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Investigators with the Canadian County Sheriff arrested an Oklahoma City man at his home in east Canadian County on Wednesday on complaints of being in possession and distribution of child pornography.
Walter M. Miller III, 34, was taken into custody after investigators allegedly downloaded a pornographic video of children being sexually molested by adult males that was made available from his computer.
Authorities said Miller provided full cooperation, and confessed to illegal online activities. Miller told investigators that he was only trying to satisfy his curiosity about child porn.
Miller was taken into custody, and a number of computers, and other electronic devices were seized from the residence for forensic analysis. He was booked into the county jail on charges of possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and violations of the computer crimes act.
Miller remains in custody with bail set at one $150,000.
Now that I have had one full week to digest the 2014 Oklahoma Sooners football regular season, I have come up with several items head coach Bob Stoops must address in the offseason if OU is to ever get back to being a national title contender under his watch.
Ever since the Sooners were stunningly upset in the annual Bedlam game against bitter in-state rival Oklahoma State, Oklahoma fans across the state, nation and even the world are up in arms at what has happened to their beloved football program.
Expectations at OU are simple – compete for a national championship every year. Every year the Sooners don’t win a national title, it’s a disappointing season. If Oklahoma has a season where they go 10-2 and go to a big bowl game and beat a big-name program, Sooner nation will forgive you for not winning the national championship (i.e. last year), but going 8-4 in a year the Sooners were expected to heavily contend for the title is flat out not going to cut it.
OU fans are getting sick and tired of hearing the same old answers whenever Stoops is grilled hard by the press during his press conferences. Stoops likes to bring up his past success with Oklahoma and all the Big 12 titles they have won since he’s been the man in Norman. He will also become sullen and snobby toward the media if they question him or one of his assistant coaches.
The fact of the matter is, Stoops’ leeway has expired. The 2000 national championship is 14 years old and his last outright Big 12 championship was four years ago in 2010. The bottom line is that Stoops is on his last breath with the Sooners.
If Oklahoma has another year next season like the one it had this year, then it could indeed be Stoops’ swan song out of Norman.
For all the OU fans who are calling for that to happen right now, hold on to your britches a little bit. That is not the answer just yet. If we are sitting in the same position 365 days from now, then you’ll have a valid argument, but Stoops deserves another year to prove he can return to the glory days when he first arrived on scene.
There are three things Stoops and the OU football program need to do in this offseason to bring them back to the forefront of college football. No, the answer is not recruit better. Oklahoma has a talented roster, enough talent to compete for a national championship, but player development is a big problem with the Sooners right now.
It’s not necessarily that OU’s players can’t do it, they just look like they have no clue what they are doing, and that goes back to coaching.
So the first thing that needs to happen is Stoops needs to address his brother and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Everyone, including me, thought when Mike Stoops came back into the picture at OU, the defense would go back to being a dominant unit and a defense that opposing offenses would fear.
Instead, the opposite has happened. Oklahoma switched to the 3-4 scheme on defense hoping their problems would be solved, but they have only gotten worse under Mike Stoops. The problem is, Mike Stoops is trying to coach the defensive backs and coordinate the defense at the same time.
Bob Stoops needs to bring in a defensive backs coach that will coach these young DBs how to match up and be physical at the line of scrimmage. Oklahoma used to be feared in the secondary. Now, teams can’t wait to face the Sooners.
The second thing that needs to happen is Bob Stoops needs to fire Josh Heupel. I know Heupel quarterbacked his team to his only national championship, but he is not going to coordinate the offense to a national championship.
Heupel simply does not know what he’s doing with the offense. He will go in spurts of throwing the ball all over the field trying to be like Oregon, but then he will go back to running the football. There is no balance, no rhythm with Heupel’s play-calling.
Heupel excelled as a quarterbacks coach, but when it comes to coordinating the offense, he just doesn’t have it. It’s time for someone else outside of the program to get their shot.
The third thing Bob Stoops needs to do is figure out what the offensive identity is going to be and stick with it. I’m sick and tired of hearing the word balance when it comes to Oklahoma’s offense. Was OU balanced when they won the national title 14 years ago? No.
They threw the ball all over the field. Yes, they had Quinton Griffin, but he did not run the ball all that much in the national title season. He actually made a lot of plays in the passing game for the Sooners.
Am I saying OU needs to go back to a Mike Leach style of offense and forget the run game? Absolutely not. When you have Samaje Perine on your roster and Joe Mixon coming next year, going to a pass-happy offense would be dumb.
Oklahoma should go to a pro-set style of offense where power running and play-action passing is the focal point. Bob Stoops needs to go out and find an offensive coordinator that knows and understands how to run that style of offense.
As poor as OU’s season was, if Bob Stoops would put aside his stubbornness for one second and do those three things, the Sooners could get back to being what Sooner nation believes they should be every year, a national title contender.
If not, well then, Bob Stoops’ tenure with Oklahoma will come to an abrupt end much sooner than expected.
Mustang High School won its second athletic state championship on Saturday when the pom squad won the hip hop state title at the state pom competition at Oklahoma City University.
The Mustang Lady Broncos pom squad competed in the jazz division and the hip hop division at the state pom competition last Saturday. They took first place overall in the hip hop class and then finished fourth in the jazz division.
The hip hop state championship was the second athletic state title Mustang has seen this year, with the first being the Lady Broncos softball team.
Mustang senior pom captain Kensley Coulter said winning a state championship is an amazing feeling.
“It really means a lot,” Coulter said. “There are months and months of hard work that goes into it, so it just feels really good to have everything you worked for be worth it.”
The pom squad is no different than any other athletic team, as the team started preparing for this year’s season months in advance.
Coulter said the pom team did all different types of training.
“We put a lot of hard work into it,” Coulter said. “There’s running, conditioning and exercising. It all starts in the summer. We start practicing in the summertime. We practiced at 6 in the morning every day of the week. There’s a lot of effort and people just don’t really know because they just see us on the sidelines. They don’t see what’s going on behind the scenes and what we have to do in order to compete. It’s very much a contact sport.”
The state pom competition was the final event of the season for the Mustang pom squad. They will now focus their attention to the remainder of basketball and wrestling season.
“We did get a bid to go to nationals, but we didn’t take it,” Coulter said. “We are going to put all of our energy into supporting our school with more spirit stuff. Our season is done, but we got a state championship, so there’s not a better way to finish.”
Two first-place individual placers helped the Bronco grapplers to a second-place overall finish at the Putnam City wrestling tournament last weekend.
There were 11 total teams competing in the Putnam City tournament with Norman coming in first place, Del City placing third overall, Putnam City North taking fourth place and Putnam City finishing in fifth place.
“One thing I really liked coming out of the Putnam City tournament was our overall shape,” Mustang coach Will Allen said. “We have really worked hard in the offseason and leading up to the year on our physical conditioning and our strength. I think that really showed up this weekend.”
The Broncos took 13 wrestlers to the tournament. MHS did not have a participant in the 113-pound weight class, but was represented in all other weights.
Kerry McNeal competed for the Broncos in the 120-pound weight division, going 6-2 in the tournament and taking third place overall.
Cody Holt wrestled In the 126-pound weight class, finishing the two-day event with an overall record of 2-5. It was Holt’s first varsity action of the season.
In the 132-pound weight division, Trey Edwards competed for the Broncos. Edwards started the tournament off with a bang, going 3-0 in his first three matches, but sustained an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the event. However, he is expected to return to the mat immediately.
Colton Franks wrestled In the 138-pound weight class, finishing with an overall record of 5-4 in the tournament and taking fourth place.
Gage McBride competed in the 145-pound weight division, going 8-1 overall and finishing second in his weight class.
Wyatt Riggs wrestled In the 152-pound weight class, placing third overall in the tournament with a record of 5-1.
Fazon Denby competed In the 160-pound weight class, going 6-2 overall and taking fourth place in the tournament.
Ryan Dickson wrestled In the 170-pound weight division, finishing with an overall record of 6-2 and taking second place.
Kaden Truelove wrestled in the 195-pound weight division, going 5-1 in the tournament and earning second place.
Austin Brown competed In the 220-pound weight class. Brown finished with a record of 5-3 in the two-day event and an overall placing of fourth.
In the heavyweight division, Briar Brown took fourth place overall with a record of 4-4 on the weekend.
On Dec. 9, Mustang hosted its first home dual of the regular season against Heritage Hall. The Broncos won the dual with a score of 42-33 to improve to 1-1 in duals this year.
The Bronco grapplers had their second home dual of the season on Tuesday night when they hosted Putnam City West. On Saturday, Mustang will travel to Norman to compete in the Norman High School wrestling tournament. It will be the grapplers’ final tournament before they go on their winter break.
Despite Edmond Santa Fe starting the game on fire, Mustang High School’s boys basketball team stayed unblemished on the season with an 83-74 win over the Timberwolves on Dec. 9.
The Broncos improved to 4-0 on the young season and will stay that way through the holidays, as they will not play a game again until Jan. 5 when they travel east to play in the Muskogee Shrine Tournament.
Junior 6-foot-5 guard Jakolby Long led the way in the scoring department for Mustang with 25 points, while junior 6-foot-9 forward Austin Meyer led the way on the glass with 10 rebounds for MHS.
Edmond Santa Fe got the party started in the first quarter by going 6-for-6 from the 3-point arc. Before the Broncos could even blink an eye, they were trailing 18-4. However, Mustang stayed steady and weathered the storm. The Broncos offense picked up and they trimmed the T-Wolves’ lead to just seven points after one at 23-16.
“I thought we were a little scared to defend early in the game,” Mustang coach Terry Long said. “With the new way they (officials) are calling fouls this year, I think our guys were scared to play good, solid defense, especially on the perimeter.”
Mustang seized control of the game in the second quarter, as Edmond Santa Fe began to cool down from 3-point range, and the Broncos defense started to tighten its grip on the Santa Fe shooters. The MHS offense continued to flourish, as Mustang had both the inside and outside game going in the frame. The Broncos outscored the Timberwolves 24-13 in the period to take a 40-36 lead into halftime.
The Broncos tried to pull away from ESF in the third quarter, but the T-Wolves wouldn’t go down without a fight. Every time Mustang would make a play and look like they were going to increase their lead, Santa Fe would come right back and answer with a play of its own. Both teams struggled offensively in the quarter, as neither put up 20 points in the frame. MHS outscored Edmond Santa Fe 19-17 to lead 59-53 after three.
Mustang extended its lead to double digits numerous times throughout the fourth quarter, and even pushed it out above 15 points a couple of times, but the Timberwolves hit a couple of 3-pointers late in the final frame to get the final difference back below 10 points to end the game.
“I thought we defended better after the first quarter,” Long said. “The first two or three minutes of a basketball game are what I call the ‘rah rah’ minutes because everyone is playing with raw emotion, but after that, that goes away and that’s when the real basketball game is played. I thought we played well after those first several minutes.”
The Broncos finished the night going 13-of-20 from the foul stripe, while Edmond Santa Fe finished 17-of-21 at the free-throw line. Mustang won the battle of the turnovers, committing just 14 in the game, with the T-Wolves committing 21.
On top of his 25 points, Jakolby Long finished the game with eight rebounds as well for Mustang. Junior 6-foot-4 guard Curtis Haywood II had 18 points and six rebounds, and senior 6-foot-2 guard Isaiah Hammons totaled 12 points and two rebounds in the contest.
Senior 6-foot guard Terrell Williams finished the night with 11 points and six rebounds. Senior 6-foot-1 guard Aubrey Johnson had eight points and four rebounds, and on top of his 10 rebounds, Meyer totaled seven points for the Broncos.
Senior 6-foot-6 forward Geoffrey Hightower also had two points and four rebounds in the game for Mustang.
Strong second and third quarters were not enough for the Lady Broncos, as they fell to Edmond Santa Fe 69-47 on Dec. 9.
Mustang outscored the Lady Timberwolves 30-26 in the middle two frames, but was outscored by 26 in the first and fourth quarters. The loss drops the Bronco girls to 1-4 overall this season as they enter the winter break.
MHS will not be in action again until Jan. 6 at Edmond North.
“We are going to use that time off to get better as a team,” Mustang coach Kevin Korstjens said. “We will work on a lot of individual work, but also work on improving as a whole. We need to get better in every area, so that will be our focus during the break.”
Junior forward Sarah Kellogg was the star of the game for the Lady Broncos, as she led in both the scoring and rebounding departments with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The first quarter was one to forget for the Bronco girls as they were outscored 20-11 in the period. Edmond Santa Fe used its size to pound the ball inside and draw numerous fouls on Mustang. The Lady Broncos struggled offensively to get ball across the half-court line against the Lady T-Wolves’ full-court press defense.
The MHS girls responded nicely in the second frame as they started to pick up their play on both ends of the court. Mustang’s defense was stout, as they held Edmond Santa Fe to just 10 points in the frame. The Lady Broncos didn’t have an offensive barrage in the second period, but they did cut down the turnovers, which is what hurt them in the first quarter.
The Timberwolves led 30-23 at the halftime break.
The third quarter was nearly a mirror image of the second with the Lady Broncos defense continuing to control the game. Mustang held the Edmond Santa Fe offense to 16 points in the frame and the Bronco girls scored 18, giving them just a five-point deficit after three quarters of play.
Unfortunately for Mustang, the fourth quarter was all Edmond Santa Fe. The Lady Timberwolves offense was strong and the Bronco girls didn’t have an answer. Mustang scored just six points in the final quarter compared to the Lady T-Wolves with 23.
The Bronco girls converted on 22-of-27 free-throw attempts, while Edmond Santa Fe made 10-of-20 from the foul stripe. Turnovers hurt the Lady Broncos against ESF with 30 on the night, with the Lady Timberwolves committing 19.
Sophomore forward Logan Haller finished the game with 11 points and six rebounds for MHS. Junior guard Addy Lawson had nine points and six rebounds, and senior guard Makayla Basco totaled seven points and five rebounds.
Senior guard Madison Maxwell finished the game with four points for Mustang. Junior forward Brandi Russell had two points and one rebound, and freshman guard Mia Brown totaled one points and three rebounds.
Senior guard Bailey Flynn finished the contest with one point and one rebound, and sophomore forward Abbie Niehues totaled three rebounds in the game for the Lady Broncos.
As if beating Oklahoma in Norman wasn’t good enough, Mustang native David Glidden completed that weekend by winning the Thurman Thomas Award at the Oklahoma State Football Banquet on Dec. 7.
The Thurman Thomas Award goes out to the offensive Most Valuable Player for the season. Last year, Josh Stewart won the award for the Cowboys, making it two consecutive years that the leading receivers on the team were selected as recipients of the award.
Glidden finished the 2014 regular season with 40 receptions for 568 yards and two touchdowns.
“It means a lot getting the award,” Glidden said. “Having Thurman Thomas’ name on it makes it that much more special to me. It’s just an incredible honor to be selected this year.”
Glidden and the rest of the Oklahoma State Cowboys are preparing for the upcoming bowl game against Washington at 9:15 p.m. Jan. 2 in the Cactus Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.
By Matt Montgomery
Canadian County District Attorney Michael J. Fields filed first-degree manslaughter charges against 20-year-old Greyson Mcfarland, alleging Mcfarland caused the death of 2013 Mustang High School graduate Rowdy Gray.
For the full story, read the Dec. 18 edition of the Mustang News.
By sports editor Kyle Salomon,
For Mustang native and Oklahoma State leading receiver David Glidden, the Bedlam rivalry with Oklahoma runs a little deeper than most of his other teammates.
As a true freshman at OSU in the fall of 2011, Glidden was being redshirted, so he was standing on the sidelines as he watched his teammates end an eight-year drought against their in-state rivals by putting a 31-point beating on the Sooners in Stillwater.
Last Saturday, Glidden got to experience his second victory against OU as a part of the Cowboys football program, but this time he was on the field instead of on the sidelines. And it wasn’t in Stillwater, this win came in Norman.
Oklahoma State shocked the college football world and knocked off Oklahoma 38-35 in overtime on Saturday. It was the second Bedlam game in three years to go to overtime and the third consecutive game to come down to the wire between the two opponents.
“This win means everything,” Glidden said. “I grew up watching Bedlam. I can’t even really describe it to be honest with you, my emotions were real high going into this game. Being from this state, being an OSU fan my whole life, it means a whole lot, I can’t even describe this feeling.”
In 2012, Oklahoma State led for the entire game, but a late OU comeback forced the game into overtime, with the Sooners prevailing for the win. This year, almost the same exact scenario would play out with the two teams switching sides in the script.
Oklahoma led the entire game and had a two-touchdown lead midway through the fourth quarter when OSU stormed back and forced OT, where the ‘Pokes would come away with the three-point victory.
Glidden said being from Oklahoma, this game means a little more.
“Being from Oklahoma, this game means a little bit more,” Glidden said. “We have a lot of guys from Texas on our team and they understand the rivalry, but it definitely means a little more to us Oklahoma guys.”
The Sooners led 35-28 with a little less than one minute remaining in the game. OU punted the ball inside Oklahoma State’s 10-yard line where it would be fielded by one of the fastest college football players in the nation, Tyreek Hill.
OU’s coverage caved and Hill followed his blockers around the right end, where he would break free and no one would catch him. Place-kicker Ben Grogan’s extra point was good and the game was tied and headed for overtime.
The Sooners got the ball first in OT and went backwards from the 25-yard line. They were forced to attempt a 44-yard field goal in the cold, damp conditions. Michael Hunnicutt’s attempt sailed wide right of the goal posts, leaving the Cowboys a golden opportunity to pull off the stunning upset as 21-point underdogs.
OSU got two first downs by running the ball with Desmond Roland through the teeth of the Oklahoma defense, setting up what was pretty much an extra-point attempt from 20 yards out for the win.
Grogan’s attempt split the uprights down the middle and the Cowboys’ celebration began.
Glidden said getting over the hump after two years of tough losses is a great feeling.
“Coach Gundy always says just keeping pushing, and that’s what we did,” Glidden said. “They have good coaches and good players over there too. No matter what happens on the last play, you got to keep pushing. He preaches that to us all the time. We practice for those types of situations all the time. It comes down to the team, they never gave up. They kept fighting and pushing. That’s all you can ask.”
Glidden only had one catch in the game for 19 yards but with the OU secondary and linebackers paying attention to the inside receiver and leading pass catcher this year for the ‘Pokes, it allowed the Oklahoma State running game and other playmakers to make plays down the stretch.
The victory improved the Cowboys’ overall record to 6-6 and 4-5 in Big 12 Conference play, which made them bowl eligible. OSU was selected to play in the Cactus Bowl against Washington.
“It means a lot to get to play one more,” Glidden said. “You get to go out there and play one more game for your brothers and for your season. Now you get to go and have the bowl experience, which is always fun and you really can’t describe it, it’s what you shoot for at the beginning of the season, making the postseason. That’s what it’s all about.”
The loss dropped Oklahoma to 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the conference. It also dropped the Sooners out of the top 25 rankings for the first time this season. OU was selected to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson and former longtime defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
Oklahoma State finished the game with 385 total yards of offense, including 273 passing yards and 112 yards rushing. The ‘Pokes had 18 first downs and committed one turnover, which was an interception.
OSU was 3-of-11 on third downs and committed nine penalties for 55 yards.
Roland led the Cowboys in rushing with 18 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Mason Rudolph got his second start at quarterback for the ‘Pokes and was impressive yet again, completing 19-of-35 passes for 273 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.
Brandon Sheperd was Oklahoma State’s leading receiver on the day with seven catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Hill led OSU in all-purpose yardage against the Sooners with 186, including the 92-yard punt return that sent the game into overtime.
Larry Stephens was the leading tackler on defense for Oklahoma State in the game with 14 against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma finished the game with 424 total yards of offense, including 304 yards rushing and 120 yards passing. The Sooners had 21 first downs and committed one turnover, which was a fumble.
OU was 8-of-17 on third downs and committed three penalties for 28 yards.
Samaje Perine was the leading rusher for the Sooners yet again with 155 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, but he was injured in the third quarter and did not return to the game.
Cody Thomas made his third start of the season for Oklahoma following Trevor Knight’s injury. Thomas was 10-of-17 for 120 yards with one touchdown. Blake Bell was the leading pass catcher on the day for OU with two catches for 59 yards.
Perine was the leader in all-purpose yards for the Sooners with 163 on the day, and Jordan Evans led the Oklahoma D in tackles in the game with nine.
Glidden talked about what it meant to him getting a win on OU’s field.
“It means so much,” Glidden said. “I’ve seen wins in Stillwater before. Growing up and watching games on TV, I’ve seen those underdog wins when they pulled it out, like the Rashaun Woods years and all those games. It’s a dream to be a part of it and it be an overtime game after two years ago it didn’t go how we wanted, but this one did, I just can’t describe it.”
By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,
The 2014 Mustang Broncos football season proved to be one of the best in the program’s rich history.
The Broncos advanced to the semifinals of the Class 6A-1 state playoffs and were the only west-side team to defeat an east opponent in their class when Mustang knocked off Broken Arrow in the quarterfinal round of the postseason at BA.
Mustang had double-digit leads in the fourth quarter against both Owasso and Union during the regular season and had an overall record of 8-4. They finished the season ranked No.4 in the state, which earned them the title of “Best of the West” for their accomplishments this season.
“We had a really great year,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “It all started after the playoffs last year. We won the powerlifting state championship and then we had a really good spring and summer. The guys worked really hard and they were dedicated to being great. We are going to miss the seniors in a big way, but we still have a lot of good football players on campus, so we are looking forward to next year as well.”
Dombek was recognized by his peers for his team’s success in 2014. Dombek was named the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
The Broncos had 12 players selected to the COAC All-Conference team. Four players made the first team, with four players earning second team selections. They also had four players make honorable mention All-Conference.
Running back Chase Brown, wide receiver David Parker, defensive lineman Braiden Conley and linebacker Cutter Smith made the first team. Linebacker Zach Davis, wide receiver Jacob Lemons, offensive lineman Tony Auteri and punter Josh Vannoy made the second team. Offensive lineman Larry King, offensive lineman Jaxon Taylor, offensive lineman Coty Harper and safety Emilio Dougherty were honorable mention.
Parker, Auteri, Conley, Davis and Smith were named to the All-District first team.
However, perhaps the biggest achievement of the 2014 season for the Mustang football team was winning the academic state championship. The Broncos had a team GPA of more than 3.3, which with a roster of more than 100 players is more than impressive.
“We are really proud of our guys for winning the academic state championship,” Dombek said. “We challenge them to do well in school and if they don’t, there are consequences for that. We understand that education is the most important thing and we really push it on our guys.”
Overall, 2014 was a very successful season for Bronco football. It all started last winter when they won the powerlifting state championship, then making a state semifinal run in the postseason, and last but not least, earning the academic state championship with one of the highest team GPAs in history.
“Most of the reason athletes are not always successful in school has to do with laziness,” Dombek said. “They don’t want to do their homework or they don’t want to turn things in. We try and do everything we can to get them any kind of help they need to be successful in the classroom, but ultimately it falls on them to do the right thing, which makes this award really special.”