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Birdow is soaring with Falcons at Air Force

Birdow is soaring with Falcons at Air Force

Teven Birdow was 5-years-old when his father was sentenced to prison for a home invasion case in Oklahoma City. That left Teven set up for failure, like many American youths trapped into such circumstances, but his mother started him on another path. Jamie Rodrigues went without...

McNeill and Riley redefine the old boy network

McNeill and Riley redefine the old boy network

The decade-long coaching bond linking Ruffin McNeill and Lincoln Riley is — on its surface — a typical old-boy network story. McNeill twice appointed Riley his offensive coordinator. When Riley was named a head coach, he hired McNeill.And you say, So what?Head coaches routinely...

ECU reaches out to Ruffin McNeill to honor him

ECU reaches out to Ruffin McNeill to honor him

During the offseason, East Carolina offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick went to Oklahoma to pick the brain of Sooners’ head coach and former Pirates’ assistant Lincoln Riley.But Kirkpatrick also had another assignment on the trip: Patch up the school’s relationship...

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

“The option is still revered at certain high schools, but – despite the zeal of some coaches – the once venerated scheme has been languishing at the college level for years. Now rule changes may doom it there too.” – Sports Illustrated, Oct. 8, 2018 issue.   By Tom...

Army faces Oklahoma in throwback affair

Army faces Oklahoma in throwback affair

Army’s trip to face No. 5-ranked Oklahoma Saturday represents an interesting throwback game. The reasons are beyond simply that the schools last played in 1961, with the Sooners winning 14-8 in a marquee event at the old Yankee Stadium. In those days, the Black Knights routinely...

Jordyn Adams may have edge on Kyler Murray

Jordyn Adams may have edge on Kyler Murray

College football and pro baseball fans quickly recognized and connected Kyler Murray as having a choice to make once the Oakland A’s selected him with the ninth pick of last week’s Major League Baseball draft.Click here for AllSportsDiscussion linkAfter all, he’s Oklahoma’s...

Spartans are back but surprising school on top

Spartans are back but surprising school on top

By Tom ShanahanMichigan State is back among the top-ranked football-basketball programs in the 2017-18 school year after a one-year absence, while a couple of football schools from the ACC and SEC jumped onto the list with surprising basketball strength.Clemson -- yes, Clemson!...

Mayfield and Manziel owe their universities

Mayfield and Manziel owe their universities

Baker Mayfield reminds me of Johnny Manziel.I state that meaning beyond the fact they are short quarterbacks that won the Heisman Trophy thanks to 4,000-yard passing seasons inflated by a spread offense. But that’s not all.They also share tasteless gesticulating and showboating...

This is how diversity is supposed to work

This is how diversity is supposed to work

When Butler chose its new basketball coach, the candidate pool included a former Bulldogs assistant. Two days later, newly named Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley added his former boss at East Carolina to his Sooners’ staff.There’s nothing unusual about last week’s separate...

Top five NCAA Tournament players

Top five NCAA Tournament players

North Carolina’s Brice Johnson and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield headline my list of the top five basketball players in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.The prime reason is they are the only two consensus All-American picks still playing in the Final Four. To name the top five NCAA Tournament...