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I am so excited to be a part of the WHNT News 19 Sports team all the way from the Texas panhandle, where I covered, among other sports, high school football. It's the single most important aspect of life to sports fans in west Texas!

However, as much as the folks in the Lone Star State need their high school football, nothing compares to the passion and desire people in our state demand for their Alabama and Auburn coverage. I can say with great confidence the sports team here at WHNT News 19 will be your best source for everything that relates to the Tigers and Crimson Tide.

After graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, I got my "big break" as a news reporter at KFDA in Amarillo. This job allowed for me to eventually move into a sports career and the rest is history!

While football is my passion, I also have a great love for many other sports. In fact, slicing my driver in to the woods, air balling layups, and getting my skis crossed up on the slopes are common activities you can find me doing in my spare time.

While I believe football is more than just a game, it still pales in comparison to the importance of family and friends in my life. My mother, father and sister are without a doubt the backbone of my existence and I owe all my successes to them.

Please do not hesitate to send me an email if there is a cool sports story going on in your town! Because after all, this whole TV news thing isn't about me, it's about you! Email me at ryan.cody@whnt.com.

One of my favorite quotes: "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." - Walter Cronkite

Recent Articles
  • Rule Changes Coming to College Football in 2014

    HOOVER, Alabama -(al.com) The targeting rule is doing what it’s intended to do, SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said at SEC Media Days, but there will be major changes to it this fall. Last year, the SEC had 19 targeting calls. Originally, the 15-yard penalty resulted an ejection, but the ejection could be overturned on replay. Seven disqualifications in the SEC were overturned. Nationally, there were 92 targeting penalties and 32 overturned ejections. Even after an ejection was overturned, […]

  • Local Twirlers Head to Junior Olympics

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The KKT All-Starz Baton Twirling team is making another trip to the Junior Olympics. Kristin Craig and her team brought home several medals last July in Detoit and hope to do the same this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. “I’ve got twirlers who have been twirling anywhere from four to twelve years right now going to Iowa,” Craig said during one of her team’s final practices before the trip. The experience level has already helped this […]

  • Bulldogs Picked to Finish Last in SWAC East Division

    Birmingham, Ala. – (al.com) Alabama A&M coach James Spady said he didn’t know he’d have a chance to say anything as he sat with other coaches to begin SWAC Media Day at the Birmingham Marriott. But just before he was handed the microphone, he was given all the material he needed as the preseason All-SWAC Football Team and the forecast league order of finish were unveiled. Only one A&M player - former Jackson-Olin High standout Martarious Smith - was named on the […]

  • Stars Still Leaving Despite Biloxi Stadium Concerns

    Huntsville, Ala. – (al.com) The debut of minor league baseball in Biloxi will be delayed, but apparently it will come with a clean break from Huntsville. The City of Biloxi acknowledged, as reported by GulfLive.com today, that its new stadium will not be completed until late July or August of 2015. The Huntsville Stars, who have been sold to Ken Young and a group of investors with the purpose of moving the Southern League franchise to Biloxi next season, have a lease […]

  • James Clemens Hires Legendary Coach Danny Petty Away from Bob Jones

    Madison, Ala. – (al.com) Throughout his coaching career, Danny Petty has been the same guy with the same style and same philosophy. This fall, the same guy will have a new address. The 63-year-old Petty will step down as Bob Jones’ girls basketball coach and cross Madison to coach boys basketball at city rival James Clemens. Petty’s hire was approved by the Madison City School Board of Education on Friday morning. “It’s going to be tough,” said Petty, who will enter his 42nd […]

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    Pre-Season All-SEC Team announced

    2014 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM (Total points earned in parenthesis) OFFENSE First-Team QB       Nick Marshall, Auburn (241) RB        T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281) RB        Todd Gurley, Georgia (280) WR      Amari Cooper, Alabama (282) WR      Sammie Coates, Auburn (207) TE        O.J. Howard, Alabama (188) OL        La’el Collins, LSU (231) OL        Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188) OL        Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183) OL        Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174) C          Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226)   Second-Team QB       Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (118) RB        Mike […]

  • Spurrier Talks Saban at SEC Media Days

    HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) - Steve Spurrier is never short on words. On the topic of Alabama coach Nick Saban, that’s especially true. The tenured South Carolina coach has made a few comments about Saban this off season, including a few about his recruiting skill and on-field success. Stepping to the podium at SEC Media Days in Hoover on Tuesday, the topic came up again. Spurrier was asked to expand upon his previous comments.   To continue reading click here.   Courtesy: al.com  

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    Alabama’s Gymnastics Coach Steps Down

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) - Legendary Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson is stepping down as the Crimson Tide’s head coach after 36 seasons, 1,006 wins and 43 postseason championships, she announced Tuesday morning. “After much thought and prayer and after much consultation with Athletics Director Bill Battle and our President, Dr. Judy Bonner, I have decided to step down from the only job I have ever known since graduating from college,” Patterson said. “This is something I have tried to postpone but, […]

  • Action From the First Day of SEC Media Days

    HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) – Day one of SEC Media Days has come and gone.  Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers were the first team to meet with the media, check out what the returning conference champions had to say!

  • Auburn Still Remembering Lutzenkirchen

    HOOVER,  Ala. (WHNT) – Former Auburn Tight End Philip Lutzenkirchen died in a car wreck last month, but Tiger nation has not forgotten their fallen teammate.  Head Coach Gus Malzahn and his three player representatives were wearing number 43 pins on their suits at SEC Media Days in memory of Lutz.  Chase Horn has the story.

  • Mark McCarter Authors Book Commemorating the Southern League’s 50th Anniversary

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Between Chattanooga and Huntsville, mark McCarter has been covering Southern League baseball for nearly four decades. That fact makes the Huntsville Times columnist a perfect person to commemorate the league’s 50th anniversary. “I’ve been covering the Southern League off and on since 76. I was watching as a kid in 64 when the league started. Covered it so long and have a head full of stories and memories,” McCarter said from his desk inside the al.com […]

  • Local Bowler Heading to National Competition

    Scottsboro, Ala. – (WHNT) Like most kids her age, Sierra Lewis enjoys a good evening at the bowling alley. However, Lewis isn’t just there to have a good time. This week she’s traveling to upstate New York for the Junior Gold Championships, which is a national tournament for the top male and female bowlers in the United States. Lewis qualified for the tournament by winning the State Pepsi Championship earlier this year and now can gain exposure for a future […]