Tip-off is just minutes away here at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum between New Mexico and TCU, and junior guard Jason Ebie is not in the starting lineup and freshman guard Ronnie Moss is in street clothes on the bench.
I'm being told that Moss is suspended for violation of team policy, and it is believed to be for just this game. Ebie's absence from the starting lineup is also for a violation of team policy -- and he's started 18 of 19 games this season. Freshman Logan Lancon is starting in place of Ebie.
The good news is that Baylor outscored No. 5 Oklahoma 45-37 in the second half.
The bad news is that OU had a 27-point edge over the visiting Bears at the end of the first half.
The Sooners' 95-76 rout of the No. 23 Bears in Norman got rolling when OU, leading 11-9, got back-to-back 3-point baskets from freshman Willie Warren, the former North Crowley High School star. Warren added five more points, so that in a 3-minute span he scored 11 points and the Sooners' lead was 10.
And Baylor actually led 5-0 to start the game.
OU's defense held Baylor and its Jumbo Jack-It-Up offense to 3-of-13 shooting to expand the 10-point lead to 20.
The Bears had some brutal final stats: 28-of-81 (34.6 percent), including 12-of-33 on 3-pointers.
Player of the Year candidate Blake Griffin had 20 points and 17 rebounds for OU; his brother Taylor had 18 points and Warren finished with 17. OU had 14 players get into the game.
Things could get ugly in the Big 12 standings for the Bears (15-4, 3-2). They are host to Texas on Big Monday Tuesday, go to Missouri on Saturday, then host Kansas on Feb. 2.
Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls didn't think much of the four-game suspension Texas Longhorns baseball coach Augie Garrido will serve after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving:
Four games out of a 56-game schedule represents such a small penalty that Texas should be embarrassed.
Does this count the alumni game? How about not letting him coach after the bottom of the fifth?
We assume Garrido will miss the opening four-game series against Illinois-Chicago. We'd suggest a massage and a sauna, Augie, but go easy on the Lewis Cellars, Napa Valley's finest.
The punishment not only did not meet the crime, the two weren't even in the same ZIP code.
Remember that after their DUI arrests in 2007, Longhorns linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive end Henry Melton were docked three football games out of a 12-game regular season — team penalties that also factored in some other in-house scrapes such as being late for meetings.
Oklahoma and Miami have moved their 2009 football game from September to October because of a scheduling conflict at Dolphin Stadium.
The Sooners and Hurricanes will play Oct. 3 instead of Sept. 12. It will mark Oklahoma’s return to the same stadium where it lost the BCS championship game to Florida.
OU will begin the season Sept. 5 against BYU at the Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, and the Sooners hope to be back in Arlington on Dec. 5 for the Big 12 Championship Game.
OU's other two nonconference games are Sept 12, a clunker against Idaho State, an FCS school that was 1-11 last year; and Sept. 19, against Tulsa, which went 11-3 a year ago.
Contrast this to the schedule of the Texas Longhorns, who tried to beef up the slate, and maybe win some points in the BCS standings, by adding Wisconsin, but couldn't make it work.Texas opens Sept. 5 against Louisiana-Monroe, plays Sept. 12 at Wyoming, and is host to Central Florida on Sept. 19 and UT-El Paso on Sept. 26. After an open date, Big 12 play begins against Colorado, followed by the annual Dallas skirmish with OU on Oct. 17.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Texas tried to strengthen the slate: "At the behest of ESPN, Texas had agreed to shift its game against Central Florida, set for Sept. 19, to a future year and substitute Wisconsin onto this year's schedule, but the schools couldn't arrange a return date to Madison, Wis., until 2013 and the proposal died."
Texas Tech's nonconference schedule starts with home games on Sept. 5 against North Dakota and Sept. 12 against Rice, coming off a bowl season; a game Sept 26 at Houston, winner of the bowl in Fort Worth; and Oct. 3 at home against New Mexico.
The Nov. 29 game at Baylor is a strong candidate to be moved to the Metroplex.
Texas Longhorns baseball coach Augie Garrido will serve a four-game suspension to start the season after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last week, it was announced today at a news conference.
Garrido was arrested in the early morning hours last Saturday near Austin's downtown entertainment district.
"I made a serious mistake," Garrido said Friday at a news conference with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds. "I drank alcohol, I got behind the wheel of a car, and that's a bad decision."
Garrido had been suspended indefinitely with pay by the school after his arrest.
"To all those who've lost a loved one or whose family was destroyed by a drunken driver, my heart goes out to you," he said.
"My team is fine. I am on the team. They're supporting me as I would support them" in the same situation.
He said that as far as prosecutor's office, "I will deal with that on a step-by-step basis."
Texas receiver Jordan Shipley underwent surgery today on his right shoulder and will miss spring drills, team trainers announced.
Shipley, a member of the 2008 Associated Press All-America team, is expected to be fully recovered in time to take part in the Longhorns’ voluntary summer workouts. Trainers said the procedure corrected an injury Shipley sustained last season, although he played in every game and caught 89 passes for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In a statement released by school officials, Shipley said: “It’s an injury I aggravated a couple of times during the year, but was able to play through. I worked hard to rehab it and kept playing. But now that I have time, I got it cleaned up and can get back to full strength for next season.”
Shipley, the Longhorns’ top returning receiver, was granted a sixth year of eligibility in 2009 by NCAA officials because he missed the entire 2004 and 2005 seasons with knee and hamstring ailments. Although he will not be cleared medically to participate in spring drills, Shipley said he plans to be a daily presences at workouts and team meetings, where he will help coach the Longhorns’ younger receivers. _ Jimmy Burch