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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
  • Alabama & Auburn ADay Hype Video

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) ADay is a day to celebrate football all across the state of Alabama. Rarely do the folks in Dixie need motivation for pigskin, even if the game is virtually meaningless. Just in case you need something to get out of bed and drive to Tuscaloosa or Auburn, click on the video player above.

  • Crimson Tide Rolls to 11-0 Win on Danielle Richard Day

    DECATUR, Ala. – After a 10-0 victory on Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama carried the momentum into Wednesday night’s game in Decatur against Middle Tennessee as the Crimson Tide shut out the Blue Raiders, 11-0. The city of Decatur declared today ‘Danielle Richard Day’, as the Tide senior hails from nearby Priceville. Today’s game at the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex was scheduled as a homecoming game for Richard, as she played in front of a large contingent of family and friends. […]

  • Avery Johnson

    Avery Johnson officially hired as Alabama head basketball coach

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (WHNT) –  22 days after the dismissal of Anthony Grant, there’s a new man in charge of the basketball program at Alabama. Avery Johnson signed a deal Monday night. Our news partners at AL.com report the deal is worth $18 million over six years.  The following is a statement released by Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle: “I am very pleased to announce that I have reached an agreement with Avery Johnson to become the new head men’s basketball […]

  • Lady Chargers Split Double-Header With No. 1 Valdosta State

    Huntsville, Ala. (uahchargers.com) The 13th-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville softball team split its Friday doubleheader with the nation’s top-ranked team, defeating Valdosta State 3-0 in the day’s first game before falling 5-3 in the nightcap at Charger Park. UAH’s record moves to 26-9 (15-6 Gulf South Conference), while VSU goes to 37-3 (20-2). The two teams will wrap up the series with the rubber match on Saturday at Charger Park with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. In the […]

  • Shaquera Wade Headlines List of North Alabama Players Honored at the Mr./Miss Basketball Banquet

    Montgomery, Ala. (WHNT) It was a clean sweep for Huntsville High senior Shaquera Wade. The Alabama signee was named Miss Basketball and 7A girls player of the year Tuesday in Montgomery. Wade can add those honors to the Alabama Gatorade girls player of the year award she already took home last month. Theodore’s Dazon Ingram beat out a host of North Alabama stars for the title of Mr. Basketball. Afterwards, Ingram admitted he thought the award was going to Madison […]

  • Melaina Hissam Signs to Play Volleyball at Birmingham Southern

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) It’s likely Bob Jones wouldn’t have won the 2012 state volleyball championship without Melaina Hissam. The Lady Patriots defensive specialist over the last three seasons is taking her talents to the next level at Birmingham Southern. Hissam recorded 874 digs and 79 aces playing libero during her high school varsity career. More impressive was Hissam’s performance in the classroom, a 4.9 GPA and a score of 32 on the ACT.

  • Gregg Marshall Turns Down Alabama to Remain at Wichita State

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (WHNT) Gregg Marshall will not be the next head basketball coach at the University of Alabama. Marshall accepted a new deal to remain at Wichita State Wednesday night according to UA athletics director Bill Battle. Shortly after receiving word of Marshall’s decision, Battle released this statement. “I received word tonight that Coach Gregg Marshall has chosen to remain the head basketball coach at Wichita State. I fully respect his decision and wish him and his family all the […]

  • Chargers Score 20 runs in Sweep of Miles College

    Huntsville, Ala – (uahchargers.com) The No. 6 University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team swept Wednesday’s doubleheader against Miles by scores of 14-2 and 6-3 at Charger Park to extend the Chargers win streak to eight games. UAH improves to 25-4-1 overall, while MC slips to 8-20. The Chargers bats were slow to develop in the opening matchup, as Miles held a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third. The red hot Colton Simbeck was able to put […]

  • Suspended Alabama Running Back Tyren Jones Dismissed From Team Following Arrest

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (WHNT) Suspended Alabama running back Tyren Jones was dismissed from the team Tuesday following an arrest for possession of marijuana. Nick Saban released a statement Tuesday afternoon. “Tyren Jones was indefinitely suspended from the football program early in the semester, He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program. He was dismissed from the team […]

  • John Petty Wins Local Dunk Contest on Ridiculous Slam

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Johnson sophomore John Petty leaped from just inside the free throw line before slamming home the contest winning dunk Thursday at the Sparkman Homes Boys and Girls Club. Petty was one of several local high school players participating in the event centered around better community relations between youth and police. Click on the video player to see why judges chose his dunks over the others.

  • Daniel Koger Comes Home to Lead UAH Pitching Staff

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Daniel Koger feels right at home on the mound at Charger Park. The center of the diamond has always been a place of comfort for the 6′ 6″ southpaw, but there’s something extra special about UAH. Partially because it’s in his favorite town, and partially because he knows what it’s like elsewhere. After one of the most successful high school careers of anyone from the Rocket City, Koger took his talents to Auburn. A spot in the […]

  • Steve Rivers and Jack Doss Inducted into AHSAA Hall of Fame

    Montgomery, Ala.   Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama were inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Monday night at the 25th annual induction banquet . Inducted were tennis coach Nancy Becker, basketball coaches Steve Jefferson, Jack Doss and Bobby Wright, football coaches Steve Rivers, Doug Goodwin and John Tatum, athletic director Myra Miles, track official Houston Young, and administrators Alan Mitchell and Ron Ingram. Selected in the “Old Timer” category was longtime Geneva County football […]

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