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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

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    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 […]

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    Coaches, players attending SEC Media Days 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The circus otherwise known as SEC Media Days is next week. Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference football programs will be there to talk to the media about the upcoming season. SEC Media Days 2014 kicks off on Monday July 14th with an address from Commissioner Slive. Then, all 14 SEC teams will meet with the media. Here is a list of the players who will be in attendance: Alabama Landon […]

  • Lutzenkirchen Family Starting Foundation in Phillip’s Honor

    Auburn, Ala. – (al.com) The family of Philip Lutzenkirchen has begun the process of building a foundation in honor of the former Auburn tight end according to our news partners at al.com. The first step is Lutzie 43 – I know God’s working so I can smile, a fundraiser that states donations will go toward setting up the Philip Lutzenkirchen Foundation in honor of the former Tiger, who holds the school’s record for touchdown catches by a tight end. To continue reading this […]

  • More Bama and Auburn Players on Preseason Watch Lists

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The Mackey and Rimington Award preseason watch lists came out Tuesday morning, and both include several players from Alabama and Auburn. Neither team has ever had  a Mackey Award winner but there is a decent chance to break that streak in 2014. Auburn’s C.J. Uzomah and Alabama’s O.J. Howard are up for the honor of the nation’s top tight end. The Rimington trophy goes annually to the nation’s top center, which former Alabama star Barrett Jones […]

  • Stars Lose Game, Series to Generals

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The Jackson Generals defeated the Huntsville Stars 7-4 Tuesday night in a rain shortened game at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville. The game was officially called with the Stars batting in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out.  After waiting for nearly an hour to resume play, the rain continued to fall as the umpires decided to call the game. The Generals won the rubber match against the Stars taking three out of five.  […]

  • Stars Even Series With Generals

    Huntsville, Ala - The Huntsville Stars got early offense and a quality start from starter Brent Suter(8-6) leading them to a 6-2 win Monday night over the Jackson Generals at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville. The Stars took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Jackson LHP Tyler Pike(1-1).  Nick Ramirez and Joey Paciorek provided back to back fielder’s choice rbi’s giving the Stars the early lead. Jackson tied the game against Suter in the top of the second […]

  • NCAA Releases new Player-Safety Guidlines

    \ (al.com) Live contact football practices are recommended only twice per week during the season and in the spring and only four times per week in the preseason, according to a new set of concussion prevention and management guidelines released by the NCAA on Monday. The guidelines are in response to a growing concern over concussions at all levels of football, with dozens of players over the years — including former Alabama star Kevin Turner and Auburn legend Terry Beasley — having their careers ended […]

  • Trey Flowers Named to Bednarik Award Watch List

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Trey Flowers has some serious expectations to live up to his senior year at Arkansas. The Columbia high school graduate was named to the Bednarik award watch list, which goes annually to the top defensive player in college football. Flowers is coming off a junior season where he recorded 44 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and an interception.

  • Rolando McClain Traded, Unretires for Second Time

    Former Alabama star Rolando McClain is apparently coming out of retirement for the second time. The 24-year-old McClain was traded Tuesday from the Baltimore Ravens to the Dallas Cowboys for the Ravens’ 2015 sixth-round draft pick, according to the NFL’s official transaction wire (the Cowboys also receive Baltimore’s seventh-round pick). McClain has been reinstated from retirement after saying as recently as April that he was “done with football for good.” To continue reading this article on al.com click here

  • Memorial service details set for Philip Lutzenkirchen

    Auburn, Ala – (al.com)  A memorial service honoring Philip Lutzenkirchen will be held Wednesday at the former Auburn tight end’s old stomping grounds. A memorial service at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia has been scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday according to our news partners at al.com The service will be held at the high school’s football stadium, Frank Fillmann Stadium. To continue reading this article on al.com click here

  • Auburn DB Johnathon Mincy Arrested

    Dothan, Ala. – (WHNT) Auburn defensive back Johnathon Mincy was arrested and charged with second degree marijuana possession according to our news partners at al.com. Mincy was one of three people in a pulled over by authorities for going 92 miles per hour on 431 just north of Dothan Friday evening. WTVY reports that Mincy is out on $3,000 bond. Last season the junior recorded 56 tackles for the SEC champion Tigers.

  • Brothers Riding Their Motorcycles to Every SEC Stadium

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) John and Tom Adams would ride their motorcycles everyday if it was possible. The two brothers plan long bike trip every summer and this July is no different. “When your on the road on a motorcycle you’re thinking about what to think about. You’re not just thinking about work, you’re watching the scenery go by and living every minute,” John said outside his Huntsville home this past week. Just like most others in the South, the […]