Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

December 12, 2013

Alabama QB McCarron expects Saban to stay

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron says he doesn't believe coach Nick Saban will leave for Texas.

McCarron made his comments in advance of Thursday's College Football Awards Show. Saban is reportedly a target of Texas officials to be the school's next coach if Mack Brown is fired or steps down.

But the quarterback also added that he can't speak for his coach.

''To me, he's not leaving. That's my personal opinion,'' McCarron said Wednesday. ''I can't speak on Coach Saban. I stay out of his business. But if I had a pick, I'd say he's not leaving.''

McCarron is up for the Maxwell Award as the nation's best overall player and the Davey O'Brien quarterback award Thursday. He also is one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on Saturday.

Should Heisman favorite and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston claim the award, it would be the second consecutive year that the award goes to a freshman. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won last year and is a finalist again.

''I'm happy for those guys,'' said McCarron, a fifth-year senior who just missed a shot at leading Alabama to a third consecutive national championship. ''Johnny's one of my good friends. Jameis, I'd be happy for him, too. I don't have any hatred against anybody, or against the Heisman committee or whoever votes on it. They're going to vote how they're going to vote.

''I'm happy, and like I said, I go home at night and I can pull out my three national championship rings and smile pretty big and be pretty happy. I don't need an individual award to tell me what I've achieved.''

Still, he said the invitation to New York, which will be his first trip to the Big Apple, is something he will savor.

''Of course it made me feel good. I kind of smiled, proved a lot of people wrong. But I also feel like I earned it and I deserve it,'' McCarron said. ''I think if you look at ... the three years of me starting, I'd put my numbers up (against) anybody in the country. ... What, 13 interceptions my whole three years starting? I mean, a lot of guys throw that in one year. I feel like I've taken care of the ball, I've done all the right things on and off the field.

''So if the award goes by their mission statement, I feel like I fit it pretty well.''

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0237web.jpg Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program

    For the past four years, Claremore High School seniors Katelin Teter and Nick Hrdlicka have represented the ‘heart and soul’ of the Lady Zebra and Zebra soccer programs.
    The soccer duo will join seven other seniors on Friday night for Homecoming against Collinsville at Lantow Field.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_0114web.jpg SOCCER: JV Lady Zebras edge Verdigris, 2-1

    Claremore sophomore forward Brylee Brasher may have felt a little out of position Monday night during the junior varsity game against Verdigris.
    Normally, starting in the goal for the Lady Zebras varsity team, Brasher came out of her comfort zone to start at forward for the Claremore JV.
    The position switch proved to be a great decision for head coach Robin Sutherland, as Brasher showed a tenacity on offense that led to Claremore’s 2-1 win over Verdigris.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Claremore’s Stone leads NSU tennis to MIAA title

    Amanda Stone was a player the last time Northeastern State won a conference title in tennis. This time, she’s the coach.
    Thanks to a 9-0 rout of Lindenwood on Saturday, No. 31 Northeastern State claimed no worse than a share of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship.

    April 16, 2014

  • Vian's Rowdy Simon seeks playing time in Tulsa backfield

    The Tulsa football team practiced for two hours on Saturday and finished the workout with a 102-play scrimmage.

    Whereas last Saturday's scrimmage was dominated by the Tulsa defense, today's scrimmage session was a more balanced. The Tulsa offense scored on 10 of 21 possessions, including six touchdowns and four field goals, and the Tulsa defense had two takeaways.

    April 16, 2014

  • FOOTBALL: Tulsa-Tulane season opener moved to Aug. 28

    The American Athletic Conference announced today that the Tulsa-Tulane football game, scheduled for the first weekend of the 2014 season, will be played on Aug. 28 at The University of Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium.

    April 16, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Arkansas cruises past SFA, 7-2

    The Arkansas baseball team (23-15) jumped out to an early lead Tuesday evening and never looked back, picking up a 7-2 win over Stephen F. Austin (15-21) at Baum Stadium.

    April 16, 2014

  • Hornbeak leaving OU men's basketball program

    In a surprising decision, sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak informed Oklahoma’s coaching staff on Tuesday he will transfer at the end of the spring semester.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rave reviews following OU's spring game

    Oklahoma didn’t play a game as much as it put on a show Saturday at Owen Field. At least, that was the intent.

    April 16, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Sooners outlast Cowboys in 18-inning marathon

    The longest game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium lasted 18 innings between the Bedlam rivals. The Oklahoma Sooners converted three runs in the top of the 18th to come away with a 12-9 victory.

    April 16, 2014

  • Locust Grove cleans house, ousts four coaches

    Locust Grove High School has relieved head wrestling coach Johnny Cook and head boys basketball coach Ronnie Maple of their coaching duties, school sources said Tuesday.

    April 16, 2014

AP Video