There's a FanShot right below about this, but since the notebook is being posted tonight, I figured why not. The All Big 12 teams have been announced for men's basketball. Blake Griffin, Willie Warren and Austin Johnson were honored.
Oklahoma is a great team. Blake Griffin may be the best player I’ve ever gone against as a player or a coach. He made incredible plays tonight. You have to give Oklahoma the credit. --OSU Head Coach Travis Ford
He’s [Blake Griffin] a great guy. It must be great to know you can get him the ball and he’ll give you production. He’s a great person. I talked to him during breaks and he didn’t get cocky or anything. He was just playing hard and staying humble. He’s just a great guy. I want to congratulate those guys on what they accomplished here this evening. --OSU guard Byron Eaton
In case you haven't seen, the Big 12 championship bracket is posted here.
OU recruit Tiny Gallon was on ESPN2 on Friday Night. I'm not sure anyone watched the game but he was impressive. They called his name on almost every possession. I've never seen a 300 pound guy who was so agile. His lateral speed blew me away and the guy has range on his shot too. He finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Here are some recaps: Oak Hill web site, USA Today, Washington Post. I'll leave the basketball section with some quotes about Tiny from the Oak Hill coach:
"I've never coached a guy that big who was that agile," said Oak Hill Coach Steve Smith, in his 24th season at the boarding school in southwestern Virginia.
Gallon remains a load to handle in the post, even for the 6-10 Yarou. And Gallon also showed the ability to take his game outside. Though he struggled a bit from the perimeter, Smith noted that Gallon had been the Warriors' leading three-point shooter until recently.
"He does a great job using his size and also his skill," said Montrose Christian Coach Stu Vetter, whose team's only losses in 24 games this season were to Oak Hill. "He has size and skill and a feel for the game that you don't see for many guys that size."
A couple of Big 12 champions to recognize. Joey Fio and Kyle Terry won Big 12 championships in their weight classes this weekend.
OU completed a sweep of the UCLA Bruins this weekend with a win today.
The 2009 Spring Media Guide is available. It's pretty extensive, but I know some people enjoy this so here it is.
Pete Fiutak of College Football News previews the Big 12. He has a few interesting tidbits about OU, but nothing we haven't heard - concerns about the offensive line and receivers, but everyone else is pretty solid.
Word on the street is that Landry Jones continues to impress. Obviously he won't win a starting job with Bradford coming back, but it's nice for depth concerns and looking ahead to beyond 2009. Also Ben Habern and Stephen Good have had solid offseasons on the offensive line.
The Mountain West Conference is fighting the BCS. It's a weird playoff proposal that I'm not quite sure I fully understand, but you can read the article and see if you can explain it.