OU football: Selmon brothers unveiled before K-State game, Sept. 24

2022-09-17 18:48:04 By : Ms. Dennise Wang

Oklahoma will dedicate a statue honoring three of its greatest defensive football players in program history — brothers Lucious, Dewey and Lee Roy Selmon — on Saturday, Sept. 24, before the the Sooner host Kansas State.

The ceremony, which will be open to the public free of admission charge, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the southeast corner of the Jenkins Avenue and Brooks Street intersection, near the northeast corner of Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Sooners host the Wildcats that evening at 7, and the Selmons will be honored on the field between the first and second quarters.

Lucious and Dewey Selmon will be present for the statue dedication, as will family members of Lee Roy Selmon, who died in 2011. Former OU head coach Barry Switzer, OU president Joseph Harroz Jr. and OU vice President and athletics director Joe Castiglione will also speak at the ceremony.

The Selmon brothers starred for OU from 1971 through 1975, leading the Sooners to a 54-3-1 record, four Big Eight championships and two national championships (1974 and '75). Playing under head coaches Chuck Fairbanks and Switzer, they combined for 96 career starts, 915 tackles, 96 tackles for loss and 16 fumble recoveries. In 1973, the trio from the small town of Eufaula made history when all three were starters on the Sooners' line.

All three Selmons are in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder, in partnership Devon Energy, will dedicate a new community court in lower Scissortail Park, at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. This particular court marks a special milestone in Thunder history. It is the Thunder’s 30th community court in Oklahoma, the fourth court with Devon, and will open just before the team’s 15th season.

The double court boasts a unique Thunder design to celebrate the Thunder’s commitment to the community. The dedication is open to the public and will reflect a Thunder game night experience with appearances by Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls, the O’City Crew dance team and Thunder Drummers. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will also include children from area schools and representatives from the Thunder, Devon Energy, Scissortail Park and the City of Oklahoma City.

Following the dedication, Thunder Youth Basketball coaches will host various stations for basketball skills on the new court with the kids in attendance. Kids can also select a book of their choice from the Rolling Thunder Book Bus.

Oklahoma State softball’s fall exhibition schedule includes several home games. The Cowgirls open their fall season on Sept. 28 at home against NAIA power Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

OSU will play Wichita State an Missouri-Kansas City on Oct. 1 in Kansas City, then at Wichita State on Oct. 7. The remainder of the fall schedule will be at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater. The Cowgirls will host Central Arkansas and West Texas A&M on Oct. 9; Seminole State on Oct. 18; and Tulsa on Oct. 27.

The public can attend all home games free of charge. OSU is coming off a 48-win season and a third consecutive Women's College World Series appearance.

OKC DODGERS: The Oklahoma City Dodgers continued a late-season swoon on Wednesday night, losing both ends of a doubleheader to last-place Albuquerque at Isotopes Park. A pair of solo home runs gave the Isotopes all they needed in a 2-0 win in the first game. Coco Montes' walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Albuquerque a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

OKC, which spent most of the season in first place in the PCL's East Division, fell two games behind El Paso in the pennant chase. The Dodgers have lost 10 of their last 13 games overall. The Dodgers and Isotopes played a single game late Thursday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Jaylen Stinson of Duke was named the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week. The junior defensive back recovered a Northwestern fumble on the Duke 1-yard line with 12 seconds left in the game and seal the Blue Devils' win. Stinson had 11 tackles and a pass breakup. Stinson will be among several candidates for the 2022 Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the top defensive back in college football.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Oklahoma City University alum Kirk Walker will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Walker set several career baseball records for OCU's successful program over the 2008-11 seasons. He was NAIA Player of he Year in 2011 and a first-team All-American. At the time, Walker set school records in at bats (897), runs scored (289); hits (373); doubles (77); total bases (563) and RBI (240).  

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UConn announced it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing. The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school’s agreement with its professor’s union. Ollie had been preparing to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the school. UConn and Ollie said Thursday they were settling to avoid further costly and protracted litigation. Ollie played several years in the NBA, including the 2009-10 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.