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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
  • Hazel Green Working to Finish Games in 2014

    Hazel Green, Ala. – (WHNT) If you asked Trojan football fans four years ago about a 5-5 season, most would have been ecstatic. Matt Putnam took over a program in turmoil during the 2012 offseason. His team won zero games the year before and needed a spark to get back on track. Slowly but surely Hazel Green became competitive, and now they’re looking to keep up the trend. “We were in every game we played. We were 5-5 but could […]

  • Buckhorn Football: “From Good to Great”

    New Market, Ala. – (WHNT) After two straight years of 3-7 football, David O’Connor turned the Bucks into a playoff team. The 2013 senior class can hang it’s hat on the fact they helped bring their school back to relevance in North Alabama, but the 2014 seniors want more. The motto this Fall is “from good to great,” which is self explanatory on the surface but much more complicated to achieve. “It means coming from where you are being good, […]

  • UNA Football Picked to Win GSC

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of North Alabama has been picked as the favorite to win the 2014 Gulf South Conference Football Championship in a pre-season poll of league coaches released Wednesday by the league office. After going 10-3 a year ago and winning a share of the 2013 GSC title, UNA received five five first-place votes and one second-place vote for 35 total points in the poll. The Lions were followed by Delta State in second place with  two […]

  • Paul Finebaum Visits Huntsville, says “Ohio State is never going to win”

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Paul Finebaum’s book signing tour stopped in Huntsville Tuesday night. One of the most powerful personalities in the SEC walked into the Books A Million on Memorial Parkway to cheers from a line of about 200 people. Finebaum’s new book titled “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” is in stores and from its name, the book’s point is obvious. Finebaum took his opinion to the next level with reporters […]

  • Priceville Bulldogs Focusing Defense for Playoff Run

    Priceville, Ala. – (WHNT) After going 4-6 in 2013 the Bulldogs feel like defense is the key to turning things around in Priceville. The team scored right around 30 points a game last season, but that rarely translated to a win. Head Coach Dirk Strunk knows his defense must be better if a playoff run is in his near future. “One of the big things we faced was that we scored points, but we gave up too many points too […]

  • Madison Academy planning for national TV opener against Leeds

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (WHNT) - The two-time defending State Champion Mustangs are back in school and back on the practice field. Madison Academy has less than three weeks to prepare for its national television opener against Leeds. Expectations are just as high as ever with the likes of Kerryon Johnson and Malik Miller in the offensive backfield, but coach Cohu knows his team needs to develop around them. “The masses know about Kerryon and Malik, who are two of the best […]

  • Albertville Aggies setting expectations higher for 2014

    Albertville, Ala. – (WHNT) – The last two seasons have not ended the way Joel Poole and the Aggies were hoping for. The 4-6 record in 2013 fell well below expectations but players and coaches are looking for bigger things this Fall. “I think if you expect big things out of the guys I think maybe they will expect it out of themselves,” Coach Poole said Monday at his team’s first official practice.  “I think we have a bright future, I […]

  • Training Camp Begins Monday for High School Football Teams

    Huntsville, Ala. - (WHNT) Eight months ago this week, two teams from north Alabama hoisted state championship trophies at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fast forward to August and none of that means a thing to the hundreds of teams across Alabama who are undefeated in 2014.

  • Bama and Auburn Crack Top 5 in Preseason Coaches Poll

    Huntsville, Ala. – (al.com) The nation’s coaches have high expectations for Alabama and Auburn. Both the Crimson Tide and Tigers landed in the top five of the coaches poll released Thursday morning. Alabama was slotted No. 2 behind defending champion Florida State. Auburn, the return runners-up, were No. 5. Oklahoma was third and Oregon fourth in the first major preseason poll released. Records for the coaches poll dating back to 1960 aren’t easily found so matching top-5 appearances for Alabama […]

  • Huntsville, AL-Jacksonville Suns RHP Jose Urena(10-7), the ninth ranked pitching prospect in the Miami Marlins system threw seven shutout innings leading his Jacksonville Suns past the Huntsville Stars 8-1 Thursday night at Joe Davis Stadium. Isaac Galloway led the Suns offense with a 3-5 performance and had 4 rbi’s. Drew Gagnon(7-6), the Huntsville starter allowed six runs(three earned) in his 5.2 innings. The Suns took a 2-0 lead off Gagnon in the top of the fourth.  With two outs and […]

  • 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 […]


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