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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
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    Florence, Ala. (WHNT) The two-time defending Gulf South Conference champs return 15 starters and yet league coaches are picking UNA to finish third. After a run to the NCAA DII semifinals it’s conceivable to see why West Georgia would earn the hype. Delta State shared the 2014 GSC championship with North Alabama and so recognition as number two also makes sense. From the outside looking in this preseason poll isn’t that big a deal, but internally the lack of respect […]

  • Deshler Turns the Page Under New head Coach Mike Hand

    Tuscumbia, Ala. (WHNT) You would be hard pressed to find a team anywhere that is more battle tested than Deshler. 2014 was a season and an experience nobody on the Tigers roster will forget. Midway through the year, head coach Jake Linville died from from what police believe to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. His team pressed on without ever forgetting his message. Deshler advanced all the way to the 4A state championship game but that’s where the journey ended. […]

  • Bobby Wallace Closes in on UNA All-Time Wins Record

    Florence, Ala. (WHNT) UNA head football coach Bobby Wallace enters the 2015 season three wins shy of the late Hal Self for first all-time. Self won 109 games over 21 seasons from 1949-1969. Wallace sits at 106 wins in his 13 year tenure with the Lions. 109 – Hal Self                        109-81-8 106 – Bobby Wallace        106-46-1 84 – Wayne Grub             […]

  • Madison Academy Reloads for Another Shot at State

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) One of the hardest things to do in sports is manage success. Winning three consecutive state championships might make most teams relax and enjoy the past triumphs, but Madison Academy is moving on. “Some of those guys weren’t major players in those state championships and are excited to prove themselves,” said Mustangs head coach Eric Cohu before his team’s first full pads practice this Fall.  “They’re energetic and ready to be the leaders of the team now.” […]

  • New Coach Means New Speed at Huntsville High

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Things changed the moment Clint Woodfin walked in the door at Huntsville High. The former offensive coordinator at James Clemens is bringing his fast-paced system to the Crimson Panthers. “We want to be the fastest team in Alabama. We want to be the fastest most physical team as well. Whether it’s run or pass, we just want to play at a high tempo,” Woodfin said during a rare stopping point at practice. Speed is now the name […]

  • Malik Miller Shares Insight on Kerryon Johnson’s Role at Auburn

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) Malik Miller has big shoes to fill in the Madison Academy backfield. Kerryon Johnson will go down as one of the school’s greatest athletes, but now finds himself battling for playing time at Auburn. Gus Malzahn has repeatedly praised Johnson’s ability on the field, but it’s hard for anyone to see playing time as a true freshman in the SEC. We will come to learn Malzahn’s plan for Johnson as the season progresses, but his former teammate […]

  • Decatur motivated by the bitter end to a great season

    Decatur, Ala. (WHNT) In 20 years as head coach at Decatur, Jere Adcock’s teams have missed the playoffs just twice. During that tenure, the Red raiders own 7 region championships and three trips to the quarterfinals. Last season’s 28 point loss to eventual state champion Clay-Chalkville was one of those quarterfinal losses and that it’s major fuel for Decatur this year. “Last year being in that third round was just crazy and just to think about going past that is […]

  • D’haquille Williams Back in Gus Malzahn’s Dog House

    Auburn, Ala. (al.com) Auburn receiver D’haquille Williams‘ mysterious absence in preseason camp now has an explanation. The senior and All-SEC selection is dealing with a “discipline issue” but could return to the team, coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday. Williams missed his second straight day of practice Saturday. “He had a discipline issue that we’re taking care of and when he takes care of that, he’ll be back on the field,” Malzahn said. “I’ll make that decision. I will let you […]

  • Connor Neighbors Fractures Arm, Waived by Titans

    Nashville, TN (WHNT) The NFL is an unforgiving workplace. Thursday, Connor Neighbors was battling for his dream job. Friday, he was unemployed. Neighbors suffered a fracture in his forearm at practice Thursday which required surgery. His recovery could last anywhere from 6-8 weeks. The un-drafted free agent can sign with any team once healthy.

  • Austin Learning From Tough 2014 Season

    Decatur, Ala. (WHNT) It would be easy to look at Austin’s 2-8 season last year and think the Black Bears just weren’t any good. That sort of assumption wouldn’t be completely accurate according to head coach Jeremy Perkins. “The thing about 2014 is we were in every game. We’re talking about one or two plays per game. We’re not very far away. Our record doesn’t really tell the story of last year’s season. Every single game was wire to wire,” […]

  • Sparkman Riding Momentum and Chemistry in 2015 Season

    Harvest, Ala. (WHNT) Most coaches will tell you it’s not how you start, but how you finish. Winning three of their final four games last season was not good enough to get the Senators in the playoffs, but it created a belief that carried through the off-season. “We started talking about team chemistry after the last game of the year. It built in the Spring and Summer. It’s guys knowing who they can depend on and just being a family,” said […]

  • Madison County Tigers Motivated by Semifinal Loss

    Gurley, Ala. (WHNT) The 2014 Madison County Tigers peaked at just the right time, but fell one win short of a 5A title game appearance. “We sure want to find out how to win one more game and find a chance to play there,” head coach Scott Peavey said during his team’s first official practice of the Fall. The Tigers have lost in the state semifinals twice in the last three seasons. This senior class is ready to move past […]


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