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Knight: How do you like it, OU?
By TIMES WIRES
Published September 22, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY - Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight said Oklahoma fans now know how he felt after a loss at OU three years ago when a late-starting clock gave the Sooners extra time to score a tying basket.
Knight called for Oklahoma to forfeit the game with Texas Tech on Jan. 20, 2003, when the Sooners won 69-64 in overtime after two clock controversies in the final seconds of regulation. Video replay later showed the game clock started late after the Sooners inbounded the ball on the game-tying possession.
"Maybe now those people at Oklahoma understand what I was talking about," Knight said. "Had Oklahoma forfeited that game against us like I suggested, they would have gotten far more positive publicity out of that than if they had gone to the Final Four that year. Now I guess the 'duck' is swimming in the other pond."
After two blown calls went against Oklahoma in its 34-33 football loss to Oregon on Saturday, Oklahoma president David Boren asked Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg to pursue having the game eliminated from the record books.
GEORGIA: A federal judge dismissed the last claims in a defamation lawsuit filed two years ago by Jim Harrick and his son after the basketball coaches were fired.
U.S. District Judge Richard Story made his ruling after having already tossed out most of the suit in March. That decision did away with all the Harricks' claims except one - that the younger Harrick was defamed by the NCAA.
The father and son had contended the NCAA interfered with their contracts with the UGA Athletic Association during the university's investigation of possible NCAA violations.
The judge dismissed that claim and also ruled that the organizations and people the Harricks sued are eligible to recover legal costs from the Harricks. Jim Harrick and Jim Harrick Jr. have 30 days to appeal.
Harrick coached Georgia from 1999-03, and his son was an assistant. The two sued in February 2004, about a year after they were forced out of their jobs during an investigation of academic fraud.
IOWA: Coach Steve Alford received a one-year contract extension after leading the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten tournament title last season. Alford's five-year contract now runs through June 2011. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Alford, 41, is 135-92 in seven seasons at Iowa.
Louisville: Women's senior forward Missy Taylor will miss the season to have surgery to repair her left knee.