Nov. 19, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - Veteran college basketball announcer Bob Carpenter will serve as play-by-play man on Sooner Sports Network men's basketball telecasts this season and former Oklahoma standout Wayman Tisdale will provide analysis, announced OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione and Sooner Sports Properties General Manager Steve Gowan today. It was also announced that former OU coaching great Billy Tubbs will join the broadcast team for a pair of the network's seven games.

A Tulsa resident, Carpenter is a nationally noted broadcaster in his 15th year with ESPN as play-by-play announcer for college basketball and major league baseball, primarily covering the Mountain West and Conference USA leagues during hoops season. He has announced six NCAA Tournaments and numerous NITs, along with the Maui Invitational and Great Alaska Shootout. Carpenter's basketball work at ESPN has paired him with Dick Vitale, Bill Raftery, Larry Conley, Jimmy Dykes and numerous other big names. He has also worked with Raftery and Billy Packer on CBS telecasts.

Tisdale returns for a second season as the network's men's basketball analyst. One of the finest players to ever step on a college basketball court, he played three seasons at OU in the mid 1980s and was an All-American each of those campaigns. The three-time Big Eight Player of the Year holds the school's career scoring (2,661 points) and rebounding (1,048 boards) records and averaged 25.6 points and 10.0 rebounds over his career. The second overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft by Indiana, Tisdale enjoyed a successful 12-year pro career with the Pacers, Sacramento and Phoenix. He averaged 15.3 points per game in the NBA.

Tubbs, OU's winningest head coach with 333 career victories in just 14 years (23.8 per season), will team with Carpenter and Tisdale for the Nov. 22 UC Irvine and Jan. 25 Baylor (road game) contests. Tubbs guided nine Oklahoma squads to the NCAA Tournament, four to the Sweet 16, two to the Elite Eight and one to the national championship game. He led the Sooners to four Big Eight regular season titles and was the league's coach of the year four times. Following the 1983-84 campaign, Tubbs was named national coach of the year by Basketball Weekly. The outspoken and humorous mentor coached the Sooners to 12 consecutive 20-win seasons and led OU to three 30-win seasons.

Tubbs came to OU after serving as head coach at Lamar, his alma mater. He retired from coaching following last season (he coached eight years at TCU after leaving OU) and is now back at Lamar as the school's athletics director.

Chuck Cooperstein, a veteran of national college basketball and football radio broadcasts, will fill in for Carpenter on the Nov. 30 Prairie View A&M and Dec. 21 Georgia State games. Former OU center Renzi Stone, who served as the Sooner Sports Network's courtside reporter the past two seasons, will fill in for Tisdale during the Prairie View A&M contest. Carpenter and Tisdale have conflicts that will not enable them to announce those games.

The Sooner Sports Network will carry OU men's basketball games this year on television stations in Oklahoma City (KWTV or KSBI), Tulsa (KWBT), Ardmore (Cable One), Lawton (Cable 84) and Woodward (KOMI).

Sooner Sports Network Television Schedule

Date   OU Opponent       Time    Broadcast Crew
11/22  UC Irvine         7 p.m.  Bob Carpenter, Wayman Tisdale, Billy Tubbs
11/30  Prairie View A&M  7 p.m.  Chuck Cooperstein, Renzi  Stone
12/7   Hartford          7 p.m.  Bob Carpenter, Wayman Tisdale
12/14  Coppin State      3 p.m.  Bob Carpenter, Wayman Tisdale
12/21  Georgia State     4 p.m.  Chuck Cooperstein, Wayman Tisdale
1/25   at Baylor         5 p.m.  Bob Carpenter, Wayman Tisdale, Billy Tubbs
3/4    Nebraska          7 p.m.  Bob Carpenter, Wayman Tisdale