GAC Columnist

GAC Columnist

Luke McConnell serves as the play-by-play voice Southern Nazarene University football and men's and women's basketball. He's held this role since 2018. Previously, he spent three years covering sports for KWTV/ in Oklahoma City. His primary focuses were the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City Thunder and high school football.

Luke lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and four boys. His day job is being on staff at Council Road Baptist Church as a part of the Outside the Walls ministry team. 

GAC Dominates All-Region Team

December 1st, 2022 9:00am

The D2CCA released their 2022 All-Region Team on Thursday, and the Great American Conference dominated the selections.  Southern Nazarene quarterback Gage Porter was named Offensive Player of the Year while Ferris State senior defensive lineman Caleb Murphy was named Defensive Player of the Year.

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GAC Playoff Preview - First Round

November 17th, 2022 12:00pm

It's playoff time in NCAA Division II and for the fourth time in five seasons, the GAC will be represented by the Tigers of Ouachita Baptist. The Tigers finished the regular season with an unblemished 11-0 record, including a thrilling, 40-37 overtime victory over rival Henderson State last Saturday.

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GAC Regular Season Wrap Up

November 16th, 2022 11:00am

Well, another GAC season is in the books and we’re here to break it all down for you from top to bottom.  First, the GAC released the All-GAC Teams and award winners on Wednesday.

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GAC Week 11 Recap

November 14th, 2022 7:00am

Well, the GAC regular season came to a close on Saturday, and it didn't head off into the sunset without one last thrilling game. We'll recap the regular season and hand out awards later this week, but for now, we'll keep our attention solely focused on the finale.

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GAC Rivalry Week Preview

November 9th, 2022 11:00am

It’s pretty much impossible to believe, but we’ve reached the end of the GAC regular season. We wrap up the season with rivalry week across the conference, and several of these matchups promise to be quite fierce as always.

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GAC Week Ten Recap

November 7th, 2022 7:00am

For the fourth time in five GAC football seasons, Ouachita Baptist is your conference champion. The Tigers will also be looking to polish off their third undefeated regular season in four years this week.

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GAC Week Ten Preview

November 2nd, 2022 11:00am

We flip the calendar to November for week 10 of the GAC schedule. With just two weeks to play, there's still a lot to play for across the entire league, including conference championships and playoff appearances.

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GAC Week Nine Recap

October 31st, 2022 7:00am

Week nine in the GAC delivered all the drama over the course of the weekend. Half of the games played this week came right down to the wire with some tremendous finishes. 

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GAC Week Nine Preview

October 26th, 2022 11:00am

It’s time for week nine in the GAC. The conference race is still undecided, although this week might go a long way to figuring out who will wear the crown in 2022.

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October 24th, 2022 7:00am

Another week down in the GAC, as we head down the home stretch of the season. Turns out, there's a lot of similar teams in the GAC across various tiers.

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GAC Week Eight Preview

October 20th, 2022 7:00am

Week eight in the GAC marks the beginning of the final third of the season. The conference title race is still up for grabs and multiple teams are still in the hunt for elusive playoff spots.

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GAC Week 7 Recap

October 17th, 2022 7:00am

Week seven in the GAC provided us lots of highlights, lightning and one big upset. Overall, it wasn't a drama-filled week like previous weeks this season, but that doesn't mean less things to talk about.

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GAC Week Seven Preview

October 12th, 2022 11:00am

Welcome in to week seven in the GAC. Just five games remain in the season and there’s plenty of meaningful football to be played across the conference.

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GAC Week Six Recap

October 9th, 2022 12:00pm

The GAC football season crossed the halfway point of the season on Saturday and the conference continues to provide plenty of entertainment across the whole conference.  This week, we saw Northwestern OSU pick up their first win of the season, a big upset victory for East Central over Henderson State, and an offensive explosion by Ouachita Baptist against Southwestern OSU.

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GAC Week Six Preview

October 5th, 2022 11:00am

We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2022 season and the GAC has provided no shortage of entertainment thus far. We’ve had the expected and the unexpected this year, and as we move into the second half of the year, we’re excited to see how the conference title race shapes up and how the teams at the top position themselves for the Division II Playoffs.

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GAC Week Five Recap

October 3rd, 2022 7:00am

Week five in the GAC produced pretty consistent results across the board. As we come up on the halfway point of the season, we debut a new recap format here in the GAC column. 

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GAC Week Five Preview

September 28th, 2022 7:00pm

Upsets were the story of the GAC in week four, but it doesn’t appear on paper that will be the case this week. However, this is college football and while the matchups on paper seem to set up for a plethora of blowouts, this would be the week when we’re all left floored by shocking results. 

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GAC Recap Week Four

September 25th, 2022 11:00am

It was a week of upsets in the Great American Conference, as well as a top-10 showdown that delivered on the hype. Let's get to the recaps.

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GAC Week Four Preview

September 21st, 2022 12:00pm

It’s only week four in the GAC, but we already have arguably the game of the year in the conference on the slate this week. That’s right, folks.

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GAC Week Three Recap

September 19th, 2022 7:00am

It was a high-scoring weekend in the GAC, with the conference putting up an average of 70 points per contest. Let's dig into the recaps.

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