The fact that Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma did not get past the second round in the recent NCAA tournament does not change the fact that those teams were very successful during the regular season. Only one team in the NCAA tournament finished with a win, and it is extremely narrow-minded to assume that every other team had its season ruined by losing in the tournament.
The gratuitous comments regarding Billy Tubbs and the wish that Oklahoma find someone "with class" to take his job are hard to understand from someone who writes for the Lawrence paper. Surely Mr. Mayer realizes what Tubbs has meant to the Big Eight over the past 10 years. One need only recall the slow, boring style of play and lack of success of most conference teams before Tubbs' arrival in Norman to assess his favorable impact on Big Eight basketball. The statement about a "mushrooming academic mess" at Oklahoma was not explained, except by reference to the "football fester" at Oklahoma (which I recall had nothing to do with academics). Roy Williams may be a fine man, and a man Mr. Mayer likes more than Billy Tubbs, but Mayer's fawning over the Kansas coaching staff is curious considering that Kansas is fresh from the NCAA doghouse while the Oklahoma basketball program has never been on probation.
The attack on Oklahoma star Skeeter Henry also seems odd, both because he was actively recruited by Kansas and because his allegedly "boorish" behavior was recently referred to much more favorably by Sports Illustrated's Curry Kirkpatrick when he wrote of the things that made college basketball so much fun.
It seems to me that rather than Big Eight basketball having a lot of "holes in its roof," Bill Mayer's column has a lot of holes in its facts.
Reid E. Robison,