Al Eschbach

Oklahoman Published: September 15, 2008
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Former OU basketball radio announcer

Just do what you've been doing your whole life, and you're going to be fine, you're going to be happy. Just be Wayman Tisdale.

A story that typifies Wayman ... is his first NCAA Tournament. They're playing in Evansville, Ind. The second game, they're playing Indiana. On the team bus going out to the game, everybody is just really quiet. All of a sudden from the back of the bus, we hear a scream. It's Wayman Tisdale screaming, “I can't go! I can't go! I'm afraid to play Bobby Knight!” It just cracked everybody up. He was a freshman then, and you could see what a leader he was.

He's a great competitor, a tremendous competitor. When I read the story about the leg, I was obviously saddened by it, but knowing Wayman, he will pull through. Wayman's tough. He's really tough.


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