In NCAA women's gymnastics, a Texas-sized hole
Ragan Smith did not lack options when it came to choosing a college, as tends to happen when you're an elite gymnast with a national title on your resume. One option was unavailable to Smith. Texas, the site of this week's NCAA women's gymnastics championships, the state that's produced Olympic champions Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin and Simone Biles, the state that has over 20 colleges and universities currently classified as Division I, the state that features some of the most prominent gymnastics programs in the country if not the world, has exactly six women's gymnastics scholarships available, all of them at Division II Texas Woman's University.news.yahoo.com
AP source: Big 12 presidents set to vote on adding 4 schools
The Big 12 is moving swiftly to plug the holes looming with the upcoming departure of Oklahoma and Texas for the Southeastern Conference. A person familiar with the Big 12′s expansion plans said the conference’s presidents are scheduled to vote on applications for entry into the league at a meeting Friday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Big 12 has not been publicly disclosing its discussions about rebuilding the conference in preparation of Texas and Oklahoma leaving in 2025.news.yahoo.com
BREAKING: Demetrius Hunter Commits to Oklahoma
One of the most highly sought-after recruits in the nation is headed to Norman. West Orange Stark's Demetrius "Pancake" Hunter gave his pledge to the Sooners late Monday night. According to rivals.com Hunter is the No. West Orange Stark has a proud football tradition with multiple NFL Players including Earl Thomas of the Baltimore Ravens. Demetrius Hunter makes the 7th commit for the Sooners and first O-Lineman.
No. 17 Oklahoma State completes sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma
“Cade just takes the pressure off the rest of us," Oklahoma State guard Bryce Williams said. Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said Monday's scenario was strange. Oklahoma State rallied, and Rondel Walker's 3 finally put Oklahoma State ahead 32-30. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are rising quickly and gaining confidence. Oklahoma State visits No.
Gonzaga, Baylor top AP Top 25, Sooners climb, Drake in
9 Alabama on Saturday, the Sooners became just the second team in 25 years to beat three straight top-10 opponents. The Sooners got off to shaky Big 12 start, opening 2-3 after losses to Baylor and Kansas. Oklahoma (11-4, 6-3 Big 12) has been on quite a run since then, taking down then-No. 17 West Virginia earlier this month, knocked off the Crimson Tide despite playing without Austin Reaves and starting guard Alondes Williams due to COVID-19 protocols. The Bears (16-0, 8-0 Big 12) received the other three first-place votes following wins over Kansas State and Auburn.
Reaves' 23 points, late FT lift Oklahoma over Texas 80-79
Longhorns guard Matt Coleman, who sat out most of the second half, fouled out when he sent Reaves to the line for the decisive free throws. Texas got back within one when Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later. “We'll have to work on missing free throws, I guess," Kruger said. Before his late free throws, Reaves had a key three-point play with a drive and layup that drew a fifth foul on Texas forward Greg Brown. So I guess it was a good shot,” Reaves said.
Harmon's 22 points sends Oklahoma past No. 9 Kansas 75-68
Oklahoma guards De'Vion Harmon (11) and Elijah Harkless (24) react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)NORMAN, Okla. – De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat No. Reaves scored 16 points, all in the second half, and made 10 of 11 free throws. Kansas put Oklahoma in the bonus early in the second half and the Sooners took advantage, making 18 of 22 foul shots after not having a free-throw attempt in the first half. Oklahoma: Oklahoma hasn’t cracked the Top 25 this season, but now is in sole possession of third place in a league with five top-15 teams.
Gators rattled: No. 8 Oklahoma routs Florida in Cotton Bowl
8 Oklahoma beat 10th-ranked SEC runner-up Florida 55-20 on Wednesday night in the Cotton Bowl. Back in the same NFL stadium where 11 days earlier they won their sixth consecutive Big 12 title, the Sooners (9-2, No. The 55 points were their most ever in a bowl game, while piling up a Cotton Bowl-record 684 total yards. 1 Alabama in the SEC title game, and had averaged nearly 42 points a game. Oklahoma: With Rattler and Mims among the young standouts coming back, the Sooners could again be favored to win another Big 12 title.
Cotton Bowl: Big 12 champ Oklahoma vs SEC runner-up Florida
ARLINGTON, Texas – Oklahoma is going right back to the stadium where the Sooners just won their sixth Big 12 championship in a row to play SEC runner-up Florida in the Cotton Bowl. During a Gators team meeting on Zoom to discuss their bowl destination, one of the first questions players asked Mullen was where the Cotton Bowl was played. Oklahoma is in the Cotton Bowl for only the third time, its first since a 41-13 loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 4, 2013. The Cotton Bowl will be played two days before Alabama faces No. Pitts announced is turning pro and won't play in the Cotton Bowl.
No. 12 Sooners win 6th B12 title in row, 27-21 over Iowa St
12 Sooners won their sixth consecutive Big 12 championship. The Sooners got a bit of revenge Saturday when winning another Big 12 title game, with Spencer Rattler throwing a 45-yard touchdown to fellow freshman Marvin Mims and running for another score in a 27-21 victory over the No. Oklahoma still has its 14th Big 12 title overall in the league's 25-season history, and the 50th conference championship in school history. Iowa State played in a conference championship game for the first time in school history, though fifth-year coach Matt Campbell was incensed at times. Clemson also won its sixth conference championship in a row, with a 34-10 win over Notre Dame in the ACC title game later Saturday..
Billy Tubbs, former Oklahoma basketball coach, dies at 85
Billy Tubbs, the colorful coach with the high-octane system known as Billy Ball who brought Oklahoma basketball to prominence in the 1980s, died Sunday. Tubbs had a 333-132 record in 14 seasons at Oklahoma and was four time Big Eight Coach of the Year. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Billy Tubbs,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. In 2011, Lamar dedicated the basketball floor at the Montagne Event Center as “Billy & Pat Tubbs Court,” named in honor of the coach and his wife. “Actually, that was a true statement,” Tubbs told the Kansas City Star years later.
Rattler TD pass in 4th OT sends OU past No. 22 Texas 53-45
The Oklahoma freshman threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Drake Stoops in the fourth overtime and the Sooners survived a late rally from No. It was just the second four-OT game in 25 seasons of the Big 12, joining Kansas State's 53-50 victory over Texas A&M in 2011. The Longhorns (2-2, 1-2) also left themselves little hope of playing for a Big 12 title, much less being part of the College Football Playoff conversation. “I was kind of surprised when I came out at first,” said Rattler, who was tied for the Big 12 lead with four interceptions coming in. POLL IMPLICATIONSConsecutive Big 12 losses, the first for Oklahoma since 1998, sent the Sooners tumbling from No.
AP Top 25: Oklahoma, UCF out; BYU up; Iowa State back in
Iowa State won 37-30. 24 Iowa State jumped back into the Top 25 after a day of upsets. Overall, though, five teams dropped out of the Top 25 after eight ranked teams lost Saturday, six to unranked opponents. The Sooners were involved in one of those upsets, losing at Iowa State for the first time since 1960. 10 Oklahoma State took advantage of the the eight ranked teams losing to jump seven spots after beating Kansas.
Iowa State hands No. 18 Oklahoma second straight loss, 37-30
Iowa State won 37-30. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AMES, Iowa – It was another milestone win for Matt Campbell's rising program at Iowa State. 18 Oklahoma's final drive, giving Iowa State a 37-30 victory Saturday night. “We've got 16 seniors who came here on a dream that we someday could turn Iowa State football around. Iowa State: Purdy completed 12 of 24 passes and the defense came up big when it had to.
Kansas State stuns No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35
NORMAN, Okla. – A Kansas State squad that lost its opener to Arkansas State two weeks ago, had its roster depleted by COVID-19, and entered Saturday's game against No. Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said he didn't know until Friday if he'd have enough players available at all position groups to play the game. Kansas State upset Oklahoma 48-41 in Manhattan, Kansas, last year, making the loss especially disappointing for the Sooners. Oklahoma outgained the Wildcats 517 yards to 400 but had four turnovers to none for Kansas State. STAT LINESIn the fourth quarter, Kansas State outscored Oklahoma 17-0.
No. 5 Oklahoma still Big 12 favorite with inexperienced QB
The Sooners are still considered the overwhelming favorite to win their sixth consecutive Big 12 crown overall because nobody has dethroned them with Riley there. Purdy last year set school records with 3,982 yards and 27 TDs passing, leading the Big 12 with 306.3 yards per game. Conference play begins Sept. 26, the start of an 11-week stretch for nine league games before the Big 12 title game Dec. 12 or Dec. 19, if an extra week is needed. Since this is only TCU's ninth season in the league, Patterson technically isn't the longest-tenured Big 12 coach. Former Oklahoma State quarterback Mike Gundy is in his 16th season as head coach for his alma mater.
Oklahoma, Baylor sit at the top in Big 12 Power Rankings
After another wild weekend, let's take a look at how the conference stacks up in this week's Big 12 Power Rankings. Oklahoma (7-0, #5)Yet another week into the Season and Oklahoma is still looking down at the rest of the conference. The Sooners are likely to be one of the two teams in Dallas for this years' Big 12 championship, but who will line up across the field from them? This Baylor team has proven yet again that they are for real, as they passed the test of defeating a tough offense, in Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State, on the road. The Cyclones are now 3-1 in the Big 12 and have won their last three games.
By the numbers: UH set to open at No. 4 Oklahoma
It's back in full force this week, and we even have one of our own playing during Sunday Night College Football. Let's go behind the numbers to breakdown the matchup that has a lot of folks locally, regionally and nationally talking. UH wound up 9-3 in the regular season and AAC final, losing to Memphis after Tom Herman left to take the Texas job. The Manvel, Texas, product is rising quickly in the UH history books in many categories and will not slow down this fall. Most notably, if King reaches 48 Touchdowns he will pass David Klingler (91 TD) for 2nd overall in UH history behind only Case Keenum who accounted for 155 touchdowns during his run in 2007-2011.
No. 25 Texas overwhelms No. 3 Oklahoma late for 76-63 win
AUSTIN, Texas – Isaiah Taylor scored 18 points and No. 25 Texas overwhelmed Oklahoma over the final 7 minutes to beat the third-ranked Sooners 76-63 on Saturday. Buddy Hield, a leading candidate for national player of the year, scored 33 points for Oklahoma. Oklahoma (22-6, 10-6) went nearly 7 minutes without scoring as the Texas run cranked up. Hield didn't break the Oklahoma scoring drought until making a 3-pointer in the final minute.