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  • COLUMN: Are these spring hopes eternal for OU's Metoyer?

    The annual Red-White spring game is a skirmish without context and there’s really no way around it.

    In an age of closed practices, holding out your stars, putting blue jerseys on your quarterbacks and throttling back the playbook because an opponent might pick something up watching it, just how much can anybody hope to glean?

    April 14, 2013

  • COLUMN: Devalued titles only make it easier for Jenks, Union

    The revolution arrived quietly, long before Thursday.

    Thursday was only the day it became clear, when OSSAA Class 6A member schools voted for the lesser of two evils, a plan to separate Class 6A high school football in the state into two different 16-team and two-district divisions, a Class 7A in everything but name, rather than an even nuttier idea to not separate into two divisions, yet somehow determine two state champions via two different playoff brackets.

    April 12, 2013

  • COLUMN: OU wants to build tradition of its own

    They say tradition never goes on vacation, so maybe the Oklahoma women can’t count on being overlooked today.

    Tennessee is the Yankees, Steelers and Manchester United of women’s college basketball, only better.

    March 31, 2013

  • COLUMN: Can Griner save the WNBA?

    The hours spent pouring over the brackets were probably a waste because no one knows just how good Gonzaga is, or whether Kansas really does have its act together.
    That's the beauty of the NCAA men's tournament, where this year there are more questions than ever about which schools are pretenders and which are contenders. Even the wise guys in Vegas don't really seem to know, with seven teams - including Kansas and Gonzaga all listed at 12-1 or better to win the national title.
    There's no such debate on the women's side. Brittney Griner and her Baylor teammates are pretty much locks to be cutting down the nets in New Orleans on a second straight national title.

    March 21, 2013

  • HORNING: Whitney Hand not done leaving her mark at OU

    Favorite Sooner of all time? Well, from my youth there’s Elvis Peacock, John McCullough, Kelly Snider and, just to make everybody from a different sport, let’s say Jim Begwin.

    December 14, 2012

  • COLUMN: Arkansas coaching search gets weird

    On some levels I can relate to John L. Smith’s plight.

    Much like Smith, my employer recently made a personnel decision that directly impacted my workload. Like Smith, I went from merely setting a kick return unit, to calling plays, barking orders, and attempting to figure out what’s going on inside Paul Petrino’s head.

    November 30, 2012

  • HORNING: Considering Landry Jones

    Only a few days ago I wrote about Landry Jones’ opportunity to define himself once and for all over his last four games as a Sooner.

    That even though championships appeared out of reach, should he play victorious football and leave the Sooner Nation happy, he’ll be rewarded by fine memories.

    November 22, 2012

  • Against Sooners, Irish have what it takes, again

    The magic was back.Now it’s gone.That’s the Irish for you. That’s Notre Dame and Oklahoma. That’s history, fulfilled.

    If I’m Joe Castiglione, I try lining up another home and home series with Notre Dame before the Sooners even visit South Bend next season. If I’m the Sooner athletic director, I try scheduling this game wherever possible, as often as possible.

    October 28, 2012

  • The 10 best reasons to hate Notre Dame

    Notre Dame is a wonderful school, a fantastic institution and a slice of American history that simply can’t be denied. Just ask Regis Philbin.

    October 25, 2012

  • COLUMN: Could this be a new Red October dawn?

    Landry Jones must have said it three times in about 5 minutes. He might have said it a dozen times in all.

    “If we play like we’re capable of playing …”

    October 14, 2012