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OU basketball: Fans at OU-Texas Tech game warned about unsportsmanlike conduct

Each fan sitting courtside found in their seat a letter informing them that game officials can call an “indirect technical foul” on the Sooners and request the fan's removal should they use profanity, racial slurs or threatening language during the game.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 12, 2014

/articleid/3933067/1/pictures/2346104">Photo - Texas Tech's Dejan Kravic (11) reaches for the ball under Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Oklahoma lost 68-60. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Texas Tech's Dejan Kravic (11) reaches for the ball under Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins (11) during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Oklahoma lost 68-60. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“I had some good friends that I was college roommates with and we sat near courtside, and I've never heard that in a Lubbock game,” Sollberger said.

“But players, I'm sure, hear a lot more than I hear. I was there for four or five years, so I don't doubt that happens, and I feel bad that it happens. I hate for Lubbock to have that kind of reputation because I think it's a great place.”

Moore resident Kelly Archer is a 1995 Texas Tech graduate who also attended Wednesday's game. He coached college basketball for more than 20 years — 16 as the men's coach at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist in Moore and five as the women's coach at St. Gregory's in Shawnee.

“It was unfortunate,” Archer said. “I thought the fan misrepresented Texas Tech and really put a cloud over the institution. I know that players have to deal with verbal abuse. It's just part of the game, so I was shocked that he reacted like that. He was pushed into a corner and he's kinda had a tough year, so it was a tough time for him. Everything just boiled up for Marcus.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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