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NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the 2014 season with enormously high expectations, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the team.
Oklahoma football: A look at 25 Sooners who could have a breakout 2014 season
Jason Kersey | Apr 16, 2014NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the 2014 season with enormously high expectations, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the team. Who will join Sterling Shepard as the team’s starting wide receivers? Who will be the main ballcarrier? Who will take over in the depleted defensive backfield with cornerback Zack Sanchez? Earlier this week, I released my updated rankings of the top-10 players on the current OU football roster. Here is a list of the 25 players I think could have a breakout season in 2014, listed in alphabetical order. Dakota Austin, So., CB: Austin intercepted Trevor Knight’s first pass attempt during the open portion of Thursday’s practice, and sounds confident that he’ll be the starting cornerback opposite Sanchez this fall. Austin Bennett, So., WR: Led all receivers with four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in the spring game Saturday. He made one catch as a true freshman last season — an 11-yard reception in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. Devante Bond, Jr., LB: The junior-college transfer showed coaches this spring that he’s a capable pass rusher. If that translates to the game field this fall, it could, in theory, allow Eric Striker to further expand his role. Daniel Brooks, So., RB: Suffered a nasty knee injury just before he graduated high school and redshirted in 2012. He didn’t play last year at all, but was the leading rusher in Saturday’s spring game, carrying the ball eight times for 67 yards. Keith Ford and Alex Ross are the frontrunners in the backfield, and with Joe Mixon joining the team this summer, it won’t be easy for Brooks. But this kid is resilient, so don’t sleep on him. Hatari Byrd, So., S: A few days before Signing Day 2013, Byrd told our man Trent Shadid that one of the Sooners’ starting safety spots would be his as a true freshman. That didn’t quite pan out, but the former four-star recruit appeared in five games and could be in line to make an impact this year, with the defensive backfield losing most of its starters. Matt Dimon, So., DE: Dimon played in 12 of the Sooners’ games last season as a true freshman, blocking a punt that resulted in a safety during Oklahoma’s Oct. 19 victory at Kansas. Jordan Evans, So., LB: It doesn’t sound like OU coaches are expecting Frank Shannon to return to the team this fall, and if that happens, Evans would enter the starting lineup at middle linebacker. The former Norman North standout played well last Oct. 26 against Texas Tech when Shannon was injured. He recorded a career-high eight tacles and broke up a pass that night. Evans looked good in the spring game. Dimitri Flowers, Fr., FB/TE: Knight targeted Flowers on his first three pass attempts in Saturday’s spring game, and the San Antonio native finished with four receptions for 40 yards. Don’t expect the Trey Millard comparisons to end anytime soon. Keith Ford, So., RB: Appeared in 10 contests last year, recording 23 rushes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Ford quickly became a fan favorite last year because of his tough, contact-heavy running style, but found himself in the dog house after showing a troubling fumble problem. He’ll have as good a shot as anyone to be the Sooners’ main ball carrier in 2014. Taylor McNamara, So., TE: The San Diego native and former four-star recruit started a game as a true freshman in 2012, but suffered a shoulder injury and received a medical redshirt. He caught his first career pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, and recorded two touchdown receptions in the spring game. If the tight end position is truly going to make a comeback in 2014, expect McNamara to be at the forefront of that movement. Joe Mixon, Fr. RB: The five-star prospect from Oakley, Calif., was signing autographs and posing for pictures Saturday at the spring game, demonstrating just how excited fans are for his debut. Durron Neal, Jr., WR: Neal has made 23 appearances with two starts throughout his career so far, with 18 career receptions for 251 yards. With the Sooners’ receiving corps depleted, Neal will certainly have an opportunity to make an impact as a junior. He missed the spring game with an injury. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, RFr., LB: Coaches have raved about Okoronkwo’s spring, and the player known as “Obo” delivered in the spring game, picking off a fourth-quarter pass and returning it 39 yards to set up a touchdown. Okoronkwo was originally committed to Oklahoma State before flipping in December 2012. Michiah Quick, Fr., WR: A high-school teammate of OU safety Hatari Byrd, Quick will have an opportunity to make an instant impact in the Sooners’ inexperienced receiving corps. Like Mixon, Quick was seen signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans before Saturday’s spring game. Steven Parker, Fr., S: The four-star signee from Jenks picked the Sooners over Auburn just before signing day, and his commitment was among the most exciting recruiting news Oklahoma fans received this year. Walk-on safety Thaddeus LaGrone — who has the best name on the team, without a doubt — played on the second-team defense Saturday and did pretty well, but the fact that OU is using a walk-on there demonstrates how important Parker could be in the fall. Matthew Romar, RFr., DT: The former three-star recruit from Port Arthur, Texas, redshirted last season, but looked pretty good in Saturday’s spring game. Former OU defensive line standout Dusty Dvoracek raved about Romar on his Norman radio show this week. Alex Ross, So., RB: Ross made 10 appearances last season, mostly playing special teams. Coaches have praised his effort this spring, and the former Jenks standout is seemingly right in the thick of the Sooners’ running back battle. “Maturity” is a word that gets tossed around quite a bit when coaches and teammates discuss Ross. In last year’s season opener, he picked up 7 yards on his first carry, then hit an opposing player and picked up a personal foul. Has Ross turned the corner? That remains to be seen. Jordan Smallwood, RFr., WR: A preseason injury forced Smallwood to redshirt as a true freshman last year, but his effort this spring has been praised by coaches and teammates alike. The former Jenks standout caught three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the spring game. Stanvon Taylor, So., CB: The former Tulsa East Central standout started one game last seasn as a true freshman and played in all 13 games. He’s competing with Dakota Austin and Cortez Johnson to be the Sooners’ starting cornerback opposite Sanchez in 2014. Ahmad Thomas, So., S: Thomas made 12 appearances last season and, like Byrd, seems to be a strong candidate to contribute heavily in the secondary next season. He’s also spent time working at the nickelback spot this spring with returning starter Julian Wilson out after shoulder surgery. Dallis Todd, Fr., WR: The La Mirada, Calif., native and four-star signee will join the team this summer, and could definitely be in line to make an immediate impact. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound receiver caught 66 passes for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2013. Charles Walker, RFr., DT: Walker has been one of the players who has generated the most buzz this spring because of his athleticism. The Garland, Texas, native redshirted last season, but could provide the Sooners with solid depth on the defensive front behind Jordan Phillips and Jordan Wade in 2014. Dvoracek, while praising Romar this week on the radio, added that Walker looked like he was thinking a little too much during Saturday’s spring game. D.J. Ward, RFr., DE: Ward hasn’t played in an actual football game since his junior year at Lawton High School. He tranferred to Douglass, then Southmoore before his senior year and was ruled ineligible by the OSSAA. A medical issue cost him any chance at playing time in 2013, but he’s healthy and ready to contribute this season. Derrick Woods, So., WR: The Inglewood, Calif., native made a critical, 20-yard reception against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and could be in line to make an impact this season as a sophomore. The former U.S. Army All-American appeared in 11 games last season. K.J. Young, RFr., WR: Young redshirted last season, but has been one of the receivers most often praised by defensive players this spring. The Perris, Calif., product is another potential breakout player in a young, inexperienced group of wide receivers.
Apr 13, 2014
Joe Mixon will have every chance to start immediately at running back
OU football: What we learned from the spring game
Apr 13, 2014NORMAN — Oklahoma wraps up spring practice Tuesday afternoon, three days after performing before an OU spring-game record 43,500 fans Saturday afternoon on Owen Field. The crowd alone is evidence of the tremendous buzz surrounding the Sooners following their stunning Sugar Bowl upset of two-time defending national champion Alabama. “My thanks and compliments to the fans coming out on a great afternoon, making it an excellent day,” OU coach Bob Stoops said after the game. “Hopefully everybody had fun.” There’s no reason to believe they didn’t, even with a disappointing showing from quarterback Trevor Knight and the first-team offense which, of course, was missing lots of key pieces that will be back by the team the season opens Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech. Here’s a look at three things we learned Saturday during the spring game. 1. Joe Mixon will have every opportunity to be the Sooners’ top running back immediately. Mixon said before the spring game that he was ready to compete for carries, and based on what we saw Saturday, there’s no reason to believe he won’t get that chance right off the bat. Neither Keith Ford nor Alex Ross looked like the feature back Saturday, although they were running behind an offensive line missing starters Tyrus Thompson and Adam Shead. Mixon, a five-star prospect from Oakley, Calif., was Mr. Popular during the spring game, with countless fans approaching him for pictures and autographs. He’s one of the most highly anticipated recruits for Oklahoma in a long time, and if he’s as good as advertised, there’s no reason to believe he can’t emerge as the starter from a young, inexperienced group of running backs. 2. The defensive front 7 is loaded with young talent. At this time last year, there were legitimate questions about the Sooners’ defensive linemen and linebackers moving forward. While there might be some inexperience with the groups entering 2014, there is no lack of talent. The linebacker group could be a bit thin, especially with Saturday’s announcement that junior Frank Shannon — the team’s leading tackler last year — is dealing with “personal issues.” Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops didn’t sound confident at all that Shannon will be back, meaning sophomore Jordan Evans likely enters the starting lineup. The former Norman North standout looked good Saturday. Redshirt freshman Ogbonnia Okoronkwo picked off a pass and returned it 39 yards to set up a touchdown. Even sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Wade intercepted a pass. While lots of questions persist regarding the Sooners’ defensive backfield, the guys up front appear to be in good shape for 2014, even without Shannon. 3. Dimitri Flowers is going to be special. All spring, coaches and teammates have praised the freshman fullback as the next Trey Millard, leaving Flowers with big shoes to fill and facing sky-high expectations. If there’s any doubt, though, that the Sooners are sincere with that praise, it was squashed almost immediately Saturday. Knight looked for Flowers on his first three pass attempts, and he finished with four receptions for 40 yards. “It is what we have seen from him all spring,” Stoops said. “He is a natural player out there, and he fits in right away right out of high school. He is only going to get stronger and bigger, which will help him. Has a natural feel for the game and is a very bright young man, picking up on schemes and everything. “As you can see, a player very similar to Trey in how versatile he is.”
Apr 5, 2014
With Brennan Clay, Damien Williams and Roy Finch gone from last year’s team, the pair each have a chance to have a big impact at running back this season. And with five-star recruit Joe Mixon still a couple of months away from arriving on campus, spring practices have been particularly important for Ford and Ross.
Oklahoma football: Spring practices vital for potential impact running backs Keith Ford, Alex Ross
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Apr 5, 2014NORMAN — For different reasons, Oklahoma running backs Keith Ford and Alex Ross found themselves in the coaches’ doghouse last season. For redshirt freshman Ross, it happened quickly. In the fourth quarter of the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, Ross got his first college carry — an 8-yard run around the edge. He finished it off by picking up a personal foul penalty after swinging at a Warhawks defender at the end of the play. Ross didn’t get another carry until the Iowa State game in mid-November. Ford’s issue was keeping hold of the ball. He fumbled out of bounds in the Texas game, then coughed it up early in the next game against Kansas. He didn’t get another carry until the Sugar Bowl. With Brennan Clay, Damien Williams and Roy Finch gone from last year’s team, the pair each have a chance to have a big impact at running back this season. And with five-star recruit Joe Mixon still a couple of months away from arriving on campus, spring practices have been particularly important for Ford and Ross. “I paid my dues and waited my time,” Ross said last week. “I felt like I needed time to get acclimated to everything around here.” Ross has certainly convinced Trevor Knight, who came to OU in the same signing class as Ross. “Nobody’s going to outwork him,” Knight said. “He’s more of a quiet guy. He’s not much of a vocal leader but he leads by example. In the weight room, he’s a beast; in any running drill, he’s going to finish first every single time. “Getting those reps especially is helping him out a lot just getting comfortable with the offense, and when he gets his shot, he’s going to make some big plays.” Sooner coaches have been complimentary of both. “He’s doing a good job of running, finding holes, doing what he’s supposed to do, fewer mistakes, those kinds of things,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said of Ross. “He’s a big powerful guy when he gets loose.” Sooner co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said the zone-read offense that OU implemented last year for Knight is “made for” a runner like Ford. “He’s got a ton of opportunities and he’s been put in a lot of situations,” Norvell said. “He’s getting those opportunities and you learn from your mistakes and you get better but he’s made some really good plays. He’s a physical back. He’s got to be more consistent.” Ford, a true freshman last season, had a steep learning curve last year that included not only learning the playbook and fitting in with the system but also figuring out he couldn’t get away with some of the things he did in high school. “Everybody is faster, everybody is bigger and everybody is stronger,” Ford said. “They are on scholarship too. … They are going to try to make plays, they are going to try to create turnovers. It’s a part of the game.” Ford said the adjustment for improved ball security was about doing “little things” right. “When you’re a freshman sometimes you don’t value the ball the way you need to,” Norvell said. “He had a couple issues with that and that’s a definite emphasis for him — locking up in traffic and making sure you take care of it,” Norvell said. He’s also gained size, putting on nearly 10 pounds since last season. Ross has gained more than 10 pounds. “All those guys come and they’re gonna give you that thump,” Sooner defensive end Charles Tapper said. “If you’re not ready for that thump, they’re gonna run you over. They’re gonna take that ball and they’re gonna hit the goalpost every day.”
Mar 24, 2014
Bob Hoffman coached Mercer to a big upset of Duke on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. I wrote about Hoffman for the Sunday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. Hoffman is a graduate of Putnam City High School, where he played for the late Jim Koch.
Bob Hoffman: Another in a long legacy of coaches from Putnam City Original
Berry Tramel | Mar 24, 2014[img]2384301[/img] Bob Hoffman coached Mercer to a big upset of Duke on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. I wrote about Hoffman for the Sunday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. Hoffman is a graduate of Putnam City High School, where he played for the late Jim Koch. The 1970s were a glorious time for Putnam City. The Pirates were the premier school in the state. They won three state titles in football (1974, 1975, 1977) and in 1972 had perhaps the greatest high school basketball team in Oklahoma history, led by Alvan Adams. But here’s part of the legacy of Koch and Putnam City. Four of his players from the ’70s went on to become major college head coaches. * Hoffman, who coached Southern Nazarene’s women to the 1989 NAIA championship and Oklahoma Baptist’s men to two NAIA title games. Hoffman is in his sixth year at Mercer. * Jim Wooldridge, who coached Southwest Texas State to the 1994 NCAA Tournament and has been head coach of Central Missouri State in Division II, Southwest Texas State of the Southland Conference, Louisiana Tech of the Sun Belt, Kansas State and Cal-Riverside of the Big West. Wooldridge also spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Tim Floyd with the Chicago Bulls. Wooldridge now is athletic director at Cal-Riverside. * Darrell Johnson, who coached Oklahoma City University to back-to-back NAIA national titles and also coached Oklahoma Baptist and Baylor (1992-94). Johnson now is an NBA scout. * Phil Johnson, Darrell’s younger brother, who was head coach at two Oklahoma junior colleges, Northern and Seminole, and eventually became head coach at San Jose State twice, 1998-99 and 2002-05. In between, Johnson also was on Floyd’s staff with the Bulls. Johnson now is on Floyd’s staff at Texas-El Paso. Darrell Johnson and Wooldridge were teammates with Adams on that great 1972 Putnam City team. Phil Johnson and Hoffman came a few years after. A remarkable run of coaching talent developed by Jim Koch.
OKC Knights and Edmond played the first ever game between two Oklahoma City-area high school lacrosse programs.
High schools: Lacrosse is catching on with Oklahoma high schools
By Mike Baldwin | Mar 13, 2014EDMOND — The OKC Knights playing Edmond on Thursday night at Cheyenne Middle School was historic. It was the first ever game between two Oklahoma City-area high school lacrosse programs. “It’s a proud moment to finally get to a point everyone has been working towards,” said defenseman Nathan Foreman, one of three Knights players who will play lacrosse in college. “It’s great to see it grow similar to cities like Dallas.” The two OKC-area teams are members of the 10-team Heartland Conference, which features five teams from the Tulsa area, plus teams from Little Rock, southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Lacrosse advocates are hopeful Oklahoma is on the verge of featuring 10 to 12 high school community-club teams that play for a non-OSSAA sanctioned state title. Casady, Holland Hall and another Tulsa area team have played for years. Jenks and Tulsa Kelley are in their inaugural seasons. Knights coach Dave Heaton has been instrumental in lacrosse’s growth locally. He coached Edmond before he branched off to form his own team two years ago. “The biggest advantage would be you wouldn’t have to play in a regional conference and drive five to six hours on weekends to Little Rock,” Heaton said. “The lacrosse landscape definitely is changing.” Approximately 600 kids in the Oklahoma City area participate in lacrosse, leagues starting as young as third grade. First-year volunteer Edmond coach Jordan Beech, an accounting supervisor for Frontier City, played in the Edmond program and also played one year for OU’s club team. “It’s a great alternative to spring football,” Beech said. “You actually get to lay a body on someone in lacrosse. Linebackers can work on their eyes, read defenses. Basketball players can work on motion offensive sets. If you like those sports, it translates directly into success in lacrosse.” Armed with long-shafted sticks with a small basket at the end, players pass and shoot a five-ounce rubber ball. Ten players are allowed, including the goaltender, who protects a 6-foot-by-6-foot goal. Games are divided into four 12-minute periods. The sport has a physical presence like football and hockey, point guard-like athleticism and hand-eye coordination used in baseball, golf and tennis. “It’s fast and it’s physical,” Heaton said. “It was a hidden secret in the Northeast for a long time, but lacrosse has really taken off nationally the past 10 to 15 years.” Last year, 28,000 fans in Philadelphia watched Duke win its second national title with a 16-10 win over Syracuse. High school matches in tradition-rich markets such as Virginia and Maryland routinely draw crowds of 5,000 to 7,000. The past decade the sport has exploded in markets like Dallas (15,000 kids), Austin (10,000), Denver, Minneapolis, Utah, San Francisco and San Diego. Kansas City is a key reason Missouri features 44 high schools that play for sanctioned state titles in two classes. Foreman will play at Millsaps College, an NCAA Division III school in Jackson, Miss. He fell in love with lacrosse at age eight in Pittsburgh. When the family moved to Louisiana, he experienced lacrosse at a level Oklahoma is attempting to reach. Louisiana features 20 high school lacrosse programs, including four in Shreveport, his former home before the family relocated two years ago to the Santa Fe school district. “I loved it the very first time I played it,” Foreman said. “I tried baseball, but I needed some contact. It’s the perfect sport for me. Today was such a surreal moment for all of us because it’s great to see how much the sport is growing in this area.”
Feb 13, 2014
Josh Holliday can start getting a clearer gauge on his squad this weekend, when the Cowboys open their season at the UTA/Hilton Invitational on the campus of Texas-Arlington.
Oklahoma State baseball: There's no discouraging Josh Holliday heading into his second season
BY JOHN HELSLEY | Feb 13, 2014STILLWATER — Josh Holliday's debut as Oklahoma State baseball coach delivered. Delivered 41 wins and Big 12 contention and an NCAA Tournament berth, restoring pride in the program in the process. So it was all good. For starters. “Every day, we're looking to get better,” Holliday said. Most days recently have worked against that quest, with rough winter weather creating challenges for getting in quality work, especially on the field. Yet the Cowboys have benefitted from use of the indoor practice facility geared for football and shared by several sports. And, really, there's no discouraging Holliday's drive or his optimism. “I feel really good about the direction we're heading,” he said. “We're by no means where we want to be, but we're getting closer every day. “That's all you can really hope for.” Holliday can start getting a clearer gauge on his squad this weekend, when the Cowboys open their season at the UTA/Hilton Invitational on the campus of Texas-Arlington. Game 1 is set for Friday at 11 a.m. against Incarnate Word. This club features a melding of old and new, with 18 newcomers joining a cast of core returning players. All-Big 12 outfielder Zach Fish, first baseman and leading hitter Tanner Krietemeier, outfielders Saulyer Saxon and Gage Green and Donnie Walton, who shifts from second base to shortstop, all return off strong seasons. “We return some good players from a year ago who were centerpieces to our success,” Holliday said. The Cowboys' strength, however, should be pitching. OSU returns two-thirds of its weekend rotation and pitchers who combine for 30 of the team's 41 wins, yet also expects a jolt of new talent to create competition for roles bolster an already formidable staff. Left-hander Tyler Nurdin and righty Mark Robinette combined for 11 wins and 27 starts in 2013. Swing man Vince Wheeland filled many roles out of the bullpen in racking up eight wins and a 1.97 earned run average in an All-Big 12 season, while closer Brendan McCurry won six and saved eight games. Arkansas transfer Conor Costello should make an impact as a two-way player, and a trio of highly rated freshmen — Garrett Williams, Thomas Hatch and Tyler Buffett — are young arms bidding for prominent spots, along with several holdovers. They've made an impression on the veterans. “A lot of them bring it up there, in the low 90s, good off-speed, which you don't always see a lot with freshmen,” Saxon said. “They can pitch.” The Cowboys enjoyed a bounce-back season a year ago. Now they want to bounce higher. “Our depth is better, and our talent level is good,” Holliday said. “It will be really important for us to maximize each day and get better as the season goes, much like we did a year ago. “Our team really took a big step forward in March going into conference play, and we'll need to see that continued growth in this club.” OSU BASEBALL: AT A GLANCE Coach: Josh Holliday, second season (41-19). Last year: 41-19, 13-10 Big 12 (second). Happy Returns: First baseman Tanner Krietemeier led the Cowboys in hitting (. 314), runs (42) and RBIs (45) a year ago as a mainstay in the lineup. The senior from Castle Rock, Colo., was good in the clutch, too, batting 368 with runners in scoring position. Most missed: Ace Jason Hursh, a first-round draft pick of the Braves, was a Friday night horse, tossing three complete games and throwing 106 1/3 innings. He finished 6-5, yet posted a 2.79 ERA with 86 strikeouts. Major addition: Left-hander Garrett Williams would have been a high-round draft pick if not for declaring his intentions to attend school. Even then, the Padres took a shot with a 33rd round pick. The Louisiana product struck out 89 in 58 innings while going 6-4 as a prep senior, was a Rawlings First Team All-American and the No. 15 high school pro prospect by Baseball America. He could push for a spot in the rotation, or fill the DH role, after hitting .388 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs at first base last spring On the spot: Whoever wins the catching job. The Cowboys lost an underrated piece in Victor Romero and no one has seized the position so far. Juco transfer Bryan Case appears to have the lead, but freshman Robbie Rojas is pushing. Outfielders Gage Green and Zach Fish could also factor in if the others fail. X-factor: Conor Costello, a former Edmond Santa Fe product who began his career at Arkansas, sat out last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Back healthy, he's been impressive, commanding three pitches. Holliday says Costello's ceiling is “very high.” Touch 'em all: The Cowboys were picked second in the Big 12 preseason poll and has appeared in several rankings. If the young pitching is as good as advertised, a catcher develops and a few more bats bolster the lineup, OSU could be a force come June.
RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz says the Bulldogs are welcoming 21 new players for the 2014 season.Holtz said Wednesday that 11 of his players are from Louisiana, which he sees as a sign of how Louisiana Tech is viewed in a state rich with high school football talent.Tech has signed 12 players on offense, six on defense, one specialist and two who are classified as...
La. Tech adds 21 players on signing day
Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz says the Bulldogs are welcoming 21 new players for the 2014 season. Holtz said Wednesday that 11 of his players are from Louisiana, which he sees as a sign of how Louisiana Tech is viewed in a state rich with high school football talent. Tech has signed 12 players on offense, six on defense, one specialist and two who are classified as athletes, with their specific roles yet to be determined. Holtz says the class addresses immediate needs on the offensive line with junior college players who'll play right away. The class also includes several wide receivers with the potential to play next season. Holtz also says quarterbacks Price Wilson and Alex Woodall will be expected to challenge for playing time.
An overall look at how the 14 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference fared Wednesday on Signing Day.___ATLANTIC DIVISIONBOSTON COLLEGENational rankings: (Rivals 42; Scout 61).Best in class: Connor Strachan, lb, Needham, Mass.Best of the rest: Jonathan Hilliman, rb, Jersey City, N.J.; Harold Landry, de, Fayetteville, N.C.; Mike Knoll, k, Cuyahoga Falls, OH.Late additions: Nat Dixon, wr, Lynn...
ACC signing day capsules
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014An overall look at how the 14 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference fared Wednesday on Signing Day. ___ ATLANTIC DIVISION BOSTON COLLEGE National rankings: (Rivals 42; Scout 61). Best in class: Connor Strachan, lb, Needham, Mass. Best of the rest: Jonathan Hilliman, rb, Jersey City, N.J.; Harold Landry, de, Fayetteville, N.C.; Mike Knoll, k, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Late additions: Nat Dixon, wr, Lynn Haven, Fla.; Noa Merritt, dl, Sparta, N.J.; Oseh-Lie Saine, dl, Lincoln, R.I. One that got away: Defensive back Tre Tarpley from Pittsburgh, Pa., flipped his commitment from BC to Vanderbilt over the weekend. NOTE: "This is our class. Last year we were able to bring in a couple of guys," BC second-year coach Steve Addazio said. "This is a class that we put a full year in to and we know them very well. Anytime you sign 30, that's a large number. There can be some misses, but we feel great about this class." ___ CLEMSON National rankings (Rivals 13; Scout 28). Best in class: Deshaun Watson, QB, Gainesville, Ga. The Parade All-American who amassed 17,134 yards of total offense is expected to compete with senior Cole Stoudt and sophomore Chad Kelly for the starter's job. Watson committed to the Tigers in February 2012 and held firm despite overtures from schools like Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State. Best of the rest: Artavis Scott, WR, Oldsmar, Fla. Picked Clemson over home-state schools Florida, Florida State and Miami. Late addition: None. Of the drama-free day, Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott said "when your 5-star quarterback is already on campus you can sleep a little better the night before signing day." One that got away: Andrew Williams, DE. Clemson didn't have strong hopes of landing Williams, but crossed their fingers before he chose Auburn. NOTES: Clemson's class includes linebackers Judah Davis and J.D. Davis, the twin sons of former Tigers great Jeff Davis, who's now an assistant athletic director for his alma mater. ... Clemson's lone defensive end signee was Richard Yeargin of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., who had committed to Notre Dame but re-opened his recruitment after the season. ___ FLORIDA STATE National rankings (Rivals 4; Scout 4). Best in class: Dalvin Cook, RB, Miami Central HS Best of the rest: Ermon Lane, WR, Homestead (Fla.) HS; Travis Rudolph, WR, Cardinal Newman (Fla.) HS Late addition: Ja'Von Harrison, WR, Kathleen (Fla.) HS, had been committed to Virginia Tech. One that got away: Malik McDowell, DE, Southfield (Mich.) HS. NOTE: "Travis Rudolph and Ermon Lane I think our big-time players," Fisher said. "But I think Ja'Von (Harrison) is right there in that same caliber of them. And then when you get three of them, so spread the field, inside guys, outside guys, they're all big-bodied guys. But the big-bodied guys that have the capability and have the quickness to go inside, which is rare." ___ LOUISVILLE National rankings (Rivals 46; Scout 45). Best in class: Reggie Bonnafon, QB, Louisville. Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-3, 205-pounder was Louisville's first 2014 signee by the staff of former Cardinals coach Charlie Strong, now at Texas. Bonnafon threw for 2,606 yards and 16 touchdowns against just eight interceptions last season. He also rushed for 895 yards and 18 TDs. Best of the rest: RB L.J. Scott, OL Lukayus McNeil, OL Danny Burns, DE Terry Ramsey, TE Charles Standberry. Late additions: Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad, LB, Fort Pierce, Fla; Cornelius Sturghill, WR, Memphis; Jimmie Terry, OL, Madison, Miss. All three committed to the Cardinals on Wednesday. One that got away: Devin Pike, TE, Cincinnati. He had committed last July to Louisville but switched to Wake Forest last week after making his official visit. NOTE: Petrino loves offense and lavishly praised Bonnafon, who fits his philosophy: "I'm really excited about Reggie Bonnafon and being able to have him come in, a guy we feel is very, very talented throwing the ball," he said. "He can make all the different throws, is accurate and has a strong arm. He also has the ability to run the ball." ___ N.C. STATE National rankings: (Rivals 30; Scout 26). Best in class: Kentavius Street (Greenville) is rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals ranked the defensive end as the No. 2 recruit in North Carolina. Best of the rest: N.C. State loaded up with instate talent, including safety Germaine Pratt (No. 9 in state by Rivals) and quarterback Jalan McClendon (No. 9 in state by Scout). Late addition: Cornerback Troy Vincent Jr., son of the former NFL Pro Bowl defensive back, was originally committed to Penn State. But when coach Bill O'Brien left to coach the NFL's Houston Texans, Vincent switched his commitment to the Wolfpack. "Troy's very technical," Doeren said. "He's been backpedaling since he was 3 years old." One that got away: N.C. State couldn't quite reel in instate receiver Trevion Thompson of Durham. Thompson, Scout's No. 3-ranked recruit in the state, signed with Clemson. NOTES: Early enrollee Ty Linton originally signed with rival North Carolina in 2010 before signing to play baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He recently decided to play college football and Doeren — who had recruited him while an assistant at Wisconsin — got him to sign with N.C. State instead of UNC. "It's great to have a freshman that's 23 years old that's ... going to offer some unique experiences and life lessons to our team," Doeren said. ... The Wolfpack added five offensive linemen and six defensive linemen. ... N.C. State signed six from Georgia. ... Nine players in the class enrolled for the spring semester. ___ SYRACUSE National rankings (Rivals 48; Scout 51). Best in class: KJ Williams, WR, Bethlehem, Pa. Best of the rest: Alin Edouard, QB, Miami; Steve Ishmael, WR, Miami; Chris Slayton, DE, Chicago. Late addition: Denzel Ward, OG, Chicago. One that got away: Zeek Rodney, DT, Rock Hill, S.C. ___ WAKE FOREST National rankings (Rivals T-55; Scout 66). Best in class: Clawson's class had no players rated higher than three stars by either recruiting service. The best of the bunch might be three-star TE Devin Pike (Cincinnati), whom Scout.com rated as the nation's 32nd-best player at his position. Two of Pike's brothers played for the University of Cincinnati. Best of the rest: The Demon Deacons signed two quarterbacks with impressive pedigrees. Travis Smith went 41-0 at Ithaca (Mich.) High School with three consecutive state titles. John Wolford threw for 126 career touchdowns at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla. — breaking the state record set by Tim Tebow. Late addition: Fourteen players committed from Jan. 16 to signing day, assistant Zach Stone said. DE Willie Yarbary (Augusta, Ga.) defected from Indiana's class after the Hoosiers changed defensive coordinators. One that got away: Wake Forest got most of the players it wanted. The Demon Deacons offered Demarquis Gates last week but the linebacker signed with Mississippi. NOTE: Wake Forest appeared to cast a wider net than perhaps in previous years. Clawson signed players from 12 states, including Michigan, Arkansas and Mississippi. "I am really proud of our staff. We hit the ground running," Clawson said. "There wasn't one day that a coach could be on the road that we weren't all on the road." ___ COASTAL DIVISION DUKE National rankings (Rivals T-55; Scout 66). Best in class: Zach Harmon (Toledo, Ohio) is rated as the nation's 20th-best center by Scout.com. Best of the rest: Cutcliffe's quarterbacks always attract attention — he's a key mentor for Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning — and his latest QB signees are Johnathan Lloyd (Graham, N.C.) and Nicodem Pierre (Miami). Lloyd enrolled early and took part in Duke's pre-Chick-fil-A Bowl practices, and Cutcliffe says he has "great feet, about as fluid as you would want to be and he's quick." Late addition: Sixteen of Duke's signees committed in 2012 or '13. The last to say he would sign — WR Trevon Lee (Miramar, Fla.) — made his announcement Monday and Cutcliffe said the Blue Devils' big year helped sway him. Cutcliffe says Lee "has certainly got a lot of talent" but shied away from saying he would be an immediate difference-maker. One that got away: None. Duke didn't appear to have any late defections from its class because Cutcliffe doesn't like to play games with the recruiting process. "You didn't hear the word decommit. ... If you decommit, odds are, you never committed," he said. NOTE: Cutcliffe spent Sunday watching his pupil Peyton Manning lose the Super Bowl from a luxury box at Metlife Stadium and he said "as I'm going in, maybe in the hundreds of people said, 'We followed your team, we love your team, etc. etc.' ... All that does have an effect." ___ GEORGIA TECH National rankings (Rivals 47; Scout 47). Best in class: RB Myles Autry, DB Step Durham Best of the rest: WR CJ Leggett, C Andrew Marshall, WR Qua Searcy, DE KeShun Freeman, DB Lance Austin, DB Lawrence Austin Late addition: Autry One that got away: DT Mike Sawyers of Nashville signed with Tennessee. NOTE: Johnson summoned up his customary annual critique of Georgia Tech getting ranked low in recruiting services when he said, "If you go back and look for the last six years, there's four teams in the ACC who've won more games than all of the others. Those teams are Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. And that's my view of the star system. So if our recruiting is so bad, and that is so accurate, then we must be great coaches. And from what I read from you guys (media) I don't believe that. You can't have it both ways. So that's the facts. That's not spin. That's just facts." ___ MIAMI National rankings (Rivals 12; Scout 11). Best in class: Brad Kaaya, QB, West Hills, Calif. Best of the rest: Malik Rosier, QB, Mobile, Ala.; Trevor Darling, OL, Miami; Joseph Yearby, RB, Miami; KC McDermott, OT, Wellington, Fla.; Chad Thomas, DE, Miami, Fla.; Michael Wyche, DT, East L.A. College. Late addition: David Njoku, a 215-pound wide receiver and tight end from Cedar Grove, N.J., committed last week. One that got away: Travonte Valentine, a 335-pound defensive tackle from Hialeah, Fla., had committed to the Hurricanes but re-opened the recruiting process last month and signed with Louisiana State. ___ NORTH CAROLINA National rankings (Rivals 20; Scout 31). Best in class: RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.) set Mecklenburg County records with 3,690 yards rushing and 53 touchdowns this season. He originally committed to Notre Dame but Fedora credits assistant coach Gunter Brewer with "staying on him. When he realized that, 'I don't have to go across the country to reach all my dreams and goals.' ... That was big." Best of the rest: Fedora landed the son of NFL and former Wake Forest receiver Ricky Proehl. Fedora says WR Austin Proehl was "the most competitive guy on the field" at his summer camp and "you know his dad, you know what his dad has done. The kid's a gym rat." Late addition: North Carolina picked up commitments last month from four-star OL Jared Cohen and three-star WR Devin Perry. One that got away: None. Fedora says he locked up 20 of his 22 recruits before July 2013, didn't lose anyone to any signing-day drama and kept the class together despite a handful of departures from his coaching staff — most notably offensive coordinator Blake Anderson's move to Arkansas State head coach. "A lot of those guys committed. ... They weren't tied to a coach. They were tied to the university," Fedora said. NOTE: Fedora has placed an emphasis on recruiting the state of North Carolina, and eight of his signees were from the state. He's landed North Carolina's past two AP prep players of the year in Hood and T.J. Logan. "Those eight guys from the state are actually seeing what's happening here in Chapel Hill. They see the future," Fedora said. "They understand what we're preaching and they're seeing it on the field and they're getting excited." ___ PITTSBURGH National Rankings (Scout 42, Rivals 44) Best in class: Alex Bookser, OT, Pittsburgh, Pa. Best of rest: Adonis Jennings, WR, Clementon, N.J. Late addition: Hez Trahan, DE, Philadelphia, Pa. One that got away: Wade Freebeck, QB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Quotable: "We've had chances to be around him and had a chance to see him play, and we really think he can add a lot to what we think is a pretty good offensive line group that we have already," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said about offensive tackle recruit Alex Bookser. ___ VIRGINIA National rankings (Rivals 40; Scout 40). Best in class: Quin Blanding, S, 6-4, 210, Virginia Beach. A five-star recruit rated as the top safety prospect in the nation by virtually every recruiting service. He and fellow UVA signee Andrew Brown were named co-Defensive players of the year by Tom Lemming. Best of the rest: Andrew Brown, DT, 6-4, 290, Chesapeake. Jamil Kamara, WR, 6-2, 210, Virginia Beach. Steven Moss, OL, 6-5, 275, Fredericksburg. Late addition: None. One that got away: Will Richardson, OL. Originally committed to the Cavaliers, but flipped a few weeks ago and signed with N.C. State. NOTE: Despite much speculation about London's future as the Cavaliers stumbled to a 2-10 finish, he said "it was gratifying to see that the young men that made a commitment earlier stuck with their commitment and really galvanized the entire class going down the stretch." ___ VIRGINIA TECH National rankings (Rivals 25; Scout 35). Best in class: Melvin Keihn, LB, 6-2, 215, Towson, Md. Best of the rest: C.J. Reavis, DB, 6-0, 190, Chester, Va. Marshawn Williams, RB, 5-11, 224, Hampton. Late addition: Raymon Minor, LB, 6-3, 215, Ashland, Va. One that got away: Ja'Von Harrison, WR. Committed to the Hokies long ago, but showed up at his signing in a Florida State hat and signed with the home-state Seminoles. Would have been highest-rated recruit.
Feb 5, 2014
Dylan Harding wasn't sure this was possible. “I always kind of doubted myself up until I got my first offer,” Harding said. There were plenty more after that first one, but it didn't take long to make a decision once the right one came in for the Jenks safety. Wednesday, Harding officially signed with Oklahoma State after committing to the Cowboys in late July. He still spends plenty of...
Oklahoma State Signing Day: First scholarship offer boosted Dylan Hardin's confidence
By John Helsley, Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Feb 5, 2014Dylan Harding wasn't sure this was possible. “I always kind of doubted myself up until I got my first offer,” Harding said. There were plenty more after that first one, but it didn't take long to make a decision once the right one came in for the Jenks safety. Wednesday, Harding officially signed with Oklahoma State after committing to the Cowboys in late July. He still spends plenty of time thinking about that first one, though. A couple weeks after the Trojans won the 2012 state championship, Harding was called into the office at school, where he was met by Tulsa assistant Denver Johnson. “I'm about to change your life,” Johnson told Harding before officially extending the offer. “Ever since, that's when I realized the sky's the limit,” Harding said. “I knew I needed to put on some weight and I did; got to where I should've been and I got an offer.” Or, Harding should say, THE offer. He took a visit to Stillwater in July and soon had that offer from the Cowboys. He wasted no time, committing to OSU almost immediately. “He was so excited,” said Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. “I just remember him tearing up. It was a lifelong goal for him to play at OSU and I guess he went over and really impressed them.” Trimble said he could see Harding (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) used in a variety of ways. “He's got great speed, great length,” Trimble said. “It'll be interesting to see what they do with him. Is he a safety? A linebacker? A receiver? But either way, they're getting a big, tall, good athlete.” YOUNG CHOOSES UCLA The Cowboys were hopeful of reeling in one more prized prospect Wednesday, with Louisiana linebacker Kenny Young set to choose between the Cowboys, UCLA, LSU and Texas A&M. Young went with the Bruins. A four-star prospect out of John Curtis High in River Ridge, La., Young visited OSU late in the recruiting process, the payoff of enhanced recruiting efforts by the Cowboys' staff in Louisiana. Even without Young, OSU made those efforts worthwhile, signing defensive back Juwan Offrey and defensive tackle Joyan Williams out of Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, as well as running back Sione Palelei out of East Ascension High in Gonzales. ONE TO WATCH As Wednesday progressed, a buzz began to circulate that offensive lineman Deionte Noel of Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas, was switching his commitment from Texas Tech to OSU. And that is Noel's intention, as a picture of him in OSU gear was sent out on Twitter. Yet there's a catch. Noel reportedly has some academic work to take care of to become eligible for college. For now, the Cowboys' class is complete. However, Noel could continue to work on his academics and enroll at OSU in the fall. Noel, an offensive guard, is a three-star recruit by Scout.com and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com. OFFENSE FAMILIAR FOR LACY Chris Lacy was relieved to finally sign with Oklahoma State Wednesday morning, and now he's ready to get to work with the Cowboys. “It's the same offense we run here at DeSoto, so I'll fit right in and catch a lot of passes,” Lacy said. The 6-foot-2, 191-pound wide receiver committed to Oklahoma State in early August, choosing the Cowboys over offers from Arizona State, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Northwestern, among others. “I love it,” said Lacy's mother Karen. “He loves it. We like Stillwater, a small, college town and a family atmosphere. And of course, they like to throw the ball, so that's really important. They offer engineering, and that's what he wants to do.” Lacy and his DeSoto High School teammate, safety Vontre McQuinnie, will now be on opposite sides of the Bedlam rivalry; McQuinnie signed with the Sooners on Wednesday. “We talk noise to each other every day, leading up to the Bedlam game next year,” Lacy said. McQuinnie transferred from nearby Lancaster midway through his senior year; Lacy said the first time they squared off in practice, McQuinnie beat him, but that the second time, Lacy won. Asked if he's excited about potentially matching up one-on-one in future Bedlam games, Lacy said, “Yes sir. If they're dumb enough to put him against me.” GUNDY ON THE CLASS: “TERRIFIC” OSU coach Mike Gundy did not hold a signing day press conference, deciding instead to meet with the media on Thursday. But he did issue a statement on the class via the school's website: “I think that this is a terrific recruiting class … It takes a group effort, and it gets better and better at Oklahoma State. We have a tremendous product to sell. We have beautiful facilities. We're a winning program. We've won 50 games in five years. Our players believe in themselves. We have a great team concept. The excitement here is more than it ever has been before, but it takes everybody.” TABER SACRIFICES TO WALK ON Each Jenks player who signed Wednesday had a table in the lobby of the Frank Herald Gymnasium. Most were decorated with the school colors of the college the athlete selected. Many had decorated cakes honoring the players for their decision. Trent Taber didn't sign, at least officially, after deciding to forego scholarship opportunities elsewhere to walk on, but he still had his table decorated with the orange and black of Oklahoma State. On one corner, behind the cake, was a black Oklahoma State helmet similar to the ones the Cowboys currently wear. On the edge of the other side, hung a small orange OSU jersey with “Taber” written in marker above the numbers on the back. When he was about 2 years old, Taber wore the jersey nearly every day. “I can't tell you how many times I put it through the wash,” Taber's mom, Shea Taber, said. The fullback/linebacker had opportunities to play elsewhere. His academics and athletics could have landed him at an Ivy League school, Trimble said. But there was no doubt that Taber would wind up in Stillwater, where he's dreamed of going to school and playing football since he had his dad write his last name in marker on the back of that tiny jersey. “That's my lifelong dream,” Taber said. “It's a dream come true. I was going to OSU, I just wasn't sure if I was going to play or not. I went up there a couple weekends ago and talked to coaches and I'm so excited.” Trimble said Taber won't be a player who will go to Stillwater and be forgotten. In introducing Taber at the ceremony, Trimble compared Taber to Rocky Calmus. “I think Coach Gundy understands the value of bringing in a leader and a guy that's real blue collar,” Trimble said. “I think football is kind of heading back to where a lot of offenses are going to utilize a fullback and a lead blocker — not all the time but some. I think Trent will be great.”
Feb 4, 2014
While emerging as a standout football player at Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Miss., Tito Windham began to imagine himself playing in the SEC one day. By the time his junior year came around he specifically had his sights set on LSU, but the Tigers were never interested in the 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback. “I talked to the (defensive backs) coach at LSU for him and he told me...
OU football recruiting: Sooners getting a cornerback with something to prove in Tito Windham
BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Feb 4, 2014While emerging as a standout football player at Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Miss., Tito Windham began to imagine himself playing in the SEC one day. By the time his junior year came around he specifically had his sights set on LSU, but the Tigers were never interested in the 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback. “I talked to the (defensive backs) coach at LSU for him and he told me they were looking for bigger DB's to play against those bigger, run-oriented offenses in the SEC,” said Harrison Central coach Steve Jones. “I told him after that if he gets an offer from a Big 12 school that might be a good fit for you.” When that offer came from Oklahoma, the three-star cornerback jumped at the opportunity. He chose the Sooners over Florida State, Southern Miss, and Louisiana-Lafayette. In Windham, OU will be getting not only a supposedly undersized corner with something to prove, but also a well-educated student of the game. “He's way ahead of the game compared to any other high school defensive back I've coached in 35 years,” Jones said. “He always understands what the offense is trying to do. He played some quarterback for us and so he kind of understands the game from that perspective as well and I think it's really beneficial to him playing in the secondary. “He studies the game, knows how to study the film, and that side of it isn't going to be a big adjustment for him in college.” Despite Windham's size, his highlight film serves as evidence he's not afraid to come up and make a hit on an opposing ball carrier. “He's a pretty good hitter. He's might not have great size, but he hits probably a lot like 225-pound linebacker,” Jones said. “He's just a football player. That's the best way to describe him.”
OSU football recruiting: Move to Dallas, rise in recruiting interest went hand-in-hand for Trey CarterFeb 3, 2014
Add Trey Carter to the list of Louisiana natives headed to Oklahoma State, albeit via Dallas, Texas. Carter moved to Dallas the summer before his senior year from Shreveport, La. The 6-foot-4 defensive end wasn't heavily recruited prior to the move to Dallas, but playing football for a big school in Dallas can be good for a big talent like Carter, who was an All-District selection in...
OSU football recruiting: Move to Dallas, rise in recruiting interest went hand-in-hand for Trey Carter
BY CHRIS BRANNICK, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 3, 2014Add Trey Carter to the list of Louisiana natives headed to Oklahoma State, albeit via Dallas, Texas. Carter moved to Dallas the summer before his senior year from Shreveport, La. The 6-foot-4 defensive end wasn't heavily recruited prior to the move to Dallas, but playing football for a big school in Dallas can be good for a big talent like Carter, who was an All-District selection in Shreveport. Carter stood out in Dallas, earning Co-Defensive MVP in his district and the offers started to roll in. Just two weeks after finishing his senior season at L.G. Pinkston High School, Carter committed to Oklahoma State. Carter arrived from Shreveport, La., right before the start of two-a-days for L.G. Pinkston's football squad. Gerald Smith, the coach at Pinkston, said when Carter and his dad showed up at the football field, Smith and his assistants stood in awe. “You don't see many six-and-a-half-feet tall, 300-pound kids in high school,” Smith said. “We told them what they needed to do to be able to play and he was at practice the next morning.” Smith said Carter was the first one at practice and wanted to stay late and work out every day. But in Louisiana, Carter wasn't recruited by Division I schools. A summer camp at Oklahoma State changed that. “He went to OSU camp over the summer,” Smith said. “He became a big fan of the coaches, facilities there and everything else.”
Meet the mother behind Oklahoma State guard Stevie Clark and Douglass football standout Deondre ClarkFeb 1, 2014
The mother of the best basketball player and the best football player to come out of Oklahoma City the last two years has had a profile as high as her sons. But there's more to Dorshell Clark than meets the eye
Meet the mother behind Oklahoma State guard Stevie Clark and Douglass football standout Deondre Clark
BY JENNI CARLSON | Feb 1, 2014You think you've got Dorshell Clark all figured out. The mother of the best basketball player and the best football player to come out of Oklahoma City the last two years has had a profile as high as her sons. You first heard from her two Februarys ago when Oklahoma offered a basketball scholarship to son Stevie. Since then, she allowed him to go to prep school in Las Vegas, then put the kibosh on that odyssey and brought him back to Douglass High after a month. She sparred on air earlier this winter with a sports talk show host who'd bagged on Stevie after he was suspended at Oklahoma State. Then last week, with signing day looming and Oklahoma and LSU football fans hanging on her every word, she made it known that she wants youngest son Deondre to play in Norman. She doesn't want him to go all the way to Baton Rouge, where he is verbally committed. Shades of the Florida mama who absconded with her son's letter of intent last year because he wasn't going to sign with the school she wanted? Or the Louisiana mama who touted LSU on national television moments after her son committed to Alabama? Too involved. Meddling. Attention seeking. You think you know Dorshell Clark? Follow our Signing Day 2014 coverage Tell us your Signing Day story To know her, you need to come into a small waiting room during her lunch hour at the medical office where she's a nurse. Hear her talk about the rough years when she was raising four sons on her own. Listen to her explain how the bond between her and the boys helped them survive the recruiting bubble. Some of the struggles bring her to tears. “People that don't even know you can say whatever, not even thinking how we would feel,” she said. “My kids are like, ‘Mom, don't talk to people. They're just going to twist around what you say.' Well, it's just a chance we have to take. “But at some point, you hope that somebody's going to tell the real you.” * * * Dorshell Antionette Clark was born to a single mom and raised by a doting grandmother. Because her mom worked many hours trying to make ends meet, Dorshell spent a lot of time with her grandma. She had a good relationship with her mom. Still does. But when she was young, she moved in with Granny. Dorshell remembers waking up, going out to the front porch and drinking coffee with Granny and old women from the neighborhood who gathered at the red brick house near the corner of NE 20th Street and Kelley Avenue. Dorshell never learned how to roller skate or ride a bike; Granny never taught her. “She taught me how to watch ‘I Love Lucy' and ‘M*A*S*H',” Dorshell said. Granny never bit her tongue and passed that candor on to her daughter and her granddaughter. Granny never had any interest in sports, so neither did Dorshell. She became a cheerleader at Roosevelt Middle and Douglass High. Her one foray into basketball ended quickly. “I was kinda girlie,” Dorshell said. “I was in a game, and they threw the ball, and it hit my nail, and I was done.” She chuckled. “I don't think I was all that great,” she said. “So, it worked out. It gave me a good excuse to give up on that.” Dorshell went to Langston, but before she finished her degree, she got pregnant, had son Dominique and dropped out of school. She found an apartment with Dominique's father, who she eventually married. They had three more boys, D'angelo, Stevie and Deondre, before divorcing after nearly a decade together. In those early years, Dorshell worked a year or so as a gas station attendant. But after the station got robbed, she realized she needed to do something different, something more. She went to medical assistant school, then worked for OU Family Medicine for about 15 years. She eventually returned to school to become a nurse, which led to work at Deaconess and Integris and in private practices. She now works for Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Surgery. “I've had to work all my life with the kids,” Dorshell said. “I have been on the go for a long time.” It was just her and the boys for most of their childhoods. That came with challenges. There never seemed to be enough money. Or time. Or sleep. “There wasn't a strategy,” Dorshell said of her early years as a parent. “I was young. I always listened to my mom and my grandma, so whatever they said I should do, I just did. “It was a lot of survival.” But difficult times and tough circumstances created an us-against-the-world mentality in Dorshell and the boys. They became a team. The bond forged during those years was strong. Dorshell calls her boys her best friends. “I'd rather them look at me as a friend that they can come and talk to,” she said. “The society that we live in, you can't trust everybody ... so you open that line of communication. I've always been straight forward with them. “Make no mistake, you get outta line, I'm comin' to get ya, but I always wanted them to feel like they could come and talk to me.” * * * Two summers ago, Stevie told his mom that he wanted to graduate early from Douglass. Longtime coach Terry Long had left to coach his son at Mustang, and because the Clarks are close with Long — he went to high school with Dorshell — Stevie was distraught. He didn't want to play his senior season with a new coach. He'd had enough. Stevie wanted to graduate early, go to Baylor or Connecticut or Oklahoma State and start playing college basketball. Dorshell wasn't so sure. He was already young for his class, so she didn't like the idea of him heading off to college. They decided he'd stay at Douglass, but as the summer wore on, Stevie kept at the idea of graduating early. Dorshell finally told him to take two days and come up with a pro-and-con list. “If you're able to show me something that I don't know,” she said, “then I'll listen.” A couple days later, he proposed attending a first-year prep school in Las Vegas. Quest Preparatory Academy located 20 minutes from The Strip in the extreme northwest corner of the city was fledgling, but that would give Stevie a chance to leave a mark on the program. It was a compromise. After they visited the school, Dorshell decided to let Stevie go to Vegas, but she sent her oldest son, Dominique, to look out for him. A few weeks after the boys moved, Dorshell went for a visit. She told the basketball coach that she needed a schedule so she could know when Stevie would be playing. He told her that he didn't have the schedule confirmed but that they would be playing a bunch of big-name schools, some of which he listed. Dorshell reached out to the coaches of a couple of those would-be opponents. She'd met them during Stevie's time on the summer basketball circuit, and to a man, they said they'd never heard from Quest. Dorshell called the Quest coach and told him what the other coaches had said, but still, he insisted they were scheduling those teams. Again, Dorshell planned a trip to Vegas, this time when Stevie was supposed to have a game against Findlay Prep, the Henderson, Nev., school that counts NBA players Avery Bradley and Tristan Thompson among its alums. But as the trip approached, Dorshell was hearing Findlay had no intention of playing Quest. She called Stevie. “If you don't play, you're coming home,” she said. “We're not gonna argue about it because if something happens, the NCAA's gonna come down and you're gonna blow every chance you have.” She went to Vegas. There was no game. Stevie and Dominique came home with Dorshell. * * * Dorshell doesn't worry about her boys. She worries about the world. When Stevie was in middle school, people started to notice his basketball talent. Coaches for traveling teams were contacting Douglass trying to get Stevie to join them. One of them was Gary Vick, who has coached the likes of Blake Griffin and Xavier Henry in the successful Athletes First program. The coach promised to take good care of Stevie. But while Stevie was on one of his first out-of-town trips, he called his mom needing money to help feed the rest of the team. He said the coaches checked the players into their hotel and left them there alone. It was almost midnight, but Dorshell took out for Dallas. “I'm going to stay with you,” she told Stevie when she arrived. “Mom,” he told her, “I'm supposed to be a big boy.” “You are a big boy, but you're not going to be a big boy in a hotel by yourself and you're 13.” Vick wasn't on that trip — he'd sent his assistants to coach the team — but Dorshell said it took several conversations to convince her to keep Stevie in the program. She couldn't imagine anything bad happening to him. That's why she felt she had to call the Sports Animal one Tuesday afternoon last November. The day before, Stevie, in his freshman season at OSU, had been suspended for unspecified reasons by Cowboy coach Travis Ford and sent home from a tournament in Florida. “That guy was on the radio, and he was just jabbin' Stevie,” Dorshell said, referring to host Jim Traber but never using his name. “The guy was like, ‘We know what he did.'” She wanted him to say what Stevie did. He insisted he couldn't say on the air. She told him to call her at work and tell her privately. “Then, he kind of changed his attitude and started saying, ‘Well, I think you've done a great job with your kids,'” Dorshell said. “His whole attitude changed.” She doesn't seem to hold any ill will, and she still listens to the Sports Animal, but she felt she had to take up for her child. “They make mistakes — I make mistakes, and I'm grown — but I still don't love 'em any less,” she said. “I still support 'em to the fullest.” * * * Dorshell walked into the gym at Douglass High on Tuesday night and started hugging people. Anyone in the stands who was sitting within arms' length of the court, it seemed, got a hug. “She knows everybody in this school,” her longtime friend Jennifer Spurlock said with a smile. When the women finally reached the other end of the court, Dorshell had more hugs. For her two oldest boys, Dominique and D'angelo, who were basketball standouts at Douglass before playing small-college hoops. For LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley, who was in town to watch Deondre play basketball a day after his mom said she would let him make his own decision but would encourage him to go to OU. Dorshell settled on the end of the bleachers next to Spurlock and in front of Haley. She was still wearing her black scrubs with the Mercy logo embroidered on them. She hadn't been home. Now remarried, the 44-year-old lives in the house where Granny raised her, but on Tuesdays, she doesn't see much of it. Stevie asked his mom about two months ago to do weekly Bible study with him. So every Tuesday, Dorshell leaves work and drives straight to Stillwater. She reads scripture with him. She prays with him. Half a dozen other athletes regularly join them. “If God has brought you this far, you can't just drop him off like luggage and put him to the side,” Dorshell said. “You just leave room for the devil to get in and get busy.” She shook her head ever so slightly. “I honestly believe that is what has happened with Stevie.” A little over a month ago, Stevie was arrested for marijuana possession. “You know what?” Dorshell said. “If it's going to help my baby, I would've driven to Kansas and back.” Still, going to see Stevie makes for busy Tuesdays. Deondre usually has a basketball game like he did earlier this week against Southeast, and try as she might, Dorshell didn't make it to the gym until halftime. But a few minutes into the third quarter when Deondre stood up off the bench to check in, it was like Dorshell had a sixth sense. She immediately started clapping. “Let's go, Big Daddy!” she hollered. Once he was on the court, she kept yelling. “Call the foul!” “Play some defense!” Then Deondre caught a pass, drove to the basket and made contact with a defender. It was a push off or a block. Block. The Southeast fans went nuts. Dorshell just sat and clapped. Dorshell Clark knows that you think you've got her all figured out. She's heard that some people think she's too involved in the lives of her sons. “Well,” she said, “if I wasn't as involved as I am, people would take advantage of them.” She knows she has to let the boys grow and go, but that doesn't mean she doesn't worry about them. She knows, after all, what a mean world this can be. She saw it as a child. She saw it as young mother. Now all of this. “The last two years have been a whirlwind,” she said. “A bad one. A really bad whirlwind. But we've overcome. “Whatever mistakes I've made, whatever bad advice I gave, I have to say I'm sorry, but we pick up and keep ... pushing.” Jenni Carlson can be reached at 475-4125. 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Jan 29, 2014
OSU has a presence in Louisiana and working on another in Georgia.
OSU football: Cowboys are building a recruiting path in SEC country
BY GINA MIZELL | Jan 29, 2014STILLWATER — Sione Palelei watched the reaction from LSU fans unfold via social media when he announced he had decommited from the school and pledged to Oklahoma State. Tiger Nation was, in a word, displeased. “Bad, negative things,” Palelei recently recalled. “It kind of calmed down after a while, but the first few weeks, it was hard.” It was a flip-flop from SEC country to the Big 12 for the three-star all-purpose back from Gonzales East Ascension High located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. But Palelei is part of a larger, subtle-but-intriguing recruiting development for the Cowboys — a sudden, newfound presence in Louisiana. OSU had zero players from its 2013 roster from the state. But the Cowboys currently have three high school commits from Louisiana in Palelei and New Orleans Edna Karr teammates Juwan Offray, a three-star cornerback, and Joyan Williams, a three-star defensive lineman. Junior college transfer D'Nerius Antoine, an unrated linebacker, played his high school ball at New Iberia Westgate near Lafayette. Additionally, the Cowboys' top remaining target, four-star linebacker Kenny Young, is from River Ridge John Curtis. OSU is also making a late push on two-star offensive lineman Joseph Paul, an Oklahoma commit from New Orleans St. Augustine. “Our kids are traditionally SEC kids,” Edna Karr coach Nathaniel Jones said. “But I think what happens is guys understand if (college coaches) come in and they do a good job recruiting our guys, (they'll consider all their options). Just like anything else, you've got to believe in yourself and sell your program. “And I think Oklahoma State has a lot to offer … I think it's an easy sell once you get the guys on campus.” OSU has had pull in another Southeast state, Georgia, for several years because of defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer's roots and relationships there. And several connections helped lure these 2014 Louisiana prospects to Stillwater. Cowboy graduate assistant Eric Henderson, who primarily works with the defensive line, is an Edna Karr alumnus. So his place on staff helped OSU identify and snag two best friends in Offray, a confident, aggressive 1-on-1 defender with good hips and feet, and Williams, a versatile lineman with the speed to play end in 3-4 looks and the size to play tackle in 4-3 alignments. Williams' offer list was littered with schools in his home region, including Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi State, Tulane, Arkansas State and Southern Miss. Offray had an offer from South Alabama. Yet they both pledged to the Cowboys in June. “I know that Coach Henderson will show me love when I come up there,” Offray said. “He makes me feel like family. He makes me feel like home.” The OSU link for Palelei, an undersized-but-versatile back coming off season-ending knee surgery, actually did not come from Louisiana, but from his early childhood days in Utah. His father is a longtime friend of Cowboy player development specialist Beni Tonga, who moved to Utah in high school and played and coached at Snow College near Salt Lake City before coming to Stillwater this past season. Whether OSU can land Young or Paul as Signing Day approaches remains to be seen. Either way, the Cowboys are sure to have some more Cajun flavor on the roster in 2014. And Jones invites OSU to come back to Louisiana soon, because he estimates he's got three or four Division I prospects returning to his Edna Karr squad. “I'm more than sure Oklahoma State will be dropping back in and giving a few offers,” he said. “And maybe we can just keep that pipeline going.”
Jan 28, 2014
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Michael Bennett didn't want to repeat his description of his sack dance.He can be creative and outrageous enough to invent the pro wrestling-inspired, hip-gyrating move, then dub it "two angels dancing while chocolate is coming from the heavens on a nice Sunday morning." But he's also quiet enough — in public, at least — to hope to avoid drawing more attention to...
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett overlooked no more
RACHEL COHEN, Associated Press | Jan 28, 2014NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Michael Bennett didn't want to repeat his description of his sack dance. He can be creative and outrageous enough to invent the pro wrestling-inspired, hip-gyrating move, then dub it "two angels dancing while chocolate is coming from the heavens on a nice Sunday morning." But he's also quiet enough — in public, at least — to hope to avoid drawing more attention to himself. Overlooked for most of his football career, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end is suddenly in demand. Hard to miss his 8½ sacks during the regular season for the NFC's top team, his fumble recovery in the conference title game. "Now it's great for the world to get to see him," said his younger brother, Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. Martellus is creative, outrageous but happy to draw attention — and has always received plenty. He was widely considered the country's top tight end prospect in high school; Michael, a year older, was lightly recruited and initially signed with Louisiana Tech, not exactly the SEC. Martellus was a second-round draft pick; Michael went undrafted. He signed with the Seahawks but was cut midway through his rookie season. "I just always kept going," Michael said. "It's all about how you think about yourself. There's a lot of people who get chances and they do nothing with them. The chances I get, I make the most of them." He was picked up by the Buccaneers and steadily matured into a pass-rushing force. Bennett led Tampa Bay in sacks with nine last season, but the Bucs declined to place the franchise tag on him. So he signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the team that once released him. Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had kept in touch over the years and was thrilled to watch his progress from afar. He knew Bennett could line up effectively at both end and tackle, a versatile player for a versatile defense. "He's one of these guys that is so bright that he can handle all the different (positions)," Quinn said. Bennett downplays the sting of past slights. His friend and fellow defensive lineman Red Bryant sees it differently. "That's one of the things that drives him," said Bryant, who has known Bennett for a decade. A late bloomer, Bennett was able to reopen his recruiting when he wasn't initially eligible at Louisiana Tech. He chose Texas A&M, where he first teamed with Bryant. Fans assumed the Aggies offered him a scholarship only as a ploy to woo Martellus. Instead, both brothers were immediate contributors. Michael won't complain about his brother's far loftier recruiting ranking and draft status. Not only that, he spins it as a blessing. "Having that much expectation is harder than having no expectation," he said. And he's perplexed by folks who assume he envies his brother's successes. "Those people are only children, I think," he said, laughing. So the two worked out together during the offseason, and little brother kept offering encouragement. "Everyone's journey is different. You still get to the destination," Martellus recalled telling Michael. "It may take a little bit longer, but if you keep working the way you work, it's going to show up. People have to notice if you're as talented as he is." His personality is getting noticed too. Surrounded by reporters at Super Bowl media day Tuesday, Michael eventually relented and reiterated that line about his sack dance. It's the kind of colorful commentary that Martellus' thousands of Twitter followers have come to expect. Martellus did the rounds of radio and TV interviews Tuesday in New York City, in town to watch his brother play in the Super Bowl. The self-nicknamed "Black Unicorn" is liable to pontificate on cartoons, dinosaurs or historical figures. Michael traces that creativity to a punishment doled out by their mother, a teacher, for childhood misdeeds: They had to write stories. "We're so much alike, but people don't really think we are," Martellus said of his brother. "Michael just don't talk to you like I talk to you, but he's one of the funniest people in the world." And more people will learn that if he makes big plays in the Super Bowl. "Any given day," Bryant said, "he's the best player on that field."
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Tuning In: Saturday, January 25
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FRIDAY NBA 6:30 p.m., Oklahoma City at Boston, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 7 p.m., L.A. Clippers at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., Minnesota at Golden State, NBATV (Cox 256) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Rider at Manhattan, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., Vermont at Stony Brook, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Charlotte, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE WRESTLING 7 p.m., Iowa State at...
Tuning In: Friday, January 24
firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 23, 2014FRIDAY NBA 6:30 p.m., Oklahoma City at Boston, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 7 p.m., L.A. Clippers at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., Minnesota at Golden State, NBATV (Cox 256) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Rider at Manhattan, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., Vermont at Stony Brook, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Charlotte, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE WRESTLING 7 p.m., Iowa State at Oklahoma State, KSPI-FM 93.7 GOLF 10:30 a.m., LPGA: Pure Silk Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Farmers Insurance Open, GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS 2 a.m., (Saturday), Australian Open, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE HOCKEY 6 p.m., RIT at Niagara, CBSS (Cox 249) 6:30 p.m., Northeastern at Notre Dame, NBCSN (Cox 251) 8:30 p.m., North Dakota at Denver, CBSS (Cox 249) X GAMES 9:30 p.m., Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing, ESPN (Cox 29) BOXING 8 p.m., Thomas Williams Jr. vs. Cornelius White, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9 p.m., Orozco vs. Huerta, FS1 (Cox 67) SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL 3 p.m., Senior Bowl, NFLNET (Cox 252) NBA 6 p.m., Chicago at Charlotte, NBATV (Cox 256) 6:30 p.m., Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m., Minnesota at Portland, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 7 p.m., Pittsburgh at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9 p.m., Anaheim at Los Angeles, NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 10 a.m., Ohio at Eastern Michigan, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., VCU at La Salle, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Florida State at Duke, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., Xavier at Providence, FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., Maryville at Drury, CBSS (Cox 249) 11 a.m., George Washington at George Mason, NBCSN (Cox 251) Noon, Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, Syracuse at Miami, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 12:30 p.m., Texas at Baylor, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 12:30 p.m., Georgia at Kentucky, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 1 p.m., West Virginia at Oklahoma State, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KXXY-FM 96.1 1 p.m., Villanova at Marquette, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Boston University at Bucknell, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Oklahoma at Texas Tech, KOCB-34 (Cox 11)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3 p.m., Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Lafayette, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., Tennessee at Florida, ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m., UAB at Tulsa, KRMG-AM 740 3 p.m., South Carolina at Missouri, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 3 p.m., St. John's at Butler, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., Dayton at Rhode Island, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., St. Joseph's at Richmond, NBCSN (Cox 251) 3:30 p.m., Northwestern at Oral Roberts, FCS (Cox 272) 5 p.m., Pittsburgh at Maryland, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m., DePaul at Seton Hall, CBSS (Cox 249) 5 p.m., Auburn at Arkansas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 6 p.m., Connecticut at Rutgers, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Michigan at Michigan State, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., LSU at Alabama, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Georgetown at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., Marshall at Louisiana Tech, CBSS (Cox 249) 8 p.m., Kansas at TCU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 9 p.m., BYU at Gonzaga, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9 p.m., Fresno State at UNLV, CBSS (Cox 249) 10 p.m., San Diego State at Utah State, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Florida International at UAB, FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Kansas at Kansas State, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., West Virginia at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., TCU at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/KOKC-AM 1520 GOLF Noon, Farmers Insurance Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Farmers Insurance Open, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m., LPGA: Pure Silk Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) COLLEGE HOCKEY 6 p.m., Northeastern at Notre Dame, NBCSN (Cox 251) TENNIS 2 a.m., (Sunday), Australian Open, ESPN (Cox 29) X GAMES 1 p.m., Snowboarding, ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m., Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 8 p.m., Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN'S SOCCER 9 a.m., FA Cup, FS1 (Cox 67) RUGBY 3 p.m., Sevens World Series, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MOTOCROSS 9:30 p.m., AMA Supercross, FS1 (Cox 67) BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2 p.m., Arlington C. Day vs. Sunrise Christian, ESPNU (Cox 253) 4 p.m., White Station, TN vs. Hamilton, TN, ESPNU (Cox 253) SUNDAY NFL 6:30 p.m., Pro Bowl, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)/KRXO-FM 107.7 NBA Noon, San Antonio at Miami, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at New York, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 5:30 p.m., Brooklyn at Boston, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 11:30 a.m., New Jersey vs. N.Y. Rangers, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Fordham at Massachusetts, NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m., South Florida at Memphis, CBSS (Cox 249) 2 p.m., SMU at Houston, ESPNews (Cox 254) 3 p.m., Cincinnati at Temple, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Harvard at Dartmouth, NBCSN (Cox 251) 5 p.m., Clemson at North Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., California at UCLA, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Utah at Arizona, FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Arkansas at Kentucky, FSOK (Cox 37) Noon, Minnesota at Penn State, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, Memphis at Louisville, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., South Carolina at Vanderbilt, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 p.m., Auburn at Florida, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Missouri at Mississippi State, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3 p.m., Baylor at Oklahoma State, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGFY-FM 105.5 3 p.m., Tennessee at Texas A&M, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5 p.m., Georgetown at St. John's, FS1 (Cox 67) BOWLING 11 a.m., PBA Tournament, ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF Noon, Farmers Insurance Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Farmers Insurance Open, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m., LPGA: Pure Silk Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) AUTO RACING 6 a.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FS1 (Cox 67) RUGBY 3 p.m., Sevens World Series, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) X GAMES 1 p.m., Freestyle Skiing, Snowmobiling, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Snowboarding, ESPN (Cox 29)
FRIDAY GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Southmoore at Norman, KREF-AM 1400 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 7:45 p.m., Southmoore at Norman, KREF-AM 1400 NBA 6 p.m., L.A. Clippers at New York, ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m., Golden State at Oklahoma City, ESPN (Cox 29)/FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 7 p.m., Anaheim at Chicago, NHLNET (Cox 263) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Wisconsin-G.B...
Tuning In: Friday, January 17
email@example.com | Jan 16, 2014FRIDAY GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Southmoore at Norman, KREF-AM 1400 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 7:45 p.m., Southmoore at Norman, KREF-AM 1400 NBA 6 p.m., L.A. Clippers at New York, ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m., Golden State at Oklahoma City, ESPN (Cox 29)/FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 7 p.m., Anaheim at Chicago, NHLNET (Cox 263) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Wisconsin-G.B at Wright State, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., Canisius at Iona, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 7 p.m., Rochester at Oklahoma City, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 2 p.m., Humana Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 6 p.m., Mitsubishi Championship, GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS 8 p.m., Australian Open, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 a.m. (Saturday), Australian Open, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE HOCKEY 6 p.m., Western Michigan at St. Cloud St., CBSS (Cox 249) 6:30 p.m., Lake Superior St. at Notre Dame, NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS 7 p.m., Iowa State at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271) SATURDAY MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 10 a.m., Toledo at Akron, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., SMU at Central Florida, ESPNews (Cox 254) 11 a.m., Tulsa at Marshall, CBSS (Cox 249)/KRMG-AM 740 11 a.m., Tennessee at Kentucky, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 11 a.m., Seton Hall at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 11 a.m., Temple at La Salle, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11:30 a.m., George Mason at Rhode Island, NBCSN (Cox 251) Noon, Missouri State at Northern Iowa, ESPNU (Cox 253) 12:30 p.m., West Virginia at Kansas State, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 1 p.m., Oklahoma at Baylor, ESPN (Cox 29)/KRXO-FM 107.7 1 p.m., Alabama at Missouri, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., USC at Colorado, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., N.C. State at Duke, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 1 p.m., Marquette at Butler, CBSS (Cox 249) 1:30 p.m., Fordham at St. Louis, NBCSN (Cox 251) 2 p.m., Dayton at Richmond, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Iowa State at Texas, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 3 p.m., Oklahoma State at Kansas, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/KXXY-FM 96.1 3 p.m., Pittsburgh at Syracuse, ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m., Indiana State at Wichita State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., DePaul at Villanova, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., UCLA at Utah, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Duquesne at VCU, CBSS (Cox 249) 4 p.m., Cincinnati at Southern Florida, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., Michigan at Wisconsin, ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 5 p.m., Dartmouth at St. John's, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., UNLV at San Diego State, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., Penn State at Purdue, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Creighton at Providence, FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m., Louisville at Connecticut, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Vanderbilt at LSU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10 p.m., Washington at Stanford, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Texas Tech at Oklahoma, State, FCS (Cox 271)/KGFY-FM 105.5 1 p.m., Oklahoma at West Virginia, KREF-AM 1400/KOKC-AM 1520 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 3 p.m., East-West Shrine Game, NFLNET (Cox 252) NBA 6 p.m., L.A. Clippers at Indiana, NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m., Philadelphia at Chicago, WGN (Cox 2) NHL 1 p.m., N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Montreal at Toronto, NHLNET (Cox 263) AHL 7 p.m., Milwaukee at Oklahoma City, KXXY-FM 96.1 7 p.m., Rochester at San Antonio, FSOK (Cox 37) COLLEGE WRESTLING 6:30 p.m., Oklahoma State at West Virginia, KSBI-FM 93.7 GOLF 2 p.m., Humana Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 6 p.m., Mitsubishi Championship, GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS 8 p.m., Australian Open, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 a.m. (Sunday), Australian Open, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN'S SOCCER 11:30 a.m., Liverpool vs. Aston Villa, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN'S GYMNASTICS 5 p.m., Air Force at Oklahoma, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271) MOTOCROSS 9:30 p.m., AMA Supercross, FS1 (Cox 67) SUNDAY NFL 2 p.m., New England at Denver, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/KRXO-FM 107.7 5:30 p.m., San Francisco at Seattle, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KRXO-FM 107.7 NBA 6 p.m., Sacramento at Oklahoma City, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 11:30 a.m., Boston at Chicago, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Louisiana Tech at S. Mississippi, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Oregon at Oregon State, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 12:30 p.m., Louisville at SMU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Connecticut at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 p.m., Villanova at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 2:30 p.m., Fordham at Dayton, ESPNU (Cox 253) 4 p.m., Penn State at Michigan State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) AHL 4 p.m., Milwaukee at Oklahoma City, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE WRESTLING 2 p.m., Northern Iowa at Oklahoma, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271) 2 p.m., Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh, KSPI-FM 93.7 GOLF 2 p.m., Humana Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 6 p.m., Mitsubishi Championship, GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS 8 p.m., Australian Open, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 a.m. (Monday), Australian Open, ESPN2 (Cox 28)
Jan 15, 2014
For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here.
College football hires: Where the coaches comes from
Berry Tramel | Jan 15, 2014[img]2319553[/img] For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about how the decision-makers at some schools don’t trust their own judgments. They would rather hire a proven coach — even if that proof is less than appetizing — than venture into the unknown. You can read that column here. I also listed the five schools with the best track record of hiring assistant coaches to be head coach — and the five schools with the best track record of hiring head coaches to be head coach. But I had the data for every major-conference school, and I thought I would share it. Here’s what I did. I went back to every hire since roughly World War II. I made some judgment calls. If a coach was hired before the war but coached well after the war — Gen. Robert Neyland at Tennessee, Wally Butts at Georgia, Jim Lookabaugh at OSU — I included him. If a coach came in in 1945 and coached a year or two, I mostly ignored him. Remarkably, I found the previous employer of every coach on this list except one — Pitt’s John Michelosen, who coached Pitt from 1955 through 1965. I found some of his previous history, but I never could figure out what he was doing in 1954. Probably coaching in the NFL, but I couldn’t be sure. Anyway, I thought this was fantastic information, because it can be used so many ways. Which I intend to in the next few days. Who’s had the most stable environment for head coaches? Which school has lost the most assistants to head coaching jobs? What’s been the most prolific stepping stone job? Funny job switches over the years. All kinds of interesting topics, and I tend to get to them in the next few days. But first, I thought I’d just give you the data, ranking the schools from most likely to hire an assistant coach to be head coach, to least likely. It’s a great tour through post-war college football history. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll see all kinds of names you once knew but forgot about it. Pepper Rodgers from Kansas, UCLA and Georgia Tech. John Pont at Indiana and Alex Agase at Purdue. Bo Rein at North Carolina State and, tragically, LSU. John Ralston at Stanford. Pete Elliott, the former Bud Wilkinson lieutenant, at Nebraska, California, Illinois and Miami. Forest Evashevski at Iowa. You can look at coaches’ strange circles. Paul Dietzel going from LSU to Army to South Carolina. Bill Curry from Georgia Tech to Alabama to Kentucky. Wes Fesler from Pitt to Ohio State to Minnesota. You can look at oddities, like Stanford’s amazing affinity for NFL coaches and how Notre Dame isn’t the only school to hire a high school coach. Well, there’s a bunch you can look for. But I’ll get you started by just listing the schools. For OU and OSU, I went way back in time. And I didn’t make note of several coaches who had been head coaches at one time but were assistants when hired at certain jobs: *-denotes sat out one season before being hired; **-denotes sitting out multiple seasons before being hired; OKLAHOMA STATE 91.7 percent Mike Gundy 2005 Oklahoma State assistant Les Miles 2001 Dallas Cowboys assistant Bob Simmons 1995 Colorado assistant Pat Jones 1984 Oklahoma State assistant Jimmy Johnson 1979 Pitt assistant Jim Stanley 1976 Oklahoma State assistant Dave Smith 1972 Winnipeg Blue Bombers assistant Floyd Gass 1969 Austin College Phil Cutchin 1963 Alabama assistant Cliff Speegle 1955 Edmonton Eskimos assistant J.B. Whitworth 1950 Georgia assistant Jim Lookabaugh 1939 Capitol Hill High School Ted Cox 1936 Tulane Albert Exendine 1934 Oklahoma State assistant Pappy Waldorf 1929 Kansas assistant John Maulbetsch 1921 Phillips SYRACUSE 88.9 percent Scott Shaffer 2013 Syracuse assistant Doug Marrone 2009 New Orleans Saints assistant Greg Robinson 2005 Texas assistant Paul Pasqualoni 1991 Syracuse assistant Dick MacPherson 1981 Cleveland Browns assistant Frank Maloney 1974 Michigan assistant Ben Schwartzwalder 1949 Muhlenberg Reaves Baysinger 1947 Syracuse assistant Biggie Munn 1946 Michigan assistant OKLAHOMA 85 percent Bob Stoops 1999 Florida assistant John Blake 1996 Dallas Cowboys assistant Howard Schnellenberger 1995 Louisville Gary Gibbs 1989 Oklahoma assistant Barry Switzer 1973 Oklahoma assistant Chuck Fairbanks 1967 Oklahoma assistant Jim Mackenzie 1966 Arkansas assistant Gomer Jones 1964 Oklahoma assistant Bud Wilkinson 1947 Oklahoma assistant Jim Tatum 1946 Iowa Pre-Flight Snorter Luster 1941 New York Giants assistant Tom Stidham 1937 Oklahoma assistant Biff Jones 1935 LSU Lewie Hardage 1932 Vanderbilt assistant Adrian Lindsey 1927 Bethany (KS) Bennie Owen 1905 Bethany (KS) GEORGIA 83.3 percent Mark Richt 2001 Florida State assistant Jim Donnan 1996 Marshall Ray Goff 1989 Georgia assistant Vince Dooley 1964 Auburn assistant Johnny Griffith 1961 Georgia assistant Wally Butts 1939 Georgia assistant WEST VIRGINIA 81.8 percent Dana Holgorsen 2011 Oklahoma State assistant Bill Stewart 2007 West Virginia assistant Rich Rodriguez 2001 Clemson assistant Don Nehlen 1980 Michigan assistant Frank Cignetti 1976 West Virginia assistant Bobby Bowden 1970 West Virginia assistant Jim Carlen 1966 Georgia Tech assistant Gene Corum 1960 West Virginia assistant Art Lewis 1950 Mississippi State assistant Dudley DeGroot 1948 Los Angeles Dons Bill Kern 1940 Carnegie Tech KANSAS STATE 77.8 percent Bill Snyder 2009 retired Ron Prince 2006 Virginia assistant Bill Snyder 1989 Iowa assistant Stan Parrish 1986 Marshall Jim Dickey 1979 North Carolina assistant Ellis Rainsberger 1975 Wisconsin assistant Vince Gibson 1967 Tennessee assistant Doug Weaver 1960 Missouri assistant Bus Mertes 1955 Kansas State assistant VANDERBILT 78.6 percent James Franklin 2011 Maryland assistant Robbie Caldwell 2010 Vanderbilt assistant Bobby Johnson 2002 Furman Woody Widenhofer 1995 Vanderbilt assistant Rod Dowhower 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant Gerry DiNardo 1991 Colorado assistant Watson Brown 1986 Rice George MacIntyre 1979 Ole Miss assistant Fred Pancoast 1975 Memphis Steve Sloan 1973 Georgia Tech assistant Bill Pace 1967 Arkansas assistant John Green 1963 Florida assistant Arthur Guepe 1953 Virginia assistant Bill Edwards 1949 Cleveland Browns assistant NORTHWESTERN 72.7 percent Pat Fitzgerald, 2006, Northwestern assistant Randy Walker, 1999, Miami-Ohio GaryBarnett,1992, Colorado assistant Francis Peay, 1986, Northwestern assistant Dennis Green, 1981, Stanford assistant Rick Venturi, 1978, Illinois assistant John Pont, 1973, Indiana Alex Agase, 1964, Northwestern assistant Ara Parseghian, 1956, Miami-Ohio Lou Saban, 1955, Washington assistant Bob Voigts, 1947, Cleveland Browns assistant VIRGINIA TECH 71.4 percent Frank Beamer 1987 Murray State Bill Dooley 1978 North Carolina Jimmy Sharpe 1974 Alabama assistant Charlie Coffey 1971 Arkansas assistant Jerry Claiborne 1960 Alabama assistant Frank Moseley 1951 Kentucky assistant Robert McNeish 1948 Navy assistant CALIFORNIA 69.2 percent Sonny Dykes 2012 Louisiana Tech Jeff Tedford 2002 Oregon assistant Tom Holmoe 1997 California assistant Steve Mariucci 1996 Green Bay Packers assistant Keith Gilbertson 1992 Washington assistant Bruce Snyder 1987 Los Angeles Rams assistant Joe Kapp 1982 non-football Roger Theder 1978 California assistant Mike White 1972 Stanford assistant Ray Willsey 1964 NFL assistant Marv Levy 1960 New Mexico Pete Elliott 1957 Nebraska Pappy Waldorf 1947 Northwestern BAYLOR 66.7 percent Art Briles 2008 Houston Guy Morriss 2003 Kentucky Kevin Steele 1999 Carolina Panthers assistant Dave Roberts 1997 Notre Dame assistant Chuck Reedy 1993 Baylor assistant Grant Teaff 1972 Angelo State Bill Beall 1969 LSU assistant John Bridgers 1959 Baltimore Colts assistant Sam Boyd 1956 Baylor assistant WAKE FOREST 64.2 percent Dave Clawson 2014 Bowling Green Jim Grobe 2001 Ohio Jim Caldwell 1993 Penn State assistant Bill Dooley 1987 Virginia Tech Al Groh 1981 Texas Tech assistant John Mackovic 1978 Purdue assistant Chuck Mills 1973 Utah State Tom Harper 1972 Wake Forest assistant Cal Stoll 1969 Michigan State assistant Bill Tate 1964 Illinois assistant Billy Hildebrand 1960 Wake Forest assistant Paul Amen 1956 Army assistant Tom Rogers 1951 Wake Forest assistant Peahead Walker 1937 Elon UTAH 63.6 percent Kyle Whittingham 2005 Utah assistant Urban Meyer 2003 Bowling Green Ron McBride 1990 Arizona assistant Jim Fassel 1985 New Orleans Breakers assistant Chuck Stobart 1982 Toledo Wayne Howard 1977 Long BeachState Tom Lovat 1974 Utah assistant Bill Meek 1968 Army assistant Mike Giddings 1966 Southern Cal assistant Ray Nagel 1958 UCLA assistant Jack Curtice 1950 Texas-El Paso TEXAS TECH 63.6 percent Kliff Kingsbury 2013 Texas A&M assistant Tommy Tuberville 2010 Auburn* Mike Leach 2000 Oklahoma assistant Spike Dykes 1987 Tech assistant David McWilliams 1986 Texas assistant Jerry Moore 1981 North Texas Rex Dockery 1977 Tech assistant Steve Sloan 1975 Vanderbilt Jim Carlen 1970 West Virginia J.T. King 1961 Tech assistant DeWitt Weaver 1951 Tulsa assistant NEBRASKA 62.5 percent Bo Pelini 2008 LSU assistant Bill Callahan 2004 Oakland Raiders Frank Solich 1998 Nebraska assistant Tom Osborne 1973 Nebraska assistant Bob Devaney 1962 Wyoming Bill Jennings 1957 Nebraska assistant Pete Elliott 1956 Oklahoma assistant Bill Glassford 1949 New Hampshire FLORIDA STATE 62.5 percent Jimbo Fisher 2010 Florida State assistant Bobby Bowden 1976 West Virginia Darrell Mudra 1974 Western Illinois Larry Jones 1971 Tennessee assistant Bill Peterson 1960 LSU assistant Perry Moss 1959 Wisconsin assistant Tom Nugent 1953 VMI Don Veller 1948 Indiana assistant MISSISSIPPI STATE 61.5 percent Dan Mullen 2009 Florid assistant Sylvester Croom 2004 Green Bay Packers assistant Jackie Sherrill 1991 Texas A&M** Rockey Felker 1986 Alabama assistant Emory Bellard 1979 Texas A&M Bob Tyler 1973 MississippiState assistant Charles Shira 1967 Texas assistant Paul Davis 1962 MississippiState assistant Wade Walker 1956 MississippiState assistant Darrell Royal 1954 Edmonton Eskimos Murray Warmath 1952 Army assistant Slick Morton 1949 VMI Allyn McKeen 1939 Memphis WASHINGTON STATE 61.5 percent Mike Leach 2012 Texas Tech** Paul Wulff 2008 Eastern Washington Bill Doba 2003 Washington State assistant Mike Price 1989 WeberS tate Dennis Erickson 1987 Wyoming Jim Walden 1978 Washington State assistant Warren Powers 1977 Nebraska assistant Jackie Sherrill 1976 Pittsburgh assistant Jim Sweeney 1968 Montana State Bert Clark 1964 Washington assistant Jim Sutherland 1958 Washington assistant Al Kircher 1952 Michigan State assistant Forest Evashevski 1950 Washington State assistant PITTSBURGH 61.1 percent Paul Chryst 2012 Wisconsin assistant Todd Graham 2011 Tulsa Dave Wannstedt 2005 Miami Dolphins Walt Harris 1997 Ohio State assistant Johnny Majors 1993 Tennessee Paul Hackett 1989 Pittsburgh assistant Mike Gottfried 1986 Kansas Foge Fazio 1982 Pittsburgh assistant Jackie Sherrill 1977 Washington State Johnny Majors 1973 Iowa State Carl DePasqua 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Dave Hart 1966 Navy assistant John Michelosen 1955 assistant Red Dawson 1952 Michigan State assistant* Tom Hamilton 1951 Pittsburgh administrator Len Casanova 1950 Santa Clara Mike Milligan 1947 Pittsburgh assistant Wes Fesler 1946 Princeton assistant OREGON 60 percent Mark Helfrich 2013 Oregon assistant Chip Kelly 2009 Oregon assistant Mike Bellotti 1995 Oregon assistant Rich Brooks 1977 UCLA assistant Don Read 1974 Portland State** Dick Enright 1972 Oregon assistant Jerry Frei 1967 Oregon assistant Len Casanova 1951 Pittsburgh Jim Aiken 1947 Nevada Tex Oliver 1938 Arizona STANFORD 60 percent David Shaw 2011 Stanford assistant Jim Harbaugh 2007 San Diego Walt Harris 2005 Pittsburgh Buddy Teevens 2002 Florida assistant Tyrone Willingham 1995 Minnesota Vikings assistant Dennis Green 1989 San Francisco 49ers assistant Jack Elway 1984 San Jose State Paul Wiggin 1980 New Orleans Saints assistant Rod Dowhower 1979 Stanford assistant Bill Walsh 1977 San Diego Chargers assistant Jack Christiansen 1972 Stanford assistant John Ralston 1963 Utah State Jack Curtice 1958 Utah Chuck Taylor 1951 San Francisco 49ers assistant Marchmont Schwartz 1942 Stanford assistant OLE MISS 60 percent Hugh Freeze 2012 ArkansasState Houston Nutt 2008 Arkansas Ed Orgeron 2005 Southern Cal assistant David Cutcliffe 1998 Tennesee assistant Tommy Tuberville 1995 Texas A&M assistant Billy Brewer 1983 Louisiana Tech Steve Sloan 1978 Texas Tech Ken Cooper 1974 Ole Miss assistant Billy Kinard 1971 Arkansas assistant John Vaught 1947 Ole Miss assistant TCU 60 percent Gary Patterson 2000 TCU assistant Dennis Franchione 1998 New Mexico Pat Sullivan 1992 Auburn assistant Jim Wacker 1983 Texas State F.A. Dry 1977 Tulsa Jim Shofner 1974 San Francisco 49ers assistant Billy Tohill 1972 TCU assistant Jim Pittman 1971 Tulane Fred Taylor 1967 TCU assistant Abe Martin 1953 TCU assistant ILLINOIS 59.1 percent Tim Beckman, 2012, Toledo Ron Zook, 2005, Florida Ron Turner, 1997, Chicago Bears assistant Lou Tepper, 1991, Illinois assistant John Mackovic, 1988, Kansas City Chiefs* Mike White, 1980, San Francisco 49ers assistant Gary Moeller, 1977, Michigan assistant Bob Blackman, 1971, Dartmouth Jim Valek, 1967, South Carolina assistant Pete Elliot,1960, California Ray Eliot,1942, Illinois assistant UCLA 59.1 percent Jim Mora Jr. 2012 Seattle Seahawks** Rick Neuheisel 2008 Baltimore Ravens assistant Karl Dorrell 2003 Denver Broncos assistant Bob Toledo 1996 UCLA assistant Terry Donahue 1976 UCLA assistant Dick Vermeil 1974 Los Angeles Rams assistant Pepper Rodgers 1971 Kansas Tommy Prothro 1965 Oregon State Bill Barnes 1958 UCLA assistant Red Sanders 1949 Vanderbilt Bert LaBrucherie 1945 Los Angeles High School KENTUCKY 58.3 percent Mark Stoops 2013 Florida State assistant Joker Phillips 2010 Kentucky assistant Rich Brooks 2003 Atlanta Falcons assistant** Guy Morriss 2001 Kentucky assistant Hal Mumme 1997 Valdosta State Bill Curry 1990 Alabama Jerry Claiborne 1982 Maryland Fran Curci 1973 Miami John Ray 1969 Notre Dame assistant Charlie Bradshaw 1962 Alabama assistant Blanton Collier 1954 Cleveland Browns assistant Bear Bryant 1946 Maryland LSU 58.3 percent Les Miles 2005 Oklahoma State Nick Saban 2000 Michigan State Gerry DiNardo 1995 Vanderbilt Curley Hallman 1991 Southern Miss Mike Archer 1987 LSU assistant Bill Arnsparger 1984 Miami Dolphins assistant Jerry Stovall 1980 LSU assistant Bo Rein 1980 North Carolina State Charlie McClendon 1962 LSU assistant Paul Dietzel 1955 Army assistant Gaynell Tinsley 1948 LSU assistant Bernie Moore 1935 LSU assistant IOWASTATE 58.3 percent Paul Rhoads 2009 Auburn assistant Gene Chizik 2007 Texas assistant Dan McCarney 1995 Iowa assistant Jim Walden 1987 Washington State Jim Criner 1983 Boise State Donnie Duncan 1979 Oklahoma assistant Earle Bruce 1973 Tampa Johnny Majors 1968 Arkansas assistant Clay Stapleton 1958 Oregon State assistant Jim Myers 1957 UCLA assistant Vince DiFranceca 1954 Western Illinois Emmett Stuber 1947 Southeast Missouri State VIRGINIA 58.3 percent Mike London 2010 Richmond Al Groh 2001 New York Jets George Welsh 1982 Navy Dick Bestwick 1976 Georgia Tech assistant Sonny Randle 1974 East Carolina Don Lawrence 1971 Virginia assistant George Blackburn 1965 Virginia assistant Bill Elias 1961 George Washington Richard Voris 1958 Army assistant Ben Martin 1956 Navy assistant Ned McDonald 1953 Virginia assistant Arthur Guepe 1946 Virginia assistant BOSTON COLLEGE 57.7 percent Steve Addazio 2013 Temple Frank Spaziani 2009 Boston College assistant Jeff Jagodzinksi 2007 Green Bay Packers assistant Tom O’Brien 1997 Virginia assistant coach Dan Henning 1994 Detroit Lions assistant Tom Coughlin 1991 New York Giants assistant Jack Bicknell 1981 Maine Ed Chlebek 1978 Eastern Michigan Joe Yukica 1968 New Hampshire Jim Miller 1962 Detroit Ernie Hefferle 1960 Washington Redskins assistant Mike Holovak 1951 Boston College assistant Denny Myers 1946 Brown assistant CLEMSON 55.6 percent Dabo Swinney 2008 Clemson assistant Tommy Bowden 1999 Tulane Tommy West 1993 Chattanooga Ken Hatfield 1990 Arkansas Danny Ford 1978 Clemson assistant Charley Pell 1977 Clemson assistant Red Parker 1973 The Citadel Hootie Ingram 1970 Arkansas assistant Frank Howard 1940 Clemson assistant PURDUE 54.5 percent Darrell Hazell 2013 Kent State Danny Hope 2009 Purdue assistant Joe Tiller 1997 Wyoming Jim Colletto 1991 Ohio State assistant Fred Akers 1987 Texas Leon Burtnett 1982 Purdue assistant Jim Young 1977 Arizona Alex Agase 1973 Northwestern Bob DeMoss 1970 Purdue assistant Jack Mollenkopf 1956 Purdue assistant Stu Holcomb 1947 Army assistant SOUTHERN CAL 54.5 percent Steve Sarkisian 2014 Washington Lane Kiffin 2010 Tennessee Pete Carroll 2001 New England Patriots* Paul Hackett 1998 Kansas City Chiefs assistant John Robinson 1993 Los Angeles Rams Larry Smith 1987 Arizona Ted Tollner 1983 Southern Cal assistant John Robinson 1976 Oakland Raiders assistant John McKay 1960 Southern Cal assistant Don Clark 1957 Southern Cal assistant Jeff Cravath 1942 Southern Cal assistant NORTH CAROLINA STATE 53.8 percent Dave Doeren 2013 Northern Illinois Tom O’Brien 2007 Boston College Chuck Amato 2000 Florida State assistant Mike O’Cain 1993 North Carolina State assistant Dick Sheridan 1986 Furman Tom Reed 1983 Miami-Ohio Monte Kiffin 1980 Arkansas assistant Bo Rein 1976 Arkansas assistant Lou Holtz 1972 William & Mary Al Michaels 1971 North Carolina State assistant Earle Edwards 1954 MichiganState assistant Horace Hendrickson 1952 North Carolina State assistant Beattie Feathers 1944 Appalachian State* COLORADO 53.8 percent Mike MacIntyre 2013 San Jose State Jon Embree 2010 Washington Redskins assistant Dan Hawkins 2006 Boise State Gary Barnett 1999 Northwestern Rick Neuheisel 1995 Colorado assistant Bill McCartney 1982 Michigan assistant Chuck Fairbanks 1979 New England Patriots Bill Mallory 1974 Miami-Ohio Eddie Crowder 1963 Oklahoma assistant Bud Davis 1962 Colorado administrator Sonny Grandelius 1959 MichiganState assistant Dal Ward 1948 Minnesota assistant Jim Yeager 1941 IowaState OREGON STATE 50 percent Mike Riley 2003 New Orleans Saints assistant Dennis Erickson 1999 Seattle Seahawks Mike Riley 1997 Southern Cal assistant Jerry Pettibone 1991 Northern Illinois Dave Kragthorpe 1985 IdahoState Joe Avezzano 1980 Tennessee assistant Craig Fertig 1976 Southern Cal assistant Dee Andros 1965 Idaho Tommy Prothro 1955 UCLA assistant Kip Taylor 1949 Michigan State Lon Stiner 1933 Oregon State assistant ARIZONA 50 percent Rich Rodriguez 2012 Michigan Mike Stoops 2004 Oklahoma assistant John Mackovic 2001 Texas** Dick Tomey 1987 Hawaii Larry Smith 1980 Tulane Tony Mason 1977 Cincinnati Jim Young 1973 Michigan assistant Bob Weber 1969 Arizona assistant Darrell Mudra 1967 Montreal Alouettes Jim LaRue 1959 Houston assistant coach Ed Doherty 1957 Philadelphia Eagles assistant Warren Woodson 1952 Hardin-Simmons Robert Winslow 1949 Southern Cal assistant Miles Casteel 1939 Michigan State assistant MARYLAND 50 percent Randy Edsall 2011 Connecticut Ralph Fridgen 2001 Georgia Tech assistant Ron Vanderlinden 1997 Northwestern assistant Mark Duffner 1992 Holy Cross Joe Krivak 1987 Maryland assistant Bobby Ross 1982 Kansas City Chiefs assistant Jerry Claiborne 1972 Virginia Tech* Roy Lester 1969 Rockville Montgomery High School Bob Ward 1967 Army assistant Lou Saban 1966 Buffalo Bills Tom Nugent 1959 Florida State Tommy Mont 1956 Maryland assistant Jim Tatum 1947 Oklahoma Clark Shaughnessy 1946 Pittsburgh WISCONSIN 50 percent Gary Andersen 2013 Utah State Bret Bielema 2006 Wisconsin assistant Barry Alvarez 1990 Notre Dame assistant Don Morton 1987 Tulsa Dave McClain 1978 Ball State John Jardine 1970 UCLA assistant John Coatta 1967 Wisconsin assistant Milt Bruhn 1956 Wisconsin assistant Ivy Williamson 1949 Lafayette Harry Stuhldreher 1936 Villanova PENN STATE 50 percent James Franklin 2014 Vanderbilt Bill O’Brien 2012 New England Patriots assistant Joe Paterno 1966 Penn State assistant Rip Engle 1950 Brown FLORIDA 50 percent Will Muschamp 2011 Texas assistant Urban Meyer 2005 Utah Ron Zook 2002 New Orleans Saints assistant Steve Spurrier 1990 Duke Galen Hall 1984 Florida assistant Charley Pell 1979 Clemson Doug Dickey 1970 Tennessee Ray Graves 1960 Georgia Tech assistant Bob Woodruff 1950 Baylor Bear Wolf 1946 Navy Pre-Flight KANSAS 46.4 percent Charlie Weis 2012 Florida assistant Turner Gill 2010 Buffalo Mark Mangino 2002 Oklahoma assistant Terry Allen 1997 Missouri State Glen Mason 1988 Kent State Bob Valesente 1986 Kansas assistant Mike Gottfried 1983 Cincinnati Don Fambrough 1979 retired Bud Moore 1975 Alabama Don Fambrough 1971 Kansas assistant Pepper Rodgers 1967 UCLA assistant Jack Mitchell 1958 Arkansas Chuck Mather 1954 Massillon Washington HS Jules Sikes 1948 Georgia assistant MIAMI 45.8 percent Al Golden 2011 Temple Randy Shannon 2007 Miami assistant Larry Coker 2001 Miami assistant Butch Davis 1995 Dallas Cowboys assistant Dennis Erickson 1989 Washington State Jimmy Johnson 1984 Oklahoma State Howard Schnellenberger 1979 Miami Dolphins assistant Lou Saban 1977 Buffalo Bills Pete Elliott 1973 retired Fran Curci 1971 Tampa Charlie Tate 1964 Georgia Tech assistant Andy Gustafson 1948 Army assistant TEXAS A&M 45.8 percent Kevin Sumlin 2012 Houston Mike Sherman 2008 Houston Texans assistant Dennis Franchione 2003 Alabama R.C. Slocum 1989 Texas A&M assistant Jackie Sherrill 1982 Pittsburgh Tom Wilson 1978 Texas A&M assistant Emory Bellard 1972 Texas assistant Gene Stallings 1965 Alabama assistant Henry Foldberg 1962 Wichita State Jim Myers 1958 Iowa State Bear Bryant 1954 Kentucky Ray George 1951 Southern Cal assistant NORTH CAROLINA 45.5 percent Larry Fedora 2012 Southern Miss Butch Davis 2007 Cleveland Browns** John Bunting 2001 New Orleans Saints assistant Carl Torbush 1997 North Carolina assistant Mack Brown 1988 Tulane Dick Crum 1987 Miami-Ohio Bill Dooley 1967 Georgia assistant Jim Hickey 1959 North Carolina assistant Jim Tatum 1956 Maryland George Barclay 1953 North Carolina assistant Carl Snavely 1934 Bucknell TENNESSEE 45.4 percent Butch Jones 2013 Cincinnati Derek Dooley 2010 Louisiana Tech Lane Kiffin 2009 Oakland Raiders Phil Fulmer 1992 Tennessee assistant Johnny Majors 1977 Pittsburgh Bill Battle 1970 Tennessee assistant Doug Dickey 1964 Arkansas assistant Jim McDonald 1963 Tennessee assistant Bowden Wyatt 1955 Arkansas Harvey Robinson 1953 Tennessee assistant Robert Neyland 1926 Tennessee assistant GEORGIA TECH 45 percent Paul Johnson 2008 Navy Chan Gailey 2002 Miami Dolphins assistant George O’Leary 1994 San Diego Chargers assistant Bill Lewis 1992 East Carolina Bobby Ross 1987 Maryland Bill Curry 1980 Green Bay Packers assistant Pepper Rodgers 1974 UCLA Bull Fulcher 1972 Tampa Bud Carson 1967 Georgia Tech assistant Bobby Dodd 1945 Georgia Tech assistant MICHIGAN 45 percent Brady Hoke 2011 San Diego State Rich Rodriguez 2008 West Virginia Lloyd Carr 1995 Michigan assistant Gary Moeller 1990 Michigan assistant Bo Schembechler 1969 Miami-Ohio Bump Elliott 1959 Michigan assistant Bennie Oosterbaan 1948 Michigan assistant Fritz Crisler 1938 Princeton IOWA 44.4 percent Kirk Ferentz, 1999, Baltimore Ravens assistant Hayden Fry, 1979, North Texas Bob Commings, 1974, Massillon Washington High School Frank Lauterbur, 1971, Toledo Ray Nagel, 1966, Utah Jerry Burns, 1961, Iowa assistant Forest Evashevski, 1952, Washington State Leonard Raffensperger, 1950, Iowa assistant Eddiel Anderson, 1939, Holy Cross INDIANA 42.3 percent Kevin Wilson,2011, Oklahoma assistant Bill Lynch, 2007, Indiana assistant Terry Hoeppner, 2005, Miami-Ohio Gerry DiNardo, 2002, Birmingham Thunderbolts Cam Cameron,1997, Washington Redskins assistant Bill Mallory, 1984, Northern Illinois Sam Wyche, 1983, San Francisco 49ers assistant Lee Corso, 1973, Louisville John Pont, 1965, Yale Phil Dickens, 1958, Wyoming Bob Hicks, 1957, Wyoming assistant Bernie Crimmins, 1952, Notre Dame assistant Clyde Smith, 1948, Wisconsin-La Crosse Bo McMillin, 1934, Kansas State DUKE 41.6 percent David Cutcliffe 2008 Tennessee assistant Ted Roof 2003 Duke assistant Carl Franks 1999 Florida assistant Fred Goldsmith 1994 Rice Barry Wilson 1990 Duke assistant Steve Spurrier 1987 Tampa Bay Bandits* Steve Sloan 1983 Ole Miss Shirley Wilson 1979 Duke assistant Mike McGee 1971 East Carolina Tom Harp 1966 Cornell Bill Murray 1951 Delaware Wallace Wade 1931 Alabama WASHINGTON 40.9 percent Chris Petersen 2014 Boise State Steve Sarkisian 2009 Southern Cal assistant Tyrone Willingham 2005 Notre Dame Keith Gilbertson 2003 Washington assistant Rick Neuheisel 1999 Colorado Jim Lambright 1993 Washington assistant Don James 1975 Kent State Jim Owens 1957 Texas A&M assistant Darrell Royal 1956 Mississippi State John Cherberg 1953 Washington assistant Howard Odell 1948 Yale MICHIGAN STATE 40 percent Mark Dantonio 2007 Cincinnati John L. Smith 2003 Utah State Bobby Williams 2000 Michigan State assistant Nick Saban 1995 Cleveland Browns assistant George Perles 1982 Philadelphia Stars Muddy Waters 1980 Saginaw Valley State Darryl Rogers 1976 San Jose State Denny Stolz 1973 Michigan State assistant Duffy Daugherty 1954 Michigan State assistant Biggie Munn 1946 Syracuse SOUTH CAROLINA 40 percent Steve Spurrier 2005 Washingon Redskins* Lou Holtz 1999 Notre Dame** Brad Scott 1994 Florida State assistant Sparky Woods 1989 Appalachian State Joe Morrison 1983 New Mexico Richard Bell 1982 South Carolina assistant Jim Carlen 1975 Texas Tech Paul Dietzel 1966 Army Marvin Bass 1961 Georgia Tech assistant Warren Giese 1956 Maryland assistant ARIZONA STATE 38.5 percent Todd Graham 2012 Pittsburgh Dennis Erickson 2007 Idaho Dirk Koetter 2001 Boise State Bruce Snyder 1992 California Larry Marmie 1988 Arizona State assistant John Cooper 1985 Tulsa Darryl Rogers 1980 Michigan State Frank Kush 1958 Arizona State assistant Dan Devine 1955 Michigan State assistant Clyde Smith 1952 Indiana Larry Siemering 1951 Pacific Ed Doherty 1947 Notre Dame assistant Steve Coutchie 1946 Mesa High School NOTRE DAME 33.3 percent Brian Kelly 2010 Cincinnati Charlie Weis 2005 New England Patriots assistant Tyrone Willingham 2002 Stanford George O’Leary 2002 Georgia Tech Bob Davie 1997 Notre Dame assistant Lou Holtz 1986 Minnesota Gerry Faust 1981 Cincinnati Moeller High School Dan Devine 1975 Green Bay Packers Ara Parseghian 1964 Northwestern Joe Kuharich 1959 Washington Redskins Terry Brennan 1953 Notre Dame assistant Frank Leahy 1941 Boston College MISSOURI 33.3 percent Gary Pinkel 2001 Toledo Larry Smith 1994 Southern Cal** Bob Stull 1989 Texas-El Paso Woody Widenhofer 1985 Oklahoma Outlaws Warren Powers 1978 Nebraska assistant Al Onofrio 1971 Missouri assistant Dan Devine 1958 Arizona State Frank Broyles 1957 Georgia Tech assistant Don Faurot 1935 Truman State AUBURN 28.3 percent Gus Malzahn 2013 Arkansas State Gene Chizik 2009 Iowa State Tommy Tuberville 1999 Ole Miss Terry Bowden 1993 Samford Pat Dye 1981 Wyoming Doug Barfield 1976 Auburn assistant Shug Jordan 1951 Georgia assistant OHIO STATE 25 percent Urban Meyer 2012 Florida* Luck Fickell 2011 Ohio State assistant Jim Tressel 2001 Youngstown State John Cooper 1988 Arizona State Earle Bruce 1979 Iowa State Woody Hayes 1954 Miami-Ohio Wes Fesler 1947 Pitt Paul Bixler 1946 Ohio State assistant TEXAS 22.2% Charlie Strong 2014 Louisville Mack Brown 1998 North Carolina John Mackovic 1992 Illinois David McWilliams 1987 Texas Tech Fred Akers 1977 Wyoming Darrell Royal 1957 Washington Ed Price 1951 Texas assistant Blair Cherry 1947 Texas assistant Dana X. Bible 1937 Nebraska ALABAMA 18.2 percent Nick Saban 2007 Miami Dolphins Mike Shula 2003 Miami Dolphins assistant Mike Price 2003 Washington State Dennis Franchione 2001 TCU Mike DuBose 1997 Alabama assistant Gene Stallings 1990 Phoenix Cardinals Bill Curry 1987 Georgia Tech Ray Perkins 1983 New York Giants Bear Bryant 1958 Texas A&M J.B. Whitworth 1955 Oklahoma State Red Drew 1947 Ole Miss MINNESOTA 18.1 percent Jerry Kill, 2011, Northern Illinois Tim Brewster, 2007, Denver Broncos assistant Glen Mason,1997, Kansas Jim Wacker, 1992, TCU John Gutekunst, 1986, Minnesota assistant Lou Holtz, 1984, Arkansas Joe Salem, 1979, Northern Arizona Cal Stoll, 1972, Wake Forest Murray ‘Warmath, 1954, Mississippi State Wes Fesler, 1951, Ohio State Bernie Bierman, 1932, Tulane ARKANSAS 9.1 percent Bret Bielema 2013 Wisconsin Bobby Petrino 2008 Atlanta Falcons Houston Nutt 1998 Boise State Danny Ford 1993 Clemson** Jack Crowe 1990 Arkansas assistant Ken Hatfield 1984 Air Force Lou Holtz 1977 New York Jets Frank Broyles 1958 Missouri Jack Mitchell 1955 Wichita state Bowden Wyatt 1953 Wyoming Otis Douglas 1950 Drexel
Jan 13, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's top rusher and top two receivers are entering the NFL draft, along with one of the Tigers' starting offensive linemen.In separate announcements Monday, sophomore running back Jeremy Hill, junior receiver Jarvis Landry and sophomore right guard Trai Turner have confirmed their intentions to turn pro. LSU also confirmed receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s decision.Hill...
LSU's Hill, Landry, Beckham and Turner turning pro
Associated Press | Jan 13, 2014BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's top rusher and top two receivers are entering the NFL draft, along with one of the Tigers' starting offensive linemen. In separate announcements Monday, sophomore running back Jeremy Hill, junior receiver Jarvis Landry and sophomore right guard Trai Turner have confirmed their intentions to turn pro. LSU also confirmed receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s decision. Hill has played two seasons at LSU and was the Tigers' leading rusher each season. "I am a Tiger for life. I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, coaches and family. This decision has been very difficult for me," Hill wrote on a social media account that was verified by LSU's chief athletic spokesman Michael Bonnette. "With all of that being said, I have decided to forego my Junior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft." Landry was expected to turn pro after racking up 1,193 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns in his third season, and finally released his decision through a short written statement released by LSU. "It's has been the best three years of my life," Landry said of his time at LSU. "I will always be a Tiger." Beckham, a junior, had 1,152 yards and eight TDs receiving, and together he and Landry accounted 2,345 of the 3,263 yards receiving LSU had as a team. Beckham also was LSU's primary kick and punt returner, and even returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a score. Turner has started at right guard since the middle of 2012, his redshirt freshman year, and leaves with two years of eligibility left. Hill rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, including a 216-yard, two-touchdown performance in LSU's 21-14 victory over Iowa in the Outback Bowl. In a statement issued by his agent, Peter Schaffer, Turner said he "loved every minute" at LSU and came to his decision "after lengthy, serious consideration with my family and coaches." Turner said coach Les Miles and his offensive staff "prepared me for this extraordinary opportunity and are supporting me in my decision." Hill's college career was delayed one season by criminal charges stemming from his sexual relationship with a girl at his Baton Rouge high school, which resulted in a misdemeanor plea and two years' probation. Then last spring, he was caught on video punching a fellow LSU student outside a bar, resulting in more charges and a suspension from the team. That led to an additional misdemeanor plea, but a state judge in August allowed him to remain on probation — albeit under a curfew, bar-ban and other restrictions — and Miles allowed Hill to return to the Tigers for fall practice. Miles disciplined Hill by not allowing him to play in the season-opener in Dallas against TCU, which LSU won without him. Hill returned in the second game of the season and quickly earned back his starting job. Hill waited about two weeks after LSU's season ended to make his announcement. Had he decided to come back, the Tigers would have welcomed that, given the uncertainty surrounding their passing game because of the departures of senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger and turnover at receiver. But LSU's running game is still expected to be formidable with the arrival of Leonard Fournette and the return of Terrence Magee, who rushed for 644 yards and eight TDs on only 86 carries — an average of 7.3 yards per carry. Fournette, who starred in high school for St. Augustine in New Orleans and was selected Louisiana's 2013 Mr. Football, announced on Jan. 2 he'd attend LSU. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette was widely considered the top high school running back in the country this past fall, and had narrowed his choices to LSU, Alabama and Texas before ultimately announcing his intention to join the Tigers.
Jan 8, 2014
Johnny Football is heading to the NFL.Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday following two spectacular seasons in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and helped the Aggies make a splash in their first two years in the Southeastern Conference."After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates, and coaches, I have decided to...
Manziel leaving Texas A&M for NFL draft
KRISTIE RIEKEN, Associated Press | Jan 8, 2014Johnny Football is heading to the NFL. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday following two spectacular seasons in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and helped the Aggies make a splash in their first two years in the Southeastern Conference. "After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates, and coaches, I have decided to make myself available for the 2014 NFL draft," Manziel said in a letter posted online by the university. "The decision was not an easy one, but we all felt this was the right time to make the next step toward a professional career." Some NFL draft analysts have Manziel ranked as high as the third overall pick in mock drafts. In a style befitting his record-setting career, Manziel led the Aggies to a 52-48 come-from-behind win over Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve in his final college game. Texas A&M trailed 38-17 at halftime before Manziel guided them to the victory by finishing with 382 yards passing with four TD tosses and 73 yards rushing and another score. "In all of my years of coaching, Johnny Manziel is the most exciting football player I have ever seen," A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We appreciate everything he has done for Texas A&M and Aggie football and wish him nothing but the best." Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman in 2012 after setting numerous school and SEC records while leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and a victory over No. 1 Alabama in its first season in the SEC. His dynamic play created a frenzy and pushed him into a stratosphere of celebrity that few college athletes have reached. That began to cause problems since Manziel, who is from Kerrville, Texas, still had three years of eligibility remaining. He followed his Heisman-winning season with a high-profile offseason of road trips to Las Vegas and the NBA Finals. Manziel met Heat star LeBron James and rapper Drake, and he posted some tweets that made headlines. One that brought the ire of Aggie fans was when he said he "couldn't wait" to get out of College Station. His most embarrassing blunder came during the summer when he departed early from a quarterback camp for high school players run by the Manning family in Louisiana. Manziel said it was a mutual decision after he overslept and missed meetings and activities. Manziel's trouble continued when he got back to football. He was suspended for the first half of the Aggies' season opener against Rice for what the school said was an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules. He was investigated for allegedly accepting money for autographs from memorabilia brokers, a violation of NCAA rules that could have led to a much longer suspension. The Aggies were supposed to contend for a national title in Manziel's encore. But another standout season by the dynamic quarterback wasn't enough to overcome a porous defense that was among the worst in the nation. Texas A&M finished 9-4. Manziel shook off his early season drama to lead the SEC with 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns and he topped the team in rushing with 759 yards and nine more scores. He threw more touchdown passes, had more yards passing, a better completion percentage and averaged more yards an attempt than he did in 2012. Manziel set an SEC record with 5,116 yards of total offense in 2012 also led the SEC in total offense in 2013. Manziel was again a finalist for the Heisman in 2013, but Jameis Winston stole his thunder with a season much like Manziel's a year before to take home the award to Florida State. Manziel finished fifth. Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton tweeted about Manziel following the announcement. "Would love to see Johnny Manziel in a Vikings uniform. This guy is the real deal. He will be a big time player on Sundays," Tarkenton tweeted. The Vikings have the eighth overall pick in the draft. The Houston Texans, who play about 100 miles from College Station, have the No. 1 pick in the draft and need a quarterback, though most mock drafts have Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater going No. 1. Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons tweeted good luck to Manziel in the draft Wednesday and finished the tweet with: "Texans??"