NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Lon Kruger and his staff will welcome back former OU players and coaches for the inaugural Sooner Basketball Family Weekend alumni event this Friday and Saturday (Aug. 26 and 27).
Among the activities scheduled for the two-day reunion are a Tip In Club Golf Classic (Friday morning and afternoon tee times at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club), a Friday evening banquet on the Lloyd Noble Center main floor honoring the 2002 Final Four team, and a Saturday alumni legends game at noon that will be free to the public.
"Oklahoma basketball has an outstanding tradition," said first-year head coach Lon Kruger, "and it's important that the former players and coaches who have made this program so successful know that it will always be their program. We're one big family and this will be a fulfilling weekend for all of our alumni who can attend. The large number of players and coaches who have committed to returning reflects the pride they have in the tradition of their program."
Saturday's noon alumni legends game at Lloyd Noble Center is free and open to the public. Fans may enter via the arena's east doors starting at 11 a.m. Former OU players and coaches will be available for autographs before and after the game. The Pride of Oklahoma marching band will be present and concession stands will be open. Also, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to be photographed with current and former OU men's basketball players for the 2011-12 team schedule poster.
"Students and families are the cornerstones of a great game atmosphere at Lloyd Noble Center," said Kruger. "The season may still be a few months away, but we invite everyone to come out to the alumni legends game and enjoy a couple of hours together with many of our Sooner greats."
Some of the many former Sooners scheduled to participate in the weekend festivities include: Ernie Abercrombie, Alvan Adams, Steve Bajema, Corey Brewer, Al Beal, Anthony Bowie, Shawn Clark, Aaron Curry, Nate Erdmann, Ebi Ere, Ted Evans, Terry Evans, Ricky Grace, Blake Griffin, Garfield Heard, Skeeter Henry, Tim Heskett, Michael Johnson, Darryl "Choo" Kennedy, Joe King, Stacey King, David Little, Longar Longar, Tony Martin, Scott Martin, James Mayden, Tim McCalister, John McCullough, Mike McCurdy, Rick McNeil, Eduardo Najera, Michael Neal, Kelley Newton, John Ontjes, Ted Owens, Lester Pace, Calvin Pierce, Brent Price, Hollis Price, Bob Pritchard, Clifford Ray, Renzi Stone, William Tisdale, Billy Tubbs, Tommy Tubbs, Bryatt Vann and Quannas White.
|Schedule of Events|
Friday, Aug. 26
7 a.m. -- Morning golf registration
8 a.m. -- Shotgun start for morning golfers
11:30 a.m. -- Afternoon golf registration
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. -- Lunch
1 p.m. -- Shotgun start for afternoon golfers
6:15 p.m. -- Dinner reception
7:15 p.m. -- Tip In Club dinner honoring 2002 Final Four team
Saturday, Aug. 27
Noon -- Alumni Legends Game (LNC east doors open at 11 a.m.)