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The Oklahoman — Oklahoma City

Smart, sacrificing Mitchell Solomon proving himself as Cowboys’ MVP Feb. 9, 2018

A ‘painful’ exit from OSU 15 years ago set Josh Holliday on the path he needed to take to get back May 31, 2018

How a former Oklahoma State pitcher led the Athletics to draft Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray June 14, 2018

Brother’s thumbprint all over resilient Rosa’s success at OSU April 20, 2018

O’Colly — Oklahoma State University student newspaper — Stillwater, Oklahoma

The Stamford Star: James Washington, the brightest son of a slowly dying Texas town Sept. 1, 2016

57a8e823470b8.imageFirst place — Associated Collegiate Press, Sports Story of the Year, 2017
First place — Society of Features Journalists, sports feature, Division 1, 2017
Fifth place — Hearst personality/profile competition, 2017

I visited Stamford, Texas, a town of no more than 3,000 that serves as the hometown of Oklahoma State receiver James Washington. Quickly, I learned Washington represented a symbol of hope to a community losing its youth to major cities in the state. Washington brought attention to Stamford it hadn’t seen in decades.

 

‘That orange jacket’: Blazer a symbol for Ford’s admiration Nov. 17, 2016

56972fb33deee.imageSeventh place — Hearst sports competition, 2017

For the fifth anniversary of the plane crash that killed Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and two boosters, I traveled to St. Louis, where I met with former OSU men’s basketball coach Travis Ford in his first season as Saint Louis’ coach. After Budke’s death, Ford wore an orange blazer for every home game against rival Oklahoma as a tribute to Budke, who did the same. I spoke with Ford about his bond with Budke and whether he would continue to “Remember the Four” after his time at OSU ended.

 

More than magic: How Rob Walton’s tumultuous life led him to his destiny May 19, 2017

OSU background check system involves third-party service, coaches’ evaluations Feb. 5, 2017

 

MLB.com — San Diego

Villanueva’s big league dreams coming true Sept. 21, 2017

Myers to focus on mental aspects of game Sept. 24, 2017

Cubs savor moment after hard-fought series Oct. 13, 2017

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