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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
  • Two Milestones and an Upset: Busy Night of Night School Hoops

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) James Clemens head boys basketball coach Danny Petty earned his 700th career victory Tuesday night. His Jets defeated Athens 52-37. Down the road in Lauderdale County, the lady tigers ran their win streak to 70 games. They are now two wins shy of tying the state record for consecutive girls’ victories. Meanwhile over in new Hope, four Indians scored in double figures to lead their team over 6th ranked Geraldine 74-72.

  • Huntsville’s Keith Butler Promoted to Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator

    Pittsburgh, Penn. (al.com) Keith Butler is the new defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL team announced on Tuesday. Butler is a former football standout at Lee High School in Huntsville. Butler is replacing Dick LeBeau, who resigned on Saturday after 11 seasons as the Steelers’ defensive coordinator. to continue reading this story on al.com click here 

  • Inside the Helmet: Bellamy Wears the #HavocHockeyCam

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) It’s one of the toughest sports known to man. Hockey combines the elegance of figure skating with the aggression of football, and only a few can play at a high level. The Huntsville Havoc is in the midst of a brutally difficult stretch in team history. Losing 18 of their last 20 games, most of which by one goal. Most teams would stop playing hard after that, but Corey Bellamy continues to bring the intensity by […]

  • Havoc Wins It’s First Road Game of the Season

    Knoxville, Tenn. – (WHNT) The Huntsville Havoc notched it’s first road victory of the season Thursday night in Knoxville. The 4-2 win is the team’s first of this calendar year and snaps a four game losing streak. It is just the first of three to be played this weekend between the Havoc and Ice Bears.

  • Auburn’s Kris Frost Deciding Not to Enter NFL Draft, “We have some unfinished business.”

    Auburn, Ala. – (WHNT) Kris Frost is coming back for one more season on the plains. The Auburn linebacker confirmed his plans to auburntigers.com Thursday. Frost finished third on the team in tackles last season with 87 and joins fellow junior LB Cassanova McKinzy by deciding to stay one more season. “I’m excited to come back and I feel like we have some unfinished business and I feel like we can win a championship, Frost said about his reason for […]

  • Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon reportedly leaving Alabama for NFL draft

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – (al.com) The list of Alabama early exits is growing. All-American receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon will join Landon Collins in leaving Alabama for the NFL draft,ESPN reported Thursday afternoon. A formal announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Tuscaloosa. Cooper is one of the top prospects as a top-10 pick following his record-breaking year. The third-place finisher in Heisman Trophy voting is the No. 1 receiver in the draft, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, […]

  • Havoc Down, But Not Out Heading Into Big Weekend

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The Havoc comes into this weekend’s three game series with Knoxville, having lost 16 of it’s last 17 games. The team sits in last place and seems to have a new roster every weekend. Despite all that, they are just 14 points out of the final playoff spot with multiple games left against every team in the league. “Just need to keep our heads in the right place,” Left Wing Corey Bellamy said Wednesday at practice. […]

  • Monday Night College Hoops in the Rocket City

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The men and women at Alabama A&M sent Grambling home losers Monday at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium. The UAH Charger men also pick up a win at home, here is a list of the other local scores Monday night. Men’s Scores: Alabama A&M – 67 Grambling St. – 46   UAHuntsville – 73 Delta State – 61   UNA – 68 Mississippi College – 81   Women’s Scores: Alabama A&M – 59 Grambling St. – 56   […]

  • Alabama RB Kenyan Drake Lifts Up Teammates from the Sideline

    New Orleans, – (WHNT) It was one of the most gruesome moments of the season. Alabama running back Kenyan Drake laying on the turf at Ole Miss, leg hanging in mid air. The do-everything star out of Hillgrove high school in Georgia knew right away he was done for the season. The pain of his injury stuck around for a while, but in that time he found a way to contribute. “They were there to pick me up and pat […]

  • Alabama senior quarterback Blake Sims reflects on season

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (WHNT) – Blake Sims walks away from his time as the starting quarterback at Alabama with an 11-2 record. But it is the two losses that weigh the heaviest on the fifth-year senior. WHNT News 19 Sports Director Ryan Cody spoke with Sims following the Tide’s loss to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

  • Alabama, Ohio State Arrive in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (al.com)― The first round of holidays is over, now Alabama’s in the homestretch for the second one. The Crimson Tide arrives in New Orleans on Saturday afternoon for the final days leading into the New Year’s Day Sugar Bowl semifinal. Alabama’s charter flight is tentatively scheduled to land at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, about an hour after Ohio State’s arrival. Over the next five days, the two will wrap up preparations for the inaugural College Football Playoff in a familiar […]

  • Johnson and James Clemens Advance to Huntsville Times Classic Final

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Most people expected Johnson to be playing Monday night at the Huntsville Times Classic, but that’s where the predictability ended. The two-time defending champion Lee Generals were “supposed” to be the other team playing for the crown, but that’s why they play the game. James Clemens, led by first year Jets head coach Danny Petty shocked the capacity crowd by blowing Lee out of the gym. Petty led the Generals to a state championship as a […]


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