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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
  • Fyffe loses 2A state championship game 36-22 to Elba

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Elba’s Tigers (14-1) posted 28 second-half points Friday afternoon to beat Fyffe 36-22 in the Super 7 Class 2A state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It was the second straight year at Elba and Fyffe have met in the finals. The Red Devils won in 2014 at Auburn 28-17. Senior quarterback Ramsey Rigby directed an offense Friday that amassed 371 yards. The son of head coach Ed Rigby earned game MVP honors rushing for 72 yards […]

  • Crimson Tide prepares to face underdog challenger Florida in SEC title game

    ATLANTA, Ga. (WHNT) – Alabama comes to the Georgia Dome ranked number two in the country and seemingly one win away from a spot in the college football playoff. The Crimson Tide arrived in Atlanta Friday ready to face a Florida team most people aren’t giving a chance. In-fact, the Gators are the biggest SEC title game underdog since the mid 90’s. Jim McElwain is embracing his team’s role and enjoying the moment. “Everybody’s goal in this conference is to get […]

  • Fyffe Red Devils Prepare for Title Game Rematch

    Fyffe, Ala. (WHNT) The Red Devils are one win away from repeating as 2A state champions, but that’s never been the goal. Winning a championship yes, but winning a second championship would only imply Fyffe cares about the past this week. “We never really looked at this year as back to back nothing,” head coach Paul Benfield said Wednesday. “We’ve just been trying to survive and play one game at a time.” Senior offensive and defensive lineman Ethan Jones earned […]

  • True freshman from Hartselle making impact for UNA

    Florence, Ala. (WHNT) Bobby Wallace was not even sure Jaylan Jackson would see the field during his freshman season at UNA, but he sure is glad the Hartselle native is playing now. “We just knew his speed and athletic ability would be a big plus as the year went on so we went ahead and bit the bullet and played him early. We may regret it four years from now,” Bobby Wallace joked following UNA’s 50-7 win over Newberry. Jaylan […]

  • Nick Saban opens Iron Bowl talk with weekly press conference

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (WHNT) – Nick Saban was not willing to talk about Auburn in his post-game press conference following Alabama’s win over Charleston Southern, but he did open up Monday. “I don’t think I have to tell anybody anything they don’t already know about this game,” Saban said with a straight face. “The Iron Bowl is one of the biggest rivalries in college football. It means a lot to a lot of people in this state.” On the surface, this particular […]

  • Third Round High School Football Scores and Highlights

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Congratulations to Austin, Colbert County, Fyffe and Decatur heritage for advance to the state semifinals. Click on the video player above to see highlights and scores from the games on Friday November 20th.   AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs Quarterfinal Results (Nov. 20) CLASS 1A Maplesville 36, Georgiana 28 Linden 41, Brantley 0 Decatur Heritage 32, Berry 26 Cedar Bluff 34, Wadley 27 CLASS 2A G.W. Long 35, Flomaton 21 Elba 20, Washington County 14 Fyffe 24, […]

  • Former Hazel Green Star Leads UAB to Win at Troy

    Troy, Ala. (WHNT) All Lewis Sullivan needed was an opportunity. The sophomore from Hazel Green notched career highs of 22 points and nine rebounds to lead UAB over Troy 79-63. Sullivan played major minutes after William Lee, Tosin Mehinti and Chris Cokley each picked up three first-half fouls. The former Trojan hit 6-of-7 shots from the field, only missing a contested thee-pointer.

  • AAMU Cruises to Win in Home Opener

    Normal, AL. (WHNT) Alabama A&M is off the best start in division one program history. The Bulldogs defeated SE Missouri State Thursday night to improve to 2-0 on the young season. The Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent in the second half to pull away from a 28-26 lead at the intermission. In the final 20 minutes, Alabama A&M shot 5-of-17 from three-point range. Click on the video player above to see the highlights from AAMU’s 74-56 win.

  • Third-Round High School Football Playoff Schedule

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  • UNA Begins Playoff Run at Home Against Newberry

    Florence, Ala. (WHNT) The University of North Alabama football team will make a record-tying 20th appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs on Saturday. The Lions finished their regular season ranked 2nd in the Super Region II poll and will host Newberry Saturday at noon. “Very experienced team that’s played together a lot and very similar to us,” head coach Bobby Wallace said on Tuesday. “We played really well the last three weeks in a row and I’m hoping we […]

  • A triple threat of athletic accomplishments at Lauderdale County High

    Rogersville, Ala. (WHNT) – If you are a believer in numerology, then you probably realize what is happening in the third week of November at Lauderdale County High School. Three major athletic achievements are happening across three different sports. The Tigers football team is entering the third round of the 3A state playoffs, where Friday night they will face Colbert County for a spot in the quarterfinals. This is the moment some Tigers have been waiting for their entire lives, but […]

  • Area Athletes Take Advantage of Early Signing Period

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Most people are aware of Signing Day. The first Wednesday in February gets all the attention for being the first day high school seniors can sign a football scholarship with their future university. Far less people are aware of the early signing period for other sports like basketball and baseball. The NCAA allows students to sign early during a week long period in November. Click the video player above to see who took advantage of the early signing […]