August 30, 2014

Former Sooner Running Back Damien Williams Makes NFL Roster

Former Oklahoma running back Damien Williams made Miami Dolphins' final 53-man roster.

Williams, an undrafted free agent, will be competing for the backup role at running back behind Knowshon Moreno.

In November, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops dismissed Williams for violating team rules.

Williams rushed for 1,499 yards and 18 touchdowns in two season at Oklahoma.

Undrafted Free Agent Damien Williams Is Turning Heads

Ndulue: We Still Have A Lot of Work to Reach Our Goals

The Sooners have gotten tons of attention since beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The opener Saturday at home against Louisiana Tech offers the fourth-ranked Sooners a chance to start living up to it.

"Everyone is expecting us to be great, unlike last year," defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue said. "For us as a team, we know that we haven't done anything yet. They're still a lot to be proven, starting with this first game on Saturday.

"Yeah, last year was great, but we still have a lot of work to do to reach our goals." (Tulsa World)

August 29, 2014

Frank Shannon's Lawyer: University of Oklahoma Has 'Failed' Shannon

The drama surrounding linebacker Frank Shannon and the University of Oklahoma continued on Friday afternoon.

Shannon's lawyer held a press conference and blasted the school's decision to suspend Shannon, saying her client was being turned into a scapegoat by the program.

"(Shannon) has been painted in a way that is in no way how he is," Aletia Timmons told reporters.

August 28, 2014

Yucatan Foods and The Ryan Broyles Foundation Team Up For The NO BACKPACK GOES EMPTY Campaign

Yucatan Foods and The Ryan Broyles Foundation have teamed up to help fill backpacks this fall through their No Backpack Goes Empty campaign. Winners of the promotion will receive a backpack loaded with school supplies and autographed NFL sports memorabilia while donations from the promotion benefit the community.

“Some students in the community financially struggle with the long list of school supplies needed to start the new academic year,” said Jessica Brown, Director of Marketing for Yucatan Foods. “It’s important to Yucatan to give back by helping to fill some of those backpacks. The opportunity arose to partner with The Ryan Broyles Foundation and Community Partners of Dallas and we excitedly accepted. The Broyles Foundation’s focus on healthy lifestyle made them a natural fit for us.”

Beginning August 18, complete the entry form at for a chance to win one of several backpacks filled with school supplies and a piece of autographed NFL sports memorabilia. Memorabilia includes several signed items from Dallas Cowboys’ running back Demarco Murray, Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Ryan Broyles, and Mark Clayton, former wide receiver with the Baltimore Ravens and Saint Louis Rams.

August 27, 2014

OU to Pay Louisiana Tech $975,000 For Game

Louisiana Tech will receive a $975,000 payment from University of Oklahoma for Saturday's nonconference game according to an agreement signed in 2010.

The contract signed between the two schools states Louisiana Tech will receive 350 complimentary tickets and 100 complimentary game programs. Oklahoma, in return, will receive all revenue from the television broadcasts and the sales of souvenirs and game programs.

How to Order OU-Louisiana Tech on Pay-Per-View

FOX Sports Spokesman: Oklahoma Pay-Per-View Telecast Helps Subsidize Sooners Sports TV

The $39.95 suggested price that OU football fans will pay to watch the season opener against Louisiana Tech on Saturday will help subsidize Sooners Sports TV, one of the nation’s most prolific college sports networks, with more than 2,000 hours of programming annually.

Under the Big 12 television contract, conference schools retain rights to one home football game. OU has given its rights for that game to Fox Sports, its partner in Sooner Sports TV. Fox Sports had the option of showing the game for free on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Checkout our Oklahoma vs Louisiana Tech game information page.

“We chose to put this on pay-per-view,” Fox Sports Oklahoma spokesman Ramon Alvarez said Tuesday. “By putting this game on pay-per-view, it helps generate income to produce and televise all the other programming you see on Sooner Sports TV.” (The Oklahoman)


Adrian Peterson Seeks to Become Best Football Player Ever

Former Oklahoma running back and Vikings star Adrian Peterson lives in Houston. While his neighbors crank the air conditioning on a June morning, Peterson leaves his house at about 8:30 a.m. and drives 45 minutes to meet his trainer at a workout facility featuring a sand pit, a steep hill and a track.

The burning in his lungs is assuaged by a simple and powerful thought: “I doubt any other running backs are doing this,” he said.

Why does he? “I work with the mind-set of being the best ever,” he said. “That, and my approach, set me apart. I have it in my mind that I’m doing things that nobody else is doing. You’re not just saying you’re going to be the best ever, you’re putting in the work to accomplish that.”

August 26, 2014

Jalen Saunders Returns to Practice After Suffering Seizure

Former Oklahoma standout and New York Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders returned to full practice Monday, 10 days after suffering a seizure while driving his car.

Saunders was involved in a one-car accident and was hospitalized for two days. He wasn't injured, but he underwent neurological testing. He experienced a "medical event" moments before the accident, according to the police report. The Jets didn't confirm the diagnosis until Monday.

"He had a seizure, and that's the extent of what we know," coach Rex Ryan said. "We let the professionals handle it. When the doctors were confident that he would be cleared, he was -- and that's where he's at now."

Bob Stoops: Blake Bell Taking Snaps at QB is 'Emergency Plan'

Bob Stoops acknowledged Monday that Blake Bell did, in fact, take snaps at quarterback in practice last week. This despite Oklahoma’s insistence that Bell was now a fulltime tight end for the Sooners.

The explanation?

“Because of Cody Thomas’ situation and, as much as anything, too, wanting to redshirt Justice Hansen,” Stoops said. “All of that together plus not having Baker Mayfield’s situation resolved, it never hurts to have an emergency plan.”

August 25, 2014

Four-Star Offensive Lineman Verbally Commits to Oklahoma

San Ramon Valley High (Danville, CA.) offensive tackle Dru Samia, a four-star recruit by, announced he will attend Oklahoma.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Samia, who celebrated his 17th birthday Friday, had narrowed his decision to either the Sooners or UCLA. He reached a final decision Friday morning.

"I really felt comfortable there," Samia said of Oklahoma. "I love the coaching staff. I went out (for an unofficial visit) and I didn't want to leave."

Find the latest on OU Football recruiting.

August 24, 2014

Former Sooner WR Kenny Stills Reaggravates Quad Injury

Former Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills aggravated the quadriceps injury [during Saturday's preseason game] that has plagued him throughout training camp and was forced to leave the game in the first half. Stills was also making his preseason debut after the quad, which he first hurt in the spring, kept him out of the first two games and most of training camp.

“Not much to say. It’s the same injury I was dealing with before,” Stills said, via

Undrafted Free Agent Damien Williams Is Turning Heads

Former Oklahoma and current Miami Dolphins running back Damien Williams rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in the Dolphins' third preseason game.

Williams entered the game as the third back behind Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno. 

An undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma, Williams has a great shot to make the Dolphins' 53-man roster. Williams has rushed 24 times for 55 yards (2.3 YPC) this preseason. (RotoWorld) Bob Stoops dismissed Damien Williams from the team in November 2013 for violating University policy.

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Sam Bradford Suffers Torn ACL in Preseason Game; Out for Season

When the St. Louis Rams played the Cleveland Browns Saturday night, the worst happened as former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford left the game in the first quarter with an injury to his left leg. Bradford had surgery on his knee previously when he tore his ACL in week 7 last season.

Bradford took the hit to his knee from Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant, beating left tackle Jake Long, who is also returning from a torn ACL. Bradford walked off of the field under his own power.

MBB: Crimson Edges Cream in Alumni Game

Photo Courtesy: Ty Russell,
Down almost the entire contest, the Crimson Team pulled out a 99-96 win in OU's fourth annual Legends Alumni Game at Lloyd Noble Center Saturday afternoon.

Ebi Ere, who played on OU's 2002 Final Four and 2003 Elite Eight teams and still plays professionally overseas, led all scorers for the second consecutive year. He finished with 23 points for the Crimson squad on 10 field goal makes, three of them 3-pointers.

"It's always fun just to be in this gym again," said Ere, who scored an alumni-game-record 34 points last year in a victory for the Cream team. "The atmosphere is great. It's always good. I can remember playing games in here and it's just so much fun. The energy (today) was just an energy I've never played with since I left."

Crimson teammate Aaron McGhee, returning to campus for the first time since his senior year of 2001-02, scored 15 points. Tyler Neal added 14, just five months after winding up his OU career.

August 23, 2014

Joe Mixon Tweets Out He's 'Loyal' to Bob Stoops

University of Oklahoma suspended their top incoming recruit Joe Mixon for 2014 college football season after he was involved in a physical altercation with a female at Pickelman's Gourmet Cafe in Norman, some wondered if he would transfer from the school.

On Friday, Joe Mixon appeared to have put to rest any rumors of him transferring to another school in a series of tweets.

Mixon pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of acts resulting in gross injury and is expected back in court Sept. 23.

NCAA Denies Dorial Green-Beckham's Waiver Appeal

The top recruit of 2012 will not play for the Sooners in 2014. NCAA has denied Dorial Green-Beckham's waiver appeal.

In a statement issued Friday evening, University of Oklahoma announced former Missouri wide receiver transfer Dorial Green-Beckham, a junior, must sit out 2014 college football season per NCAA rules.

University of Oklahoma Athletics Department statement reads...

"The University of Oklahoma has learned that the waiver request it entered on behalf of Dorial Green-Beckham has been denied by the NCAA. The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate assistances to Dorial, just as it does with other students, in helping him grow personally from the many opportunities available to him at OU."

DGB, who has never been redshirted, will become eligible to play in 2015 season with two years eligibility.

Last season, Green-Beckham finished with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Missouri Tigers.

August 22, 2014

Report: Blake Bell Taking Snaps at Quarterback

Oklahoma senior Blake Bell said after Thursday’s practice that he hasn’t taken a snap at quarterback since early January.

But multiple sources confirmed to The Oklahoman that Bell has been splitting some of his time this week in practice between his new position — tight end — and his old one.

August 21, 2014

Men's Gymnastics: Nine Sooners Travel to P&G Championship

Nine former, current and incoming members of Oklahoma men's gymnastics program are part of the nation's best gymnasts descending on the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the P&G Gymnastics Championships this Friday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 24.

The P&G Championships is the country's premiere gymnastics meet this year where top performers will book their tickets to the World Championships held Oct. 3-12 in Nanning China.

Six returning OU gymnasts in Dylan Akers, Danny Berardini, Allan Bower, Kanji Oyama, Colin Van Wicklen and Joshua Yee are set to join former Sooner greats Jake Dalton and Steven Legendre in the senior competition. Incoming freshman and reigning junior champion Hunter Justus will also participate at the junior level.

Former Sooner De'Mond Parker Released on Bond

Former OU running back De'Mond Parker was allowed to appear before a federal magistrate Tuesday and released on an unsecured bond for his role in a drug conspiracy, though records do not indicate he was arrested.

Parker, 37, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank McCarthy Tuesday, the day federal authorities announced a 51-count indictment against members of the Hoover Crips gang and their associates. Parker, whose first name is spelled Demonn in the indictment, is named in 11 drug-related counts.

August 20, 2014

OU Football at Tulsa Tickets Go on Sale Saturday

Tickets for the Tulsa-Oklahoma game will go on sale this Saturday, August 23, online at If tickets are still available, fans can call 918.631.GoTU (4688) or stop by the TU Athletic Ticket Office at the Donald W. Reynolds Center beginning Monday. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

All seats are priced at $90 for the TU-OU game. The game time at H.A. Chapman Stadium for the Sept. 6th Tulsa-Oklahoma game is slated for 11:00 a.m.

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Adrian Peterson Unlikely to Play in Remainder of Preseason; Says He's Ready for Season Opener

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson is unlikely to play in the preseason. Peterson, Minnesota's three-time All-Pro back, hasn't taken a carry in the preseason the past two years and Zimmer is keeping the tradition alive in his first year with the Vikings.

"I doubt it," Zimmer said Tuesday. "Adrian and I have talked about it a little bit. I don't really see the need. We're grabbing at the ball pretty good with him. We're not tackling or anything. He's doing a great job of the protections and the routes and all that, and obviously he runs really good.

"The only concern you have is that he might not have been hit enough but our guys are grabbing at the ball a lot, punching at the ball when he's running through there, and I talk to him about those things."

August 19, 2014

Former Sooner De'Mond Parker Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

A federal indictment of Tulsa’s “most violent and dangerous gang” alleges the Hoover Crips distributed $10 million of cocaine from Mexican cartels, murdered at least one witness, ran a dog-fighting ring and had a vast network of co-conspirators, including a former NFL player.

Federal and state authorities announced the indictment Tuesday.

Among those indicted was OU and NFL star De'Mond Parker, aka "Running Back," who is listed in the indictment as Demonn Parker. Also indicted was gang leader Donald Walters, who Williams said had 40 people working for him. Of the 51 people indicted, 23 had been arrested by Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Parker, an OU standout who later played for the Green Bay Packers, was arrested last year on complaints of trafficking crack base and marijuana.

OU's Big 12 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Big 12 Conference released its 90-game 2015 men's basketball schedule, completing the University of Oklahoma's 2014-15 slate. OU, which begins its league schedule Jan. 3 at home against Baylor, will have all 18 of its conference games televised nationally by the ESPN family of networks.

Head coach Lon Kruger's Sooners will play their other eight league home games Jan. 10 vs. Kansas State (ESPNU), Jan. 17 vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN or ESPN2), Jan. 28 vs. Texas Tech (ESPNEWS), Feb. 3 vs. West Virginia (ESPN2), Feb. 9 vs. Iowa State (ESPN), Feb. 17 vs. Texas (ESPN2), Feb. 28 vs. TCU (ESPNU) and March 7 vs. Kansas (ESPN or ESPN2).

OU will play its nine road games Jan. 5 at Texas (ESPN), Jan. 13 at West Virginia (ESPNEWS), Jan. 19 at Kansas (ESPN), Jan. 24 at Baylor (ESPN2), Jan. 31 at Oklahoma State (ESPN2), Feb. 7 at TCU (ESPNEWS), Feb. 14 at Kansas State (ESPN2), Feb. 21 at Texas Tech (ESPNU or ESPNEWS) and March 2 at Iowa State (ESPN or ESPNU).

The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship will be played March 11-14 (Wednesday-Saturday) at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

OU Football Student Day Thursday, Aug. 21

Head coach Bob Stoops invites University of Oklahoma students to participate in OU Football Student Day by attending the team portion of practice at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. The first 500 students will receive a free hot dog and drink. All remaining hot dogs and drinks will be available for 50 cents, while supplies last.

OU students (with current ID) are invited to attend the final portion of practice on Aug. 21 with gates opening at 5 p.m. For the open portion of practice, Coach Stoops will have an open microphone as he talks through all on-field activities. At the conclusion of practice, students will be invited onto the field to participate in drills, meet and take pictures with student-athletes (no autographs) and have a chance to kick a field goal.

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Raffle tickets will be handed out under the west side of stadium beginning at 4 p.m. on OU Football Student Day. Winners will be selected at random to receiving official Oklahoma Football gear including helmets, footballs and jerseys.

August 18, 2014

OU Suspends Joe Mixon for Entire Football Season

The University of Oklahoma has suspended running back Joe Mixon for the entire 2014 football season.

The university released the following statement after Mixon's Monday court appearance:

"Today President David Boren accepted the recommendation of the Director of Athletics and the Head Football Coach to suspend Joe Mixon from the football team for the entire season. He will be excluded from all team activities, including being removed from the team roster. With appropriate conditions, he will be permitted to continue as a student, eligible for financial aid."

Frank Shannon Hearing Scheduled For Wednesday

The University of Oklahoma’s fight to keep starting linebacker Frank Shannon off the field this season will go before the Oklahoma state Supreme Court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to court documents.

OU suspended Shannon for one year from both school and football on June 18 following an independent investigation into an alleged sexual assault from January. The Cleveland County district attorney didn’t file criminal charges in the matter.

Joe Mixon Turns Self In; Released on Own Recognizance

Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon was arraigned Monday afternoon. A judge has ordered him to be booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center by 4 p.m.

Mixon was arraigned at 1:30 p.m. The state wanted a $1,000 bond, but judge denied it and released Mixon on his own recognizance.

The judge also ordered the surveillance video of the incident not to be released. Mixon’s next court date has been set on September 23. (News9)

August 16, 2014

Former Sooner Jalen Saunder Had 'Medical Incident' While Driving

Former Oklahoma and Jets rookie receiver Jalen Saunders had what police are describing as a “medical incident” while driving to the team facility on Friday morning, resulting in his hospitalization.

The Jets initially announced that Saunders was in a single-car accident, but police told that Saunders didn’t actually crash his car during the incident inside his vehicle. No other details have been released.

How to Order OU-Louisiana Tech on Pay-Per-View

UPDATED: Aug 27, 2014 - Dish and DirecTV WILL carry the game on PPV
FOX Sports Oklahoma has announced an initial list of participating cable and satellite providers that will carry the pay-per-view broadcast of Oklahoma’s season opener vs. Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Aug. 30.

The game is being televised on a pay-per-view basis 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. It will be available on a dedicated pay-per-view channel on participating Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas program providers, and nationwide via participating satellite and Telco distributors.

Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee (sidelines) will call the game, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. CT with the Sooner Sports Gameday pregame show. Following the contest, Sooner Sports Overtime will have complete postgame analysis, along with live press conferences featuring OU coaches and players.

RELATED: Oklahoma vs Louisiana game information page.

Viewers outside the state of Oklahoma (based on IP address) can purchase a live stream of the pay-per-view broadcast on The online pay-per-view price is $54.99, or can be paired with an annual subscription for $109.99. This PPV is not included in other packages and must be purchased separately to access the Louisiana Tech game. iPhone, iPad and Android users will need to download the SoonerSports2Go app to view the live stream on their mobile device.

August 15, 2014

DA: If Joe Mixon Altercation Were Between Two Men 'Probably Aren't Any Charges'

Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon has been charged with one misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury in Cleveland County.

Mixon was involved in an altercation in late July with 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor at the restaurant.

The affidavit filed in the case said at least two witnesses identified Mixon as striking Molitor in the face.

The victim told officers at the scene that the altercation began when Mixon directed a homosexual slur toward one of Molitor’s friends.

University of Oklahoma's Statement on Joe Mixon Being Charged With Misdemeanor

University of Oklahoma released the following statement regarding OU football player Joe Mixon being charged with a misdemeanor after an altercation early July 25 at a local Norman business.

“The University of Oklahoma understands that charges have now been filed against Joe Mixon based upon an investigation by local law enforcement agencies. Under its policies, the University must independently evaluate student conduct matters and will review the facts as part of its internal process. At an appropriate time, the University will determine Mixon’s status.” - Joe Castiglione, University of Oklahoma Athletics Director.

Former Sooner Jalen Saunders Injured in Auto Accident

Fourth-round rookie and former Sooner Jalen Saunders, who is working both at wide receiver and punt returner for the New York Jets, was involved in a single-car accident this morning on his way to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.

Saunders was taken to a hospital and is being monitored there as a precaution. He will not travel to Cincinnati with the team and is out for Saturday night's game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Saunders saw action both in the offense and on special teams in our preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (New York Jets Blog)

Running Back Joe Mixon Charged With Misdemeanor

Teammates Fully Support Linebacker Frank Shannon

The university is asking the court to prohibit a Cleveland County district judge from enforcing an order allowing Frank Shannon to remain enrolled as a student and participate in OU football activities. OU president David Boren released a statement Monday afternoon detailing what is happening with Shannon.

OU suspended Shannon on June 18 after a Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault. Shannon went to district court June 24 and received a stay, allowing him to remain enrolled as a student and to continue working out with the team.

Sam Bradford to Play At Least A Quarter in Preseason Debut Against Packers

Former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford will see his first game action Saturday when the Rams take on the Green Bay Packers Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Edward Jones Dome.

“We're going to play him a quarter, maybe more,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said following Thursday's training game session at Rams Park in Earth City. The practice drew 369 fans.

August 14, 2014

Quarterback Baker Mayfield Files Appeal to NCAA

The Oklahoma Sooners will submit Baker Mayfield's appeal to the NCAA on Thursday in hopes the quarterback can be eligible this season, his attorney Jim Darnell has told ESPN.

A freshman walk-on quarterback at Texas Tech last season, Mayfield said he decided to leave Tech when he was told he wouldn't be put on scholarship. Mayfield enrolled at Oklahoma in the spring but is appealing the transfer rule -- supported by Tech -- that requires him to sit out a season before he is eligible.

Mayfield was the first freshman walk-on quarterback to start at a BCS school, but Mayfield said Texas Tech would not guarantee him a scholarship for the 2014 season, prompting him to leave.

August 13, 2014

OU Volleyball Picked Fourth in Big 12

The Big 12 volleyball coaches have voted the OU volleyball team fourth in the preseason poll that was released by the conference. Oklahoma was picked fifth in 2013 and finished tied for third with an 11-5 Big 12 record.

Overall, the Sooners posted a 24-8 record in 2013 and finished with a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

On Thursday, Oklahoma opened its season with the first official practice of 2014. Head coach Santiago Restrepo remains at the helm for his 11th season as the Sooners aim to make a record sixth straight NCAA postseason appearance. This year's Final Four will take place in OU's backyard at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Report: OU Files Waiver for Dorial Green-Beckham

Oklahoma has officially filed Dorial Green-Beckham's eligibility waiver, according to a source. The Sooners are making a case under the "run-off" waiver, that he lost his spot on Mizzou's roster out of his control.

A series of bad decisions culminated in Green-Beckham's dismissal from the Tigers, so the NCAA must decide if the essense of the rule applies here.

OU vs Louisiana Tech Football Game Sold Out

The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department announced Monday that the Sooners’ home football game against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30 is sold out.

The Kansas game on Nov. 22 is the only Oklahoma home contest with adjoining seats remaining. A very limited number of scattered single seats are the only tickets still available for all other 2014 home games as all adjoining seats for those games are sold out.

Tickets for the Kansas game can be purchased online at, via phone at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free (800) 456-GoOU or in person at the Ticket Office located in the Asp Avenue Parking Facility.

August 12, 2014

Frank Shannon Still Practicing With Team Despite OU's Effort to Suspend Him

OU linebacker Frank Shannon is involved in a legal battle with the University of Oklahoma, stemming from the one-year suspension he received for allegedly violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy.

After Tuesday morning’s practice, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and several defensive players were made available to reporters. Sophomore Jordan Evans appears to be the likely candidate to take over if Shannon isn’t available this season.

“It’s like anything; we coach the players that are there,” Stoops said. “It’s pretty much how it goes. All we can control are the players that are on the field, and that’s all we ever can control. That’s all we do: coach the players that are there.
Is Shannon taking reps with the first team?: “He’s been taking all of them. But we’re doing a whole bunch of things … I shouldn’t say all of them. But he’s taking a lot of reps. So is Caleb. So am I. They are really rotating in everybody some they can get an amount of reps and see where you are at.”
“We get guys hurt week in and week out who aren’t available, next guy up’s gonna come in and do the job. It’s just how it goes.” (The Oklahoman)


August 11, 2014

Report: OU Asks Oklahoma State Supreme Court to Uphold Frank Shannon Suspension

The University of Oklahoma’s efforts to suspend starting linebacker and leading tackler Frank Shannon for one year reached the Oklahoma State Supreme Court on Monday.

The university is asking the court to prohibit a Cleveland County district judge from enforcing an order allowing Shannon to remained enrolled as a student and participate in OU football activities.

OU suspended Shannon on June 18 following a Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault. Shannon went to district court June 24 and received a stay, allowing him to remain enrolled as a student and to continue working out with the team.

University of Oklahoma to Suspend Frank Shannon

University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced on Monday the school has suspended linebacker Frank Shannon for a year.

A statement from President Boren reads as the following:

The University of Oklahoma has been asked repeatedly by the media about the outcome of the internal disciplinary proceedings relating to Frank Shannon. As permitted by Federal privacy laws in matters such as these, the University is allowed to disclose its institutional processes and its final decisions. This process includes the Title IX Office inquiry, a hearing panel comprised of faculty and staff, and an appeal to the chief student affairs officer. This process was completed on June 18th. The final decision of the internal disciplinary process was suspension of the student for one year. Federal privacy law and other legal considerations prohibit me from discussing the case further.

The University is unable to enforce its process at this time. The University has and is taking every legal step possible to move this process forward. The University is currently seeking to enforce its decision so that it may be in compliance with federal law requiring responses by institutions to such matters in a timely manner. With the fall semester beginning August 18, time is of the essence.

Shannon's suspension is regarding Title IX and related to a sexual assault allegation brought against Shannon in May that he was not charged for.

Report: OU Asks Oklahoma State Supreme Court to Uphold Frank Shannon Suspension
Linebacker Frank Shannon Remains Enrolled at OU and On Football Team
Linebacker Frank Shannon Working Out With Team
Oklahoma Linebacker Frank Shannon Accused of Sexual Assault

August 7, 2014

Quarterback Baker Mayfield Hires Johnny Manziel's Former Attorney To Fight NCAA for Eligibility

NCAA rules are sidelining Baker Mayfield until 2015 while his family — with the help of El Paso-based attorney and former Johnny Manziel lawyer Jim Darnell — submitted paperwork to the NCAA last week asking for a waiver allowing immediate eligibility, his father, James Mayfield, confirmed on Wednesday while adding that he’s optimistic an answer could come in days.

The Mayfields’ strategy continues to be the same as last January when they unsuccessfully appealed to overturn Texas Tech’s denial to contact OU: The player should be considered a non-recruited athlete and thus eligible for a one-time transfer exemption, which would come with immediate eligibility.

The Mayfields and Darnell, a longtime opponent on NCAA matters, are challenging a rule that allows Texas Tech “the discretionary abilities given to them by the (NCAA) bylaws,” Mayfield said.

Joe Mixon's Accuser Appears in Court for Unrelated Case

While police continue to investigate the incident involving Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon, his accuser is back in Oklahoma and appeared in court Wednesday.

Amelia Rae Molitor, 20, appeared in Cleveland County District Court in an unrelated case.

Molitor, an OU student, had been at home in Texas since shortly after the July 26 incident.

August 6, 2014

Sam Bradford 'Unlikely' to Play in Rams' Preseason Opener

Former Oklahoma and current St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford will likely miss the Rams' preseason opener on Friday against New Orleans, according to St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher.

Bradford, who suffered a torn ACL late October, has been taking all the reps with the first-team offense at training camp. But St. Louis doesn't want take any early chances with Bradford's surgically-repaired knee.

"He's done everything we needed to see right now at practice," said coach Jeff Fisher when speaking to the media Tuesday. "So he's going to play in the preseason, unlikely that he's going to play this week. But he'll get plenty of snaps with the starters because he needs to, he needs to get out there and work with Scott and the rest of the guys. But it's not because he can't, it's because it's our choice; as I have said before I'm really pleased with where he is and what he's doing. You see every day at practice he's doing something, that you just go, 'That's Sam', that's what we expect from him."

Friday's St. Louis-New Orleans game will be televised on NFL Network and locally in Oklahoma City on KWTV at 7 p.m. central time.

Adrian Peterson Won't Play in Vikings' Preseason Opener Friday

Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson hasn't taken a preseason carry the past two seasons. New Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is keeping the trend going, at least for Friday's preseason opener.

Zimmer said Peterson won't play when Minnesota begins the preseason at home against the Oakland Raiders.

Zimmer said the rest of the team's starters will see action, but it won't include the star running back.

MBB: Alumni Weekend Set For Aug. 22-23

2013 alumni reunion attendees (Photo Courtesy:
The University of Oklahoma men's basketball program will welcome back former OU players and coaches for the fourth annual Sooner Basketball Family Weekend alumni event Friday-Saturday, Aug. 22-23, head coach Lon Kruger announced Monday.

Activities scheduled for the two-day reunion are a Tip In Club Golf Classic, a Friday evening Wayman Tisdale Scholarship Fund Dinner on the Lloyd Noble Center main floor honoring OU's 1,000-point scorers, and a Saturday Legends Alumni Game at noon. The public is invited to attend each of the three events. Fans will be admitted to the Legends Alumni Game free of charge (must enter via the east doors).

"Our staff and players are really looking forward to what has become one of the highlights of our offseason each year," said Kruger, who has guided the Sooners to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. "This year we honor the 40 former players who scored at least 1,000 points during their OU careers. It's going to be great having them back on campus, as well as all the other former players and coaches who helped make our program what it is today. It's fun for everyone to reconnect with each other and to interact with our great fans."

August 1, 2014

Former Sooner Adrian Peterson Invited Kids From His Hometown Palestine, TX to Vikings Training Camp

Perhaps a first-round draft choice in 2024 was on hand Friday at Vikings training camp.

Adrian Peterson sure hopes so.

The former Sooner great and current Vikings running back has started an athletic association in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, which features the All Day elite football team, a moniker derived from the 2012 NFL MVP's nickname. At training camp at Minnesota State-Mankato for a few days this week are 10 players from that team, four them Peterson's cousins.

"It's cool giving these young kids an opportunity to experience something that they haven't experienced before," Peterson said. "You never know, it might be something as simple as this that inspires them. It might be just what they need to continue to push them. ... It can be life-changing for them."

Oklahoma Waiting on Paperwork From Mizzou to File Waiver For Green-Beckham

The Sooners brought Dorial Green-Beckham in to help him, given his troubles at Missouri, but also to play him. They’re trying to get him an NCAA eligibility waiver so he doesn’t have to sit out the 2014 season like most FBS transfers.

The problem as of Wednesday night? OU hasn’t been able to file the waiver request because officials are waiting on one last bit of paperwork from Missouri. Green-Beckham’s former school has been cooperative with his new one generally, but now must help once more.

The timeline is critical, given that the Sooners are ultimately at the NCAA’s mercy here.

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