April 30, 2013

Chicago Bears Sign Punter Tress Way

Chicago Bears signed former Oklahoma punter Tress Way as an undrafted free agent.

Way played in all 13 games in 2012 season and earned an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by coaches. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt average in his senior season.

Golf: Sooners to Host NCAA Central Regional

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee has selected the teams and individuals to participate in the 2013 NCAA Golf Championships, including the 24 squads and six individuals who will compete in the NCAA Central Regional May 9-11 in Norman. Ranked No. 4 nationally, the University of Oklahoma will be the No.2 seed next week when competition begins at the 6,298-yard, par-72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

The Central Regional is one of three 54-hole events that will serve as a preliminary round for the NCAA Championship finals. The low eight teams and low two individuals not on an advancing team from each regional will move on to the finals, to be held May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

Golf: OU Wins Bedlam Cup in Convincing Fashion

The No. 4 University of Oklahoma women’s golf team registered a convincing 8-3 exhibition match play win over No.16 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Cup Saturday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

The event, which pitted OU versus OSU in dual competition for the third time ever and just the second time since 1977, featured morning and afternoon sets of matches. In the morning, three duos from each school participated in an alternate-shot competition. The afternoon portion of the day was comprised of eight one-on-one matches.

Softball: Pendley, Ricketts Give OU Sweep of Big 12 Awards

For the second week in a row, and fourth time this season, the University of Oklahoma softball team has swept the weekly honors, the Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday. Sophomore Shelby Pendley was named the Big 12 Player of the Week, while senior pitcher Keilani Ricketts was chosen as Pitcher of the Week.

It’s the third time in Pendley’s career that she has been named Player of the Week and the second time in the last three weeks. Ricketts, who has now been named the top pitcher in consecutive weeks, has been recognized five times this year and 16 times in her career.

St. Louis Rams Sign R.J. Washington as Free Agent

Former Oklahoma defensive end R.J. Washington has signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams.

Washington played in all 13 games in 2012 season with six starts at defensive end. In his senior season Washington recorded 34 tackles including 3 for a loss.

Washington joins fellow Sooner Sam Bradford on the Rams squad.

Dominique Whaley Signs Free Agent Contract with Seattle

Former Ansbach High School running back Dominique Whaley has signed a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

Whaley recently completed an injury-plagued career at the University of Oklahoma and was not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. But he was included in the annual wave of undrafted players signed in the wake of the draft, including eight other signees by the Seahawks.

Baseball: Sooners Ranked in Top 10

Following a weekend series win to maintain its lead in the Big 12 standings, the Oklahoma Sooners returned to the top 10 in national rankings Monday.

Oklahoma (33-11, 10-5 Big 12) is ranked No. 10 in Collegiate Baseball News' poll, rejoining the benchmark spot after taking two of three games from Texas Tech with 8-0 and 6-2 wins Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The Sooners are also No. 12 in Baseball America's rankings and rose to No. 13 in the USA Today Division I Coaches Poll.

April 29, 2013

Softball: Bedlam Tickets Sold Out!

The University of Oklahoma Athletics Tickets Office has announced that Oklahoma softball's home finale against Oklahoma State on May 11 has sold out. However, a very limited number of tickets could become available once the game starts depending on seat availability in the general admission areas.

In addition, tickets for the potential NCAA Regional, May 17-19, will go on sale to the public this Thursday, May 2, at 8 a.m. CT. Oklahoma will find out if it is selected to host on Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU. If the Sooners are not selected to host, refunds will be given.

Tennis: Four Sooners Earn Academic Honors

Four members of the University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team were named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 teams, announced by the conference Tuesday, April 23.

Juniors Mia Lancaster, Whitney Ritchie and Whitney Wofford and sophomore Abbi Melrose earned first team honors.

Lancaster and Ritchie earned academic honors for the second straight year, making the second team last year, while Melrose and Wofford made the list for the first time.

Volleyball: Lauren English Signs NLOI With OU

University of Oklahoma head volleyball coach Santiago Restrepo announced Monday that high school senior Lauren English of Richardson, Texas, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Sooners and will join the OU program as a freshman for the 2013-14 season.

"Lauren is an extremely dynamic and gifted young lady who plays the back row and knows how to play the libero/defensive specialist position to the T," Restrepo said. "She is very good at passing and at directing traffic in the back row. She has very good qualities to be a great libero in college and we are extremely happy that she is coming to OU."

Playing under head coach Jason Nicholson at Richardson Pearce High School, the 5' 9" English helped lead her team to a third-place finish in the Class 4A State Championship tournament in both 2009 and 2010 and a runner-up finish in 2011.

Tennis: OU Men's Team Wins Big 12 Championship

No. 14 Oklahoma captured its second straight Big 12 Men's Tennis Championship, beating No. 13 Baylor 4-2 in the conference tournament final Sunday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

The top two seeds of the tournament met for the second straight year in the final with the Sooners topping the regular-season champion Bears with victories in doubles and Nos. 2, 3 and 6 singles.

"Winning the first (Big 12 Championship) was hard and winning the second one was harder," OU head coach John Roddick said. "It's a challenge every year and to start being in the mix every time to win a championship is great. Our expectation from the players is starting to really show and the confidence from them has really risen. Our attitude got a lot better in the last week and a half and our competitive spirit came out."

April 28, 2013

Saints Take Receiver Kenny Stills in 5th Round

The New Orleans Saints selected Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills in the fifth round with the 144th overall pick Saturday afternoon.

Stills, 6 feet and 194 pounds, left school with one year of eligibility remaining. Last season he caught 82 passes for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection.

Steelers Draft Quarterback Landry Jones

Steelers selected Oklahoma QB Landry Jones with the No. 115 overall pick. Jones (6-foot-4 1/8, 225) was a four-year starter, succeeding Sam Bradford and completing 65.0 percent of his career passes with a 123:52 TD-to-INT ratio in the Sooners' wide-open spread.

April 26, 2013

Justin Brown is Confident He Will Play in the NFL

Justin Brown felt like his resume merited an invite to February's NFL Combine, but one never came.

Brown also believes his size and skills are valuable enough to make him worth a draft selection later this week. Most signs, though, indicate the 6-foot-3, 207-pound receiver will probably end up an undrafted free agent.

“A little disappointed, but at the end of the day, there was really nothing else I could do,” Brown said last month at OU's Pro Day when asked about the combine. “I did my best on the field, but at the end of the day, I don't make the decisions. That's why I had to work hard and try to prove myself at pro day.”

April 25, 2013

Golf: OU Men's Team Places Third at Big 12 Championship

After posting the lowest single-round score of the tournament Wednesday, the 28th-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished third at the Big 12 Championship, the Sooners’ best showing since winning the conference title in 2006. The weather-shortened event was played at the 6,759-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

The Sooners carded a 280 (E) on Wednesday, six strokes better than the second-best score of the final round, to finish at 29 over par. OU, which started the day in sixth place, finished 10 strokes behind league champion Texas and six behind second-place Oklahoma State. The nine-team field featured six squads ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50, including the Sooners.

April 24, 2013

Sooners In 2013 NFL Draft

ESPN's Mel Kiper Says Oklahoma's Talent Is 'Overrated'
Dream Chasers: Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson
It's Official: Stills, Jefferson Both Headed to NFL
OU's Stills, Jefferson to Enter NFL Draft
Stills, Jefferson Contemplates Futures

Chargers Work Out Lane Johnson
Lane Johnson Reportedly Visits Jets
Lane Johnson to Attend NFL Draft
Lane Johnson to Visit New Orleans Saints
Lane Johnson Works Out for Eagles
Lane Johnson Could Be Lions' First Round Pick at No. 5

ESPN's Bill Polian Calls Landry Jones the Best QB in NFL Draft
Gruden's QB Camp: Oklahoma's Landry Jones
Brown's Will Study Quarterback Landry Jones

Kenny Stills Is Determined to Prove Critics Wrong
Kenny Stills Visits New England Patriots
Kenny Stills to Visit Cleveland BrownsIt's Official: Stills, Jefferson Both Headed to NFL
OU's Stills, Jefferson to Enter NFL Draft
Stills, Jefferson Contemplates Futures

Is Big Ten Interested in Oklahoma?

The trendy instant reaction Monday to news that members of the Atlantic Coast Conference agreed to a “grant of rights” clause for its television and media was that it would halt realignment.

By the schools “granting” media rights to the conference for 14 years, the theory is that it would be too costly for a school to change leagues because it wouldn’t have much of value to “carry” to a new league.

The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 have such deals.

OU vs Notre Dame to Kickoff at 2:30

Oklahoma’s marquee, Sept. 28 game at Notre Dame has been scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff, the OU athletic department announced Wednesday via Twitter.

The game — OU’s fourth in its 2013 campaign — will be televised nationally by NBC. (The Oklahoman)

Here's the 2013 Oklahoma Sooners schedule.

Kenny Stills Is Determined to Prove Critics Wrong

Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills, who paid a pre-draft visit to the Browns, was advised by many to stick around for his senior season, but opted to come out early.

The NFL's draft advisory board informed him he'd be no higher than a third-round pick, but Stills made the leap anyway.

"I have no regrets," he said. "I felt it was time to step up and challenge myself at the next level. I just want to be able to get on the field and prove myself with my play."

April 23, 2013

Report: Cowboys Stadium to Host First College Football Playoff Championship Game

College Football Playoff will be the name of the four-team playoff, which begins after the 2014 regular season.

Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be awarded college football playoff's first national championship on Jan. 12, 2015, sources told ESPN.

Golf: OU Women Place Fourth at Big 12 Championship

The third-ranked Oklahoma women’s golf team shot a third-round 313 (+25) Sunday to finish in fourth place at the Big 12 Championship in Rhodes, Iowa. The Sooners entered the day in fifth place after the first two rounds at the 6,055-yard, par-72 course at the Harvester Golf Club.

The teams endured cold and windy conditions for much of the tournament with OU finishing the 54-hole event 23 shots behind champion Oklahoma State. Second-place Baylor finished two shots behind OSU and five strokes ahead of third-place Iowa State. OU finished the tournament at +64 and edged fifth-place Texas Tech by three shots.

Baylor’s Lauren Taylor won the individual title with a 54-hole total of 213 (-3). Taylor was the only player to finish the tournament under par and beat second-place Punpaka Phuntumabamrung of Iowa State by eight strokes. Oklahoma’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay finished the tournament in third place, 10 shots out of the lead. It was her second top-five finish at the Big 12 Championship.

Former Sooner Ronnell Lewis Arrested on Three Misdemeanor Complaints

Former Oklahoma Sooner and current Detroit Lion Ronnell Lewis was arrested on three misdemeanor complaints early last Saturday morning after an altercation in Norman's Campus Corner district.

According to Norman Police Sgt. Jennifer Newell, the 23-year-old Lewis became involved in an altercation at Logan's on the Corner. The fight continued outside after bouncers kicked Lewis out of the bar.

Gymnastics: OU's Squires Crowned National Champion

Sophomore Michael Squires won a national title on rings and University of Oklahoma gymnasts earned eight All-American honors Sunday in the final day of the NCAA Gymnastics Championship in State College, Pa.

Squires, a sophomore walk-on from Edmond, Okla., won his first national title and was named an All-American for the first time in his career.

"There was definitely a lot more pressure," Squires said of today's performance. "Yesterday was probably my most confident set just because we had made it to team finals and we were just trying to put it all out on the line. I woke up this morning feeling nervous, I didn't get much sleep, I was just thinking of my set. It is funny because I normally don't hear anything during my set, but today I was able to hear everything cheering me on and that definitely gave me the roll to keep going."

OU Athletics Blood Drive Set for April 23-24

The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department will open arms and doors for a two-day Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) drive. Anyone 16 years or older and in good health is encouraged to donate.

The blood drive will be held inside Gaylord Memorial Stadium, beneath the clock on the north side, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23 and 24. Each donor will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last, health screenings and donor rewards points.

Last year, some 130 staff and students donated at this annual blood drive. Since every donation can save the lives of as many as three people, 390 lives were saved as a result of the 2012 blood drive. This year, organizes hope to see participation in the event increase.

April 21, 2013

Gymnastics: OU Women Finish Second in NCAA Championships

The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team finished second in the nation at the NCAA Championships with a score of 197.375 at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.

The Sooners finished just ahead of Alabama's score of 197.350 and behind Florida's winning score of 197.575.

The second-place finish ties for the highest in program history. OU also placed second in 2010.

Gymnastics: Sooners Fall Short, Finish Second at NCAA Championship

For the third straight season, the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team captured a second-place finish at the NCAA Championship Saturday night at Penn State's Rec Hall. It marks the 13th consecutive season in which the Sooners, led by head coach Mark Williams, have finished in the top three nationally.

In an exciting final that went back-and-forth between Oklahoma and Michigan, OU posted a 440.100 to finish just behind UM's 443.200. The margin between the two teams was as close as 0.150 points after the fourth rotation and 0.400 points going into the final event.

"I thought this was a fantastic night for us," Williams said. "We hit 100 percent, stuck a lot of dismounts, exceeded all the expectations I've ever had for this team. This is the most excited I have ever been to be second, so I'm thrilled. We have been second six times in the last fourteen years, so these guys have been amazing."

April 20, 2013

Adrian, Barry Faceoff in Madden 25 Cover Vote

ESPN SportsNation announced that Barry Sanders will face Adrian Peterson in the final round of the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote. The stage is set for an epic showdown as two of the greatest running backs of all time square-off. Voting highlights from the semifinals include:

  • 1 million votes cast for the semifinals, 50K more than last year’s vote totals for the semifinals. Over 38 million votes cast overall in the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote.
  • Adrian Peterson posted the largest margin victory, with 68% of the vote against Arian Foster.
  • Barry Sanders won with a slim margin victory defeating Jerry Rice, 52% to 48%.

Four OU Women's Golfers Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Four members of the third-ranked University of Oklahoma women’s golf team were among 33 student-athletes named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Women’s Golf Team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Senior Taylor Schmidt (human relations), senior Jacki Marshall (human relations), junior Emily Collins (communication) and junior Anne-Catherine Tanguay (management) earned first-team honors with a 3.20 or better GPA. Twenty-eight student-athletes from the conference’s 10 universities received first-team honors, while five claimed second-team spots.

Golf: Three Sooners Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Three members of the 31st-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf team were among 27 student-athletes named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Golf Team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Senior Abraham Ancer (multidisciplinary studies), junior Michael Schoolcraft (economics) and sophomore Michael Gellerman (communication) earned first-team honors with a 3.20 or better GPA. Twenty student-athletes from the conference’s 10 universities received first-team honors, while seven claimed second-team spots.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Says Oklahoma's Talent is 'Overrated'

On Thursday, Mel Kiper was on NFL 32, discussing the draft stock and pro potential of former OU quarterback Landry Jones with fellow analyst Bill Polian.

Polian praised Jones, calling him the best quarterback in the draft and a mid- to late-first round pick. Kiper was a bit more conservative, labeling a few quarterbacks ahead of Jones on the draft board and slotting him as a third-rounder.

ESPN Analyst Bill Polian Calls Landry Jones the Best Quarterback in NFL Draft

In the 1998 NFL draft, Colts General Manager Bill Polian had a decision to make: Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? He chose right, and as a result his job in Indianapolis was safe as long Manning was there.

Now Polian is playing a different role, analyzing the draft for ESPN, and he was asked to pick the best quarterback in this year’s draft. Polian’s surprising answer? Oklahoma’s Landry Jones.

Gymnastics: OU Women Advance to Program's Third Super Six

LOS ANGELES -- No. 2-seed Oklahoma women's gymnastics advanced to the finals of the NCAA Championships, scoring 197.200 to finish second at the second NCAA semifinal session at Pauley Pavilion on Friday.

Oklahoma will join Alabama (197.350) and UCLA (197.200) as qualifiers from the second session, along with Florida, LSU and Georgia, qualifiers from the day's first session.

April 19, 2013

Gymnastics: OU Men's Team Advances to NCAA Finals

For the 14th straight season, the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA Finals with a 433.850 to finish second in its qualifier Friday afternoon at Rec Hall in State College, Pa.

The Sooners will look to win their ninth national title and sixth since 2002 in Saturday night's team finals. In the past 12 years, all under current head coach Mark Williams, Oklahoma has never finished below third nationally.

Since 2000, OU is the only collegiate men's gymnastics program to finish in the top four every year at the NCAA Championships, a streak that includes five NCAA championships and five second-place finishes. Oklahoma came in second in 2011 and 2012.

Judge Sets New Court Date for Quinton Carter in Felony Case

A judge agreed Thursday to postpone action in a felony case alleging that Former Sooner and current Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter added $5 to craps bets after the dice already rolled at a southern Nevada casino.

Carter didn't appear in court while Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Christopher Lee gave defense attorney Andrew Leavitt until Monday to try to settle the case with prosecutors.

WBB: T'ona Edwards Signs National Letter of Intent with OU

Following a dramatic run to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 in Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team boosted its incoming class with the addition of a local high school senior Thursday.

T'ona Edwards, a 5-foot-5 guard from Northeast Academy in Oklahoma City, filed a National Letter of Intent with the Sooners, OU head women's basketball coach Sherri Coale announced.

Edwards averaged 16.7 points seven rebounds, six assists and nearly four steals per game to lead the Vikings to a 30-0 record and state championship in 2013.

Basketball: Frank Booker Signs LOI with Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Lon Kruger announced Friday that high school senior Frank Booker has signed a National Letter of Intent and will be a freshman on the Sooners' 2013-14 squad.

Booker is a 6-4, 190-pound guard from Augusta, Ga., who averaged 27.9 points and 4.1 assists per game as a senior this past year for 22-3 Westside High School. A first-team all-area selection and the Region 3-AA Player of the Year, Booker led the Patriots to the Region 3-AA title and to the second round of the Class AA state tournament. He was MVP of the Upstate Holiday Classic (28.9 ppg) and the Lake Marion Christmas Invitational (32.0 ppg) in December, and was named the South Team's MVP at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Showcase in March (20 points).

April 18, 2013

Gymnastics: Coach Williams Adds One to 2013 Class

University of Oklahoma head men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams announced the signing of Viet Thao Hoang to a National Letter of Intent Wednesday. The Berlin, Germany, native will join the Sooners for the 2014 season.

Hoang, a highly successful gymnast competes for Sportclub Berlin. He is Williams' first international recruit since he was named head coach in 2000. Hoang currently is a student at Werner-Seelenbinder-Schule in Berlin.

Coach Stoops Clarifies Statement on Paying Players

Saturday, during a press conference reviewing the Sooners' spring scrimmage, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked if he wanted to clarify whether everything he said was everything he meant.

"Yes and no," he said. "In the end, my opinion is valid. I wasn't asked specifically, 'Am I in favor of a stipend?' I've been officially on record that I am in favor of a stipend, as long as all athletes get it. Female and male. I'm all about Title IX. I think it's the right thing. I love our women's sports here at this university; (they) are fantastic. And that's what college is about, being well-rounded.

Track and Field: OU Men and Women Remain in Top 25

The University of Oklahoma men’s and women’s track and field teams remain in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 as the No. 17 and No. 24 teams in the country, respectively. The announcement comes after several Sooners made their last trip to Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational this past weekend.

Six other Big 12 teams are in the men’s ranking, including No. 6 Texas, No. 16 Texas Tech, No. 20 Kansas State, No. 23 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Baylor. The women are joined by fellow Big 12 representatives: No. 1 Kansas, No. 7 Texas, No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 16 Iowa State and No. 17 Baylor.

Additionally, the men’s and women’s team are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Midwest Region.

OU Wrestling Celebrates Season With Year-End Banquet

The University of Oklahoma wrestling team celebrated the 2012-13 season Sunday afternoon with its annual postseason banquet at the Lloyd Noble Center Chesapeake Energy Courtside Club in Norman.

The Oklahoma coaching staff and wrestlers were joined by friends and family in celebration of the past year's accomplishments with dinner and season highlights. The voice of Sooner wrestling, heard at all of OU's home matches, Tyler Wilkey served as the night's host. Additionally, several Sooners went home with awards handed out by OU Head Coach Mark Cody and assistant coaches Michael Lightner and Jared Frayer.

Kendric Maple was awarded Most Outstanding Wrestler for the second-straight year after he brought home OU's first national championship title in eight years, and garnered the second All-America honors of his career donning the Crimson and Cream.

Additionally, Maple took home the Danny Hodge Most Pins Award after he totaled a team-high seven pins on the year and was named the Wayne Wells Award winner for academic and athletic excellence. The Wichita, Kan., native finished his redshirt junior season with an unscathed 31-0 record, and 4.0 GPA. It was the second time in as many years that Maple earned the awards, as he took home both awards last year.

April 17, 2013

Ground Broken on OU Rowing Training Center

The groundbreaking ceremony for the OU Rowing Training Center was held Tuesday for the state-of-the-art, on-campus facility for the University of Oklahoma rowing program.

Site prep began last week and construction equipment was ready to begin building the 24,000 square foot facility as the ceremony took place. Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, Head Rowing Coach Leeanne Crain and senior captain Nikki Furmanek spoke, while the ceremonious "first dig" was done with oars in place of shovels.

Baseball: Leedey's Drew Ward Signs LOI With Oklahoma

An in-state product and one of the nation's top high school baseball players joined the Sooners' incoming class of freshmen for the 2014 season Wednesday.

Drew Ward, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound infielder from Leedey (Okla.) High School, filed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Oklahoma, head baseball coach Sunny Golloway announced.

"We are very excited to have Drew and his family joining our family here at Oklahoma Baseball," Golloway said. "Drew's outstanding talent speaks for itself on the diamond, but what is even more impressive is the character of this young man. We are honored he will be a Sooner for life."

Ward was named to All-America teams by Perfect Game, ESPN and MaxPreps in 2012 and was a consensus top-five prospect before reclassifying as a senior earlier this academic year. He will graduate in May.

Weitzenhoffer Scholar-Athlete Breakfast Award Winners

The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department honored numerous student-athletes, coaches and members of the OU faculty at the 15th annual Max Weitzenhoffer Scholar-Athlete Breakfast on Tuesday at the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

OU President David L. Boren and OU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione presented more than 40 academic, community and achievement awards. Below is a list of the 12 awards and the corresponding recipients:

Big 12 Commish: Conference Not Looking to Expand

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday he believes “calmer heads are prevailing” in the world of major college conference realignment, and insisted his league feels no pressure to expand beyond its current 10-school alignment.

“No one has proven to me larger is better,” Bowlsby said.

Thank-A-Thon Highlights Sooner Family

The fifth annual Sooner Club Thank-a-Thon is underway, as OU student-athletes take time to personally say "Thank you!" to some of the program's most loyal and generous supporters.

Nearly 100 student-athletes representing each of Oklahoma's 21 varsity programs are participating in the three-day event which began Monday and runs through Wednesday.

"It shows the care and support they have for the university," basketball freshman Je'lon Hornbeak said of Sooner Club members.  "Just to see how they want us to do better - even though they don't even know us - really shows a lot of character from them."

OU Student Football Season Tickets on Sale

Student season tickets for the 2013 University of Oklahoma football season are on sale now to any currently (Spring 2013) enrolled OU student at the Norman, HSC or Tulsa campuses who will also be a full-time student in the fall of 2013.

Internet ordering is available at SoonerSports.com. Ticket sales are on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last until availability is exhausted or through May 12 at 11:59 pm.

Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the west side of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The OU Athletics Ticket Office will continue sales every business day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until availability is exhausted or through May 10.

April 16, 2013

Report: Oklahoma Assistant Linked to Florida Gulf Coast Coaching Vacancy

Oklahoma assistant coach Steve Henson is on the shortlist to become the next Florida Gulf Coast head coach a source confirmed to The Oklahoman.

The Eagles were formerly coach by Andy Enfield, husband to model Amanda Marcum-Enfield, a Mustang, Oklahoma native. The Eagles are now in search of a head coach.

Quarterback Guru Says Former Sooner Drew Allen Is a Pro Prospect

Drew Allen was among the small group of young quarterbacks working out with Sonny Detmer, the father of NFL quarterbacks Ty and Koy Detmer, mastering the mechanics and nuances of the position for about two hours each night.

Koy and Ty would show up every now and then when they could during their offseason, helping their dad and allowing more 1-on-1 instruction.

Dream Chasers: Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson (VIDEO)

Raised for much of his life in Southeast San Diego, a neighborhood described by community members as a gang "war zone," Tony Jefferson's parents sacrificed greatly to ensure their son wouldn't fall victim to the trappings of the neighborhood he grew up in. Tony shares his family's story of faith, commitment and sacrifice in pursuit of his NFL dream.

Former Sooner Passes Away

Dick Heatly, who played football under coach Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma from 1949-51, died April 4 of complications from Alzheimer's disease in Spartanburg, S.C., He was 83.

Heatly was an honorable mention All-American as a halfback and punter who helped Oklahoma win 31 straight football games. He was on OU's first national title team in 1950.

Track and Field: Pair of Sooners Win at John McDonnell Invite

The University of Oklahoma track and field team made its last trip of the year to Fayetteville, Ark., this evening, for the John McDonnell Invitational. Two Sooners claimed individual titles, while Oklahoma left John McDonnell field with 21 top-five finishes.

Brandon Doughty won Oklahoma’s first event of the evening after he crossed the line in 9:04.76 in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. His race in Fayetteville marked the Doughty’s collegiate debut in the event, and he did it in style, clocking the seventh-best time in Oklahoma history.

Senior Tia Brooks followed Doughty after she clinched Oklahoma’s lone victory on the field with a winning throw of 60-4.00 (18.39m) in the women’s shot put competition. The victory marked Brooks’ 12th-straight win in the event, as she remains undefeated on the year, is the lone woman to surpass the 60-foot barrier on the season and holds the NCAA’s top-two throws in the event.

OU's Overton Named Pitcher of the Week

Oklahoma left-handed pitcher Dillon Overton was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, his second honor this season, the conference announced today.

Overton, out of Weatherford, Okla., went eight innings with eight strikeouts for the Sooners, earning the win over Baylor last Saturday. The junior walked just two and gave up only one earned run to improve to 7-2 on the year, the most wins of any pitcher in the Big 12. Overton also is second in the league behind teammate Jonathan Gray averaging 8.13 strikeouts per game, helping OU maintain its place atop the Big 12 standings at 8-4 on the year.

April 15, 2013

Whitney Hand Selected in WNBA Draft

University of Oklahoma guard Whitney Hand was selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the third round of Monday's WNBA Draft.

Hand, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds before missing the final 26 games of Oklahoma's season due to injury, was picked 32nd overall, the eighth selection of the final round.

"I'm very thankful for San Antonio to consider me under this circumstance," Hand, who was attending OU's postseason banquet, said. "I appreciate that Coach Hughes has given me the opportunity to recover from my injury and have a chance at continuing to play basketball and live out my dreams next season."

Touted Wide Receiver Commits to Oklahoma

Wide receiver Dallis Todd, a highly recruited prospect from La Mirada, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play football at Oklahoma.

Todd (6-5, 205 pounds) is the fourth commitment to the Sooners’ 2014 class. The recruiting website 247Sports.com was the first to report the pledge.

April 13, 2013

Former Sooner Delbert Long Passes Away

Delbert Long, who played on OU football’s 1955 and 1956 national championship team, died Thursday on his 78th birthday in Fairhope, Ala.

Long came to OU from his hometown of Ponca City. Sooner historian Harold Keith wrote that “coaches tried to drop him. He wouldn’t let them. He told them he was going to make the OU team if it was the last thing he did.” (The Oklahoman)

April 12, 2013

Former Oklahoma Quarterback Drew Allen Will Transfer to Syracuse

Drew Allen, a senior at Oklahoma with one year of eligibility remaining, will transfer to Syracuse. And it seems he will follow in the footsteps of Greg Paulus, who played one year of quarterback for the Orange after four years of college basketball at Duke.

"It is the toughest decision of my life just because of the uniqueness of the situation," Allen told The Post-Standard. "Coming out of high school, I was basically deciding where I was going to go for the next four or five years of my life. With this, it was a decision that would span just a matter of months — a one-year deal.

"So it’s been a long process, and I’m really excited that it’s come down to me going to Syracuse."

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