Report: Adrian Peterson Wants to Play For Dallas Cowboys

Former Oklahoma and current Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reportedly has made it known that he would like to play for the Cowboys, according to a report from Bleacher Report. But team officials have no desire to accommodate Peterson's trade demands.

The report said that Peterson has spoken with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman to request a trade. Despite that, Spielman and other team officials will not entertain the idea of dealing Peterson to any team, "especially not to the Cowboys," per the report.


OU's Buddy Hield On Watch List For Jerry West Award

Oklahoma junior guard Buddy Hield is one of 16 members named to the watch list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. The announcement was made by The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hield leads the Big 12 Conference in scoring with 17.2 points per game. He is one of four Sooners among the top 15 in the league in field goal percentage, placing 13th with a .435 shooting mark. The junior ranks sixth in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.791) and is fifth overall with 41 steals.

Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its inaugural year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 16 candidates.
“As one of the best jump shooters to play the game, Jerry West’s drive for perfection is what set him apart,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “He is a basketball icon and we are delighted to be awarding this honor in his name.”


Jeff Fisher: Sam Bradford Ahead of Schedule on His Rehabilitation

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Friday that former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is ahead of schedule on his rehabilitation, according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.

Bradford sat out this season after tearing his ACL in a preseason game in August. He was limited to only seven games in 2013 with the same injury.

Fisher was also asked about a report that Bradford recently was granted permission to seek a trade. "I was surprised to hear that -- not surprised -- but no, that's inaccurate," Fisher said. "We talked about what our plans are for him." (SI.com)

RELATED: Rams Look to Restructure Sam Bradford's Contract

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Judge Dismisses Suit to Release Joe Mixon Surveillance Video

A Cleveland County judge dismissed a lawsuit regarding a video that shows a physical dispute between Joe Mixon and Amelia Molitor.

The judge cites that the video does not "depict an arrest or show the cause of an arrest," because Mixon was never arrested by an officer. In August, Mixon appeared at the Cleveland County jail on his own and was then released.

The lawsuit was filed by Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters against the City of Norman and the Norman Police Department. OAB claims the city of Norman violates the Open Records Act by not releasing the video the public.


OU Spring Game Set For April 11

Kickoff for the OU Spring Game presented by U.S. Fleet Tracking is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

New for 2015, fans will be able to purchase tailgating cuisine from some of the area’s top food trucks as part of the Great Food Truck Tailgate. In addition to enjoying live music and kids' amusement rides, the OU Spring Sale will feature a number of vendors selling a wide variety of apparel and Sooners’ merchandise.

OU Football season ticket holders will be receiving information on how they can reserve their free tickets for the contest with their 2015 ticket renewal packet. Fans renewing their season tickets before Feb. 28 can extend their payments over four months without incurring any processing fees. The deadline for all season-ticket renewals is March 31.

Season ticket holders are eligible to request the same number of seats for the OU Spring Game as they have for regular season games. University of Oklahoma students will also receive free admission to the game by showing a current OU ID at the gate. OU Kids Club members will also receive complimentary admission.

It's Official: Diron Reynolds Named Defensive Line Coach

University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops named Diron Reynolds to his staff as defensive line coach Thursday. Reynolds most recently served at Stanford University following over a decade of coaching in the NFL ranks with Indianapolis, Miami and Minnesota.

“Diron is a great fit for our staff with his knowledge and ability to instruct the fundamentals we’ve been using in our defensive system,” said Stoops. “He’s an excellent teacher who learned from respected coaches on both the college and NFL level.”

“I’m thrilled to join Coach Stoops and his staff at the University of Oklahoma,” Reynolds said. “I’ve always respected the great tradition of Oklahoma Football, and it’s truly a blessing to join a team with such rich history and passionate fans. I can’t wait to get to Norman to begin working with the staff and the talented student-athletes at Oklahoma.”

Report: Sooners to Hire Diron Reynolds as Defensive Line Coach

Stanford staffer Diron Reynolds will become the new defensive line coach at Oklahoma, a source told FOX Sports.

A 1994 grad of Wake Forest, Reynolds had spent about a decade as an NFL assistant. Before his time at Stanford, Reynolds spent five seasons with the Vikings as an assistant defensive line coach. He spent the 2007 season with the Miami Dolphins as a defensive line coach and spent five seasons in Indianapolis as a member of Tony Dungy's staff, where he served as a defensive quality control coach. (FOX Sports)

RELATED: It's Official: Diron Reynolds Named Defensive Line Coach

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Baseball: Jake Elliott Tabbed Big 12 Pitcher of the Week

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas) claimed Oklahoma baseball’s first weekly award of the season by being named the Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. Elliott shares this week’s award with Baylor’s Sean Spicer.

Elliott, the first righty to start opening day for the Sooners since 2011, pitched seven-scoreless innings and surrendered just two hits, while striking out four as he picked up the win in a 6-1 victory over Notre Dame.

Tennis: Sooners Crowned 2015 ITA National Indoor Champions

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The Oklahoma men’s tennis team claimed its first ever national indoor championship with a 4-2 victory over No. 1 USC in the finals of the 2015 ITA Men’s Team National Indoor Championship Monday afternoon in Chicago.

In a rematch of last year’s NCAA championship with the Trojans, the Sooners snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat in doubles, successfully defending six match points, to jump out to a 1-0 lead.

OU picked up singles wins from senior Dane Webb at No. 3 and junior Axel Alvarez at No. 2 to push the Sooners’ lead to 3-2. For the second day in a row, sophomore Alex Ghilea delivered the clinching point for OU, winning at No. 5 to give Oklahoma its first ever national indoor championship.

“These things are years and years in the making as far as effort goes," sixth year head coach John Roddick said. "It seems like a long time to get here. When you do, you have to enjoy it, and I think our guys are excited. For our program, it’s massive. I haven’t checked my phone, but it’s blowing up. Just to say that we’re national champions, just to put those two words together is a huge thing for any program, especially ours coming from where we did. To know that we belong, and that we can win this kind of tournament."

Doubles started slowly for the Sooners. At the No. 2 spot sophomore Andrew Harris and freshman Spencer Papa fell to the 38th-ranked duo of Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson 6-1. The Sooners were also down breaks at No. 1 and No. 3 and momentum was firmly with the Trojans.

Former Oklahoma RB Brennan Clay Arrested in Alleged Assault

Former University of Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay was arrested in January after an incident with his wife, according to Dallas County court records.

Authorities said Clay was arrested on Jan. 27. According to court documents, officers who were called to the home found the victim crying and upset. She said Clay had kicked in the door earlier and began arguing with her.


Report: Sooners Interview Georgia Tech DL Coach Mike Pelton

Georgia Tech defensive line coach Mike Pelton was to interview with Oklahoma for the same position on the Sooners’ staff Thursday, according to Sooner Scoop.

Pelton has coached at Tech for the past two seasons, brought to the school following jobs at Auburn, Louisiana-Lafayette and Vanderbilt. Pelton has done commendable work helping develop Jeremiah Attaochu into an All-American in 2013 and then forming an inexperienced and undermanned line into a functional group this past season.


MBB: OU's Buddy Hield Named to Wooden Award Top 20 List

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced its John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 on Wednesday and Oklahoma junior guard Buddy Hield is one of three Big 12 players on the list.

The 6-4, 212-pound Hield, who is joined on the list by fellow Big 12 players Georges Niang (Iowa State) and Juwan Staten (West Virginia), leads the Big 12 in conference play by averaging 19.5 points (next highest average is 16.9) and 2.8 3-pointers per game. He also ranks fourth in league play in field goal percentage (.488), sixth in steals (1.7 spg), ninth in rebounding (5.9 rpg; first among guards), ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.402) and 10th in free throw percentage (.780). He has scored in double figures in each of OU's 12 Big 12 contests.

On the season, the Freeport, Bahamas, native is averaging a Big 12-high 17.6 points on .390 3-point shooting (ranks seventh) and .788 free throw shooting (seventh), and adds 5.5 boards an outing. Hield, who has led OU in scoring in seven of the last 11 games, is shooting .532 from 3-point range at home this season.

Oklahoma Single-Game Softball Tickets on Sale Now

Single-game tickets for the three-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma softball team are on sale now.

Reserved seats have already sold out via season ticket holders, but general admission tickets will be available for $8 for adults, faculty/staff and letterwinners, while admission for youths aged 6-18 and senior citizens 55 and older is just $5.

General Admission seating is located in sections 101 & 104, in the bleachers down the first and third base lines and in the bleacher seating in the outfield.

Tickets can be ordered online or by calling (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.

Currently ranked fourth in the nation by the NFCA and third by USA Softball, Oklahoma opens its home schedule Feb. 28 with a doubleheader against IPFW beginning at 2 p.m.

MORE: 2015 OU Softball Schedule

Other highlights of the 2014 home schedule include two non-conference opponents that reached the NCAA tournament last year. OU faces Hofstra in a doubleheader on March 1 and takes on Utah Valley in a two-game set, May 2-3.

Dorial Green-Beckham to Work Out at OU Pro Day

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is expected to take part in Oklahoma’s Pro Day March 11, athletic department spokesman Pete Moris confirmed to the Tulsa World Tuesday. The development was first reported by Pete Lucy of KOLR-TV in Springfield, Missouri, Green-Beckham’s home town.

Green-Beckham transferred to OU last July in the aftermath of his dismissal from the Missouri football team, the result of several behavioral incidents. He allegedly forced his way into an apartment while looking for his girlfriend and shoved an 18-year old woman down some stairs, and escaped first-degree burglary charges only after the woman declined to press charges for fear of backlash. He was also arrested in connection to two drug-related incidents while playing for Missouri.

Baseball: Sheldon Neuse Named to Golden Spikes Watch List

University of Oklahoma sophomore infielder Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) has been identified as one of 50 candidates for the Golden Spikes Award as USA Baseball announced its preseason watch list on Tuesday afternoon. The award has been annually presented for the last 37 years to the top amateur player in the country and is sponsored by Major League Baseball.

On May 22, the rolling watch list will be narrowed down to a list of semifinalists. In 2013, Oklahoma was represented on the watch list and semifinalists by pitcher Jonathan Gray and first baseman Matt Oberste. Neuse is one of four candidates from the Big 12, including TCU pitchers Riley Ferrell and Preston Morrison and Texas Tech first baseman Eric Gutierrez.

Following his Big 12 Freshman of the Year campaign in 2014, Neuse has picked up several Preseason All-America honors leading up to opening day. Playing primarily at third base, he hit .304 in the three-hole for the Sooners with a team-high .521 slugging percentage with 17 doubles, seven triples and seven home runs.


Softball: Parker, Chamberlain Earn Big 12 Honors

In helping No. 4/3 Oklahoma to a 5-0 start and tournament championship at the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Classic, freshman Paige Parker has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and senior Lauren Chamberlain has been selected as the co-Big 12 Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Making her collegiate debut, Parker dominated in the circle as she went 2-0 with a save and did not allow a run in 11.2 innings of work. She struck out 20 batters and walked just one while giving up only two hits. Opponents combined to post a .054 batting average against her.

The highlight of Parker’s weekend came in her second collegiate start as she threw the ninth perfect game in Oklahoma history. Parker struck out a career-high nine batters, seven of which were swinging, and did not allow a single Rainbow Wahine player to reach base in an 8-0, five-inning win over Hawaii in the title game. She needed only 69 pitches to record the first perfect game by a Sooner since Keilani Ricketts did it against Kansas on March 30, 2012.

In her first collegiate start, Parker struck out eight batters in five innings as OU beat Saint Mary’s, 17-0, in five innings. She faced just two batters over the minimum and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning. Parker picked up the first save of her career in an 11-3, six-inning win over No. 25/RV DePaul. Parker threw the final 1.2 innings and struck out three with one hit and no runs allowed. With OU leading 7-3 in the fifth, DePaul threatened to do more damage as it loaded the bases with just one out. Parker stopped the threat though as she came on in relief and got a foul out and strikeout.

Oklahoma Co-Defensive Coordinator Jerry Montgomery Leaving for NFL

University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops confirmed Tuesday that Jerry Montgomery has agreed in principle to accept an NFL coaching position pending the execution of a signed contract.

“This is a rare opportunity for Jerry and his family to join one of the finest organizations in the National Football League,” Stoops said. “I appreciate the positive impact that Jerry has made with our defensive line the past two seasons, as well as his many other contributions to Oklahoma Football. The NFL is getting a fine man and a very talented football coach. I support Jerry’s decision to further his career goals working with one of the most stable and successful franchises in pro football.

“The University of Oklahoma continues to be an attractive destination for some of the nation’s elite coaches and players,” Stoops continued. “I have already begun the search process to bring another talented defensive line coach into our program. On behalf of our entire staff, we wish Jerry, Natalie and their family the very best.”

Rams Look to Restructure Sam Bradford's Contract

Former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is set to make $12.985 million in the final year of his rookie contract, a number that is much too high for the injury-plagued quarterback.

According to the St. Louis Dispatch's Jim Thomas, the St. Louis Rams will seek to restructure the deal of the former No. 1 overall pick.

Bradford tore his ACL for the second time last year, missing all of the 2014 season. He's missed 25 of the past 32 games and 31 total over his five-year career.

How the Rams attempt to slice Bradford's contract will be interesting to follow. Thomas suggests the possibility of lopping off a portion and converting it into a series of incentives to allow the quarterback a chance to recoup some of the money. (NFL.com)

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Former Sooner Jermaine Gresham Likely to Part Ways with Bengals

Former Oklahoma and current Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham has played out the five-year contract that he signed as Cincinnati’s first-round draft pick in 2010. He’s unlikely to get another contract with the team.

Gresham started 15 games last season and is a good blocker, but he had a career-low average of 7.4 yards a catch in 2014, and he has fumbled six times over the last two years while catching 108 passes. Fumbling on more than 5 percent of all receptions is way, way too much. (Pro Football Talk)

RELATED: Former Sooner Jermaine Gresham Donates $30K to School

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NFL Scout: Blake Bell Is Too Far Behind to Make It at Tight End

An unnamed NFC North scout recently told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein he believes Blake Bell's chances of making an NFL roster at tight end are slim.

"Personally, I don't really think much of his chances to make it as a tight end because he's too far behind where he needs to be. I did think he looked better by the end of the year, so maybe I'm wrong," said the unnamed scout.

Zierlein, NFL.com draft analyst, wasn't as pessimistic in his analysis of Bell's future in the NFL.

"[Bell] flashed sure hands as a pass catcher last season, but his lack of experience at tight end is evident, and he's extremely raw in his route-running," wrote Zierlein.

"A big positive in Bell's favor is that he showed great improvement in just one season, particularly as a blocker, and he could have a future at the position in the pros if a team is willing to be patient with him."

Bell, 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, moved to tight end after 2013 season after losing starting quarterback job to Trevor Knight.

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OU Football Announces Hiring of Cooks, Simmons

University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops officially added Kerry Cooks and Dennis Simmons to his coaching staff Monday, while announcing new responsibilities for other assistant coaches.

Cooks will serve as defensive backs coach, working with cornerbacks and safeties. He joins the Sooners after spending the past five seasons at Notre Dame. Simmons will coach outside receivers for Oklahoma in 2015 after spending the past three years in that role for head coach Mike Leach at Washington State.

Stoops also indicated several changes in responsibility on his coaching staff. Mike Stoops continues to serve as associate head coach and Oklahoma’s defensive play caller in his role as co-defensive coordinator. In addition to those duties, he will coach the outside linebackers in 2015. Jerry Montgomery will add duties as co-defensive coordinator to his assignment as defensive line coach, while Tim Kish will coach the inside linebackers.

On offense, Lincoln Riley will serve as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Cale Gundy adds responsibilities as assistant head coach and moves to inside receivers coach this season, in addition to retaining his capacity as director of recruiting. Jay Boulware will coach running backs and fullbacks, while continuing to serve as special teams coordinator. Bill Bedenbaugh returns for this third season as Oklahoma’s offensive line coach.

“I feel organizing our coaches in this manner will best utilize the talents of both the new and returning members of our staff,” the head coach indicated. “Each assistant coach has clearly defined roles, responsibilities and expectations. We are all excited to get back on the practice field with our team for the start of spring football on March 7.”

More on Irving, Texas, native and former NFL defensive back, Kerry Cooks
A four-year letter-winner and two-year starter as a strong safety at Iowa from 1993-97, Cooks captained the Hawkeyes as a senior and earned All-Big Ten honors. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by Minnesota. He also spent time on the rosters of Green Bay, Atlanta and Jacksonville before retiring in 2001.

“Kerry adds another talented coach and recruiter to our staff,” said Stoops. “We are excited to welcome Kerry and his family to the University of Oklahoma.”

The Fighting Irish made five straight bowl appearances during Cooks’ stint with Notre Dame (2010-14), including a berth in the BCS National Championship Game following the 2012 season. That year, Notre Dame ranked second in the nation in yards per completion (9.95) and were tied for sixth among FBS squads by allowing just 11 touchdown passes as the team permitted 199.8 passing yards per game, a figure that ranked 25th in the country.

Notre Dame consistently boasted one of the nation’s best pass defenses under Cooks’ tutelage. In 2014, the Irish tied for 15th among FBS teams, forcing 16 interceptions. In 2013, Notre Dame ranked 15th in the FBS in pass defense (198.2 ypg), improving from 25ththe previous season (200.2 ypg).

RELATED: Report: Kerry Cooks Accepts DBs Coaching Position

Five defensive backs mentored by Cooks at Notre Dame were selected in the NFL Draft: Harrison Smith (1st round in 2012 – Minnesota), Robert Blanton (5th round in 2012 – Minnesota), Jamoris Slaughter (6th round in 2013 – Cleveland), Zeke Motta (7th round in 2013 – Atlanta) and Bennett Jackson (6th round – N.Y. Giants in 2014).

Cooks enjoyed previous coaching stops at Wisconsin (2006-09), Minnesota (2005), Western Illinois (2004) and Kansas State (2003).

Cooks graduated from Iowa in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He and his wife, Elvern, are the parents of two daughters, Kerrington and Kenadee.

Dennis Simmons previously worked with Lincoln Riley at Texas Tech, East Carolina

“Dennis is a great fit for our coaching staff,” said Stoops of Simmons. “He’s worked closely with Mike Leach and Lincoln Riley, and possesses the talent to teach our receivers the concepts and techniques necessary to excel in this offense. His track record of developing playmakers like Michael Crabtree and many other talented receivers will be another asset to our program.

RELATED: Report: Dennis Simmons Named Oklahoma Wide Receivers Coach

“In addition, Dennis has built a strong network of relationships across the country that will also benefit us as we continue to attract the nation’s top players to the University of Oklahoma.”

In 2014, Washington State led all FBS schools in passing, averaging 477.7 yards per game, over 100 ypg more than the next-closest squad as the Cougars shattered the Pac-12 record with 5,732 passing yards. Washington State also ranked seventh in the nation in total offense and were ninth in completion percentage last season. Simmons’ top pupil in 2014 was Vince Mayle, a former basketball player who tied for fourth in the nation with 106 receptions, while his 1,483 receiving yards ranked fifth among FBS players.

During the 2013 campaign, Washington State set another Pac-12 record with 470 completions as the Cougars ranked fourth in the nation by averaging 368.0 ypg after coming in 10th in the nation in that department in 2012 (330.4 ypg).

Simmons most recently worked with Riley at East Carolina from 2010-11 as the Pirates’ outside receivers coach. He helped propel Lance Lewis to a record-setting 2010 campaign. Lewis became only the third player in school history to register a 1,000-yard receiving season as the All-Conference USA performer caught 89 passes for 1,116 yards with 14 scores.

His initial assignment working with Leach and Riley came at Texas Tech, where he coached wide receivers from 2008-09 and helped Michael Crabtree earn the Biletnikoff Award and consensus All-America honors as a redshirt sophomore in 2008. Crabtree was subsequently tabbed as the 10th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft after accumulating 97 receptions for 1,165 yards and 19 touchdowns during his final campaign for the Red Raiders.

In 2009, Simmons and Riley helped develop walk-on receiver Alex Torres into a Freshman All-America selection who led the Red Raiders in receiving. Simmons served as Leach’s chief of staff from 2005-07 after originally joining Texas Tech as the assistant athletics director/quality control for the football program. He previously coached running backs at Cornell University in 1999, where also held the title of assistant athletics director and chief of staff.

A three-year starting outside linebacker at BYU, Simmons began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1997, working with the offensive line and special teams. He earned a degree in broadcast communications was a member of teams that claimed four straight Western Athletic Conference titles and made four bowl appearances.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Simmons earned his master's degree in educational leadership in August 1999 from BYU. He served as an NFL Minority Fellowship intern with the Buffalo Bills during the summer of 1999.

Simmons and his wife, LaTosha, were married in 2012. He has one daughter, Kendyll and they have one son, Kannon.

The hiring of Cooks and Simmons is pending the approval of the University’s Board of Regents.

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OU Spring Football Dates Announced

University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced Monday that the Sooners will begin spring football practice on Saturday, March 7.

Stoops also confirmed that Oklahoma’s Pro Day will be conducted on Wednesday, March 11. Media wishing to apply for credentials to cover spring football and Oklahoma Pro Day will be distributed once all spring dates for media availability are determined.

Plans for the University of Oklahoma Spring Football Game presented by U.S. Fleet Tracking are still being finalized. Complete details for fans wishing to attend that event will be posted on SoonerSports.com in the near future.

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Former Sooner Blake Griffin Out At Least Through All-Star Break

Former Oklahoma and current Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin has a staph infection in his right elbow and will be sidelined at least through the All-Star break.

The Clippers announced prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the Thunder that Griffin will undergo surgery Monday to remove the staph infection and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

Griffin frequently has fluid drained from his elbow and recently developed the staph infection after one of the procedures, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.


Eight Former Oklahoma Players Invited to NFL Combine

The University of Oklahoma will once again be well represented at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. NFL Network will provide live coverage of the event that runs Feb. 17-23. A total of 323 players have received invitations to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

Eight players who were on the Sooners' roster in 2014 will showcase their skills for NFL executives, coaches and scouts. Oklahoma tied for the fifth-highest tally of invitations, trailing only Florida State (12), Alabama (11), Louisville (11) and Florida (9). Miami is also sending eight representatives to Indianapolis.

Only two schools will be represented by more members of their offensive front than Oklahoma (Florida and Florida State) as Adam Shead, Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams will display their skills for all 32 NFL franchises.

Three members of Oklahoma's 2014 defense will also be represented in Indianapolis: Geneo Grissom, Jordan Phillips and Julian Wilson. In addition, former quarterback Blake Bell earned a spot at the NFL Scouting Combine as a tight end, while wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been invited to Lucas Oil Stadium, as well.

OU's Jerry Montgomery Named Scout.com's Big 12 Recruiter of the Year

OU co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery was named Scout.com's Big 12 Recruiter of the Year on Thursday.

"The newly promoted Co-Defensive Coordinator at Oklahoma was all over the country helping to reel in some of the Sooners’ best signings for a class that finished No. 14 overall and No. 2 in the Big 12," Scout recruiting analyst Greg Powers said in a news release.

Montgomery just finished his second season as OU's defensive line coach after spending the previous two seasons at Michigan in the same position.

Softball: Sooners Open Season With Win Over No. 25 DePaul

A five-run fifth inning helped No. 4/3 Oklahoma rally for a 9-2 win over No. 25/RV DePaul in the 2015 season opener at the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Thursday.

The Sooners trailed 2-1 entering the fifth and had managed just one hit off of DePaul starter Maxine Rodriguez. The Blue Demons went to the bullpen and brought in Mary Connolly for relief, but it ended up playing to OU’s advantage.

With one out, seniors Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley drew back-to-back walks before fellow senior Georgia Casey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With freshman Paige Parker batting, Connolly was called for an illegal pitch to bring home Chamberlain with the tying run.

Parker then picked up her first collegiate hit with a single back up the middle to drive home Pendley and put OU on top, 3-2. Junior transfer Tori Nirschl then made her Sooners debut when she ran pinch ran for Parker and promptly stole second base.

Bob Stoops Recovering From Hip Replacement Surgery

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops recently underwent hip replacement surgery that has forced him to use crutches to get around lately.

Stoops sat at a table for his National Signing Day news conference Wednesday, using crutches to get in and out of the room. He didn't address the surgery. (The Oklahoman)

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MLB Veterans Join OU Baseball Broadcast Crew

Sooner Sports TV has tabbed former Major League Baseball players George Frazier and Mickey Tettleton as color commentators on television broadcasts for the Oklahoma baseball team during the 2015 season. The duo will split duties, while veteran OU broadcaster Chad McKee returns for another season as the play-by-play announcer.

Frazier, a 10-year pitcher in the majors, played for the Sooners from 1975-76 and returned to Norman to call a handful of games in 2014. He has been the television color commentator of the Colorado Rockies on ROOT Sports since 1998. Frazier broadcasting career began immediately following his playing days in 1988 as a college basketball broadcaster and University of Tulsa football sideline reporter. He returned to baseball to broadcast regional games for the Minnesota Twins as well as working with ESPN and Baseball Network.

A ninth round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978, Frazier was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1978; where he made his MLB debut at the age of 23. In 10 seasons, he appeared in 415 games, all in relief, for five different franchises. He won 35 games, saved 29 and owned a 4.20 earned run average. Frazier pitched in his first postseason in 1981 with the New York Yankees; reaching the World Series. In the final outing of his career, Frazier turned in two innings of shutout-relief in game four of the 1987 World Series as the Twins would go on to win the series in seven games over the Cardinals.

Running Back Joe Mixon Reinstated to Team

Freshman running back Joe Mixon, who was suspended from the Oklahoma football program for the 2014 season after he was charged with a misdemeanor for punching a female student, has rejoined the team, Sooners running backs coach Cale Gundy told reporters Wednesday.

"He made a split-second and wrong decision, and he knows that," Gundy said during Oklahoma's signing day news conference. "He is a super, super kid. And I use the term 'kid' because he still is like a kid. He's still very young."

Mixon, who was the gem of Oklahoma's 2014 signing class, entered an Alford plea in his misdemeanor assault case Oct. 30, and agreed to perform 100 hours of community service and undergo counseling. Surveillance video showed Mixon punching the student, who police said suffered several fractures to her face and had to be treated at Norman Regional Hospital.

Baseball: Diamond Dinner Auction Items Open to Public

At Saturday night's annual Diamond Dinner, all 19 items up for bid in the silent auction are open to the public. All will be available for bid by those in attendance, but those unable to make the event can place a bid by e-mailing OU baseball coordinator of operations Ryan Gaines at .

Packs of tickets to Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Colorado Rockies and Oklahoma City Thunder floor seats will be included in the auction. Official Oklahoma baseball and football gear, apparel and memorabilia will also be up for bid plus autographed items and more.

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Report: Dennis Simmons Named Oklahoma Wide Receivers Coach

Dennis Simmons, who has proven to be one of the nation's top recruiters and receivers coaches in his time at Washington State, will be the new receivers coach at Oklahoma, he told FOX Sports.

"It was really hard to leave the kids we have here and the relationships that we have formed," Simmons said.  "It's a great opportunity to learn from a national championship-winning head coach Bob Stoops and to work at Oklahoma which is historically one of top programs in the college football world and as rich in tradition as any school out there. I also get a chance to reunite with coaches that I've worked with before and know very well."

Simmons, who spent 10 years at Texas Tech with Mike Leach and the past three seasons with him at Washington State, will get back to working with new Sooners OC Lincoln Riley on Stoops staff. (More at FOXSports.com)

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Report: Kerry Cooks Accepts DBs Coaching Position

Notre Dame defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks has officially accepted the same position at Oklahoma, according to a source.

Cooks, 40, becomes the fourth Iowa graduate on the Sooners staff, joining coach Bob Stoops as well as co-defensive coordinators Mike Stoops and Jerry Montgomery. Cooks is one of the nation’s best recruiters and has done particularly well in his native Texas.

Former Sooner Garrett Richards Agrees to One-Year, $3.2M Deal with Angels

Former Sooner Garrett Richards agreed with the Angels on a one-year, $3.2-million deal, settling just above the midpoint and avoiding arbitration.

Richards had asked the Angels for $3.8 million and the Angels offered $2.4 million.

Richards, 26, was arbitration eligible for the first time as a "Super Two." He still has four more seasons, including 2015, before he's eligible for free agency.

Casady's Josh Wariboko Opts for UCLA Over OU

Offensive line standout Josh Wariboko-Alali signed with UCLA on Wednesday morning.

He chose the Bruins over Oklahoma and Ohio State.

Wariboko-Alali is the top player on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 and is considered one of the best recruits in the nation at his position. His decision Wednesday ended several years of intense recruitment of the Casady standout.

MBB: OU's Ryan Spangler Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Ryan Spangler #00 of the Oklahoma Sooners talks to head coach Lon Kruger during the second half of the game against the North Dakota State Bison in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 20, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. (March 19, 2014 - Source: Steve Dykes/Getty Images North America)
University of Oklahoma junior forward Ryan Spangler has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career following his performances in wins vs. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

The 6-8, 235-pounder from Bridge Creek, Okla., averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocked shots as OU beat Texas Tech 81-36 in Norman on Wednesday and rallied for a 64-56 win at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Spangler shot 78.6 percent from the field (11 for 14) and 76.9 percent from the free throw line (10 for 13) in the two games, and made his only 3-point attempt (at OSU). He entered the week averaging 9.7 points and 1.3 assists per game on the season.

Spangler scored a season-high 20 points in only 25 minutes vs. Texas Tech on 8-for-9 shooting while adding four rebounds, one assist and three blocks as OU set a Big 12 record for fewest points allowed in a conference game. He followed with 13 points, a game-high nine rebounds and a career-high six assists at Oklahoma State as the Sooners claimed their second straight regular season sweep of the Cowboys. Spangler's six assists were one more than the entire OSU team registered.


Cody Thomas Quits Baseball to Focus on QB Race

Quarterback Cody Thomas #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners takes a snap during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks November 22, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 44-7. (November 21, 2014 - Source: Brett Deering/Getty Images North America)
Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas is giving up baseball to compete for "the starting quarterback job during spring practice," the school announced.

After Trevor Knight suffered an injury, Thomas started three games at quarterback last season for the Sooners. He completed 46 percent of his passes for 342 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ran for 141 yards.