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Maybe Longhorn officials should play "O Canada," before every men’s basketball home game. - NewsOK

Everyone say awwwwww. The Land Thieves lose.

The OU men's basketball team failed to overcome Texas' early 12-0 run and suffered a 66-46 defeat to the Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry.

Oklahoma (8-9, 0-3 Big 12) has a sub .500 record for the first time this season and has now lost three straight games.

The loss was much in part to poor shooting from the Sooners, OU coach Jeff Capel said. Oklahoma only made 38.5 percent from the field and 5.9 percent from 3-point range.

"It’s going to be tough for us to beat anyone when we shoot like this," Capel said.

The Dallas Morning News has some thoughts on the win.

Freshman forward Tristan Thompson had 20 points and six rebounds, four offensive, in the win. He also had two blocks.

Jordan Hamilton and Cory Joseph had big games, too, scoring 16 and 15 points, respectively.

This is nothing new.

Texas was inconsistent from the free throw line...yet again. The Longhorns went 0 for 1 from the line in the first half but finished 11 for 21. Tristan Thompson's free throw woes continued, as he converted just five of 10 shots.

The Horns are physical.

The names change over time, but the attitude does not. Coach Rick Barnes' teams are almost always known for a physical manner. This season, Williams, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Connecticut's Jim Calhoun cited the Longhorns for a physical style.

Playing that way does not always assure success, but this season the Longhorns rank sixth in the nation in field-goal percentage defense and 16th in rebound margin. They have often rated highly in both areas during Barnes' 13-season tenure.

Cory Joseph can lead the Horns to the Promised Land.

The last time Texas reached the Final Four was 2003, guided by a point guard named T.J. And the last time the Longhorns advanced to the Elite Eight was 2008, led by a point guard named D.J.

Cory Joseph says he doesn't have a nickname per se, but his teammates sometimes call him C.J. And for these purposes, that might be considered prescient because many, including Joseph, the latest UT point guard, suspect these Longhorns might go as deep into March's Madness as those steered by Ford and Augustin.

"I think we can be great," Joseph said.

KUSports has Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson as two of their top 10 freshmen in the Big 12-2.

Major Applewhite was just explaining the definition of Land Thief.



No player or school's life liberty or property is safe while the NCAA is in session. (Obviously lifted from a famous quote.)

"First of all," he said, "it's wrong for parents to sell the athletic
services of their student-athletes to a university, and we need to make
sure that we have rules to stop that problem. And today we don't. We
have to fix that." - Mark Emmert

Mark Emmert wants to crack down on those that break the rules.

He would like to get tougher on rule-breakers. He plans to expand the push for academic reforms started by the late Myles Brand. He's been willing to speak with the pro sports leagues and the player unions to weed out questionable agents, and he's even supporting emergency legislation to prevent more Cam Newton-type cases.

In the most obvious rule ever for an amateur athletic organization...

He said it’s wrong for parents to attempt to sell the athletics services of their children to a university and that rules are needed to stop that.

Everyone in Alabama is breathing a sigh of relief.

The NCAA convention that begins today will likely include a discussion but no proposal regarding the NCAA rules involved in the Cam Newton case.

In a sad move for the SEC and the Land Thieves, the NCAA wants to strengthen academic requirements for men's basketball.

The Division I Board of Directors revived legislation that would strengthen academic requirements for men’s basketball student-athletes, sending it back to the membership for a second look. The proposal was defeated Thursday by the Legislative Council. The Board action Saturday means the final vote on the proposal is set for April.

Called the "retention model-summer school" proposal, Prop. 2010-58C would require incoming student-athletes identified by the school as needing an academic head start to take six hours and pass three in summer school. At the same time, coaches would have some access to those student-athletes during the summer for skill development. This version of the proposal also provides an exception for national service academies.

They decided that maybe someone should take a look at that whole agent business.

"The only way to solve it is through educating the student-athlete on the right way to do things and what’s in their best interest in the long run," Sexton said during the meeting at the NCAA Convention. "You have to educate the player. Your pre-med and pre-law students have somebody in place on campus to help them get to the next level. Why not have somebody help your student-athletes get to the next level?"

The Council directed Director of Agents, Gambling and Amateurism Rachel Newman Baker and her staff to return to the Council with concrete examples of what form education of players might take place.

We should be grateful someone decided to talk about it? The NCAA has a panel on student-athletes and domestic violence.

"It is an insufficiently understood dynamic, and we have insufficient data and understanding of it," Emmert said. "It lives in the shadows far too often and it creates far too many problems for very many of our student-athletes."

The NCAA sent out a survey.

Players in the NCAA's top-tier Division I bowl subdivision say they devote more than 43 hours a week to the sport during the season, and those in a couple of other sports — baseball and men's basketball — approach that commitment, an NCAA study shows.

The numbers largely parallel findings four years earlier. "It's not an exact survey of how many minutes you spend here and how many minutes you spend there. I'm assuming it's an estimate," said former Baylor coach Grant Teaff, who heads the Texas-based American Football Coaches Association.

He added, "It's still very high."

It isn't over.

First-year NCAA president Mark Emmert flashed some tongue-in-cheek humor recently when asked to reflect on the summer of conference realignment in college athletics.

Taking questions after addressing a group of San Antonio civic leaders earlier this week, Emmert was asked how he felt about the realignment drama.

"Clearly the drive for generating the media contract is important to conferences because they want to have more resources.  And they’ll probably continue to do that."

Maybe there really is hope. The NCAA president means business.

"The broader issue is making sure every institution has appropriate graduate rates, independent of whether they participate in the tournament," Emmert said, noting Washington was second in the Pac-10 in graduation rates during his tenure.


And finally...


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a bullying research network. Maybe they should start in the athletic department over in Omaha Lincoln?


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