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 Season Wrap Up

December 20th, 2023 1:00pm

Now that the Great American Conference season is finally over (thanks a lot, Harding. Playing so long delayed this column for WEEKS!), it’s time to take a final look at how each team fared this season. 

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GAC Postseason Preview: National Championship

It’s Championship Weekend and for the first time, a school from the Great American Conference is playing for the right to hoist a national championship trophy.  Saturday, the Harding Bisons take on Colorado School of Mines at McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, Texas.

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GAC Postseason Preview: National Semifinals

Another week down in the postseason and the GAC remains a player in the D2 playoffs. The Harding Bisons are the Super Region Three champions, courtesy of a 7-6 win over Grand Valley State last week in Searcy. 

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GAC Postseason Preview Week Three

November 30th, 2023 10:00am

It was a happy Thanksgiving for the Great American Conference last week, as Harding knocked off Central Missouri for the league’s first postseason win in 2023. The Bisons will take on Grand Valley State in the Super Region Three Final on Saturday in Searcy, but they are just one of three teams in the conference playing this weekend.

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GAC Playoff Preview - Second Round

November 22nd, 2023 6:00am

The playoffs continue for the GAC this week as No. 1 seed Harding takes on No.

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GAC Playoff Preview - First Round

November 16th, 2023 7:00am

The NCAA Division II playoffs begin this weekend and the GAC is represented by not one, but two schools this year. Harding is the No.

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GAC Announces Conference Football Awards

The GAC announced its annual All-GAC Teams on Wednesday and we’re here to break it all down for you.  Quarterback Gage Porter of Southern Nazarene repeated as the conference Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the third player in conference history with multiple recognitions in that category.

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GAC Rivalry Week Recap

November 12th, 2023 9:00am

Rivalry week is in the books and with it, the 2023 GAC regular season. We’ll have a season recap coming in the weeks ahead, but for now, we’ll stick with recapping this last week of the year, as well as analyzing the 2023 playoffs.

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GAC Rivalry Week Preview

November 9th, 2023 6:00am

It’s Rivalry Week in the GAC, and we’ve got several good ones to preview this week. The GAC also has several teams battling for a playoff spot in Super Region Three, so we’ll take a look at those teams as well. 

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GAC Week 10 Recap

November 5th, 2023 9:00am

Five blowouts and one close game dotted the GAC schedule on Saturday. Fortunately, we’re moving on to Rivalry Week, where the emotions should even out some of the wide margins. 

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GAC Week Ten Preview

November 2nd, 2023 7:00am

Welcome to Week 10 in the Great American Conference. Just one final week before we get to what should be quite the spicy rivalry week next week.

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GAC Week Nine Recap

October 30th, 2023 6:00am

Week Nine is in the books, folks, and we’re wrapping up all the action here. There was just one game decided by less than three scores, so perhaps we’ll just have a few more lowlights to go through than highlights. 

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GAC Week Nine Preview

October 26th, 2023 8:00am

Week Nine in the GAC is upon and it STILL doesn’t quite feel like football weather in the Natural and Sooner states. But hopefully that will change soon. 

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GAC Week Eight Recap

October 23rd, 2023 5:00am

Another week down in the Great American Conference football season. No surprises in the results, but definitely some eyebrow-raising performances across the league this week.

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GAC Week Eight Preview

October 19th, 2023 5:00am

It’s Week Eight in the GAC and that means we’ve entered the final third of the regular season. There are a lot of things to be decided, so the final few weeks should be pretty exciting, especially as teams position themselves for the playoffs.

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GAC Week Seven Recap

October 16th, 2023 6:00am

The biggest week on the GAC calendar (thus far) is in the books and what a tremendous week it was. Let’s get straight to the breakdowns.

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GAC Week Seven Preview

October 12th, 2023 7:00am

Welcome to Week Seven in the Great American Conference. And what a massive week it is, too.

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GAC Week Six Recap

October 8th, 2023 9:00am

Week Six is in the books and we’re breaking it all down here at the GAC column. In addition to looking at all the games, we’re handing out midterm grades for each team.

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GAC Week Six Preview

October 4th, 2023 4:00pm

Week Six of the GAC football season is upon us and with it comes the official halfway mark of the season. We’ll have a breakdown of each team at the halfway mark next week in our recap column. 

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GAC Week Five Recap

October 2nd, 2023 5:00am

Week five in the GAC is in the books. With Saturday’s results included, we have a pair of teams at every record in the league, beginning at 5-0 and moving all the way down to 0-5.

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