June 3, 2015

Vest, Robin Receive Prentice Gautt Scholarship

Courtesy: SoonerSports.com

Recent University of Oklahoma graduates Jessica Vest (softball) and Alec Robin (men’s gymnastics) were among the 20 student-athletes from Big 12 Conference schools who were named recipients of the 2014-15 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship, the league office announced Tuesday.

The scholarships are named in honor of the late Dr. Prentice Gautt, a former Big 12 Conference staff member and student services' pioneer who passed away in March 2005. Gautt, who earned his undergraduate degree from OU in 1960, broke new ground in 1956 as the first African-American football student-athlete at the university under Hall of Fame head coach Bud Wilkinson.

A two-time All-Big Eight Conference football selection and CoSIDA Academic All-American, Gautt played professionally for the Cleveland Browns in 1960 and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1961-67.

June 2, 2015

OU Baseball: Tasin an Olerud Award Semifinalist

University of Oklahoma baseball's Robert Tasin (Klein, Texas) has been named a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Foundation. Tasin, a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, is one of 10 players to land on the semi-finalist list.

The award is given annually to the nationals top combo pitcher-position player. Olerud, a first baseman and left-handed pitcher at Washington State from 1987-89, was a consensus All-American and the Baseball America Player of the Year in 1988. A third round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989, Olerud went on to a 17-year career in Major League Baseball and in 2007 was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

As a fifth-year senior, Tasin emerged as the most consistent performer in the Sooners’ rotation. He posted a 9-2 record with a 2.52 earned run average and .222 batting average against, while striking out 57 in 78.2 innings of work. At the plate, Tasin hit .260 (26-for-100) with 19 runs batted in.

June 1, 2015

Kickoff Times Announced For Akron, Tulsa Games

The Big 12 Conference announced Monday two television designations and one kickoff time for the University of Oklahoma's 2015 football season.

The Sooners' season opener at home against Akron on Sept. 5 (time TBA) will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by FOX Sports Oklahoma. OU's Sept. 19 home contest versus Tulsa will start at 11 a.m. CT and be televised by FOX Sports 1.

The 2015 opener will mark OU's first-ever meeting on the gridiron against Akron. The Sooners are 2-0 in previous games against Mid-American Conference teams. OU beat Bowling Green 40-24 on Sept. 4, 2004, and handled Ball State 62-6 on Oct. 1, 2011. Both games were played at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

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