*Oklahoma assistant women's basketball coach Jan Ross was named winner of the 2013 Carol Eckman Award. The award goes to the coach who exemplifies Eckman's spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to student-athletes, honesty, courage and dedication to purpose. Eckman coached at West Chester State (Pa.) and organized the first women's basketball championship. She continued to promote women's college basketball until she died of cancer in 1985.
Ross, who is in her 17th season at OU, continued to work while battling breast cancer. She is now cancer-free.
“In a battle like that, you search for the positives,” said Ross, who played basketball at Oklahoma Christian University and Putnam City West High School. “Whatever positives you can pull out of it, you pull out of it. Being able to inspire and educate through my own personal battle with cancer — that's a definite positive.”
*The results are not what coach Katy Mohr wanted, but she saw several positives as Oklahoma Baptist officially became the only lacrosse-playing university in the state. The Bison debuted Feb. 23 with an 8-4 loss vs. Texas State and 12-6 setback to Texas Tech. Lacrosse was added to OBU varsity sports as well swimming and football. Swimming, in its second year, is already a national champion. The football team plays its first game in August.
20,000: In just one week's time, more than 20,000 people signed a petition to the International Olympic Committee to keep wrestling on the sports docket for the 2020 Games. The IOC said recently it would drop one of the Games' oldest events, though another vote is scheduled in September. LetsKeepWrestling.com is collecting the signatures and even offering $14 T-shirts to spread the word.
Oklahoma City dealer Mike DeGarmo is having his monthly trading card and memorabilia show at the Biltmore Hotel on Saturday and Sunday. DeGarmo has lined up two former OU football stars to sign autographs — defensive back Reggie Smith from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and linebacker Brian Bosworth from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. DeGarmo's show in February drew a nice crowd. Several dealers were on hand, offering vintage and new sports cards. One table focused on autographed memorabilia, including an Evel Knievel-signed crash helmet. The Biltmore is located at 401 S. Meridian. Doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. There will be no admission charge.