When the going gets tough, good teams usually have at least one player teammates single out as the “go-to” guy. Ready to adopt that role is sophomore Ben Uzoh, a San Antonio native who is rapidly becoming one of the key players of the Golden Hurricane.
Head coach Doug Wojcik is counting on his three seniors to give his young Tulsa Golden Hurricane squad leadership. Looking up to the task are Rod Earls (33), Calvin Walls (4) and Brett McDade (5).
Oklahoma college football fans have reason to rejoice this year as the state’s three major colleges are headed to bowl games.
While University of Tulsa and University of Oklahoma fans can relax in their living rooms and watch their favorites in post-season action, many Oklahoma State University fans will either have to head to a friend’s house, a sports bar or be content to hear the exploits of the Cowboys on the radio.
The Tulsa 66ers want to do well by giving back to the community they look to for support.
The National Basketball Association Developmental League team is opening its third season against the Colorado 14ers Nov. 30 and a portion of each box office, says Executive Vice-President Charlie Seraphin, will aid some organization or individual. It is, he says, the 66ers way of saying they want to be a caring and contributing member of the community.
Charlene Thomas-Swinson, who put the Tulsa women’s basketball program on the national stage during her rookie season at TU, is in her third season as the head women’s basketball coach for the Golden Hurricane.
Oklahoma State University football coach Mike Gundy leads his team onto the field earlier this season. The OSU season has not been one for the faint-hearted fan. This year in Big 12 Conference play the Cowboys have had narrow wins against Texas Tech (four points) and Kansas State (2 points) while losing to Texas A&M by a single point and Texas by three points. The highlight, undoubtedly, has been the 45-14 blowout of Nebraska.
Oral Roberts University Basketball held a pre-season bar-b-que and auction in the Mabee Center at the end of October. Auction items included trips, electronics and locally made goods. Enjoying the auction, from left, are ORU Associate Marketing Director Scott Higgins, KTUL Sports Anchor Chris Lincoln, ORU Head Basketball Coach Scott Sutton and Tulsa radio sports announcer Mark Neely.
Former University of Tulsa coaching legends met at the recent Tulsa Sports Charities Legends Dinner. From left are Bill Self (1997-2000), Doug Wojcik (2005 to present), Ken Hayes (1968-1975), James “Country” King (1975-1980) and Nolan Richardson (1980-1985).
With a 20-win season behind him and a contract extension to 2013, University of Tulsa head basketball coach Doug Wojcik is looking forward to the 2007-2008 season.
Among the seniors on Tulsa’s 2007 football team are three excellent defensive players, linebacker Nelson Coleman (55), defensive back Anthony Germany (3), and linebacker Alain Karatepeyan (44). The players have helped Tulsa to one of the most successful eras in school history.
Tulsa record-setting senior quarterback Paul Smith was named one of 11 finalists for the 2007 Wuerffel Trophy, a national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. At press time, Smith is the nation’s third-leading passer, setting a school and Conference USA record of nine straight 300-plus yard passing games. He has a 3.84 GPA in communication
Tulsa’s defense stopped SMU three straight times from the one-yard line in what could have been the defensive series of the decade. Then Paul Smith drove the Golden Hurricane 99 yards in 1:13 to post a last-minute 29-23 win Oct. 27 at Chapman Stadium. Tulsa players identified are linebacker George Clinkscale (8), linebacker Nelson Coleman (55), defensive back Steve Craver (6) and linebacker Alain Karatepeyan (44).
Jeff Lund can now get on with the business of hockey.
For a while it looked as though the 2007-08 season would be the least of his worries.
Paul Smith has a new avocation; after leading the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team to gridiron glory, he leads his teammates over to the TU band, where he conducts a rousing version of the school’s fight song.
The Wichita Wranglers will soon be known as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and will have a new home in Springdale, Ark. at the Arvest Ballpark, currently under construction as shown above.
The Double-A team will serve as an affiliate to the Kansas City Royals and will play the Tulsa Drillers among other Texas League teams.