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November 29, 2012

No way Gasso misses game

NORMAN — There will be hundreds of Norman North fans giving up their Friday night to be at the Class 6A state championship game.

One fan, in particular, is giving up more. Not that she minds.

Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso will be inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Friday in Orlando, Fla. But the longtime Sooner coach won’t be there. Instead, she’s planning to fly back from the convention on Friday afternoon and be in Stillwater that night to watch her son, DJ, play linebacker for the T-Wolves.

“I’ve known about this situation for a year, and I knew there might be a conflict,” Gasso said. “I’ve been following DJ’s team and they kept winning. I made a video to present at the convention in my place.”

And, while Gasso is disappointed she won’t be there, there wasn’t any other choice in her mind.

She was hired at OU 17 years ago while pregnant with DJ didn’t know what she was getting into in terms of time spent away from home. With her schedule filled with road games and recruiting trips, she’s missed more time with her family than she would like.

“I used to read him a story at night and I would always fall asleep before him, and he would pick it up and finish it,” she said. “This is the ultimate of all ultimates in the coaching world, but this is his moment and I can’t fall asleep on this one. I have to be there for him.”

Excited to be a Sooner: North linebacker Jordan Evans said Wednesday he was both excited and relieved to have made his college football choice.

Evans committed to OU late Tuesday after discussing it over with his parents, who supported his decision to quickly accept the Sooners’ offer.

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