Oklahoma fans have had little to complain about the BCS.
Arguments could have been made the Sooners shouldn’t have been in the national championship games in 2003, 2004 and 2008.
Those arguments grew a little stronger after the Sooners lost all three games.
But today, OU fans can complain about the system.
Northern Illinois, No. 15 in the BCS with a 12-1 record, is in a BCS game and No. 11 OU isn’t.
The Huskies were ranked ahead of Big East champion Louisville in the BCS.
BCS rules state if a conference champion from an non-automatic qualifier is ranked in the top 16 and ranked ahead of a conference champion from an automatic qualifier, it gets to go to a BCS bowl.
So NIU is in fair and square, at least according to the rules.
First, OU can’t complain about a team from a non-qualifying conference getting in since the Sooners lost to Boise State in overtime in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
But that Boise State team, at least, was ranked in the top 10 and undefeated. The Broncs have done their best in recent years to upgrade the schedule.
Let’s not compare this Northern Illinois team to Boise State.
True, since Oct. 2, 2011, the Huskies have the best record in the country (21-1). AP reports that’s two more wins than Alabama and four more than Notre Dame. For the record, it’s five more than OU.
Then let’s look at the NIU schedule.
The one loss came against Iowa 18-17 in the season opener. That’s a Hawkeye team that went 2-6 in the one of the weakest-ever Big 10 in years and 4-8 overall.
It’s also an Iowa team that lost to Iowa State, the Big 12’s No. 9 team, 9-6 at home.
Northern Illinois did beat Big 12 cellar dweller Kansas 30-23. That was a highlight of an otherwise cupcake non-conference schedule, including wins over Tennessee-Martin 35-7 and Army 41-40.
They should get credit for going unbeaten in the Mid-America Conference, which is known for its parity. They beat then-No. 17 Kent State in the conference Championship. Remember, Kent State lost to Kentucky by 33 points.
But there are eight, or maybe nine, Big 12 teams that could have gone unbeaten with that schedule.
They are at least more legitimate than Louisville, who isn’t even ranked in the Associated Press top 20. Giving the Big East, after losing West Virginia, an automatic bid is an outrage.
OU can only blame itself. If the Sooners had beaten Kansas State, OU would be the undisputed Big 12 champs and be facing Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
Fiesta officials might have needed two scoreboards to record all the scoring in that game.
Actually, Sooner fans should be mad at old friend Nebraska. If the Huskers don’t get embarrassed in the Big 10 title game (70-31 to Wisconsin), NU would still be in the top 16 in the BCS and Northern Illinois would be outside looking in.
Of course, the Sooners might not have been in position for an at-large berth if not for another rule which limits conferences to only two BCS berths. One can’t blame No. 7 Georgia and No. 8 LSU fans to be even madder. Maybe ditto for No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 South Carolina.
The only good thing is OU is going to a bowl game (Cotton) that’s a short driving distance against another team (Texas A&M) that should be in a BCS game.
It’s safe to say it’s going to be a lot better than the Orange or Sugar bowls.
BRUCE CAMPBELL is a staff writer for the Enid News & Eagle
Oklahoma fans have had little to complain about the BCS.
Deer Creek loses nail-biter; Memorial boys fall to Tulsa Union
The Deer Creek Antlers were just seconds away from entering the Class 5A state tournament, but Del City’s Brett Cannon scored on a reverse layup on a back-door move with one second left to down Deer Creek 47-45 in overtime in an area championship contest at Catoosa High School.
“We’re playing really well,” Antler skipper Matt Bailey said following the nail-biter. “They got us with the last shot in overtime.”
Deer Creek will face the winner of the McAlester/Durant game Saturday at 6:30 at Sapulpa High School in the area consolation title game with a trip to the big dance on the line.
After impressive road series, OC’s Coats receives NCCAA pitching honor
Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats was honored Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s softball pitching student-athlete of the week.
Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored for her performance as the Lady Eagles won two of three games last weekend at Texas-Permian Basin. Coats threw a complete-game 1-hitter to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 3-0 win in the series opener, then threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the save as the Lady Eagles took the series finale 6-2.
In her nine innings of work, Coats struck out 11 batters while walking four. She currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 46, in 43 innings of work.
She is the first OC softball player to win a NCCAA weekly award this season.
Broncho Gibbs stacks up honors
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team that was released by the league office Tuesday.
The 6-5 senior forward is averaging 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game .
Gibbs, who leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in scoring, has had 17 double-doubles this season. He’s also second in the MIAA in 3-pointers per game with 2.4, having made 66 treys while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Wolves win Area basketball title
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves won the Area basketball title with a win over Norman North at Choctaw Thursday evening.
Santa Fe thwarts Norman North offense
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves added another plaque to their collection and took one more step toward a gold ball Thursday night.
Edmond took down a feisty Norman North squad 64-47 at Choctaw High School to win the Class 6A west area tournament and advance to the state tournament that begins March 13.
“We’re going to enjoy that for tomorrow and now we’ve got to go find who we play on Saturday and we’re going to focus,” said Paul Bass, Santa Fe head coach. “It’s one game at a time. We’re 24-1, but that really doesn’t matter because now we’re in the third tournament of the year for us. This is the one that’s most important — get to state and try to get that gold ball.”
Defensive battle falls in favor of Deer Creek
A pair of defensive teams coming out on each other, both 20-5 Deer Creek and 20-5 Collinsville played to a 20-19 score after three periods with the Lady Antlers on top Thursday night at Owasso High School in a Class 5A area championship game.
The final panel wasn’t much different, as Deer Creek used two mammoth defensive plays by Dakota Vann to stave off the Cardinals 31-28 and advance to the state tournament beginning March 13.
“Last week at practice, I told the girls that the road to get back to the state tournament was that somebody was going to have to make a play,” defending state champion Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said after the victory over Collinsville. “I told the girls to go out and make a good play.”
Vann, a 5-10 junior, did just that — twice.
Bartlesville’s 6-2 star forward Hailey Tucker averaged over 22 points a game for the Lady Bruins this year.
But not with Edmond Memorial’s Elise Wyatt on her.
Thursday night in a Class 6A area consolation contest at Sapulpa High School, Wyatt and the Lady Bulldogs ended Bartlesville’s season and stayed alive in the high school playoffs with a 48-42 triumph. Memorial will tip off with Putnam North — a team that beat the Lady ‘Dogs at the final horn in the semifinals of the Bruce Gray Invitational — at 1:30 Saturday at Catoosa High School in a do-or-die contest to make it to the state tournament.
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It's March, which means the NCAA Tournament is just around the corner. But before March Madness takes hold, the conference tournaments, which get under way this week, often provide their own share of exciting finishes. Here are five memorable buzzer beaters from conference tournament play.
USA sitting volleyball hires Kraeer as UCO-based mens sitting team head coach
The University of Central Oklahoma-based U.S. mens sitting volleyball team welcomes a new head coach, Quinton Kraeer. The university is the official training site for both the mens and womens sitting volleyball teams.
Kraeer will take over the mens program after serving as an assistant for the last several months. He brings nine years of volleyball coaching experience to the team and has served as a pipeline assistant for both the mens and womens teams since 2008.
2014 Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series coming to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
The Oklahoma City RedHawks have announced the schedule for the fourth annual Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series, set to begin this week at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The series begins with three games Saturday and will culminate Saturday, April 5 during the Mayor’s Cup, featuring a triple-header between the three high schools from Edmond and Moore.
The Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series gives teams and their fans from around the state a chance to have a “professional” experience complete with the use of batting cages, dugouts and state-of-the-art scoreboards.
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