Tahlequah Daily Press

August 8, 2013

Oklahoma finalizes football support staff for 2013

State briefs

Associated Press

— NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has made some changes to the OU football support staff for the 2013 season.

Reed Case has been promoted to director of player personnel. Case enters his third season at OU after joining the Sooners in March 2011 as on-campus recruiting coordinator. Case's duties range from player evaluations to scholarship management and the coordination of the recruiting calendar for members of the coaching staff.

Rajeeb Hossain joins the Sooners as director of high school relations. Hossain will work closely with Case and Stoops' coaching staff to develop creative and engaging digital and traditional recruiting materials, in addition to other duties that will continue to foster positive relationships with high school coaches and prospects.

Tiffany Byrd joined OU earlier this year as director of sports nutrition.

Oklahoma State receives 4 ESPN Big Monday games

The Big 12 Conference says Oklahoma State's men's basketball team will be featured in four ESPN Big Monday games in 2014, the most ever for OSU in a single season.

The Cowboys' first Big Monday game will be on Jan. 27, when OSU travels to Norman for the first bedlam matchup of the season. On Feb. 3, OSU will host Iowa State in a Big Monday matchup.

Oklahoma State's game at Baylor on Feb. 17 will also be featured on ESPN, as will the Kansas State at OSU game on March 3.

The Cowboys have played on ESPN's Big Monday game 37 times since 1992, and have been featured at least once in 20 of the last 22 seasons.

OU's only other Big Monday game is Feb. 24 when the Sooners play at Kansas.

The Big 12 released ESPN's Big Monday game schedule on Wednesday.

Ryan Gomes signs with Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed journeyman forward Ryan Gomes.

The Thunder didn't disclose financial terms of the contract in the Wednesday announcement.

The 6-7, 245-pound Gomes has appeared in 482 games with Boston, Minnesota and the LA Clippers. Most recently, he played for the Artland Dragons of the Basketball Bundesliga in Germany.

He has career averages of 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. Gomes was the 50th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

Oklahoma women's hoops schedule

NORMAN — Oklahoma's women basketball team has released its schedule for the 2013-14 season.

The school said Wednesday it will play 15 nonconference games, with 12 of them at the Noble Center in Norman.

OU will host Preseason WNIT games, with the first round on Nov. 8 against Stetson.

Oklahoma hosts UT Arlington on Nov. 20, before traveling to Los Angeles to meet UCLA on Nov. 24.

Oklahoma begins the 2013-14 season hosting two exhibition games. Cameron visits the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday, Nov. 2, and Central Oklahoma visits Tuesday, Nov. 5.

OSU Cowgirls announce Big 12 hoops schedule

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's women's basketball team has released its Big 12 schedule for the coming season.

The school said Wednesday the Cowgirls will open Big 12 play with two games at home — Texas on Jan. 2 and West Virginia on Jan. 4. That will be followed by road games at Kansas State and Iowa State.

The Cowgirls' home Big 12 finale will be March 1 against Kansas State and they wrap up the regular season on March 3 at Texas.

OSU was 22-11 last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's Tournament.

TU's men's soccer team is C-USA preseason favorite

TULSA — Tulsa's men's soccer team has been picked as Conference USA's preseason favorite by the league's coaches.

TU's Cristian Mata was named the preseason offensive player of the year. And both Cristian and older brother Omar Mata were tabbed to the preseason team. The preseason picks were announced Wednesday by the league's office.

A year ago, the Golden Hurricane won the C-USA tournament title, advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, netted 14 wins, including eight shutouts, and outscored its opponents 48-23.

Cristian Mata, a sophomore forward, started in 19 of 20 games for TU as a true freshman last season. He led the Golden Hurricane in goals (14), assists (6) and points (34), as well as the league in goals and points.

Midfielder Omar Mata is a three-year letterwinner and starter.

Oral Roberts wins Division 1-AAA All-Sports trophy

TULSA — The Oral Roberts University men's indoor track and field team has received the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association All-Sports trophy.

The award was announced Wednesday. ORU won it by being the top Division I-AAA finisher at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championship meet in March.

ORU finished tied for 25th in the NCAA Indoor meet and was the only Division I-AAA school to finish in the top 30. It marks the second consecutive season that Joe Dial's team has won the Division I-AAA award for men's indoor track.

The Golden Eagles finished tied for 20th at the NCAA Outdoor meet last season, finishing five spots behind UNC-Greensboro for the top Division I-AAA spot in that competition.