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One day last month, Chicago State basketball coach Tracy Dildy was sitting in his basement office, reminiscing about the sweet long ago of Chicago college basketball with two of the biggest stars of that era.They were talking about the late 1970s and early 1980s, when DePaul basketball was by far the biggest sports story in the city, Loyola was beginning a string of successful seasons,...
After years of irrelevance, can college basketball in Chicago be revived?
By Philip Hersh, Associated Press | Nov 13, 2015One day last month, Chicago State basketball coach Tracy Dildy was sitting in his basement office, reminiscing about the sweet long ago of Chicago college basketball with two of the biggest stars of that era. They were talking about the late 1970s and early 1980s, when DePaul basketball was by far the biggest sports story in the city, Loyola was beginning a string of successful seasons, Illinois-Chicago was making a solid start as a Division I team and Chicago State was putting together such a strong NAIA record, it soon would move to the top NCAA division as well. The two former players in the office, Mark Aguirre (Westinghouse/DePaul) and Darius Clemons (Phillips/Loyola), were Chicago Public League products who had allowed their schools to stand tall in a winter sports landscape when the Bulls and Blackhawks were lost in the snowdrifts. “Back then, the kids coming out of high school had pride about wanting to represent their city,” Dildy said. “Mark’s sophomore year, DePaul had an entire great team from Chicago. Because of Darius, Chicago guys like Carl Golston, Greg Williams, Tim Bankston and Alfredrick Hughes went to Loyola.” The discussion soon turned from the happy past to the bleak present and the long, seemingly futile struggle to recapture the glory days of men’s college basketball in Chicago. This is a city that loves basketball and whose high schools produce one college star after another — for places like Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Memphis. Yet it has been more than a decade — and most of the last 25 seasons — since one of the four men’s Division I programs at schools with campuses in the city has had a team that compelled the attention of Chicago sports fans. The record is stark: Since 1991, the four teams have made a combined four NCAA Tournament appearances, two by DePaul and two by UIC, most recently in 2004 for each. Chicago State has had one winning season in those 24, Loyola just five. UIC has six straight losing conference seasons, DePaul and Loyola eight straight. Average home attendance at the schools last season numbered 411 (Chicago State), 1,745 (Loyola), 2,913 (UIC) and 6,238 (DePaul). The arenas they play in have capacities ranging from 4,963 to 18,500. “Success and non-success is cyclical,” said Dave Leitao, beginning his second go-round as DePaul’s coach this season. “But if all four are in a down cycle at the same time, you scratch your head and wonder why.” ——— The head-scratching extends across the city’s northern border to Northwestern, which never has made the NCAA Tournament, even if the Wildcats essentially are sui generis: a school with formidable academic standards in a Power Five conference and the only Division I school in the area with a football team. At the other four, basketball is the sport. “We want to be relevant in college basketball,” said fifth-year Loyola coach Porter Moser, an honest admission that his team, like the other three in Chicago, remains largely irrelevant in the city and beyond. That each school plays in a different conference makes their all being down so long together even more perplexing. There are few evident answers, save this one: Chicago-area high school players such as Aguirre and Clemons, those who might be “one-and-dones” in this era (one year of college, then the NBA draft), no longer think of staying home for college. “That’s on us as coaches,” Dildy said. “It should be easier to convince a guy who isn’t going to stay more than six months in college to stay home.” According to basketball-reference.com, Illinois high schools have produced more NBA and ABA players (253) than any state but California (417) and New York (326). Of the Illinois players, 113 went to Chicago high schools and nearly 50 more to Chicago-area schools. “At the end of the day, for our colleges to get national prominence, we need to keep our best players,” Whitney Young High School coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “Until we get the first one, that is going to be a challenge.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) It has become more difficult in the one-and-done era, which began in 2006 by allowing U.S. players to declare for the NBA draft only if they were 19 during the calendar year of the draft and one year out of high school. Before that, players could go to the NBA directly from high school, with no college or foreign way station. One-and-done prospects have gravitated toward colleges with marquee programs. The last Chicago-area players with lengthy NBA careers who also played college basketball in the city were Quentin Richardson (Young), Bobby Simmons (Simeon) and Steven Hunter (Proviso East), who were at DePaul from 1998 through 2001 — not all for that entire period, but each for at least two seasons. In those three seasons, the Blue Demons had an NCAA Tournament and an NIT appearance. “All I know is when I was growing up, I was going to the school that had the most interest in me, and that was Cal (then-Memphis coach John Calipari, now at Kentucky),” said the Bulls’ Derrick Rose (Simeon, Class of 2007). Rose would play a season for Calipari at Memphis. Other recent one-and-dones Jahlil Okafor (Young) and Jabari Parker (Simeon) went to Duke, Anthony Davis (Perspectives Charter) to Kentucky, Cliff Alexander (Curie) to Kansas. “Any one of those guys could change a loser into a winner,” said Aguirre, a national player of the year at DePaul and No. 1 pick in the NBA draft who averaged 20 points over 13 NBA seasons, made three All-Star teams and won two NBA titles. And the fan appeal of having a Chicago high school star become a standout at a local college, even for just one season, cannot be underestimated. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) “It’s a tough sell when you’re going up against Duke or North Carolina or Kentucky,” Simeon Career Academy coach Robert Smith said. “But if you get one or two guys to buy in, others will do it.” ——— That is how it was with Aguirre. As a freshman, he helped DePaul get to the Final Four in 1978 and made coach Ray Meyer into America’s grandfather. As a sophomore, he had a Chicago Public League all-star team playing with him for the Blue Demons, a group that included Terry Cummings (Carver), who would be the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and a two-time All-Star in 18 seasons. “Ray Meyer was the best thing that ever happened to Chicago college sports,” said Dildy, who went to King, played at UIC and spent 1997 to 2002 on the DePaul coaching staff. To any current Chicago high school player, even Aguirre’s name may not be well-known. And the idea of DePaul being bigger than the Bulls or Blackhawks may seem unbelievable. You had to be there. “By the time the Sun-Times made me DePaul’s beat writer for 1980-81, it was the most talked-about team in town, maybe the most talked-about in the whole USA,” said Mike Downey, later a Tribune columnist. “You heard a lot more people talking about the DePaul Blue Demons than the Duke Blue Devils.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) The story was so compelling: the school under the L tracks, with the lovable teddy bear of a coach who had coached game-changing center George Mikan at DePaul in the 1940s — what seemed like the peach-basket era. “The city couldn’t get enough of the Blue Demons … and pretty soon the national press picked up on it,” said John Schulian, then a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. “(Michael) Jordan would change all that — Jordan and the ’85 Bears and the Ozzie Guillen White Sox and now the Blackhawks. DePaul got there before all of them.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) But, save the two-decade continuation of the Meyer lineage under Ray’s son, Joey, the Blue Demons have had no consistent head-turning success since 1992, and the same fate has befallen their Chicago brethren. The prolonged down cycle has led the four schools to make six coaching changes in the last six years, with DePaul and UIC switching coaches twice. Dildy, beginning his sixth year playing Sisyphus at Chicago State, is the dean of the local Division I coaches and the one whose team has won a conference tournament. Loyola’s Moser seems to have his program closest to sustained success after winning 24 games last season. “Are we over the hump? Not my personal hump,” Moser said. “I think we’re over the hump of people not looking our direction in recruiting.” His current team includes two top players (if not one-and-done level) from Chicago: junior Milton Doyle of Marshall, who transferred home from Kansas before his freshman season, and sophomore Donte Ingram of Simeon. “The legacy of Kansas basketball is so great, it’s a no-brainer for any high school player to want an environment like that,” Doyle said, explaining his original choice. “But I got a little homesick. Transferring to Loyola, the thing we talked about was my coming here and changing a program, kind of putting it on my back, wanting to be a part of building a legacy.” Or, as Moser put it: “It’s not about making a statement on signing day, it’s about making a statement on game days. I don’t know how much of a splash Milton would have made at Kansas, but he has made a big splash here at Loyola.” ——— In the end, of course, it is all about recruiting. In the days before ESPN became a player in college basketball beginning in 1979 and taking off in the mid-1980s, DePaul had an enormous advantage in the city and beyond because nearly all of its games were telecast on WGN, which aired in many major markets. That exposure to the Aguirre-Cummings teams helped lure Tyrone Corbin from Columbia, S.C., and Rod Strickland from New York, both of whom went on to long NBA careers after playing in several NCAA Tournaments for DePaul in the 1980s. “ESPN became everybody’s WGN,” Joey Meyer said. “That neutralized our advantage.” Loyola has the distinction of being the only Illinois school to win an NCAA Division I title, but that was 52 years ago. The title is something to celebrate with pride, but it has little impact on current high school players, who weren’t even born when Jordan finished turning Chicago into the center of the basketball universe by winning his last of six NBA titles with the Bulls in 1998. Now the main things top recruits look at are NCAA Tournament appearances, won-lost records and, for better or worse, the performance of one-and-done players — even if such draft prospects are illusory for nearly all high school players, no matter what fast-talking agents, coaches and hangers-on may say. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) “Somebody is going to dare to stay home, but they need a specific reason other than just staying home,” said Leitao, coach of the Blue Demons’ last NCAA Tournament team. “DePaul not being successful (recently) gives them a reason not to.” Beginning with the year before Aguirre’s arrival, DePaul, then an independent, made the NCAA Tournament 13 times in 15 seasons. Clemons, Loyola’s all-time assists leader, followed three years later by Robeson’s Hughes, a first-round NBA draft pick, sparked a turnaround under coach Gene Sullivan that got the Ramblers to the Sweet 16 in 1985 — their last NCAA Tournament appearance. “It’s a Catch-22,” Leitao said. “You’ve got to show success to gain the kind of recruits you need to sustain success, and you need those recruits to show success. “You are trying to sell the abstract, something for tomorrow, to 17- and 18-year olds who rely on the tangible, the here and now. That’s the challenge, and it’s not unique to me.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) To Aguirre, it is not about getting the five-star recruit to build around but starting with less highly touted players who can attract the five-star, the way Ray Meyer had done with Dave Corzine and Gary Garland and Joe Ponsetto in the two seasons before Aguirre arrived. “I’d love to stand in front of all my backers and say we’re in the mix for an Okafor, but that’s not the reality,” Moser said. Both Moser and first-year UIC coach Steve McClain said many local high school coaches told them Loyola and UIC had not been visible enough on the recruiting trail for less-hyped players, especially in visiting high schools that might not have a potential recruit at the moment. That’s why McClain and his assistants visited 42 area high schools in the four days after he was named coach on March 25. In early May, McClain signed Dominique Matthews of St. Rita, whom ESPN.com had called the No. 1 shooting guard in Illinois in 2014. He spent a year at a prep school and seemed on his way to Ole Miss before choosing UIC. “Coach McClain came in and sold Dominique on staying home and jump-starting the program,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. Moser has brought area coaches to Loyola to show them a largely undiscovered campus that Cosmopolitan recently ranked seventh on a list of the 18 most beautiful college campuses in America. It is a lakefront campus that Benet grad Moser said he had no idea existed when he played in the Loyola Park summer league or coached Illinois State teams at Loyola. “We wanted to be an option for these kids to stay home,” Moser said. “Kids in the area were automatically looking outside the city. They had it in their mind, ‘They haven’t won in so long.’ “Breaking perceptions is harder than people think. We feel we have made a crack in the perception of what Loyola basketball can be in the city.” McClain believes all of the Chicago Division I schools will benefit if they all have success by “helping the perception of basketball in Chicago at all levels.” “Is it possible for all of us to be good at the same time? Probably not,” McClain said. “There is no question we can build these programs back to where — I’m not saying great — but very respectable, at the top part of our leagues, with the chance to win conference championships and go to the NCAA Tournament.” (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) A successful DePaul team would find the road to the tournament easier than the others. Its conference, the Big East, had six NCAA entries last year. The Missouri Valley (Loyola) and Western Athletic (Chicago State) had two each, the Horizon League (UIC) just one. DePaul is counting on a new arena at McCormick Place to be a game-changer after it opens for the 2017-18 season. “With DePaul building the new gym at McCormick, that may change some guys’ minds about going there,” Rose said. “It’s huge for the city.” The city’s Division I coaches think an early-season tournament there involving all four schools would be good for everyone. “To stay in Chicago and build a program in Chicago is a huge thing,” said Aguirre, 55, a customer relations executive for AAR, an aviation services company headquartered in Wood Dale. “Every (high school) kid that had a big name and stayed has done that. “This is a great basketball town. Who wouldn’t want to play in Chicago?” ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000040506,t000003278,t000404471,t000391287,t000391277,g000216305,g000065560,g000362661,g000066164,g000065634,g000065650
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 12, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 12, 2015
Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday.
OU football journal: Jordan Thomas says ‘playoffs have already started’
By Ryan Aber | Nov 12, 2015Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday. “This is what you live for,” Sooners center Ty Darlington said. “This is what you play for right here. This is like high school playoffs. I feel like I'm back in high school and it's one at a time. The next one doesn't matter without the first one and we can't look past or look ahead to anything. Even though we know there are gonna be some big ones coming, this one is so huge, and there's not gonna be anything more important than this game. “And I guarantee you, they will get our absolute best shot with all the preparation and intensity and focus that we can muster. Cornerback Jordan Thomas said there's been a different feel in practice this week. “In reality in the Big 12, the playoffs have already started with these last three games with us, Baylor, TCU and Okie State,” Thomas said. “This is the playoffs. There's no need to get anyone fired up for these practices. We're out there flying around and having fun. But also, we're focused.” STOOPS: BLOCKING TO BLAME FOR KICK RETURN WOES Last season, Alex Ross was one of the nation's top kick returners. He averaged 31.2 yards per return, had two return touchdowns and earned All-America honors from some outlets for his kick return prowess. This season, he's averaging 17.5 yards per return and has yet to have a return longer than 28 yards. “Blocking,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said when asked about the reason for the struggles. We're teaching the same schemes that have been so successful for us not just last year, for several years. “We just haven't been able to execute it quite as well on the field with the players. We continue to push it and try and work it.” STRIKER NAMED LOTT SEMIFINALIST Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is one of nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, recognizing college football's top defensive player who exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The award is named after hall of famer Ronnie Lott. Striker has 40 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery so far this season. Striker is one of two Big 12 players on the list of semifinalists. Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is the other. Other semifinalists include Duke's Jeremy Cash, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, Temple's Tyler Matakevich, Penn State's Carl Nassib, Ohio State's Joshua Perry, Florida State's Jaylen Ramsey and Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith. The award winner will be announced Dec. 13 at the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runners up.
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class...
High school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Nov 7, 2015Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m. Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville Pryor at Skiatook Ardmore at Deer Creek Del City at McGuinness Tahlequah at McAlester Tulsa Memorial at Coweta Guthrie at Altus Class 4A Bristow at Anadarko Cascia Hall at Sallisaw Broken Bow at Wagoner Clinton at Ada Weatherford at Tuttle Metro Christian at Oologah Tulsa McLain at Poteau Harrah at Cache Class 3A Blanchard at Heritage Hall, 7 p.m. Plainview at Seminole Sperry at Hilldale Seq. Tahlequah at Stigler Pauls Valley at Lone Grove Perkins-Tryon at Meeker Eufaula at Locust Grove Beggs at Berryhill Checotah at Lincoln Christian Idabel at Westville Kingfisher at John Marshall Purcell at Sulphur Seq. Claremore at Roland Verdigris at Victory Christian Marlow at Jones Douglass at Cushing Class 2A OCS at Chisholm Coalgate at Lindsay Henryetta at Vian Colcord at Nowata Lexington at Davis Tonkawa at Millwood Chelsea at Adair Panama at Stroud Antlers at Okemah Commerce at Haskell Alva at Luther Walters at Kingston Hulbert at Wyandotte Prague at Hartshorne Marietta at Washington CHA at Hennessey Class A Mangum at Mooreland Wynnewood at Healdton Watonga at Hominy Fairland at Central Sallisaw Rush Springs at Stratford Hooker at Carnegie Quinton at Rejoice Christian Drumright at Crescent Morrison at Cashion Porter at Ketchum Fairview at Hollis Velma-Alma at Minco Afton at Talihina OCA at Kiefer Wayne at Ringling Cordell at Thomas Class B Allen at Seiling Garber at Dewar Caddo at Davenport Turpin at Geary Laverne at Alex Weleetka at Depew Woodland at Keota Waurika at Pioneer Class C Duke at Cherokee Timberlake at Webbers Falls Cave Springs at Coyle Boise City at Tipton Waynoka at Grandfield Thackerville at Deer Creek-Lamont Bluejacket at Fox Corn Bible at Shattuck
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Back in 2000, Miami interim coach Larry Scott convinced himself that he was done with football. He was taking his degree from South Florida, going into the workforce and leaving the game behind for good.His goal was simple."To get rich quick," Scott said.So he got a job as a child protective investigator with a state agency that oversees at-risk kids. He enjoyed it,...
Scott took the long road to becoming Miami's coach
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Nov 5, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Back in 2000, Miami interim coach Larry Scott convinced himself that he was done with football. He was taking his degree from South Florida, going into the workforce and leaving the game behind for good. His goal was simple. "To get rich quick," Scott said. So he got a job as a child protective investigator with a state agency that oversees at-risk kids. He enjoyed it, but it wasn't long before the lure of the game pulled him back — and now, after rising through the ranks of high school assistant, to low-level assistant in the college game, to a position now and now the interim boss at Miami he's in charge of trying to save the 2015 Hurricanes' season. He's 1-0 in his new role, and looks to go 2-0 Saturday when Miami (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) can become bowl-eligible with a win over Virginia (3-5, 2-2) on the Hurricanes' homecoming weekend. "It's like he was born to do this," Miami safety Dallas Crawford said. That might not be too far from the truth. Scott's best friend growing up was the son of a varsity high school coach, so those boys were called upon to help with certain locker room duties — folding socks, putting together shoulder pads, tinkering with helmets. Some would call it menial labor but it's how Scott fell in love with football, and he's reaped the benefits ever since. "This game has been truly good to me," said the 38-year-old Scott. "If it wasn't for this game, I wouldn't be where I am now. I wouldn't have probably had a chance to go to college and play college athletics on a scholarship if it wasn't for the game of football. In the course of doing that I had an opportunity to meet my wife and have kids ... everything has come as a result of the opportunities that football has provided me." Make no mistake, though: He wasn't handed anything. His resume shows how many dues he paid along the way. He coached at three different high schools before returning to USF as its director of high school relations — where his skills as a recruiter started being forged. That was the first of five positions he held at South Florida before now-former Miami coach Al Golden brought him to the Hurricanes as tight ends coach in 2013. When Golden was fired last month, Miami athletic director Blake James quickly decided Scott was the right man to promote. And Scott's first win certainly didn't lack for drama, as the Hurricanes pulled off an eight-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the game to beat Duke 30-27. "Obviously, credit to Larry and all the coaches for really bringing the kids together," James said. "And credit to the kids. It was a great ending to a tough week." Virginia coach Mike London doesn't know Scott personally, and said he didn't see much of a schematic change from what Miami was doing under Golden to what the Hurricanes did with Scott in charge at Duke last weekend. "It's not like they went in and reinvented an offensive or defensive scheme," London said. "I'm quite sure that they've maybe limited the packages or whatever it might be. But still, they have very skillful players execute their plan." There is one change, Scott said. He felt that football wasn't fun for the Hurricanes, that they weren't enjoying it as they should. So he's being open with his emotions, hoping it helps the players be free with theirs. "A lot of my coaches always told me I was going to be a coach," Scott said. "I said, 'No way. No way.'" Scott changing his mind 15 years ago on that point is already paying dividends for the Hurricanes today.
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 3, 2015
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Corn Elder came to Miami as a running back and a point guard.These days, he's neither.And it's working out just fine.Elder is one of only three players at the FBS level this season to have returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown. The punt return, few probably remember. The kickoff return, his was the last part of the eight-lateral, hotly debated one that...
Elder coming into his own as a Miami big-play threat
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Nov 3, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Corn Elder came to Miami as a running back and a point guard. These days, he's neither. And it's working out just fine. Elder is one of only three players at the FBS level this season to have returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown. The punt return, few probably remember. The kickoff return, his was the last part of the eight-lateral, hotly debated one that lifted Miami to a 30-27 win over Duke last Saturday. "He's a phenomenal person," Miami interim coach Larry Scott said. "Like I've always been taught and has always been said to me, if you show me a good player, I'll show you a better person. That's what Corn is — he's a really good person first. So those characteristics come out and come through in everything that he does. That's why he always finds himself in those positions to make those plays." Elder's first return of the season saw him taking a punt back 72 yards for a score against Bethune-Cookman. He had an interception in overtime to help Miami beat Nebraska in a game where the Hurricanes escaped despite wasting a late 23-point lead. Then Saturday, he went 91 yards after the last of those laterals and gave Miami its almost-unbelievable win over Duke. How many times has he watched it? "Maybe 100," Elder said, grinning. The Atlantic Coast Conference said Sunday that the touchdown shouldn't have happened, ruling that a Miami player's knee was down on one of those laterals. A panel of reporters who cover the ACC, in voting results revealed the next day, gave Elder one of the league's player of the week awards anyway. "He's a tremendous athlete," Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya said. "He can make shots, dunk, all that stuff. He's a crazy athlete, just gifted. Blessed." Oddly enough, Elder — one of the best high school football and basketball players in Tennessee before enrolling at Miami, and someone who helped his teams win multiple state titles — was targeted as a cornerback because of what he showed Hurricane coaches on the basketball floor during the recruiting process. The lateral quickness needed to defend at point guard translates well to the skills needed to play cornerback. His success isn't a surprise to Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga. Elder tried being a two-sport athlete for the Hurricanes, but the schedule demands were ultimately too much. "I wish he was doing it for our basketball team," Larranaga said. "We need some help at the point guard position. ... You can see what he's done in football and the impact he's had there." Elder said he misses basketball, but doesn't regret choosing one sport over the other. But it seems like he made the right call, in that he's now the first Miami player with a kickoff return TD, punt return TD and an interception in the same season since longtime NFL star Devin Hester did it for the Hurricanes in 2004. As an added plus, he cemented a spot in Hurricane lore with that game-winning return against Duke. "It was a very emotional win," Elder said. NOTES: Kaaya (concussion) returned to practice on Tuesday, saying he still has more tests to complete before he can be cleared to play Saturday when Miami (5-3, 2-2 ACC) hosts to Virginia (3-5, 2-2). Backup QB Malik Rosier (undisclosed soreness) also practiced Tuesday, but the Hurricanes are listing both as questionable for now. If neither Kaaya nor Rosier can play, Miami would turn to either Vincent Testaverde or Evan Shirreffs, who flip-flopped last week for the next spot on the depth chart. ... Kaaya said he watched Saturday's game with teammates who were either injured or not on the travel roster. His reaction to the finish: "Some guys ran outside, screaming. Kids were trick-or-treating out on the street and looking at us weird. It was a great feeling."
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 22, 2015
The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had...
College football predictions: The American Conference riding high
Berry Tramel | Oct 22, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3889790[/img] The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had notable victories. Memphis beat Ole Miss last week. Temple beat Penn State. East Carolina beat Virginia Tech. Cincinnati beat Miami. The American is a respectable 7-14 against Power 5 conference teams plus Notre Dame and Brigham Young. That’s better than the ACC, which is a horrid 4-10 against that caliber of competition. The American is 4-3 straight up against the ACC. The updated standings, of Power-5 (plus Notre Dame and BYU) against each other: SEC 5-2, Independents 5-3, Big Ten 10-9, Pac-12 5-5, Big 12 4-4, ACC 4-10. Add in the American, and the standings are: SEC 8-3, Independents 8-3, Big 12 7-5, Pac-12 6-5, Big Ten 11-10, American 7-14, ACC 7-14. The strong showing by the American makes it likely that its champion will get the major bowl berth afforded to the Group of Five conferences without an automatic berth. It’s even conceivable that Memphis, if it can win out, could at least demand consideration for a national semifinal berth. At 13-0, with wins over Ole Miss, Houston, Cincinnati, Temple, Navy and whoever represents the American East in the conference title game, Memphis would at least have an argument. Let’s get to the predictions: Texas Tech at Oklahoma: Sooners 48-35. Red Raiders have played well in two straight trips to Owen Field, a 41-38 upset win in 2011, a 38-30 loss in 2013. Kansas at Oklahoma State: Cowboys 42-10. Jayhawks showed some life against Texas Tech last week, drawing within 23-20 late. Kansas State at Texas: Wildcats 23-19. Big 12 upset special.K-State historically has played great against the Longhorns, but can the ‘Cats recover from a 55-0 beatdown by OU last week? Iowa State at Baylor: Bears 69-14. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see Baylor in a real road game. Tennessee at Alabama: Crimson Tide 28-16. The Volunteers can physically match up with Bama, which is a big improvement. Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Aggies 29-27. Don’t look now, but the Rebels haven’t played well since beating Alabama. Struggled with Vanderbilt, lost to Florida and Memphis. Western Kentucky at LSU: Tigers 45-27. Don’t sleep on the Hilltoppers. They’re not bad, at 6-1 and averaging 51 points a game. Missouri at Vanderbilt: Tigers 19-6. Sleepy season for Mizzou. In a bad way. Kentucky at Mississippi State: Bulldogs 23-20. Mark Stoops has lost two conference heartbreaks, to Florida and Auburn; otherwise, UK might be the East Division favorite. Auburn at Arkansas: Razorbacks 26-17. Gus Malzahn returns to his roots, when he was head coach of high-flying Springdale High School, just down the road from Fayetteville. Northwestern at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 21-14. Nebraska just scrambling to make a bowl game, but the Wildcats have slumped, too. Wisconsin at Illinois: Badgers 26-14. Wisconsin needs help to win the Big Ten West. Notably, two losses by Iowa, which has an easy schedule. Ohio State at Rutgers: Buckeyes 41-14. Urban Meyer does funny things with his quarterbacks. Indiana at Michigan State: Spartans 49-24. Awful loss for IU and Kevin Wilson last week. Gave up 24 straight points in the final 18 minutes and lost to Rutgers 55-52. That’s no way to make a bowl game. Penn State at Maryland: Nittany Lions 25-10. Old Eastern rivalry, which doesn’t resonate much in the Big Ten. California at UCLA: Bruins 38-31. If UCLA is going to salvage its season, it has to start here. Utah at Southern Cal: Utes 34-17. Can you believe that USC is favored? Pay attention people. Pay attention. Washington at Stanford: Cardinal 27-17. Someone better beat Stanford and Utah soon, else both Pac-12 divisional races will be over before November. Colorado at Oregon State: Buffaloes 36-23. Glory, glory hallelujah. Colorado is not the worst team in the Pac-12. Washington State at Arizona: Wildcats 42-35. Mike Leach has the Cougars playing well. Rich Rodriguez can’t say the same about UofA. Florida State at Georgia Tech: Seminoles 26-10. Unbeaten ‘Noles have two road games after this — at Clemson, at Florida. Virginia at North Carolina: Tar Heels 33-14. Is UNC the worst one-loss team among the Power-5? Let’s see. Duke, Pitt, OU, Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M. I’ll vote for the Tar Heels. Duke at Virginia Tech: Blue Devils 30-14. You know, that David Cutcliffe might have a future in this business. Clemson at Miami: Hurricanes 27-21. Upset special. Miami has some talent, it just hasn’t produced a complete game. Could happen against the Tigers. North Carolina State at Wake Forest: Wolfpack 26-22. Wonder if this is any kind of in-state rivalry at all? Boston College at Louisville: Cardinals 20-10. The greatest argument against expansion to 14-team conferences is games like this and NC State-Wake. Pittsburgh at Syracuse: Panthers 22-14. Pitt is quietly having a solid season. Wagner at Brigham Young: Cougars 78-0. I’ll cut BYU some slack, since it has all kinds of scheduling problems. But Wagner is the team that lost to Columbia two weeks ago, ending the Lions’ 24-game losing streak. Connecticut at Cincinnati: Bearcats 41-14. How good is the American? Cincy is a solid team. Beat Miami. And UC is 0-2 in the American. Memphis at Tulsa: Tigers 51-21. Justin Fuente makes his return to Tulsa. You’d think Fuente could make some recruiting inroads at Union High School. Houston at Central Florida: Cougars 48-14. Two programs going in opposite directions quite rapidly. SMU at South Florida: Bulls 46-24. Mustangs’ only victory came against North Texas, and Dan McCarney now is out of a job at UNT. Temple at East Carolina: Pirates 33-24. Game could decide the American’s East Division. Tulane at Navy: Midshipmen 41-20. The eternal question. Why can Navy win and Army can’t? Utah State at San Diego State: Aggies 37-31. Great win for Sallisaw’s Matt Wells and his offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, last week in routing Boise State. Fresno State at Air Force: Falcons 28-26. The truth about the Mountain West Conference this season; there are no standout teams. Hawaii at Nevada: Rainbows 25-23. Hawaii has won just once on the Mainland since October 2011. New Mexico at San Jose State: Spartans 28-20. I sometimes forget that Bob Davie still coaches the Lobos. Wyoming at Boise State: Broncos 63-7. Boise State will be plenty mad after melting down against Utah State. Last week: 28-12. Season: 289-74.
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 17, 2015
Get your worth watching guide right here, and settle in for at least 13 hours of Top 25 college football games — and a few surprising midseason coaching debuts thrown into the mix.From an early start in Waco, Texas (West Virginia at No. 2 Baylor, 11 a.m. local) to at late conclusion in Salt Lake City (Arizona State at No. 4 Utah, ends about 1 a.m. EST), four of Saturday's 14 games involving Top...
Big stops: Big House, Death Valley, A&M, NW, South Bend
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 17, 2015Get your worth watching guide right here, and settle in for at least 13 hours of Top 25 college football games — and a few surprising midseason coaching debuts thrown into the mix. From an early start in Waco, Texas (West Virginia at No. 2 Baylor, 11 a.m. local) to at late conclusion in Salt Lake City (Arizona State at No. 4 Utah, ends about 1 a.m. EST), four of Saturday's 14 games involving Top 25 teams match ranked against ranked. As in: — No. 17 Iowa (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at No. 20 Northwestern (5-1, 1-1), ABC/ESPN2, noon — No. 7 Michigan State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at No. 12 Michigan (5-1, 2-0), ESPN, 3:30 p.m. — No. 10 Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC) at No. 9 Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0), CBS, 3:30 p.m. — No. 8 Florida (6-0, 4-0 SEC) at No. 6 LSU (5-0, 3-0), ESPN, 7 p.m. Games matter most, but what a week of coaching craziness. From the USC in Carolina to the USC in California, and at Maryland and North Texas, interim coaches were appointed in the wake of firings and resignations. At South Carolina, Steve Spurrier resigned a few days before his Gamecocks (2-4, 0-4) host Vanderbilt (2-3, 0-2), SEC Network, 3:30 p.m. Co-offensive coordinator Shawn Elliott steps up to run a team that appears headed in the wrong direction. At Southern California, Steve Sarkisian was fired a day after AD Pat Haden placed him on indefinite leave. The Trojans, upset by Washington in their last game in a lackluster effort, play intersectional rival, No. 14 Notre Dame, NBC, 7:30 p.m. Quarterbacks coach Clay Helton is the interim coach. And now, on to a few games that should take us a step or two closer to narrowing the list of College Football Playoff contenders: IOWA, UNBEATEN, REALLY? A win by Iowa over Northwestern sets up the Hawkeyes for a run at an unbeaten regular season and a spot in the Big Ten title game. After this one, Iowa does not have a ranked team left on the schedule. Coach Kirk Ferentz is well aware of what his team faces: Northwestern has wins over Stanford and Duke, but was blown out by Michigan last week. A win by the Wildcats puts them at 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when Ara Parseghian was the coach. "You got to get up off the mat," Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said. Iowa's Jordan Canzeri is the guy to watch. He had 43 carries for 256 yards in last week's win over Illinois. Northwestern is third in the Big Ten in scoring defense ay 12.2 points per game. LOOKING AT FOUR IN A ROW If coach Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines shut out the Spartans ... that can't happen, can it? Michigan comes into the game with three straight shutouts, and Harbaugh couldn't be prouder. The winner becomes the top threat to Ohio State in the Big Ten East. Despite being unbeaten, the Spartans are 8 1/2 point underdogs. A key to this one is how Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook deals with Michigan's lockdown defense. "I think you're only underdogs if you think you're underdogs," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said, adding later, "but we are undefeated. We've found a way to win football games, that's the bottom line." Michigan's only loss was in its opener at No. 4 Utah. TURNING THE TIDE Texas A&M is out to avenge a 59-0 shellacking by Alabama last year. "It was a feeling of embarrassment to be on a national TV stage and be beaten like that," Aggies quarterback Kyle Allen said. "It felt like we were a high school team playing a college team, honestly, and it's not a feeling we ever want to feel again." Texas A&M will be trying to open a season 6-0 for the first time since 1994 and keep pace with LSU in the SEC West. A loss by Alabama would badly damage its league title and playoff hopes. The Aggies defense, led by DE Myles Garrett (7 1/2 sacks), hope to stop 'Bama's RBs Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake. GATORS INVADE DEATH VALLEY He led the Gators over Georgia last year in his first start, but now Treon Harris steps in for suspended QB Will Grier against the Tigers. Florida is the surprise team in the SEC, and an upset puts them in a strong position to make a run at not only a league title, but a national crown. Toughest regular-season games remaining are home games against Georgia and Florida State Stopping Leonard Fournette, though, will be the key. The Heisman hopeful — perhaps leading contender — already has more than 1,000 yards rushing in five games, with LSU averaging 346.4 yards per game on the ground. Florida's defense allows 99.2 yards rushing. Of course, Gators coach Jim McElwain is trying to downplay the loss of his QB. "Let's talk about chaos and distractions. Playing in Tiger Stadium, in a night game, there's a lot of it going on," McElwain said. "This team, they're about each other and they care, obviously. But at the same time, you've got to move on and those are the lessons we learn in life." ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Oct 15, 2015
Bob Stoops still remembers his first scrimmage as Florida’s defensive coordinator in spring 1996. “I walked out there, I had (receiver) Reidel Anthony on one side, Ike Hilliard on the other side, Jacquez Green in the slot, Fred Taylor at the running back and Danny Wuerffel, Heisman Trophy winner, at the quarterback. Oh my gosh.” Steve Spurrier’s offense was in high gear. “He went up and down...
The day Steve Spurrier talked smack to Bob Stoops
Berry Tramel | Oct 15, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3878495[/img] Bob Stoops still remembers his first scrimmage as Florida’s defensive coordinator in spring 1996. “I walked out there, I had (receiver) Reidel Anthony on one side, Ike Hilliard on the other side, Jacquez Green in the slot, Fred Taylor at the running back and Danny Wuerffel, Heisman Trophy winner, at the quarterback. Oh my gosh.” Steve Spurrier’s offense was in high gear. “He went up and down the field on us, on me,” Stoops said. Then Stoops heard from his new boss. “He said to me, after about the fourth or fifth touchdown, he says, ‘Bobby we gonna be able to force a punt this year?’ Honest to God. Then true to him, we come in the locker room afterward, getting showered up, and he says, ‘Hey, Bobby, don’t worry about it. You’re not going to see anybody like us.’ He was right. He knew it. And we didn’t. “That’s the same year, we’re in a staff meeting, now it’s closer to our first game, about two weeks ahead of the game, he says, ‘Boy, we don’t have a punter. But don’t worry too much. We won’t be punting a lot.’” Spurrier stepped down Monday night as head coach at South Carolina, apparently ending a 26-year head coaching career in college football that included transformative stints at Duke, Florida and South Carolina. And Stoops, Spurrier’s defensive coordinator from 1996-98, was in a reflective mood Wednesday night, talking about the boss who Stoops consistently has mentioned as the man who most shaped him as a head coach himself. “He’s great in every way,” Stoops said. “I know people have talked about it the last couple days, but Florida wasn’t doing anything before he got there. He’s the one that started that whole program, really, to be a championship caliber team. It wasn’t just offense. He was a great leader and head coach through the whole program. “I can remember, even before I went there, the year before, watching him win the SEC championship. I said to (wife) Carol, ‘Man, that guy’s got it going on.’ I didn’t know him from the man in the moon. That was the year he called me and I went there. ‘Man, you’ve gotta give it to him. He’s tearin’ it up.’ They weren’t on (television) as much. They were on some, so I got to see a few games. Seeing the SEC championship is when I remember saying it to her. I said, ‘This guy, when you look at all he’s done, it’s pretty incredible.’ So anyway, yeah, he was pretty special no doubt.” Stoops told the story of being hired by Spurrier. “I was interviewing one of my (Kansas State) players before getting into spring ball, and the secretary says, ‘Bobby, Coach Spurrier is on the phone and wants to talk to you.’ I go, ‘Coach Spurrier? We’ve never talked.’ She said, ‘Yeah.’ I couldn’t. ‘I’ll have to call back.’ “Then the (Florida) assistant, Lawson Holland who used to coach at Oklahoma State. He called and said, ‘Bob, it’s Lawson.’ ‘Hey Law, what’s happenin’?’ He says, ‘Coach Spurrier wants to talk to you.’ I said, ‘About what?’ I didn’t know they had a job. He said, ‘About the D-coordinator job.’ ‘Really? All right.’ So I said, ‘Have him call me.’ “Before that, he called one more time and he said, ‘This is Coach Spurrier.’ I waited a couple, five seconds like, ‘Really.’ Y’know, thinking it’s one of your buddies, how you call each other up. Like, ‘Who’s messing with me here?’ “Anyway, there were three calls within a day and a half. Finally we talked. Then he called me back the next day and I said, ‘I might have some interest.’ And then he called back the next day and we talked some more. And then called that evening. Within a couple days we both thought this was what we wanted to do. “I said to him, ‘Don’t you think we oughta meet before we go ahead and do this?’ He goes, ‘That’s probably a good idea. Why don’t you come down this weekend?’ So I went down with Carol. Was there one day and night and part of the next day, and then actually flew to Ohio from there for a hall of fame banquet for my high school. So anyway, it was good. “Neat story, too, ahead of him calling my office he called… this went on for two days trying to connect… He called my house. Carol goes, ‘Bobby, I got this message from Steve Spurrier.’ I said, ‘Yeah. I said earlier in the day that’s what we have to sit down and talk about.’ She goes, ‘Really?’ Within two days there were probably four or five calls. We finally connected and worked it out. It was great. I had been at K-State seven years and figured it was time to get a different experience from a different head coach. It broadens you and shapes you a little bit. And it did in a major way.” Stoops long has credited Spurrier with promoting him for head coaching jobs. “Definitely,” Stoops said. “He totally wanted me to be a head coach, or put me out there in front of people to maybe have that chance. I can remember, there was a school, won’t say who (probably Minnesota), maybe offered me a job, he didn’t feel was a great one … we had just won the SEC championship, hadn’t quite made it to the bowl game yet. He said, ‘we’re not going to go bad here. You might want to wait for a better job.’ The one time he discouraged me from taking one. “So I waited a few years, had other opportunities. Oddly, within a day, Oklahoma and Iowa wanted to talk to me. We were at the beach. We were sitting by the pool there, with our wives and some other family. He said, ‘You probably have a chance at that Iowa job, but I don’t think you have a chance at Oklahoma. They’ll probably hire a current head coach.’ The next day, I had to go buy a suit at the beach to go travel and meet everybody.” Stoops talked about Spurrier in other ways. On Spurrier allowing Stoops total control of the defense: “Oh yeah. He didn’t want anything to do with it. ‘You do it. Whatever you want to call, you call.’ That’s how he likes it. If he feels good about someone and trusts him, yeah.” On any idea this was coming: “Uh, a little bit. But I’m not gonna go into that. We talk a lot. I sensed something Sunday maybe was up.” On Spurrier thinking about not returning after last season: “Yeah, but you’ve gotta know him. He wouldn’t have expressed that, probably not even to (wife) Jerri. Obviously knowing him for so long, I could feel it pretty well that it just wasn’t quite working.” On Spurrier’s personality and always saying what’s on his mind: “Yeah, if you know him at all, the guy doesn’t have a false bone in his body. He’s going to tell his wife exactly what he thinks. He’s going to tell you and everybody else exactly what he thinks. It may not be what you want to hear, but he’s going to tell you. That’s him. He’s not much in sugarcoating anything. Just here it is. Pretty matter of fact that way. His whole life, he’s that way. He’s honest if he’s anything. Along with how competitive he is, he’s honest too.” On any others in Stoops’ life who are similarly blunt: “I’ve got others who don’t mind that. But yeah, that’s always been positive with he and I. Those sides of people that don’t see him, just how genuine he is, how humble he is. He never wants to talk about anything about him. Even if you brought something up, within a second he’ll switch the subject to something else. ‘Aah, that wasn’t nothin.’ And then goes on to something different.” On Spurrier’s offensive legacy: “He knows how to play off of, if you’re a one-high safety, he’s got his five, six go-to routes he’s going to wear you out with. If you’re in a two-high concept, he’s got his four-five concepts he’s going to take advantage of, mixes ‘em up, when he’s has good quarterbacks and receivers.” On whether Spurrier might work for Stoops as a consultant: “Yeah, shoot, if I could get him to leave the Southeast down there. That’s not going to be easy.” On speculation that Spurrier should join the College Football Playoff committee: “Oh yeah, he’s got a good sense, of course has a great eye for talent and who are good teams and who aren’t. Through his years, he assesses all that pretty quick.”
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 12, 2015
Edmond native Ekpe Udoh's basketball career has taken him from a skinny freshman at Edmond Santa Fe High School who couldn't bench 135 pounds to All-American at Baylor to NBA lottery pick with the Golden State Warriors in 2010 to world traveler. The 6-foot-10 forward signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Fenerbahce Ulker of Turkey this summer. He had a chance to return to Oklahoma last week...
Ekpe Udoh on Baylor football, Edmond Santa Fe hoops and why traffic is so bad in Turkey
By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Oct 12, 2015Edmond native Ekpe Udoh's basketball career has taken him from a skinny freshman at Edmond Santa Fe High School who couldn't bench 135 pounds to All-American at Baylor to NBA lottery pick with the Golden State Warriors in 2010 to world traveler. The 6-foot-10 forward signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Fenerbahce Ulker of Turkey this summer. He had a chance to return to Oklahoma last week as a part of Fenerbahce's Euroleague Basketball World Tour. Udoh posted nine points and nine rebounds against the Thunder in Friday's exhibition game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. He also took some time to talk exclusively to The Oklahoman: As Edmond basketball players we didn't get much respect: “When it came to the city or whatever. That was always a good time. But now people in Santa Fe, Memorial, North… they're starting to put out some kids, good quality talent.” I went back and forth with coach (Guy) Hardaker my freshman year at Santa Fe: “He might not tell you this, but he had a rule if you couldn't do 135 (pounds) you couldn't be on varsity. I was skinny. At the end of the season, we needed another big and I was able to come out there before I had a little injury.” Winning state at Edmond Santa Fe was the highlight of my high school career: “Guy Hardaker looked after me and really taught me the game of basketball. It was an amazing journey. I wish we could have went back-to-back, but we lost to PCO (Putnam City) our senior year. But it was great.” Transferring to Baylor was about family, friends and fit: “I just wasn't feeling the system with (Michigan coach John) Beilein. (I wanted to get) closer to home where my family and friends would be able to come watch me play, and I had a better chance with a more open offense that Scott Drew ran, and it did well for me.” Playing into the Elite Eight was the highlight of my Baylor career: “Even though we lost in the Elite Eight (78-71 to eventual national champion Duke), we were three minutes away. A couple calls could have went differently, but to make it to the Elite Eight, that was a great game.” I'm keeping up with Baylor football: “Oooh, I don't care where I'm at, I'm keeping up with that, man. It's good to see how we're playing, but ... what is it, November 3rd or something when we play TCU (Ed. note: It's actually Nov. 27). It's really the game to see who makes it to the playoffs. OU's been (playing) really well with (Baker) Mayfield the quarterback. I know Sterling (Shepard) from Heritage Hall, he's been playing well. That'll be another game, but like I said man, Baylor or die.” I knew I was coming home: “I knew it before I signed the deal, because I heard about the world tour that the Euro teams do, and Fenerbahce was one of those teams. It was good ... come home to see family, play in front of somewhat of a home crowd against one of the best teams in the NBA.” Ticket requests were kept to a minimum: “ When I come home, I've got a set number, so it's not like ‘I'm gonna hit Ekpe up today, I'ma get a ticket.' Nah, we don't do that. (It's) my family, my close friends, high school coaches if they're still in town. If not, then ... that's who I rock with.” It's almost like a college grind the way we get after it: “Oh man, we work so hard. It's been fun playing under Coach O (Fenerbahce coach Željko Obradović), it's been great. He really knows the game. He's been doing it for so long, he's a legend, so it's given me another great opportunity to learn the game from somebody else.” The NBA may not be next: “If it's there for me, of course you want to come back and play in the world's greatest league. If it's not, then continue on, but just try to get better every day, every game, and see what happens when I come back home.” My book club for fans (started with the Milwaukee Bucks) is still going strong: “ I just picked up the book for this session: “Tuff Juice” by Caron Butler. It's going to be hard on me, because I'll have to hold them at 1 a.m. Where I'm at, it'll be like 6 (p.m.) eastern or something like that. It'll be an adjustment because I know people are getting off of work, kids or whatever, but I'm trying to keep it going.” Turkey isn't much different than the U.S.: “It hasn't changed as much because they're pretty up to date over there. It (Istanbul) is a big city, kinda like New York City - traffic is crazy, road rage everywhere ... food is good. But, just the language barrier is tough. I do a lot of pointing, and if I've got my iPhone next to me I have a translation app.” There hasn't been much time to hang out in Istanbul: “I don't think you understand, we just ... two-a-days. We've been doing two-a-days three weeks now, four weeks. So that's it. After that you're just at the house trying to recover for the next day. After the season starts, obviously the work load is going to lessen. People have families. It's just like the NBA. I'm going to spend my time reading, watching film, catching up on the NBA games. I won't do that (hanging out) until my family comes out there, my sisters and my mom come out there for their Christmas break; a couple of my boys are coming in November. Whenever somebody comes in then I'll try to venture out, but until then, you've just gotta hit the grind, man. I've gotta give myself the best opportunity.” Traffic in Istanbul is crazy: “There's no, like, traffic tickets. You don't see a cop on the road handing out tickets. They (drivers) just do what they want.” Coach Hardaker has meant the most to my career: “He's probably No. 1. (Former Tulsa football player, Adams Course co-creator) Brett Adams, rest in peace, he looked after me as well as a kid. He looked out for me, always allowed for me to get in the gym and work on my game. Those two are pretty huge. … Kent Bradford, Sam Bradford's father, he was a mentor to me. Bill Sharpe … Really those guys allowed me to experience the United States, allowing me to play AAU and helping out because my parents didn't it all. Always chipping in or being hard on me when we were on the road, exposing me to something different. That's what I thrive for.” It was tough growing up with parents from Nigeria: “Life is different from them coming from there. It was tough because they didn't get the American life, culture with kids. But they were real nurturing, really pushed hard on education. We made it so it's all good.” Being able to represent Oklahoma feels great: “It feels good giving back to the community. But there's not that many of us (professionally). It feels good to see any fellow Oklahoman go out and compete on the highest level.”
College football: Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald members of a mutual admiration societyOct 9, 2015
By now, I guess everyone knows that Jim Harbaugh can coach a little football. Harbaugh got into the business in 2004 and led the University of San Diego to a 29-6 record over three years. Then Harbaugh took over a Stanford program suffering from five straight losing seasons; the 2010 Cardinal won the Rose Bowl. On to the 49ers, who hadn't had a winning record since 2002. Harbaugh's first three...
College football: Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald members of a mutual admiration society
By Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.com | Oct 9, 2015By now, I guess everyone knows that Jim Harbaugh can coach a little football. Harbaugh got into the business in 2004 and led the University of San Diego to a 29-6 record over three years. Then Harbaugh took over a Stanford program suffering from five straight losing seasons; the 2010 Cardinal won the Rose Bowl. On to the 49ers, who hadn't had a winning record since 2002. Harbaugh's first three teams went 13-3, 11-4-1 and 12-4. All reached the NFC Championship Game, and his 2012 49ers lost an epic Super Bowl to the Ravens. Now Harbaugh is at his alma mater, and Michigan is reborn. The 4-1 Wolverines are ranked 18th and host 13th-ranked Northwestern on Saturday. But Harbaugh isn't the only graduate hero on the sideline. Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald has coached the Wildcats to victories over Stanford and Duke, with a stellar defense. And Harbaugh and Fitzgerald, two Big Ten veterans, have a mutual admiration society going on. “Great competitor,” Harbaugh said of Fitzgerald, who played on Northwestern's Cinderella team of 1995. “I was at Stanford, he was at Northwestern, first crossed paths on the recruiting trail. Sized him up and said, ‘This guy is a fine, fine coach and a great competitor.' He's done a fabulous job, he's a great coach … admire him.” Harbaugh is older than Fitzgerald, who was in high school in Illinois when Harbaugh was a Chicago Bears quarterback. “Obviously I was a fan growing up,” Fitzgerald said. “Him and (Mike) Ditka getting after it on the sideline, that was pretty cool. Got to know him a little bit, personally, through coaching … and from afar, great respect for the success he's had not only as a player, but then the stops along the way. “You've got to tip your hat to the success that he's had. Jim's a tough guy, and you can see that his personality's all over this football team in all three phases.”
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys offer scholarship to quarterback Mason Rudolph's younger brother, Logan, a 2017 tight end/defensive endOct 8, 2015
STILLWATER — Might Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph be throwing touchdown passes to his younger brother in two years? It's certainly possible. Logan Rudolph — a 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior at Northwestern High School (Rock Hill, S.C.) — tweeted Thursday afternoon that OSU has offered him a scholarship. Logan Rudolph, a 2017 prospect, plays both tight end and defensive end at Northwestern...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys offer scholarship to quarterback Mason Rudolph's younger brother, Logan, a 2017 tight end/defensive end
Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 8, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3867536[/img] STILLWATER — Might Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph be throwing touchdown passes to his younger brother in two years? It's certainly possible. Logan Rudolph — a 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior at Northwestern High School (Rock Hill, S.C.) — tweeted Thursday afternoon that OSU has offered him a scholarship. [img width="397" height="433" style="" render="w620"]3867176[/img] Logan Rudolph, a 2017 prospect, plays both tight end and defensive end at Northwestern where his older brother went undefeated in 2013 en route to a state championship victory. His highlight tape showcases a wide range of talents. 24/7 Sports lists Logan Rudolph as a three-star tight end prospect. He has also reported offers from Michigan, Duke, East Carolina and others. Mason Rudolph discussed his younger brother's recruitment during OSU football media day back in August. "He's still got a lot of time to decide what he's going to do," Mason Rudolph said. "He's going to be playing a little bit of defensive end and tight end this year. He's been working hard and we talk everyday. ... He's excited for this season and I think he's going to get a lot more opportunities depending on the way he plays this fall. I'm just excited for him and his future. "He got an offer his freshman year from UNC-Charlotte, which is a real small school out of Charlotte, and then he got a couple from East Carolina, Appalachian State, Kentucky, Georgia State. He's got like five or six, which is a whole lot earlier than I ever got offers. I didn't get a few until after my junior year. He was getting them the summer before his junior year. "So, he's got some opportunities. He went to a lot of camps in the summertime trying to get evaluated. It's kind of like my dad just living it over again. It's exciting. I can't wait to see where he chooses."
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 6, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Charlie Strong spent nearly a half-hour Monday insisting his team was unified and would rebound from a 1-4 start.Within minutes after he left the podium, Strong's players put those promises to the test, publicly exposing a rift between some of the team's veterans and a talented group of freshmen that have forced their way onto the depth chart with scant success...
At 1-4, Texas players now pointing fingers
By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Oct 6, 2015AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Charlie Strong spent nearly a half-hour Monday insisting his team was unified and would rebound from a 1-4 start. Within minutes after he left the podium, Strong's players put those promises to the test, publicly exposing a rift between some of the team's veterans and a talented group of freshmen that have forced their way onto the depth chart with scant success on the field. "People need to grow up and take things more seriously. A lot of people aren't preparing," said junior safety Dylan Haines, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship last season. "They just want to go out and play the game on Saturday. They don't want to put in the work on (the other days)." Freshman defensive end Charles Omenihu apparently didn't like this kind of chatter and swiftly responded on Twitter. "Lol," said a tweet from Omenihu's account, which seconds later added, "People get in front of the cameras and just talk they heads off. Always remember think before you speak." A school spokesman confirmed the account belongs to Omenihu. The second tweet was quickly deleted, but not before the divide in the locker room had taken over the day from Strong's message of unity ahead in Saturday's showdown with No. 10 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), a game that has taken on even more urgency with Texas off to its worst start in nearly 60 years. Strong is 7-11 in his second season and the Longhorns have lost six of their last seven games dating to last season. Several older players tried to diminish talk of a split locker room, but even they ended up reinforcing the message that some of their teammates haven't been putting in the work need to succeed. "Sometimes people have to suck it up and understand where it's coming from," junior defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway said. None of the older players identified any teammates and no freshmen came to the media availability. The Longhorns had 13 freshmen in the two-deep lineup for last week's 50-7 loss at TCU, including starting quarterback Jerrod Heard and six linebackers and defensive backs. The Longhorns were already dealing with the embarrassment of freshman defensive back Kris Boyd tweeting from the locker room during halftime of Saturday's blowout loss. He retweeted what amounted to an invitation from an apparent supporter of Texas A&M, a rival the Longhorns don't play anymore. The tweet read, "Whenever ya'll (sic) are ready to transfer ... we're ready. #Gig'em." Boyd later said he apologized and insisted he is "100 percent committed" to the Longhorns. Two days later, his teammates clearly were still bothered by the episode. "Everyone felt disrespected ... He didn't think anything was wrong with it," senior defensive back Duke Thomas said. "I told him you can't do that here. It's not the same thing as (in high school)." Thomas refused the call the locker room divided, but said there "may be a little disconnect with the way (the freshmen) feel they need to play." The freshmen have read and heard on social media they are the best players in the program, but they need to learn how to earn playing time and victories, Thomas said. "They're hungry. They feel like they are the future," Thomas said. Freshman DeAndre McNeal's Twitter account later posted a message that said "us 'FRESHMAN' are go getters ... we are here to pull Texas out of the drought so you so can either get with it or get lost." The comments came after Strong called two meetings following the loss to TCU, which came a week after the team called a players-only meeting after a loss to Oklahoma State. "It's time to pull this team together," Strong said. At Oklahoma, coach Bob Stoops was asked Monday if he had a cellphone policy. "I didn't have one until this week," Stoops said, drawing laughter from reporters. "That's something that will be addressed." Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard imagined what Stoops would do if he caught a player with a cellphone during a game: "If he sees it, he'll probably take it and snap it." When told of Shepard's comment, Stoops replied: "That's probably a fair assessment." Stoops said he expects players to use common sense with social media. "If you want to tell everyone you are at the grocery store picking up Twinkies, have at it," he said. "But if you are telling them what's happening in our building, now it's a problem and you won't be using it (social media) then if you can't do it the right way." ___ AP Sports Writer Cliff Brunt contributed to this report. ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Neither team is ranked, neither program is what it once was.Yet for Nebraska and Miami, it'll feel like old times.The Cornhuskers and Hurricanes — who have met four times in bowl games that decided national championships — renew acquaintances Saturday, in the first regular-season trip Nebraska (1-1) has made to Miami (2-0) since 1951. The teams played last year in...
Nebraska and Miami meet again, renewing classic rivalry
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Sep 18, 2015MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Neither team is ranked, neither program is what it once was. Yet for Nebraska and Miami, it'll feel like old times. The Cornhuskers and Hurricanes — who have met four times in bowl games that decided national championships — renew acquaintances Saturday, in the first regular-season trip Nebraska (1-1) has made to Miami (2-0) since 1951. The teams played last year in Lincoln, where Nebraska's 41-31 win drew a record crowd. "I understand the great history of this game and some of the historical ramifications of the game against Miami being played for national championships," first-year Huskers coach Mike Riley said. "That's pretty good stuff." Miami beat Nebraska in three Orange Bowls, two of those being national-title-clinchers for the Hurricanes. Miami also topped Nebraska in a BCS title game to cap a perfect 2001 season, and the Huskers won one of their national championships by downing the Hurricanes in an Orange Bowl to close the 1994 season. All that was a generation or two ago — yet to the players of today, it still resonates. For proof, consider what top Nebraska wide receiver and punt returner De'Mornay Pierson-El told Riley when he got hurt last month and learned he would have to miss a few games. "The first thing De'Mornay said to me when he got hurt is, 'I really want to play in that Miami game,'" Riley said. "So I've been getting a feel for what this means to this team and program." It means plenty to the Hurricanes as well. Miami should get wide receiver Stacy Coley back for this game, which would be a plus against an inconsistent Nebraska secondary. This game starts a very rough stretch for the Hurricanes — after this, Miami's next five opponents are Cincinnati, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Duke — so a win Saturday could be a springboard. "The guys that were there (last year) know and understand the tradition of it, but none of that is going to help us prepare," Miami coach Al Golden said. "I think for us, this team has been very consistent right now in terms of its preparation and just staying consistent and methodical in just trying to get better every day." ___ Here's some of what to know going into Nebraska-Miami: KAAYA AT HOME: Saturday will be Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya's ninth career game at Sun Life Stadium. He's passed for at least two touchdowns in all eight of his previous games on the Hurricanes' home turf, and will be facing a Nebraska defense that has allowed 692 passing yards in its first two outings this season. "Wouldn't trade him for anybody," Golden said. HUSKER OPTIONS: Remember when Nebraska was a program that never seemed to throw? No more. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong has plenty of receiving weapons to choose from, with nine players who've gotten at least one catch of 10 yards in the season's first two games. And new starting RB Terrell Newby — a teammate of Kaaya's from preschool to high school — has 241 yards on 38 carries. CHIP AWAY: Nebraska came into the weekend as one of eight FBS teams without a 35-yard gain so far in 2015, but that's more than a little misleading. Moving the ball has been no problem for Nebraska, which had 18 runs of at least 10 yards and eight passes of at least 20 yards in its first two games. Miami has allowed nine runs of 10-plus yards, and no passes of longer than 17 yards. KICK GAME: Nebraska-Miami is an all-Adidas matchup on national television, and the three-stripe types will take advantage of the marketing opportunity. Both teams will wear custom-painted cleats for the game, replete with fancy designs and in Miami's case some individual messages of thanks to past Hurricane players. (Read more about this here, http://bit.ly/1KkzCrw ) ACC VS. BIG TEN: There's an ACC-Big Ten challenge in basketball, and this weekend there seems to be one in football as well. Nebraska-Miami is among five matchups pitting the conferences head-to-head Saturday, joining Illinois-North Carolina, Northwestern-Duke, Virginia Tech-Purdue and Pittsburgh-Iowa. Out of those 10 teams, only No. 23 Northwestern comes into the weekend ranked in the Top 25.
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
OKC Thunder: How Billy Donovan built a basketball powerhouse at FloridaAnthony SlaterThe Oklahoman, Oklahoma CityBack in the early 90's, Billy Donovan was dropped into a sport still run by many of its most legendary figures.Off back-to-back national titles, Mike Krzyzewski's Duke program was the nation's ascending college basketball brand. But Dean Smith still reigned at North Carolina, John...
OKC Thunder: How Billy Donovan built a basketball powerhouse at Florida
Anthony Slater, Associated Press | Aug 22, 2015OKC Thunder: How Billy Donovan built a basketball powerhouse at Florida Anthony Slater The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City Back in the early 90's, Billy Donovan was dropped into a sport still run by many of its most legendary figures. Off back-to-back national titles, Mike Krzyzewski's Duke program was the nation's ascending college basketball brand. But Dean Smith still reigned at North Carolina, John Thompson ruled at Georgetown, Bobby Knight was the face of Indiana and Roy Williams was in his first decade at Kansas. Those pillar programs often squared off for the country's top talent. As a key recruiter for Rick Pitino's reboot of Kentucky, Donovan was shoved right in the middle. Still in his mid-20's, still navigating the waters at his first coaching job, Donovan hit the trail a novice legitimized by his school's reputation. As a youth, Billy's basketball desire drove him to greatness. As a young coach, his energy and passion guided him to success. But during his climb to the top at Florida, it was that early experience at Kentucky -- and the recruiting knowledge and confidence that resulted from it -- which helped him morph a vision into reality in Gainesville. Lon Kruger left Florida for Illinois after the 1996 season. Two years earlier, the Gators made a shocking run to the Final Four. But in the 50 years prior, Florida made only five NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet 16s. "It came out of nowhere and it went right back to nowhere," Gainesville columnist Pat Dooley said. The year before Donovan arrived, the Gators went 12-16. "Coach Pitino told him not to come here because they were bankrupt of talent," Dooley said. But athletic director Jeremy Foley pitched a plan. He'd supply the public support and financial backing. Donovan and his uniquely young staff would infuse their up-tempo, fan-friendly style of play. "We shared a common vision and connection about what the program could be," Donovan said. The results were sparse his first two seasons. There were flashes, those crowd-igniting steal-3-steal-dunk spurts that were reflective of a Donovan coached team. But both squads were under .500. Neither made the tournament. Two years earlier, Foley returned from a short trip to Huntington, W. Va., certain Donovan was the man to transform his program. "I was drawn to him immediately as a person," Foley said. After the initial meeting, he immediately told the president they had to hire him. "It was that obvious to me," Foley said. So his trust didn't waver through those early struggles. During Donovan's first year on the job, Foley remembers a group dinner at a nice Italian restaurant. The whole coaching staff was there. "We'd eaten pizza, pasta, everything," Foley said. Everyone looked stuffed. But Billy said he wasn't. So Anthony Grant, one of the assistants, made him prove it. Go to McDonalds and eat two Big Macs. Challenge accepted. After a gourmet meal, why would you go search out a Big Mac, Foley asked Donovan. "I like it when people tell me I can't do something," he said. "I loved that competitive nature," Foley said. By Donovan's third year, those traits translated into results, especially on the recruiting trail. Grant was born and raised in Miami. He coached high school ball in the state. Those deep-rooted connections helped them snare local products like Udonis Haslem, Major Parker, Teddy Dupay and Brent Wright. To take the next step, Donovan knew they needed to go national, challenging the sport's powers. It's a strategy he'd planned since his days in Lexington. He'd gone after high profile guys like Jamal Mashburn and watched the lesser-known schools wilt at Kentucky's presence. "They wouldn't even try," Donovan said. "I always said, you know, if I get a job, I'm gonna go after the guys I want to recruit." Mike Miller was the first big target. Nicknamed Skinny, the slender 6-foot-8 South Dakota playmaker had offers from all the big programs. But Donovan's staff showed up to scout Miller wherever his teams played. He noticed the constant attention. Miller, now a two-time NBA champ, still talks to Donovan regularly. On draft night, he called Billy one of his best friends. Back in 1998, the two clicked immediately. Miller said he gravitated toward Donovan's energetic personality and believed in his message -- become known as the player that turned it around. "Right now people are asking why Florida?" Miller said at his commitment press conference. "By the time I leave, they'll be asking the next McDonald's All-American, why not Florida?" "That was a great comment for an 18-, 19-year-old kid to make," Grant said. "Just because of his trust in Billy." In his first season, Miller led the Gators in scoring. Fellow freshmen Haslem and Dupay averaged double-digits. One of the nation's youngest teams went 22-9 and marched to the Sweet 16 before losing a 73-72 thriller to Gonzaga. "(1999) just changed everything," Dooley said. "People were excited about going to the O'Dome again." But Florida's sudden rise came with some public criticism. During Miller's recruitment, Kansas coach Roy Williams was so upset he levied five NCAA allegations against Donovan and Florida. "I think in a lot of ways I upset the apple cart," Donovan said. All of a sudden, he was regularly landing blue-chip prospects, including one-and-done Donnell Harvey before the 2000 season. "You're like, wait, Florida is getting someone over Duke? In basketball?" Dooley said. The NCAA's 10-month investigation came up empty. "The thing that bothered me was the perception that maybe in some way I wasn't doing things the right way," Donovan said. "That was not the case." In 2000, with a roster so stacked that Matt Bonner, a future NBA champ with the Spurs, came off the bench, Florida went 28-9 and lost to Michigan State in the national title game. "I remember after they beat Oklahoma State to go to the Final Four, Billy caught his wife's eye and gave her this look, this smile, this raised eyebrow," Dooley said. "It was like a 'Can you believe this is happening?'" Donovan was 34. He'd just completed his fourth year on the job. "You're thinking, oh, we're gonna win it next year," Grant said. But college basketball's unpredictable playoff system can be cruel. From 2001-05, Donovan's Gators churned out five consecutive 20-plus win seasons, earning a top-five tournament seed. But all five years, they were upset, eliminated before the end of the first weekend by a lower seed. Billy's success created a newfound interest in Gainesville. And that also led to raised expectations. "He was taking some heat," Dooley said. The 2004 elimination really stung. Led by David Lee, the Gators were beaten soundly by 12th-seeded Manhattan in the first round.Donovan was seated next to Foley on the solemn plane ride back from North Carolina, a feeling becoming all too familiar, taking notes on how to solve the late-season issues. "He leaned over to me and said, Jeremy, a lot of people are going to say we had a good year here," Foley said. "Won 20 games, made the tournament. Let me tell you something, I didn't come here to have good years, I came here to have great years. I came here to win a national championship." Two things helped them get over the hump. The first was an extended conversation with Bill Belichick, the legendary Patriots coach whose teams won three of the first four Super Bowls of the 2000s. Donovan sought his advice. "It was really refreshing to me because I felt a lot of the things he was talking about, we were trying to do," Billy said. "We were on the right path." The second was an infusion of the right talent. Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer arrived on campus before the 2004-05 season. Brewer was a mega-recruit, while Horford and Noah quickly morphed into two of college basketball's best big men. As freshmen, they helped Florida win the SEC Tournament for the first time in program history. As sophomores, they bolted out to a 17-0 record and No. 2 ranking in the AP poll. Around the same time, Urban Meyer had reconstructed the football program into a national contender, led by Tim Tebow, one of the sport's most famous figures. "Tebow was like Elvis and they were The Beatles," Dooley said. "It was an amazing time to be around here. You had these real, true celebrities walking around." In March of 2006, Donovan's Gators repeated as SEC tourney champs and rode that momentum deep into the NCAA tournament. On April 3, they blasted UCLA by 16 points and won the school's first national title in basketball, a feat they'd repeat a season later. "It was an exclamation point," Foley said. "Kinda like Billy Donovan, don't tell the Gators they can't do something. He was relentless in his pursuit of that." Pat Dooley remembers going to lunch with Donovan weeks after he was hired back in 1996. It was at the height of Steve Spurrier mania in Gainesville. The football team had just won a national championship. The hoops hire didn't excite anybody. Dooley told Donovan it could never be a basketball school. "He still likes to remind me about that," Dooley says. ——— ©2015 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000003278,t000040506,t000404471,g000065577,g000362661,g000066164,g000065650
Aug 22, 2015
Billy Donovan and his up-tempo, fan-friendly style of play transformed Florida into a national power.
OKC Thunder: How Billy Donovan built a basketball powerhouse at Florida
By Anthony Slater | Aug 22, 2015Back in the early 90’s, Billy Donovan was dropped into a sport still run by many of its most legendary figures. Off back-to-back national titles, Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke program was the nation’s ascending college basketball brand. But Dean Smith still reigned at North Carolina, John Thompson ruled at Georgetown, Bobby Knight was the face of Indiana and Roy Williams was in his first decade at Kansas. Those pillar programs often squared off for the country’s top talent. As a key recruiter for Rick Pitino’s reboot of Kentucky, Donovan was shoved right in the middle. Still in his mid-20’s, still navigating the waters at his first coaching job, Donovan hit the trail a novice legitimized by his school’s reputation. As a youth, Billy’s basketball desire drove him to greatness. As a young coach, his energy and passion guided him to success. But during his climb to the top at Florida, it was that early experience at Kentucky – and the recruiting knowledge and confidence that resulted from it – which helped him morph a vision into reality in Gainesville. Lon Kruger left Florida for Illinois after the 1996 season. Two years earlier, the Gators made a shocking run to the Final Four. But in the 50 years prior, Florida made only five NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet 16s. “It came out of nowhere and it went right back to nowhere,” Gainesville columnist Pat Dooley said. The year before Donovan arrived, the Gators went 12-16. “Coach Pitino told him not to come here because they were bankrupt of talent,” Dooley said. But athletic director Jeremy Foley pitched a plan. He’d supply the public support and financial backing. Donovan and his young staff would implement their up-tempo, fan-friendly style of play. “We shared a common vision and connection about what the program could be,” Donovan said. The results were disappointing his first two seasons. There were flashes, those crowd-igniting steal-3-steal-dunk spurts that were reflective of a Donovan coached team. But both squads were under .500. Neither made the tournament. Two years earlier, Foley returned from a short trip to Huntington, W. Va., certain Donovan was the man to transform his program. “I was drawn to him immediately as a person,” Foley said. After the initial meeting, he immediately told the president they had to hire him. “It was that obvious to me,” Foley said. So his trust didn’t waver through those early struggles. During Donovan’s first year on the job, Foley remembers a group dinner at a nice Italian restaurant. The whole coaching staff was there. “We’d eaten pizza, pasta, everything,” Foley said. Everyone looked stuffed. But Billy said he wasn’t. So Anthony Grant, one of the assistants, made him prove it. Go to McDonalds and eat two Big Macs. Challenge accepted. After a gourmet meal, why would you go search out a Big Mac, Foley asked Donovan. “I like it when people tell me I can’t do something,” he said. “I loved that competitive nature,” Foley said. By Donovan’s third year, those traits translated into results, especially on the recruiting trail. Grant was born and raised in Miami. He coached high school ball in the state. Those deep-rooted connections helped them snare local products like Udonis Haslem, Major Parker, Teddy Dupay and Brent Wright. To take the next step, Donovan knew they needed to go national, challenging the sport’s powers. It’s a strategy he’d planned since his days in Lexington. He’d gone after high profile guys like Jamal Mashburn and watched the lesser-known schools wilt at Kentucky’s presence. “They wouldn’t even try,” Donovan said. “I always said, you know, if I get a job, I’m gonna go after the guys I want to recruit.” Mike Miller was the first big target. Nicknamed "Skinny," the slender 6-foot-8 South Dakota playmaker had offers from all the big programs. But Donovan’s staff showed up to scout Miller wherever his teams played. He noticed the constant attention. Miller, now a two-time NBA champ, still talks to Donovan regularly. On draft night, he called Billy one of his best friends. Back in 1998, the two clicked immediately. Miller said he gravitated toward Donovan’s energetic personality and believed in his message – become known as the player that turned it around. “Right now people are asking why Florida?” Miller said at his commitment press conference. “By the time I leave, they’ll be asking the next McDonald’s All-American, why not Florida?” “That was a great comment for an 18-, 19-year-old kid to make,” Grant said. “Just because of his trust in Billy.” In his first season, Miller led the Gators in scoring. Fellow freshman Haslem and Dupay averaged double-digits. One of the nation’s youngest teams went 22-9 and marched to the Sweet 16 before losing a 73-72 thriller to Gonzaga. “(1999) just changed everything,” Dooley said. “People were excited about going to the O’Dome again.” But Florida’s sudden rise came with some public criticism. During Miller’s recruitment, Kansas coach Roy Williams was so upset he levied five NCAA allegations against Donovan and Florida. “I think in a lot of ways I upset the apple cart,” Donovan said. All of a sudden, he was regularly landing blue-chip prospects, including one-and-done Donnell Harvey before the 2000 season. “You’re like, wait, Florida is getting someone over Duke? In basketball?” Dooley said. The NCAA’s 10-month investigation came up empty. “The thing that bothered me was the perception that maybe in some way I wasn’t doing things the right way,” Donovan said. “That was not the case.” In 2000, with a roster so stacked that Matt Bonner, a future NBA champ with the Spurs, came off the bench, Florida went 28-9 and lost to Michigan State in the national title game. “I remember after they beat Oklahoma State to go to the Final Four, Billy caught his wife’s eye and gave her this look, this smile, this raised eyebrow,” Dooley said. “It was like a ‘Can you believe this is happening?’” Donovan was 34. He’d just completed his fourth year on the job. “You’re thinking, oh, we’re gonna win it next year,” Grant said. But college basketball’s unpredictable playoff system can be cruel. From 2001-05, Donovan’s Gators churned out five consecutive 20-plus win seasons, earning a top-five tournament seed. But all five years, they were upset, eliminated before the end of the first weekend by a lower seed. Billy’s success created a newfound interest in Gainesville. And that also led to raised expectations. “He was taking some heat,” Dooley said. The 2004 elimination really stung. Led by David Lee, the Gators were beaten soundly by 12th-seeded Manhattan in the first round.Donovan was seated next to Foley on the somber plane ride back from North Carolina, a feeling becoming all too familiar, taking notes on how to solve the late-season issues. “He leaned over to me and said, Jeremy, a lot of people are going to say we had a good year here,” Foley said. “Won 20 games, made the tournament. Let me tell you something, I didn’t come here to have good years, I came here to have great years. I came here to win a national championship.” Two things helped them get over the hump. The first was an extended conversation with Bill Belichick, the legendary Patriots coach whose teams won three of the first four Super Bowls of the 2000s. Donovan sought his advice. “It was really refreshing to me because I felt a lot of the things he was talking about, we were trying to do,” Billy said. “We were on the right path.” The second was an influx of the right talent. Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer arrived on campus before the 2004-05 season. Brewer was a mega-recruit, while Horford and Noah quickly morphed into two of college basketball’s best big men. As freshmen, they helped Florida win the SEC Tournament for the first time in program history. As sophomores, they bolted out to a 17-0 record and No. 2 ranking in the AP poll. Around the same time, Urban Meyer had reconstructed the football program into a national contender, led by Tim Tebow, one of the sport’s most famous figures. “Tebow was like Elvis and they were The Beatles,” Dooley said. “It was an amazing time to be around here. You had these real, true celebrities walking around.” In March of 2006, Donovan’s Gators repeated as SEC tourney champs and rode that momentum deep into the NCAA tournament. On April 3, they blasted UCLA by 16 points and won the school’s first national title in basketball, a feat they’d repeat a season later. “It was an exclamation point,” Foley said. “Kinda like Billy Donovan, don’t tell the Gators they can’t do something. He was relentless in his pursuit of that.” Pat Dooley remembers going to lunch with Donovan weeks after he was hired back in 1996. It was at the height of Steve Spurrier mania in Gainesville. The football team had just won a national championship. The hoops hire didn’t excite anybody. Dooley told Donovan it could never be a basketball school. “He still likes to remind me about that,” Dooley says.
Aug 12, 2015
The Oklahoman's annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 Northwest 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to...
High school notebook: The Oklahoman's fall media day Aug. 19
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND ERIK HORNE | Aug 12, 2015The Oklahoman's annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 Northwest 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman's high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information. WELLS GETTING HEALTHY FOR PUTNAM CITY NORTH With most of the team’s experience up front on offense and defense, Putnam City North could count heavily on Noah Wells in the defensive secondary. Injuries have hampered Wells’ career the last two years, but the 6-foot, 180-pound senior will anchor an inexperienced secondary as the Panthers try to improve on last year’s 4-6 mark. “He’s been a two-year starter, but injuries have gotten in the way,” second-year coach Rod Richardson said. “He’s a big-time player for us and is one of the highest IQ football players I’ve ever been around.” NORMAN NORTH’S YOUNG ON NIKE ELITE ROSTER Norman North junior point guard Trae Young is one of the most coveted basketball recruits in the country, and he's put himself among elite company once again. Young is one of 12 players on a Nike roster headed to the Bahamas for a training session Aug. 19-23 which will culminate with a game against the Bahamian National Team. Young is one of six Class of 2017 prospects on the Nike EYBL Select Team roster, which is comprised of some of the best juniors and seniors in the country. Young was offered by Kentucky this week, and has offers from many of major college programs in the nation, including Duke, Arizona, Connecticut and Kansas. OSSAA APPROVES CHAMPIONSHIP SITES FOR FALL BASEBALL, TENNIS The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors unanimously approved the state championship sites for both fall baseball and tennis on Wednesday. Baseball will return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark while tennis will remain at the OKC Tennis Center the next three years despite a cost increase. The tennis center costs $7,500 per tournament after a $1,000 increase due to concession costs. Baseball played last fall at Bricktown and both Class A and Class B championships in the spring were played at the ballpark. The OSSAA will determine at a later date the spring championship sites. OSSAA WAIVER REQUEST NUMBERS DOWN OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley told the board of directors that the number hardship waivers requested the past school year was down significantly due to rule changes and the implementation of the Intermediate Appeals Panel. The OSSAA handled just more than 700 requests of which the staff approved 71 percent. The appeals committee also approved 13 of the 60 appeals heard. All of those appeals then advanced to the board of directors with two being approved. Sheakley told the board that generally the OSSAA receives more than 1,000 hardship waiver requests per school year. The OSSAA formed the appeals committee last year to meet the week before the board and rule on appeals. It also meets an extra time in August and September.
Jul 16, 2015
The school board of Jay, Oklahoma, approved a plan to establish a life-size bronze bust of heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison on the school’s campus.
Jay school officials approve plan for statue honoring late boxer
By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Jul 16, 2015JAY — The Jay School Board unanimously approved a proposal to establish a life-size bronze bust of heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison on the school’s campus. Jim Roach, American Boxing Association president, briefly addressed the five-member board Tuesday saying that a larger percentage of money raised through the Tommy Morrison 8-man boxing tournament would be earmarked for scholastic endeavors. “I think this wonderful,” said Trisha Morrison, Morrison’s widow, in a telephone interview after the vote. About 50 people attended the regular school board meeting. Superintendent Charles Thomas recommended approving the monument with the stipulation that all legal arrangements will be reviewed and approved by the school’s attorney. Thomas said earlier the best interest of the school and the community would be a top priority of the school board when they make their decision. “It (the board’s approval) means a lot to me,” said Kenzie Morrison, Morrison’s son. Morrison said “he and his brother are extremely proud of their dad and honored that the bust was even considered. “Everyone knows where Dad came from and what he accomplished,” Morrison said. “It’s in our hearts — I'm from Jay myself.” “This means a lot,” said Trey Lippe-Morrison, another son. “He deserves it,” referring to the elder Morrison. For what Tommy Morrison accomplished — it a “good way to honor his memory,” Lippe-Morrison said. Both sons are undefeated heavyweights and bear a strong resemblance to their father. The bust will be more than 36-inches tall and will weigh about 100 pounds. Some of Morrison’s ashes will be encased in one of the boxing gloves. The $12,000 monument tab will be picked up by the association and unveiled at the Tommy Morrison 8-man boxing tournament, set for Jan. 2. That date is also Morrison’s birthday. Morrison, also a football standout, graduated from Jay High School in 1988. “Tommy was a tremendous athlete,” Roach said in an earlier interview. Morrison's legacy The young boxer who was just few years removed from the quite rural community of Jay shot to fame at the top of the boxing world with its bright lights and trappings. Morrison’s had a 48-3-1 record, knocking out 43 opponents and won a unanimous decision against George Foreman for the WBO Heavyweight Championship in 1993. His boxing reputation landed him a role as “Tommy Gunn” in the 1990 film "Rocky V" with Sylvester Stallone. Morrison had his run-ins with the law on weapon and drug violations. In 1996, the Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Morrison after he tested positive for HIV. Morrison later disputed the test results saying additional tests showed no virus, said his widow. “He went through rehab,” she said. “He turned himself around in the last part of his life.” Medical tests from other physicians and medical institutions revealed Morrison did not have HIV, she said. Morrison died Sept. 1, 2013, at age 44 from cardiac arrest, multiple organ failure, septic shock and pseudomonas aeruginosa.