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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A bowl victory that increased Mississippi State’s win total this season to four and No. 22 Tulsa’s failed attempt to add another unlikely comeback to its impressive collection this season took a back seat to the melee that broke out Thursday shortly after the Armed Forces Bowl ended.

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No. 22 Tulsa will wrap up its season next week in Fort Worth in the Armed Forces Bowl against Mississippi State.

The bowl game announcement came the day after the Golden Hurricane fell short in the American Athletic Conference championship. A 34-yard field goal as time expired gave the No. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats a 27–24 victory on a rainy Saturday night in Ohio.

Tulsa came from behind three times to tie things up, including a seven play, 80-yard drive ending with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Zach Smith to Juan Carlos Santana with 3:41 remaining.

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No. 18 Tulsa won’t get a shot at No. 7 Cincinnati at home ahead of the American Athletic Conference championship.

This Saturday's game at Tulsa has been canceled because of positive COVID tests at Cincinnati. Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said it’s a letdown.

"Two ranked teams playing at home in Tulsa. You know it’s going to be a big televised game. We get to highlight our university, our program, our city, all of that. You know, you lose that opportunity, that’s tough. That’s disheartening, I guess," Montgomery said Tuesday during a virtual news conference.

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The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's basketball team is postponing two upcoming games due to COVID-19 on the roster, according to a statement released Sunday morning.

"The University of Tulsa announced today that a positive COVID-19 test on the Golden Hurricane men's basketball team and the subsequent quarantining of its student-athletes has forced postponement of the next two basketball games," the statement reads. 

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No. 25 Tulsa is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in 10 years after a double-digit comeback win against a ranked opponent.

Zach Smith threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns to help Tulsa recover from a 21-point second quarter deficit and beat No. 19 SMU 28-24 on Saturday night.

After throwing an interception and losing a fumble that led to another touchdown on his first two possessions, Smith bounced back. He completed 26 of 38 passes, including a 4-yard touchdown toss to James Palmer with 2:11 remaining.

Our guest is Emily Contois, Assistant Professor of Media Studies here at The University of Tulsa. Her new book, which she tells us about, is "Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture." It is, per Library Journal, "a fascinating work of cultural studies that makes evident the continued power and threat of explicitly gendered food production and consumption in the 21st century. [This book is] recommended broadly for students and scholars of fields related to gender, culture, and consumption." And please note that Prof.

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Earlier this year, in its landmark McGirt v. Oklahoma decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that, regarding the Major Crimes Act, much of the eastern part of our state remains as Native American land, since that land was never disestablished by Congress. So, how is McGirt playing out now in court rooms and legal offices across Oklahoma? And what does the immediate future hold vis a vis the McGirt ruling? Our guest is Aila Hoss, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law.

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The American Athletic Conference on Thursday postponed the Tulsa at Navy game scheduled for Saturday because of positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing at Navy.

This is the fourth time a Tulsa game has been postponed or canceled because of COVID cases.

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Citing a lower than average rate of bachelor's degree attainment for students who transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities, leaders of Tulsa-area institutions of higher education came together Tuesday to announce new transfer agreements in an attempt to help more students graduate.

"We can improve to be a better institution for transfer students, and that means TCC sending students to universities, and universities receiving Tulsa Community College students," said Dr. Leigh Goodson, TCC President.

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The American Athletic Conference postponed Thursday the University of Tulsa’s homecoming football game this Saturday because of COVID-19 cases among its opponent, Cincinnati.

The game has been moved to Dec. 5. Interim Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said he was disappointed.

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The upcoming 2020 Homecoming Weekend here at the University of Tulsa will be, unfortuneately, quite different this time around, given the pandemic. But one Homecoming tradition that will continue is the designation and celebration of the annual J. Paschal Twyman Award. Our guest is the distinguished recipient of that award for this year, Steve Turnbo. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Tulsa in 1967, Mr.

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — One week after its originally scheduled season opener was supposed to take place, No. 11 Oklahoma State will finally take the field this weekend. 

After Tulsa had several players test positive for COVID-19 earlier in camp, the Golden Hurricane had requested an extra week of practice and, conveniently, both teams initially had a bye week Saturday, so it was an easy decision to move the game back a week. Kickoff is at noon Saturday.

Our guest is TU's Phi Beta Kappa Carl F. Cranor Visiting Scholar, Corey Brettschneider. He joins us to talk about his recent book, "The Oath and the Office." This book will form the basis for his upcoming, free-to-the-public Phi Beta Kappa lecture, which Brettschneider will give online this evening (the 17th) at 5pm.

The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane is set to begin its football season Saturday in Stillwater. That game was delayed a week to give TU more practice time after a COVID-shortened preseason.

Now, Tulsa’s next opponent on the schedule has pushed back a game, seemingly because of the coronavirus. 

Arkansas State’s home football game against Central Arkansas has been pushed back from Saturday to Oct. 10.

The Big 12 has secured access to COVID-19 antigen testing that produces rapid results and will be used the day before competition on players, coaches and staff.

The conference announced a partnership with Virtual Care for Families. The testing program will use Quidel Rapid Antigen tests.

The Big 12 said it expects the Quidel test to provide results in about 15 minutes, the turnaround for its tests under a partnership with the Pac-12.

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While COVID-19 is already affecting college football season in Oklahoma, fans shouldn’t expect to know details.

TU and OSU postponed their season opener a week, moving it from Saturday to Sept. 19. Head coach Philip Montgomery said the Golden Hurricane needs another week of preparation after getting in just seven practices during a 17-day preseason camp because of multiple positive tests.

But he wouldn’t say during a Tuesday news conference how many cases the team is currently dealing with.

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Oklahoma State’s season-opening game at home against Tulsa has been pushed back a week, with the opposing Golden Hurricane still recovering from multiple players testing positive for COVID-19.

The game, which was supposed to be played Saturday, was rescheduled for Sept. 19.

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Classes resumed Monday at the University of Tulsa, with students attending virtually, in-person, and some combination of the two.

According to Interim President Janet Levit, 3,809 students are enrolled for the fall semester, with 2,115 living in on-campus housing. About 35% of all classes are all online, about 15% are all in-person, and the remainder are "hybrid" courses involving both online and in-person instruction.

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In a year in which the University of Tulsa’s president stepped down, its athletics director is now moving on as well.

TU Vice President and Director of Athletics Derrick Gragg is leaving Sept. 17 to become senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement at the NCAA. Gragg, who is one of the nation’s few Black college athletics administrators, said the brand-new position is one he would have considered at any point during his career.

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The University of Tulsa pauses football practices until further notice after eight players test positive for COVID-19.

The university’s athletics department said those eight players are in isolation and so far have not shown symptoms of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Another eight players that came into direct contact with the eight infected athletes will quarantine for 14 days.

On this edition of ST, we learn about Tulsa Innovation Labs, or TIL, which, per its website, "was founded to develop a city-wide strategy that positions Tulsa as a tech hub and leader in the future of work.

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The University of Tulsa has kicked off a national search for its next president.

TU’s Board of Trustees will use a national search firm to help in the process, and Interim President Janet Levit will continue in her role.

"The University of Tulsa is the highest-ranked university in Oklahoma and a transformative force for our students, the community, the culture and the economy of the City of Tulsa and for the region more broadly,”  Board Chair Dana Weber said in a statement. "The world of higher education is changing rapidly, and TU must be agile and adapt as well."

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Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a surprising 5-4 decision in the case of McGirt v. Oklahoma; the Court ruled that much of the eastern half of Oklahoma is still an Indian reservation. In doing so, the Court affirmed that -- because Congress had not expressly disestablished the Muskogee Creek Reservation, which was created well over a century ago -- that Reservation still exists when it comes to the Federal Major Crimes Act.

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University of Tulsa Interim President Janet Levit issued a statement Friday in response to a recent announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would require international students at universities offering online-only courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to leave the country.

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Dr. Jennifer Clark, a Visiting Associate Professor of Community Health at TU's Oxley College of Health Sciences; she teaches in TU's Health Care Delivery Science Program. Dr. Clark is also a contributor/commentator for the ongoing, thrice-weekly Project ECHO updates regarding COVID-19. These online, open-to-the-public updates, originating from Oklahoma State University and freely streamable, are medically-driven information sessions presented by a multi-institutional array of doctors and scientists.

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The University of Tulsa is preparing for what’s being called a "hybrid" return in the fall.

That would include requiring everyone on campus to wear a mask. According to an email to employees from Interim President Janet Levit, TU’s board of trustees has approved several other recommendations, including private rooms for students living on campus, limiting food service to carry-out with mobile ordering options and using COVID-19 testing strategically.

The University of Tulsa College of Law's 20th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture was originally scheduled for earlier this year, but it was delayed due to inclement weather. It will now happen tonight, Tuesday the 12th, in an online-only presentation beginning at 6pm. Our guest, with whom we actually spoke earlier, will deliver this lecture: César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Denver.

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Nearly all University of Tulsa employees will be furloughed at least two weeks because of financial losses tied to COVID-19

Interim President Janet Levit announced the furloughs in an email to workers Thursday afternoon. Housing and dining refunds to students since instruction moved online in March, lost athletics revenue, and the costs of setting up most employees to work remotely have cost TU $4.6 million. Administrators expect to lose at least $5.5 million more in revenue into the fall because of declining enrollment and canceled summer events.

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Why do some kids -- but not all kids -- develop imaginary friends? And how exactly do kids benefit from their relationships with imaginary companions? What do they acquire from these relationships? Our guest is Tracy Gleason, a developmental psychologist and professor of psychology at Wellesley College. She will speak about her interesting research on young children's imaginary companions at 7pm on Thursday the 27th in TU's Tyrrell Hall.

Our guest is Susan Neal, Executive Director of Gilcrease Museum, which recently announced that its current facility will be not just refurbished or remodeled but, indeed, entirely rebuilt. The museum announced over the weekend that its current building will be demolished, and that a new structure will be erected in its place. As Neal expalins, Gilcrease has been added to -- and/or expanded upon -- several times over the years. The oldest parts of the museum date back to 1913; the newest building in the Gilcrease complex dates from the 1980s.

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