Eli Manning Wants Sterling Shepard More Involved In Offense

Eli Manning didn’t throw any passes to Sterling Shepard on Sunday, but when he ran into the rookie receiver in the team’s facility on Tuesday he offered up something else.

An apology.

“I talked to him, I apologized for not getting him any catches,” Manning said. “We need to get him the ball, get him some catches. It’s just the way the day went on some things. But he’s done a good job all year and we have to do a good job of getting him involved in the offense.”

Lincoln Riley Reportedly Contacted By Oregon About Head Coaching Job

Oklahoma OC Lincoln Riley could be a target for the head coaching job at Oregon, according to a report.

After Oregon fired Mark Helfrich following a 4-8 season, Football Scoop reported the Ducks had reached out to representatives of the 33-year-old coordinator. Football Scoop reported Oregon officials had checked with representatives of Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, as well.

Jordan Evans Back Practicing, Expected to Play in Bedlam

Bob Stoops raised some eyebrows Monday when he gave an update on OU linebacker Jordan Evans, saying he was “fairly confident” Evans will play Saturday against Oklahoma State, but leaving the door open for the alternative.

Tuesday, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops seemed to close that door.

“He practiced yesterday and today,” Mike Stoops said. “It was limited, but he practiced both days. We want to make sure we’re cautious with him. He’s played more football than anybody on our team, and he understands the game plan and what Oklahoma State’s all about, so we want to be sure we’re cautious with him and make sure we can get him on the field, but he’ll be ready to go.”


Adrian Peterson 'Ahead of Schedule', Runs Sprints at Vikings Practice

Former Sooner Adrian Peterson has taken another step in his recovery from knee surgery.

The star running back, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in late September, was spotted running short sprints while his Vikings teammates practiced at Winter Park this morning. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman watched closely before the two walked inside toward the locker room.

Tuesday was not the first day Peterson had resumed running, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Asked when Peterson was healthy enough to start running again, Zimmer said “I don’t know, I’m not in charge of the rehab.

Jordan Evans Probable, Will Johnson Likely Out for Bedlam

Bob Stoops said linebacker Jordan Evans, who suffered a hamstring injury early in the second half against West Virginia and did not return, will probably be available on Saturday against Oklahoma State.

Evans did not practice last week and remains limited, but Stoops said he was expected to at least go through part of practice Monday.

“I'm fairly confident by the end of the week he'll be ready to play,” Stoops said.

RELATED: Jordan Evans Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week


CB Michiah Quick Dismissed From Team

Cornerback Michiah Quick is no longer a member of the Oklahoma football team due to a violation of team rules, coach Bob Stoops announced Monday.

Quick, a junior from Fresno, California, started his career as a receiver but moved to defensive back before the 2016 season. He worked his way into the starting lineup earlier this year but was injured against Texas on a controversial play.

Bob Stoops Considers Oklahoma State A One-Loss Team

In the de facto Big 12 championship game Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma will be playing a second straight week against a one-loss opponent.

At least that's the way Sooners head coach Bob Stoops perceives the matchup with 9-2 Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam game on Dec. 3.

"In my mind, they've only got one loss if you play by the rules," Stoops said after the Sooners' 56-28 win over West Virginia.


Bob Stoops Willing to Use Former Players on Scout Team

Imagine this: the OU football team practicing against a scout team that included former linebacker Eric Striker and offensive lineman Nila Kasitati.

Sounds like that wouldn't fly with the NCAA, right? Not so fast. According to an NCAA bylaw, it's completely legal to utilize former players in practice.

NCAA bylaw reads: “A former student at the certifying institution (e.g., former student-athlete) may participate in an organized practice session on an occasional basis, provided the institution does not publicize the participation of the former student at any time before the practice session.”


M Gymnastics: Sooners Are Preseason No. 1

For the third consecutive season, the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team landed the No. 1 spot in the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) Preseason Coaches Poll.

Coming off their 10th national championship in program history, and second in a row, the Sooners received 377 points and 17 of 19 possible first place votes. Stanford, the 2016 NCAA Runner-Up, sits in second place with 357 points while last season’s third-place team, Ohio State, comes in third at 338 points. Minnesota and Illinois round out the top five with 312 and 309 points, respectively.

“We have a strong returning team from last season who are working very hard daily in our gym,” head coach Mark Williams said. “We're pleased to be recognized for our last two seasons as champions and look forward to another exciting year."

Oklahoma is coming off back-to-back undefeated national championship seasons, having won 52 consecutive meets dating back to the 2014 NCAA Championships. The Sooners have also won five straight MPSF Conference titles, and over the past two years have posted eight of the 10 highest team scores of the current scoring era.


Khadeem Lattin Named to NCAA Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee

Oklahoma junior forward Khadeem Lattin has been selected to join the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee. One of two student-athletes on the 16-person committee, Lattin will serve as a non-voting member in a two-year term that begins immediately.

A 6-9 forward from Houston, Texas, Lattin has played in 75 games (41 starts) and owns career averages of 4.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Last season, he was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team after leading the league in blocks per game (2.1). Lattin’s 116 career blocks rank fifth in program history.

“It’s an honor to be selected as one of the few people who can give input on the college game,” said Lattin. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the committee and represent the University of Oklahoma and men’s basketball student-athletes throughout the country.”

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“We are incredibly proud of Khadeem and the responsibility he’s been entrusted with by the NCAA,” said Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger. “This appointment is a testament to the character and leadership that Khadeem has shown within our program and we’re excited to see him grow and contribute in his time on the committee.”

The Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee ensures that appropriate oversight of men’s basketball is maintained, enhances the development and public perception of the sport and make recommendations related to regular-season and postseason men’s basketball. The committee is tasked with prioritizing enhancement of the student-athlete educational experience (academically and athletically), and in doing so, promote student-athletes’ personal growth and leadership development.

Joe Mixon Apologizes For Hitting Woman

University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon issued an apology Tuesday evening to the woman he punched at a Campus Corner restaurant in 2014.

"For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman," Mixon wrote in a statement sent to The Oklahoman. "Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry."

Mixon had turned 18 just hours before the punch was thrown. The California native wrote that he was far away from home for the first time, trying to get to know his new teammates.

Report: Adrian Peterson Could Return to Field Next Month

Former Sooner Adrian Peterson, who underwent surgery to repair a right lateral meniscus tear on Sept. 22, is making solid progress in his recovery and could be back on the field for the Minnesota Vikings by mid-to-late December, according to league sources.

Peterson had an exam late last week and could start running this week. Although the three-time rushing champion is said to be exercising caution in his return from the knee injury he sustained on Sept. 18 against the Green Bay Packers, he could make his return before the end of the regular season.


Bob Stoops Not Commenting On Charlie Strong's Future

Multiple reports over the weekend indicated Texas would fire head coach Charlie Strong, and Athletic Director Mike Perrin said they’d discuss where things stand after the TCU game this Friday.

Sooners head coach Bob Stoops wouldn’t get into his chief rival’s matter Monday during his press conference after Strong's press conference stating he wanted to stick around another year.

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Judge Dismisses Most of Lawsuit Against Joe Mixon

A federal judge in Oklahoma City has dismissed two-thirds of a lawsuit filed against star Sooner running back Joe Mixon.

A University of Oklahoma student, Amelia Molitor, sued Mixon in July, almost two years after he punched her in the face at a Norman cafe.

Molitor, 22, accused Mixon, 20, in the lawsuit of negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Dede Westbrook Named Biletnikoff Award Finalist

Dede Westbrook is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation to the outstanding receiver in college football.

Westbrook, a senior from Cameron, Texas, who is having one of the best receiving seasons in Big 12 history, leads all Power Five players in receiving yards (1,354) and receiving yards per game (123.1), and is tied for first with a school-record-tying 15 receiving touchdowns.

Westbrook, who battled a hamstring injury during OU's first three games when he averaged 51.3 receiving yards per contest and did not score a touchdown, has exploded in eight games since. During that span, Westbrook has amassed 53 catches for 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 1,200 yards are the most ever by a Sooner in a eight-game stretch (next highest total is 1,070 by Ryan Broyles in 2011), as are the 15 receiving TDs.

Not only does Westbrook have the most receiving yards in the country since Oct. 1, no player is within 73 yards of him.


Baker Mayfield Named Maxwell, O'Brien Awards Finalist

Baker Mayfield is one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award, given by the Maxwell Football Club to the outstanding collegiate player of the year, as well as one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, issued by the Davey O'Brien Foundation.

Mayfield, who was also a Davey O'Brien Award finalist last year when he completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns against only seven interceptions, is 222-for-311 (career-high 71.4 percent) this season with 35 TDs and eight picks. He has also rushed for six touchdowns.

Mayfield ranks first nationally in passing efficiency rating (194.7; the NCAA single-season record is 191.8) and yards per pass attempt (10.9; only one other player is above 10.0), second in completion percentage, third in points responsible for (22.9 per game) and fourth in passing TDs and yards per completion (15.2). He is also tied for the national lead with 19 completions of at least 40 yards.

Bedlam Football Game Set For 11:30 A.M.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will kick off at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3, the Big 12 announced Monday. The game will be televised on Fox.

For the second consecutive year, the winner of the rivalry game will win the Big 12 championship.

And for the second year in a row, the game has College Football Playoff implications.

Sixteen Sooners Earn All-Big 12 Football Honors

Sixteen University of Oklahoma football student-athletes were named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Team. The Sooners were represented by 11 first-team selections and five second-team honorees.

Oklahoma's 16 selections were fourth most in the league and its 11 first-team honorees tied for fourth most. Redshirt senior receiver Grant Bothun earned first-team honors for the fourth consecutive year for the Sooners, while redshirt freshman quarterback Connor McGinnis and redshirt senior offensive lineman Riley Nolan were two of seven student-athletes to be nominated with a 4.00 grade point average.


Wrestling: Oklahoma Defeats NDSU in Big 12 Opener

The No. 17 Oklahoma wrestling team downed North Dakota State, 25-14, on Sunday afternoon inside McCasland Field House, marking the first dual win for new OU Head Coach Lou Rosselli.

The Sooners recorded six wins in the contest, including three bonus-point victories at heavyweight, 133 pounds and 141 pounds. Rosselli said he was happy with how his team responded in the dual.

“I think we had some people make weight a little bit better today, and their energy level was much better,” Rosselli said. “That gave them the ability to out-work their opponents most of the matches. We took a couple hits, but I think overall it was a good performance, and I think that the guys are getting better at understanding how you outwork your opponent.”

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Redshirt senior Ross Larson started out the match at heavyweight with a win by fall over senior Ben Tyanan in 1:38. Larson started with a quick takedown and held a 2-0 lead at the time of the fall. The pin marked Larson’s second fall of the weekend and the 44th of his career. He needs 15 more pins this season to break the OU career pins record of 58, set by Dan Chaid.

Oklahoma Tops Clemson to Take Third at Tire Pros Invitational

Senior point guard Jordan Woodard scored 21 points and freshman guard Christian James added 17 while connecting on all five of his 3-point attempts as Oklahoma held off Clemson 70-64 in the third-place game of the Tire Pros Invitational on Sunday evening in Orlando, Fla.

Oklahoma (3-1) made 10 of 20 3-point shots and scored 25 points off a season-high 17 turnovers by Clemson (2-2).

Oklahoma vs West Virginia Postgame Notes

• Oklahoma owns a 7-2 all-time record against West Virginia and is 5-0 in the series since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12. The Sooners are 3-0 in Morgantown (won 50-49 in 2012 and 45-33 in 2014).

• OU has won its last 11 true road games and 22 of its last 24. It is the longest streak of Bob Stoops’ career and the fourth longest in program history. The Sooners have outscored their last 11 true road opponents, 559-289 (51-26 average).

• Oklahoma has scored at least 30 points in 16 straight true road games. The next longest current streak by a Big 12 team is three games by Oklahoma State.

• The Sooners have won 15 straight Big 12 Conference games, the second longest streak in program history. It was also Oklahoma’s 10th straight Big 12 road win, the longest streak in program history and the second longest in Big 12 history.

Oklahoma Handles West Virginia, 56-28

Ninth-ranked Oklahoma, continuing to make up ground for two September losses, overpowered No. 14 West Virginia 56-28 on a snowy Saturday night.

Behind 160 rushing yards from Samaje Perine and 147 by Joe Mixon, the Sooners (9-2, 8-0 Big 12) ran it 64 times on 79 plays to win their eighth straight game overall and their fifth consecutive against the Mountaineers (8-2, 5-2).


Stoops: This Year's Offense is One of Best We've Had

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops is reluctant to compare his current team to his previous squad.

It's pretty much his policy not to rank or compare any current player or system with anything from the past.

But the numbers are irrefutable — this year's OU football team is among Stoops' best offensive units.

“I don't ever say any particular one is the best or player is the best,” Stoops said, “but this offense is right there with any of the great ones that we've had.”

Wrestling: Oklahoma Drops Home Opener to Michigan

Despite three wins to end the match, the No. 17 Sooners fell to No. 11 Michigan, 27-15, in the home opener Friday night in McCasland Field House.

The Sooners picked up wins at 184 pounds, 197 pounds and heavyweight, including two wins by fall by junior Andrew Dixon (184 pounds) and redshirt senior Ross Larson (285 pounds).

“I think it’s nice for them to get wins. I think, obviously, Ross did his part, and I think that Andrew did his part and Brad (Johnson) sucked it up,” OU Head Coach Lou Rosselli said. “So, it was nice to see a few wins. Overall, certain people just don’t compete—they’re not competing hard enough. I can’t say it enough. There’s a level of competition that we’re not aware of just yet. Learning how to compete is our No. 1 priority, and wrestling and wrestling hard for seven minutes. We didn’t do that tonight.”

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Dixon got the first win of the night for the Sooners at 184 pounds with a win by fall over Ernest Battaglia in 4:05. Dixon struck first with an early takedown, but Battaglia countered with a reversal. Dixon escaped to end the first period with a 3-2 lead. After starting the second period on top, Dixon added a 2-point nearfall to hold a 5-2 advantage at the time of the fall.

MBB: Oklahoma Loses to Northern Iowa in OT

Northern Iowa stormed back from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Oklahoma 73-67 in overtime on Friday and move into the championship game of the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando, Fla. The Panthers will face seventh-ranked Xavier in the final Sunday.

The Panthers outscored the Sooners 14-8 in overtime.

Northern Iowa (3-0) was led by Klint Carlson with 22 points, Jeremy Morgan with 17 and Jordan Ashton with 13.


Mayfield, Westbrook Named Walter Camp Semifinalists

Oklahoma junior quarterback Baker Mayfield and senior wide receiver Dede Westbrook were named Thursday as two of 15 "Players to Watch" for the 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, given annually to the outstanding player of the year who has exemplified the qualities of self-discipline, unselfish team play, desire to excel, mature judgment and respect for leadership.

Mayfield is one of eight quarterbacks listed, while Westbrook is the lone wide receiver. Oklahoma joins Alabama and Ohio State as the only schools with multiple players on the list. Only one other Big 12 player — Texas running back D'Onta Foreman — is a semifinalist.

Thursday's honor adds to a growing list of accolades for the pair. Mayfield has already been named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy and Unitas Golden Arm Award, while Westbrook is a finalist for the Hornung Award and semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Each player is also a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award.

Mayfield, who completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns against only seven interceptions last year while finishing fourth in Heisman Trophy voting, is 214-for-296 (career-high 72.0 percent) this season with 33 TDs and seven picks. He ranks first nationally in passing efficiency rating (195.2; the NCAA single-season record is 191.8) and yards per pass attempt (10.9; only two other players are above 10.0), second in completion percentage, fifth in passing TDs (33) and sixth in points responsible for per game (22.6).


MBB: Sooners Defeat Tulane in First Round of Tire Pros Invitational

Jordan Woodard scored a game-high 22 points as Oklahoma shook off Tulane in the second half on its way to an 89-70 victory Thursday night in the Tire Pros Invitational at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Woodard led the perimeter attack for the Sooners (2-0), making half of his team's eight 3-pointers. Rashard Odomes added 15 points, Christian James had 12 and Khadeem Lattin 10.

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Cameron Reynolds led the Green Wave (1-2) with 19 points and Malik Morgan and Ryan Smith scored 10 apiece.

Dede Westbrook Named Hornung Award Finalist

Already a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff and Maxwell Awards, Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook was named one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award on Thursday. The Hornung Award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in major college football.

Westbrook, a senior from Cameron, Texas, who is having one of the best receiving seasons in Big 12 history, leads all Power Five players (and ranks second nationally) since Oct. 1 with his 207.7 all-purpose yards per game.

On the season, Westbrook leads all Power Five players in receiving yards per contest (125.4), while ranking second in receiving touchdowns (14) and seventh in receptions per outing (6.8). He started returning punts Oct. 15 against Kansas State and began returning kickoffs Oct. 22 at Texas Tech. Westbrook is averaging 19.8 yards per punt return (registered a 71-yard return for a touchdown against Kansas) and 28.4 yards on his eight kickoff returns.

Westbrook, who battled a hamstring injury during OU's first three games when he averaged 51.3 receiving yards per contest and did not score a touchdown, has exploded in seven games since. During that span, Westbrook has amassed 51 catches for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 1,100 yards are the most ever by a Sooner in a seven-game stretch (next highest total is 985 by Ryan Broyles in 2011), as are the 14 receiving TDs. He needs one more receiving TD to tie the OU single-season record.

Not only does Westbrook have the most receiving yards in the country since Oct. 1, no player is within 185 yards of him.

His 14 receiving scores have come, in order, from 67, 40, 71, 42, 47, 26, 8, 88, 49, 23, 41, 65, 29 and 40 yards, for an average of 45.4 yards. The 14 TD catches over the last seven games are more than 44 teams (21 Power Five squads) have on the season. Only 10 teams have more receptions of at least 60 yards this year than Westbrook's four.


Vikings Coach: 'No Idea' If Adrian Peterson Returns This Season

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday he has "no idea" if former Oklahoma and current Viking running back Adrian Peterson will return this season.

Peterson was placed on IR after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee in Week 2.

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Peterson is eligible to practice, but is unlikely to return until sometime in mid-December according to previous reports.

(H/T Chris Thomasson)

Sam Bradford Putting Up Solid Numbers As Vikings Quarterback

Playing in the constraints of a run-first offense, former Sooner Sam Bradford has done in eight games what he hasn’t done at any time in his career – have five individual games in which he had a passer rating of 100.0 or above.

In 2012 with the St. Louis Rams, he had four games with a passer rating of 100.0 or higher – but that came in 16 games in a season where he had a season-long passer rating of 82.6.

In 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Bradford had four games with a passer rating of 100.0, but that came in 14 starts in a year where he had a passer rating of 86.4.

Mike Stoops: Defensive Line Will Be Fine Without Charles Walker

After practice Tuesday night, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops gave his reaction to defensive lineman Charles Walker’s choice to leave the team.

Walker is a redshirt junior who has decided he will not play the remainder of the season and will prepare for the NFL Draft instead, per an OU spokesperson.

Stoops said that he hasn’t talked to Walker about his decision, but he’s confident the team will be alright without him.

University of Oklahoma Athletics Launches Apple TV, Roku Apps

In a continued effort to provide industry-leading and all-encompassing coverage of University of Oklahoma Athletics, OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced Tuesday that SoonerSports.tv content is now available for in-home viewing via Apple TV and Roku devices.

Oklahoma is the only 'Power Five' athletics department in the country to offer live and on-demand content via both Apple TV and Roku.

"At Oklahoma, we take pride in being a trendsetter, and the launch of our Apple TV and Roku apps is another example of just that," said Castiglione. "We are excited about the opportunity to distribute our extraordinary video content to new and broader audiences through these platforms, and we are grateful to our partners FOX Sports and NeuLion for helping us once again be a leader with this endeavor."

Wrestling: Rosselli Announces First Signing Class

Oklahoma head wrestling coach Lou Rosselli announced Monday the signing of eight wrestlers to National Letters of Intent. The first-year head coach secured seven top-100 signees to his first class.

“This class is really important to me because it’s our first class," Rosselli said. "It’s a time we can grow together and do the things we want to do. They’ll get a great education and hopefully we can hold up our end and make them excellent wrestlers as well. It’s important for us to get off on the right foot, and I think we got some of the right guys. We’re excited for them to get here and get to work.”


Former Sooner Michael Winchester Killed in Shooting at Will Rogers World Airport

Southwest Airlines employee Michael Winchester, who was shot and killed today at Will Rogers Airport, was a former OU football player and father of Kansas City Chiefs deep snapper James Winchester.

Michael was a punter at OU from 1984-85. James Winchester's agent, Ken Sarnoff, confirmed it was James Winchester's father who was killed, according to Transcript sports writer John Shinn. (Norman Transcript)

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Baker Mayfield Named Burlsworth Trophy Finalist

One year after winning the award, Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield was named Tuesday as one of three finalists for the 2016 Burlsworth Trophy, issued by the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club to college football's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.

Mayfield joins Washington State quarterback Luke Falk and Northwestern receiver Austin Carr as finalists. The trio was chosen from a field of 52 nominees from across the nation that last week was narrowed to 10 semifinalists.

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The Sooner signal caller has been even more effective this year than he was last season when he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. Mayfield, who completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns against only seven interceptions last year, is 214-for-296 (career-high 72.0 percent) this season with 33 TDs and seven picks. He ranks first nationally in passing efficiency rating (195.2; the NCAA single-season record is 191.8) and yards per pass attempt (10.9; only two other players are above 10.0), second in completion percentage, fifth in passing TDs (33) and sixth in points responsible for per game (22.6).

Sooners Achieve Another Record Graduation Success Rate

The University of Oklahoma earned its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate ever, according to information released Tuesday by the NCAA.

Oklahoma has achieved record improvement in its Graduation Success Rate in the last six years, jumping from 71 percent to 85 percent. Tuesday's NCAA report reflects a four-year average of freshmen who enrolled in 2006-07 through 2009-10.

OU's 85-percent success rate exceeds the Division I student-athlete national average of 84 percent.

Seven Oklahoma programs registered a 100-percent Graduation Success Rate for the reporting period: men's gymnastics, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, rowing, women's tennis and volleyball.

Wrestling: Sooners Start Strong at Journeymen/ASICS Collegiate Classic

The No. 18 Oklahoma wrestling team started the season strong at the Journeymen/ASICS Collegiate Classic. The 16-team event was held at the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y.

Two Sooners took first place in their respective divisions, including freshman Dalton Duffield (125B) and junior DaWaylon Barnes (157A).

“I think our team’s effort was really good today,” Rosselli said. “I think we made some mistakes, and some of them are things we’ve been working on that are issues we have to handle. That’s a normal thing. I was proud of the way most of the guys fought. We had a couple of matches that got away from us, but in general we were good. We were okay today and we need to work on getting better.”

Duffield recorded a 3-0 record in the first tournament of his freshmen career. The rookie registered an 8-3 decision over Devin Brown of West Virginia in the first round, before a highlight-reel win by fall over Rider’s Brendan Calas in 1:34. Jens Lantz of Wisconsin injury defaulted in the finals for Duffield’s final win of the day.


DE Matt Dimon No Longer With Team

Oklahoma DE Matt Dimon won’t play another down for the Sooners, coach Bob Stoops said Monday.

Dimon, a senior, won’t return for next season, either.

He has not played since the first half of OU’s loss to Ohio State on Sept. 17. DC Mike Stoops said Dimon had a strained Achilles tendon in the weeks after.

Dede Westbrook a Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award

Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook is one of 10 players named Monday as a semifinalist for the 2016 Biletnikoff Award, given by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation to the outstanding receiver in college football.

Any player, regardless of position, who catches a pass is eligible for the award. This year's 10 semifinalists were chosen by the Biletnikoff Award's national selection committee, which will also help determine the three finalists and the winner.

Westbrook, a senior from Cameron, Texas, is having one of the best receiving seasons in Big 12 history. He leads all Power Five players in receiving yards per game (125.4), while ranking second in receiving touchdowns (14) and seventh in receptions per game (6.8).

Jordan Evans Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

University of Oklahoma senior linebacker Jordan Evans has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his standout performance in OU’s 45-24 victory over No. 25 Baylor Saturday.

In helping OU improve to 7-0 in conference play, Evans posted a team-high nine tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two pass breakups. In doing so, he became the first player in Oklahoma history and the first FBS player since at least 2012 to record at least two interceptions and two sacks in a game.

His first interception came at the OU goal line and led to a 91-yard TD drive that put the Sooners up 21-0. He returned his second pick 23 yards to the Baylor 1-yard line in the fourth quarter. Samaje Perine scored on the next play to give OU a 35-10 lead.


MBB: Oklahoma Opens Season With Win Over Northwestern State, 97-61

Ten Sooners scored as the Oklahoma men's basketball team opened its season with a 91-67 victory over Northwestern State on Sunday inside Lloyd Noble Center.

Junior Khadeem Lattin tallied the third double-double of his career as he led the Sooners with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-8 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were senior Jordan Woodard (16 points), redshirt freshman Matt Freeman (15) and sophomore Christian James (12). (News9)

Former Sooner Kenny Stills Supports Medical Marijuana Research

Former Sooner and current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills said he supports the NFL Players Association’s decision to actively study the use of medical marijuana for pain as an alternative to opioids such as Oxycodone.

“I feel like that NFLPA knows what they’re doing,” Stills told the Palm Beach Post Thursday. “I’ve always felt that medical marijuana is a good substitute for the prescription drugs that we’re using. And so if the science and the doctors say the same thing, then I don’t see why it’s an issue. You’re starting to see in more states it’s become legal. And more states where it’s becoming legal for recreational use. So if it can help, I don’t see why not. There is always going to be some negativity or uproar about something. But if the players need it, then I’m all for it.”


Recap: Oklahoma Handles Baylor, 45-24

Oklahoma's offense led the way through much of a six-game winning streak to begin Big 12 play.

On Saturday against Baylor, it was the defense's turn to come through with some big plays for the No. 11 Sooners.

Oklahoma forced three turnovers, its most of the season, and had several more interception chances in a 45-24 win over the Bears in front of 86,249 at Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

"Sometimes you get them in bunches," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "Fortunately we were able to get quite a few turnovers."

Soccer: Sooners Advance With First-Ever NCAA Tournament Victory

History made.

By a score of 1-0, the No. 25 Oklahoma soccer team defeated SMU in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Friday night at John Crain Field. The win was the first for the Sooners in NCAA action in their history.

Additionally, the victory gave the Sooners 14 on the season, marking the highest single-season win total in program history (won 13 in 2005). OU, who is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, also made postseason appearances in 2003, 2010 and 2014.

Stoops: Sooners Are Prepared To Handle Baylor's Running Game

The Bears lost 62-22 against TCU last week, marking their second consecutive loss.

But despite Baylor’s derailing, the Bears still prove an offensive threat with quarterback Seth Russell and running back Terence Williams. Running back Shock Linwood will miss the game with a suspension, but even without him, the Baylor running game could be tough on an OU defensive line riddled with injuries. BU ranks sixth in the country with 278.5 rushing yards per game.