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Controversies Hit Oklahoma Hoops

Mar 24, 2010 – 1:30 AM
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Jeff Capel, Tiny GallonOklahoma men's basketball coach Jeff Capel promised there would be changes in the program while the Sooners were in the midst of their first losing season in 29 years.

Perhaps not even Capel could have imagined all the upheaval that seems to be taking place.

OU is investigating the relationship between freshman forward Tiny Gallon and financial advisor Jeffrey Hausinger after news leaked last week that Hausinger may have given Gallon $3,000. Making matters worse, the Daily Oklahoman revealed two tweets from Hausinger's Twitter page that seems to indicate he also has a relationship with leading scorer Willie Warren.

Capel also learned this week that freshman point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin has decided to declare for the NBA draft instead of returning to school. Warren may not be far behind especially in light of revelations he may have had a relationship Hausinger, who works for Merrill Lynch and does business with other pro athletes, according to the Oklahoman.

Sophomore guard Ray Willis also left the team Monday, which may have been the result of interviews Capel is holding with players this week to discuss their future with the program.

Suffice it to say, Capel's troubles may be much deeper than the play of a few players he is no longer happy with at this point.

Gossip Web site first shed light on the relationship between Gallon and Hausinger last week. The site obtained documentation of the $3,000 deposit from the Merrill Lynch financial advisor to an account shared by Gallon and his mother.

Hausinger has made the probe easier by foolishly tweeting about his relationship with Gallon and especially Warren.

Here are two tweets from Hausinger's account -- which has since been deleted -- that The Oklahoman ran Tuesday.

On July 8, 2009, Hausinger tweeted to Warren's page: "follow me so we can talk. It was great to meet you last week. I look forward to getting to Norman to see you again soon."

On Jan. 15 before the Sooners beat Missouri 66-61, Hausinger tweeted: "In Norman getting set to watch Willie Warren and Keith Gallon take on the Mo tigers, Boomer Sooner."

In other social network activity both Mason-Griffin and Willis announced their departures from the program on their respective Facebook pages.

Losing Willis is certainly not a big deal, but Mason-Griffin's decision to test the NBA waters is a huge blow. Mason-Griffin, who handled the point almost exclusively this season, was one of the few bright spots and was certainly looked as a major piece to the rebuilding as the second-leading scorer.

And to think Capel was looking forward to the offseason to begin righting what went wrong during a disappointing 13-18 season in which the Sooners lost their final nine games and dealt with several off the court issues.
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