The Oklahoman sports columnist Jenni Carlson answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports
On how long it will take new coach Lon Kruger to turn around the OU program: I don't see the Sooners as an NCAA Tournament team next year, though with the expanded tournament format, we saw this year how many marginal teams get in. So, I guess there's a chance they could sneak in there. But in reality, I suspect it'll be a couple years before OU is an NCAA Tournament team again. Then, I could see in three or four years the Sooners becoming a Sweet 16 or Elite Eight type of contender. There's a pretty salty class of sophomores right now in the state of Oklahoma. Kruger and Co. have a chance to get in on them and build that way. They'll be college freshman in 2013-14. Maybe that's when the big turn happens. On last night's NCAA Championship game between Connecticut and Butler: I was surprised both teams didn't play better offensively, but muddying the game was Butler's best hopes of hanging with a more athletic and bigger UConn team. The Bulldogs just didn't shoot as well as they needed to. The thing I hate, though, is Jim Calhoun winning. It's been shown that he's cheated, yet there he is coaching the championship game. Why does a guy like Dez Bryant get his college career ended by the NCAA for lying (not cheating) while Calhoun gets his punishment deferred? I don't get it. Chat Recap: Jenni Carlson
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