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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
  • Butler Avoids Final Game and JPPII Senior Makes Gym Erupt in Area Round

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) -  When the basketball season is over, Butler High School will never play a game again. The Rebels are one of the most successful boys teams in state history having won five championships under then head coach Jack Doss. This particular group hasn’t had the best season, but came through when it counted Thursday with an upset of #7 Madison County. The Rebels will live to play at least two more games as the win secured a […]

  • Family Trumps SEC Recruiting for Pruitt Family

    Rainsville, Ala. – (WHNT) You would be hard pressed to find a teenager with more football knowledge in his family than Jayse Pruitt. His father Jeremy is the Defensive Coordinator at Georgia and grandfather, Dale has more than a quarter century worth of experience coaching the high school game. It’s only fitting that a player with that pedigree earned a scholarship at Jacksonville State Univserity. It is a little bit surprising however that his dad was able to make the […]

  • Madison Academy’s Kerryon Johnson commits to Auburn

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Kerryon Johnson, a star at Madison Academy, officially committed to Auburn University on Wednesday. In the video above, he talks with WHNT News 19’s Ryan Cody about his decision. Check our LIVE BLOG on WHNT.com for information about other high school signees in north Alabama. And Kerryon Johnson makes it official! @AyeyoKEJO is an Auburn Tiger #SigningDay @whnt pic.twitter.com/DDtXkeu3uj — Ryan Cody (@ryancodyWHNT) February 4, 2015 Welcome to the #Auburn Family Kerryon Johnson #WarEagle #AuburnFast #NSD15 […]

  • WHNT’s Ryan Cody previews Signing Day 2015

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) More than 40 local high school football players will sign with their respective college teams on National Signing Day. The two athletes headlining our coverage are Madison Academy’s Kerryon Johnson and Florence’s Keaton Anderson going to Auburn and Alabama, respectively. Those two are really just the tip of the ice burg for our coverage as we will have crews all over North Alabama bringing you the latest from our local stars. For up to the minute news […]

  • Dee Liner, of Muscle Shoals High School, signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide in February 2013 (Photo: Ryan Cody, WHNT News 19)

    Univ. of Alabama releases Dee Liner from football team

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – The University of Alabama has released Dee Liner from its football team as he was preparing to go into his junior season. Liner had struggled to get playing time in the past two years.  He was a top recruit in 2013, coming from Muscle Shoals High School where he was coached by Scott Basden.  His signing was covered live by ESPN. Liner says he’ll be moving on, but hasn’t said where.

  • Kerryon Johnson Named Parade All-American, Gets Visit from Gus Malzahn

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) College football coaches across the nation are making a final push towards signing day. Gus Malzahn and his staff are no exception and on Friday they spent the afternoon and evening at Kerryon Johnson’s home. After the in-home visit, Malzahn and Johnson went watched Madison Academy take on Madison County in basketball. Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee and running backs coach Tim Horton joined Malzahn in the rocket city to make sure Kerryon isn’t thinking about changing […]

  • UAH Drops Key GSC Contest, UNA Runs Win Streak To Three

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) North Alabama is playing some it’s best basketball of the season, knocking off a very good West Alabama team Thursday night at Flowers hall.  The game featured UAH had a tough evening at home against one of the team’s it was tied with atop the GSC standings. Click the video player above for highlights from Spragins Hall and scores from Florence.

  • Tuesday’s High School Hoops

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) John Petty scored 21 points to lead his second ranked Johnson Jaguars to a season sweep of Sparkman. James Clemens held off a feisty Athens squad on senior night for the Golden Eagles. Tanner made a late run at home, but Muscle Shoals prevailed by nine points. Those are just three of the story lines from local hoops action on Tuesday night. Click the video player above for highlights and scores.

  • Two Buzzer Beaters and Three Overtimes. East Defeats West Limestone in County Semis, and the Austin Boys Beat Florence

    Ardmore, Ala. – (WHNT) The rivalry makes this one important regardless, but East and West Limestone turned in one of the better games of the season Friday night. Jaylyn Johnson’s buzzer beating three in overtime forced a second OT for the Lady Indians. In the third extra frame it was Kayla Carter of West who hit a shot as time expired to send the game into a 3rd OT. East Limestone pulled away after that to earn a spot in […]

  • Havoc Falls 4-2, But Raises Money for “Remarkable Rylan”

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The tough season continues for Huntsville continues as Louisiana handed the Havoc a 6th straight loss. There is definitely silver lining in the loss though. The team, along with the Alabama Chivers helped raise more than $2,000 for a little girl named Rylan. The money will help her family pay for expenses involved with her battle against Rett syndrome.

  • Lauderdale County Girls Set State Record With 73rd Consecutive Win

    Florence, Ala. – (al.com)Someone grab a pencil and eraser for the folks at the Alabama High School Athletic Association, because it’s time for a new entry in the record book. Lauderdale County pulled away in the fourth quarter to set the AHSAA girls state mark for consecutive wins at 73 with a 69-48 victory over Central-Florence in the second round of the county tournament tonight at Rogers High. Athens’ girls won 72 straight between 2001-03, capturing two 5A state titles during […]

  • Inaugural Marvin Stone Classic

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The story of Marvin Stone ended tragically with his passing in 2008. At the time, Stone was playing professionally in Saudi Arabia. The ending may have been sad for basketball fans in the Tennessee Valley, but the life of Marvin Stone is worth celebrating. That’s why a tournament tipped off in his honor in Huntsville.The Marvin Stone Classic featured several instantly classic games Monday at Spragins Hall. Click the link above for scores and highlights from a […]


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