Marcus Smart returns.
Oklahoma State resets.
That's the plan anyway. Starting Saturday afternoon against Texas Tech, the Cowboys have two weeks to save their basketball season. Break this losing streak that started long before Smart got suspended, win at least four of five games, and they have a great chance of getting into the NCAA Tournament.
And if they get there, who knows? Anything can happen.
But the Cowboys aren't the only ones hitting the reset button. The incident at Texas Tech that started with a fan making an unseemly comment and ended with the shove seen round the world has given everyone reason to pause, look in the mirror and reflect on their behavior.
Good has come from the bad.
Because what happened that night in Lubbock was bad. What Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr said to Smart. What Smart did to Orr. All of it turned your stomach.
Orr has said that he called Smart a “piece of crap”. Whether that's what Orr actually said, I have no idea. I've watched the videos that are floating around the Internet, and I can't make out anything. But even if that was the totality of what he said, that's still ugly.
A 52-year-old man telling a 19-year-old college student that he's a piece of crap?
Orr is an air traffic controller who presumably holds thousands of lives in his hands every time he goes to work. He doesn't have to act at basketball games like he acts in the control tower, but surely he now understands why it's unseemly for him to have said what he did.
Maybe others are realizing the same thing about the way that they act at games.
Fan behavior is being emphasized. Schools are being proactive. We've seen it around the Big 12 and even in other parts of the country.
The Wednesday after the Smart incident, officials calling Memphis-Central Florida ejected a fan sitting in some nice seats but saying some not-so-nice things. Romeo Khazen is a Memphis megabooster, a casino bigwig, and apparently, he didn't like the way UCF was clogging the lane and let the officials know about it.
Somewhere along the line, Khazen stepped over the line.
Longtime official Jim Burr had enough and booted him. But when an arena security guard told Khazen to go, he wasn't interested in leaving. The guard had to call over other security staff to help him. Finally, four security guards compelled Khazen to leave — but not before he had a few more choice words for Burr.
That same night, Oklahoma played at home, and every Sooner fan sitting courtside found a letter in their seat when they arrived. It reminded them that officials can call an “indirect technical foul” and request a fan's removal for the use of profanity, racial slurs or threatening language.
Then before the game, a fan code of conduct was flashed on the scoreboard's big screen.
Frankly, that's the kind of thing every school should do regularly. Nightly seems unnecessary, but three or four times a season would be appropriate. Just remind fans about what's expected of them.
Because the truth is, more fans, not less, are going to be sitting close to the court in coming years. There's money to be made in those seats, and schools are going to do everything to make the most of that real estate.
So, fans must behave. You can support your team. You can be loud and proud. And you can do those things without being ugly.
A big orange and black reset button is being hit Saturday in Stillwater, but hopefully, fans everywhere are hitting one, too.
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