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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
  • Randolph Raiders Ready for 5A Football

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) For all the unknowns going into this football season at Randolph, one thing is certain. It will be difficult adjusting to the competition level in class 5A. Raiders head coach Eddie Guth is ready for the challenge and wants his team to prepare like everything is normal. “It’s a great honor to be competing at the 5A level in the state of Alabama.  With that our competition is going to become tougher and tougher, but right […]

  • Tanner Rebuilds While Looking for 3rd Straight Championship

    Tanner, Ala. – (WHNT) The remarkable run of two consecutive state championships is in the Tanner Rattlers rear view mirror. Now head coach Laron White and his team are eyeing a third and their work cut out for them. Getting back to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2014 is going to take some great performances from some new faces, particularly across the offensive and defensive lines. Baltizar Rubio  Shamaud Baker and Seth Townsend each started both ways on the line and losing […]

  • The Huntsville Panthers Are One Team with One Dream

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) No shame in losing to the eventual state champions especially when that team is Hoover, but Huntsville High is not okay with anything short of the title in 2014. Coach Sharp and the gang are practicing under the motto, “one team, one dream” this Fall and the message is simple. “We’re one team and the dream is obviously state and the idea behind it is if the entire team doesn’t have the same goal it’s useless,” […]

  • Grissom Football is Changing the Culture With Family

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) When Eddie Stewart took over the Grissom football program, he knew there would be tough times ahead. Stewart is not new to the team, spending the last few years as the Tigers Defensive Coordinator and is well aware of the recent struggles. 0-10 was the record last season, but that is in the past. “No where to go but up for us, and we are definitely heading in that direction already and we haven’t played a […]

  • Decatur is Getting Back to “Red Raider Football”

    Decatur, Ala. – (WHNT) Traditionally, teams coached by Jere Adcock run the football and play defense. Having said that, coach Adcock expects nothing less from the 2014 group of Red Raiders. After losing in the first round of the playoffs last November, this Decatur team is getting back to Red Raider football. “We got to get back to running the football better. We did not run the football well last year, we were young up front. Didn’t do that real […]

  • Black Bears Working to Replace Talent All Over the Field

    Decatur, Ala. – (WHNT) Austin Missed the playoffs in 2013 thanks to losing the tiebreaker with rival Decatur. As much as that hurt the Black Bears this off-season, Austin may have been hurt more by graduation. 15 starters walked across the stage last Spring, leaving the team in search a new lineup on Friday nights. That’s not easy for any head coach to deal with, but Jeremy Perkins has been planning for it. “We try to develop all of our […]

  • Hazel Green Working to Finish Games in 2014

    Hazel Green, Ala. – (WHNT) If you asked Trojan football fans four years ago about a 5-5 season, most would have been ecstatic. Matt Putnam took over a program in turmoil during the 2012 offseason. His team won zero games the year before and needed a spark to get back on track. Slowly but surely Hazel Green became competitive, and now they’re looking to keep up the trend. “We were in every game we played. We were 5-5 but could […]

  • Buckhorn Football: “From Good to Great”

    New Market, Ala. – (WHNT) After two straight years of 3-7 football, David O’Connor turned the Bucks into a playoff team. The 2013 senior class can hang it’s hat on the fact they helped bring their school back to relevance in North Alabama, but the 2014 seniors want more. The motto this Fall is “from good to great,” which is self explanatory on the surface but much more complicated to achieve. “It means coming from where you are being good, […]

  • UNA Football Picked to Win GSC

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of North Alabama has been picked as the favorite to win the 2014 Gulf South Conference Football Championship in a pre-season poll of league coaches released Wednesday by the league office. After going 10-3 a year ago and winning a share of the 2013 GSC title, UNA received five five first-place votes and one second-place vote for 35 total points in the poll. The Lions were followed by Delta State in second place with  two […]

  • Paul Finebaum Visits Huntsville, says “Ohio State is never going to win”

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Paul Finebaum’s book signing tour stopped in Huntsville Tuesday night. One of the most powerful personalities in the SEC walked into the Books A Million on Memorial Parkway to cheers from a line of about 200 people. Finebaum’s new book titled “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” is in stores and from its name, the book’s point is obvious. Finebaum took his opinion to the next level with reporters […]

  • Priceville Bulldogs Focusing Defense for Playoff Run

    Priceville, Ala. – (WHNT) After going 4-6 in 2013 the Bulldogs feel like defense is the key to turning things around in Priceville. The team scored right around 30 points a game last season, but that rarely translated to a win. Head Coach Dirk Strunk knows his defense must be better if a playoff run is in his near future. “One of the big things we faced was that we scored points, but we gave up too many points too […]

  • Madison Academy planning for national TV opener against Leeds

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (WHNT) - The two-time defending State Champion Mustangs are back in school and back on the practice field. Madison Academy has less than three weeks to prepare for its national television opener against Leeds. Expectations are just as high as ever with the likes of Kerryon Johnson and Malik Miller in the offensive backfield, but coach Cohu knows his team needs to develop around them. “The masses know about Kerryon and Malik, who are two of the best […]


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