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  1. 3 points
    I think I read that the only program to not have a player transfer in the last five years is UNC.... out of 351 programs!! I believe the important part of roster management in Division 1 MBB is expecting some early departures (transfers and/or early entry NBA) and having replacements in your back pocket. I am not concerned about transfers after year 1 of a new coaching staff. The inherited roster didn’t choose this staff, and this staff didn’t recruit the inherited roster. The fact that both Jontray and Javan earned their degree, therefore not affecting the APR, makes me even less concerned.
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  3. 2 points
    Don't sleep on Hester.......Obanor and Weaver were both Houston area kids that were probably his recruits. He probably also had a hand in landing the high scoring JUCO out of South Central. ...................... I still think the arrow is pointed up for ORU hoops. The stagnation of the last 5 or so years of the Sutton era is over. Biggest recruiting goal of the coming season......convincing Eman to hang around after next season........i'm sure the P5 schools will come calling assuming he is on track to graduate after 3.5 yrs on campus.
  4. 2 points
    Lol I was wondering how the haters would spin this... Cue the haters’ negative spin in three... two.... one....
  5. 2 points
    I'm sure they wanted Hester to stay. But what can you do? Cry about it? He has family in the area and kids to think about.
  6. 2 points
    Eagleman - You often make big, brash statements just to create discussion, and this is generally good for the Board. I also know you to be a rabid ORU fan who cares deeply about the Athletic program and that your heart is in the right place (and you're a REALLY good Summit League handicapper). This time, however, IMHO you went too far in: 1) denigrating an individual through inappropriate name calling which was undeserved (and outside the rules of "fair-play" of the Board) and 2) making assertions (of Alumni Association rubber stamp and Wilson not caring about ORU traditions or sports) which are completely unfounded. So, let me add some context for you... I currently serve on the ORU Alumni Association Board along with 24 others who care deeply about ORU's future. We are not in ANY way a "rubber stamp" for Dr. Wilson. In fact, we are frequently quite frustrated and disappointed with the decisions that he and his administration make and/or with how these decisions are executed. But, we also understand that he must balance the views of many constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, administration, board of trustees, alumni, donors, community leaders, etc. It is rare when all of these stakeholders are aligned on an issue, so he will often disappoint at least one of these groups. All we ask as Alumni is that we have a VOICE in the discussion and decision process. In years past, the Alumni voice was often overlooked, but our position has significantly improved in recent years. As a sports-related example, when the basketball court was redone last fall, there was consideration to eliminate the "Expect a Miracle" phrase on the court. The Alumni Board was asked for their vote, and the Board was virtually split in a dead-heat, but our specific comments were also forwarded on to the administration. I was supportive of keeping the tradition, and was happy with the final decision, but more pleased that we had been asked to provide our input. Overall, while it can always be better, the Board is pleased with the direction of the University during Dr. Wilson's tenure, in that: ORU has increased in enrollment every year, significantly beating the national average The University embarked on the most ambitious capital campaign in the school's history, raising over $50 million for scholarships, campus maintenance, etc Due to enrollment growth, ORU recently broken ground on a new dormitory, the first new living quarters on campus in over 40 years In Athletics, ORU will host the Summit League Track and Field Championships this month due to its new state-of-the-art Track/Tennis facility on the east side of Lake Evelyn, and J. L. Johnson was significantly upgraded with an astro turf infield surface and the basketball facilities at the Mabee Center were signifcantly renovated. Best of all, ORU is out of debt, even with all of the new construction and upgraded facilities As for his views on ORU Athletics, I attended graduation this past weekend, and had an opportunity to speak to Dr. Wilson for five minutes. I specifically thanked him (on behalf of ORU fans outside of Tulsa) for the many basketball/baseball games broadcast on ESPN3, and for the high quality of the production. I was about to mention to him that the ESPN3 coverage had played a huge role in ORU Baseball's amazing run on SportsCenter Top 10 (with three highlights last season, more than any other collegiate baseball program), but he brought it up first, and then mentioned how valuable that publicity is to ORU. I have also heard him say how Oral's strategy of using Athletics as a recruitment tool for ORU was "brilliant" and that ORU's status as the only Spirit-empowered university with Division 1 Athletics clearly sets us apart from the competition. I don't mind this statement at all - as this is your opinion, and you are entitled to it. However, be careful what you wish for, as it could happen - and be far worse...
  7. 1 point
    Some see a dumpster on fire and consider it half empty. I prefer to see it as half full.
  8. 1 point
    Thank you for your amazing analysis of where we are today. When I came here in the nineties, we were forty-nine plus million in debt and the City of Faith and the campus was in horrible condition and a burdensome drain on the University. However, the Grad School was a tremendous experience and the basketball program was coming back from NAIA status. After my graduation and a new change in Leadership, we have canceled the debt and saw a tremendous change to the University as a whole. With the online program, we are at an all-time high and student enrollment has increased each year on campus. The two past /present Presidents have been greatly appreciated and even though they were and are not perfect, we are far more financially stable as an institution of higher learning. With the Sutton's came stability and endurance through the hard times of change and now with the new coaching staff, we are anticipating a better product on the floor this next year. President Wilson is working hard to bring about a good result by reaching out to other countries to bring ORU to the nations. We are a blessed University and I for one am proud of my inheritance to be a part of this University.
  9. 1 point
    I like the tweets by Coach Mills. It's a good look to stay classy and encouraging to players who are leaving your program.
  10. 1 point
    Congrats to Javan and Jontray for graduating. According to reports, Javan will announce his pick between Clemson and LSU today.
  11. 1 point
    Ya know, I like Star Wars, and I understand the power of social media, but all things considered this may still be one of the Worst. Tweets. EVER. #LOL #smh
  12. 1 point
    I suspect it's hard to get legit competition to open their season in our house.
  13. 1 point
    Like I said...TheEagleman umpired baseball from Little League up to the college level for 25 years and I had no idea what he was signaling....by the way....Just took note that on Monday, Baseball America called OSU the "best team in the Sooner State" after they swept OU last weekend...I wonder if they will take note this week that the Pokes are 0-2 against ORU this season???......
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    I watched the game on ESPN+ and as a side note would love to again thank the ORU Athletic Department for putting the games on TV. It is great to watch these games being 1,000 miles away from Tulsa. As for the play in question, the throw to home was fantastic and Keizor clearly got the ball well before the OSU runner made it to home plate. As a matter of fact, Keizor never dropped the ball and therefore the OSU runner was called out by the Umpire from the start. Immediately thereafter, and because Keizor was on the ground and not moving, the Umpire then called timeout. Then the long review by two of the officials watching the video replay was to determine whether or not the hit on Keizor by the OSU runner was either malicious or intentional. That is how it played out on TV and was reviewed by the broadcast team several times including slow motion. It was a great play and Keizor really sacrificed himself to make the play. Nice win Golden Eagles although our pitching in the 7th gave me serious concerns. In the end we held on and won. Again, watching the game on ESPN+ it appeared to be a good and loud crowd, beautiful night for a game at JLJ and it clearly came across that this is a serious rivalry with no love loss between ORU and OSU fans. Finally, congrats to the Good Guys for keeping the win streak over OSU at JLJ going. The broadcast team pointed out that the last time OSU won in JLJ was 1995!
  16. 1 point
    according to the radio broadcast, the umps were reviewing the play at the plate from the TV broadcast. Adam speculated the concern was either a malicious slide by the OSU player or blocking the plate by Keizor --- baseball is trying to legislate out big collisions at the plate. in the post game, Folmar said Keizor "got his bell rung" and was removed from the game in an abundance of caution
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  18. 1 point
    Albert had ample opportunities to rise to the occasion this past season. I was at several games where they were running the offense through him for the 1st half and eventually moved away from him in the 2nd half because he wasn’t producing. I don’t blame the coach for that at all. I also don’t recall Coach Mills verbally berating or wearing out his players like has been mentioned. Albert had some nights where he was on and was aggressively trying to score, but there were many games where he would receive the entry pass and then pass it back out over and over. I finally decided that he needed to be in a certain position within about 4 feet of the basket where he could turn to his left or spin and put up his hook shot. If he didn’t have a comfort level with his positioning, or if he missed his first couple shots, he seemed to lose his passion to score. I could be wrong, but that is what it seemed like from the stands. I never understood why he could score 25 points one night and 3 points the next night even though he got at least 25 minutes of playing time both nights. Eventually you deduce that some nights he just didn’t have the passion and was going through the motions on the court. I know he is a very nice person and represented ORU well off the court, I just don’t choose to blame the coaches for his lack of production when he was clearly given opportunities.
  19. 1 point
    Unfortunately, the previous staff had similar problems with recruits from as close as across Lewis Ave. The dorm requirement is an issue but could be alleviated somewhat with the new building... My only concern with recruiting European players is the transition in play style. I know it's a cliche or stereotype but most European players may not be used to the physical nature of the game stateside.
  20. 1 point
    He's a tremendous talent. You see his numbers are impressed. I see them and wonder what they should have been. He literally got benched in several games because of effort this season. It takes some stones for a coach to do that but it was justified. Maybe I tend to think like a coach more than most fans, but I have to dispute any claim that the "situation " didn't work out and it's somehow anyone's fault but his own.
  21. 1 point
    I'm curious what this statement means since I've read it here several times. What I saw this year was a new staff who strated the year trying to force feed the ball to Owens. They asked him to play defense and rebound. As the year progressed he proved to be unreliable on both ends. He ended his career as a 6'9" big bodied guy with long arms and only one career double-double. Does anyone really think a different program would have put him on the floor with that kind of "effort"? Albert is a great kid but he doesn't love to play. If you want to blame Mills for Owens lack of passion so be it.
  22. 1 point
    Why not just change the name to Billy Wilson Illustrated.....
  23. 1 point
    TheEagleman got home and checked the mail last night to find my new issue of ORU magazine.....can we have more photos of Billy Wilson, please?...I mean there must be at least 8-10 pages featuring pictures of him or articles about him. I know that I am just one person but the guy seems like in addition to being a control freak, maybe he is in love with himself....oh, and "it's all about the students?"....yeah, sure....I think it's all about Billy Wilson.....sorry just venting.....but I think ORU could do a lot better.....Do most of the students really like this guy?....
  24. 1 point
    Which is why a year at a P5 school starting over with new coaches, teammates and a new system does not make sense. Is it going to get him on a better team in Europe? Nope. His options are start his career in Europe now or finish what he started at SDSU and try to win a game or two in the NCAA tournament next year.
  25. 1 point
    I think someone else in Javans family is making the decisions and it's all about making the pros. They are looking to upgrade conferences. I heard he's got offers from Nevada and LSU. A few others. Yes, the A10 is considered an upgrade, it is a multi bid league.
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