January 29, 2015

OU Regents Approve Riley's Contract

Lincoln Riley has been on the road recruiting since being hired as Oklahoma's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach earlier this month.

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents made it all official during their Wednesday meeting, approving a two-year contract that will pay Riley $500,000 annually.

Riley's contract also includes a $50,000 bonus for winning the College Football Playoff national championship. The deal runs through Jan. 31, 2017.

January 28, 2015

Report: Stadium Expansion Project on Hold

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

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

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

Former Oklahoma Running Back Jakie Sandefer Dead at 78

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

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

January 27, 2015

OU Softball Will Play 14 Television Games in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

OU Safety Hatari Byrd Cited for Drug and Alcohol Offenses

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

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

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

January 23, 2015

Softball: Sooners Ranked No. 4 in Preseason Top 25

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

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

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

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

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

Golf: OU Selected to Host 2018 Men's Regional

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

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

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

Former Sooner Blake Griffin Named All-Star Game Starter

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

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

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

January 22, 2015

Softball: OU Tops Big 12 Coaches’ Preseason Poll

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

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

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

Report: Utah State to Hire Josh Heupel as Offensive Coordinator

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

January 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

January 17, 2015

Lincoln Riley Introduced at Press Conference

Oklahoma Football
Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley Introduction
Jan. 17, 2015

Head coach Bob Stoops’ opening statement:

“I am excited to introduce to you guys, guys and ladies, the State of Oklahoma, all of the Sooner fans our new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Lincoln is a guy that has had incredible experience here at a young age. I always look at the quality of experience to go with how much experience a guy has.

“First, I had a direction I wanted to go. I felt through the last several years we have kind of gravitated away from where we started here and that was in a Hal Mumme/(Mike) Leach type system with what we’re doing and how we’re moving the football. We had some success with it through the years and just little by little here in the last several years we have kind of slowly drifted away from it.

“I had a goal in mind to get back to running that type of system and I felt I got the absolute best guy to do it. He is a guy that has come up through it, understands it inside and out, and has had success running it. He has been the offensive coordinator and play caller for the last five years at East Carolina. I don’t have to go into all of the statistics. They were in the top five or six in the country in total offense, they are in the top several in third-down conversions on and on. He is a guy that has been putting it together and they have had a bunch of big victories over the last couple of years. A couple of wins against North Carolina State, a couple of big wins against North Carolina with big scores. They beat Virginia Tech, again putting points on the board. I really felt strongly about his background and the success he has had running his system.

“Again, he’s a guy that comes up through a tree that I have had a lot of success with and really believe in and I believe he is the perfect guy to move forward in the direction we want to go. I am very aware, as Lincoln is, the quality of running backs we have here. That will not be a problem. They averaged, I believe, over 160 yards per game rushing a year ago. As bright as Lincoln is, he will find a way to take advantage of the great running backs we have and tailor our offense to the great personnel we have.

“Today is going to be about Lincoln and you guys asking him questions. I will tell you we continue to fill the other two (assistant coaching) jobs. We haven’t yet. I am working hard on it and have a strong idea of where I want to go with that, but I’m not ready to expand on that any further. So here I’ll open it up to Lincoln and you can make a statement and talk a little bit if you have a few remarks and then you guys can fire away at Lincoln. He is going to take the shots here today.”

Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley opening statement:

“It’s absolutely an honor to be here. It’s a little surreal to walk in to this environment and this program. It’s something that I have wanted for a long time. It’s something that my wife and I have been very picky about for the last few years as we have been blessed to have some opportunities. We were looking for a lot of specific things ourselves, like coach said. We were first looking for a great person. I was able to have that with Ruffin McNeil over the last several years at East Carolina and I know what I’m getting into working at Oklahoma with Coach Stoops.

“It’s honestly hard to match it. Coming into a program like this, coming to a place that is very committed to what we are going to be doing offensively were things that were very important to me. Having a chance to getting back close to home was a bonus, too. It’s been a great ride. Things have happened for me quickly. I have worked hard and I have also been very, very fortunate to work for some great people and to learn from some great people. To be in the right place at the right time, things have kind of just timed out for me. I’m very, very humbled. I’m very, very thankful. I’m very, very excited to get to work here. I just can’t wait to get started.”

RILEY – On how he takes advantage of his personnel within his system:

“I think that’s one of the beautiful things of this offense, is that it can become whatever we need it to become. We’ll go recruit certain players for certain positions certainly and we will look at different skill sets but at the same time I don’t think that we need a lot of specific things to make it work. Growing up and learning this from Mike Leach and Dana Holgorsen and all of those guys I was able to work with at Texas Tech as I was learning, what I always appreciated was how open-minded they were.

“I think coaches can sometimes be too original with what they are looking for. I think that can limit you because if they personnel doesn’t fit exactly what you’re looking for you could have a little disconnect there. I love the personnel that we have here from what I have been able to see early. I know we have a lot of good players and we are going to continue to bring in a lot of good players. We’re going to take a lot of pride in doing what our guys do well and making sure that our best players touch the ball and that we put our guys in position to make as many plays as they can.”

RILEY – On whether he has a goal of running plays in a certain amount of time:

“No, it’s more of a feel. How we are moving. Our whole deal is doing what it takes for us to move the ball and that’s what we will do. In some situations it’s great. In other situations we have to be able to slow it down and run the clock and use the clock. We need to be good at all of them.”

Former Oklahoma Assistant Jay Norvell Joins Texas Longhorns Staff

The Red River rivalry added another layer of intrigue Friday when Texas hired former Oklahoma assistant Jay Norvell as its new wide receivers coach.

Norvell left OU earlier this month after seven seasons, including four as co-offensive coordinator.

"Jay is a guy that has always had an outstanding reputation, and when I had a chance to talk to him, what impressed me the most was his energy, passion and drive to be successful," Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a statement. 

January 15, 2015

Former Sooner Gerald McCoy Named to All-NFC Team By PFWA

The awards are piling up for former Oklahoma and current Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Just weeks after he was named to his third Pro Bowl, McCoy has been selected to the All-NFC team by the Professional Football Writers of America.

McCoy was also named a second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, making him one of only four defensive linemen in Buccaneers history to earn All-Pro honors multiple times.

He led the Bucs in sacks in 2014 with 8.5 and recorded 35 tackles despite missing three games.

Items From Samaje Perine's Record-Setting Day to be Displayed at College Football HoF

The College Football Hall of Fame has received a helmet, jersey and cleats worn by Samaje Perine during the Oklahoma freshman's FBS-record 427-yard rushing game against Kansas last season.

“The cleats still have dirt on them,” said Mike Bilbow, the Hall’s vice president for content and production. “Dirt and little pieces of grass. We’re not going to take them off. We think it will add to our display.”

Guests to the Hall are currently greeted with a large stand-alone exhibit celebrating Ohio State’s national championship season.

Former Sooner DeMarco Murray Named PFWA’s NFL Offensive Player Of The Year

Former Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray has been named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers’ Association.

It’s the next in what promises to be a long line of awards for Murray, who finished the 2014 season as the NFL’s leading rusher. In December he was named to the Pro Bowl for the second-consecutive season, and he was also designated first-team All-Pro.

Murray set career marks and Cowboys franchise records this past season, as he carried the ball 392 times for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns. Factoring in the Cowboys’ postseason run, Murray ran for 2,043 yards and 15 touchdowns in 18 games.

January 14, 2015

OU's Samaje Perine Named FWAA Freshman All-American

Running back Samaje Perine has been named to the Football Writers of America Freshman All-America Team, it was announced Wednesday.

Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, Perine earned AP All-America Third Team recognition, FWAA All-America Second Team, All-Big 12 First Team honors from both AP and the conference’s coaches. The true freshman was also voted the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

Perine is a native of Pflugerville, Texas, who prepped at Hendrickson High School. Perine led the Big 12 in rushing this season, totaling 1,713 yards, which placed him fifth on the OU all-time single-season rushing chart. The freshman also scored 21 touchdowns, a Big 12 record for rushing touchdowns in a season by a freshman.

MBB: Buddy Hield Named to Wooden Award Top 25 List

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced its John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 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 21.3 points and 3.3 3-pointers per game (shooting .419 from behind the arc), while also pulling down 7.5 rebounds a contest to rank fifth in the league. On the season, he's averaging a team-high 17.1 points (ranks third in Big 12) on .388 3-point shooting (sixth) and .840 free throw shooting (third), and adds 5.6 boards an outing. The Freeport, Bahamas, native has led the Sooners in scoring nine times in 16 games, including each of the last three contests and four of the last five.

January 13, 2015

W Gymnastics: Sooners Ranked No. 1

t only took one weekend of competition for Oklahoma to become No. 1 again.

The Sooner gymnastics team posted the best score in the nation on opening weekend to earn the nation's No. 1 ranking this week. No team could best OU's mark of 197.625, giving the squad its first week at No. 1 in 2014. The Sooners also posted the nation's top team scores last weekend on beam (49.400) and floor exercise (49.425).

LSU took the No. 2 spot nationally (197.125) and Florida rounded out the top three (196.925). Utah picked up the No. 4 ranking overall (196.900) and Michigan slotted in at fifth (196.600). Oklahoma is set to face three of the nation's current top-five during the 2015 regular season.

In addition to its number one rankings on beam and floor, OU added a No. 2 national ranking on vault (49.450) and took the No. 3 spot on bars (49.350).

Ten Oklahoma team members earned 17 individual national rankings this weekend as well, highlighted by a pair of top-two national rankings from standout junior Haley Scaman. Scaman picked up the No. 1 ranking overall on floor exercise (9.95) and tied for second nationally on vault (9.95) and 23rd on uneven bars (9.85).

Bobby Jack Wright Announces Retirement After 42 Years

University of Oklahoma assistant head coach/cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright announced his retirement from coaching Tuesday. Wright’s coaching career spanned 42 seasons, including the past 16 years working with head coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners.

“Bobby Jack Wright was simply invaluable to me and our Oklahoma coaching staff for 16 seasons,” Stoops said. “We wouldn’t have been able to win a national championship and eight Big 12 Conference championships without his dedication, loyalty and commitment. He was the first assistant coach at OU with me within a day of me being hired.”

“First and foremost, I will always appreciate the way he positively impacted so many individuals who have been a part of Oklahoma Football, including myself. We all owe a debt of gratitude to him as a mentor who made me and the other members of our staff better. Bobby Jack served as a trusted advisor who always provided me an honest assessment of our players and our program.

“More importantly, I can’t thank him enough for the role he played in the shaping the lives of so many young men who came through our program. To his core, Bobby Jack Wright defined what it means to be a football coach in so many ways. On behalf of Carol and our family, we wish Bobby Jack, his wife, Bee, and their family the very best.”

Cornerbacks Coach Bobby Jack Wright to Retire

A source close to the program confirmed to the Norman Transcript that longtime Oklahoma assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright will retire. An official announcement is expected Tuesday morning.

Wright, who joined OU coach Bob Stoops’ staff prior to the 1999 season, served as the cornerbacks coach and associate head coach the last two seasons.

Graduate assistant Courtney Viney is expected to replace Wright as cornerbacks coach.

Wright, 64, served as OU’s recruiting coordinator and defensive ends coach from 1999-2004. (Norman Transcript)

January 12, 2015

Its Official: Riley to Join OU as Offensive Coordinator, QBs Coach

University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced Monday that Lincoln Riley will join the Sooners as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Riley will come to Oklahoma from East Carolina where he held the same position with the Pirates for the past five seasons.

East Carolina ranked third in the nation in passing offense (371.9 yards per game) and was fifth in total offense (533.0 ypg.) in 2014. The Pirates also averaged 35.8 points per game this past season to rank second in the American Athletic Conference.

“Lincoln brings a fresh perspective to our program that I believe will help us maximize our potential offensively,” Stoops said. “He owns a consistent track record of implementing innovative offensive concepts during his career and has a history of developing productive offensive players. He has been mentored by a number of successful offensive coaches during his career, while developing his own unique offensive approach.

“Lincoln is also talented recruiter who I’m confident will help attract top-flight talent to the University of Oklahoma. Our student-athletes and our staff will benefit from his skills and passion for the game. We are excited that Lincoln and his family are joining the Sooners.”

Barry Switzer Would Run 'what Oregon and Auburn run' on Offense if Coaching Today

If Barry Switzer were still coaching today, it sounds like he would have a good old time with calling plays. In an interview with ESPN.com on Wednesday, Switzer said he would likely be coaching offense in a similar fashion to what Oregon and Auburn are doing. In fact, Switzer said he would take pages from both programs’ playbooks.

“If I were coaching today, I would be running what Oregon and Auburn run,” Switzer said, as transcribed by Al.com. “I would be up-tempo, like Oregon, and I would have more option, like Auburn.”

The best of both worlds. (College Football Talk)

Lincoln Riley Accepts Offensive Coordinator Position

East Carolina offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley has accepted the same position at Oklahoma, according to a source.

Riley is considered one of college football’s brightest young offensive minds and comes from the coaching tree of Washington State’s Mike Leach, a successful former assistant for Sooners coach Bob Stoops.

The 31-year-old Riley has been East Carolina’s offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and associate head coach since 2010, when he became then the youngest coordinator in the FBS. This season, his unit ranked fifth in the FBS in total offense (533 yards per game) and 22nd in scoring offense (35.8 points per game) for the 8-5 Pirates. (SI)

Report: OU to Name Lincoln Riley as Offensive Coordinator and Play-Caller

January 11, 2015

Report: OU to Name Lincoln Riley as Offensive Coordinator and Play-Caller

News 9's Dean Blevins is reporting that OU plans to name Lincoln Riley as its new play-caller and offensive coordinator. Riley has helped set records at East Carolina as the coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past five seasons. It's a clear sign Bob Stoops is going back to the Hal Mumme/Mike Leach "Air Raid" style of attack that OU ran in the beginning of the Stoops Era (1999 under offensive coordinator Mike Leach). I'm told OU will emphasize getting its talented running backs in space in the attack and that Riley's success and experience of play-calling helped him become Oklahoma's choice.

January 10, 2015

Brian Bosworth: The Problem with OU Isn't Bob Stoops.. It's the Players

On Friday, after Brian Bosworth was among the 2015 class inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, The Boz shared his insight on why the program he loves has fallen off under Bob Stoops and what can be done to get the Sooners back from an 8-5 disappointment to a championship contender.

January 9, 2015

Brian Bosworth to be Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

After two decades of being denied, Brian Bosworth, a two-time All-American linebacker at the University of Oklahoma and a brash, free-spirited personality who embodied 1980s excess, was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame on Friday.

The Boz was part of the 2014-15 class announced Friday morning in conjunction with the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Former Sooner Garrick McGee Will Remain at Louisville

Thursday afternoon, CoachingSearch.com reported that former Oklahoma quarterback Garrick McGee was a target of Bob Stoops in his search to replace co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell, who were fired earlier this week.

But McGee won’t be returning to his alma mater, deciding instead to stay on Bobby Petrino‘s staff at Louisville after receiving a raise, ESPN reported.

January 8, 2015

TCU Co-Offensive Coordinator Sonny Cumbie in Norman

Sonny Cumbie while coaching at Texas Tech
Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops officially fired offensive coordinators Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel on Tuesday.

Wednesday, TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie was in Norman, eating lunch at The Garage, a popular restaurant, with members of the Oklahoma coaching staff, according to a source.

It's unknown at this point if Cumbie has been offered any job with the Sooners.

January 7, 2015

MBB: TaShawn Thomas Earns Big 12 Newcomer Honor

University of Oklahoma senior forward TaShawn Thomas was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week today following his performances in wins against George Mason and Baylor.

The 6-8, 242-pound transfer from the University of Houston averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in just 23.5 minutes a contest to help OU improve to 10-3 overall and to 1-0 in Big 12 play. Thomas shot .682 from the field (15 for 22) for the week.

Against George Mason, the Killeen, Texas, product was limited to 16 minutes due to foul trouble but still posted nine points (on 4-for-5 shooting) and seven rebounds in a 61-43 victory. In OU's 73-63 win over No. 22 Baylor, Thomas made an OU-season-high 11 field goals on 17 attempts and finished with 24 points and a season-high-tying eight boards. His 24 points fell one shy of his season high.

January 6, 2015

Defensive Line Coach Jerry Montgomery Promoted to Co-Defensive Coordinator

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops' announced at his press conference on Tuesday that defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery will be promoted to co-defensive coordinator.

"Jerry's a guy I feel is a rising star in this profession," Stoops said.

Stoops says he anticipates Mike Stoops to return as co-defensive coordinator with the newly-promoted Montgomery. (The Oklahoman)

WATCH: Bob Stoops' Postseason Press Conference

Former Sooner Spencer Tillman Blames Academic Standards for Stoops' Shortcomings

Spencer Tillman said he thinks the biggest problems coach Bob Stoops faces are political, and relate to academic standards that might be preventing OU from getting top-flight talent.

“It begins with the uneasy tension between academia and athletics and the focus of the administration on dealing with the academic piece first,” Tillman said. “What’s driving the success of that program — whether they want to acknowledge it or not — is that football program.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham to Enter NFL Draft

Dorial Green-Beckham, once the No. 1 prospect coming out of high school and a star wide receiver at Missouri, will leave Oklahoma without ever playing in a game and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Green-Beckham informed Stoops of his plan a week ago. When asked to reflect on the decision to bring in Green-Beckham after he had been dismissed by Missouri, Stoops acknowledged that the staff knew DGB could have a short stay in Norman.

"I knew that was something that could happen," Stoops said of Green-Beckham's decision to turn pro. "I went in with eyes wide open that might be the case. I believed in him as a young man, he was scout team player of the week half of the weeks ... he worked hard for us.

"[Green-Beckham] contributed for us in a positive way." (CBS Sports)


Josh Heupel Fired as Offensive Coordinator

University of Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has been fired, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed during a Tuesday morning press conference.

The former Oklahoma quarterback had been the school's play-caller since 2011 when he was promoted from quarterbacks coach.

Earlier this week, Jay Norvell, Oklahoma's other co-offensive coordinator was fired.

Bob Stoops Could Announce Staff Changes at Tuesday Morning Press Conference

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will address reporters at a news conference, scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A full-on news conference to wrap up the season is out of character for Stoops, which could mean he's using this to announce big news -- like staff changes.

Sources close to the program said Stoops could announce staff changes at Tuesday's news conference, which would be a major shift in how he usually handles such things.

MBB: No. 16 Oklahoma Dominates No. 10 Texas

Buddy Hield scored 13 points and No. 16 Oklahoma built a huge lead in the first half in dominating No. 10 Texas 70-49 Monday night, the Sooners' third straight win in the border rivalry. Oklahoma bolted to a 33-14 lead by halftime. The 14 points set a Texas school record for the fewest scored in a half in a Big 12 game.

Even with point guard Isaiah Taylor back for the second game after missing 10 with a broken left wrist, Texas was a mess offensively with just 6 of 30 shooting in the half and nine turnovers.

Two years ago, the Sooners let Texas rally from 22 points down in the second half to win in overtime. Oklahoma was much more methodical in putting away the Longhorns this year, giving them no chance at a comeback.

Javan Felix scored 13 for Texas.

Oklahoma (11-3, 2-0), which beat a top 10 team on the road for the first time since 1993, had four players score in double figures in earning what could be a huge confidence boost at the start of the Big 12 schedule. (More at News9.com)

Stat Comparison
Category Texas OU
Points 49 70
FGM-A 18-60 25-60
FG% 30.0 41.7
3 FGM-A 6-21 5-12
3 FG% 28.6 41.7
FTM-A 7-8 15-18
FT% 87.5 83.3
Rebounds 37 42
Assists 8 10
Turnovers 12 9
Blocks 7 5
Steals 2 8
Individual Leaders
Category Texas OU
Points Felix - 13 Hield - 13
Rebounds Two Players - 6 Thomas - 11
Assists Taylor - 4 Woodard - 6
Steals Two Players - 1 Cousins - 3
Blocks Turner - 3 Two Players - 2

January 5, 2015

Zack Sanchez Announces He's Returning Next Season

Oklahoma’s chances of improving next fall got some help Monday, as Zack Sanchez announced he’ll be returning to Norman, Okla., for at least one more season. The redshirt sophomore cornerback was a first-team All-Big 12 performer in 2014, totaling six interceptions and 39 tackles.

Sanchez made his announcement with a couple tweets and an Instagram post. (CollegeSpun)

WBB: Gioya Carter Tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week

University of Oklahoma sophomore guard Gioya Carter was tabbed the Phillips 66 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week following her play against Yale and No. 21 West Virginia.

Carter averaged a team-best 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in Oklahoma’s two wins. After being reinserted back into the starting lineup following six games coming in off the bench, she shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the floor and 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the charity stripe.

Carter began the week scoring a then-career-high 17 points to help the Sooners halt a three-game losing skid with a 71-54 victory over Yale. She also grabbed a then-career-high tying six boards, passed out four assists and made two steals.

January 4, 2015

Report: Bob Stoops Fires Co-Offensive Coordinator Jay Norvell

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has fired co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jay Norvell, sources confirmed to The Oklahoman.

The news was first reported by FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman.

News of Norvell’s ouster comes less than a week after the Sooners scored only six points in a 34-point Russell Athletic Bowl loss to Clemson.

And this could be just the beginning of a drastic coaching staff overhaul.

According to sources close to the program, the only OU assistant coaches with firm job security are running backs coach Cale Gundy, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. (The Oklahoman)

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