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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
  • Alabama Arrives in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game

    Atlanta, Georgia, – (WHNT) The Crimson Tide made the three hour drive from Tuscaloosa to Atlanta Friday morning for the 2014 SEC Championship game. Alabama held a short walk through practice inside the Georgia Dome before heading back to it’s team hotel. Missouri’s flight out of Columbia was delayed, forcing the Tigers to cut their practice short. Mizzou arrived almost two hours late, but both teams are now in Atlanta for Saturday’s game. Click on the video player above to […]

  • Nick Saban Reveals What He Values Most in Life

    Atlanta, Georgia, – (WHNT) Saturday’s SEC Championship game features two teams with two very different goals. Alabama is playing for a berth in the College Football Playoff as well as it’s 24th SEC crown. Missouri has not won a conference championship since 1969, and even with a win would not be selected for the playoff. The two coaches however, are very similar. Nick Saban and gary Pinkel played college football together at Kent State, before beginning successful coaching careers at […]

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    Deshler football team dominates season of adversity following head coach’s death

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – On a warmer than usual day in December, Deshler practices through some light rain on their field at Howard Chappell Stadium. Just a minor setback for a team that does not even blink in the face of adversity. Six weeks ago, most high school football teams were preparing to face another opponent, while Deshler was facing one of the toughest challenges of any team in the nation. “I couldn’t believe it,” senior linebacker Ladrelian Cheatam said before practice. […]

  • Ice Bears Silence Havoc’s Thanksgiving Party

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) A solid Thanksgiving hockey crowd saw an overtime thrilling Thursday at the VBC. Knoxville downed Huntsville 3-2 in a shootout. Click on the video player above for first period highlights.

  • The Iron Bowl can Make or Break a Quarterback’s Legacy

    Huntsville, Ala – (WHNT) This year’s Iron Bowl features two quarterbacks with much different paths to the big game. Blake Sims is getting his first Iron Bowl start, but he’s had a chance to sit and watch other sucessful QB’s cement their legacy on the capstone. “If you lose this game, all the other games don’t matter what you have done,” Sims said Monday.  “All the great quarterbacks have beat Auburn, Greg Mcelroy and A.J. McCarron. I just want to […]

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    The Countdown is on for Iron Bowl 2014

    Neither Auburn nor Alabama will soon forget how last year’s Iron Bowl ended, Chris Davis’ famous – or infamous, depending on your point of view – “Kick 6″ return of a missed field goal for the game-winning touchdown in the final second to propel the Tigers to the SEC championship game and spawn the catchphrase: “Got a second?” The stakes are similar this season for Alabama, which will clinch a trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship game with a […]

  • Auburn WR Duke Williams is “Expected to Play” In Iron Bowl, Nick Saban Reacts

    Auburn, Ala. – (WHNT) Despite missing the last two games with a knee injury, Auburn’s D’haquille Williams continues to lead the Tigers in receiving. That makes the news of his probable return Saturday a big deal for both the Tigers and Crimson Tide. Gus Malzahn said Tuesday his star pass catcher is coming back, “I don’t know if he’s 100 percent, but we’re expecting him to play.” The announcement made noise far beyond Auburn’s campus. You can bet Alabama’s head coach […]

  • Preston Herring Leads UAH to the 64-52 Win

    Huntsville, Ala.  uahchargers.com The University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team kept its perfect record intact on Saturday, defeating visiting Benedict 64-52 at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall on the first day of the inaugural Gene Lusk Classic. The Chargers move to 4-0 on the season, while the Tigers slip to 0-2. Preston Herring led the Chargers, recording crowd-electrifying dunks on his first five made attempts from the field en route to scoring a team-best 19 points on the strength […]

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    High School Football 3rd Round Scores, 4th Round Pairings

    AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Third-Round results Friday, Nov. 21 Class 1A South Billingsley 20, Brantley 14 Maplesville 42, Notasulga 22 North Hubbertville 44, Ragland 20 Marion County 56, Cedar Bluff 22 Class 2A South Elba 33, G.W. Long 10 Washington County 60, Flomaton 0 North Fyffe 49, Tanner 21 Ranburne 15, Woodland 3 Class 3A South Dale County 48, Montgomery Academy 21 Gordo 35, Opp 6 North Glencoe 48, Colbert County 19 Madison Academy 56, Walter Wellborn 8 Class 4A […]

  • Langford leads Madison Academy in OT Win Against Johnson

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Bruce Pearl had to like what he saw from Joshua Langfordtonight. The first-year Auburn coach wants one of the key pieces of his program’s turnaround to be theMadison Academy five-star junior combo guard, who scored eight of his game-high 39 points in overtime as the Mustangs edged visiting J.O. Johnson 80-76 in front of a standing-room only crowd. “I did,” Langford said when asked if he challenged himself before OT. “Because I’m a competitor and that’s […]

  • AAMU QB Throws for 430 Yards on Torn ACL

    Normal, Ala. (WHNT) Lost in all that was college football last Saturday afternoon is quite possibly the guttiest performance of the season by anyone, anywhere. Alabama A&M suffered it’s 3rd loss by three points or less, but QB Jaymason Lee walked off the field a winner. The 215 pound senior from Hawaii played on a torn ACL and he didn’t just play. Lee played one of his best games, throwing for 430 yards and two touchdowns. Doctors and coaches all […]

  • Old Rivalry Reaches New Importance for East Limestone & Madison County

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) For the last 15 seasons it was just known that East Limestone and Madison County would meet in week one. The 2014 schedule shocked some people from those two schools. The programs decided not to play each other, but fate had other ideas. The Indians and Tigers are ready for their quarterfinal match-up Friday night and this time there’s more on the line than ever. “It’s been a tough hard fought football game and good friendly […]


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