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Big 12 champion Oklahoma adds pair of 4-star defenders

Feb. 5, 2020 10:27 PM EST

Big 12 champion Oklahoma got the signatures of a pair of four-star defenders, and new Baylor coach Dave Aranda signed a two-sport player that plans to throw and hit for the Bears. While Big 12 teams were like most Power Five schools in securing most of their classes during the early signing period about seven...

Oklahoma assistant McNeill leaving program to care for dad

Jan. 23, 2020 6:41 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla, (AP) — Ruffin McNeill is stepping down as Oklahoma's assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach to help care for his 85-year-old father in North Carolina. The school made the announcement Thursday. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley hired McNeill in 2017. He coached defensive tackles that...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores a touchdown against LSU during the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA semifinal college football playoff game, in Atlanta. Hurts, the Heisman Trophy runner-up who once starred for Alabama, is hoping to improve his NFL draft stock at the Senior Bowl. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Jalen Hurts eyes NFL, with 'boulder' not chip on shoulder

Jan. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts was presented a helmet at the Senior Bowl providing a snapshot of his college career, an OU on the right side and his old Alabama No. 2 on the left. Now, the quarterback who led two elite programs to the College Football Playoffs is trying to prove himself again, as an NFL...

SMU adds Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley's brother as assistant

Jan. 21, 2020 6:52 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — SMU has hired Garrett Riley as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The younger brother of Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was set to be promoted to offensive coordinator at Appalachian State after serving as running backs coach in 2019. Like his older brother, Garrett Riley spent...

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts arrived at the Omni Hotel with the team in Atlanta, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. The Oklahoma Sooners will face the LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday, December 28. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Burrow vs. Hurts: A tantalizing matchup at the Peach Bowl

Dec. 27, 2019 5:03 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Burrow needed a year under his belt, along with a coaching change and a new wide-open offense, to really find his way at LSU. Jalen Hurts didn't have even that long to adjust, which makes his lone season at Oklahoma even more remarkable. Now, two transfer quarterbacks who left an...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with his players after defeating Alabama 46-41 in an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Oklahoma definite outsider in this College Football Playoff

Dec. 26, 2019 3:57 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — No team in the College Football Playoff has claimed more national titles than Oklahoma. History, though, doesn't carry much weight in this year's field. The Sooners are the clear outsider. No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson have established themselves as the nation's best teams...

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the trophy following the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Virginia in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Clemson won 62-17. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Perfect fit: Playoff teams' in-house hires getting it done

Dec. 25, 2019 9:24 AM EST

Former Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips made a deal with Dabo Swinney when he decided to make him the Tigers head football coach. “There were people that were very skeptical of that hire," Phillips recently recalled. “I said, 'Dabo, if it don't work out what's going to happen, you come...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) scrambles during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, in Baton Rouge, La. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is The Associated Press college football player of the year in a landslide vote.  Burrow, who has led the top-ranked Tigers to an unbeaten season and their first College Football Playoff appearance, received 50 of 53 first-place votes from AP Top 25 poll voters and a total of 156 points.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Playoff matchups: OU slowdown vs LSU; Clemson keys on Young

Dec. 24, 2019 9:51 AM EST

The four College Football Playoff teams rank in the top five nationally in points per game and yards per game. For defenses to determine who wins this championship, there might be a turnover here, a sack there and a couple of clutch red-zone stops. Coaches who faced each team say there are several key matchups...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs against West Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Norman, Okla. Hurts was selected to The Associated Press All-Big 12 Conference team, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts enjoying final college season

Dec. 24, 2019 9:33 AM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Almost begrudgingly, Jalen Hurts is having some fun. His Oklahoma teammates and coaches have defended their quarterback when asked about Hurts seemingly aloof personality, saying there’s more to one of college football’s most successful players in recent years. Hurts has...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and his wife Kelly arrive with the team for the CFP Peach Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

No. 1 LSU could be missing top rusher against No. 4 Sooners

Dec. 23, 2019 5:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Top-ranked LSU's leading rusher Clyde Edwards-Helaire is off crutches but still may miss Saturday's Peach Bowl playoff semifinal against No. 4 Oklahoma. The Sooners, meanwhile, will be missing starting defensive end Ronnie Perkins and two backups due to suspensions. Edwards-Helaire suffered...