OSU Notebook: Travis Ford pledges silent treatment

BY ANDREA COHEN Modified: January 22, 2009 at 9:50 am •  Published: January 22, 2009
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Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford pledged after the game vs. Missouri that he will not speak to officials the rest of the year.

Ford said that in response to a question about officials calling a jump ball when Byron Eaton, after getting an offensive rebound on his own missed shot with less than 30 seconds to play, appeared to be fouled. OSU also got a couple of tough calls at the end of regulation in Waco, Texas, on Saturday.

"They called a jump ball,” Ford said of Wednesday night’s late call against Missouri. "I don’t know. Maybe it was. But I think it surprised everyone — I think it surprised Missouri.

"Maybe I’m a little too talkative. I’m going to keep my mouth shut and just coach my team. We had our opportunities, that’s for sure.”

DEFENSIVE DISASTER
Oklahoma State gave up 52 points to Missouri in the first half of Wednesday night’s game. That was one point away from the Gallagher-Iba Arena record. The Cowboys gave up 53 first-half points to Kansas in 2002.

"I was disappointed in the way we played tonight,” Ford said. "We were doing things we thought we had corrected in the first week of practice, defensively.”

Ford said he was stunned at how much faster Missouri looked in the Tigers’ 97-95 win.

"Missouri was so much faster than us tonight that we got caught just chasing them around,” Ford said. "We were always behind them instead of in front of us.



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