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Oklahoma picked up its fourth commitment of the 2016 class Sunday night when junior college wide receiver Ryan Parker committed to the Sooners. Parker had 47 catches for 41 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman last season at Tyler Junior College. He is from Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge High. Parker committed to TCU out […]
Sooners get commit from juco WR
Ryan Aber | Apr 26, 2015Oklahoma picked up its fourth commitment of the 2016 class Sunday night when junior college wide receiver Ryan Parker committed to the Sooners. Parker had 47 catches for 41 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman last season at Tyler Junior College. He is from Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge High. Parker committed to TCU out of high school, choosing the Horned Frogs. But instead of staying close to home in Fort Worth, Parker wound up instead at Tyler. He was lightly recruited after being primarily a basketball player in high school until rejoining the football team as a senior. That season, Parker was named his district's offensive most valuable player after finishing with 73 catches for 1,200 yards and 21 total touchdowns. Parker’s commitment was first reported by OUInsider.com. Parker is OU's second commit in the last month, joining quarterback commit Austin Kendall, who committed earlier this month. The Sooners also have commitments from Houston Dekaney wide receiver Adrian Hardy and Victory Christian tight end Jon-Michael Terry.
Apr 20, 2015
OSU has found its quarterback. There’s no doubt about that, not with the way Mason Rudolph played down the stretch of the 2014 season and the way he looked in the Orange-White Game on Saturday. I wrote about Rudolph for the Sunday Oklahoman, which you can read here. It’s clear that the Cowboys hold their […]
Mason Rudolph has OSU football confidence soaring
Berry Tramel | Apr 20, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/04/rudolph-autographs.jpg]3641094[/img] OSU has found its quarterback. There's no doubt about that, not with the way Mason Rudolph played down the stretch of the 2014 season and the way he looked in the Orange-White Game on Saturday. I wrote about Rudolph for the Sunday Oklahoman, which you can read here. It's clear that the Cowboys hold their new leader in high esteem, despite his youth (Rudolph went through high school graduation in June 2014). Here are some comments from the Cowboys: Cornerback Kevin Peterson: "He makes really good decisions on the field and off the field. Really appreciative of his maturity and the way he was raised from his parents, the way he came in and took the program in ... really developed him into the person he had to be." Ryan Simmons: "Mason's handled it all very well. He's a lot more mature than his grade and his year showed." Rudolph: "I feel a lot better. Feel a lot more comfortable with the offense. Feel like collectively as a group we've gotten a lot better, kind of built off that late energy we kind of produced in those late games." Now, let's not get carried away. Rudolph is not Brandon Weeden circa 2011. Rudolph might get there, might even get there soon. But he's not there yet. OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said Rudolph still makes "simple mistakes. There's been times it's been a bad decision, just a very simple, obvious mistake. 'Boy, my wife can see that, Mason.' Or something as simple as that. Then he'll go ahead and make a great play." That's what has OSU coaches and players bristling with excitement. "He has a very good sense of when to get the ball out of his hand," Yurcich said. "It's really unique. Quick. That's tremendous. He sees open people. And he's getting better at reading defense. "There's procedure. Can't skip steps. Sometimes, you don't want to overcoach. At the same time, there needs to be some fundamentals I think he can get better at." And Mike Gundy, who is mostly giddy about the 2015 Cowboys, said, "If we get some plays out of the running backs and the quarterback plays good, then you have a chance to be a pretty good football team. I say that to caution people because he's only played three games. Coach Yurcich has done a really good job with him in understanding how to distribute the ball. He's a lot further than when he had to play in the bowl game. "He's been very good. He's unselfish, a hard worker, carries himself well, speaks well, the players believe in him. If he continues to work hard and lead by example, they'll follow him. "Most teams tend to go how their quarterback goes. Most teams' attitudes and temperaments go as the quarterback goes, so we're lucky that Mason is doing good job in that area."
Apr 18, 2015
Mason Rudolph is more than just the Cowboy quarterback. At age 19, he’s the Cowboys’ offensive leader.
Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph give Cowboys a much-needed leader at quarterback
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Apr 18, 2015STILLWATER — Mason Rudolph walks tall. He’s 6-foot-4, talks softly and doesn’t say much out of turn. But only 10 1/2 months past his high school graduation, Rudolph carries himself with a presence that impresses his elders on the OSU football team. Rudolph is more than just the Cowboy quarterback. At age 19, he’s the Cowboys’ offensive leader. “The way Mase carried himself, the way Mase conducted himself, there was no doubt,” said offensive tackle Zach Crabtree. A swagger, his teammates call it. Not a Joe Namath swagger. A Marlboro Man swagger. A confidence that belies Rudolph’s experience, which extends to three college football games, not counting the Orange-White Game on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Rudolph’s second pass Saturday was well-placed but intercepted. Cornerback Ramon Richards made a superb play, outdueling flanker James Washington on a fade pattern, and got the OSU defense off to a rousing start. But Rudolph was undeterred. He completed 11 of 15 passes the rest of the game for 158 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph showed why optimism flows high for OSU football 2015. The Cowboys have a ton of experience at most positions, plus a quarterback they can believe in. “I think he wants that role,” said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “I think there are guys that want that last-second shot. He embraces that.” Multiple Cowboys compared Rudolph’s moxie to that of fifth-year senior J.W. Walsh, who has never lacked for confidence but does lack the classic-QB skills of Rudolph. “They have that ‘it’ factor,” Yurcich said. “Can’t really definite it, but they have it. They have confidence in themselves and the team has confidence in them.” More bounty from the decision to pull Rudolph off the redshirt list last November. In three marquee games — at Baylor, at OU, Washington in the Cactus Bowl, the latter two victories — Rudolph proved not just his quarterback mettle, but his leadership qualities. “When everything was falling down, wasn’t going our way, we had to look to somebody else,” said linebacker Ryan Simmons. The truth is, since the Brandon Weeden Fiesta Bowl, OSU has been searching for its franchise quarterback. Clint Chelf played superb down the stretch of 2013 but was a senior. Otherwise, the last three seasons have been musical chairs due to injury and ineffectiveness. Now there is a clear feeling that the quarterback puzzle has been solved. Mike Gundy tried to be cautious — “he’s performed very well from a leadership standpoint and he’s making better decisions with the ball … but he’s got a long ways to go. “ — but ended up admitting that Rudolph gives the Cowboys a chance to return to championship status. Of course, we already knew that. Gundy declaring Rudolph the starter in January was all the evidence we needed. “No question, our job is easier when you have a quarterback that you can trust,” Gundy said. “The best thing we did last year was playing him at the end of the year. He fits the system. He’s mobile enough to move around. He’s shown pocket presence. He’s shown durability and toughness. “We felt like he had established himself as the starter. It helps the organization of your team; they have to look to somebody for leadership, and in most cases it’s going to be your quarterback.” Rudolph fired the ball all over the field Saturday. He hit Washington on two deep throws. The OSU offense looked like its old Weeden self. “It was an awesome spring for me,” Rudolph said. “The chemistry’s great with the offense, especially. It’s a completely different deal. You saw the start of a big thing, and we’re going to continue on. It’s going to be a fun season for sure.” Everyone connected with OSU football believes that, mostly because the Cowboys have found a quarterback that not only can throw, but that they can follow. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and take possible action at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting regarding an amendment to the rule that Bishop McGuinness High School officials unfairly targets private schools.
High school notebook: OSSAA looking further into private-school rules
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 14, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and take possible action at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting regarding an amendment to the rule that Bishop McGuinness High School officials unfairly targets private schools. In March, McGuinness officials presented 29 signed petitions from Class 6A and Class 5A schools asking that no school be moved up to Class 6A. The current rule forces private school athletic teams to move up a class in sports except football if they meet certain requirements. The OSSAA voted to send out surveys to member schools in Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A regarding the change to the rule. The board already accepted the members’ recommendation to uncouple boys and girls teams moving up a class. McGuinness filed a lawsuit against the OSSAA last fall regarding the issue. Also on the agenda: *Longtime Southwest Preparatory Conference member Holland Hall has applied for membership in the OSSAA. The board will vote to allow the private school in the association on a provisional basis along with Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences. *The board will vote on a new proposed board policy that requires game officials to undergo a background check. WELKER FOUNDATION GRANTS $115,000 TO OKC ORGANIZATIONS The Wes Welker Foundation named the recipients of $115,000 worth of grant awards to organizations in the Oklahoma City area on Tuesday. Douglass, U.S. Grant and Star Spencer high schools received funds for weight room and other training equipment. SeeWorth Academy was granted funds for football and other athletic equipment, as well as basketball uniforms. Centennial was awarded money for weight room benches, football training equipment and coaching head sets. And the OKC Youth Wrestling Foundation received funds for mats, dummies and athletic training equipment. The Welker Foundation has given more than $700,000 in grants to more than 30 OKC schools and organizations since 2006. The primary fundraising activity for the grant awards is the annual Cleats and Cocktails event, which is scheduled for April 17 at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. For more information, visit weswelkerfoundation.org. DEER CREEK’S AVANTS COMMITS TO NORTH DAKOTA Shortly after being released from his letter of intent at Air Force, Deer Creek forward Conner Avants settled on his new college home. Avants, a 6-foot-7 senior, committed to North Dakota after visiting the campus over the weekend. Avants averaged 19.9 points and 10.4 rebounds this past season, hitting 60.5 percent of his field goal tries and leading Deer Creek to the Class 5A semifinals. SEVEN EDMOND SANTA FE BASEBALL PLAYERS SET TO SIGN Edmond Santa Fe’s baseball team is off to a hot start this season, and now nearly the amount of the entire starting lineup will sign their National Letter of Intent next week. Seven different players will sign Wednesday, including three valedictorians. Zackery Bycko will sign with Army West Point, while fellow valedictorians Jake Martin and Tanner Kliewer will sign with Trinity University (Texas) and Princeton, respectively. Both Mike Jones and Zak Jurko will sign with Barton Community College (Kan.) and KJ Orr will sign with Central Texas. Ryan Huber is also slated to sign with Point Park (Pa.) University. The Wolves are 15-2 and 6-0 in District 6A-1 play.
Apr 13, 2015
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Alabama college students have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches.Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the video as "very, very graphic" and called it the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever...
Students suspended after charges in beach sex assault
By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | Apr 13, 2015PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Alabama college students have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the video as "very, very graphic" and called it the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever seen. He said the footage shows several men surrounding an incapacitated woman on a beach chair. The victim told authorities that she thought she had been drugged at the time, and she did not remember the incident well enough to report it. Both students attended Troy University. Delonte Martistee, a 22-year-old senior from Bainbridge, Georgia, and Ryan Calhoun, a 23-year-old sophomore from Mobile, Alabama, were arrested Thursday in Alabama on Florida warrants. Martistee remained in jail Sunday in Panama City. Calhoun was released on bond. The sheriff's office said additional arrests are expected. Court records do not list attorneys for either man. Calls to a phone listing for Calhoun were not immediately returned Sunday. A phone listing for Martistee's mother rang unanswered. Authorities have released few details of the assault, which they say happened sometime between March 10 and March 12 but was only recently uncovered while university police were investigating a shooting. The sheriff's office released a short video of the crowd they said was present at the time. The recording shows a seemingly normal day at the beach for dozens of bikini-clad spring breakers goofing off and standing around talking about Instagram. At one point, a few people cheer, but it's unclear why. Sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Corley said the video was released "to show the crowd that was surrounding the incident and to show people, not only was it a horrible event, but it was witnessed by so many people who did absolutely nothing to stop or call police." The sexual assault followed a shooting that injured seven people in March at a spring-break beach house party. Beach officials have cracked down on underage drinking and increased the presence of law enforcement because of the violence. "We have got to get control of our beaches," the sheriff said. "It is not safe for our children to be out there on the beaches when these animals are out there." Back in Alabama, Troy University Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves said Sunday that both students have been suspended. Martistee was also removed from the track and field team, he said. The university athletic department's official website lists Martistee as a former Bainbridge High School athlete who has competed for Troy in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He was a Georgia high school state champion in the triple jump and participated in football, basketball and soccer in high school, according to the site. On Sunday morning, dance music still pumped as cleanup crews mopped and swept the dance floors outside the Spinnaker Beach Club where the assault was said to have happened. Zack Sasser, who has rented out beach chairs and equipment for the past four years, picked up beer cans, cigarette butts and the occasional condom that littered the beachfront. He said the biggest issue with spring break is binge drinking. "People come down here and go from zero to 60, and they cannot handle it," he said, adding he did not think spring break was any more out of control than normal, but that more people are filming every action. At a Panama City Beach McDonald's, teenagers Timia Bryant and Arabia Quigley, both 17, were among a group of 15 teens from Atlanta. "I felt safe because I was with my friends," Bryant said. "We always stayed in groups and checked on each other." Quigley said spring break safety comes down to personal choices. "If you are drinking or doing drugs or not paying attention to who you are with, it can be dangerous," she said. ___ Associated Press writers Kelli Kennedy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Jeff Martin in Atlanta contributed to this report.
Apr 12, 2015
Oklahoma’s top three safeties — juniors Ahmad Thomas, Hatari Byrd and sophomore Steven Parker — have all made progress this spring and played well in Saturday’s Red-White Game. But after that, the Sooners are currently pretty thin at those positions. The second-team defense Saturday mostly featured walk-on safeties, meaning incoming freshmen Will Sunderland (Midwest City), Kahlil Haughton...
Oklahoma football notebook: Incoming safeties could see early action
By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Apr 12, 2015Oklahoma’s top three safeties — juniors Ahmad Thomas, Hatari Byrd and sophomore Steven Parker — have all made progress this spring and played well in Saturday’s Red-White Game. But after that, the Sooners are currently pretty thin at those positions. The second-team defense Saturday mostly featured walk-on safeties, meaning incoming freshmen Will Sunderland (Midwest City), Kahlil Haughton (Waco, Texas) and Prentice McKinney (Dallas) will all have the opportunity to compete for early playing time. “The guys that are here in the spring, they want that opportunity and … they’re not going to let go of it,” said junior cornerback Zack Sanchez. “The freshmen coming in, they've got to have the mindset that it's going to be a competition and they're not going to be handed anything. “The guys that are here, they want it just as bad as the freshmen coming in. It's going to be exciting to have that many guys competing.” All three incoming safeties were four-star prospects. KENDALL INVITED TO FIVE-STAR CHALLENGE Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall punched his ticket to this summer’s prestigious Rivals Five-Star Challenge with an excellent performance at Sunday’s Rivals regional camp in Charlotte, N.C. The Five-Star Challenge — billed as “the premier high school football camp in America” — will be held June 5-7 in Baltimore. Kendall, currently a four-star prospect, according to every major recruiting service, committed to the Sooners last week. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson is ranked as the No. 27 player nationally across all positions by Rivals. Kendall committed to Tennessee last August, but withdrew that commitment in March. The Sooners’ interest in Kendall increased after the hiring of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley in January. Oklahoma did not sign a quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. It was the first quarterback-less recruiting class for the Sooners since 2005. QUOTABLE Junior Baker Mayfield, on the quarterback battle: “I wouldn’t be surprised if it carried on all the way through camp. We have to be prepared for that. It won’t be over by the end of spring — or it seems that way — and I’m fine with that. I know the other guys are fine with that. We’ve just gotta battle throughout the summer and hang in there. It’s gonna be work anyway. We might as well have fun with that.” BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER
Proceeds benefit the Find A Way Foundation, a charity founded by former Sooner Corey Wilson that is dedicated to helping people cope with spinal cord injuries.
Oklahoma football: Former Sooner football players to participate in benefit basketball game
BY RYAN ABER | Apr 9, 2015The night before Oklahoma's spring football game, a large group of former OU players will come together for the Third Annual Ball-for-a-Cause charity basketball game at Norman North High School. Some players expected to participate include Frank Alexander, Ryan Broyles, Dominique Franks, Demontre Hurst, Paul Thompson, Trent Ratterree, Reggie Smith and Trent Williams. Proceeds benefit the Find A Way Foundation, a charity founded by former Sooner Corey Wilson that is dedicated to helping people cope with spinal cord injuries. Wilson was paralyzed in a February 2009 accident. The game starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening an hour earlier. Tickets are available at the door for $10. In addition to the game, the event features a silent auction, player signings and giveaways.
Apr 6, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster — Trevor Knight, Baker […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Ten things to know about Edmond Santa Fe product Justice Hansen
Jason Kersey | Apr 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Justice-Hansen.jpg]3625854[/img] NORMAN -- Oklahoma's spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster -- Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen. This is the first of four posts this week in which Ryan Aber and I will get you up to speed on all four quarterback candidates. Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Edmond Santa Fe, is the dark horse in the race, and by far the least experienced OU quarterback. Here are 10 things to know about Hansen. Shattuck roots Hansen's grandfather, Jarel Hansen, was a longtime coach at Oklahoma eight-man powerhouse Shattuck and was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His father, Dusty, was a three-sport All Stater at Shattuck and his uncle, Troy Bullard, coached Shattuck to seven Class C state championships. Bullard also led the Indians to a national eight-man record of 93 consecutive wins. Hansen grew up dreaming of playing for Shattuck. Dad was a Sooner national champion -- in baseball After his incredible high school sports career, Dusty Hansen played baseball at Oklahoma. He was an outfielder on the Sooners' 1994 national championship squad. A sophomore phenom Hansen became Edmond Santa Fe's starting quarterback his sophomore season, and it was evident even in the first game that he had special talent. In the Wolves' 2011 season opener, he threw for 123 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and a score as Santa Fe routed Edmond Memorial 31-6. Not great individual numbers, but it was his first career start -- and he was already 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He fueled Edmond Santa Fe's resurrection Edmond Santa Fe -- a football program with a proud history since the school's founding in 1993 -- went 1-9 the season before Hansen took over as starting quarterback. Then the school hired Lance Manning as head coach, Hansen became the quarterback and things instantly got better. The Wolves went 10-2 in 2011 and won a district championship, then won another district title the next year. Hansen was injured much of his senior year in 2013, but Santa Fe still made the playoffs. He can punt Hansen was fantastic as a junior, throwing for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns -- and also rushing for 773 yards -- that season in leading the Wolves to a second straight district championship. He was named to The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State team as the punter (he averaged 36 yards per punt that year); Carl Albert's Steven Thompson was the All-State quarterback. He committed to OU before the 2013 spring game Hansen picked Oklahoma over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M. He ended up naming OU and Texas A&M as his finalists, and committed to the Sooners a few hours before the 2013 spring game. Hansen vs. Cornwell Hansen and Norman North's David Cornwell were considered two of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in the recruiting class of 2014. Rivals ranked Cornwell as the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback and Hansen at No. 6. Cornwell never received an OU offer and committed to Alabama. The two faced off in a preseason scrimmage before their senior seasons -- and both got hurt. He enrolled early Hansen missed five games of his senior season in 2013 with a high ankle sprain, so he ended up with only 966 passing yards and eight touchdowns. He enrolled early at Oklahoma, so he went through 2014 spring football and participated in last year's spring game, completing 4 of 8 pass attempts for 58 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He's a dual threat Despite Rivals considering him a "pro-style" quarterback, Hansen is very much capable of making plays with his legs. Oklahoma coaches seem to be moving away from the designed quarterback runs that they'd installed over the past couple of years, but Hansen's athleticism adds an element to his game that could make him dangerous to defenses if the pocket collapses. Quotable Here's a cool quote I found in the archives about Hansen from his high school coach, Lance Manning, in 2013. "I probably shouldn't get a paycheck for coaching Justice, to be honest with you." More OU from NewsOK Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent D.J. Ward turning heads at DE for Sooners Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall has OU, Auburn, Kentucky in final three
Final Four notes: Kentucky's Andrew Harrison apologizes to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky for postgame remark
Apology accepted.Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky said he received a call from Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison early Sunday morning, apologizing for a slur that was muttered after the Wildcats’ loss to the Badgers on Saturday night.A question was asked to a teammate about Kaminsky, and Harrison, under his breath, could be heard expressing an expletive and racial slur.“I got a text message ,and he said he...
Final Four notes: Kentucky's Andrew Harrison apologizes to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky for postgame remark
Blair Kerkhoff, Associated Press | Apr 5, 2015Apology accepted. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky said he received a call from Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison early Sunday morning, apologizing for a slur that was muttered after the Wildcats’ loss to the Badgers on Saturday night. A question was asked to a teammate about Kaminsky, and Harrison, under his breath, could be heard expressing an expletive and racial slur. “I got a text message ,and he said he wanted to talk to me,” Kaminsky said. “I’m glad he reached out. He’s nice kid. He said he really respects me and apologized for what he said. I could tell he was sincere about it. “Things are said all the time, on the court, when microphones aren’t on. It’s not that big a deal to me. The situation is completely diffused.” The rematch On Dec. 3, Duke traveled to Madison, Wis., and thumped the Badgers 80-70. The Blue Devils led by three at halftime. Four players scored in double figures for the Blue Devils, led by Tyus Jones with 22 points. Wisconsin got 25 from Traevon Jackson and 17 from Kaminsky. That game means … nothing. “Totally different teams now,” Duke guard Quinn Cook said. But it was a huge victory for the Blue Devils and their three freshman starters. It was the team’s first true road game. “I remember we weren’t nervous,” guard Matt Jones said. “And we got a lot of confidence from that game.” One difference from then to now is the health of Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker. He played on an injured ankle and scored five points in the earlier game. “We didn’t play well in that game,” Kaminsky said. “Hopefully we can take some stuff from that game and use it this time.” Big Ten success In the last several years, the Big Ten has been first in realignment, first in creating a leaguewide network but not first in winning national championships in football or men’s basketball. Now, the conference has put itself in a position for a sweep. Ohio State beat Oregon in the first College Football Playoff championship game in January, and now Wisconsin has a chance in NCAA men’s basketball. Before this year, the last titles in those sports were the Buckeyes’ 2002 football championship and Michigan State’s 2000 basketball title. Since 2002, the SEC has piled up titles in football (eight) and basketball (four). The Big 12 and ACC have won championships in both sports. The Big Ten now has that opportunity. Calipari in Hall of Fame, Ryan not John Calipari will be introduced as a Naismith Hall of Fame member today. Several outlets reported Sunday that Calipari received enough votes to be inducted, but fellow finalist, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, did not. Wonder if the outcome would have been different had the voting occurred after the Badgers’ victory over Kentucky on Saturday? Other Hall of Fame finalists among players include former Kansas and Boston Celtics guard Jo Jo White, Spencer Haywood, Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson, Dikembe Mutumbo and Lisa Leslie. In addition, NBA coach Bill Fitch, NBA referee Dick Bavetta and high school coach Robert Hughes are finalists. ? Also Sunday, Calipari was chosen winner of the Naismith Coach of the Year, his second major coaching honor announced during the Final Four. To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000008064,t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000040506,t000404496,t000169039,g000362661,g000066164,g000065586,g000065650
A look at Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports as of April 4.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: April 4, 2015
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 4, 2015BASEBALL T.J. Black, Stillwater (NOC-Enid) Brayden Blaylock, Tulsa Union (NEO) Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aidan Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Wade Hanska, Edmond Memorial (NOC-Enid) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Kale Keith, Verdigris (Connors St.) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Blake Shepard, Ponca City (Fort Scott CC) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Madison Watkins, Sperry (Cowley County) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Harrison Whitworth, Broken Arrow (Fort Scott) Ryan Wieligman, Stillwater (Cowley County) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Will Lienhard, McGuinness (Navy) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Alyssa Jones (Southmoore (Midwestern St.) DeRae Lewis, Millwood (North Texas) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Hayden Priddy, Piedmont (SWOSU) Raven Prince, Millwood (North Texas) Bre Reid, Piedmont (Southern Utah) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Don Berger, Owasso (St. Mary’s) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Feather River) Bryson Bowers, Deer Creek (McPherson) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Dominique Briggs, Tulsa Union (Coffeyville CC) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Daulton Cardwell, Glenpool (Evangel) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Nathan Christmon, Carl Albert (OSU)* C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Derek Cole, Cascia Hall (Drake) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Isaac Dake, Tulsa Memorial (Langston) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Danny Donley, Jenks (Drake) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Joe Erwin, Jenks (William Penn) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Mason Farquhar, Tulsa Union (SW Baptist) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Omorrie Franklin, John Marshall (Langston) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Tim Giddings, Casady (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Jaymes Ginn, Owasso (William Jewell) Malik Givens, Tulsa Washington (Drake) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Maleek Greenlee, Tulsa Memorial (NSU) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Razhon Hines, Tulsa Washington (SW Baptist) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Daniel Hubler, Bartlesville (Evangel) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Nick Jackson, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Baylor Jenkins, Skiatook (Haskell) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Roderick Kirby, Muskogee (NSU) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) A.J. Lewis, Tulsa Rogers (Langston) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Ryan Martin, Tulsa Kelley (Air Force) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Rasha McKnight, Tulsa Washington (Midwestern St.) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa Webster/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Michael Ott, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penney, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson (SNU) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Roman Rodriguez, Wagoner (NSU) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) Grant Scherber, Deer Creek (UCO) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Matt Tate, Tulsa Union (SWOSU) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Darwin Thompson, Jenks (NEO) Dylan Thompson, Skiatook (Haskell) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) William Wampler, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Chance Wenglewski, Tulsa Union (Lindenwood) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) BOYS GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) John Bonaobra, Tulsa Union (Central Missouri) Cody Burrows, Chickasha (ORU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) J.T. Neuzil, Bixby (UCO) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) GIRLS GOLF Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Corey Perron, Edmond Memorial (Missouri Valley) Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Junior Andrade, Santa Fe South (OBU) Jake Burger, Edmond Memorial (Fort Lewis) Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Wyatt Carroll, Putnam City North (Barton County) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Cooper Mosely, Chickasha (Harding) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Keegan Radichel, Mustang (SNU) Munashe Raranje, Jenks (Tulsa) Martin Romero, Southmoore (OBU) Cutter Smith, Mustang (SNU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Skylar Bozarth, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Bianca Cardenas, Piedmont (USAO) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (OCU) Bri Demuth, Jenks (OCU) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Catlin Harris, Piedmont (USAO) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Brandi Hutchison, Mustang (USAO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Alina Magruder, Mustang (Iowa) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Addy Pritchard, Oologah (Rogers St.) Victoria Segui, Putnam City North (Cowley County) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Samantha Snow, Lawton Eisenhower/NEO (Rogers St.) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Tayler Stover, Broken Arrow (Rogers St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Taylor Williams, Claremore (Rogers St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Michelle Brandon, Piedmont (ECU) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Casey Jones, Mustang (Seminole St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Dagan Lampkin, Washington (Seminole St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Madison Morris, Piedmont (SWOSU) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kaylee Sallee, Noble (Cowley County) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Kasady Uhr, Mount St. Mary (St. Gregory’s) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Casady Webb, Davis (North Texas) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) Blake Cherry, Edmond Memorial (Southwestern, Kan.) Olivia Hauger, Tulsa Washington (California) Jordan Henry, Southmoore (Abilene Christian) Spencer Papa, Edmond (OU) BOYS VOLLEYBALL Logan Agnello, Casady (Missouri Baptist) GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Audrey Alford, Norman North (OU) Anna Bezhan, Holland Hall (Stetson) Maddie Flemmons, Bethany (SW Christian) Cassidy Hackett, Edmond Memorial (NWOSU) Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North/Iowa St. (OU) Serena Mar, Lincoln Christian (SW Baptist) Baleigh Murphy, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Ijeoma Njenje, McGuinness (UCO) Heather Ann Pruitt, Choctaw (SW Christian) Livi Schiffner, Edmond Memorial (Midwestern) Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) WRESTLING Kaid Brock, Stillwater (OSU) Nathan Daniels, Del City (OCU) Jacob Fontanez, Stillwater (Army) Hayden Hansen, Norman North (OU) Davion Jeffries, Broken Arrow (OU) Becka Leathers, Choctaw (OCU) Boo Lewallen, Yukon (OSU) Dylan Lucas, Plainview (OU) Dustin Mason, Tuttle (OCU) Christian Moody, Collinsville (OU) Keegan Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Zachary Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Tristan Moran, Stillwater (OSU) Markus Simmons, Broken Arrow (Iowa St.) Joe Smith, Stillwater (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Bo Ryan's squad clean, fun to watchBy Paul KleeThis Final Four is more about the coaches than the players — and that says a ton about the coaches. An NBA scout tells me the next draft lottery could include up to eight players from this Final Four.My esteemed colleague, Mr. Ramsey, is siding with Mike Krzyzewski, a fine choice as the best coach still standing. Coach K’s resume is almost as thick...
Friday Faceoff: Who is the best coach in the Final Four?
Paul Klee, Associated Press | Apr 3, 2015Bo Ryan's squad clean, fun to watch By Paul Klee This Final Four is more about the coaches than the players — and that says a ton about the coaches. An NBA scout tells me the next draft lottery could include up to eight players from this Final Four. My esteemed colleague, Mr. Ramsey, is siding with Mike Krzyzewski, a fine choice as the best coach still standing. Coach K’s resume is almost as thick as Mr. Ramsey’s. Krzyzewski, John Calipari and Tom Izzo are super coaches, of course. But that doesn’t mean I would hire them to run the basketball program at Klee University. First, the reasons I wouldn’t choose the other three. Start with Izzo. Media spent much of this season lamenting the state of the game, how scoring has dropped to historical lows. You can’t curse the state of the game and praise Izzo in the same breath. It’s hypocritical. The biggest reason scoring is down is overly physical defense. Izzo’s teams subscribe to basketball assault, and it works. Basketball has morphed into football. Izzo was one of the first coaches to recruit football players to his basketball team, one of the first to introduce rebounding drills where players wear football pads. “Football players bring a certain toughness,” he told me years ago. Why is Izzo so successful in March? MSU’s physical style of play can muck up the game against higher seeds. Brilliant strategy, really. But not my guy. Calipari would be a great choice. UK’s coach is open and honest about his program serving as an NBA farm club. Some folks cringe at Calipari’s relationship with William Wesley — the great middleman “Worldwide Wes,” as he’s known. If that’s a reason for rooting against Kentucky, well, you’ll have to root against Duke, too. Wes and Coach K have been tight for years. Sorry to throw mud on squeaky-clean Duke, but it’s true. Here’s a good rule as you watch the Final Four unfold: College basketball is the new sausage. Feel free to enjoy the flavor, but don’t ask how it’s made. That leaves us with Bo Ryan, the coach of Wisconsin. Bo’s my choice. He’s my choice because he refuses to bend to the shady undercurrents of college recruiting. He’s my choice because Wisconsin plays action ball — gorgeous offense with a don’t-foul defense. He’s my choice because I saw Frank Kaminsky in high school, and he looked like the third- or fourth-best prospect on his own AAU team, the Illinois Wolves. If Bo didn’t take him, Kaminsky was bound for Northwestern. Instead, Kaminsky developed into the national Player of the Year under Ryan’s staff at Wisconsin. Superb coaches, all four, each with their positives and negatives. But since you asked, I’ll take Bo. Coach K is in league by himself By David Ramsey Duke is America’s college basketball team, a truth that says bad things about America. I’m surrounded by Duke fans who have no reason to be Duke fans. Well, other than the fact that the Blue Devils have traveled to 12 Final Fours in the past 29 years. Everyone loves a winner, right? Wrong. Weaklings without the inner fortitude to endure losses pick winners. This explains why Duke boasts the most revolting fan base in the United States. (If you’re a Duke alum or a North Carolina native, you are excused from a place in the revolting category.) But … Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is clearly the most accomplished and brainy coach in an edition of the Final Four jammed with genius coaches. Mr. Klee compares my resume with Coach K’s. Thanks, Paul, but this is the first and last time anyone will compare me to Coach K. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan is a superlative coach, and I’ll forever wonder what would have happened if the University of Denver had hired him in the late 1990s to lead the basketball Pioneers. Kentucky’s John Calipari is basketball’s ultimate desperado, a man with only a light concern with rules, but he’s a master at rapidly forming a mighty, generous team out of major parts that will arrive and depart in the span of a few months. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has taken an impressive, if brutal, path to near the top of the list of the finest coaches in college basketball history. But no one in this trio matches Coach K. No one comes close. He’s coached teams to 12 trips to the Final Four, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, 82 NCAA Tournament victories and two Olympic gold medals. He never changes. I first met Coach K in 1986. He yelled a lot. He looked about 50, even though he was 39. He’s now 68. He still looks about 50. The names change. I’ll admit I believed Christian Laettner ranked as the prime reason for Coach K’s rise to consistent dominance. I wondered if the Duke magic would remain when Laettner departed. It remained. No doubt about that. The Blue Devils keep marching behind Coach K to victory. I have a feeling this script will remain the same for another decade. Meanwhile, fans keep jumping on board for the easiest train ride in sport. “I just like the way they play the game,” a 20-something Duke convert recently told me. Tell the truth, please. You just like the way they win. ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Visit The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at www.gazette.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040506,t000003183,g000362661,g000066164,g000065586,g000065627,g000220680
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Samantha Walker was going to the NCAA Tournament regardless of where Oklahoma went.“I wasn’t missing the game for anything,” said Walker, the mother of Sooners’ junior guard Dinjiyl Walker.It’s worked out about as well as it could’ve for the Walker family.After about a six-hour drive to Columbus, Ohio, for the first weekend of the tournament, the Walker family has a bit shorter...
Oklahoma basketball: Travel issues work out for players' families
Ryan Aber, Associated Press | Mar 25, 2015SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Samantha Walker was going to the NCAA Tournament regardless of where Oklahoma went. “I wasn’t missing the game for anything,” said Walker, the mother of Sooners’ junior guard Dinjiyl Walker. It’s worked out about as well as it could’ve for the Walker family. After about a six-hour drive to Columbus, Ohio, for the first weekend of the tournament, the Walker family has a bit shorter trip this weekend from their Toronto-area home to Syracuse. They’re not the only ones. Family and friends of Oklahoma’s basketball team have been scrambling to make arrangements to travel to Syracuse for the Sooners’ Sweet 16 game against Michigan State at approximately 9:07 Friday night. The families of Walker and Isaiah Cousins have it the easiest. Cousins has plenty of friends in upstate New York, and the Carrier Dome is just about a four-hour drive from his home of Mount Vernon, N.Y. “It’s going to be exciting,” Cousins said with a broad smile after Oklahoma knocked off Dayton. “I’ll have a few people there.” No family on the team has had a more hectic few days than the parents of Jordan Woodard. Marcus and Petra Woodard drove to Columbus from Arcadia last Thursday, following early NCAA Tournament games the whole way, to make it to Nationwide Arena for Jordan’s two games there. After Sunday’s win over Dayton, the Woodards drove back overnight so they could be in the stands in Tulsa to watch their older son, James, and his University of Tulsa teammates take on Murray State in the NIT. As of Wednesday morning, they were still making decisions on who from the family was going to go to the East Regional games in Syracuse. Marcus wasn’t sure if he’d be able to take off work because he’s used so much vacation following his sons around already this year. “Somebody will be there for him,” Marcus said. “We’re just not sure who.” A bit later in the day, with schedules finally clear, the pair decided to make the trip. Ryan Spangler’s parents — Larry and LeAnn Spangler — never had a doubt that they’d be in Syracuse after driving to Columbus. When Larry was coaching high school football, he walked far too many of his players on senior night because their parents couldn’t be there due to work. “We told our kids that if they were in an activity, we’d be there,” Larry Spangler said. It hasn’t been easy, though Larry said an employer who values family as much as his does helps a ton. Thursday morning, the Spanglers plan on leaving their house a little after 3 a.m. to head to Dallas for the flight to Syracuse. Had the East Region been scheduled for Thursday and Sunday, the Spanglers would’ve driven from Columbus to Syracuse without returning to Oklahoma. “We’ve gone at spur of the moment all of our lives,” Larry said. “We’ve gotten used to it.” Samantha Walker wasn’t much into college basketball and the NCAA Tournament before this year. “It was phenomenal,” she said. “I had said to my son that I never had going to an NCAA Tournament on my bucket list, but I’m so glad that he added it to my list. I’m so glad that I got to experience it. When Dinj hit that big three (in the first half vs. Dayton), I felt like my heart was so full. I felt that he hit the winning three. I was so proud of him. “It was surreal.” Their group for the Columbus trip included Samantha, her father Rollin Walker, nephew Josiah Walker and a couple of Dinjiyl’s friends from back home. Samantha didn’t even know the Sooners would play in Syracuse this weekend until after she was in Columbus, then was thrilled when her son confirmed they’d be heading close to home. This week, the Walker group expands to eight for the four-hour drive. “It really did work out perfectly,” Samantha said. “I was going to fly out to watch him play if he’d made it to the NCAA Tournament regardless, but it worked out. This was a bonus. This is better.” ——— ©2015 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000027855,t000003142,t000003277,t000040506,t000404471,t000003183,g000065556,g000362661,g000066164,g000065579,g000065603,g000219290,g000217610,g000215922
In a two-year span, Hiawatha High School has produced a pair of Division I athletes — and both picked out-of-state colleges.While Peyton Newell had a much ballyhooed recruiting process that led the football star to Nebraska, Emily Gartner's recruitment ended before her junior season ended.The RedHawks' basketball standout recently verbally committed to Missouri State, where she will play for...
Hiawatha's Gartner commits to play basketball at Missouri State
Cody Thorn, Associated Press | Mar 25, 2015In a two-year span, Hiawatha High School has produced a pair of Division I athletes — and both picked out-of-state colleges. While Peyton Newell had a much ballyhooed recruiting process that led the football star to Nebraska, Emily Gartner's recruitment ended before her junior season ended. The RedHawks' basketball standout recently verbally committed to Missouri State, where she will play for the Missouri Valley Conference runners-up and WNIT qualifiers. “I chose Missouri State because I loved the players and the coaches,” said Gartner, who averaged 21.4 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game this year. “The whole environment down there is just so awesome. MSU is more focused on their basketball program, so if I ever need extra help, there's always a person I could go to.” The 6-foot-4 center is taller than any current player on the Bears roster and she will likely help fill the void of senior-to-be Hillary Chvatal, a 6-2 post who is also a Kansas native. Missouri, Nebraska, Washburn and Benedictine were among the schools to look into Gartner, who shot 69 percent from the field (186 of 268). Missouri State head coach Kellie Harper and assistant Jackie Stiles recently drove to a sub-state game in Sabetha, Kan., to watch Gartner play. “I never thought I would ever have to choose between so many schools or ever get the opportunity to be recruited by the big schools,” said Gartner, who is also an accomplished shot put and discus thrower for Hiawatha. Volleyball signings A handful of area volleyball players have received opportunities to continue playing at the next level. Central outside hitter Megan Kneib is headed north to become a Graceland Yellowjacket. Kneib was a two-year captain for the Indians and also was the team's most valuable player twice during her career. Her performance on the court garnered Kneib all-city, all-conference and All-News-Press honors. She is also an accomplished track athlete, a state qualifier as part of the Central 4X400 relay team that won the Class 4 District 8 championship last year. ACCHS volleyball standout Shailey Caudle is heading to nearby Highland Community College to be a Scottie. Caudle, an all-Big 7 Conference selection at outside hitter each of the past two years, will join Highland first-year coach Jon Bingesser's first recruiting class. Atchison's Laurene Cushinberry signed with Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College last month, becoming the second Lady Red to sign with a Kansas JUCO. Hannah Liggett signed with Allen County Community College in January. More 1,000-club additions After the end of the season wrapped up, Albany coach Kurtis Cox found out that Drew Cottrill joined the 1,000-point club very early in the past basketball season. The senior did so in the season-opener against Northeast Nodaway and finished with 1,254 career points. It had been quite some time since a Warrior had reached that mark, Cox learned. After a bit of research, the last to hit the mark was Jeff Adkins, a 2002 graduate. Also joining that club was Fairfax's Ryan Hopkins. The junior put together the best scoring season in the girls' program history with 503 points and reached her 1,000th point on Feb. 10. The daughter of Savannah coach Terry Hopkins, she helped boost her total way over a century with a 47-point outing against West Nodaway on Feb. 20. Number 1 Kelly Warford did what she normally did — drive to the hoop and score. However, a bucket against Worth County on Feb. 19 gave her eight points in the game and in the process moved her into No. 1 on Pattonsburg's all-time scoring leaderboard. The senior broke Nena Wood's record and Warford finished with 1,677 points. The four-year starter averaged 20.8 points per game in her final season. While the 5-foot-10 guard earned all-state accolades on the hardwood, her future will lie on the softball diamond after she recently decided to play for Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo. Warford had offers from Maple Woods Community College and a dual offer to play basketball and softball at North Central Missouri College. “The size of the school and town reminded me a lot of home and their softball program as well as their athletic training program is very well-known,” said Warford, a three-time unanimous all-HDC softball pick. “The coaches are outstanding and made me feel at home when I was there on my visit.” All-Stars South Park Christian Academy in St. Joseph recently had three players picked to play in the MoKAN Regional Conference All-Star Game, held last month in Belton, Mo. Harold Simpson, Marissa Gris and Hannah Spiegel were chosen to play in the game that featured players from seven other schools in the conference. Simpson and Gris each took part in a 3-point shooting contest at the event. Gris made the final round, but finished as the runner-up. Simpson hit 10 out of his 15 attempts to claim the title. Extras: Brant Faulkner finished with 1,685 points in his career at Princeton, good enough for third all-time on the boys basketball leaderboard. … Speedster Erica Whitlow has signed to run for the William Jewell track and field team. The Lathrop product — part of last year's Class 2 seventh-place 4x100 team — will reunite with former teammate Gretchen Mayes, a sophomore at the Liberty, Mo., school. … Platte County's Lexi Hanson signed to play softball at Butler (Kan.) Community College. The All-News-Press catcher became the third and final senior on the team to sign a scholarship to continue at the next level. … Smithville offensive lineman Nick Martinez recently played in the Diamond All-American game in South Carolina, according to the Smithville Herald. ——— ©2015 the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) Visit the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) at www.newspressnow.com/index.html Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000156678,t000002776,t000049144,g000065614,g000362661,g000066164
Mar 25, 2015
Family and friends of Oklahoma’s basketball team have been scrambling to make arrangements to travel to Syracuse for the Sooners’ Sweet 16 game against Michigan State at approximately 9:07 Friday night.
Oklahoma basketball: Travel issues work out for players' families
By Ryan Aber | Mar 25, 2015SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Samantha Walker was going to the NCAA Tournament regardless of where Oklahoma went. “I wasn’t missing the game for anything,” said Walker, the mother of Sooners’ junior guard Dinjiyl Walker. It’s worked out about as well as it could’ve for the Walker family. After about a six-hour drive to Columbus, Ohio, for the first weekend of the tournament, the Walker family has a bit shorter trip this weekend from their Toronto-area home to Syracuse. They’re not the only ones. Family and friends of Oklahoma’s basketball team have been scrambling to make arrangements to travel to Syracuse for the Sooners’ Sweet 16 game against Michigan State at approximately 9:07 Friday night. The families of Walker and Isaiah Cousins have it the easiest. Cousins has plenty of friends in upstate New York, and the Carrier Dome is just about a four-hour drive from his home of Mount Vernon, N.Y. “It’s going to be exciting,” Cousins said with a broad smile after Oklahoma knocked off Dayton. “I’ll have a few people there.” No family on the team has had a more hectic few days than the parents of Jordan Woodard. Marcus and Petra Woodard drove to Columbus from Arcadia last Thursday, following early NCAA Tournament games the whole way, to make it to Nationwide Arena for Jordan’s two games there. After Sunday’s win over Dayton, the Woodards drove back overnight so they could be in the stands in Tulsa to watch their older son, James, and his University of Tulsa teammates take on Murray State in the NIT. As of Wednesday morning, they were still making decisions on who from the family was going to go to the East Regional games in Syracuse. Marcus wasn’t sure if he’d be able to take off work because he’s used so much vacation following his sons around already this year. “Somebody will be there for him,” Marcus said. “We’re just not sure who.” A bit later in the day, with schedules finally clear, the pair decided to make the trip. Ryan Spangler’s parents — Larry and LeAnn Spangler — never had a doubt that they’d be in Syracuse after driving to Columbus. When Larry was coaching high school football, he walked far too many of his players on senior night because their parents couldn’t be there due to work. “We told our kids that if they were in an activity, we’d be there,” Larry Spangler said. It hasn’t been easy, though Larry said an employer who values family as much as his does helps a ton. Thursday morning, the Spanglers plan on leaving their house a little after 3 a.m. to head to Dallas for the flight to Syracuse. Had the East Region been scheduled for Thursday and Sunday, the Spanglers would’ve driven from Columbus to Syracuse without returning to Oklahoma. “We’ve gone at spur of the moment all of our lives,” Larry said. “We’ve gotten used to it.” Samantha Walker wasn’t much into college basketball and the NCAA Tournament before this year. “It was phenomenal,” she said. “I had said to my son that I never had going to an NCAA Tournament on my bucket list, but I’m so glad that he added it to my list. I’m so glad that I got to experience it. When Dinj hit that big three (in the first half vs. Dayton), I felt like my heart was so full. I felt that he hit the winning three. I was so proud of him. “It was surreal.” Their group for the Columbus trip included Samantha, her father Rollin Walker, nephew Josiah Walker and a couple of Dinjiyl’s friends from back home. Samantha didn’t even know the Sooners would play in Syracuse this weekend until after she was in Columbus, then was thrilled when her son confirmed they’d be heading close to home. This week, the Walker group expands to eight for the four-hour drive. “It really did work out perfectly,” Samantha said. “I was going to fly out to watch him play if he’d made it to the NCAA Tournament regardless, but it worked out. This was a bonus. This is better.”
The path Mo Lee took to Stephenville was about as unlikely as a college basketball power popping up in a town most-known for producing high school football championships. But Tarleton State has been winning for years, and Lee, a New York City native, has been the Texans’ best player on their way to the Division II Elite Eight.Tarleton plays Mount Olive (N.C.) 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ford Center...
Tarleton State basketball ready for Division II Elite Eight
Ryan Osborne, Associated Press | Mar 24, 2015The path Mo Lee took to Stephenville was about as unlikely as a college basketball power popping up in a town most-known for producing high school football championships. But Tarleton State has been winning for years, and Lee, a New York City native, has been the Texans’ best player on their way to the Division II Elite Eight. Tarleton plays Mount Olive (N.C.) 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. The semifinals are set for Thursday, and the championship game is at 3 p.m. Saturday on CBS. The Texans (30-3) beat Angelo State 66-64 last week to earn their first Elite Eight appearance since 2006. Lee earned the South Central regional tournament MVP. The senior scored 14 points against Angelo, to go along with 39 points over the first two rounds. Beating Angelo also marked the Texans’ first 30-win season in school history, though winning has become common in coach Lonn Reisman’s 27 years with the program. Since arriving in 1988, Reisman has compiled 24 winning seasons, 16 20-win seasons and three trips to the Elite Eight. The Texans’ only two losing seasons in that span were in 1995 and 1996, their first years in the NCAA. As a member of the NAIA, Reisman guided Tarleton to the national tournament three years in a row. While the Texans are averaging 74.9 points per game, Reisman has based his success on defense and a balanced offense that avoids having to rely on one scorer. “The way we practice, and the way the program is, the system is made for winning,” senior guard Davene Carter said. “The preseason is so much. We run, we condition, we put in so many hours in the basketball program. All you have is basketball and school.” If you can’t play defense, you can’t play for Reisman, said Lee, who leads the team in scoring (15.2) and rebounds (4.8). Those numbers are about twice of what he put up last season, his first at Tarleton after transferring from San Jacinto Community College in Houston. Lee grew up in the Bronx and was a high school star at First Baptist Christian Academy in Ludowici, Ga. As a Rivals three-star recruit, Lee received Division I interest and played in an AAU program that produced former Kentucky star Doron Lamb. But when his grades were too low, he landed at San Jacinto, where he was a second-team all-American in 2013. Other transfers have contributed this year, too. TaShawn Mabry and Malcolm Hamilton came from junior colleges. Teven Jones, a junior guard, played 59 games in two seasons at Virginia. E.J. Reed is from Mesquite but played a year at Division I LIU-Brooklyn. But like most successful colleges in Texas, Reisman has mined the state’s talent-laden big cities. Carter, who will participate in a dunk contest at the Division I Final Four in April, is from Duncanville. Starting point guard Michael Hardge and freshman guard Nosa Ebomwonyi are from the Austin suburbs. When Reisman was an assistant at Southeastern Oklahoma State, he recruited a raw prospect out of Dallas and taught him how to rebound. Dennis Rodman ended up in the Naismith Hall of Fame. Coach Lonn Reisman. Thank you for everything. I love you. -- Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) June 16, 2011 “As all the DI [schools] know, Texas basketball is very, very strong,” Reisman said. “We definitely recruit hard within this state.” Wednesday, though, won’t be a ceremonial celebration of Tarleton’s winningest season. “It’s a memorable experience, but we’re going on a mission,” Reisman said. The Texans lost in the Elite Eight in 2005 and the Final Four in 2006. After starting 18-0 last year, they lost to Midwestern State in the second round. “Last year, we felt like we peaked too early,” Carter said. “As long as we just keep getting better, we can win it.” Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST NCAA Division II Elite Eight Tarleton State vs. Mount Olive (N.C) 1 p.m. Wednesday, Evansville, Ind. ——— ©2015 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Visit the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at www.star-telegram.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040506,t000404471,t000003183
Mar 24, 2015
First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that’s your first clue that we didn’t make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it’s 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn’t 80 in Cleveland. Wasn’t Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. […]
Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton
Berry Tramel | Mar 24, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/nfl-jerseys.jpg]3612481[/img] First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that's your first clue that we didn't make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it's 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn't 80 in Cleveland. Wasn't Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. See, that's the worse news. It snowed on us Monday night in Cleveland, and we're headed somewhere far worse. We're driving to Syracuse. When the Sooners were sent to the Northeast -- Columbus first, which is Midwest from a historical perspective but in truth is in the middle of the state that is the gateway to the American northeast, and then Syracuse -- we decided that if OU won two games and reached the Sweet 16, we'd just stay. Economically, it made sense. We were scheduled to arrive back in Dallas at 7 p.m., then drive home, which would have made it around 10:30. We'd have flown back to Syracuse sometime around noon Wednesday, which meant leaving home at 10 or 10:30. So for one full day and one partial morning back home, we'd have needed another round-trip ticket to a place that's expensive and difficult to reach. So we're driving to Syracuse, where the temperature was 11 degrees when I checked Monday morning. It looks like it might warm up into the 40s by the time the East Regional gets started. Which will be balmy by upstate New York standards. Until we get there, there are a few things to see along the way. CANTON PALACE The Pro Football Hall of Fame sits in Canton, about an hour south of downtown Cleveland, about 90 minutes north of Columbus. I'd been to Canton thrice, for the induction ceremonies of Tommy McDonald (1998), Barry Sanders (2004) and Troy Aikman (2006). I was scheduled to come in 1995, the year Lee Roy Selmon, Steve Largent and Tulsa U.'s Jim Finks were inducted, but I needed a pinch-hitter after a broken leg on the softball diamond the night before my flight. So I'd been to Canton during the fussle and bustle of Induction Weekend, when the grounds are covered with literally tens of thousands of football fans. The induction ceremony just gets bigger and bigger. When I first came, the festivities were conducted on the Hall of Fame's veranda, which is where McDonald gave his famously goofy speech and tossed his Hall of Fame bust into the air to show he still could catch. Fans spilled out on the grassy knoll below the veranda. By 2004, the inductions had moved to Fawcett Stadium, which is adjacent to the Hall of Fame grounds and part of famed Canton McKinley High School. For Sanders' induction, I had a seat in the Fawcett pressbox. Two years later, the party had gotten so big, there was a pecking order for media, and I didn't make the cut. I wasn't in the pressbox; my work space was a room with televisions in the Hall of Fame, though I could roam the stadium during the ceremony. So I was looking forward to seeing the Hall of Fame under a little more sedate conditions. I had come away impressed with the Hall on my previous visits. Even wrote that I thought it was better than the Baseball Hall of Fame, which I visited in 1976 and again in 2000. But I don't know. Didn't wow me this time. Maybe because I had been so much. It's still good. Still a must for NFL fans. Just nothing spectacular. And they got me started with a bad attitude on the opening kickoff. Tickets are $24, which is fine, and for $43, you get a two-day pass that includes admission to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which we plan to go through Tuesday. Seemed like a fine deal. But the gougers at Canton charge you $10 to park. I can understand paying to park. If you're in Midtown Manhattan. If you're in an urban downtown. If you're on a college campus. If you're on Main Street in Hometown, America, and the meter needs a quarter. But $10 to park in a spacious lot on an Ohio hillside? The Hall of Fame fundamentally is a place of business. You are there to spend money. They are not doing you a favor by letting you come on their land. You are doing them a favor. Sort of like the parking charge at Frontier City in OKC. Drives me nuts. Anyway, we went through the Hall of Fame, and here are my impressions on my first leisurely stroll through the Canton shrine: * The most interesting room is the Hall of Fame Gallery, which includes the busts of all the inductees. Do you remember the M*A*S*H episode where Frank and Hot Lips give Col. Potter an anniversary gift of a wooden bust of Potter? The Korean sculptor, who doubles as a trinket salesman, makes the Colonel look a little too Korean. I thought of the episode when I walked through the Hall's gallery. Some of those guys didn't look much like themselves. We started a playing a little game. Someone would cover the name, and I'd try to guess who the inductee was. I got Frank Gifford, and some of the later guys. But man, this wasn't a tiptop job. Some of that can be blamed on the lighting. The gallery is darkened, with individual lights shone on each bust, but not a bright light. More like a pinball light. As if they don't want fans to be able to see the unlikenesses. Some were OK. Tom Landry, sans fedora, looks just like himself. Jerry Rice. A few others. * The best part of the Hall of Fame is the uniforms. From old to new, uniforms are the best part of football memorabilia. In fact, I have a suggestion for the Hall of Fame. Dedicate a room to the uniform progression of each team. Showing the Packers through the years. The Broncos. The Buccaneers. That would be the most popular exhibit by far. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/ssu.jpg]3612527[/img] * Lots of artifacts, which generally don't do much for me. A football shoe in 1952 compared to a football shoe in 2012 doesn't do much for me. But you still find nuggets. Like this: Larry Allen's football helmet from Sonoma State, an sUs type logo on the helmet that looks exactly like the vintage oSu logo on Oklahoma State helmets from the '70s. Somebody was trademark infringing, I promise you. This would be the second OSU/Sonoma State connection I know. Our man A.C. Slater of Thunder writing fame grew up in northern California and attended Sonoma State before transferring to OSU. * The Hall of Fame doesn't have nearly enough interactive video. Some, but not enough. You'd think you could go to a kiosk, punch up a team and view the 10 most memorable plays in Kansas City Chiefs history. But no. There's a big theater room that repeatedly plays "The Road to the Super Bowl," a 17-minute video that is falseness in advertising. It's not the road to anything. It's the Super Bowl itself. A 17-minute video about the most recent Super Bowl, except I guess we're a little too close to last Feb. 1, because they don't have the new video completed. We sat through a 17-minute video of the Seattle-Denver rout of 14 months ago. I thought the video was good, but nothing you can't see on NFL Network several times a day. A far better video was a seven-minute video shown while you're waiting in line to enter the theater room, this one about training camp. Lots of vintage footage of Vince Lombardi and Tom Coughlin and the like, from training camps through the years. I thought that was interesting. * To show you how the nation is spiraling into a place it doesn't want to go, the bottom level is billed as an interactive gallery. Ryan Aber remembers it as a place where kids could go and throw football and kick footballs and such. Now, it's all video-game based. You don't go onto a set and feel like you're throwing a football in Lambeau Field. You sit down with computer controls and simulate on a screen. I swear, if our nation ever falls, it's going to be computer-based. A foreign power will infiltrate our computer systems and we won't even know it. We'll be sitting inside somewhere, not paying attention. * I asked each of my pals what they thought of the Hall. Aber had been once, as a young adult. John Shinn had been as a kid. Guerin Emig never had been. Aber: Good, since it had a lot of Packers stuff. Shinn: Too much Packers stuff. (He's a Bears man.) "A lot of cool artifacts, and I like artifacts." Shinn liked Joe Namath's knee brace from Super Bowl 3 and seeing old logos, like a goofy Cleveland Browns from what I assume was the '50s. Emig: "Helps to be a Steelers fan." He liked the game-worn jerseys. Maybe it helps to have devotion to one team. Then you can revel in all the aspects of that team. All the guys took photos of the busts and memorabilia associated with their favorite team. I don't have a favorite team. I just like the NFL. Like the games. I almost always pick out somebody I want to win, but it's not like I'm a Packer fan, or a Ram fan, or a Giant fan. At the admission desk, they ask your zip code and your favorite team. I said, 73071 and whoever's playing the Redskins. I don't like Daniel Snyder. * The gift shop is big-time good. I could spend a lot of money in there. Old-fashioned pennants and banners for each team were unbelievably cool. A vintage Joe Namath jersey. Lots of good stuff. But I'm never tempted. Didn't buy anything. * The Hall seems to have moved away from some of its ties to the prehistoric era. When I first came 17 years ago, there was a ton of tribute to Jim Thorpe. I even wrote a column about it. Now a huge Thorpe mural adorns the wall and a big Thorpe statue sits in the rotunda, but that's about it. Thorpe was huge in Canton, because he signed with the Canton Bulldogs and helped found what became the NFL. So all in all, I'd have to say I was disappointed. Maybe the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame will be better. PRESIDENTIAL MISFIRE When we were down in Columbus, something made us think of President William McKinley and made us assume he was from Ohio, even though we didn't really know. And I forgot to look it up. Then we drove to Canton, and presto, it made sense. Canton McKinley High School. Then we saw the signs. McKinley Library and Museum. So I hatched a plan when we got to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I told the guys I would take the car, go through the McKinley museum, then come back and get them. That way, I'd see something I'd never seen, and we could save that ridiculous $10 parking charge. But they talked me out of it. Said we'd go through the Hall of Fame, then go to the presidential library. OK. But we left the Hall at 3:50 p.m., looked up the McKinley library, and it closed at 4 p.m. Bummer. As you know, I went to the Truman Library a couple of weeks ago in Kansas City and enjoyed it. And I knew quite a bit about Harry Truman. I don't know much of anything about William McKinley, other than he was assassinated and he was president through the Spanish-American War victory. So I looked it up. Here's a quick history lesson. McKinley was the 25th president, serving from March 4, 1897, to September 1901, six months into his second term. He was assassinated in Buffalo. His vice president, Teddy Roosevelt, became president. McKinley raised protective tariffs (I'm against that) and maintained the gold standard for the U.S. (I'm for that). Even cooler, McKinley was the last president to have served in the Civil War, after which he settled in Canton, practiced law and eventually was elected to Congress. McKinley eventually became Ohio's governor and ran for president in 1896, defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan. McKinley was generally a popular president, economic growth marked his years in the White House and the Spanish-American War brought the U.S. all kinds of territories, including the Philippines, Puerto Rico and even Hawaii to some degree. But on Sept. 6, 1901, Leon Czolgosz, a second-generation Polish-American, who was part anarchist, gunned down McKinley in Buffalo. I wish I had gone through the museum, so I could know why we remember John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald but not Leon Czolgosz. Next time I'm in Canton, I'll be at the McKinley library, not at the hall of fame that sits next to McKinley's football field. OHIO HILLS Eastern Ohio is not flat. It's hard to find level ground. Lots of rolling hills. The drive from Columbus to Canton was nice, with lots of scenic farms and the such. After we left Canton, we drove through Akron, and the University of Akron's new football stadium (constructed in 2009) sits hard by the interstate. The Zips play at OU in September, and their football stadium is very nice. Looks much more traditional (which means better) than, say, North Texas' new stadium at the I-35 fork in Denton. Akron is coached by Terry Bowden, so there's that angle. Akron played in the historic Rubber Bowl -- Firestone Tires, remember, is headquartered in Akron -- but it was miles from campus and in need of constant renovation. So the school built a new stadium. I've never heard that Akron had a big rival, but Kent State is only 10 miles away. I never realized Kent was so close to the Cleveland/Akron area. I looked it up, and yep, Kent State is the big rival for Akron. I guess I could have asked Darnell Mayberry; he once covered the Zips for the Akron Beacon Journal. Traffic wasn't bad through the Canton/Akron area, despite it being 4-5 p.m. I would have guessed we'd have hit some bad traffic. Akron is a big place. The fifth-largest city in Ohio, trailing the big C's (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati) and Toledo. (Dayton ranks sixth, Canton eighth, Youngstown ninth). The Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, which I assume includes Canton, had a 2010 population of 703,000. And of course, Akron and Canton are included in Cleveland's metro population, which counts 3.5 million residents and ranks 18th in America. We were headed to a Fairfield Inn in Streetsboro, Ohio, a southeast suburb of Cleveland. Got an $82 rate. We all had some work to do, and Ryan said he needed a drink before we checked in. So I looked it up, and there was a Sonic right across the street from our hotel. Sometimes clean living pays off. LOCAL FARE We had no dining knowledge. None. We could go chain, or go adventuring. So we went adventuring. Walked into a place called Jerzees, a sports grill near the Hall of Fame. It was pretty desolate, but turns out a good choice. They had a chicken wing special; 49 cents each. I got eight wings and fries. Ryan and I ate for $15 combined. Can't beat that. And it was good. For a late dinner, Guerin, Ryan and I drove down the road to a place called Rockne's. Sort of a local Chili's type place. Except I hate Chili's, so don't judge it by that. Yep, the place is named after Knute Rockne, for no good reason that we could tell. Rockne grew up in Chicago, got famous at Notre Dame and was killed by a plane crash in Kansas. Don't know what any of that has to do with Streetsboro, Ohio. The girls working at Rockne's were nice. One of them's grandmother lives in Oklahoma, but she didn't know where. Which I thought was both sad and illuminating. I had a steak salad, which was decent. I wish I had ordered the pork wings. I didn't know pigs had wings. Sort of gives new meaning to the term, when pigs fly. The place was decent. We could have gone to an Applebee's or a Ruby Tuesday, but what's the fun in that? MORE STREAMING In my hotel room, I watched the OU-Stanford women's game on my computer. The internet connection was hit and miss. When I put the game on full screen, it often got fuzzy. When I kept it partial screen, I had a tougher time seeing. I also got a good email from reader Curtis Ray, who tried to educate me on watching games while travelling. I appreciated his suggestions and thought I would pass them on: "I travel a lot and have the regular League Pass through Cox that also includes League Pass Broadband. Good hotel internet equals good quality playback. Obviously, your hotel’s internet was indeed terrible if it was buffering like you described. If the hotel is still using DSL, you’ll have issues. DSL is cheap compared to cable and FIOS, so many hotel owners choose it at their properties to save themselves money as well as force their guests to purchase their overpriced Lodgenet movies they offer instead of allowing guests to stream their own using Netflix, Hulu. Etc. "Now, if the Thunder game is also being shown on NBATV that night, keep in mind that it will not be available on League Pass. Silly rule, but it has something to do with the NBA’s blackout policy. To combat this problem since the Thunder has several NBATV games, I purchased a SlingBox that you can easily connect to your cable or satellite box. I bought mine at Best Buy, but you can get it at other places as well. You can then connect remotely via broadband and stream, watch and control your own TV from anywhere, in HD. So if the Thunder is on NBATV, no problem. I tap into the Slingbox and turn the channel to Cox 722 and watch It on Fox Sports Oklahoma. "Slingbox also has an app so you can watch your home TV from a smartphone or tablet. I sometimes watch local news, an OU or OSU basketball game, or pretty much anything I would watch at home that I cannot get on the hotel TV in whatever city I’m in. "One important detail, though. Whatever TV at home that you hook the Slingbox up to will be the one you control remotely. I now connect mine to my home office TV cable box since no one in my family is watching that one when I’m gone. I used to have it on my bedroom TV, but my wife isn’t a big basketball fan and didn’t want to be forced to watch the Thunder game on that TV when I was connected and watching from out of town. (I still love her though.) "I saw you mention watching the game and the limited screen size of your computer. I always bring an HDMI cable and connect my laptop to one of the hotel TV’s HDMI ports and change the input. Now, you can watch the game on league pass or through the Slingbox on your hotel TV! It’s now like having Fox Sports Oklahoma right there on your hotel TV. There are a handful of hotels that have disabled their remotes or use universal remotes that don’t have the input selector. But you can typically find it the side of the TV itself near the volume and power buttons. "I especially love the league pass app while in Vegas. I can place very small wagers on various NBA games that night and watch them all in my hotel room upstairs instead of having to sit in the sports book with all the idiots. I also like that league pass archives the games, so if I fly or drive at night during a game, I can watch the archive from the start on league pass after arriving at my hotel…that hopefully has decent internet of course. "I’ve been doing this double tiered League Pass/Slingbox method since 2005-2006 when the Hornets were here. Hotel internet was horrific than and is still awful at some properties today. However, if you are fortunate to stay at a hotel with a decent internet speed, you won’t have the buffering and start/stop/start problems." Now that's what I call information. I'm going to be lost for awhile on Slingbox and HDMI cables and the such. But League Pass comes with an archive function? That means when I get to my hotel room Tuesday night, I can hook up and watch Thunder-Lakers from the beginning? It's like DVR on the road. Great information, Curtis.
Mar 24, 2015
Westmoore right-hander Austin Harris never lost his composure on the mound Tuesday in the Jaguars’ 11-2 rout of Edmond North that completed a two-day sweep in District 6A-2 play.
High school notebook: Westmoore routs Edmond North behind Austin Harris
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Mar 24, 2015Westmoore right-hander Austin Harris never lost his composure on the mound Tuesday in the Jaguars’ 11-2 rout at Edmond North that completed a two-day sweep in District 6A-2 play. He easily could have in the early innings. Harris allowed the Huskies to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning before getting a double play with the bases loaded. He then allowed an RBI single in the third by Tyler Bowen for a 2-0 deficit before the Westmoore offense exploded for six runs in the fourth off Karsten Laferr. “I feel like there was a couple times where he started feeling for his pitches and things like that,” Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman said. “Once we got him some run support, he settles in and does a great job and attacks.” Harris threw a complete game, allowing 10 hits and striking out four. He primarily pitched to contact, utilizing an impressive curveball and changeup. “I’m just clearing my head and throwing,” said Harris, who has signed with Connors State. “I’m not looking for strikeouts. If they come, they come. It’s a lot easier to pitch with runs on the board.” Oklahoma signee Kyle Tyler had a two-run double in the third to take the lead. Tristan Tipps also drove in three and freshman Braxton Bohrofen drove in two. DEL CITY QB WILSON ADDS FIFTH SCHOLARSHIP OFFER The college options for Del City quarterback Terry Wilson keep spreading farther across the country. It began regionally with Arkansas State and Houston, and went east with an offer from Memphis. New Mexico State and, most recently, UNLV have led the western expansion. UNLV extended an offer to the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wilson on Monday, his fifth scholarship overall, and third in the last two weeks. Wilson is ranked No. 2 overall and is the top quarterback on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list for the class of 2016. He is planning a trip to Houston later this month. MOUNT ST. MARY PROMOTES PERKINS TO FOOTBALL COACH Mount St. Mary promoted assistant coach Derick Perkins to head football coach Tuesday around one month after former coach Chris Stiles resigned. Perkins has been an assistant for the Rockets the past two seasons after a four-year playing career at Southern Nazarene. “It is truly an honor and privilege to be the head football coach at Mount St. Mary, a place with so much history and potential,” Perkins said in a release from the school. “I have always been goal-oriented and I am inspired to build on the foundation that has been laid for our football program. I believe this program is on the cusp of something special and I am excited about the opportunity to be its leader.” Perkins takes over a program that has not made the playoffs in nearly three decades. Stiles went 15-25 over four seasons, guiding the Rockets to a 4-6 record last season. They were in the playoff hunt until losing the final game of the regular season against Blanchard. HARRAH’S KELLEN MANEK OFFERED BY ABILENE CHRISTIAN Cousins Kellen and Brady Manek will be bringing college recruiters to Harrah quite a bit for the next couple of basketball seasons. Brady, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, already has a scholarship offer from Oklahoma. And Kellen, a 6-7 junior, has picked up his first Division I offer, from Abilene Christian on Monday. Both players averaged around 16 points and seven rebounds per game this past season, both showing the ability to play inside and on the perimeter. They led Harrah to the Class 4A semifinals. WALLACE, YUKON GOLFERS STARTING STRONG The Yukon boys golf team is off to its best start in years behind the lead of sophomore Lane Wallace. Wallace has won both tournaments the Millers have played so far this season, leading them to a team victory Monday in the inaugural Yukon Invitational at The Greens in Oklahoma City. Wallace shot 71, while teammate Avery Acosta shot 74 to finish second. Yukon’s team total of 315 was good for a five-stroke victory over Heritage Hall. Last week at Southern Oaks Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Wallace shot 69 to win the Burleson Centennial Tournament. Acosta and Tyler Thomason each placed in the top 10 there as well. EDMOND SANTA FE WINS FLORIDA TOURNAMENT Edmond Santa Fe’s baseball team is off to a 5-1 start following an impressive spring break trip to Florida that saw the Wolves bring back the championship from the Florida League Invitational. Santa Fe beat Barron Collier 4-2 in the championship game behind pitcher Cameron Kay, who threw six innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits. Ryan Sanderson went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Kay, Sanderson and seniors Jake Martin, Tanner Kliewer and Zak Jurko were all named to the All-Tournament Team. The Wolves outscored their opponents 21-8 in the four-game tournament. They returned to Oklahoma on Monday and routed Mustang, 12-1, in the first of a two-game set that concluded Tuesday.
Mar 21, 2015
Tuesday night, Latricia Trammell coached Oklahoma City University to its second consecutive NAIA women’s basketball national championship. Friday morning, she was already thinking about the next challenge and the next season.
Collected wisdom: Latricia Trammell, Oklahoma City University women's basketball coach
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Mar 21, 2015Tuesday night, Latricia Trammell coached Oklahoma City University to its second consecutive NAIA women’s basketball national championship. Friday morning, she was already thinking about the next challenge and the next season. “One hundred seventy-one days,” she said. “Fire up.” Basketball is life to Trammell. Raised in Seminole, she was born into a basketball family. Her parents and brothers played, so it was only natural that she gravitated toward the game. Still, her passion for the game was intense. After a successful high school career — she scored 40-plus points in 15 games, including a high of 47 points — she played at nearby Seminole State, then immediately got into coaching. Head coach at Midwest City High, then Billy Ryan High in Texas. Assistant at Texas Woman’s University, then North Texas, then OCU. Head coach at Western State (Colo.), then she took over at OCU in 2012. I have three older brothers, and I am the youngest. There’s a 10-year difference between me and my youngest brother. When I was going to Seminole High School and playing basketball, my brother was the boys coach there at the same time. So, I would practice with our girls team, and then I would stay and in jump in some of the drills with the guys’ team. I was toughened. I remember my brothers’ college teams coming over, my mom cooking dinner for them. I always saw ... what it meant to them to be a part of that team, that camaraderie, the family aspect of it. I knew it was something I always wanted to be a part of. Back in the day … it was nothing for a date to go to the Sonic, get a Coke and then go back to the gym and play one-on-one or three-on-three. Back then, you could have a key to the gym. I remember ... shooting with the lights off and me in there saying, “If I can hit shots in the dark … ” I still jump in the drills every once in a while to let them know I can still do it. I remember my first college practice at Seminole State. I was used to that six-on-six. We didn’t have a three-point line either. And I remember stopping at half-court in my first college practice. I remember the coach blowing the whistle and going, “You know you can pass the line now.” And I thought, “Oh, my gosh.” I did not do that again. I made that a point. It’s not everyone who can say you drive to your passion every day. A lot of people say, “I’m going to work.” I don’t see it that way. You hear many coaches say this, but I really love to see when those kids are successful, especially when you get to know them on a personal level and know the adversity that they’ve had off the court through their lives. Just to see that and know you had a part in them being successful, I’m going to tell you there’s not a better feeling. The night before (the championship game), I was sitting in my hotel room. I took each player and I went one by one and thought what they’d been through. I just remember praying, “God, give it to them.” I know there are a lot of teams that deserve it and a lot of players that deserve it, but … when you get on a personal level and see how much they sacrifice and how much they work, you just pray that the end result will be on a high note. We’ve recruited some great kids. But … there’s a lot of talented teams out there. I try to find those talented players who work hard, who still have that grit to ’em, that toughness about ’em, that have desire to be the best. I want to see if they’re diving on the floor for a loose ball and how they respond when they come off the bench when they have hard coaching. Or something didn’t go right. I want to see if they say, “Well, enough is enough.” I’m going to come back and fight a little harder. I want the kid that’s going to step back up, wipe the blood off and keep back going. That’s the kind of kid that I want. We try to keep them motivated because it is a long season. We have practice player of the day every day. Someone has to do something really special. On game days in conference, we had queen of the block, queen of the game. We do tons of things to keep them motivated. We make a big deal about it. Doing little things that make big things happen. We learn how to celebrate someone else’s success as well as the team’s success. Then the passion comes into it. They’ll be worn out, but they’ll never know it. I’ll listen to devotionals … or different motivational speakers or politicians. I steal a lot. From different people. From football coaches. Not just women’s basketball. Or I’ll steal a motivational picture that I’ll give the girls. I just know that there’s a group of girls that’s depending on me, and I can’t let them down. I invited them here. They accepted to sacrifice to be here and leave families like Ouleymatou Coulibaly from Africa. These are kids that have goals, that want to be successful, and I’ve got to lead them in that direction. I want to give them the best that I possibly can. We had two losses this year, and I’m the type that will tell them it’s unacceptable. We set the standards and the expectations high. Sometimes, we have to have those long team meetings of opening up and communicating. I don’t want them to feel comfortable, especially if you have high expectations. I always tell them, “I don’t want kids to come here and rent a position. I want them to have ownership. I want you to come because you’re fighting for a position and playing time and you do have that ownership. Rather than renting a position.” I don’t have time for that.
Mar 19, 2015
Notes and tales from around the NCAA Tournament on Thursday:___BUFFALO MOJOOne thing is for certain about Buffalo coming into the NCAA Tournament: There is no reason for the Bulls to be intimidated by any opponent, including fifth-seeded West Virginia.Buffalo played at Kentucky in its second regular-season game and led the Wildcats 38-33 at half before losing 71-52."It's like have you seen...
Notes and tidbits from around the NCAA Tournament
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Mar 19, 2015Notes and tales from around the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ BUFFALO MOJO One thing is for certain about Buffalo coming into the NCAA Tournament: There is no reason for the Bulls to be intimidated by any opponent, including fifth-seeded West Virginia. Buffalo played at Kentucky in its second regular-season game and led the Wildcats 38-33 at half before losing 71-52. "It's like have you seen "Space Jam?" Buffalo's Xavier Ford said. "It's like playing against the Monstars." Beating Kentucky for a half didn't provide the Bulls a blueprint for finishing the job. "You got to do everything right against a team like that," Ford said. "No mistakes It's basketball. Any team could get beat on any given night. But a team like that you would have to be doing everything right. I don't know if anybody can answer that question." The Bulls also played at Wisconsin, and led at the half before losing by 12. "We feel like we played the best of the best," Shannon Evans said. "So going into this tournament, we know that we can hang with the best." — Ralph D. Russo ___ CAMEROON TO LAS CRUCES It was only three years ago that Pascal Siakam got serious about basketball, and now he's the second-leading scorer for New Mexico State and the Western Athletic Conference freshman of the year. The native of Douala, Cameroon, thought his future was in soccer until he attended a basketball camp on a lark. Turns out he was a natural, so he dropped soccer and turned his focus to basketball. In 2012, he moved to the United States to attend God's Academy near Dallas, where he played organized ball for the first time. "I was OK," Siakam said Thursday. "It wasn't something real serious. I was playing to have fun, and it gave me an opportunity to come to the United States and continue my education, so I just took it." Siakam knew he could get his education paid for if he were good enough at basketball. His brother James played basketball at Vanderbilt until last year. Pascal has a bright future. The 6-foot-9 forward averages 13 points, a team-best 7.7 rebounds and is one of the top big men in Division I in shooting, at 57.7 percent. "I didn't have a lot of offers," he said. "A lot of people didn't know about me. New Mexico State came, and it's been a great fit for me. There are a lot of international students there, and I felt it could be good for me." — Eric Olson ___ WELCOME HOME, DAMON Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire came home for the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament opener. Stoudamire was born Portland and was a standout at Wilson High School before playing for Arizona from 1991-95. He spent eight seasons playing for the Portland Trail Blazers as a pro. Arizona senior guard T.J. McConnell credited Stoudamire, coach Sean Miller and his father with making him into the point guard he is. "I'm the luckiest guy to have him as a coach," McConnell said about Stoudamire. "Glad we have a chance to let him come back home." The second-seeded Wildcats faced No. 15 seed Texas Southern at the Moda Center, which is the Trail Blazers' home court. — Anne M. Peterson. ___ INJURED RAM Virginia Commonwealth standout guard Briante Weber is not letting a season-ending knee injury stop him from being part of the NCAA Tournament. Weber was as active as anybody during the Rams' practice at Portland's Moda Center a day before seventh-seeded VCU faced No. 10 seed Ohio State in the round of 64. He broke down team huddles and hobbled around the court on crutches, talking to coaches and giving teammates advice. The senior suffered a season-ending right knee injury in a loss to Richmond on Jan. 31, tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus. Even without the face of its havoc-causing defense, VCU got hot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and beat Dayton in the title game. The Rams dedicated the championship to their injured leader, who helped cut down the nets during an emotional celebration. Despite his injury, Weber wants to do everything he can to give his team a lift. "It's not easy. There's days where I get down and want to just think about myself," Weber said. "It's definitely bigger than me right now." — Antonio Gonzalez. ___ BO AND BRACKETS Bo Ryan clearly knows basketball. On Tuesday, he was named one of four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year award. Don't, however, ask the Wisconsin coach for help filling out your bracket. First off, he's busy getting the top-seeded Badgers ready for their first NCAA tournament game on Friday night against Coastal Carolina. He wouldn't have much in the way of valuable advice, either. "Have I been asked? Yeah, I've had people ask, but I tell them to just talk to the secretary at the office that won it four of the last five years," Ryan said Tuesday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. "She's better at it then all these experts." Ryan did admit to having students in a class on basketball he once taught at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville fill out brackets "for bragging rights." Ryan would grade them and tell them who won. But he's never filled out a bracket or doled out any serious guidance. "Some people did, like it was a Catholic school, 'Oh, they're going to win.' If it was an animal — a nice cute animal — they were going to pick that team. And those people have won." — Genaro C. Armas. ___ TOURNAMENT POLITICS Everyone knows that politics can be every bit as cutthroat as sports. When you combine the two? Well, you get the spat between New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Kansas counterpart Derek Schmidt that erupted this week. Balderas brazenly predicted that New Mexico State, the No. 15 seed in the Midwest, would not only knock off second-seeded Kansas in its tournament opener Friday, but then beat seventh-seeded Wichita State — another school from the Sunflower State — to reach the Sweet 16. The Shockers play No. 10 seed Indiana in another second-round game in Omaha, Nebraska. That certainly didn't go over well with Schmidt, who graduated from tradition-rich Kansas. Schmidt called the prediction "baseless" and said that Balderas has much to learn since taking office in January. "As a new attorney general, Mr. Balderas clearly has much to learn about Kansas basketball," Schmidt said. "I wish him all the best in pondering these philosophical matters at length during the free time he will have next week after his team has departed the tournament." — Dave Skretta. ___ HOBBLED GEORGIA Kenny Gaines sat at his locker, his left foot bundled up in a heating pad and warm towels. Yes, the injury bug that plagued Georgia much of the season has followed the Bulldogs to Charlotte for the NCAA Tournament. Gaines sprained the foot in practice and missed the regular-season finale against Auburn. He returned to the lineup against South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, only to re-aggravate the injury and miss the semifinal loss to Arkansas. He said he's day to day, and it's unclear how effective he'll be if he plays Friday in the East Region opener against Michigan State. "It's just something that comes with the game," Gaines said. "I mean, it is what it is. You've just got to play through it. We've got a couple of more weeks in the season and I'll be able to find a little rest." Coach Mark Fox said Gaines had treatment when the team arrived at the hotel Wednesday night, then again before breakfast and once more by trying to keep the foot warm before Thursday's practice. Gaines looked OK while shooting with the team at the end of practice, working on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers and one-dribble pull-ups. His status will depend on how his foot responds, though Fox said he expected Gaines would be able to play. Gaines is the team's No. 2 scorer at 11.6 points per game. He's had a bumpy year that included missing much of the preseason due to illness, then suffering a shoulder injury in December that fortunately coincided with a two-week break and didn't keep him out of any games. In all, regular starters have combined for 20 missed games due to injury this year. "I feel like one of these days," Gaines said, "things will turn around for us." — Aaron Beard. ___ BYRDS OF A FEATHER Belmont Bruins coach Rick Byrd's father, Ben, was a former sportswriter whose career helped shape his life — eventually leading to him becoming a basketball coach. Ben Byrd worked for the Knoxville Journal as a beat writer covering Tennessee basketball and SEC football, and he'd regularly bring young Rick to college basketball and football games. As a young boy, Rick would eat it up. He'd sell programs before Tennessee men's basketball games and then scramble just before tipoff to find a seat under the press table by his father's feet, where he would settle in to watch games. "I would go sit under my dad on the edge of the court and watch great basketball games with Adolph Rupp's Kentucky teams and Pete Maravich and that kind of stuff," Byrd said. "I have to give him credit — or blame — for what I ended up doing." — Steve Reed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential...
George Will: Kasich waits in the wings
By George F. Will | Mar 19, 2015COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. Cummings poems, are unpunctuated — to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income high school girls. His spirit would add spice and his policies would add substance to the Republican presidential contest. But only if Jeb Bush fails to gain momentum commensurate with his fundraising. In 1999, then-Rep. Kasich, chairman of the Budget Committee, tried to become the first person since Ohioan James Garfield to go directly from the House to the White House. Kasich’s five-month campaign for the Republican presidential nomination encountered the steamroller of the Bush family’s fundraising, an experience he is reluctant to repeat against George W. Bush’s brother. Elected to Congress at 30 in 1982, he left in 2001, and re-entered politics to seek Ohio’s governorship in 2010, defeating an incumbent governor by two points. No Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio, and last year Kasich was re-elected by 31 points, carrying 86 of 88 counties, including Cuyahoga (Cleveland). Events are pushing foreign policy to the center of presidential politics, which suits Kasich, 62, who spent 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee, meshing weaponry with strategy. He is a fact that refutes a theory — the theory that professional wrestling and American politics share a lack of honest emotion. This caffeinated son of a mailman from McKees Rocks, Pa., lacks the filter that other politicians install in their skulls to protect them from saying whatever they are thinking at the moment. In Congress, Kasich was the first iteration of Paul Ryan, mastering budget intricacies. He participated in the Clinton-era dramas that produced two government shutdowns (1995, 1996) and a balanced budget (1998). As governor, he has cut taxes by $3 billion. Death is no longer a taxable event in Ohio, and under his proposed budget, small businesses would be untaxed until their income reaches $2 million. Because of his focus on economic growth, the building trades unions supported his re-election. State colleges and universities are reimbursed on a per pupil basis, and now, he says, “do not get a dime” for a student who doesn’t graduate. Time spent with him and his colleagues is a bracing torrent of granular details about, among much else, criminal justice reform. He favors fewer mandatory minimum sentences and has instituted prison policies that prepare inmates for re-integration into communities. But it takes money to save money, meaning, he says, “recurring societal costs,” such as the $23,000-per-year-per-inmate cost of recidivism. So, Kasich angered Ohio’s Republican-controlled Legislature by disregarding it in order to accept Medicaid expansion. Without the money from this, he says, he could not find funding for the three cohorts about which he constantly speaks — “the mentally ill, the drug addicted and the working poor.” Kasich has committed another offense against the orthodoxy that is often stipulated by Republicans who have never run for any office or who represent safe districts. Like another Midwestern governor, Michigan’s Rick Snyder, Kasich would consider a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, who might energize ailing cities such as Cleveland. His fervent Christianity stems from 1987, when both of his parents were killed by a drunken driver. Today he has twin teenage daughters and a serenity that has mellowed him. Up to a point. Undeterred by any unsettling echoes, he preaches compassionate conservatism. Compassion, however, is a passion, and the modulation of passions is one of the primary purposes of our political institutions. Kasich does not do modulation, and sometimes he suggests that opposition to him annoys God. It is, however, exhilarating to hear a governor who knows that “if you want to change lives you had better be working door to door.” An unmarried mother who had a child at 16 and another at 18 told him she “doesn’t think (her life) is hard.” This comes from “living in a community where everyone is just like you.” So, we “have to show them there’s a whole other world.” Jobs, he says, are the only way to change the culture of poverty. His sometimes sandpapery personality actually might be a sign of authenticity that helps him connect with people who, he says, think “he understands my problems and he kind of gets me.” There will be, he insists, other “twists and turns” in the path to the Republican nomination, and like a football player on the bench, “I’m suited up.” George Will’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP
Mar 18, 2015
What's this nagging pain in my shoulder? Is it just stiff joints, or something more? In this article, Dr. Ryan Slater explains the symptoms of tendonitis and ways to treat it before it takes you out of the game.
How to deal with tendonitis pain
Amy Osmond Cook, FamilyShare | Mar 18, 2015Pencils ready. Here's a pop quiz. What do tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, golfer’s elbow, and jumper’s knee have in common? First, they all hurt. A lot. Many sufferers describe the pain as a dull ache, tender to the touch with visible swelling in the affected area. Second, they are all forms of tendonitis. Tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It is most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels. A common form of tendonitis is Jumper’s knee, which is surprisingly common in youth sports or any activity that involves a lot of kicking or running. Most children complain of pain or tenderness around the kneecap. In most cases, the discomfort of mild cases of tendonitis can be treated with over-the-counter medication or rest. But if the pain persists, you may need to see a doctor. Treatment for minor injuries When we think of orthopedic injury, we often think surgery is the only option. However, “a large majority of orthopedic injuries are nonsurgical,” said Dr. Ryan Slater, a Sports Medicine Specialist. “Many times these injuries improve without surgical intervention.” The same holds true for tendonitis. For minor injuries, try the RICE method. Rest. Reduce your level of physical activity and rest the affected area. Ice. To decrease the pain and swelling, apply ice packs or ice baths up to 20 minutes several times per day. Compression. Since swelling is a common concern, compressing the area with wraps or elastic bandages helps keep swelling under control. Elevation. This is another option to reduce the amount of swelling. If you suffer from a knee injury, for example, raise the leg above the level of your heart. When the pain just won’t go away If the RICE method doesn’t work for you, then you may be looking at a more severe case of tendonitis. However, there are still many noninvasive procedures that can be used: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. In medicine, ultrasound is used to detect changes in appearance, size, or contour of organs, tissues and vessels. It is also used to detect abnormal masses, such as tumors. It’s painless, fast and can quickly provide doctors with images for a faster and more comprehensive diagnosis. Platelet-Rich Plasma. “When conditions do not get better with more conservative treatments, we sometimes consider using PRP,” said Dr. Slater. This regenerative treatment involves taking a sample of your own blood, separating out the platelets, then re-injecting those healing elements into the affected area. While still relatively new to the field, it is quickly gaining popularity as an effective, non-surgical treatment for certain patients. “There are mixed studies,” said Slater. “Some patients show significant relief while others are not as conclusive.” Still, for a select population, this procedure can provide fast, long-term relief. Tenex Health TX. After about 8-10 weeks, tendonitis ceases to be strictly an inflammation problem and becomes more of a degenerative issue. If this is the case, Tenex can work well. In this procedure, a specially designed needle enables Dr. Slater to pass through the tissue and remove the degenerative parts of the tendon that are causing the patient pain. “This procedure has only been around for a few years,” explained Dr. Slater, “but studies have been very promising. This is a great treatment option for people who have severe symptoms and don’t want to go through a major surgery.” And it only requires a local anesthetic. Prevention is the best medicine As a former college football wide receiver, Dr. Slater has had his own share of orthopedic injuries. Now, he uses his professional knowledge and collegiate experience to treat current collegiate and high school athletes as well as other patients in the community. To make sure your child enjoys a lifetime of physical activities, here are some suggestions. Warm up and cool down. It’s a great habit for everyone, and should be taught to children early on. Proper gear. It’s never a good idea encourage your child to run a 5K in a pair of VANS, for example. Children will have a better experience if they are equipped with the proper gear for the selected sport. Quality program. Be selective in choosing organized sports programs. A professional organization will offer well-trained coaches, well-maintained facilities and equipment, and offer a staff that is trained in medical assistance, if needed. Drink up! Dehydration is a constant concern during warm-weather activities. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases urges adults to “make sure your child has access to water or a sports drink while playing. Encourage him or her to drink frequently and stay properly hydrated. Remember to include sunscreen and a hat (when possible) to reduce the chance of sunburn.” Warm weather is on its way. This is the perfect time to plan fun family activities that get everyone up and moving. But when injuries occur, it’s good to know that with a few simple techniques (or a quick trip to the doctor) you can be back on your feet in no time.
Mar 4, 2015
Chip Kelly's latest bold move is another example of his coaching philosophy: "Culture beats scheme."Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Both people spoke under condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the teams had not announced the deal.Kelly...
With McCoy trade, Kelly proves every player expendable
By ROB MAADDI, Associated Press | Mar 4, 2015Chip Kelly's latest bold move is another example of his coaching philosophy: "Culture beats scheme." Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Both people spoke under condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the teams had not announced the deal. Kelly hasn't won a playoff game in two seasons in the NFL, but he isn't afraid to make unpopular decisions. Last year, he cut three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson after a career season. Now, he's trading away a two-time All-Pro for a talented but injury-prone player. ESPN first reported the trade. It can't be completed until the 2015 league season begins next Tuesday. McCoy, who played high school, college and pro football in Pennsylvania, could refuse to go to Buffalo. Since taking full control of all personnel moves away from former general manager Howie Roseman in the offseason, Kelly has been busy reshaping a team that won 10 games in each of his first two seasons. He released longtime starting offensive lineman Todd Herremans and third-string tight end James Casey last week. He cut starting cornerback Cary Williams hours before the McCoy trade. Trading McCoy is a big risk for Kelly, who firmly believes players in his system are replaceable. McCoy thrived in Kelly's up-tempo offense in 2013, leading the NFL with a franchise-record 1,607 yards rushing. His production, along with the rest of the offense, slipped in 2014 and he finished with 1,319 yards. Inconsistency and injuries on the offensive line were a major factor. It was never clear how much the 26-year-old McCoy and Kelly got along. McCoy said Kelly pushed him harder than any coach he had. "Chip is constantly on me," McCoy said last August. Kelly later created a stir when he said McCoy sometimes practices "not so great." It is clear, however, that Kelly wants guys who buy everything he's selling. He has a unique approach that includes practice on Tuesdays — an off day for every other team in the league — and tougher practices instead of walkthroughs the day before the game. Whatever the relationship with Kelly, McCoy is gone. Kelly gets another player he's quite familiar with in Alonso. The 24-year-old played for Kelly at Oregon. He had an outstanding rookie year after Buffalo selected him in the second round in 2013. But he tore the ACL in his left knee and missed the 2014 season. Alonso tore the ACL in his right knee at Oregon in 2010. He also had hip surgery last offseason. Kelly could be gearing up to make a run at another one of his former players. Talk about Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota coming to the Eagles has dominated conversations in Philadelphia. The Eagles would have to trade up from No. 20 in the first round of the draft to get the Oregon quarterback, who is projected to go as high as No. 1 or 2. A blockbuster deal to get Mariota was highly unlikely when Roseman was the GM because he values draft picks. But with Kelly calling the shots, anything is possible. The Eagles currently have about $41 million available under the adjusted 2015 salary cap, so expect them to be quite active when free agency begins next week. They now need a new running back, two starting cornerbacks and plenty of defensive help. Overall, they saved nearly $21 million under the salary cap on four moves: $7.5 million for McCoy, $6.5 million for Williams, $4 million for Casey and $2.8 million for Herremans. More money-saving cuts are expected. Releasing linebackers DeMeco Ryans ($6.9) and Trent Cole ($8.4 million) would save an additional $15.3 million. ___ AP Sports Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report. ___ Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Chip Kelly has no problem getting rid of talented players.Last year, he cut three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson after a career season. Now, he's trading away two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy.Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the Eagles have agreed to trade McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Both people spoke under condition of...
Chip Kelly proves every player is expendable in his system
By ROB MAADDI, Associated Press | Mar 3, 2015Chip Kelly has no problem getting rid of talented players. Last year, he cut three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson after a career season. Now, he's trading away two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy. Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the Eagles have agreed to trade McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Both people spoke under condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the teams had not announced the deal. ESPN first reported the trade. It can't be completed until the 2015 league season begins next Tuesday. McCoy, who played high school, college and pro football in Pennsylvania, could refuse to go to Buffalo. Since taking full control of all personnel moves away from former general manager Howie Roseman in the offseason, Kelly has been busy reshaping a team that won 10 games in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. He released longtime starting offensive lineman Todd Herremans and third-string tight end James Casey last week. He cut starting cornerback Cary Williams hours before the McCoy trade. Trading McCoy is a big risk for Kelly, who firmly believes players in his system are replaceable. McCoy thrived in Kelly's up-tempo offense in 2013, leading the NFL with a franchise-record 1,607 yards rushing. His production, along with the rest of the offense, slipped in 2014 and he finished with 1,319 yards. Inconsistency and injuries on the offensive line were a major factor. It was never clear how much the 26-year-old McCoy and Kelly got along. McCoy said Kelly pushed him harder than any coach he had. "Chip is constantly on me," McCoy said last August. Kelly later created a stir when he said McCoy sometimes practices "not so great." Whatever the relationship, McCoy is gone. Kelly gets another player he's quite familiar with in Alonso. The injury-prone linebacker played for Kelly at Oregon. He had an outstanding rookie year after Buffalo selected him in the second round in 2013. But he tore the ACL in his left knee and missed the 2014 season. Alonso tore the ACL in his right knee at Oregon in 2010. He also had hip surgery last offseason. Kelly could be gearing up to make a run at another one of his former players. Talk about Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota coming to the Eagles has dominated conversations in Philadelphia. The Eagles would have to trade up from No. 20 in the first round of the draft to get Mariota, who is projected to go as high as No. 1 or 2. A blockbuster deal to get Mariota was highly unlikely when Roseman was the GM because he values draft picks. But with Kelly calling the shots, anything is possible. The Eagles currently have about $41 million available under the adjusted 2015 salary cap, so expect them to be quite active when free agency begins next week. They now need a new running back, two starting cornerbacks and plenty of defensive help. Overall, they saved nearly $21 million under the salary cap on four moves: $7.5 million for McCoy, $6.5 million for Williams, $4 million for Casey and $2.8 million for Herremans. More money-saving cuts are expected. Releasing linebackers DeMeco Ryans ($6.9) and Trent Cole ($8.4 million) would save an additional $15.3 million. ___ AP Sports Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report. ___ Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Mar 3, 2015
With Trevor Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle. Baker Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it.
Oklahoma football: Will Baker Mayfield once again make the most of an opportunity?
BY JASON KERSEY | Mar 3, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield was too slow and didn’t have a strong enough arm to start for his high school freshman football team, until an injury gave him an opportunity and he started the rest of the season. Two years later, coaches at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, picked a different quarterback to start the 2011 season opener, but by the end of the year, Mayfield had accounted for 55 touchdowns and led his team to a state championship. “Those things are what drove him to the success that he had at Texas Tech early on, and that’s what’s gonna end up driving him to play at Oklahoma,” said Ryan Priem, a Lake Travis assistant when Mayfield played there. “Baker was never a guy who accepted his role.” Mayfield’s decision to walk on at Oklahoma more than a year ago seemed crazy at the time. Trevor Knight was coming off a Sugar Bowl MVP performance against Alabama and appeared firmly entrenched as OU’s starter for the forseeable future. With Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle in spring practices beginning Saturday. Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it. Mayfield took over as Lake Travis’ quarterback midway through the first quarter of his junior season after an injury sidelined the starter, and threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two more scores in a 35-7 victory over Westlake. By the time his high school career was over, he’d thrown for 6,255 yards and 67 touchdowns and led Lake Travis to a 25-2 record. He seemed like the next Lake Travis quarterback destined for big-time college football, following Garrett Gilbert and Michael Brewer, but his recruiting never took off. He only received scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Rice and Washington State. High school teammate and longtime friend Luke Hutton remembers catching passes for Mayfield at a workout for Oregon State coaches. “He didn’t have one incompletion; he was just perfect,” said Hutton, who now plays at Harvard. “But they didn’t offer him. They offered a guy who was four inches taller.” Mayfield chose to walk on at Texas Tech, and by the season opener, had won the starting job. He completed 43 of 60 pass attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns against SMU in what is believed to be the first-ever season opener in which a walk-on true freshman quarterback started for a power five conference school. He ended up starting seven games — throwing for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions — but decided to transfer, he said, because he was frustrated with a lack of communication with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. Mayfield announced his plans to walk on at Oklahoma around the time of the Sugar Bowl, despite Knight’s incredible performance against the mighty Crimson Tide. Then in the OU spring game, he completed all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. His appeals to Texas Tech and the NCAA for immediate eligibility last season were denied, although he was put on scholarship last fall. Still, because he transferred within the Big 12 Conference, he not only had to sit out the 2014 season, but lost that year of eligibility. Knight failed to replicate his Sugar Bowl performance last season, and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel was fired. Riley — who tried unsuccessfully to recruit Mayfield to East Carolina after he left Texas Tech — runs a system similar to Kingsbury’s, leading many to believe Mayfield’s the best candidate to take over the OU offense in 2015. He’ll compete with Knight, sophomore Cody Thomas and redshirt freshman Justice Hansen for the job. “A whole lot of people doubted him about playing at OU,” said Hagen Patterson, another of Mayfield’s Lake Travis teammates who now plays at Columbia. “People would ask me, ‘What is Baker doing? What is he thinking?’ “I told them, ‘Just wait. He’ll find a way to play.’”
Feb 24, 2015
Oklahoma State receiver Ra’Shaad Samples will transfer following the spring semester, according to a report from 24/7 Sports college football recruiting analyst Ryan Bartow. . Per his father, #OklahomaState WR Ra’Shaad Samples to transfer. http://t.co/8g7frAJVzW @Perroni247 @OKState247 @jcshurburtt — Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) February 24, 2015 . Samples — a 5-foot-11, 178-pound sophomore from...
Media report: Oklahoma State receiver Ra'Shaad Samples to transfer
Kyle Fredrickson | Feb 24, 2015Oklahoma State receiver Ra’Shaad Samples will transfer following the spring semester, according to a report from 24/7 Sports college football recruiting analyst Ryan Bartow. . Per his father, #OklahomaState WR Ra’Shaad Samples to transfer. http://t.co/8g7frAJVzW @Perroni247 @OKState247 @jcshurburtt -- Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) February 24, 2015 . Samples — a 5-foot-11, 178-pound sophomore from Skyline High School (Dallas) — was one of the most highly touted members of OSU’s 2013 signing class. The former Under Armour All-American was four-star rated prospect ranked No. 19 by ESPN among wide receivers nationally. Samples redshirted his first season with the Cowboys. In 2014, he appeared in six games and caught three passes for 11 yards. His father, Reginald Samples, is a longtime Texas High School football coach with more than 200 career victories. He told Bartow his son has been granted his release from OSU and has “some offers” to play elsewhere. Samples held more than two-dozen Division I scholarship offers out of high school, including USC, Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame and OU. Minus Samples, the Cowboys return nine wide receivers who had at least one catch last season: David Glidden, Brandon Sheperd, James Washington, Marcell Ateman, Jhajuan Seales, Austin Hays, Chris Lacy, Kameron Doolittle and C.J. Curry.
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Jeff Winzenried was the picture of health and strength by the time he graduated from high school in 2001 as a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling and track.He went on to run track at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and as a sprinter, his events were the 50-meter and 100-meter dash. When he ran the 200 “it felt like a mile,” he said, probably in part because of the way he built...
Health issues caused ex-bodybuilder to make serious changes before opening gym
By Lori Nickel, Associated Press | Feb 19, 2015Jeff Winzenried was the picture of health and strength by the time he graduated from high school in 2001 as a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling and track. He went on to run track at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and as a sprinter, his events were the 50-meter and 100-meter dash. When he ran the 200 “it felt like a mile,” he said, probably in part because of the way he built up his body. Consuming multiple protein shakes a day, he packed 190 to 195 pounds on to his 5-foot-8 frame. “It all kind of fed in to — as a guy — the thinking that we need to get big,” Winzenried said. “We need to get strong.” He was also a bodybuilder and competed in statewide events, taking second and third place at the State Fair competition. When he took the caliper tests, he said, he got as lean as 1 percent body fat. That’s what bodybuilders do, he said. “It isn’t healthy,” he said. But Winzenried didn’t know it at the time. He was just 19 years old. By the time he was 22, he was diagnosed with hypertension and took medicine for high blood pressure. Then at 23 he started having awful symptoms. He had to go to the bathroom a lot and he was bleeding when he did. “I was just trying to be a man and get through it. I finally gave in and went to the emergency room,” Winzenried said. He tried different medicines. He had multiple colonoscopies. He was finally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis – under the umbrella of autoimmune disease and irritable bowel syndrome. When he lost his job in sales during the recession, and looked at paying $800 a month just for the meds, it was all too much. “That led to really questioning everything,” Winzenried said. “The fear of taking a horse pill for the rest of my life was unacceptable.” A friend suggested food allergy testing and the results were shocking: Winzenried should not have been eating eggs, dairy or whey protein — the very foods he had been mass consuming to keep up that big, powerful body. “It was eye-opening. It was also like a knife to my chest,” Winzenried said. “My whole belief system, as far as exercising, nutrition and health kind of got thrown out the window. My whole identity with food was completely thrown away.” Winzenried changed his diet to mostly plant-based foods and whole foods. His body, without the foods that were harmful — to him — began to heal. “In two weeks I was symptom-free,” he said. It’s now been five years with no flareups or setbacks. He’s 32 and a fit and lean 150 pounds. Winzenried also set out to help others get healthy and fit. He doesn’t promote body building — but he doesn’t judge anyone else who is in the sport, either. It just wasn’t right for him any more. He became certified in four different health and nutritional exercise sciences and opened a Monkey Bar gym in Milwaukee. The first Monkey Bar opened in Madison, Wis. and it is unique in numerous ways. Workouts are in bare feet, with the theory that the body is better connected to its platform and that bare feet promotes better blood flow and strengthens the feet, ankles and knees. It is a class-driven facility that uses no strict weights, per se. There are kettle bells, ropes to climb and boxes to jump. It looks like a real jungle gymnasium. One-hour classes rotate between conditioning and then high interval training throughout the week, and there are cycles throughout the year to keep the participants from plateaus in fitness and motivation. At Winzenried’s Monkey Bar, there are also combat sports Muay Thai, boxing and Krav Maga — the official self-defense system of the Israeli defense forces — as well as yoga and monthly self-defense classes just for women, all instructed by a staff of 20. Monkey Bar is a great place for a workout. But Winzenried said real health begins by what we put in our bodies. The worst foods to avoid? Soda, diet or regular. Candy. Fast food. Alcohol in excess. And finally, bakery. “Have that at a minimum. You shouldn’t be having a bagel every day, or a piece of toast every day, or a muffin. All that stuff is very high in calories and it is not nutrient dense.” Winzenried encourages mostly plant-based and whole foods and uses the website forksoverknives.com as a guideline. Eating this way, he said, leads to better health, fewer headaches, less congestion and even clear thinking. And he doesn’t have to base that on someone else’s testimony. 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Feb 14, 2015
A 1977 University of Oklahoma electrical engineering graduate, David Posey today is leading the reed switch manufacturing company his parents started from their home in Chickasha 47 years ago. Today, HSI Sensing employs 200 and weekly ships 50,000 to 100,000 custom-made parts worldwide.
Switch manufacturer predicts more 'rockin' rocket' products
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Feb 14, 2015David Posey, chief executive of HSI Sensing, holds up what looks like a needle encased in glass and explains that this thing — what’s called a reed switch — can convert a mechanical motion to an electronic signal when a magnet nears it. Invented in 1936 to relay telephone calls, reed switches today have endless applications across every industry, Posey said. They’re used for everything from monitoring pacemakers, fluid levels and security systems to tracking firefighters on the job or spacecraft in space. “We conceived something just last week that’s going to be a rockin’ rocket,” Posey said, “and I believe take us from a $15 million company to $50 million in annual revenue.” HSI, which employs 200, already ships 50,000 to 100,000 mostly custom-made, assembly line-ready parts weekly, including exports to Australia, China, Germany and elsewhere. Its biggest distributor is Allied Electronics. From HSI’s 55,000-square-foot plant in Chickasha, Posey, 60, sat down with The Oklahoman, on Monday to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Your dad, the late William Posey, started your company 47 years ago. How did he get his start? A: An electrical engineering graduate of Texas Tech, he in the ’40s worked at a General Electric plant in rural upstate New York, where he met and married my mother. They moved to Morristown, N.J., when the G.E. manufacturing line sold to a company called Gordos. My father and a retired Bell Labs engineer started the reed switch line there. A native of Duncan, my dad moved the family to Chickasha in 1968, where he and my mother started HSI, formerly Hermetic Switch Inc., in the basement of our home. He opted not to move to Duncan because Duncan had Halliburton. He wanted to be in a rural town, but not far from the Oklahoma City airport. I was almost 14 when we moved to Chickasha. I’m the third of my parents’ four children; three boys and a girl. Q: You lived most of your childhood in New Jersey. What are your memories? A: We lived next door to the Jersey Reservoir, where I liked to fish and, when it froze over, ice skate. Boy Scouts were big back East. My mom was a den mother and we were continually going to rallies and competitions with scouts. I was always messing with something: assembling models or flying gas-powered airplanes. During holidays, we’d visit my mother’s family in upstate New York. Q: How did you meet your wife? A: Charla and I met in Chickasha, in a high school summer drivers’ ed course, and married — almost 40 years ago now — after my sophomore, her freshman, year at the University of Oklahoma. We convinced our parents we could make it work with the money they were giving each of us to go to college and working for our respective family businesses during the summers and on weekends. Her father had shoe stores scattered across the state. I had a great time at OU. My random dorm roommate my sophomore year — Terry Hall, who’s now an attorney in Tulsa — had played defensive end for the Midwest City Bombers and I’d played offensive wingback for the Chickasha Fighting Chicks. Because the Midwest City coach had coached us the year prior, he’d arranged for our two schools to play each other my senior year. Terry got the game tape and we watched where I — at 5-foot-10, 160 pounds — had managed a few times to at least clip him, at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds. Terry and I had great fun playing intramural football together at OU. During the OU football games, I for two years sat in the card section, where I and 2,000 other kids held up cards to spell out Boomer Sooner or some sort of advertisement. It was a hoot, until some kids started using the cards as Frisbees and ruined it for the rest of us. Q: How has HSI grown over the nearly four decades you’ve been with the company? A: When I graduated OU and started working full time, the company was only nine years old. We had about 50 employees and hadn’t yet hit $1 million in annual sales. My dad, who held lots of patents, was more of an ideas guy. It was my older brother Tom, an OSU mechanical engineering graduate who retired two years ago, and I who worked on making my dad’s ideas work. My brother-in-law, Everett “Bud” Andrus, served 10 years as company president, before retiring in 2002. Then Tom was president for 10 years. I was only president a few years, before my son Ryan — who earned an MBA from Auburn after getting his bachelor’s in chemical engineering at OU — took over. I invited Ryan to challenge everything we did, and boy, he’s lived up to that challenge, motivating us and leading us in huge process improvements. My nephew, Travis Posey, an OSU marketing graduate, works as vice president of strategy. A about five years ago, we became an employee-owned company. The average ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) balance among employees is $65,000. We also offer a 401(k) with a company match. Q: What have been the biggest turning points in your life? A: Four years after we married, Charla and I got whacked. Our firstborn — a girl we named Jennifer — died just 10 days after she was born. It’s still emotional and still a mystery as to why. She was having trouble breathing; we took her to the ER in Chickasha; and she died on the ambulance ride to Children’s Hospital. That first year afterward was awful. We were roaming around, trying to figure out what next. Then some friends invited us back to church, to a Bible study. Nine months after we accepted the invitation, Ryan was born. We’ve been in church ever since. My older sister and younger brother both died prematurely, which were also significant turning points. But even without those life-altering events, I try to stay on course and focused on God and family.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley gets it: the school is still paying former coach Will Muschamp and paying for it on the recruiting trail.It's not an ideal situation.But it's one the Gators put themselves in when they fired Muschamp and had no real protection from something like this happening in his contract."I get the angst that that causes," Foley said Monday....
Florida AD Foley understands 'angst' caused by Muschamp
By MARK LONG, Associated Press | Feb 9, 2015GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley gets it: the school is still paying former coach Will Muschamp and paying for it on the recruiting trail. It's not an ideal situation. But it's one the Gators put themselves in when they fired Muschamp and had no real protection from something like this happening in his contract. "I get the angst that that causes," Foley said Monday. "But at the end of the day, we terminated Will. It's not like he moved on on his own. We terminated his contract. We said we needed to go in a different direction. He's free to work. He's free to go get a job. He's free to do his job." Foley has gotten plenty of flak for how things unfolded with Muschamp, who was fired in late November with three years remaining on his deal. Auburn hired Muschamp less than two weeks later, and Muschamp recruited against Florida while still getting paid by the Gators. Muschamp played a pivotal role in signing five-star defensive end Byron Cowart, widely regarded as the nation's top recruit, and fellow four-star linebacker Jeffery Holland. Both Sunshine State recruits were among Florida's top targets. Muschamp also helped Auburn flip offensive tackle Mike Horton, and land receiver Ryan Davis of St. Petersburg and Javarius Davis of nearby Jacksonville. Muschamp had a provision in his Florida contract that precluded him from recruiting against his former program — but only if his new school had not had any prior contact with those recruits. Auburn and Florida, both in the Southeastern Conference, have contact with hundreds of the same high school players every year. Nonetheless, Florida is still on the hook to pay its former coach $6.3 million, and got no relief from that settlement — called mitigation — when the Tigers made Muschamp the highest-paid assistant in the country. Foley is still working on details of new coach Jim McElwain's six-year contract, but declined to say whether mitigation would be part of the deal. "I'm not really hung up on that," Foley said. "I know some people are. If Will didn't work at all, we're still paying him the same amount of money. That's the world we live in. This is the big leagues. These coaches have a tough job. These coaches are in demand. When you're negotiating contracts with them. I'm not really worried about that." McElwain more than held his own in recruiting, landing 21 players and a few top prospects despite being on the job just two months. But much of the attention that day focused on Muschamp, who was working for Auburn and against Florida. "Well, obviously the guy's a great ball coach and he had obviously some insights that I'm sure they were able to use," McElwain said on signing day. "But it's never about anybody else. It's about what we have and who we are, and we're very secure in that and know we're going to move forward and be successful in what we're trying to accomplish. That's part of the game." McElwain has made it clear he wants to modify Florida's infrastructure, most notably by adding a few extra bodies to coordinate the year-round grind of recruiting. He also said the Gators needed to upgrade their facilities. Last week, Florida broke ground on a $15 million indoor practice facility. Foley said other projects could follow, depending on finances. Florida already has more than $100 million in on-campus projects on tap, including a $50 million renovation to the O'Connell Center that's scheduled to begin in March. And the athletic program has $90 million in debt, with Foley making it clear he doesn't want to take on more than $100 million. "Obviously the Gator Nation wants to get this ship turned when it relates to football," he said. "It's our job to do everything we can. It's not like Mac has been banging on tables. Mac has been very good to work with, easy to work with and he's conveyed his vision as he did during the interview process. ... His fingerprints are going to be on the program. That's no different any time you bring a coach in here, but he made it clear what his vision was as it related to infrastructure, and it's my job to help him achieve all those things." Of course, it will come while the Gators are still paying Muschamp. "We're all fine," Foley said. "It's good conversation. It's angst. But, you know, we terminated Will's contract. He's free to go make a living like anybody else."
COLUMBIA, Mo. • College football’s national signing day wasn’t as significant this time around for Chase Abbington. Two years ago the Fort Zumwalt South running back signed with Missouri and carried hopes of lugging the ball for the Tigers later that fall. Instead, he vanished from the spotlight and resurfaced at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College after not qualifying academically to enroll at...
Abbington could spark Mizzou
Dave Matter, Associated Press | Feb 9, 2015COLUMBIA, Mo. • College football’s national signing day wasn’t as significant this time around for Chase Abbington. Two years ago the Fort Zumwalt South running back signed with Missouri and carried hopes of lugging the ball for the Tigers later that fall. Instead, he vanished from the spotlight and resurfaced at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College after not qualifying academically to enroll at Mizzou. Two years later, signing day was just one more milepost on his road to major college football. Abbington re-signed with Mizzou last Wednesday, will earn his associate’s degree in May and expects to join the Tigers this summer for offseason workouts. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound tailback — make no mistake, he’s not moving to defense, Mizzou coaches insisted last week — played for Hutchinson in 2013 and redshirted last fall to preserve another year of eligibility at Mizzou. Freshman year “was way easier,” Abbington said. “Playing helps out a lot. You’re not as bored and your mind is occupied. This year I’ve been around football, and I’m still helping with the team, but it’s not the same when you’re not getting the rock every weekend. It’s just been boring as hell.” That should change this summer when Abbington joins a remodeled Mizzou offense that loaded up on receivers and running backs in Gary Pinkel’s latest recruiting class. The Tigers have to replace their four leading receivers from last year’s 11-3 season: outside receivers Bud Sasser and Darius White, slot receiver Jimmie Hunt and tailback Marcus Murphy, a first-team All-SEC selection as an all-purpose player and the league’s all-purpose yardage leader. Missouri returns 1,084-yard rusher Russell Hansbrough and tight end Sean Culkin, but the coaching staff will have to recast the ensemble around quarterback Maty Mauk, perhaps with some newcomers from the 2015 class. The Tigers signed four high school receivers and two high school tailbacks, all of whom could push for roles as rookies, especially projected outside receivers Justin Smith and Emanuel Hall and slot receivers Richaud Floyd and Johnathon Johnson. Other than Culkin, who caught 20 passes for 174 yards last season, no returning receiver or tight end caught more than five passes. An offense that ranked among the SEC’s bottom four in yards per game, yards per play, points per game and passing efficiency could use a few jolts from impact underclassmen. “We’ve got some guys on campus we feel really good about,” offensive coordinator Josh Henson said. “They’ve got to develop. They’ve got to get better. But all these (recruits) need to come in with the attitude that they’re going to play because they certainly could be playing very fast.” Hansbrough returns as the obvious No. 1 choice at tailback, but the Tigers have preferred a committee approach to the running game, especially since Henson began calling plays in 2013. Ish Witter (101 yards) got a taste of playing time as a freshman last year, and the group also returns redshirt freshman Trevon Walters and, possibly, sophomore Morgan Steward, who missed the entire season with a hip injury that required surgery in November. His prognosis for spring practices is unclear. MU’s first of 15 practices is March 10. Also at tailback, the Tigers signed a pair of Kansas City recruits: Ryan Williams from Lee’s Summit West and Marquise Doherty from Winnetonka, who also could play safety but probably will begin his career in the offensive backfield. Then there’s Abbington. “I think he’s a different flavor of running back for us,” said Mizzou cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford, Abbington’s primary recruiter, “but one that’s needed in our program.” To get through two years of junior college, Abbington drew strength from Missouri defensive end Markus Golden, who required the same detour through Hutchinson before arriving at MU in 2012. The two talk at least once a week, Abbington said. He’s also grown close to MU safety Duron Singleton, another junior college transfer who, like Golden, just wrapped up his Mizzou career. For the last two years, fans have wondered if Abbington might make a better fit across the line of scrimmage at linebacker or safety at Mizzou — or perhaps become a wide receiver. Henson said the staff “kicked around the idea” of playing Abbington at receiver, but for now the plan is to keep him at tailback. Henson compared Abbington to New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, who lines up at various positions in different formations and caught 52 passes last season. “We did some of those things with Murphy sometimes, with him coming out of the backfield,” Henson said. “You’re looking at Chase as a guy who has some of those same abilities.” “They’ve never had a back my size,” said Abbington, who ran for 832 yards and nine touchdowns for Hutchinson in 2013 and caught 19 passes for 133 yards. “I’m a bigger back, but I can catch passes, too, and make guys miss just like the little guys. “I’ve been used to catching passes out of the backfield or in the slot or even lining up as the lone guy outside. I can do it all.” An offense starved for playmakers to emerge might just need it all from the belated newcomer. ?Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter email@example.com ——— ©2015 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000416230,t000143290,t000156678,t000003195,t000046469,t000003183,t000391285,t000391277,t000007073,t000007065,t000040517,t000003194,t000007095,g000218018,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164,g000065614