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The Golden Hurricast

By The Golden Hurricast
A weekly podcast covering Golden Hurricane athletics by Ryan Token and Matt Rechtien. We’re two TU alums, friends, and die-hard fans who love talking TU sports. Not affiliated with The University of Tulsa.
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3-28: Page 6 Heroes
Frank Haith once coached a girls' junior-high team to an 0-10 record! An impromptu Faith in Haith update from former co-host Pat Fox! We're no longer the worst three-point shooting team in the conference! (thank you NSU) AAC tournament preview! Tulsa men's soccer, men's & women's cross country, and women's golf updates! All of this and more on this week's Hurricast. You don't want to miss it.
March 9, 2021
3-27: Second Half Blues
This week we look back at the last ten games of the season which have been almost a perfect reversal from the first ten games of the season. We try to explain what we we think led to swift decline this season. We then breakdown the Cincy loss, look ahead to the final week of the regular season, and talk news around TU sports.
March 2, 2021
3-26: Coaching Crisis
We didn't have an episode last week, so we allowed ourselves to go closer to an hour this week. We recap the Temple win and preview this week's games vs Cincy and ECU, but we spend way more time talking about all of the drama currently surrounding the TU athletics department. Interim AD Rick Dickson no longer has interim in his title. Why? Coaching crisis. Frank Haith's current contract is up in early 2022. Philip Montgomery's is up in January 2022. Dickson is on record saying that both of these contract issues will be resolved by July of this year. That's just four months away. DRAMA. We talk at length about what we think will happen, who the frontrunners might be if the university does decide to go in a different direction for men's basketball, and plenty more. We also discuss Tulsa football's 2021 schedule that was released last week, Zaven Collins winning another national award, TU recruiting updates, and weird coaching staff changes.
February 23, 2021
3-25: A Sinking Feeling
Another rough week of basketball looks to sink all hope of an NCAA Tourney bid as the Golden Hurricane drop two at home to SMU and UCF. We break down the losses, some weird conspiracy(?) involving Darien Jackson's stats and recap some other big news around TU athletics.
February 9, 2021
3-24: The Danger Zone
Tulsa men's basketball dropped one they couldn't afford to in an ugly road loss to Temple last week. They rebounded with a road win over ECU, but TU may have to win out in order to make the NCAA tournament. We recap last week's games while noticing changes in playing time, discussing NCAA tournament hopes, and debating the status of Haith's contract. We then award our player of the week, preview this week's home games vs SMU and UCF, take a look around the conference, and more.
February 2, 2021
3-23: Hey Would You Score Some Points?
Big oof. Tulsa once again got throttled on the road at Houston, 86–59. With the postponement of the Tulane game we focus almost entirely on the offensive struggles that Tulsa has shown as of late (hint - it involves the number three, and r*bounding). Starting this week the schedule gets easier as we preview the road matchups against Temple (1/26) and ECU (1/30) CFB Recruiting Map: app · Streamlit (
January 26, 2021
3-22: Generally Not More Than 30-ish Minutes
Tulsa men's basketball dropped their 6-game win streak this past week in a 19-point loss on the road against Wichita State. The Hurricane followed that up with a season sweep of their own against the Memphis Tigers though, beating them by 1 on Sunday afternoon. We talk a lot about 3 pointers, 3-point shooters, and senior leadership. Here's what's on the agenda for this 'sode: * Wichita State and Memphis recap * Player of the week * Houston and Tulane preview * Around the American * Update on who's returning/not returning for next season's football team * Football recruiting update
January 19, 2021
3-21 (Bonus): The Jeremie Poplin Show
We bring on Tulsa sideline reporter and radio personality Jeremie Poplin to officially wrap up the end of the football season! From the bowl game brawl to the impact Zaven's national awards have on TU and everything in between.
January 14, 2021
3-21: The Best Year?
The Golden Hurricast is now never longer than 30 minutes and 59 seconds. This week Matt and Ryan talk lots of basketball - USF recap, Wichita State / Memphis previews, and general happenings on the team. Plus we discuss whether this could be the best season from both football and basketball we've seen in the same year.
January 12, 2021
3-20: Transition Time
Hooo boy, what a past couple of weeks. Tulsa football got into a massive brawl with Mississippi State after a bowl loss, Tulsa basketball beat a top-five team for the first time since the 90s and beat Cincinnati on the road for the first time since the 60s, and the American continued its storied tradition of being awful in bowl season. We talk about all of that, crown our players of the year and discuss how our preseason breakout players actually did, and plenty more. Near the end, we discuss a pretty significant change in the format of our future episodes. Let us know what you think!
January 5, 2021
3-19: Conference Runner-Up
Tulsa lost a heartbreaker to Cincinnati in the AAC title game last weekend, but proved they are going to be a force in the American going forward. Ryan and Matt break down the game, look ahead to the bowl matchup with Mississippi State. and catch up on basketball.
December 22, 2020
3-18: AAC Championship Preview (ft. Joe Broback)
Your #20 Tulsa Golden Hurricane will (hopefully) (please dear god) play the #6 Cincinnati Bearcats in the American Athletic Conference championship game this Saturday, December 19th, at 7:00pm CST. Because we already previewed the Bearcats in October with Clayton Trutor and then again just last week with GoBeercats, we're not doing a third Cincinnati preview. Instead, we bring in Joe Broback from Sixth Year Sports and Underdog Dynasty to talk about past American Conference championship games, some of his favorite AAC players from past seasons, the ways Tulsa could get an edge in this one, how he thinks it's going to go, and plenty more. We were super excited to have Joe on the show, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
December 14, 2020
3-17: Interview with Go Beercats
Breaking out our interview with Brandon from Go Beercats into it's own episode to preview the next two weeks and talk Cincy sports and beer. We dive into more listener questions and talk about implications these games have for Cincinnati and the conference at large.
December 8, 2020
3-16: Uncharted Territory
After knocking off the Midshipmen for the first time since joining the AAC, Tulsa clinched their first berth in the AAC title game against. Cincinnati on December 19th. But first, the Golden Hurricane will play Cincinnati on December 12th. We discuss the Navy win, and tackle a lot of listener questions about our chances in both of these next two games. Finally, Ryan breaks down the early goings in the world of basketball.
December 8, 2020
3-15: Cardiac Cane
What a finish! Ryan and Matt break down the improbable, impossible, heart-racing comeback Tulsa pulled off against Tulane last Thursday in Primetime! We talk Davis Brin, Zaven Collins, JC Santana and all the incredible performances. Afterwards we take on some more listener questions and look at the conference basketball slate.
November 24, 2020
3-14: Puff the Magic Hurricane (Tulane Preview ft. JP Gooderham)
* The second of two episodes this week! * Your newly minted #25 Tulsa Golden Hurricane welcomes in old rival Tulane for a Thursday night showdown on ESPN. That's right, it's Battle of the Color-Based Water Phenomena week. To raise the stakes even further: Tulane is coming off an emotional win of their own, taking down #25 (Coaches' Poll) Army for their first win over a ranked team in any poll since 1984. Can they take down a #25 team for the second week straight? To break down the Green Wave, we bring in JP Gooderham from Fear the Wave. We talk to JP about Tulane's team this year, Michael Pratt's early successes, Willie Fritz, Rick Dickson, the Bacon Wave, and, of course, Hurc the Hurricane/Huffy/Tulsa Puff Jr./Puff the Magic Hurricane. It's always a pleasure chatting with JP, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
November 17, 2020
3-13: Jekyll & Hyde (SMU Recap and Listener Questions)
* The first of two episodes this week! * Your Tulsa Golden Hurricane beat the #19 SMU Mustangs this past weekend. That's the second ranked win of the season (#11 UCF), and the first time in the history of Tulsa's football program that the Golden Hurricane has beaten two ranked teams in the same season. It was a historic win for several more reasons as well. Tulsa is now #25 in the AP Poll and is ranked for the first time since the final AP Poll of the 2010 season (#24). We bask in the glory of the SMU game and answer a LOT of very good listener questions. Thank you very much for sending those in.
November 17, 2020
3-12: The Boomtown Showdown
YET ANOTHER TULSA FOOTBALL GAME WAS CANCELED ("postponed") I HATE IT HERE. With the extra time due to no game recap, we dive deep into the SMU game - a rivalry game with massive implications. A win on Saturday gets Tulsa ranked for the first time in a decade. We go in on the Mustangs' coaching staff, key players, notable injures, our thoughts on the matchup, and more. After the SMU preview, we take a look around the conference and discuss the recent announcement of Tulsa Basketball's non-conference schedule.
November 10, 2020
3-11: The Monkey's Paw
Tulsa got away with a win against East Carolina last week thanks to some not great officiating. We break down the eventful final drive in excruciating detail before moving on to the good, the bad and the players of the game. We talk some TU basketball and football recruiting to wrap the 'sode. This episode was made extra long so you have something to listen to while waiting in line to vote.
November 3, 2020
3-10: Welcome Home (ft. Jared Shafit)
Tulsa dominated USF 42-13 on Friday in Tampa to spoil their very colorful #SoFlo uniform debut. We recap that game before bringing in Jared Shafit from The Boneyard Podcast to preview the Pirates of East Carolina. We talk with Jared about the Pirates' progression under second-year coach Mike Houston, why they're faltering on offense so far this year, the strong young core they're building, and more. We finish things off with a quick look around the conference, and Ryan thanks Matt for doing the podcast even during his vacation in Colorado. That's dedication. Good boy Matt.
October 28, 2020
3-9: Bulls on Parade (ft. Robert Steeg)
Another week, another Tulsa football game postponed. With no Cincinnati game to recap we brought on Robert Steeg from The Daily Stampede to talk all things Tulsa vs. USF. Topics ranged from the hiring of Jeff Scott, what  a successful season look like for the Bulls, and how anything can happen during a Friday night football game. 
October 20, 2020
3-8: Cincinnati Preview (ft. Clayton Trutor)
After two consecutive games against the #11 team in the country, Tulsa welcomes the #8 Cincinnati Bearcats to town for the Hurricane's Homecoming game on Saturday. It's a game with monumental consequences, especially following TU's victory over #11 UCF in Orlando a bit over a week ago. To preview the Bearcats, we welcome in Clayton Trutor from Cincinnati's SB Nation site Down the Drive. We talk with Clayton about all kinds of things, including whether Cincy deserves to be ranked #8, expectations for the Bearcats this season, Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder's apparent regression, how incredible their defense is, matchups he's concerned about, and plenty more. As usual, we also talk some American conference ball and some other things. We enjoyed our discussion with Clayton and hope you do as well.
October 13, 2020
3-7: We Were Bouncin
Tulsa's upset of #11 UCF was their first win over a ranked team on the road since 1976. The game looked ugly early, but the defense held tight long enough for the offense to wake up and storm back for the win. We spend a loooong time breaking down what went down when Tulsa took over the Bounce House.
October 6, 2020
3-6: UCF Preview (ft. Roger Phipps)
With no Arkansas State game to recap due to the game's postponement, we bring you an extended preview for this week's game on the road against #11 UCF! We're joined by Roger Phipps (@KnightBengal) from the Knightline podcast and the Knightline at Knight radio show on WDBO 107.3 FM. Tulsa is currently a 21.5 point underdog to the Knights, and we talk to Roger about all kinds of things. We get into his expectations for this year’s team, whether this game is circled for UCF after last year’s upset loss in Tulsa, what the Knights' biggest weakness is, the College Football Playoff, and a bunch more. Many thanks to Roger for joining the show, and we hope you enjoy it!
September 29, 2020
3-5: Philip Montpenalty
Football is back! Tulsa traveled to Stillwater to open up the season and took a lead into halftime against the #11 Cowboys, but misfires and miscues kept them from pulling off the upset. We break down the game that could've been, talk about the new interim Athletic Director, and bring back a guest for a new recurring segment.
September 22, 2020
3-4: J.J.'s No Sports Zone (ft. J.J. Cody)
Having already released the OSU preview episode, and with the actual game postponed until the 19th, there wasn't as much #sports related content to get to this week. We talk some more about TU-OSU, take a look at how other American teams performed in weeks 1 and 2, and discuss Tulsa's home attendance policy as it relates to COVID-19. However, after that, we bring in J.J. Cody for her own segment: J.J.'s No Sports Zone. J.J. is former co-host Pat Fox's fiancée. We've talked about doing this segment with her for a while now, and this was the perfect week for it. J.J. had free reign to get into whatever she wanted, and we talked about Star Trek, various quarantine activities, Chamber Music Tulsa, and more Star Trek. It was fun to mix it up a bit, and J.J. was a blast to talk to as usual.
September 15, 2020
3-3: OSU Preview (ft. Phillip Slavin)
The Tulsa – OSU season opener was pushed back to September 19th, and that news broke live while we were recording this episode on Monday night. HOWEVER, we cannot be stopped. We bring in Phillip Slavin from the Ten 12 Podcast (also writes for Cowboys Ride for Free and the LandGrant Gauntlet) to give us his take on OSU this year, how COVID has affected the team, the "triplets", the surprise team out of the Big 12, and even a healthy amount of TU recruiting talk. We had a great chat with Phillip and hope you enjoy it as well.
September 10, 2020
3-2: The Season Preview Must Go On
Just because the start of Tulsa's football season was delayed (again), does not mean that our football preview will be delayed! Ryan and Matt go in depth on offense, defense and more. Our interview with Phillip Slavin previewing the Oklahoma State game will be released later this week.
September 8, 2020
3-1: Return of the Hurricast (ft. Bruce Howard)
We're back for Season 3 and are honored to kick things off by bringing in Bruce Howard! The 27-year Voice of the Golden Hurricane joins the show to talk about everything from the season that most surprised him to his "bible". Also: we bought a bunch of new recording equipment over the summer, and thus inevitably had some audio issues for this first episode.  We found the cause after recording, but some of it we just couldn't edit out. Future episodes will be crystal clear, though, so look forward to that 👍
September 1, 2020
2-28: Not the End We Wanted
In what unfortunately is our final episode of the (regular) season, we face the reality of the end of not only Tulsa's basketball season, but sports across the country as well. We reminisce about the basketball season and hand out our highly sought after awards. Then we dive into some listener questions including an Earley preview of next season, a recap for our Houston friends, and a what could have been scenario for Tulsa had they made March Madness this season.
March 18, 2020
2-27: Conference Champs & Postseason Predictions
Tulsa's 2020 bid to become the outright American Athletic Conference Champion was spoiled by Sunday's beatdown at the hands of Wichita State. The fact that the Hurricane still tied for 1st place and a share of the conference title, however, should not be overshadowed by that last game. We discuss Tulsa's disappointing showing at Wichita State, give our thoughts on Frank Haith, and predict the conference tournament and how Tulsa will have to fare there in order to have any kind of shot at an at-large bid. Fair warning: we recorded this one pretty late at night, so we go off the rails a bit near the end.
March 10, 2020
2-26: Have Yourself a Week Lawson
Tulsa took care of business in their last two home games of the season notching wins against both Tulane (on Mardi Gras) and UCF thanks in large part to Lawson Korita's career week. After tying his three-point career high against the Green Wave, he set a career high with 20 points on his Senior Day. Pat and Matt break down his and the rest of Tulsa's performance and look ahead at the last week of the regular season against Temple and Wichita State. Plus some AAC tourney preview action!
March 3, 2020
2-25: Legends (ft. Trevis Gipson)
Tulsa star Trevis Gipson joins the Hurricast to talk about his time at TU, the Senior Bowl, the upcoming NFL Combine and Draft, and his relationship with his brother. We really appreciated catching up with him during his busy schedule, and we hope you all enjoy it too. You can follow Trevis on twitter and instagram @trevisgipson, and you can follow along with both him and his brother on Twitter @GipsonBrothers. After talking with Trevis, we recap last week's loss at Houston and the Legends Day celebration that included Bingo Smith's #32 jersey being retired and a 22-point beatdown over SMU to win the #BoomtownShowdown. We then preview this week's games vs Tulane and UCF, and wrap things up with a look around the conference, where TU is now just a half-game back from first place.
February 24, 2020
2-24: Race 4 the AAC
After going 0-2 two weeks ago, Tulsa basketball got back on track and won two straight over ECU and USF to stake their claim again as one of 4 legitimate contenders for the AAC title. We recap last week's wins over ECU and South Florida, preview this week's monster matchups at Houston and at home vs SMU, lament Hawaii football's coaching additions, and debate the meaning of the number 4 in the universe.
February 18, 2020
2-23: TU and the No Good, Very Bad Three Point Defense Week
To add on to the tragedy of last week's lost episode, Matt and Ryan recap the back-to-back losses at the hands of UConn and UCF – which saw Tulsa's three point defense regress in a big way. Then we take a look at the suddenly more important ECU and USF matchups for this week, and discuss how the recent "slump" affects Tulsa's NCAA bid chances.
February 10, 2020
2-22: We Can't Be Stopped
What a week it was in the land of Tulsa basketball. I'm still in slight disbelief while typing this, but Tulsa beat #20 Memphis by 40 POINTS on Wednesday, 80-40. Literally doubled them up. They then followed that by beating everyone's favorite team to hate (UConn) on the road in overtime. We get to recap one of the most fun weeks for Tulsa basketball in recent memory, and we get you ready for our sole game this week - Havoc in the Heartland. We take on 17-3 Wichita State at home on Saturday at 5:00pm central.
January 28, 2020
2-21: #1 in the AAC
Due to our win over Houston on the 11th, Tulsa is currently in sole possession of first place in the AAC. We're also currently at #95 in KenPom, the highest we've been all year. With a 2-0 week on the road behind us and a huge week ahead, there is plenty to be excited about in the world of TU basketball. In this episode, we: Recap the road wins at ECU and Tulane Hear Pat's latest Faith in Haith update Preview a crucial week with a home game vs Memphis and an away game at UConn Take a look around what happened last week in the conference Discuss potential AAC expansion with the rumors surrounding Boise State and others It was a really fun one. Hope you enjoy it!
January 21, 2020
2-20: Threes are the Bees Knees (ft. The Sports Objective Podcast)
This week Matt and Pat cover the split week that the basketball team experienced. At the heart of both the lopsided loss to Cincinnati and the thrilling victory over Houston were important storylines about three pointers. Plus Ryan sat down and talked with the Sports Objective Podcast about the matchup with ECU on Wednesday night.
January 14, 2020
2-19: Conference Chaos
After a nice break for Christmas and the New Year, we're back with our first episode of 2020! Matt and Ryan sit down to recap the crazy previous three games against Colorado State, Kansas State, and Temple, and we also get you ready for a big week this week against Cincinnati and Houston. Additionally, we talk some big news in football recruiting, take a look around the conference in football and basketball, and promote our newest blog post.
January 6, 2020
2-18: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
It's our first basketball-centric episode of the season! We cover something good (Boise State win), something bad (Arkansas loss), and realize something ugly (this doesn't look like a tournament-bound team). We preview the BOK Invitational, take a look around the conference, and wrap up the episode with a look at volleyball's awesome season.
December 17, 2019
2-17: And Now Our #MontyWatch is Ended
Philip Montgomery will officially still be Tulsa's head football coach when TU opens the 2020 season against Toledo on September 5th. In this, the last joint football/basketball episode of the year, we had a lot to talk about: On the football side of things, we discuss the fallout around retaining Monty, debate Chad Morris vs Brennan Marion for Offensive Coordinator, recognize Tulsa's AAC first and second-team selections, and hand out our post-season awards. For basketball, things were looking up until this past Saturday's performance against Arkansas State. We recap the last week or so of games, and also look ahead to our toughest week of the year thus far with games coming against Boise State and Arkansas. We also talk about the AAC championship game, the Cotton Bowl, Mike Norvell --> Florida State, and McKinley Whitfield signing with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. Mistakes were made: When talking about Mizzou and their pursuit of Appalachian State's head coach Eli Drinkwitz, Ryan, in his eternal foolishness, said that Drinkwitz led App State in their transition from FCS to FBS. Ryan is dumb and is also the one writing this. Scott Satterfield was the App State coach to lead them in that transition, and Scott is now the head coach at Louisville. Drinkwitz has been with App State for one season, and is reportedly on the brink of being hired by Mizzou.
December 9, 2019
2-16: The Ugly Week (ft. The Sports Objective Podcast)
It was an ugly week. Tulsa basketball went 1-0 in an ugly one vs Southeastern Louisiana, but football couldn't do the same in an ugly game against Houston on Senior night. In the opener, Ryan said he was going to break down some stats on the football seniors who just played their last home game, but that ended up being a long monologue that would be better in blog form - so keep an eye out for a blog post about those seniors and what they've accomplished in their time here at TU. Since those games were so ugly, we don't spend very much time recapping them, and instead focus on this week coming up. On the football side of things, we have our season finale against East Carolina this weekend. To learn more about ECU and how their season has gone, we bring in Bubba and Kyle from The Sports Objective Podcast to discuss QB Holton Ahlers's progression, their close losses, Mike Houston, and how they feel about the Pirates in 2020. For basketball, we preview our two games this week: South Carolina State and Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt has a freshman named Scotty Pippen Jr, and yes, he is in fact the son of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, who played with MJ back in the Bulls' heyday - so that's cool.
November 27, 2019
2-15: Crude Control (ft. The Scott & Holman Pawdcast)
Still riding the high of the win over UCF, Matt and Ryan sit down to recap a bit of basketball and to get you ready for Tulsa's final home game of the year. The Houston Cougars come to H. A. Chapman Stadium on Saturday night for Tulsa's senior night game in what we have dubbed the 'Crude Control' rivalry. The Coogs are 3-7 as well and have had a bizarre season. To help us break it down, we bring in Sam and Dustin from the Scott & Holman Pawdcast to discuss redshirting, Dana Holgorsen, what Houston fans think of the Tulsa-Houston rivalry, Houston's future aspirations, and how Tulsa can win on Saturday. We wrap things up with some talk about Dane Evans and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats playing in the CFL's Grey Cup on Sunday at 5:30. Thanks again to Sam and Dustin for joining the show this week. We really enjoyed having them on, and we hope you all get as much out of it as we did.
November 20, 2019
2-14: Ok, Boomer! (ft. Ron Clements)
Tulsa pulled off the upset of the season last Friday with a huge win over UCF after Seth Boomer took over for an injured Zach Smith in the second half. We break down the best win of the season, look sadly at the disappointing first week of the basketball season, and finish with an interview with author and ECU grad Ron Clements about his recent trip to Tulsa, AAC football, and a couple of his books!
November 12, 2019
2-13 Part 2: The Happy Basketball One
The second half of our extra long episode is all about basketball! Ryan previews all the new pieces on Tulsa's roster, we breakdown what our expectations for this season, and try to pick some potential upsets that Tulsa could pull off this season. For the football section see 2-13:Part One.
November 5, 2019
2-13 Part 1: The Sad Football One
The first half of our extra long episode. This half features the recap of the Tulane game (including the infamous punt), our preview of our upcoming matchup with UCF, and results from around the conference. This is a sad episode because for the third season in a row Tulsa will not be bowling. See part two for our basketball preview.
November 5, 2019
2-12: The Battle of the Color-Based Water Phenomenons (ft. Fear the Wave)
It's time for the world's favorite rivalry game: The Battle of the Color-Based Water Phenomenons. That's right, it's time for Tulsa vs Tulane, the Golden Hurricane vs the Green Wave, Herc vs the Angry Wave. To celebrate, we're joined by JP Gooderham from Fear the Wave (@FearTheWaveBlog) to talk about Tulane's continued improvement under Willie Fritz and new OC Will Hall, what a seven-win season would mean for Tulane after starting 5-1, why Tulsa is a must-win game for them on Homecoming, why they're called the Green Wave, and plenty more. We had an absolute blast chatting with him, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed doing it. Additionally, we were the guests on this week's Fear the Wavecast if you're interested in checking that out as well. They do a great job with their show and it's definitely worth listening to. Before that though, we recap our devastating 42-41 Homecoming loss to the Memphis Tigers last weekend. After the interview with JP, we also do a bit of basketball preview, catch you up on redshirt/waiver statuses, and cover some other notable events that happened this week. We had a lot we wanted to talk about, so this is a longer one, but I hope you'll agree that it's one of the more fun episodes we've done. Thanks again to JP Gooderham and Fear the Wave for coming on our show and for having us on theirs.
October 31, 2019
2-11: LLLosing Streak
Tulsa couldn't capitalize on what may have been their best defensive game of the 2019 season, and Cincinnati escaped a potential upset with a 24-13 win last Saturday. We talk about TU's many, many turnovers, the refs blowing a call for the third straight game, and prepare for the Homecoming matchup against Memphis next week. Finally, to celebrate the KenPom 2020 preseason ranking release, we talk a little basketball preview.
October 22, 2019
2-10: Collapse
Tulsa badly needed a bounce-back game after blowing a 30-9 fourth quarter lead against now #19 SMU in triple overtime. It didn't happen. TU came out with energy in the first quarter against Navy, but couldn't capitalize - missing a 30 yard field goal after Navy fumbled the opening kickoff, and having a 98-yard touchdown pass called back after Sam Crawford "stepped out of bounds" and was declared ineligible. He did not step out of bounds. The Hurricane looked flat on all sides of the ball for the rest of the game after that, and ended up getting blown out 45-17. We recap the Navy loss, talk coaching changes, and preview this week's matchup at #21 Cincinnati. ALSO: if you want more info on the Cincinnati matchup, Ryan will be the guest on this week's Down the Drive podcast, which is Cincinnati's SB Nation blog/podcast. So keep an eye out for that!
October 15, 2019
2-9: Everything is Not Awesome
TU hadn't won a game against a ranked opponent since 2010, and hadn't won a game on the road against a ranked team since 1976. On Saturday, at #24 SMU, we were up 30-9 in the 4th quarter. We still haven't won a ranked game since 2010/1976. We are sad. We spend most of the episode talking about the triple overtime game that destroyed our lives, but we also preview Navy coming to our house on Saturday, how the conference did this week, and our new blog ( Finally - although none of us were Alabama fans at the beginning of the episode, we become them by the very end.
October 8, 2019
2-8: Eye of the Hurricane
We've reached the first bye week of the season, a brief period of calm in the storm that is college football. We start off this episode with a preview of Tulsa's matchup against #24 SMU in Dallas, and then review how some of the predictions we made at the start of the season are panning out so far. Note we erroneously claimed USF was #25 last season when TU nearly upset them, they were actually #23 at that point. 
October 1, 2019
2-7: Sack Smith
Zach Smith was sacked SEVEN times in our game against Wyoming. Despite blowing a 17-7 lead, Tulsa somehow came away with a win against the undefeated Cowboys in what was an absolutely crazy finish to the game. With Pat out, and with a bye week this coming weekend, Matt and Ryan dive deep into the Wyoming game, recount the very abnormal game plans both teams used in this game, gush over Keenen Johnson and Cooper Edmiston (a.k.a. Mr. Primetime), and even get a word or two in about Tulsa's mayor - G.T. Bynum. We also try to figure out whether any other teams have ever won a game after losing the sack battle by that wide of a margin. Oh and Matt says the word 'Sackles', which we almost made the title of this episode. And that's about it, folks. Pray for the offensive line to improve as quickly as possible and we've got ourselves a real good team here. Feedback for the show? Tweet/DM us @goldenhurricast, or send us an email at As always, thank you for listening.
September 24, 2019
2-6: Whatoming
People are always asking Wyoming, nobody ever asks Howoming. This week the Golden Hurricast crew look in-depth at the loss to Oklahoma State (hint: run defense) and break down what the Golden Hurricane need to do to get the win over the next set of Cowboys. Plus we look up some fun facts about the state of Wyoming!
September 17, 2019
2-5: No Pokes
TU knocked off San Jose State 34-16 for their first true road win since 2016. We break down the victory (especially Denzel Carter's contriubtion) and look towards next week's home opener against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. #NoPokes
September 10, 2019
2-4: Meet the Spartans (again)
It's been a week since our last episode, and once again Tulsa is gearing up to play the Spartans. In much better news for TU, though, these are not the Spartans from Michigan State; rather they are the Spartans from San Jose State - a preseason bottom 10 team and an opponent that Tulsa should (hopefully) blow out. In this episode, we dissect a lot from last week's struggle against the Spartans, preview this week's battle against the Spartans, and we even watch '300' live during the episode (not really). We also talk about the recent news that the AAC is ditching divisions in football next year, and we give the necessary and well-deserved shoutout to TU women's soccer for a big milestone over the weekend. If you have feedback for us, we're on Twitter and Instagram @GoldenHurricast, or you can send us an email at
September 3, 2019
2-3: Meet the Spartans
The second half of our two episode week focuses on our matchup with Michigan State this weekend at 6:00 (even though we mistakenly said 6:30 about 10 times in the episode) as well as our overall season preview. We discuss who will be our best player, the best position groups on offense/defense, breakout player of the year, and wrap up the episode with our game by game predictions for the season. Hint: It's what you eat cereal out of.  P.S. Stay tuned to the very end for a special guest.
August 28, 2019
2-2: Game Week (ft. Dekota Gregory)
The boys sit down with Dekota Gregory from the Tulsa World as TU gets ready to kick off the 2019-20 season against Michigan State on Friday night. We get the latest on the quarterback competition (and learn that Mason Fine absolutely should have been TU's quarterback), find out who has improved most since last season, talk about the strengths, weaknesses, and attitude of the team right now, and predict how TU will end up at the end of the year. Thank you so much to Dekota Gregory for agreeing to come on the show and for chatting with us about all this. If you have feedback or ideas for the show, email us at or shoot us a tweet @goldenhurricast.
August 26, 2019
Season 2 Episode 1: 2 Golden 2 Hurricast
Helloooo world! The hurricast is back for another season of Tulsa sports. We rested up over the summer and have some fresh ideas for the pod this year, including some very exciting guests. Spoiler: Dekota Gregory from the Tulsa World will be on our show the week of the 26th! This episode is more of an offseason catchup, so we talk a lot about what has happened since Tulsa's spring football game back in April. We'll start our cadence of weekly episodes with Dekota Gregory the week of the 26th. We'll actually have two episodes that week. One with Dekota doing more of a full season outlook, and one with just the three of us previewing the season opener against Michigan State. Here's what we talk about in this offseason catchup episode: DaQuan Jeffries' Summer League performance for the Orlando Magic Shaq Harrison released and then re-signed by the Chicago Bulls UConn leaving the American for the Big East and the media deal implications of that Cristian Williams returning to TU football Current TU players in the NFL Dane Evans in the CFL Football preseason camp so far We're super excited for this year. If you have feedback or ideas for the show, email us at, or shoot us a tweet @goldenhurricast.
August 15, 2019
Offseason Special: Dunks and Zave
We're back with a special off-season episode! Pat and Matt dive into the Spring Game and what that means for Tulsa's football future, offer some updates on basketball moves a news, and celebrate DaQuan Jeffries' phenomenal performance in the National Slam Dunk Contest. We wrap it up with some NBA comps for Jeffries.
April 11, 2019
26: Do or Die
We recap the regular season finale at Memphis, discuss who wins the conference tournament and how far Tulsa will go, coaching possibilities, NCAA bids from the AAC, becoming proxy Big 12 champions, and plenty more.
March 12, 2019
25: Hot for Scott
Matt and Ryan recap our two wins last week to close out the home schedule, investigate Big Basketball vs Curran Scott, discuss Memphis becoming a conference power again, talk TU playing Rocket League, and plenty more.
March 6, 2019
24: Pray for the Postseason
This week, we spend a lot of time talking two things: Our current and future lineup rotations Our chances at a postseason berth We also discuss our 2-0 record on the road last week, our relatively tough week coming up with Havoc in the Heartland at home and Temple on the road, and a very odd statement made by a ref during the East Carolina game. Want to join the Discord group to chat with us and other TU fans in real time during the next game? Use this link: Episode Breakdown: 0:00 - 3:40: Intro and Follow-Up 3:40 - 29:20: Recap of Last Week 29:20 - 42:20: Current and Future Rotations 42:20 - 1:02:35: Previews for This Week 1:02:35 - 1:03:50 - Tweet of the Week & Faith in Haith Meter 1:03:50 - End: Postseason Possibilities
February 20, 2019
23: Down with the Thicc-ness
We talk Discord, boxing out, Darien Jackson, color-based water phenomenons, Joe Dooley, Curran Scott's height, Tulsa's 2019 football schedule, thicc kangs, and a lot more.
February 12, 2019
22: Coaching Consternation
Mostly, we spend a lot of time discussing Tulsa's coaching options with Haith's contract expiring next year. We also recap last week's games against Memphis and Wichita State, preview our game on Saturday at home against Temple, talk National Signing Day results, discuss why we never wear blue or gold jerseys, and more. Side note: we got a second microphone! Sound quality should be noticeably better.
February 8, 2019
21: How to Become a Haitheist
After an 0-2 week and with Pat gone, Matt and Ryan discuss converting to Haitheism. On the other hand, we are finally out of the heretofore mentioned conference gauntlet and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Will Tulsa go undefeated from here on out and be a bubble team come NCAA tournament time, or will the decline continue? We also give a well-deserved shoutout to Redford Jones for signing with the Bears, preview this week's games against Memphis and Wichita State, and pontificate on why Curran Scott was benched. All that and more in this week's Hurricast.
January 29, 2019
20: Whip It
Pat and Ryan talk Tulsa's solid win over UConn, our close loss at preseason favorite UCF, Haith and Hurley getting ejected, Tulsa's shot at making the NCAA tournament, next week's games against Cincinnati and #17 Houston, whether Haith has started looking for more sparks in the lineup, and more.
January 22, 2019
19: Pain Cane
The gauntlet of conference play threw its first real punch at Tulsa this week, and we did not respond well. We recap our heartbreaking overtime loss to Cincinnati and question why we responded so poorly in our loss to SMU in Dallas; we also take a look forward at this week's home game against UConn and away game at pre-season favorite UCF. Pat then tells us why his faith in Haith has turned a complete 180 from two weeks ago, and women's basketball is doing surprisingly well so far this year. Enjoy!
January 15, 2019
18: Into the Gauntlet
Matt and Ryan recap Tulsa's tough loss to #17 Houston, our unnecessarily crazy win against South Florida, why Zeke Moore is transferring, the incredibly difficult gauntlet of games we have coming up, UCF, why bowl games kind of suck, and a lot more.
January 9, 2019
17: Pat, Matt and a Stack of Stats
Happy New Year! In this weeks episode Pat and Matt look back at the 2018 out of conference results and look forward to preview the 2019 conference schedule. Matt's also really excited because he bought himself a subscription to KenPom for Christmas and we take a look at the stats that we think will define Tulsa's season.
January 2, 2019
16: WWWWinning Streak
We talk Tulsa's continued strong play, recap this week's wins over New Orleans and Dayton, discuss the potential of an emerging Zeke Moore, preview the Mayor's Cup against ORU, recognize the AAC's consistently impressive non-conference play, and pontificate on why Pat's faith in Haith is consistently growing.
December 18, 2018
15: Your 2018 Big 12 Champions - The Tulsa Golden Hurricane
With football season officially wrapped up, this was the perfect week to focus wholly on basketball. Tulsa beat TWO Big 12 teams this week: in-state rival Oklahoma State and a Kansas State team that went to the Elite 8 last year. We recap those huge games, discuss our players and plays of the game, preview our two games this coming week, check in with what's happening around the conference, and more.
December 11, 2018
14: Football is Dead. Long Live Football
After a week off, the Hurricast is back with an action-packed episode. We talk a lot of football as we recap Tulsa's season-ending win over SMU in the Boomtown Showdown, debate why there aren't more conference rivalries in the American, award our players of the year for the season, talk about who we're most excited about having back next year, and revisit our predictions from our first episode (spoiler: they were not accurate). For basketball, we try to figure out why we're 1-3 for these past four games, what's going on with our rotation, Pat gives an update on his Faith in Haith meter, and we preview the biggest non-conference week of the year. We end it all with some segments and shoutouts. Enjoy!
December 4, 2018
13: The Nook Special
With Ryan out of town this week, we bring you a special episode from Pat and Matt's nook. Another close loss in football and a scary close basketball win are on the agenda for this episode. We also touch on Monty's future, bright spots for next season, and a preview to the #BoomtownShowdown. On the basketball side we talk about the close game against Cal Baptist, our prerecorded reaction to the win over Little Rock, and a preview for the big Nevada game on Turkey Day. Featuring Mox as a special guest.
November 20, 2018
12: Back to Reality
It's back to reality after we were far too optimistic following last week's win against UConn. For football, we quickly recap Tulsa's ugly loss to Memphis, look ahead to this week's winnable game vs Navy, and hit Matt's depressing stat of the week. For basketball, we discuss our strong start to the regular season, our two wins against Alcorn State and South Carolina State, talk about how great Sterling Taplin and DaQuan Jeffries are looking already, potential rotations going forward, and a lot more. We end it with some shoutouts for Tulsa women's volleyball and men's cross country.
November 13, 2018
11: Tulsa is Better than UConn
Tulsa won! A football game! By a lot! It was wonderful. For football, we talk about beating UConn on Homecoming and how well we played in every facet, the Five Factors make a comeback, and we preview Memphis coming up this week. For basketball, we dissect the exhibition win over Northeastern State and look ahead to our season/home opener against Alcorn State. We close it out with segments, shoutouts, and some righteous dabbing.
November 6, 2018
10: It's Basketball Season!
We have a basketball game this week! Before we get into it, the guys recap losing the first edition of The Battle of the Color-Based Water Phenomenons. We then debut a new segment, talk basketball and predict our stat leaders for the 2018 basketball season, and end it by prophesying our second win of the year against UConn for Homecoming. Feedback for the show? We want to hear it! We're @goldenhurricast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; or you can send an email to
October 30, 2018
9: Faith, Haith, and Color-Based Water Phenomenons
We quickly relive the sadness that was our game against Arkansas and knock out some segments before getting into the main event: our 2018 TU men's basketball preview! We talk AAC media days, break down the season, run through our roster this year, and finish it off with some predictions for the year. We end the episode with what we've been looking forward to all football season: The Battle of the Color-Based Water Phenomenons. The Golden Hurricane takes on the Green Wave on Saturday in what will decide the superior color-based water phenomenon, as well as the better TU. Feedback? We're @goldenhurricast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; or you can shoot us an email at
October 25, 2018
8: The Hamilton Tiger-Cast (ft. Dane Evans)
‪The 🐐, the Slinger from Sanger, QB9, a TU legend — Dane Evans joins the show this week‬! We talk with him about his time in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats so far, his thoughts on Coach Montgomery, early comparisons between Dane and Seth Boomer, how to revitalize a team that’s down, and more. After the interview, we recap the heartbreaking loss against #23 South Florida, award our players of the game, debut a new segment, and analyze our big upcoming game against Arkansas. Feedback? We’re @goldenhurricast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; or send us an email at
October 16, 2018
7: Signs of Life
We finally had a legitimately entertaining game! We recap the game against Houston, debate whether Boomer's first start was actually good or not, discuss the QB competition that will definitely happen again in 2019, answer a listener's question, and more. Feedback? We're @goldenhurricast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; or you can send an email to
October 10, 2018
6: The Boomerang Cometh
To end our bye week, we discuss who wins the re-opened quarterback competition, reflect on the season so far, talk winnable games in the future, revisit our preseason predictions from episode 1, and analyze the upcoming game vs Houston. Feedback? We’re @goldenhurricast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; or you can send us an email at
October 3, 2018
5: TUrnovers
The boys talk Skipper’s turnovers, whether there will be a QB change after the bye week, winnable games going forward, Golden Hurricast bingo, a very funny tweet of the week, and more. Also, we hit 250 total plays last week! Thank you for supporting the show. Feedback? We’re @goldenhurricast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; or you can shoot us an email at
September 26, 2018
4: Blown OpporTUnities (ft. Hunter Hart)
In episode four, we bring in our first ever guest to the show! Hunter Hart, creator and writer at Reign Cane Sports, joins us to talk about his thoughts on the team, the conference as a whole and how we stack up, the future of Reign Cane Sports, and more. Outside the interview, we discuss Tulsa’s disappointing showing against Arkansas State, award our players of the game, and debut some fun new segments to the show. Feedback? We’re @GoldenHurricast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; or you can email us at
September 19, 2018
3: A Tale of TU Halves
We discuss Tulsa's hard-fought game against the Texas Longhorns, our players of the game, why Longhorn Network is the worst, next week's crucial matchup against Arkansas State, and a lot more. Feedback for the show? Connect with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @goldenhurricast, or send an email to
September 11, 2018
2: The Real TU
In the second episode of The Golden Hurricast, we discuss our home opening win against Central Arkansas, players who stood out, our 18th ranked defense, Saturday’s game against Texas, and much more. Feedback for the show? We’re @goldenhurricast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or you can email us at
September 5, 2018
1: Stay Golden
The first ever episode of The Golden Hurricast! To kick off the podcast, we discuss last year’s football season, AAC media days, notable players, the upcoming home opener against Central Arkansas, and give our predictions for the 2018 season. Note: at the time of recording, the starting quarterback had not been announced. We discuss who we think it will be and why.
August 29, 2018