Women's Hoops Blog

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mechelle reminds us why stories need to be told. And re-told:
It’s a familiar story to those who’ve followed the sport for a while. But women’s basketball gets new fans regularly who, understandibly, know very little of its history. Plus, there are youngsters who aren’t old enough to remember all the attention Oklahoma got for its run to the 2002 Final Four, when the “Lazarus program’s” story was told by many media outlets. But now, they are old enough to be interested in the sport and likely would be very surprised to hear that not all that long ago, Oklahoma did away with women’s basketball.

Why did they make that decision? Well, this may sound flip, but it truthfully sums up the attitude at the time by those who favored abolishing the program. They thought it was a waste of money.