Tonight brings us the last tango for the Paris twins. Courtney and Ashley will be honored, along with fellow senior Carolyn Winchester, inside the Lloyd Noble Center. After the Sooners’ game against Texas Tech, members of the OU women’s team will cut down the nets, celebrate their sixth Big 12 regular-season championship and then honor their seniors. Sooners coach Sherri Coale recognizes her senior classes after their final home game, not before it. Wise move, considering all the tears that flow. "No way could you do it beforehand and then expect anybody to go out and play a game,” Coale said. "Not for a women’s game. No way.” Oklahoma State seniors Byron Eaton, Terrel Harris and Anthony Brown were honored last night inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Seniors throughout the country will be honored this week, so where does that leave OU sophomore Blake Griffin? Barring an announcement of greater proportions than Sam Bradford, Saturday’s Bedlam contest figures to be Griffin’s final game inside Lloyd Noble. He will declare for June’s NBA Draft, during which he will become the program’s first No. 1 overall draft pick. Shouldn’t Griffin also be honored Saturday? No, he shouldn’t. It’s Senior Day. If Griffin wants a Senior Day, he’ll have to stick around four seasons to get it. Boy, wouldn’t that be something. The top three players in OU basketball history never had a Senior Day. Alvan Adams and Wayman Tisdale left one year early. Griffin will leave two years early. Willie Warren is next in line. Senior Days live on, but by that time, the truly great ones have left.
Top 10 most significant early departures from college in Oklahoma history: →1. Barry Sanders, OSU football →2. Wayman Tisdale, OU basketball →3. Alvan Adams, OU basketball →4. Blake Griffin, OU basketball* →5. Adrian Peterson, OU football →6. Roy Williams, OU football →7. Brian Bosworth, OU football →8. Robin Ventura, OSU baseball →9. Pete Incaviglia, OSU baseball →10. Anthony Kim, OU golf *Projected early departure