ESPN’s Dari Nowkhah on the OU-Texas SEC evolution

ESPN’s Dari Nowkhah on the OU-Texas SEC evolution

In the Trenches with Sam Mayes: Nowkhah, an Oklahoma native, OU graduate and a fixture with ESPN and the SEC Network, discusses the stakes of Saturday’s game and how the contestants are prepared for life after the Big 12.

Sam Mayes

By Sam Mayes

| Oct 5, 2023, 11:01am CDT

Sam Mayes

By Sam Mayes

Oct 5, 2023, 11:01am CDT

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Oklahoma native and OU graduate Dari Nowkhah of ESPN and the SEC Network joins me for a deep dive into the last Big 12 episode of the Red River Rivalry. Nowkhah talks about everything from the pageantry, tradition, state fair and everything in between that goes into this historic rivalry. Could the winner of this game have a fast track to a college football playoff spot? 

Other topics discussed include what it’s like covering the SEC and what it means for OU and Texas to be SEC-ready.

Producers: Jacquelyn Musgrove, Michael Martin

Creative Director: Michael Lane 

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Sam Mayes grew up in Ohio, was an All-American lineman at Oklahoma State and has lived in Oklahoma for 20 years. With insights from his playing days, Sam started his broadcasting journey at Triple Play Sports Radio in 2007. He later joined the Sports Animal, and then 107.7 The Franchise. While passionate about football, Sam's involvement with Fields & Futures since 2015 showcases his dedication to using sports for community building in Oklahoma. Off-air, Sam cherishes time with his fiancée, their five kids, and his schnauzer, Scout.

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