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September 17, 2014

Oklahoma AD: DGB Would Unlikely Be At OU After Heightened Sensitivity of Domestic Violence

In a story posted at SI.com, Joe Castiglione, OU’s athletic director, said the school likely wouldn’t accept Dorial Green-Beckham now that attention is being focused on domestic violence following the release of the Ray Rice video.

“If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he probably wouldn’t be at Oklahoma,” Castiglione said.

Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri after he was investigated for allegedly breaking into the apartment of his girlfriend and pushing one of her friends—a woman—down some stairs. (The Oklahoman) Note: Green Beckham was never charged with a crime.

In the SI article Castiglione says..

“Just because of the attention and the cases now in the public consciousness, the university would have been unlikely to take on a situation like that..” 

But Castiglione adds he doesn't want DGB to feel unwelcomed..

“I don’t want to create the impression that you are here, but you shouldn’t be here.” 

DGB deserves a second chance, Castiglione said.

“Whatever he may or may not have done,” Castoglione said, “he is trying to become a better person.”

See SI.com for full article on Oklahoma ahtletic director Joe Catglione commenting on Dorial Green-Beckham.

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U.S. Senator Slams Bob Stoops in Op-Ed

Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, wrote a column for USA Today in which she takes aim at Bob Stoops for adding troubled wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to the OU roster last summer.

She wrote that she was “stunned” when Stoops was atop a recent poll of college football head coaches, who were asked which coach they’d most want their son to play for.

Missouri dismissed Green-Beckham last spring after he was accused of forcing his way into an apartment and shoving a woman down stairs.

“I have been a fan since I was a child growing up in Columbia, and even worked in college as a tutor and recruiting hostess for the football program,” McCaskill wrote. “I have followed Mizzou for my entire life through ups and downs, victories and defeats. My university is no different than many others in that its record is not perfect in terms of dealing with misconduct by its athletes. But I don’t think I have ever been prouder of my team and university than the day coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden announced the decision to kick DGB off the team.” (The Oklahoman)

To read her full op-ed visit USAToday.com

ESPN's '30 for 30' Documentary Featuring Brian Bosworth to Air Oct. 28

ESPN has scheduled its documentary on “The Boz,” flamboyant former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth, for 8 p.m. Oct. 28 as part of six films from ESPN’s “30 for 30” fall slate. “Brian and The Boz,” is being directed by Thaddeus D. Matula, of Austin, Texas.

Here is ESPN’s description of the film:

“In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both outsized personalities who delighted in thumbing their noses at the establishment. And in their three seasons together (1984-86), the unique father-son dynamic resulted in 31 wins and two Orange Bowl victories, including a national championship, as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But Bosworth’s alter ego – “The Boz” – was taking over.

“Eventually, he went on a downward spiral and became known as an NFL bust. In “Brian and The Boz,” the dual identities of Brian Bosworth are examined as he looks back on his life and passes on the lessons he’s learned to his son.” (The Oklahoman)

OU's Adrian Peterson Banned From All Vikings Activities

The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course on on former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, putting him on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list until his child-abuse case is resolved, which effectively bars him from all team activities, the team said in a news release early Wednesday morning.

"After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a team news release. "We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization.

"We embrace our role -- and the responsibilities that go with it -- as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community." (ESPN.com)

September 16, 2014

Former Sooner Gerald McCoy Injured With Broken Hand Is Game-Day Decision

All-Pro defensive tackle and former Sooner Gerald McCoy said Tuesday he'll be a game-day decision for Tampa Bay's Thursday night NFC South matchup at Atlanta.

McCoy broke his left hand in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. McCoy said any decision will balance the risk of playing versus making the injury worse.

"Most of it is pain tolerance, whether I can tolerate it or not," McCoy said. "As much as you want to be out there, you also want to be smart because the risk of missing a game or a couple of games as opposed to the risk of the rest of the season, it's not worth it."

Minnesota Gov. Calls For Adrian Peterson's Suspension

Add the Minnesota governor to the list of people unhappy with the team, as Mark Dayton called for the Vikes to suspend Adrian Peterson effective immediately.

"It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be 'innocent until proven guilty.' However, he is a public figure, and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota," Dayton said in a statement.

"Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.

Chuka Ndulue: West Virginia Fans Are 'Rude' and 'Disrespectful'

The hot topic of Monday's press conference was the reception the Sooners received from the West Virginia faithful, long regarded in college football as a rowdy bunch.

“They're loud and rude,” defensive end Chuka Ndulue said. “It's really loud over there. On defense, we're not going to get a lot of it, but they're very loud and very rude. Almost like Tech, but I want to say they (WVU) are the worst.”

So what makes a fanbase rude, exactly?

“The fans are disrespectful,” Ndulue said. “Those are great fans. They're backing up their team and they'll do whatever they can to get in your head.”

Volleyball: Sooners Win NIKE Invitational

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After narrowly taking the first two sets, the University of Oklahoma volleyball team had to fight from behind to claim the third and earn a 3-0 win over Lamar in the NIKE Invitational finale at McCasland Field House, Saturday afternoon. The Sooners swept the field and improved to 8-2 on the season, while the Cardinals fell to 0-9.

Oklahoma trailed in each set, but prevailed by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 27-25 for its fourth three-set win of the season. Junior outside hitter Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) was named the Most Valuable Player of the invitational, while sophomore outside hitter Kimmy Gardiner (Grapevine, Texas) and freshman middle blocker Marion Hazelwood (Beach City, Texas) each earned a spot on the All-Invitational Team.

“It is extremely important. During a timeout I said to the team, ‘somebody [beat us] at 22-18, no let’s do it to somebody else and it’s our house. We’ve got to win in our house,’” said head coach Santiago Restrepo on his team’s ability to bounce back in the third.

Junior libero Taylor Migliazzo (Kansas City, Mo.)had a stellar defensive match with a team-high 16 digs.

VIDEO: Bob Stoops Press Conference (Week 4)


Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops recaps an impressive win over Tennessee and prepares for a difficult test in the mountains of West Virginia.

Video via NEWSOK.com

September 15, 2014

Reports: New Accusations of Child Abuse Against Adrian Peterson

Former Oklahoma and current Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is being investigated for a second alleged child abuse case, according to multiple reports.

KHOU in Houston and FOX 9 of Minneapolis report another one of Peterson's sons also four-years-old returned home to his mother (different from first case) with a scar on his forehead.

KHOU reports...

The latest incident allegedly occurred last June, while the boy, who lives out of state, was visiting Peterson at his gated home in The Woodlands. A photo, allegedly texted by Peterson to the boy's mother, shows a head wound to the boy covered by two bandages. Other photos, allegedly taken weeks later, reveal a scar over his right eye.

The text messages also describe an exchange about what happened. They contain numerous misspellings and shorthand: 

Mother: "What happened to his head?" 

Peterson: "Hit his head on the Carseat." 

Mother: "How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car." 

Peterson: "Yep."

Mother: "Why?"

Peterson: "I felt so bad. But he did it his self."
Peterson was reinstated on Monday by the Vikings after a one-game deactivation.

UPDATE 1: ProFootballTalk reports The Vikings knew of abuse allegations stemming from 20013, but law enforcement took no action against Peterson..

Hours after news broke this evening that Peterson has been accused of abusing another one of his sons — in a separate incident from the accusation that led to his indictment last week — the Vikings released a statement admitting that they knew of that accusation and decided to bring Peterson back to the team today anyway.

“As part of the information we have gathered throughout this process, we were made aware of an allegation from 2013 in which authorities took no action against Adrian. We will defer any further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin,” the Vikings’ statement said.
UPDATE 2: Adrian Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, released the following statement regarding accusations of abuse from 2013..
“The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action. An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son,” Hardin said in a statement.