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Sports media notebook: Marcus Dupree documentary to re-air

by Mel Bracht Modified: December 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm •  Published: December 9, 2010

The ESPN “30 for 30” film “The Best That Never Was” on the disappointing career of former OU football star Marcus Dupree will re-air at 2 p.m. Saturday on KOCO-5 as part of its “Sports Saturday” segment. A highly recruited running back, Dupree mysteriously left OU in 1983 during the middle of his sophomore season and never returned.

“The Best That Never Was” ranks second in ratings among the ESPN film series with a 1.8, trailing only a 1.82 for “The U” on the University of Miami football program.

Short takes

* Kansas will be joined by Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State in the Champions Classic, a three-year ESPN men's basketball event in which the teams will play each other at a neutral site. Matchups for the Nov. 15, 2011, event at Madison Square Garden will be Kansas vs. Kentucky and Duke vs. Michigan State.

* Cox 3 will broadcast the Class 3A state football final between Heritage Hall and Kingfisher at 7:30 tonight. Fox Sports Oklahoma will air the 2A and A finals at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

* ESPN begins its coverage of a record 29 bowl games with the New Mexico Bowl (BYU vs. UTEP) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

* ESPN's broadcast team for the Alamo Bowl (Oklahoma State vs. Arizona) at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 29 will be Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Jenn Brown. Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox will call the Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Connecticut) at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1.

* Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog discusses his career in a new episode of MLB Network's “Studio 42 with Bob Costas” at 7 p.m. Friday. Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith also shares his thoughts on playing for Herzog.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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