Saturday, August 27, 2016

Blake Griffin Makes Largest Donation to University by Basketball Player

The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department received welcome news Friday when former OU men's basketball standout Blake Griffin committed to the largest gift ever to the University of Oklahoma by a former Sooner basketball player toward the High Performance Center Addition project at Lloyd Noble Center.

The approximately 16,000-gross-square-foot addition will be constructed south of the men's and women's basketball's two existing practice facilities, and will help enhance strength training facilities for both programs, as well other Sooner student-athletes.

"I'm really happy to do this," said Griffin, who was the 2009 consensus national player of the year and the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, and is a five-time NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles Clippers. "This is a special project and one my family and I wanted to significantly be a part of. I grew so much as a person and as a basketball player at OU. The High Performance Center will help our current and future players realize their collegiate potential while they're Sooners. Additionally, I look forward to utilizing the state-of-art center when I'm in Norman.

"I'm truly excited about the future of our men's basketball program under Coach (Lon) Kruger and I want us to capitalize on the momentum of last year's run to another Final Four. And with a facility like this, I don't think it will be long before Coach (Sherri) Coale is making her fourth Final Four trip with the women's program, too."

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dakota Austin to Start at Cornerback

OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said Dakota Austin is the likely starter at the cornerback spot opposite Jordan Thomas in the season opener.

"Dakota played well for us all last year and we look for him to go out and do the same this year," Stoops said.

Austin and Michiah Quick have competed for the job throughout the preseason. Barring injury both will play against Houston.

Guard Jamal Danley No Longer With Team

Redshirt senior guard Jamal Danley is no longer playing football, coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday night.

Danley, who appeared in one game last season, decided to stop playing the sport after suffering multiple concussions. He was expected to compete with Cody Ford for the starting left guard spot.

“He just had several of those and didn't feel it was best for him to continue to go,” Stoops said of Danley's multiple concussions.

Wrestling: Ryan Millhof Plans to Transfer From Oklahoma

Ryan Millhof, who placed seventh at 125lbs for OU, said he has requested a release from the school.

He's the first athlete to leave after a string of departures from the coaching and training staff. Three former Sooners -- all NCAA champions -- have left the program. Cody Brewer and Andrew Howe both went to Northwestern and Kendric Maple just signed on as assistant coach at Purdue.

Mark Cody, who led the Sooner coaching staff for five years, stepped down earlier this month. Long-time assistant Michael Lightner was named interim head coach.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, WR Zach Farrar to Play Baseball

The Oklahoma baseball team announced their 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday, which included two OU football players.

Texas A&M transfer Kyler Murray might be best known to Sooner fans as the quarterback who announced his transfer to OU around the same time former OU quarterback and 2014 Sugar Bowl MVP Trevor Knight was announcing his transfer to A&M, but Murray didn’t come to OU for football alone.

OU Announces Partnership With TuneIn

University of Oklahoma sports fans will be able to listen to live streaming and on-demand audio broadcasts for free this season as OU and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield's Sooner Sports Properties, announced Wednesday a multi-year partnership with TuneIn, the world's largest audio network.

The new streaming agreement between Learfield and TuneIn provides Oklahoma fans complimentary access to a dedicated Sooner Network channel to find game action and related OU sports programming. TuneIn will air live football and men's basketball games, as well as coaches shows, at no cost. TuneIn's Sooner Network channel will also air live select women's basketball, baseball, softball and other game broadcasts throughout the season. All OU athletics events that are broadcast via radio will be available for free via TuneIn, SoonerSports.com or a Sooner Sports Network affiliate's website. Specific radio broadcast information for each event will be communicated via SoonerSports.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Four Sooners on Senior Bowl Watch List

Four Oklahoma seniors — linebacker Jordan Evans, safety Ahmad Thomas and wide receivers Geno Lewis and Dede Westbrook — are on the Senior Bowl watch list.

The watch list includes more than 400 players from every level of college football. Eventually, the Senior Bowl will fill 110 roster spots combined for the North and South teams.

The Senior Bowl will be held Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. (The Oklahoman)

Defensive Lineman Matt Romar Enters Concussion Protocol

Defensive tackle Matt Romar, who started 12 games last season, is in concussion protocol after suffering an injury early in practice.

“I think in day two he went down,” Sooners defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux said. “In those two days, he looked pretty dang good.”

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