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CHICKASHA – A brand new season brings new excitement — and new expectations — for the Drover men’s basketball team while they transition with new coaches and a handful of newcomers.

Former assistant Vinson Metcalf took over the program this summer and is looking forward to his first season at the helm.

“My expectation is for us to be competitive and see what happens after that,” he said.

To help him lead the...

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CHICKASHA – A myriad of thoughts and emotions are running through the head of first-year USAO head men’s basketball coach Vinson Metcalf as the season nears.

“I’m just trying to be able to keep things going,” he said. “I’m going to put my own stamp on the program and try to continue the winning tradition, as I’ve said all along.”

With some key newcomers and a few returners to serve as the glue, Metcalf believes he and...

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CHICKASHA – As the air grows colder in Chickasha, residents know fall means one thing: Drover basketball.
 
Each year, crowds flock to the USAO Fieldhouse for USAO’s annual basketball pep rally, Drover Madness. The event promises to give fans the opportunity to meet the basketball teams while enjoying one of the most popular campus events of the year.

Madness is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the USAO Fieldhouse. The...

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CHICKASHA – The Sooner Athletic Conference coaches have picked the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma men’s basketball team to finish the season eighth in the conference, according to the preseason coaches’ poll released this week.

“I've never pay any attention to the pre-season ranking,” said Head Coach Vinson Metcalf, who is starting his first season at the helm of the program. “This conference from top to bottom is tough...

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CHICKASHA – Home athletic events at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will become more accessible to parents and out-of-town fans this year as the Drovers will host live stream video of home games, USAO sports information office and the athletic department announced Wednesday.

Games will have live video streaming in real time along with live stats, a convenience USAO added in 2010. To see both, click on the “Live Stats...

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CHICKASHA – After being named head coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Vinson Metcalf did not take long to determine who his right-hand man would be. He chose former Hillcat Chris Francis to join the Drover family.

“I am very excited to have Chris join me to start this new era of basketball at USAO,” Metcalf said. “His background as a player in this league and his knowledge of the game will be tremendous assets...

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CHICKASHA – After nearly 15 seasons with the Drovers, coach Vinson Metcalf has taken the reins after being named head coach of the USAO men’s basketball program on Thursday.

“First and foremost, I’d like to give all praises to my lord and savior Jesus Christ,” Metcalf said. “I am so ecstatic to be the head men’s basketball coach at USAO. I know there are responsibilities that come with it, but I am ready.”

McPherson and campers

CHICKASHA – For the 27th straight year, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will be hosting a youth summer basketball camp aimed at local and area children ages 6-16.

Hosted and directed by Brisco McPherson, USAO head men’s basketball coach and athletic director, the camp helps attendees hone basketball skills, such as shooting and teamwork.

Coach Brisco McPherson

CHICKASHA – After more than two decades at the helm of the Drover basketball team, Coach Brisco McPherson announced Friday that he is retiring from coaching.

“I have loved my time at USAO, but after 22 years, it’s time to let someone else — someone with new energy and enthusiasm — take over the Drovers,” McPherson said. “I want to thank the university for allowing me to be a part of Drover Nation for all these years.”
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Graham Faulkner

By Special Contributor Jeremiah Lane
Oklahoma State University, Mass and Strategic Communications student

STILLWATER, Okla. – The next step forward in Graham Faulkner’s life would end his basketball career.

The Drovers were playing at Lubbock Christian in late February. With both teams battling for the fourth position in the conference standings, the game was intense and competitive. This was the turning...