University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham has announced that Deputy Director of Athletics Ross Parmley will serve as interim athletic director, pending the appointment of a new president. Thereafter, a national search for a new athletic director will occur.
Dick’s Sporting Goods (: ), the largest U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer, has three new stores in Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Okla. They officially opened to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 2. To commemorate the company’s first three stores in the state of Oklahoma, Dick’s Sporting Goods hosted a three-day grand opening celebration, kicking off with simultaneous ribbon-cutting ceremonies at all three new locations:
The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association and the 2011 Homecoming Executive team have announced former Cowboy Basketball player Desmond Mason has been named Grand Marshal of Homecoming 2011: “Where Your Story Began.”
Going into the Oct. 22 weekend, Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles needs four catches to break the record for career receptions. He currently has 313. The mark is held by Taylor Stubblefield, who caught 316 passes from 2001-2004 while playing for Purdue. As of the Kansas game, Broyles has 47 grabs for 598 yards (119.6 per game, 12.7 per catch) and 7 touchdowns.
University of Tulsa sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson was named to the preseason all-Conference basketball second team as selected by the C- coaches recently.
Oklahoma State checked in at No. 4 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings of the season as announced Oct. 16.
It is the highest debut and the highest overall position that has reached in the standings. OSU’s previous high was sixth in the first standings of the 2008 season (Oct. 20).
Hollywood is coming to Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the worldwide movie premiere of the “The Wayman Tisdale Story” will take place at the Walter Arts Center at Holland Hall. The film celebrates the life and legacy of three time All-American, Gold Medal Olympian, Star, World Renowned Jazz musician and Tulsan, Wayman Tisdale. The event is free and open to the public.
College Sports Madness released another round of preseason women’s basketball awards recently, and Oral Roberts University was the best-represented squad in the Summit League. Junior guard Kevi Luper was named Preseason Mid-Major Player of the Year, while three other Golden Eagles also were honored by the publication.
In a new-look Central Hockey League, the Tulsa Oilers started over again offensively when the season opened Oct. 21 at Texas.
Gone from the league are Bossier-Shreveport, Odessa, Colorado and Mississippi. That leaves 14 franchises in two seven-team divisions with the top four in each group qualifying for the playoffs.
International youth soccer will take center stage in Tulsa next June when up to 80 teams visit for an as yet to be named tournament.
Alex Alston, director of sales for the Tulsa Sports Commission, says plans are currently being finalized for the event which will feature 20 to 30 foreign teams in the field of boys and girls clubs aged 11 to 14. A site for the inaugural tournament in 2012 is also being sought, but the annual event will move to Mohawk Park when soccer fields are completed there in 2013.
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents have scheduled a special meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, to “consider matters relating to athletic conference membership.” The meeting will be held in Click Family Alumni Hall at OSU’s ConocoPhillips Alumni Center in Stillwater.
: The Tulsa Drillers front office team was happy after the second year in ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa. From left are General Manager Mike Melega and Co-Chairmen Dale Hubbard and Jeff Hubbard. Despite the hot summer, the Drillers drew the second largest attendance in history at 365,000 fans. The Drillers are affiliated with the Colorado Rockies and play in the AA Texas League.
Tulsa’s Cory Dorris from Jenks tackles OU’s Ty Taylor in the opener for both teams Sept. 3 in Norman. OU won the game, 47-14.
Most sports fans would agree that the true test of fan loyalty doesn’t come when one’s team is on a winning streak or headed to the playoffs. No indeed, it comes when one’s team falls on hard times. Genuine fan loyalty persists through all the blow-out losses; the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, close call defeats; the silly mistakes that cost the game and the all too often sinking feeling that comes when the buzzer sounds, there’s nothing to cheer about and the stands quietly empty out.
Football is making its way back onto Oklahoma’s sporting stage, and back into the accompanying spotlight.
As if it ever left.
Still, the stage has been a little dark in its absence.