Three reasons 2009-10 was actually good:
1. The Sooner women made the Final Four—This was really remarkable considering all the obstacles they overcame on the way. After losing the Paris twins, Courtney and Ashley, to graduation, OU also lost an integral part of its starting lineup when guard Whitney Hand tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) early in the season in a game at the U.S. Virgin Islands. But the Sooners still managed to finish in the top three in the conference, tied with Iowa State at second although they lost the tiebreaker, and made a huge run in the NCAA Tournament. If not for a poor first half against Stanford, OU might have met the UConn Huskies for a rematch in the national championship game.
2. OU salvaged its football season with a bowl win—Consider everything the OU football team dealt with. The Sooners lost tight end Jermaine Gresham prior to opening day. Then, quarterback Sam Bradford injured his throwing shoulder in the opener against Brigham Young. The injuries just piled up, especially on the offensive line. And the Sooners still managed to do something they hadn't since December 2005, win a bowl game. That's pretty impressive considering everything they went through.
3. The baseball team has had a successful run so far—Whoever knew the baseball team might be the best of the three major sports this year. After starting in the top five, the football team dropped out of the top 25, and the basketball team was nothing better than dreadful. Baseball season, on the other hand, has featured a 33-12 start, and the Sooners have a great chance to finish above .500 in the conference and in the top two or three with a solid finish.
These are three reasons why this has been a successful campaign.
In the next part of this series, Sooners Illustrated will provide three reasons why it was not such a promising year.