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PODCAST: Bill Blankenship joins Further Review to talk Fayetteville, Arkansas HS football, Henry Burris, Union-Norman North and Tulsa

PODCAST: Bill Blankenship joins Further Review to talk Fayetteville, Arkansas HS football, Henry Burris, Union-Norman North and Tulsa
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Fayetteville head coach Bill Blankenship on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, during a scrimmage against Greenwood at Harmon Field in Fayetteville. For more information about the game, go to arpreps.com.

Fayetteville coach Bill Blankenship stopped by Further Review with Hoover and Rew on Wednesday to discuss a variety of topics. (PHOTO: Jason Ivester, NWA Democrat-Gazette)

Bill Blankenship, former head coach at Spiro, Union and the University of Tulsa, is now at Fayetteville High School and has the Bulldogs playing for the Arkansas Class 7A state championship this week. Blankenship joined Further Review with Hoover and Rew to talk about this week’s big game, plus compared Oklahoma high school football to the football in Arkansas, marveled at former Spiro QB Henry Burris (who won the CFL’s Grey Cup and MVP award at the age of 41), discussed Union’s big 6A clash with Norman North and expressed satisfaction about how the players he recruited at Tulsa have finished their careers strong.

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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