A combined five athletes currently rank in the top-10 of the all-around standings as Maggie Nichols (first), Brenna Dowell (sixth) and Anastasia Webb (seventh) represent OU, and Trinity Thomas (fourth) and Alicia Boren (10th) represent the Gators.,In 2015, OU set the school record with a 198.500, scoring better than a 49.500 on every event (49.525 on vault, 49.500 on bars, 49.750 on beam, 49.725 on floor).,CONFERENCE HONORS

Junior Maggie Nichols (Event Specialist of the Week) and sophomore Anastasia Webb (Gymnast of the Week) were each honored by the Big 12 this week for their performances at the Metroplex Challenge.,Seniors Brenna Dowell (AA), Nicole Lehrmann (VT, UB, BB) and Alex Marks (UB), juniors Jade Degouveia (VT, FX), Maggie Nichols (AA) and Bre Showers (AA), sophomores Jordan Draper (FX), Karrie Thomas (UB), Carly Woodard (BB) and Anastasia Webb (AA) and freshmen Emma LaPinta (FX), Allie Stern (VT, FX) and Olivia Trautman (VT, BB, FX) have all competed.,A GLANCE AT OKLAHOMA read more

• Oklahoma men's basketball is offering a variety of promotions and incentives for OU students the remainder of the Sooners' home season.,• As part of Suits and Sneakers Week (Jan. 21-27), the Oklahoma coaching staff will join coaches around the country in wearing sneakers (all-white Air Jordan 1 Mids) during the game to raise awareness about the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.,• Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger was named council chair of Coaches vs. Cancer this past fall and has been a member of the Coaches vs. Cancer Council since 2007.,• Oklahoma has won 21 of its last 24 games inside Lloyd Noble Center and 23 of its last 26 “home” games (includes victories in OKC and Tulsa).,• The Sooners have won 135 of their last 142 non-conference games in Norman and are 43-4 at LNC against non-conference opponents under Kruger.

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The OU women’s gymnastics team posted the best opening weekend score in NCAA history to earn the nation’s No. 1 ranking this week.,Nine Sooners earned 24 individual national rankings this weekend, with an OU gymnast holding at least a share of the No. 1 spot on every event.,Junior Maggie Nichols holds the No. 1 spot on vault (10.0), beam (9.975) and the all-around (39.750).,Joining Nichols in the vault rankings are junior Jade Degouveia, who tied for No. 4 with a career-high 9.95 and Dowell and senior Nicole Lehrmann, who are tied for No. 7 with a 9.9.,Along with Nichols, Webb (No. 4 – 9.925) Trautman (No. 7 – 9.9), Lehrmann (No. 7 – 9.9), Dowell (No. 15 – 9.875) and sophomore Carly Woodard (No. 15 – 9.875) are all ranked on beam.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2019 on Thursday, and among the esteemed group of gridiron stars were a trio of Louisiana Sports Hall of Famers.,Former LSU offensive line standouts Alan Faneca and Kevin Mawae and Louisiana native Ed Reed made the list of modern-era finalists.,Joining that trio is Louisiana native and former LSU great Johnny Robinson as this year’s senior finalist.,The other modern-era finalists include Kansas City and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, Indianapolis and Arizona running back Edgerrin James, Denver safety Steve Atwater, Washington and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, New England cornerback Ty Law, Tampa Bay and Denver safety John Lynch, Jacksonville offensive tackle Tony Boselli, Seattle and Minnesota offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell and Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores.,Robinson, a Delhi native who was an All-State tennis, baseball and football player at University Lab School in Baton Rouge (his father Dub Robinson coached the LSU tennis team), played on LSU’s 1958 national championship football team, played his entire pro career for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, winning championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969.

Does it matter to most residents of Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Utah and Colorado whether their states' major college football programs match those in Alabama or Ohio dollar for dollar and victory for victory?,OK, more links: The O’s James Crepea takes a deep dive into Oregon’s 7-6 victory over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl, the good, the bad, the encouraging and the discouraging.,Vince Grippi for the Spokesman-Review: Washington’s loss shows the Pac-12 just doesn’t measure up against college football’s elite level.,Joey Kaufman of the Los Angeles Daily News: Washington’s loss to Ohio State is one more Pac-12 disappointment.,Washington wilts in a Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State, leaving the Huskies with bigger questions.

Moorhead was a month or so removed from being named Mississippi State’s new head coach.,“I think there is where you’re from and there is where you call home,” Moorhead said a year later, once again folded into a seat, but this time in Tampa, a few days prior to a Mississippi State and Iowa rendition of the Outback Bowl.,In fact, a bowl victory over Iowa would make Moorhead the only Mississippi State coach to win nine games in his first season at the helm.,If James Franklin’s 105 games spent on the sidelines as a head coach seems like a small number compared to the so-called “greats,” then Moorhead has plenty of room to make up.,He keeps in touch with Rahne as well, continuing to support a friend in a year where Penn State’s offense has sputtered between what it was and something at least not always as aesthetically pleasing even if still ultimately effective.

The LSU Tigers are preparing for their New Years Six Bowl game vs Central Florida, but before they got a few days off for Christmas Break, they got to talk to our Louisiana GeauxNation.,Several players talked to us about their favorite holiday food, gifts, and memories from this time of year.,LSU will take on UCF in the Fiesta Bowl at 12pm CT on New Years Day in Glendale, Arizona.,Keep it on your Louisiana GeauxNation every night at 5, 6 10pmon NBC Local 33.

For those who do not know, the Scouting Combine is an event held in Indianapolis every February where around 330 college players are invited to not only fill out an athletic profile by recording physical measurements and participating in a myriad of tests such as the 40 yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, 3 cone drill, and 60-yard shuttle, but also participate in interviews with specific teams, take a drug test, and receive an injury evaluation.,While watching film, and seeing how a player actually, you know, plays football, will always be the number one thing teams consider when scouting a player, athletic testing has become a more important piece of the overall puzzle.,While NFL organizations don’t use these exact websites, the majority understand the growing importance of picking not only great football players, but talented football players who are uber athletic.,A perfect way to think about athletic testing is this: not all great athletes become great football players, but it’s extremely rare to see a great football player that wasn’t a great athlete in some capacity.,In the piece, former NFL scout Dana Hatman said this about Tennessee’s head exec:

“You listen to [Titans GM] Jon Robinson, I genuinely believe that he gives a crap about football character, and he will pass on a player that might be slightly better in a tier to take a guy who’s going to be a better professional football player.” read more

EUFAULA --- Called one of the most dynamic players in Troy University and Sun Belt Conference football history, Jerrel Jernigan took the Eufaula Tigers and Troy Trojans to great heights, and even helped the New York Giants win a Super Bowl during his injury-shortened NFL career., A knee injury cut Jernigan’s NFL career short – four seasons – and he has returned to his hometown where he is the receivers coach heading into his third season with Eufaula High School., Former EHS football head coach Dan Klages, now the head coach at Eufaula’s Lakeside School just down the road from EHS, recalled having concerns about Jernigan’s size allowing him to become the player he became., Then-Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville worried Jernigan was too small and despite assistant James Willis’ desire to sign the Eufaula star, AU passed., Following a stellar senior season at Troy, Jernigan worked out for the Falcons (twice), Jets, Saints, Jaguars and Chargers, and felt strong about his chances of being taken by Atlanta since Eufaula native Les Snead was the director of player personnel there.