3. OU softball team winning the Big 12 Tournament—Texas, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, failed to make the finals, paving the way for the No. 2 Sooners. And OU simply took care of business in Oklahoma City on the way to its fourth Big 12 Tourney Title, with previous wins in 1996, 2001 and 2007. The Sooners first defeated Texas Tech 2-0 and then beat Texas A&M 5-1 setting the stage for a 9-0 shutout of Missouri in the championship.
2. Basketball turmoil—The Sooners got the news that guards Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin, as well as forward Tiny Gallon, would head to the NBA Draft. On top of that, OU lost assistant coaches Oronde Taliaferro and Mark Cline, as Taliaferro resigned and Cline accepted an assistant position at Marshall University. However, OU did stack up a few decent recruits, including guards Calvin Newell and Carl Blair, forwards Tyler Neal, Nick Thompson and C.J. Washington and center Abdul Sabour Ahmed. So not everything regarding the basketball team is negative, but with the pending NCAA investigation, more dark clouds loom over the Sooners than good things.
1. Sooners raked in the first round of the NFL Draft—The Sooners dominated the first four picks. Yes, everyone read that right. With quarterback Sam Bradford going to the St. Louis Rams first overall, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers third and offensive tackle Trent Williams going to the Washington Redskins fourth, OU had three of the first four. And tight end Jermaine Gresham capped off the first round when the Cincinnati Bengals selected him 21st overall in the first round.