Tommy Tubbs talks about the legacy and legend of BillyBall

Tommy Tubbs talks about the legacy and legend of BillyBall

He introduced Billy Ball to Norman and launched the modern era of Oklahoma men’s basketball from 1980-94. This Saturday, the Sooners will honor the life and legacy of the legendary coach Billy Tubbs when Kansas visits Lloyd Noble Center at 3 p.m. (ESPN+).

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Feb 16, 2024, 10:32am CST

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Feb 16, 2024, 10:32am CST

He introduced BillyBall to Norman and launched the modern era of Oklahoma men’s basketball from 1980-94. This Saturday, the Sooners will honor the life and legacy of the legendary coach Billy Tubbs when Kansas visits Lloyd Noble Center at 3 p.m. (ESPN+).

On the latest episode of the Lederman Jacket, Tommy Tubbs joined Eli Lederman and Todd Lisenbee for a conversation on the father and the coach who led OU to four Big Eight titles, nine NCAA Tournament appearances — including a national runner-up in 1988 — and a school-record 333 wins in 14 seasons with the Sooners. 

Episode highlights:

2:16: Billy Tubbs’ upbringing and his 1980 arrival in Norman

11:23: Plans for this weekend’s festivities honoring Billy Tubbs

14:12: The fervor of the Billy Ball era

19:32: Billy Tubbs in the NIL and transfer portal era?

32:23: Ed Hightower and the night Billy Tubbs grabbed the microphone 

Producer: Jacquelyn Musgrove

Creative Director: Michael Lane

Social media team: Bobby Howard

Director of Content: Mike Sherman

 

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at eli@selloutcrowd.com.

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