OSU notebook: Travis Ford hints that Cowboy fans in for ‘Big surprise?'

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: August 28, 2011
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Cowboys basketball coach Travis Ford received everyone's attention last week when he took to Twitter to announce: “Be alert next week for exciting nonconference schedule information and possible roster addition early next week. Have a great weekend.”

The potential roster addition could be a big addition, as in 7-foot, 235-pound Marek Soucek of the Czech Republic.

A big man with skills – perimeter shooting and passing included – Soucek had been linked with Maryland, Washington, Seton Hall, Providence, Gonzaga and Utah State. Yet growing speculation suggests he could end up at OSU, where his name is listed in the student directory as already enrolled.

Of course, Soucek could be enrolled at other schools as well.

A source confirmed Sunday that Soucek hasn't left the Czech Republic yet, still needing to finish documentation.

Soucek could be a key late recruiting get, with the Cowboys currently showing just three players 6-8 or taller on the roster, and that includes still-suspended forward Darrell Williams.

OPPONENT WATCH: UA'S STOOPS SEEKING RESPECT

A five-game losing streak to end last football season has cast a lingering cloud on Arizona.

Still, the Wildcats finished 7-6 in 2010 and return the key offensive cogs from that squad in quarterback Nick Foles and wide receiver Juron Criner.

“All of a sudden we're no good?” Wildcats coach Mike Stoops asked reporters. “I don't buy that.”

And he's not buying any doom and gloom projections.

“We have a schedule, and we're excited about playing the games,” said Stoops, who brings his team to Stillwater on Sept. 8. “We've shown a propensity to play well and play well for extended periods of time.

“That's what I want our players to think about.”



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