most of what we have. But may have too much baggage? Stoops and you must understand doing nothing is only going to make it worse.” No. I don’t think Stoops will bring back Mangino. He’s brought in Bill Bedenbaugh as O-line coach. The Sooners need offensive innovation. If Stoops makes a change at coordinator, he will look elsewhere. Joe: “After OSU wins the OU game and the Sooners are 9-3 going into a minor bowl, maybe Stoops won’t be so stubborn about dismissing some of his coaches, namely Heupel. Atrocious play-calling in the Baylor game! I’m just a fan, but without slobs like us, sports teams and writers would not exist. I realize players must execute the plays called, but any moron could have called up-the-gut runs into the middle of the line, which Heupel did time after time without any success, regardless of field position, time remaining and the score.” Actually, Stoops has shown he will fire coaches. He’s fired four in the last two years. I nicknamed him Robespierre, for crying out loud. Reign of Terror. Anyway, I agree, Heupel’s job is on the line. But there’s no way anybody can blame him on play-calling against Baylor. Nothing worked. If nothing works, what in the heck do you want him to call? The gameplan is what stunk. Dallas: “Josh Heupel has been OU’s QB coach for a long time, and what we’re now seeing with Blake Bell (or happy feet Landry before him), this is the end result of his coaching talents. Of course, the game plans also leave a lot to be desired from one week to the next. But again, that falls into Heupel’s bailiwick too.” First off, I thought we were past bashing Landry. But I will say, Bell’s happy feet are warp speed compared to Landry. Landry did a little dancing. Bell’s going Fred Astaire back there. I thought that was very unnerving, especially early in the game. Johnny: “It appears that Baylor has better people at every position than OU — particularly QB, O-line, wide receiver and DB. They also appeared tougher and much more disciplined. Those things plus poor offensive schemes, blocking and Bell’s inability to scamper (he’s fast in a dash but is not quick in traffic; quick is better) did not give OU a chance to win. Baylor was hungry from the get-go. Do you think Bob will retool in the waning weeks to try to find somebody that can play, or will he be satisfied with the effort he’s getting?” I think Stoops will try to find out who can play, but in many ways, other than quarterback, he’s playing about everybody, isn’t he? Who’s not playing that you’d like to see? But you’re right in general. Baylor was much better. Which is scary for the Sooners. Scott: “I don’t see Heupel going anywhere as long as Andrea Boren (formerly Andrea Heupel) is married to David’s son (Dan). Leave it to David Boren to take down the Pride of Oklahoma and the OU offense.” I knew we would get back to the band at some point. Gene: “Bob has two choices to make. His first option is to scrap this style of offense. Blake is not suited to run this offense. He is strictly a play action passer. Run an offense like Alabama runs, which is power running and play action passing. We have the personnel to run that style. His other option is to remove Heupel from his play calling duties. In the Baylor game we have the ball on the half-yard line and what does he call? He goes with the Belldozer package. Predictably, Blake goes down the line, waits for the hole and runs into the waiting defense. Blake is 6-5, 265 pounds and you don’t feel like we can run a QB sneak behind the best center in nation (Ikard) and get a TD? C’mon, I just about threw something through my TV after that horrible play. He called nothing that would back up the eight or nine guys that Baylor had in the box. Let’s revisit history for a second. Over Bob’s time at OU, we had prolific offenses with the following playcallers: Leach, Mangino, Long and Wilson. Since Heupel has been calling the plays, has our offense even closely resemble those teams? No. I don’t want to hear the excuse about the talent may have been better on those teams. It comes down to imaginative play calling and being to adjust on the fly when your gameplan is not working. Jay Norvell should be given a shot at play calling. He has a strong resume and has called plays before. Time for a change.” Actually, yes. Heupel’s offenses have resembled those of yesteryear. Like last season, when OU scored at least 50 points on West Virginia, OSU and Texas. But what’s funny is the lionization of Mangino, Long and Wilson. Leach wasn’t here long enough for anybody to get tired of him, but the natives were restless on all the others. Mark: “I don’t wish ill will on anyone and I’m not a knee jerk fan, but you have to perform at your job. You do, I do, so it’s no different for anyone. Josh has been protected for a long time, but last night, like UT, he was exposed again and it was an embarrassment to OU. Play calling aside, it’s the worthless penalties due to his lack of organization. Delay of game, wrong packages which leads to frantic timeouts, predictability and no rhythm. What stings is most of these penalties come after a timeout or commercial timeout. You know Stoops isn’t happy as he about lost it after a delay of game penalty when he grabbed his mouthpiece of his head set. He was about to blow a gasket. Are you a fan of a QB coach who is not on the sidelines? What style of offense are we trying to run, because the players and fans would like to know.” I think the QB coach (or the coordinator) can excel on the field or in the booth. I don’t think there’s a right answer. But the lack of offensive identity is clear. I don’t know the answer to your question. STATE OF THE SOONERS Sean: “You probably don’t watch GameDay, but this morning Paul Finebaum, when asked about Baylor’s BCS chances, responded that their win Thursday didn’t mean anything, adding, ‘Who hasn’t beaten Bob Stoops badly the last couple of years?’ That’s where we are right now.” Well, yes. So the question becomes, what do you do about it? Some say start over. Some say barrel through. I vote for the barrel through plan. Don: “Is it just me, or does Baylor look and play the way OU used to look and play? With an edge.” It’s not just you. But I think it’s a fraud. Baylor plays with speed and precision. Baylor has better players and had a better plan. That’s where the edge was. They weren’t playing with an edge. They had an edge. Don: “I am baffled by Gabe Ikard’s comment that Baylor brought a safety down to play like a linebacker. He said they did not anticipate that. Seriously? Most teams in America would love for you to play defense like that. Ought to be able to throw it over there head so fast their eyes would swim. Do we have no ability to adjust? I am growing tired of the coaches screaming at the players, how about coaching them instead of acting like they are stupid and should know better. That game painfully reminded me of the undisciplined ‘90s era. Our evaluation of talent is severely lacking Very few playmakers and NO high quality D-linemen. It seems all we recruit is DBs and receivers and they must be the leftovers. Yes I am sadly very pessimistic about the future of this program, and I am not a fair weather fan. I have been a season ticket holder since 1988.” It’s clear that OU doesn’t trust its quarterbacking, else it would just throw over the line, just as Don suggested. And I agree. The screaming at players, followed by not a ton of accountability from the coaches, is disconcerting. Ron: “Everyone can see we are down in the offensive and defensive lines and quarterbacks, but have you looked at the video of our receivers? They cannot get open against one-on-one defensive backs. The quarterback can’t find open receivers because there rarely are any. The routes they are running may be a big part of the problem, and you have to question the talent of the guys too. “ I think this is a great point. OU has two quality receivers in Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard. But past that? The Sooners are still messing around with Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks, two guys who have proven to be just so-so players and frequently in trouble. Because they’re needed. Johnny: “It appears that Baylor has better people at every position than OU — particularly QB, O-line, wide receiver and DB. They also appeared tougher and much more disciplined. Those things plus poor offensive schemes, blocking and Bell’s inability to scamper (he’s fast in a dash but is not quick in traffic; quick is better) did not give OU a chance to win. Baylor was hungry from the get-go. Do you think Bob will retool in the waning weeks to try to find somebody that can play, or will he be satisfied with the effort he’s getting?” I think Stoops will try to find out who can play, but in many ways, other than quarterback, he’s playing about everybody, isn’t he? Who’s not playing that you’d like to see? But you’re right in general. Baylor was much better. Which is scary for the Sooners. Stan: “The Sooners will never compete for a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP with Josh Heupel as offensive coordinator. His play calling is CRAP! They will also never even compete for a Big 12 championship with the quarterbacks we have on the roster. The Sooners use to be in the top five in recruiting every year but the last few years they haven’t even been in the top 10 and that goes back to Stoops. The Sooners are about NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.” You know, there are some people I’m awfully glad I don’t have to watch a game with. Damon: “Is it just me, or did it look like OU quit last night? Not the first time seeing this either. It got me thinking more about the attitude and nastiness of the players from 1999-2003. If I’m not mistaken, weren’t most of those awesome players (Tommie Harris, Rocky Calmus, Jimmy Wilkerson, Torrance Marshall, et.) all John Blake’s recruits? Don’t know if there’s something to this or not. I could never imagine seeing those players back then, going half speed or appearing to look defeated.” I think it’s just you. The defense didn’t quit. It held up as long as it could. The offense never got going. Where’s the quit in that. As for Blake’s recruits, we’re back to the wilderness. Calmus was a Blake recruit. The others were Stoops. Eddie: “The most disturbing part for me as an OU football fan is not the perceived under-achieving of the program, it’s the fact we are actually achieving. In the last decade (nine years, actually) we’ve become a solid three-loss program. Nine years is much more than a random sampling and is solid evidence we’re doing about what we should. And all the injuries that have contributed over the years that have been part of the reason are like the ill-timed penalties we can’t avoid, they’re just going to happen and aren’t an aberration. Also, I’ve felt for years everything changed when Mark Bradley touched the punt against USC. Haven’t felt the same moxie from the teams or the fans since. Look at the Stoops era up to that exact moment, and look at what’s happened since. If you want to find a turning point in the program, that one play may be it. “ Now we’re into cosmic stuff. I sort of like it. Did the Sooners get knocked off their axis by Mark Bradley in the Orange Bowl? Bill: “I think it could be a miss-in-recruiting problem. I think they find themselves without a QB that can play at this level regardless of scheme. I think this all started with the ‘national approach’ to recruiting that we have seen over the past five years. I think the Sooners must return to the ‘get the ones who can play in Oklahoma and then go to Texas approach.’ Kids who come to OU from Florida, California and other far off places are a risk. Why does a kid come to OU from far off? The really good ones stay in those areas.” Is that true? I don’t know if that’s true. We were talking about the Cali Trio the other day. Lots of hype. Lots of California cool stuff. But you know what? All three guys could play. Kenny Stills was a ballplayer. Tony Jefferson was a ballplayer. Brennan Clay proved to be nothing but a tough ballplayer. Seems to me OU needs more guys like that. Not less. Aaron: “I think Stoops has gotten stale, he doesn’t have anymore oomph on the recruiting trail or the field. Bob has two losses in the Big 12, and all the Big 12 is is a glorified Conference USA. It stinks. If Bob sticks around much longer, he will be the equivalent to what Bowden was at FloridaState his last 5-6 years. OU is in decline and slipping into mediocrity. We can no longer recruit well and we can no longer win the big games. Ten years ago this would have been a victory. On the recruiting angle, unless you are Texas, no one wants to really come to the Big 12. The lack of big games and the mediocrity, with the exception of Baylor and now maybe Texas, everyone wants to play in the SEC or Pac. Look at the Big 10, they’re streak of mediocrity is hurting them too. Time for OU to add some pizzazz. Change up the unis, stir up the fan base, do something special with the team to remind TV viewers and the nation how special this program is. Maybe do the 47 on the field like one of your readers suggested, the small things, to embrace the greatness, to remind living rooms and recruits about the giant that is OU, and as a last resort bolt for the SEC. They wanted OU once before, leave OSU behind if that is what it takes, but try to get back in their good graces. If something isn’t done to combat this new world order of college football (the Oregons, Baylors, OSUs) then maybe Joe C. and Boren have gotten just as stale and mediocre as the OU program has.” Well, OU is contractually committed to the Big 12 for another 11 years. So forget that. But the uniforms? I think it’s going to happen. Not just at OU, but lots of places. That’s what the players want. It’s like in hoops, when the long shorts came in 25 years ago. Some of the bluebloods – Indiana, Carolina, whoever – didn’t fully embrace them. But they got on board. FOR WHOM THE BLAKE BELL TOLLS Craig: “I kept thinking the entire game we were playing at 3/4 speed except for Finch. I think everyone has the Belldozer figured out. Blake doesn’t have good footwork in the pocket and his passing is below average.” Hey, why don’t they pass more out of the ‘Dozer? Bell could take the snap, fake a run, drop back and have one-on-one coverage with whoever it wanted. You want to relieve some pressure on the Belldozer? Do that. John: The ineptitude of the offense is becoming eerily similar to John Blake’s offenses. Let’s call for Blake Bell becoming a tight end. He’s NOT the quarterback of the future, or even for the present. That still gives them four quarterbacks from whom to choose next year, plus Blake might have a chance of playing in the NFL as a tight end.” Yep, time for my annual Children of Israel wandering in the wilderness analogy. The Israelites forgot what it was really like in Egypt. Sooner fans have forgotten what it was like in the ‘90s. Mark: “This is what you get when you leave the starters, quarterback in particular, in the game until the middle of the fourth quarter even though the score is out of hand. I have complained about this for many years. Bell is a fourth-year junior and until this year had no significant experience running the offense or passing. Knight kept throwing behind or short of the receivers. Bell can at least throw it in front of the receiver when they are off to the side. He overthrows them otherwise. If I were a defensive coordinator, I would stack the box and play man-to-man on the receivers and dare OU to try to complete a pass. OU can barely complete a pass more then 10-15 yards past the line of scrimmage. I would be surprised if the completion percentage is more than 25 percent when the ball is thrown more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage.” I don’t buy the garbage-time theory. I don’t think a QB learns much in garbage time. It’s almost like practice. No pressure. Often going against tired starters or backups. I don’t think Bell would be appreciably better. In fact, look at it this way. What you’re saying is that a guy gets better with more experience. But is that true of Bell, who is playing extensively NOT in garbage time? Royce: “It’s not the coordinator’s fault, but it is a lack of talent at the quarterback position. Bell is a good player but not a talent to return OU to the past glory days. In today’s game, you have to have a more mobile (speed) quarterback than Bell. Is there a problem in attracting minority quarterback high school talent or is that not what the alumni wants at OU.” You mean like Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty? Pat: “I am old, been an OU fan forever and will remain. What a bad team we have I hope Bell is not the best QB on campus. Feel we need a lot more changes, players and coaching.” Bad team? This is a bad team? A team that won at Notre Dame A team that beat a team ranked in the top-10? This is not a great team. But this is not a bad team. You want bad teams? Florida’s got a bad team. The Gators might not make a bowl. Randy: “It may be a bit unfair to blame the OU coaches or Heupel for the offense’s failure. It’s not fair that the other team gets to play with an extra defender the guy that never ever ever ever has to be concerned with covering the tight end. It is not right that a defensive end, but probably safety or linebacker, is freed up to commit to the box and cover the run. Then when we throw one time to the tight end, it is fairly deep and out where the deep safety and corner is likely to be anyway. Same with no passes over the middle to running backs. Although we often overcome this, it still seems so unfair.” Hey, I have an idea. Move Blake Bell to tight end. Gene: “Sorry, Blake is not our passing QB. Only looks at primaries and cannot ever look for and find a secondary receiver — plus cannot throw the deep ball.” Who do you suggest? LaColtan Bester?
Nov 7, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright makes his predictions for Friday's Week 10 games.
High school football: Week 10 picks for Friday's games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 7, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 144-25 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,274-306 (80.6 pct.) Friday's Games City Area CUSHING 35, Bethany 14 SW COVENANT 48, Bokoshe 14 WESTMOORE 35, Broken Arrow 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Choctaw 31 LEXINGTON 28, Community Christian 24 Coyle 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Crescent 42, PAWNEE 8 Crooked Oak 44, NORTHEAST 20 CASHION 35, Crossings Christian 12 Davenport 56, GANS 8 Del City 49, SOUTHEAST 14 MILLWOOD 56, Dibble 20 Douglass 24, ADA 20 Edmond Memorial 45, PC WEST 18 CARL ALBERT 38, El Reno 13 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Guymon 20 Harrah 33, McLOUD 30 Hennessey 29, ALVA 26 Heritage Hall 42, STAR SPENCER 20 Jones 34, BRIDGE CREEK 14 Kingfisher 44, MARLOW 14 NORMAN NORTH 40, Lawton Eisenhower 22 PAULS VALLEY 28, Madill 27 Mannford 42, TECUMSEH 16 DEER CREEK 35, McGuinness 32 Meeker 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 Newcastle 42, BETHEL 6 LAWTON 35, Norman 21 GUTHRIE 49, Northwest 13 Oklahoma Christian 38, LUTHER 35 Piedmont 32, WEATHERFORD 28 MINCO 44, Pioneer 12 Purcell 34, ATOKA 7 JENKS 49, Putnam City 7 GLENPOOL 47, Santa Fe South 8 Seminole 42, CHANDLER 18 Shawnee 45, NOBLE 16 Southmoore 35, MUSTANG 32 St. Mary 28, LITTLE AXE 27 OWASSO 31, Stillwater 28 CHR. HERITAGE 30, Stroud 26 BLANCHARD 28, Tuttle 21 Washington 34, LINDSAY 28 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 44, Waurika 20 Wayne 35, MAYSVILLE 7 OKEMAH 48, Wellston 12 Class 6A TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Bartlesville 28 Bixby 31, MUSKOGEE 13 Sand Springs 28, ENID 25 SAPULPA 38, Tulsa Edison 7 Tulsa Union 49, PONCA CITY 6 Class 5A Claremore 28, GROVE 22 Collinsville 35, TAHLEQUAH 17 Coweta 40, TULSA CENTRAL 38 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 21 Lawton MacArthur 30, ARDMORE 22 McAlester 45, TULSA MEMORIAL 18 PRYOR 38, Tulsa East Central 34 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 18 Tulsa Kelley 42, SKIATOOK 28 Class 4A Anadarko 42, ELGIN 6 Cascia Hall 46, BROKEN BOW 7 Catoosa 21, OOLOGAH 20 WOODWARD 26, Clinton 22 CACHE 21, Elk City 20 SALLISAW 27, Fort Gibson 24 Miami 30, TULSA WEBSTER 10 STILWELL 24, Muldrow 20 Tulsa McLain 32, CLEVELAND 24 Wagoner 46, VINITA 12 Class 3A Beggs 37, HENRYETTA 7 METRO CHRISTIAN 17, Berryhill 10 Bristow 28, PRAGUE 7 SULPHUR 20, Dickson 16 Eufaula 27, HEAVENER 24 STIGLER 30, Idabel 6 Inola 34, KELLYVILLE 18 Jay 38, BLACKWELL 12 Locust Grove 42, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 PLAINVIEW 40, Lone Grove 12 VICTORY CHR. 49, Morris 6 PERKINS 21, Okmulgee 20 Seq. Claremore 28, DEWEY 24 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Seq. Tahlequah 28 VERDIGRIS 28, Sperry 7 CHECOTAH 27, Spiro 24 ROLAND 30, Valliant 12 HILLDALE 44, Westville 6 Class 2A Adair 34, PAWHUSKA 12 HUGO 28, ANTLERS 27 NOWATA 38, Chelsea 6 Chouteau 28, CANADIAN 20 Comanche 24, HINTON 22 Davis 44, TISHOMINGON 12 Hobart 24, FREDERICK 14 Kingston 30, COALGATE 13 Marietta 28, KONAWA 21 Mounds 28, HASKELL 27 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 CANEY VALLEY 28, Oklahoma Union 24 Pocola 24, MOUNTAINBURG, ARK. 20 KANSAS 27, Salina 22 Thomas 40, MANGUM 6 CHISHOLM 28, Tonkawa 24 HARTSHORNE 48, Wilburton 8 COLCORD 38, Wyandotte 32 Class A Apache 22, CORDELL 14 EMPIRE 40, Bray-Doyle 14 WATONGA 31, Carnegie 27 SAVANNA 42, Central Sallisaw 28 BARNSDALL 34, Depew 26 Fairview 40, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 Hollis 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Hominy 32, DRUMRIGHT 6 TEXHOMA 34, Hooker 7 Kiefer 42, MORRISON 28 Okeene 46, MOORELAND 14 Porter 28, FOYIL 20 Quinton 34, HAILEYVILLE 12 Rush Springs 28, WILSON 12 SAYRE 28, Snyder 22 ELMORE CITY 36, Stratford 28 Summit Christian 30, AFTON 28 Talihina 44, GORE 12 BEAVER 28, Turpin 16 Velma-Alma 42, HEALDTON 30 RINGLING 44, Walters 6 Warner 34, LIBERTY 12 Wynnewood 42, WEWOKA 20 Yale 24, REGENT PREP 20 Class B CAVE SPRINGS 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton at Waukomis Cyril at Central Marlow Fox 58, ALLEN 30 WETUMKA 66, Keota 20 GARBER 54, Medford 8 RINGWOOD 38, Merritt 34 Paoli 42, GEARY 14 LAVERNE 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 28 STROTHER 56, Porum 48 Rejoice Christian 56, WOODLAND 22 Seiling 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Welch 38, WATTS 32 DEWAR 54, Weleetka 20 Class C Balko 58, TYRONE 8 DC-LAMONT 34, Buffalo 24 TIPTON 56, Corn Bible 6 Gracemont 34, DUKE 28 CHEROKEE 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 0 SASAKWA 34, Maud 28 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 38 SHARON-MUTUAL 44, Shattuck 34 MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 40, Temple 28 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 BOISE CITY 56, Waynoka 6 ARKOMA 48, Webbers Falls 20 Independent TULSA NOAH 44, OKC Legion 20