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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
  • Old Rivalry Reaches New Importance for East Limestone & Madison County

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) For the last 15 seasons it was just known that East Limestone and Madison County would meet in week one. The 2014 schedule shocked some people from those two schools. The programs decided not to play each other, but fate had other ideas. The Indians and Tigers are ready for their quarterfinal match-up Friday night and this time there’s more on the line than ever. “It’s been a tough hard fought football game and good friendly […]

  • New Stadium Music Energizes Crimson Tide

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – (al.com) Reaching in to knock the first-quarter pass from Mississippi State’s Fred Ross, Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones made a quick gesture to the Alabama bench. Wagging both index fingers while shaking his head, the lyrics started to echo through Bryant-Denny Stadium. The music was cued up, ready in case the Crimson Tide secondary made such a play. “No Flex Zone,” the unofficial rap anthem of the Alabama defensive backs by Rae Sremmurd was just part of the […]

  • Hazel Green’s Breanna Jones Signs With Fordham

    Hazel Green, Ala. – (WHNT) Breanna Jones is heading to New York City next year to play volleyball and study at Fordham. Jones wants to be a publisher after graduation and feels like New York is the perfect place to be . As for volleyball, the outside hitter is proud of the legacy she and her teammates are leaving behind. “This year we were really grateful for our season, we were able to get out of the area which is […]

  • Alabama Tops Latest CFB Playoff Rankings

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) There is a new top tog in the college football playoff rankings. Alabama’s win over previously unbeaten Mississippi State vaults the Tide up to the number one spot, just behind Oregon and Florida State. The Bulldogs loss to Alabama did not drop them out of the playoff picture as they sit at number four. After two consecutive losses, Auburn fell to number 14. Here is the complete top 25. CFP rankings 1. Alabama 2. Oregon 3. […]

  • Lions and Blazers Set for First Round Matchup

    Florence, Ala. – (WHNT) –  Round one of the division II playoffs is bringing a familiar foe to Florence. For the second time this season, Valdosta State is coming to Braly Municipal Stadium and the Lions hope it will be a second win for North Alabama. UNA is up three spots to number 12 this week, but rankings will not mean anything without a 4th straight first round victory.   The Lions defeated the Blazers 31-29 back on Sept. 27 on a […]

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    High School Football 2nd Round Scores, 3rd Round Matchups

    AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Second-Round Results Class 1A South Brantley 21, Linden 12 Billingsley 72, Ellwood Christian 12 Maplesville 69, McKenzie 20 Notasulga 38, Fruitdale 20 North Hubbertville 40, Phillips 34 Ragland 20, South Lamar 12 Cedar Bluff 56, Hackleburg 48 Marion County 29, Donoho 18 Class 2A South G.W. Long 44, Leroy 12 Elba 42, Sweet Water 20 Flomaton 43, Cottonwood 32 Washington County 35, Geneva County 14 North Tanner 41, Randolph County 14 Fyffe 34, Reeltown 0 Woodland […]

  • North Alabama Clinches GSC Title with 24-16 Win Over UWA

    LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The University of North Alabama secured at least a share of the 2014 Gulf South Conference Football Championship and strengthened its position for an NCAA Division II Playoff berth with a 24-16 win over West Alabama at Tiger Stadium. The Lions, now 9-1 overall, closed their regular-season with a 6-1 league mark. Delta State is 5-1 in GSC play and could tie UNA for first place in the conference standings with a win over Mississippi College Saturday. […]

  • Guntersville Takes Undefeated Record Into the Second Round

    Guntersville, Ala. – (WHNT) For the first time since 1955, the wildcats take an undefeated record into the second round of the playoffs. Guntersville put a major emphasis and being 10-0 at seasons end, but now head coach Lance Reese is talking about a championship. “It’s a big accomplishment, but the playoffs are kind of a new season so we are pleased with what we did during the regular season but now our focus is on the playoffs.” There are […]

  • Local Athletes Take Advantage of Early Signing Period

    Huntsville, Alabama – (WHNT) The signing day everybody knows about happens in early February, but for all sports except football there are two signing periods. One of which began Wednesday across the Tennessee Valley. Several local athletes inked their national letters of intent and here is just a short list of the ones who did. Zach Harting – Louisville Swimming Dalton Barkley – UAH Basketball Ethan Stair – Mercer Basketball Chloe Long – Jacksonville State Basketball Rayven Pearson – Jacksonville […]

  • Alabama Players Discuss Win Over LSU With Ryan Cody

    Baton Rouge, LA – (WHNT) Comeback wins in death valley are becoming a routine thing for the Crimson Tide these days. Just minutes after Alabama’s latest win over LSU, several players shared their thoughts on the game. Here is a small portion of their conversations with Sports Director Ryan Cody.

  • Death Valley Awaits Alabama

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) LSU head coach Les Miles once said, Death Valley is a place “where opponents dreams come to die.” If that statement is true, Alabama’s dreams of a national championship are hanging in the balance. This week coach Miles called upon his rowdy fan base one more time to help send the Tide home upset. “We’ll look forward to getting to Tiger stadium and allowing that fan base to rock the place, make a lot of noise. […]

  • Alabama Moves Up a Spot in College Football Playoff Rankings, Auburn remains at Three

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – (al.com) The second week of the College Football Playoff rankings prompted considerably less fanfare Tuesday evening. Alabama was idle last week, but edged up one spot to No. 5. Last week’s No. 4 Ole Miss, which beat Alabama 23-17 on Oct. 4, lost its second straight game Saturday when Auburn came to Oxford. The Rebels dropped to No. 11 after falling 35-31 to Auburn and 10-7 at LSU a week earlier. LSU, ranked 19th a week ago, […]


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