LAST SEASON: 26-9; lost to DePaul in NCAA second round.
GOODBYE TO: Forward/guard Anthony Bowie; guard Linwood Davis.
SUPPORTING CAST: Center/forward David Johnson; guard Tim McCalister; center Stacey King.
INTRODUCING: Juco transfers guard Ricky Grace, 6'9" forward/center Harvey Grant.
SEE YOU IN THE SUPERDOME IF: Grace can feed all those hungry scorers and Darryl Kennedy doesn't run afoul of local noise ordinances.
Is it something they put in the water in Norman? Or do they just have a Mouth for All Seasons? First it was All-America linebacker Brian Bosworth's nonstop yapping. Now it's the Sooners' sneaky, cheeky and opportunistic senior basketball star, Darryl (Choo) Kennedy. You remember Choo, don't you? Kid from Oklahoma City? Arrived at OU saying, "I don't know how to lose"? Kid who predicted he would upstage former Sooner All-America Wayman Tisdale?
Well, Kennedy is still filling the air with his cocky broadsides. Here's a preseason sampler of pre-Chooed sentiment:
?On defending Big Eight champion Kansas: "KU will fold this year. We'll shut 'em up. Simple as that."
?On Missouri's star forward, Derrick Chievous: "He's pretty tough, but I stop him. I know exactly what he wants to do. It's mental, I guess."
?On big games: "Those are the games you got to play team ball to win. I get fired up for the small games. You can get your average in a hurry and then go sit down."