CHICKASHA – Richard Nixon was President of the United States. The Vietnam War was winding to a close. The Price is Right began challenging viewers name the price of regular household items. And Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped the charts.
It was 1972, and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts began entertaining Chickasha as college athletics found its way to the community.
It’s been 40 years since the Drovers began play, and USAO will be celebrating 40 years of Shining Moments in its 40th Anniversary of Athletics Nov. 1-3, taking over campus the same weekend at the USAO Alumni Homecoming.
“We are really excited about this event,” said Brisco McPherson, athletic director. “We’ve hosted Anniversary of Athletic events before, but we think this one will be the biggest and best yet.”
The event is open to former athletes, coaches and supporters of all kinds. Registration is $65 and includes admission to two basketball games, a bonfire gathering, an athletics mixer, a Saturday tailgate and of course, the 40th Anniversary of Athletics’ Banquet. Participants also are invited to join in the golf scramble on Nov. 3 for an additional $30.
The weekend will kick off with a Thursday evening basketball game — the season opener — at 7 p.m. Nov. 1. The Drovers will take on Northwestern Oklahoma State for their Homecoming game.
On Nov. 2, alumni will be welcomed into departments and classrooms for an open house. A bonfire gathering will take place that evening before an alumni mixer at Elk’s Lodge.
The golf scramble is the following morning. Teams of four will compete at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. From there, attendees will head to a BBQ tailgate before the Saturday basketball game.
The entire 2002 Men’s Basketball National Championship team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at halftime of the game, which is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 3 against Langston University.
That night is the main event — the banquet, which has proven to be a favorite among attendees in the past. Each USAO sport, current and former, will honor one alumnus during the banquet. USAO also has chosen three major athletics supporters to recognize at the event.
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