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 Week Five Preview

September 28th, 2023 6:00am

Welcome to another week of Great American Conference football! A third of the season is over, but there is still plenty of football to be plays, goals to be accomplished and hopes to be dashed. 

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GAC Week Four Recap

September 25th, 2023 5:00am

Week four in the Great American Conference turned out to be blowout week for half the league. We also had the first major showdown of the season in Arkadelphia between Harding and Henderson State. 

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GAC Week Four Preview

September 20th, 2023 11:00am

We’re already a quarter of the way through the 2023 season, which is pretty hard to believe. After three games, we’re starting to see which teams are going to be contending for a conference title and which ones are going to be looking ahead to next year.

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GAC Week Three Recap

September 18th, 2023 5:00am

Week three in the GAC offered a few surprises for football fans across the area. We’re already a third of the way through the season, and the bigger matchups on the conference calendar are starting to emerge. 

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GAC Week Three Preview

September 14th, 2023 9:00am

Two weeks into the 2023 season and the Great American Conference continues to go according to plan. Week three doesn’t offer many chances at chaos, but we’ll take a deep dive into the matchups all the same.

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GAC Week Two Recap

September 11th, 2023 5:00am

Week two in the Great American Conference got off to a wild start and then steadily got less competitive as the weekend went along. That said, we had no shortage of big moments. 

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GAC Week Two Preview

September 7th, 2023 6:00am

It’s week two of Great American Conference football season. After the intrigue of the offseason and lots of unknowns, the intrigue now shifts into a different category, as we learn more and more about these 12 teams.

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GAC Week One Wrap Up

September 4th, 2023 5:00pm

Week one in the Great American Conference went (mostly) according to plan. There is still a lot of learning to do across the league, but after one slate of games, the picture has become a little clearer for all of us. 

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GAC Preview Week One

August 28th, 2023 7:00am

The long offseason is over. Thursday night, the Great American Conference returns to the field.

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GAC 2023 Season Preview

August 22nd, 2023 6:00am

Thursday, Aug. 31 marks the beginning of another football season in the Great American Conference.

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GAC Media Day Notebook

August 9th, 2023 12:00pm

The Great American Conference held its annual media day teleconference on Wednesday in preparation for the 2023 season. Here are some news and notes from the day.

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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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