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January 28, 2015

Report: Stadium Expansion Project on Hold

A month after the Sooners endured a disappointing season on the football field, News 9 sports director Dean Blevins confirmed with sources Wednesday afternoon that Oklahoma's stadium expansion project is on hold.

Sources said low oil prices and fewer donor donations led to the decision.

However, at the Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting in Lawton on Wednesday, OU president David Boren denied the reports, saying the expansion project was still a go and would be discussed at the Board of Regents' meeting in March.

Former Oklahoma Running Back Jakie Sandefer Dead at 78

Former Oklahoma running back and successful Texas oilman Jakie Sandefer passed away Tuesday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. He was 78.

Sandefer, a native of Breckenridge, Texas, arrived at OU in 1955 and was a halfback on some of legendary coach Bud Wilkinson’s most dominant teams from 1956-58. He played with eventual College Football Hall of Fame inductees Tommy McDonald, Jerry Tubbs and Clendon Thomas.

January 27, 2015

OU Softball Will Play 14 Television Games in 2015

The University of Oklahoma softball team is scheduled to have 14 of its games televised during the 2015 season, it was announced Tuesday.

Of those 14 contests, seven are assigned to a national audience, while the other seven will be shown regionally courtesy of Sooner Sports TV.

Oklahoma, ranked No. 4 in the NFCA Preseason Poll and No. 3 by Softball, will have its first televised game March 4 when it hosts Wichita State on Sooner Sports TV in a 5:30 p.m. contest.

The first time a nation-wide audience will be able to see the Sooners comes Friday, March 20, when OU takes on No. 19/18 LSU in Baton Rouge. That game will take place at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

The Big 12 home opener against Iowa State on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. will be shown on Sooner Sports TV, as will the April 8 matchup against Arkansas at 5 p.m.

OU Safety Hatari Byrd Cited for Drug and Alcohol Offenses

Oklahoma safety Hatari Byrd was cited on complaints of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor early Saturday morning.

The Tulsa World first reported news of Byrd’s citation.

According to the Norman Police Department incident report, an officer observed Byrd speeding and driving left of the center line and right of lane division markers on East Lindsey Street.

January 23, 2015

Softball: Sooners Ranked No. 4 in Preseason Top 25

The three-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma softball team will start the 2015 season ranked fourth in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25, which was released Tuesday.

Oklahoma’s No. 4 ranking is tied for the fourth-best preseason mark in school history. The only start that was better came when the Sooners were ranked No. 2 in 2014, 2013 and 2001. OU, which finished fifth in the final 2014 rankings, has now been ranked fifth or better in the preseason poll in each of the last four seasons.

The Sooners, who received one of 29 first-place votes in the poll, trail No. 1 Florida by 86 points for first place. The defending national champion Gators took 20 first-place votes to put themselves ahead of No. 2 Oregon (eight first-place votes) and No. 3 Alabama. After Oklahoma, Florida State rounds out the preseason top five.

Oklahoma’s 2015 schedule features eight teams ranked in the preseason poll. After opening the season against No. 25 DePaul on Feb. 5, the Sooners are also scheduled to face No. 6 Kentucky, No. 11 Washington, No. 12 Georgia, No. 14 Arizona, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 19 LSU in out-of-conference contests. In addition, Hofstra was receiving votes.

Within the Big 12, Baylor opened at No. 10, while Texas was receiving votes.

Golf: OU Selected to Host 2018 Men's Regional

The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club on the campus of the University of Oklahoma has been selected as one of six 2018 NCAA men’s golf regional sites, the NCAA announced.

OU last served as the host school for an NCAA Regional in 2012. At that tournament, the Sooners secured a fifth-place showing with a three-round 874 (+10) to advance to the program’s 33rd NCAA Championships. Then-freshman Michael Gellerman led the Sooners, finishing in fifth at 1 under par.

“We are excited to get the regional bid for 2018,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “There is a lot of respect for Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, and it shows knowing the NCAA selected our golf course for the second time in six years.”

Former Sooner Blake Griffin Named All-Star Game Starter

Former Sooner star and current Clippers forward Blake Griffin will start in the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth straight year.

It also marks the fifth straight All-Star appearance overall for Griffin, who was named tonight on TNT’s live show as a Western Conference starter, along with Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol.

“It is a great honor to make the All-Star team,” Griffin said. “I want to thank all of the fans who voted for me as a starter. I am excited to represent the Clippers and Los Angeles in New York City next month.”

January 22, 2015

Softball: OU Tops Big 12 Coaches’ Preseason Poll

For the third season in a row, and the sixth time in the last seven years, the Oklahoma softball team has topped the Big 12 Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The Sooners, who were ranked fourth in the USA Today/NFCA Preseason Poll Tuesday, received six of the seven first-place votes. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

The three-time defending Big 12 champions return five of the six Sooners that earned All-Big 12 honors last season. The team went 16-2 in the Big 12 in 2014 to capture the seventh regular season conference crown in program history and become the first team in league annals to win it three seasons in a row.

Overall, Oklahoma posted a 51-13 record last season and reached the Women’s College World Series for the fourth season in a row, the longest active streak in the country.

Report: Utah State to Hire Josh Heupel as Offensive Coordinator

Utah State will name Josh Heupel Offensive Coordinator. Heupel will join Utah State after coaching Quarterbacks and serving as Co OC at Oklahoma. Josh Heupel is a former All-American, a Heisman trophy runner-up, a former NFL QB, and has had a successful collegiate coaching career.

January 21, 2015

Former OU Wide Receiver Kenny Stills Named 8th Annual VIZIO "Top Value Performer"

VIZIO, America's #1 Smart TV company, today announced  former Oklahoma and current New Orleans wide receiver Kenny Stills as the winner of the 2014 VIZIO Top Value Performer award. Over the last two weeks, Stills has tirelessly campaigned for fan votes across social and broadcast media through a series of interviews touting his candidacy. As a result, fans from coast-to-coast rallied to vote the second-year player most deserving of this season's award. For the eighth consecutive year, the VIZIO Top Value Performer award recognizes the professional football player whose on-field performance most exceeds expectations and the value of their annual base salary as voted on by the fans. By clinching the most fan votes, Stills beat out candidates such as Pittsburgh'sLe'Veon Bell, Denver's C.J. Anderson, Baltimore's Justin Forsett and Cincinnati's Mohamed Sanu to secure the award.

Stills built on a solid rookie campaign by developing a consistent rapport with his quarterback. During the 2014 season, he raked in 931 receiving yards and averaged 14.8 yards per catch. The 2013 fifth-round pick instantly improved the New Orleans offense by giving the team a legitimate deep threat after signing with a base salary of $495,000.

"It's such an honor to win the VIZIO Top Value Performer award and I can't begin to thank my fans enough for their support," said Stills. "All the finalists had fantastic seasons and were certainly deserving, and sharing this win with the fans and my teammates is really something special."

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