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August 31, 2012

Report: Sooner Sports TV Will Be Announced on Saturday

Fans will get sneak peak of Sooner Sports TV: Oklahoma fans who tune into Saturday night’s telecast of the OU-UTEP game on Fox Sports will see a quick preview of their favorite team’s television future.

Sooner Sports TV, the school’s long-anticipated venture with Fox Sports, will be announced during the broadcast, a source said.

Coaches shows, pregame shows and postgame shows will be part of the package. Fox Sports has a pregame show, “Sooner Sports Gameday,” set for 8:30 p.m. ahead of the 9:30 kickoff at the Sun Bowl.

Oklahoma Sooners vs UTEP Miners Game Preview

Oklahoma Sooners (0-0) (0-0) vs. UTEP Miners (0-0) (0-0)

UPDATE: 9:34 pm/ct 9/1/2012

Rankings: Oklahoma ranked No. 4 in AP & Coaches Poll
Date/ Location: September 1, 2012 in El Paso, TX
Time: 9:30 PM/CT
Kickoff: 9:38 PM/CT
Network: FSN
Field - Stadium: Sun Bowl Stadium


D.J. Ward Enrolls at Southmoore

Oklahoma commit D.J Ward transfers to Southmoore HS: D.J. Ward, the No. 1 player in the state for the 2013 class and an OU commitment, is apparently moving again.

Ward left Douglass and enrolled in Southmoore on Thursday, sources at both schools told The Oklahoman.

Gaining eligibility at Southmoore could be an issue, though, because Ward had to file a hardship waiver with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association in order to play at Douglass.


August 30, 2012

Peterson Cleared to Take Contact in Practice

Defenders allowed to hit Peterson in practice: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson absorbed football-related contact for the first time since reconstructive left knee surgery nearly eight months ago.

During practice, the Vikings cleared defenders to make contact with Peterson's upper body. Coach Leslie Frazier was pleased with Peterson's reaction to the contact.

"There were times there was nowhere to go and he had to run into people, and he responded well," Frazier said. "That was good to see. There were some good, hard hits. Nothing to the ground, just guys thudding him."

Former Sooner Blake Griffin says Knee is Good to Go

Blake Griffin: I feel like I'm at 100%: Former Sooner & current Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin said his left knee is healed after last month's surgery that forced him to miss the London Olympics.

Griffin had to watch the U.S. men's basketball team win the gold medal while able to do little more than practice shooting. But he is doing drills and running this week as he continues rehabbing from the July 16 surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear of his knee that he suffered during practice with the U.S. team in Las Vegas.

"I'm doing all my normal movements," he said. "I feel like I'm at 100%."

Stoops: No Update on Jalen Saunders

Stoops, Saunders still waiting to hear from NCAA: Coach Bob Stoops said he still hasn’t received final word on the status of junior wide receiver Jalen Saunders. Saunders, who transferred to OU from Fresno State in January, has appealed to the NCAA to be granted immediate eligibility. It still hasn’t issued a final ruling.

“He’ll be ready to play if he’s cleared,” Stoops said. “If he doesn’t, he doesn’t.” (Norman Transcript)

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Casey Walker Questionable for Season Opener

Stoops unsure if Walker will player in season opener: Following Wednesday’s practice, OU coach Bob Stoops said senior defensive tackle Casey Walker could miss Saturday’s season opener at UTEP due to a “personal issue.”

“Unsure right now,” Stoops said when asked about Walker’s status for the game. Stoops said the issue is not a football related issue.

Walker is currently listed as a starter at one of the defensive tackle spots, along with David King. If Walker cannot play, senior Jamarkus McFarland will likely get the start. Redshirt freshman Jordan Phillips is also listed on the two-deep depth chart and the Sooners were hoping to rotate all four at the two defensive tackle spots against the Miners.

FSN to Televise OU-Florida A&M on PPV

NORMAN, Okla. -- FOX Sports Oklahoma announced today that it will distribute the Sept. 8 football game between the University of Oklahoma and Florida A&M at 6 p.m. CT on pay-per-view to participating program providers. Suggested retail price is $39.95. The pay-per-view telecast will be available in high-definition.

The game is being televised on pay-per-view because it wasn't selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. Pay-per-view allows fans the option to watch a game they otherwise wouldn't be able to see on TV.

OU Men's Basketball Field House Series Announced

NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione and Head Men's Basketball Coach Lon Kruger announced today that the Sooners will play two of their 2012 home games at historic McCasland Field House on the OU campus.

OU's Nov. 7 exhibition game against Central Oklahoma (7 p.m. CT) and Dec. 31 regular season contest versus Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (2 p.m.) will be played as part of the inaugural Field House Series inside the 84-year-old venue.

August 20, 2012

Soccer: Sooners to Host Tigers

NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU soccer team continues the current four-game homestand on Monday night against LSU at 7 p.m. at John Crain Field. The Sooners also have Nicholls State and Vanderbilt on the home slate next weekend.

Below are five things to watch Monday as the Sooners look to build off Friday's 2-1 win over Nebraska:

August 19, 2012

Soccer: Sooners Defeat Huskers, 2-1

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Matt Potter era began Friday with a 2-1 win over visiting Nebraska behind a pair of goals from newcomer Renae Cuellar (KWAY-ar) in front of 832 fans at John Crain Field.

"Obviously, Renae is a talent and we all know that," said Potter. "She had her individual moments for sure, but people found her. When those people find her, she is going to be dangerous. It's a collective effort. Renae received the reward for some great endeavor from some other people tonight."

The Sooners also received a stellar effort in goal by senior Kelsey Devonshire, who made seven second half saves to limit Nebraska to one goal after the Huskers struck first in the 19th minute.

August 18, 2012

Oklahoma Ranked No. 4 in AP Preseason Poll

AP preseason poll puts Oklahoma No. 4: Southern California is No. 1 in the AP Top 25, tossing off the weight of NCAA sanctions and returning to a familiar place in the rankings - with a boost from LSU's problems.

USC earned the top spot in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll for the seventh time in school history and the first time in five seasons, edging out No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 LSU.

The Trojans received 25 of a possible 60 first-place votes from a media panel in a close vote. USC received 1,445 points. Defending national champion Alabama had 17 first-place votes and 1,411 points while LSU, the Crimson Tide's SEC rival, got 16 first-place votes and 1,402 points.

Former Walk-On Jesse Paulsen Earns Scholarship

Defensive back Jesse Paulsen now on scholarship: Senior Jesse Paulsen earned a scholarship at defensive back, but the news for Paulsen doesn't end there. Tony Jefferson said Paulsen's the No. 2 guy behind him. The Albuquerque, N.M., native played in 13 games during the last two seasons for the Sooners.

“Jesse is a hard player,” Jefferson said. “Many people don't' know, but he works hard. We had him on special teams last year, and he stepped up in the scrimmage and was making plays.” (The Oklahoman)

Sam Bradford Denies He'll Need Surgery

Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after a 35-45 loss against the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (October 11, 2008 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
Sam Bradford: ankle injury ‘a non-issue,' no surgery necessary: St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says speculation he might need offseason ankle surgery is off-base.

“That would be news to me,” Bradford said Thursday night after practice. “To be honest, I’m tired of talking about the ankle.

“Until it causes me to miss reps or miss time, it’s a non-issue.”

Bradford missed six games with a high left ankle sprain last season, aggravating the injury a few times after being hurt in mid-October and sitting out the final three games. He brought up the injury after the team scrimmaged earlier this month when asked generically how he felt physically, volunteering the ankle would need to be managed.

August 17, 2012

Coach Switzer Victim of a Ponzi Scheme

Jim Donnan allegedly took millions in a ponzi scheme: Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan used his influence to get high-profile college coaches and former players to invest $80 million into a Ponzi scheme, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.

Donnan and a business partner convinced investors to put money into a liquidation company that bought and resold appliances and furniture, the SEC said. Donnan and Gregory Crabtree, of Proctorville, Ohio, told investors the business was unique and profitable with huge potential and little risk, said William P. Hicks, associate director of the SEC's Atlanta office.

The pair raised about $80 million from nearly 100 investors, but only about $12 million of that was used to buy merchandise while the remainder was used to pay false returns or was pocketed by Donnan and Crabtree, the SEC said. Donnan also funneled large sums to family members, according to the SEC.

Another Sooner Suspended Indefinitely

Zach Frazer #10 of the Connecticut Huskies throws the ball around the arm of Stacy McGee #92 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the third quarter during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (December 31, 2010 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee has been suspended indefinitely: Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee has been suspended indefinitely for what coach Bob Stoops called a violation of university rules.

Stoops said Friday after practice that defensive end David King will move inside to make up for the loss of McGee, who has started 17 games over the past three seasons.

WR Justin Brown Still Plans on Graduating From Penn State

Former PSU wide receiver Justin Brown still plans on graduating from Penn State: Justin Brown will be working his way toward a media studies degree from Penn State while he plays for Oklahoma. If he had not been able to work arrange for the credits he earns now to transfer back to his old school, he says he wouldn't have joined the Sooners this season.

As it is, he will be able to finish his school work this semester. He is not sure if he will be able to go through his graduation in person.

"Just being there for years and putting in a lot of work on and off the field and in the community -- no disrespect to Oklahoma, I'm sure that this is a great university -- but I just felt like it meant a lot to get that Penn State degree," said Brown, one of nine players to leave the Nittany Lions after NCAA sanctions were handed down that allowed them to transfer and play right away without sitting out this season.

Former OU Standout Quits Football

Austin Haywood #89 of the Oklahoma Sooners dives over a defender during a game against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Sooners defeated the Longhorns 44 to 3. (October 7, 2011 - Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images North America)
Former Oklahoma standout Austin Haywood quits football: Tight end Austin Haywood, who transferred in from Oklahoma in the offseason, will no longer be with University of Central Arkansas.

Haywood was suspended at UCA for the majority of the offseason but was reinstated over the summer. "He has made the decision to not continue playing football," Conque said. 

"We had suspended him early, but he had been reinstated and was academically eligible. However, he has chosen to not continue his football career. We wish him all the best." (Log Cabin Democrat)

August 16, 2012

Jermaine Gresham Leaves Preseason Game With Injury

Wide receiver Jermaine Gresham #18 of the Oklahoma Sooners makes a 73-yard touchdown pass reception against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (November 29, 2008 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
Former Sooner tight end Jermaine Gresham left Thursday's preseason game with injury: Jermaine Gresham has become the latest Cincinnati Bengals player to exit a preseason contest due to injury.

The tight end appeared to hyperextend his right knee at the end of a 25-yard catch-and-run midway through the first quarter. Quarterback Andy Dalton connected on a short pass to Gresham, who made pretty spin move before being pulled down by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes.

Gresham limped on the sidelines, but didn't show any sign of a serious injury. The Bengals quickly announced he would not return to the game. (NFL.com)

Soccer: Oklahoma Hosts Nebraska Friday in 2012 Opener

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team (0-0) kicks off the 2012 season at home for fourth time in the last six years when it hosts Nebraska (0-0) on Friday, Aug. 17. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start time at John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex and is the start of a four-game homestand for the Sooners. OU will also host LSU, Nicholls State and Vanderbilt in the longest homestand of 2012.

OU is coming off a 2-0 exhibition loss at home against Tulsa on Saturday. Nebraska was victorious in its lone exhibition game with a 2-0 decision at South Dakota State on Aug. 10. Nebraska enters its 19th season under head coach John Walker. The Huskers were 7-10-1 in 2011 and finished 10th (4-7) in their first season in the Big 10 Conference. NU returns six starters from a year ago and was picked to finish 10th this season by the league coaches.

The Sooners are 2-12-1 all-time against the Huskers after the last meeting in 2010, which ended in a scoreless tie in Norman. The double overtime game ended a five-game winning streak for Nebraska in the series. OU last topped NU in 2004, a 1-0 decision in Norman. The Sooners are 1-5-1 all-time against the Huskers in Norman. Nine of the 15 all-time meetings have been decided by one goal or less, with Nebraska holding a 7-1-1 advantage.

Game 2 | vs. LSUOn Monday, Aug. 20, Oklahoma welcomes LSU (0-0) to Norman for the first time since 2008. The Sooners and Tigers are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the OU Soccer Complex.

Sooners Will Redshirt Injured RB

Oklahoma will redshirt running back Daniel Brooks after suffering torn ACL: Running back Daniel Brooks, who committed to the Sooners in March 2011 then suffered a knee injury his senior year of high school, is finally running again and hopes to regain his health as he redshirts this season. 

“He wasn’t able to practice but we still brought him in with the 105 group (this summer), so that he could rehabilitate,” Bob Stoops said Tuesday. “He’s been diligent out there with the trainers and he’s been running the past week-and-a-half. He’s been very diligent just going through the rehab phase. And he’s doing well with it.”

Stoops added that the Sooners never wavered in honoring Brooks’ scholarship, even though it was apparent he had a long recovery back from severed ligaments in his knee.

“It is the right thing to do,” Stoops said. “He made a commitment to us and we were committed to him." (ESPN.com)

Decision on Backup QB Could Come Soon

Quarterback Blake Bell #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners scores on a 4 yard rushing touchdown against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second quarter of the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sooners defeated the Hawkeyes 31-14. (December 29, 2011 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
Oklahoma coaches indicate decision on backup QB could come soon: After sophomore Blake Bell's impressive scrimmage Saturday, coaches faced more questions Tuesday regarding a time frame for a decision in the race to be Landry Jones' backup quarterback.

Bob Stoops quickly dismissed one inquiry about the competition between Bell and junior Drew Allen, but co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel implied a decision might be coming soon.

“We'll probably make a decision and we'll see how it plays out over the next couple of days here,” Heupel said.


August 15, 2012

Roy Finch Practicing With Receivers

Running back Roy Finch #22 of the Oklahoma Sooners rushes up field during the first half against the Missouri Tigers on September 24, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma leads Missouri 24-14 at the half. (September 23, 2011 - Source: Brett Deering/Getty Images North America)
Oklahoma running back Roy Finch practicing with receivers at slot position: Junior Roy Finch's role is expanding beyond running back; the 5-foot-7 dynamo is working with the wide receivers in the slot, and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said he's doing well there so far.

It's a lot different playing out on the perimeter than it is playing in the backfield, but he's got athletic ability and quickness and explosiveness, and those are all important things that we want to play at the receiver position,” Norvell said.

Norvell said Finch is working with both backs and receivers in practice.

“He's one of our better players,” Norvell said. “We're just trying to expand his role a little bit and give him an opportunity to get on the field at different spots, and that helps our flexibility in being able to play with different guys on and off the field.” (The Oklahoman)

Justin Brown Receives Death Threats

Former Penn State WR Justin Brown: Transfer 'was hard decision': Justin Brown went to his Penn State teammates for their blessing.

Certainly he didn't have to, but Brown did. He told them he wanted to transfer to Oklahoma for his senior season, but wanted to ask what they thought about the idea first.

"It was a hard decision, so I ran it by them," Brown said. "Most said for me to do what was best for me. They thought it was a better move and they wouldn't lose any respect for me for making the decision."

Now, he's at Oklahoma, already fielding death threats on Twitter before fielding a single punt on the field.

August 11, 2012

Adrian Peterson Could Be Activated On Sunday

Former Sooner running back Adrian Peterson could be activated on Sunday: The Vikings will meet to discuss the roster on Saturday, and Leslie Frazier said depth chart changes could be made.

Another possibility under consideration: taking star halfback Adrian Peterson off the active/physically unable to perform list, where he has been since the start of training camp as he recovers from knee reconstruction.

"We're going to discuss it," Frazier said. "We'll discuss where he is and what's the next step for him this week, whether we continue to work through rehab or how we want to approach it." (ESPN1500)

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Sam Bradford: Ankle 'Good Enough To Go'

Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners passes the ball in the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium January 2, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. (January 1, 2008 - Source: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Sport)
Sam Bradford is confident his ankle is 'good enough to go right now': Recent reports have Sam Bradford's ankle injury at less than 100 percent, but the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft says the injury hasn't been a big deal.

"It's good enough to go right now," Bradford said. "It really hasn't caused me to miss any reps in training camp. So we're dealing with it (the) best we can, and it really hasn't been an issue so far."

The Rams open up their preseason schedule against the Indianapolis Colts at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. (NFL.com)

Basketball: Trail Blazers Hire Former Sooner as HC

Former Sooner Terry Stotts named Portland Trail Blazers head coach: The Portland Trail Blazers hired former OU player Terry Stotts as head coach on Tuesday, filling the NBA's last coaching vacancy.

Stotts had a 115-168 record as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks before spending the past four seasons as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks. He inherits a team that fell drastically short of expectations last season and heads into the new campaign with a roster that includes forwards LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, and a lot of question marks.

Stotts, 54, replaces Kaleb Canales, who went 8-15 in an interim role after Nate McMillan was fired.

“Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA championship,” general manager Neil Olshey said. 

He played college ball at Oklahoma and was drafted in the second round by the Houston Rockets in 1980. (AP/The Oklahoman)

Kameel Jackson to Transfer to ULM

Former Sooner WR Kameel Jackson plans to transfer to Louisiana-Monroe: Kameel Jackson has again announced his intent to transfer on Twitter.

This time, though, it seems his new school was expecting him.

Jackson, who was dismissed from Oklahoma's football team, is on scholarship at Louisiana-Monroe, enrolled in classes and practicing with the team, ULM director of media relations Alex Edwards confirmed.

Earlier in the day, Jackson tweeted that he's “officially” a student-athlete there. (The Oklahoman)

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August 10, 2012

OU Wrestler Sam Hazewinkel Falls in Olympic Debut

NORMAN, Okla. – Sooner wrestler Sam Hazewinkel (Pensacola, Fla.) was eliminated from Olympic competition Friday. The U.S. 55kg freestyler lost his first match of the 2012 London Olympic Games Friday morning to last year’s 2011 World Wrestling Championships 55kg bronze medalist, Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan, 2-0 (3-1, 2-0).

“I’ve loved every minute of my time in London,” said Hazwinkel. “I came here to win, so the loss has put a dampener on it, but I’ve got a taste for it now that I’ve been here. I’ll keep on training. I’m coming back,” stated the three-time Sooner All-American.

Niyazbekov executed a front headlock roll through for a 2-0 lead in the first period. Following his two-point lead, both wrestlers recorded one-point maneuvers before the two-minute period timed out, and handed the Kazakhstanian wrester a 1-0 lead via a 3-1 scoring advantage in the first period.

August 9, 2012

Whaley: I'm A Lot Stronger

Dominique Whaley #8 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks along the sideline on crutches after being injured in the first quarter during a game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. (October 28, 2011 - Source: Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America
Dominique Whaley says he has only got stronger: Dominique Whaley remembers "everything going numb."

He remembers leading fellow Oklahoma running back Roy Finch on a sweep around right end, blocking on the first play of the OU-Kansas State game last Oct. 29, and having 228-pound linebacker Arthur Brown crash down on his lower left leg while tackling Finch.

They needed to see [ Dominique] show up for camp this month, put on the pads and cut and hit just like he used to. 

Whaley sounded confident. Asked at the start of camp if he felt like the same player, he replied: "If not the same, better." 

"I'm a lot stronger," he said. "My frame has gotten a lot bigger." 

Last Sunday, the Sooners ran an inside handoff drill in shoulder pads for the first time. It was the kind of thing they were waiting for, to see if their success story had a few more passages left. 

Sooners Selected for Preseason All-Big 12

NORMAN, Okla. – A pair of Oklahoma volleyball players, in junior Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) and sophomore Tara Dunn (Poth, Texas), were selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 team as announced by the conference office, Tuesday afternoon. The awards were chosen by league coaches who were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Texas totaled three preseason team selections and swept the preseason individual honors as Bailey Webster and Molly McCage were named Preseason Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Both Iowa State and Kansas State join Texas as each team had three 2012 Preseason All-Big 12 Team selections.

In a class-by-class breakdown, five seniors, seven juniors and three sophomores earned preseason honors.

The 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and AVCA All-America honorable mention, McLaurin, led the conference in blocks on the year, averaging 1.35 per set. During the regular season, the 6’2” middle blocker recorded 25 solo blocks and 132 blocks assists during the regular season.

August 7, 2012

Justin Brown Arrives at OU Preseason Camp

Justin Brown arrives at OU camp: The OU athletic department’s official Twitter account sent out a tweet with the photo at right attached of former Penn State wideout Justin Brown in a blue No. 18 jersey, making his Oklahoma practice debut.

Looks like Brown arrived in Oklahoma City last night, as he tweeted he would. (NewsOK.com)

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Sooners Support Oklahoma Relief Efforts

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma, its online commerce partner, Team FanShop, and the United Way of Norman are lending assistance to agencies providing relief to Oklahomans in the wake of recent wildfires across the state.

The University of Oklahoma is continuing to implement a collaborative effort in which the net proceeds from Team FanShop will be donated to the United Way of Norman to benefit affected Oklahomans. All monies donated to the United Way of Norman will be distributed to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

T-shirts featuring "2012 Relief Efforts - Oklahoma Helping Oklahomans" are currently available online at SoonerSports.com, the official website of the OU Athletics Department. The shirt, manufactured by Box Seat Clothing Co., may be purchased for $19.95 (men's) and $21.95 (women's) with a flat-rate $4.99 shipping fee for any quantity ordered.

The University of Oklahoma and United Way of Norman previously partnered for a collective relief effort following a tornado outbreak in 2011, and continued those efforts after severe weather impacted areas throughout the state in April of this year.

The United Way of Norman works directly with agencies such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army that have been providing round-the-clock assistance to Oklahomans in need. Services provided include opening and operating shelters, case management for those experiencing loss, mobile feeding sites for those working in disaster-affected areas, and more.

Disaster relief efforts are provided free of charge and are entirely supported by financial contributions. The University of Oklahoma and Team FanShop are proud to once again assist in these efforts to aid our fellow Oklahomans.


/// SoonerSports PR

August 6, 2012

Oklahoma Offensive Lineman Suffers ACL Injury

Oklahoma offensive lineman Tyler Evans suffers season-ending ACL injury: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is staying positive even as training camp has brought a series of unfortunate twists.

Starting offensive guard Tyler Evans was getting an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of a knee injury he suffered at the start of camp, yet another blow to a Sooners squad that was already going to be without five other players for the upcoming season.

Stoops revealed after Monday's practice that Evans was running down the field during the Sooners' first practice of training camp Friday when he was hurt.

"It may be a ligament. It may be cartilage," Stoops said before the MRI was performed. "If it's cartilage, he gets a break -- or we get a break. If it's not, then it could be bad. Until you get the MRI, you don't know."

Evans is Oklahoma's most experienced lineman left after starting center Ben Habern gave up the sport just last week because of lingering neck and back issues. Evans, a senior, has 29 career starts and has been in the lineup for the past 13 games in a row. Habern, another senior, had started 30 games. (ESPN)

Is Sterling Shepard the Next Ryan Broyles?

Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates with guard Gabe Ikard #64 after Jones scored against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (December 3, 2010 - Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)
Center Gabe Ikard says receiver Sterling Shepard and Ryan Broyles has similarities: Star receiver Ryan Broyles may have moved on to the NFL, but his successor may have arrived in a new young receiver. At least, that’s what center Gabe Ikard is hinting.

Sterling Shepard, a former Heritage Hall standout and the son of late former OU receiver Derrick Shepard, has impressed Ikard.

“He’s going to play a lot of good football here,” Ikard said. “I’m excited to see all the plays he can make. I daresay he’s got some very similar movements to an 85 that we lost last year.” (The Oklahoman)

Two Sooners With Medical Conditions Cleared to Play

OU linemen Kasitati and Woods cleared to play: Offensive linemen Nila Kasitati and Austin Woods, two Sooners who have dealt with scary circumstances this offseason, should be on the field this season, Bob Stoops said Saturday during OU media day.

Kasitati, projected to be one of OU’s top reserves on the interior of the line, has been dealing with a heart condition that Stoops termed as not life threatening. Kasitati underwent a procedure earlier in the week.

“He'll be able to continue to play,” Stoops said

Woods, OU’s field-goal snapper in 2011, is back to man the same role, despite being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in April. Woods underwent chemotherapy during the summer, but has since been cleared to play.

“Austin has done a tremendous job fighting through all these chemo treatments and cancer treatments and continues to be out there every day, enthusiastic,” Stoops said. “It’s been remarkable to watch him.” (ESPN.com)

Olympian Jones-Ferrette Takes 14th in 100-meter Dash

LaVerne Jones-Ferrette of the US Virgin Islands competes in the Women's 60 Metres first round during day two of the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena on March 10, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (March 9, 2012 - Source: Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
NORMAN, Okla. -- Former Sooner Laverne Jones-Ferrette finished 14th overall in the women's 100-meter dash at the Olympic Games Saturday in London.

The U.S. Virgin Islands native placed fourth in her semifinal heat, clocking 11.22 seconds.

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won gold in the women's 100, crossing the line in 10.75 seconds ahead of silver medalist Carmelita Jeter of the United States (10.78) and fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown (10.81).

Jones-Ferrette, who set a U.S Virgin Islands national record in the event with her first-round 11.07 on Friday, was a six-time NCAA All-American while competing for the Sooners in 2003 and 2004.

Jones-Ferrette continues in track and field Monday, Aug. 6, with the preliminary heats of the 200-meter dash.

/// SoonerSports PR

Sooners Prepare for Land Down Under

Head coach Sherri Coale of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts at the end of the game on April 5, 2009 during the Womens Final Four Semifinals at the Scottrade Center on April 5, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. Louisville defeated Oklahoma 61-59. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) * Local Caption * Sherri Coale (April 5, 2009 - Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)
NORMAN, Okla. -- Like every year, the OU women's basketball team uses its preseason to prepare for its winter schedule. Only, this year, winter comes in August.

The Sooners are headed to southern hemisphere as part of an overseas tour in which it will travel the east coast of Australia and play four exhibition games against teams from the nation's premier women's basketball league, the WNBL.

Thursday, Aug. 10, Oklahoma will face the Townsville Fire then play the reigning WNBL champion Dandenong Rangers Tuesday, Aug. 14. OU completes its Australian schedule facing the Maitland All-Stars on Aug. 15 and Sydney Flames on Aug. 17.

The preseason trip is not limited to basketball, however, as the Sooners will get to explore the land down under. Snorkeling around Great Barrier Reef, shopping at Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne and touring the Sydney Opera House are among the adventures planned.

The trip is funded by the Fast Break Club and with it the NCAA allows for 10 additional preseason practices. The Sooners began practice July 31 and will leave for Australia Tuesday.

August 5, 2012

Jake Dalton Finishes Fifth in Olympics Floor Final

Jake Dalton competes on the vault during day 1 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on June 28, 2012 in San Jose, California. (June 27, 2012 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
LONDON -- Oklahoma men's gymnastics senior and United States Olympian Jake Dalton concluded his 2012 Olympic performance with a fifth-place finish in the floor exercise final. Dalton's routine earned him a score of 15.333.

Dalton, the two-time defending U.S. champion on the floor was the lone American competing Sunday. He qualified after his performance in the qualification round on July 28.

Dalton's first pass was an Arabian double layout, followed by a well-executed layout Thomas. After his side pass of one-and-a-half twist to double front full, he had a slight landing error. He finished his routine with a whip to tucked Thomas, a two-and-a-half to layout front full and dismounted with a clean triple full.

"I just wanted to go out there and have fun today," Dalton said. "I knew I'd have to be perfect to get a medal with my start value. I've done routines that would have been really close before, but it's hard to time it at the right time. I'll take fifth in the world."

"Jake did a nice floor routine in the finals," OU head coach Mark Williams said. "The first three competitors were amazing, which made medaling more difficult. Jake was great throughout the Olympic Games competitions. He was the only USA athlete to score above 15.00+ on every routine he did. I'm very proud of his performances."

WR Kameel Jackson Dismissed From Team

Wide receiver Kameel Jackson #18 of the Oklahoma Sooners is grabbed by cornerback Leonard Johnson #23 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half November 26, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 26-6. (November 25, 2011 - Source: Brett Deering/Getty Images North America)
Receiver Kameel Jackson won't be reinstated: Receiver Kameel Jackson won't be returning to the OU football team.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Saturday that Jackson's time as a Sooner was over.

Jackson took to Twitter in early May to announce he intended to transfer to Texas A&M.

Jackson was suspended from OU a few days before — though it wasn't made public until later — but remained on scholarship with the hopes of being reinstated.

“Kameel won't be back,” Stoops said Saturday. “He won't be reinstated.

“You might tweet that too.”

August 4, 2012

Penn State WR Justin Brown Will Transfer to Oklahoma

Report: Penn State WR Justin will transfer to Oklahoma and arrive on Monday: Penn State senior wide receiver Justin Brown has told Oklahoma coaches he will transfer and play for the Sooners, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad on Saturday.

Brown has one season of eligibility and can play immediately for the Sooners.

At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Brown instantly becomes the biggest receiver on Oklahoma's roster. He was Penn State's second-leading receiver last season, grabbing 35 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns. He was the Nittany Lions' most experienced returning receiver.

Brown ends his Penn State career with 1,047 receiving yards.

He was also dynamic as a returner, ranking 36th nationally in punt returns in 2011.

Brown, who visited Norman last weekend, plans to arrive in Oklahoma on Monday, the source said.

Brown will compete for a starting job immediately at OU. At the moment, the Sooners have only one non-suspended receiver -- junior Kenny Stills -- who has made a catch wearing an OU uniform. (ESPN.com)

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August 2, 2012

Oklahoma Ranked No. 4 in USA TODAY Coaches Preseason Poll

Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after the Sooners beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys 47-41 at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (November 26, 2010 - Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)
Sooners will start season ranked No. 4 in USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll: LSU will start the season ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches' Poll, which again is flush with teams from the nation's most dominant league.

The Southeastern Conference, whose teams have won the last six Bowl Championship Series titles, has five of the top 10 teams and leads all conferences with seven teams ranked in the top 25 that was unveiled Thursday.

The Big 12 has six teams, including newcomers West Virginia and TCU.

LSU received 18 first-place votes, two fewer than second-place Alabama. Southern California, which received 19 first-place votes, is third. Oklahoma, which opened last season No. 1, and Oregon round out the top five. (USA Today)

USA TODAY Coaches Preseason Poll
1) LSU (18) 1403
2) Alabama (20) 1399
3) USC (19) 1388
4) Oklahoma 1,276 (1)
5) Oregon 1,258
6) Georgia
7) FSU (1)
8) Michigan
9) South Carolina
10) Arkansas
11) West Virginia
12) Wisconsin
13) Michigan State
14) Clemson
15) Texas
16) Nebraska
17) TCU
18) Stanford
19) Oklahoma State
20) Virginia Tech
21) Kansas State
22) Boise State
23) Florida
24) Notre Dame
25) Auburn

Full rankings at USATODAY.com

Stoops: Players Will Miss 'Considerable' Amount of Games

Reinstated players will miss"considerable" amount of games: Bob Stoops announced Wednesday the reinstatement of suspended Sooners Trey Franks, Quentin Hayes and Jaz Reynolds.

Franks and Reynolds, both junior receivers, and Hayes, a sophomore defensive back, will practice with the team, but still be suspended for a “considerable” amount of games, Stoops said during a very brief media session before Wednesday’s Sooner Caravan at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. (The Oklahoman)


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August 1, 2012

Three Players Reinstated After Suspensions

Kenny Stills #4 and Jaz Reynolds #16 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate after a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Sooners defeated the Longhorns 55 to 17. (October 7, 2011 - Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images North America)
Three players reinstated while a fourth remains under review: Trey Franks and Jaz Reynolds, junior receivers, and Quetin Hayes, a sophomore defensive back, were reinstated nearly three months after being removed from their athletic scholarships. Sophomore receiver Kameel Jackson was also suspended indefinitely then, but was allowed to stay on scholarship and work through summer school. He was not reinstated Wednesday, and his suspension will be reviewed after he finishes his current classes.

The four were suspended May 9 for violating unspecified team rules and did not appear in the 2012 media guide, which was released last month.

Franks, Hayes and Reynolds will remain suspended indefinitely from playing in games. (The Oklahoman)

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Center Ben Habern Announces Retirement

Ben Habern #61 of the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas. (November 18, 2011 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
Oklahoma center Ben Habern announces retirement due to neck/back injuries: Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops announced today that senior center Ben Habern has decided to retire due to neck and back injuries.

Habern has yet to comment publicly on his decision to retire, but he seemed optimisitc about his health at Big 12 media days last week.

“I’m back and healthy,” Habern said July 23. “I’ve had a great summer of getting back into shape and putting some muscle mass back on me. I’m honestly just ready to start playing right now.” (OUDaily)

Coach Stoops' statement regarding Ben Habern:

"Our coaching staff knows this was a difficult decision for Ben," Stoops said. "Ben has been a consummate leader for our team, both on and off the field. We appreciate the toughness that Ben has displayed, and we wish him the very best as he completes his education at OU."
 

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UTEP Plans Pre-Sale for Oklahoma Tickets

OU-UTEP tickets available to general public Aug. 20: Before tickets go on sale for the UTEP Miners' season opener against the Oklahoma Sooners, select season ticket holders will have access to a pre-sale a week earlier.

The Miners will face the Sooners at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, and tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 20. Season ticket holders who either renewed or place a new order prior to June 1 can purchase up to 10 additional tickets to the Oklahoma game. Eligible season ticket holders will receive a postcard by mail, and all sales must be made in person with a photo ID by the person whose name is on the postcard.

The pre-sale for those select season ticket holders begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 13 at the University Ticket Center located at 2901 N. Mesa St. in front of the Don Haskins Center. The ticket center is opened Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ticket prices for the Oklahoma game are $25 for general admission, $35 for bronze reserved, $60 for silver reserved and $70 for gold reserved. (KFOX)

Sooners Show Interest in Penn St. WR

Sooners interested in Penn State WR Justin Brown: SoonerScoop reports, It appears there has been contact between the University of Oklahoma and 6-foot-3, 209-pound, senior wide receiver Justin Brown. Brown was Penn State's second leading receiver in 2011 catching 35 passes for 517 yards and two touchdowns.

That contact has been brief and sparse according to Brown.

"They've been in contact," Brown confirmed Tuesday evening via text message. "Not that much contact. They've backed off."

If Brown's numbers seem small by Oklahoma standards, they are. PSU was ranked as the 96th passing offense in the NCAA last season.