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Jerry Jobe, Hall of Fame basketball coach at Southwestern State and Oklahoma Christian, dies at 85

Former Southwestern and Oklahoma Christian basketball coach Jerry Jobe died Saturday at age 85. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
Former Southwestern and Oklahoma Christian basketball coach Jerry Jobe died Saturday at age 85. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]


Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Jobe dies at 85

Jerry Jobe, a former college basketball coach inducted into the Hall of Fame at both Southwestern State and Oklahoma Christian, died Saturday night in Oklahoma City. He was 85.

Jobe, born and raised in Chickasha, played on Chickasha’s 1953 state championship team and coached his alma mater to the 1963 state championship. A year later, Jobe was hired as head coach at Southwestern State; his Bulldog teams went 198-108 in 11 seasons.

Then Jobe became the coach at Oklahoma Christian, and in that heyday of small-college basketball, his Eagles went 211-56 in eight years. In December 1979, Jobe’s Eagles won 90-76 at NCAA Division I Memphis State.

After coaching, Jobe spent 13 years on staff with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

Jobe was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Laura Beth, who died two weeks ago. He is survived by daughters Sherry and Terry, and son Kelly.


Music City Bowl canceled after virus sidelines Missouri

The Music City Bowl between Missouri and Iowa was canceled Sunday because COVID-19 issues left the Tigers unable to play.

The Nashville, Tennessee-based game scheduled for Wednesday is the second bowl called off since the postseason lineup was set on Dec. 20, joining the Gasparilla Bowl.

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement the football team had a “significant increase in positive COVID-19 tests among our student-athletes, coaches and staff” since the end of the regular season.

Overall, 18 bowl games scheduled to be played this season have been canceled.

No. 23 LIBERTY 37, No. 9 COASTAL CAROLINA 34: Elijah James blocked Massimo Biscardi's 42-yard field goal attempt to give No. 23 Liberty a victory over No. 9 Coastal Carolina in a wild finish Saturday night in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Liberty QB Malik Willis ran for 137 yards and four touchdowns and completed 19 of 29 passes for 220 yards with two interceptions.


Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

Phil Niekro threw a pitch that baffled hitters and catchers.

The knuckleball carried Niekro to more than 300 wins, earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame and left him with a nickname that stuck for the rest of his life. Knucksie.

The longtime stalwart of the Atlanta Braves rotation died after a long fight with cancer, the team announced Sunday, becoming the seventh member of the Hall of Fame to pass away in 2020. He was 81.

The Braves said Niekro died Saturday night in his sleep. He lived in the Atlanta suburb of Flowery Branch, where a main thoroughfare bears his name.

Niekro won 318 games over his 24-year career, which ended in 1987 at age 48 after he made one final start with the Braves. The right-hander was a five-time All-Star who had three 20-win seasons with Atlanta.

Staff and wire reports

Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›