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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
  • UNA Bass Fishing Team at National Championship

    Young Harris, GA. – (WHNT) The top ranked UNA bass fishing team is ready to compete in the 2014 Carhartt College Series National Championship. Four teams of two qualified for the event which is tied for the most teams of any school in the nation. You can watch the first weigh in on Friday afternoon at 3:30 by clicking here or visiting bassmaster.com. Good Luck and #RoarLions

  • Bulldogs Open Fall Training Camp

    Normal, Ala. – (WHNT) The James Spady era of football is underway on the Hill as Alabama A&M officially began training camp Wednesday. The bulldogs enjoyed some unseasonably cool weather for the first session in helmets. Spady and his staff are working to evaluate their talent while at the same time install the pistol offense. Parts of the offensive system were installed during Spring drills, but now it’s time to put in the more complicated intricacies. Click on the video […]

  • Lookouts End Stars Win Streak

    Huntsville, Ala. – The Chattanooga Lookouts ended the Huntsville Stars three game winning streak Wednesday night by salvaging the final game of their five game series with a 4-1 win at Joe Davis Stadium. The game was tied at 1-1 in the top of the ninth and the Lookouts broke the tie against Stars reliever Kevin Shackelford(1-3) who, allowed back to back singles to Scott Schebler and O-Koyeah Dickson to start the inning. With runners on the corners and nobody […]

  • Huntsville Country Club planning sale, ownership change

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Country Club has called members to a meeting Wednesday evening to talk about transferring ownership and a name change. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Huntsville Country Club, but the problem is, the club hasn’t been able to reach all of its shareholders to notify them about it. The club is more than $2 million in debt, and six shareholders plan to pay off said debt with Dave Tolliver as the majority shareholder.   […]

  • An Iron Bowl Nursery Rhyme

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The college football season is almost here! Players begin showing up to campus later in the week and in less than 34 days, both Alabama and Auburn kicks off their season for real.  After such an amazing season last year you shouldn’t need any extra motivation to get excited for football, but here it is. I wrote a little rhyme to help pass the time between now and August 30th.

  • Dallas Cowboys Consulted Nick Saban Before Trading for Rolando McClain

    Oxnard, California, – (al.com) Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he consulted Alabama coach Nick Saban before the NFL team traded for former Crimson Tide linebacker Rolando McClain. The Cowboys acquired McClain from the Baltimore Ravens on July 1, even though McClain was officially retired at the time. Garrett served as quarterbacks coach when Saban coached the Miami Dolphins in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. “I had a great visit with coach Saban about it,” Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. “He […]

  • Rule Changes Coming to College Football in 2014

    HOOVER, Alabama -(al.com) The targeting rule is doing what it’s intended to do, SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said at SEC Media Days, but there will be major changes to it this fall. Last year, the SEC had 19 targeting calls. Originally, the 15-yard penalty resulted an ejection, but the ejection could be overturned on replay. Seven disqualifications in the SEC were overturned. Nationally, there were 92 targeting penalties and 32 overturned ejections. Even after an ejection was overturned, […]

  • Local Twirlers Head to Junior Olympics

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The KKT All-Starz Baton Twirling team is making another trip to the Junior Olympics. Kristin Craig and her team brought home several medals last July in Detoit and hope to do the same this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. “I’ve got twirlers who have been twirling anywhere from four to twelve years right now going to Iowa,” Craig said during one of her team’s final practices before the trip. The experience level has already helped this […]

  • Bulldogs Picked to Finish Last in SWAC East Division

    Birmingham, Ala. – (al.com) Alabama A&M coach James Spady said he didn’t know he’d have a chance to say anything as he sat with other coaches to begin SWAC Media Day at the Birmingham Marriott. But just before he was handed the microphone, he was given all the material he needed as the preseason All-SWAC Football Team and the forecast league order of finish were unveiled. Only one A&M player – former Jackson-Olin High standout Martarious Smith – was named on the […]

  • Stars Still Leaving Despite Biloxi Stadium Concerns

    Huntsville, Ala. – (al.com) The debut of minor league baseball in Biloxi will be delayed, but apparently it will come with a clean break from Huntsville. The City of Biloxi acknowledged, as reported by GulfLive.com today, that its new stadium will not be completed until late July or August of 2015. The Huntsville Stars, who have been sold to Ken Young and a group of investors with the purpose of moving the Southern League franchise to Biloxi next season, have a lease […]

  • James Clemens Hires Legendary Coach Danny Petty Away from Bob Jones

    Madison, Ala. – (al.com) Throughout his coaching career, Danny Petty has been the same guy with the same style and same philosophy. This fall, the same guy will have a new address. The 63-year-old Petty will step down as Bob Jones’ girls basketball coach and cross Madison to coach boys basketball at city rival James Clemens. Petty’s hire was approved by the Madison City School Board of Education on Friday morning. “It’s going to be tough,” said Petty, who will enter his 42nd […]

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    Pre-Season All-SEC Team announced

    2014 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM (Total points earned in parenthesis) OFFENSE First-Team QB       Nick Marshall, Auburn (241) RB        T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281) RB        Todd Gurley, Georgia (280) WR      Amari Cooper, Alabama (282) WR      Sammie Coates, Auburn (207) TE        O.J. Howard, Alabama (188) OL        La’el Collins, LSU (231) OL        Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188) OL        Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183) OL        Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174) C          Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226)   Second-Team QB       Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (118) RB        Mike […]


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