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Media notes: OU will make three or four appearances on ESPN's “Big Monday” basketball package; OSU left off

The OU men’s basketball team will make three or four appearances on ESPN’s “Big Monday” package. OSU was left off the “Big Monday” schedule for the first time in several years.
by Mel Bracht Published: August 11, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma Sooner's Jordan Woodard (10), D.J. Bennett (31), Isaiah Cousins (11) and Buddy Hield (24) react to play as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men defeat the Iowa State Cyclones (ISU) 87-82 in NCAA, college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooner's Jordan Woodard (10), D.J. Bennett (31), Isaiah Cousins (11) and Buddy Hield (24) react to play as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men defeat the Iowa State Cyclones (ISU) 87-82 in NCAA, college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The OU men’s basketball team will make three or four appearances on ESPN’s “Big Monday” package. OSU was left off the “Big Monday” schedule for the first time in several years.

OU, ranked 19th in the ESPN.com preseason rankings, will play at No. 17 Texas on Jan. 5, play at No. 10 Kansas on Jan. 19 and host No. 16 Iowa State on Feb. 9. ESPN’s March 2 game either will be OU at Iowa State or Baylor at Texas. The game not selected will air on ESPNU. Tipoff is 8 p.m. for all the games.

Kansas leads the way with four appearances. Besides the OU game on Jan. 19, the Jayhawks will host Iowa State on Feb. 2, play at West Virginia on Feb. 16 and play at No. 23 Kansas State on Feb. 23.

PGA ratings jump

An estimated 30.9 million viewers watched CBS Sports’ two-day coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship, up 30 percent from last year and up 42 percent from 2012 when Rory McIlroy won his first PGA Championship. The 30.9 million was most viewers to watch all or part of the network’s weekend coverage in five years (2009; 35.7 million).

KWTV-9 received a 9.4 rating for Sunday’s final round, boosted by the third-place finish by former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler. KWTV’s rating was up 65 percent from last year (5.7).

Short takes

Yukon High School football broadcasts are moving to KZLS-AM 1640 this season. Tony Sellars returns as the play-by-play voice and also will also host the “Coaches Show” at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Aug. 26. Travis Horn is back as color commentator. Former OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young is the new Yukon coach. All coaches’ shows and game broadcasts also will stream at kzlsam.com.

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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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