John McCullough has resigned as Oklahoma Baptist University women's basketball coach to take a position with the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. McCullough, a longtime friend of new Portland coach Terry Stotts, will be an advance scout. Stotts and McCullough were teammates in the late 1970s at Oklahoma.
McCullough's assistant at Oklahoma Baptist, Casi Cox-Bays, has been named interim head coach of the NAIA program in Shawnee. OBU had a 272-131 record in 12 seasons under McCullough. The Bison won two Sooner Athletic Conference championships and made the NAIA Tournament's “Fab Four” during the 2008-09 season.
Cox-Bays starred as a player at Oklahoma Baptist, finishing her career as the program's fifth all-time scorer (1,879 points). She spent five seasons as a high school head coach, compiling 99-28 record at Newcastle and Bridge Creek.
JOHNSON CREDITED WITH WIN
Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson was credited with the feature win last weekend at the American Sprint Car Series' national tour race at Lawton Speedway. Johnson originally finished second in the 30-lap race, but he benefitted from a post-race inspection when officials noticed a mandated muffler on the sprinter driven by Jason Johnson was missing. Jason Johnson, a Eunice, La., resident, not only was disqualified, but he also lost the national standings lead to Wayne Johnson. The national tour makes its last Oklahoma stop of the season at 7 p.m. Friday at the Salina Highbanks Speedway near Pryor. Wayne Johnson leads Jason Johnson (no relation) by 39 points.
KANE LEADS TOURNAMENT
James Kane, representing the Folds of Honor Foundation, had a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the South Central PGA Professional Championship on Monday at the Forest Ridge course in Broken Arrow. Kane shot a 7-under-par 137. He leads Jim Woodward of Oak Tree National. Woodward had a 6-under 138. The final rounds are Tuesday, with the top-four finishers advancing to the PGA Professional National Championships.