Three Reasons 2009-10 Was a Major Struggle

Previously, Sooners Illustrated provided the three reasons why 2009-10 actually was a good year, so now it's time to face the facts and realize the three reasons why it was a bad year in sports.

1. The men's basketball season was dreadful—The Sooners just never could get any type of flow at any point in the season. Early in the year after a struggle in the Great Alaska Shootout, OU seemed to be pulling things together when they won a big game against Arkansas, but then they struggled again. They had a couple of early road conference games at Texas A&M and Texas Tech that slipped away. The Sooners followed that up with a big home victory against Texas in the following weeks, but they failed to win again, dropping their final eight regular season conference games as well as their Big 12 Tournament appearance. All around there really wasn't much positive to pull from this basketball season.

2. Offseason problems mounted for the hoops squad—As if a 13-18 season wasn't bad enough, the offseason got worse. Guards Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin declared for the draft, and forward Tiny Gallon also took that route. On top of that, the NCAA is conducting an investigation of the program. So things aren't exactly ideal for the hoops program right now, although they have gotten a flurry of recruits recently.

3. The football team failed to live up to a lot of expectations—Yes, as previously stated, the Sooners salvaged their season with a bowl victory. But around here, that's not good enough. Sooner Nation is used to OU bringing home conference titles and big bowl game appearances that have seven times resulted in a national championship. The Sooners, albeit they won in it, played in a relatively pointless bowl game—they defeated Stanford in the Sun Bowl—considering the quality of the football program. With this said, don't expect a similar result in the 2010 campaign.

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