GTR Newspapers held its 3rd Annual TU Tailgate Party prior to the TU-Marshall football game Oct. 13. From left are Tim Colwell of Williams, Steve August, former Seattle Seahawk and TU All-American, Scott Burnett of Burnett Inc., Yvonne Hovell of East Tulsa Dodge and Ed Richard of Hebert’s Specialty Meats.
The University of Tulsa is experiencing positive changes on campus with the addition of new classroom buildings and residential housing.
The athletic program is making strides in all areas, most notably recently in football with the Case Athletic Complex, which opened in June of this year. It was dedicated on Sept. 14.
As head football coach at Union High School Bill Blankenship had it all: a program that competed for a state title on a yearly basis, a superb team, and a rivalry that was one of the hottest in high school football (Union vs. Jenks).
It was a Who’s Who of college basketball at the Tulsa Sports Charities annual “Rivalry” Dinner, held Sept.17 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.
SAM BRADFORD: Bob Stoops has made many excellent decisions during his tenure as the head football coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, and it looks as though his decision to name Sam Bradford as the starting quarterback was at the top of the list.
University of Tulsa senior quarterback Paul Smith was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after the BYU game.
Smith, from Owasso, led Tulsa to a 55-47 victory over BYU by completing 21-of-35 passes for a career-best 454 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.
After throwing an interception on Tulsa’s third possession, Smith threw four consecutive TDs, covering 43, 17, 75 and 18 yards. By halftime, Smith had completed 12 passes for 302 yards and four TDs. In just the first half alone, he was just six yards shy of his career-high passing game.
University of Tulsa coach Gus Malzahn doesn’t plan to spend the 2007 football season in the press box sending plays down to the sidelines. He plans to be on those sidelines sending in his own plays and he intends to send in lots of plays. His hurry-up no huddle offense has a disciple in head coach Todd Graham, and Malzahn is anxious to try it.
Hidden amongst the warehouses and office buildings along 83rd Ave. in Tulsa is a gemstone. Upon stepping inside, visitors are dazzled by a vault of shimmering golden trophies, sparkling plaques and fluttering sapphire championship banners.
Welcome to Cheer Dynamix (CDX).
The coach has retired, he admits, “more times than Michael Jordan.” Still, he felt he needed a challenge, so he looked at the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association Web site and found an institution called Riverfield Country Day School was looking for a coach for its brand spanking new eight-man football team, and he applied. He was accepted.
Union High School graduate Nathan Peterson enters his senior season as one of the top-ranked OSU Cowboys. The 6-2, 240 pound defensive end showed complete recovery from 2004 injury problems with a standout junior season. He will be in line for all-conference honors after earning honorable mention all-Big 12 accolades as a junior from the Big 12 coaches and Associated Press. Peterson is already number 10 all-time at OSU with 14.5 career sacks.
University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach Doug Wojcik signed a two-year contract extension according to Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham.
Forget those proverbs that languish in the pages of the Farmer’s Almanac.
Put aside the songwriter’s nostalgic notions about spring.
Top: EYES OF THE WORLD: The golfing world watches as Tiger Woods is awarded the Wanamaker Trophy at Southern Hills. Photo by D. FORREST CAMERON for GTR Newspapers
Celebrating the new Case Athletic Complex (in the background) at TU are, from left, Head Coach Todd Graham, benefactor and fan Mike Case, TU President Steadman Upham and TU Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham. Tulsa opens at home Sept. 15 with BYU, then hosts OU Sept. 21.
This week, Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa will become the first golf course to host four PGA Championships. The course has a rich history and a tradition of excellence in the golf community.