Life in the Cheap Seats: Could Mudiay’s Decision Cut into NCAA’s Talent Pool?

Emmanuel Mudiay, one of the top college basketball recruits of the 2014 class, recently announced he would not enroll at SMU and instead signed a contract to play a year overseas in China before entering the NBA Draft.

Mudiay wants to provide for his family, but other rumors persist as to why he really signed that $1.2 million contract in China. The school he attended, Deion Sanders’ beleaguered Prime Prep Academy has been in trouble with Texas state educators for a while, and questions on whether Mudiay would be eligible for SMU came up as well. Read more

Former Pioneer Cooper new AD at WBU

Cooper_Rick_MugWayland Baptist University has named former Pioneer player and coach Rick Cooper as its new Athletic Director. Cooper, who played and coached basketball at Wayland before an extended coaching career at nearby West Texas A&M University, replaces Dr. Greg Feris, who recently resigned after 24 years as director of athletics.

A native of Bridgeport, W.Va., Cooper played basketball at Wayland from 1977-81. He served as an assistant coach at WBU for five years and head coach for six, from 1987-93. He earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from WBU. Cooper went on to West Texas A&M in Canyon where he spent 20 years as head men’s basketball coach. In 26 years as a head coach at Wayland and WT, Cooper never had a sub-.500 season. Cooper received the third-ever Harley Redin Coach’s Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Wayland Athletics Hall of Honor in 2012.

Six-Man All-Stars: West beats East in 3 of 4 games

Thanks to a dominant second half, the West All Stars handled the East, 42-16, in the Texas Six-Man Division I All-Star Football Game on Saturday. After leading by just six at halftime, the West outscored the East, 20-0, in the second half to take down the victory. Happy head coach Tye Kieth and assistant Brad Hall coached the West squad, who also had three additional players from the area – Kolten Flatt of Happy, Gustavo Santos of Valley and Ryan Smith of Petersburg.

In addition, Valley’s April Villeral was also selected to participate in the Six-Man Girls Basketball All-Star Game, which was also won by the West, 81-48. The West beat the East in the Boys Basketball All-Star Game, 95-66, while in the Division II All-Star Football Game, the East beat the West, 68-38.

Life in the Cheap Seats: Why Cleveland Should Keep Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins was everywhere last fall—the cover of Sports Illustrated, on every preseason college basketball award watch list, and near the top of every 2014 NBA mock draft.

After being selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft last month, Wiggins was seen as the new face of the franchise along with star point guard Kyrie Irving.

That all changed one week ago when LeBron James decided to return to his hometown team. Read more

Life in the Cheap Seats: LeBron’s Move Home Shakes up NBA’s Eastern Conference

Now that LeBron Watch on every sports cable channel, NBA reporter’s twitter feed and sports website is officially over, the move to return to Cleveland completely changes the dynamic of the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

The Miami Heat, kings of the conference for the past 4 years, have been reduced to rubble in the wake of LeBron’s free agency move. What will the Eastern Conference look like next season? Here are the four teams expected to contend in the new East, give or take some potential free agency signings still possible. Read more

WBU to air on KKYN again in 2014-15

Plainview Radio and Wayland Baptist University will once again partner up to bring you Pioneer Football and WBU LogoBasketball, as well as Flying Queens Basketball, during the 2014-15 season.

Tom Hall and company return to call seven Wayland Baptist football games this fall, while Hall will man the broadcasts of both the Flying Queens and Pioneers on the hardwood this winter, airing all 10 home basketball doubleheaders in Sooner Athletic Conference play. Read more

WBU’s Northover to compete in Commonwealth Games

Northover, WayneThe powerhouse that is the Wayland Baptist University track and field program now can boast of yet another great accomplishment, this time vicariously in the form of Wayne Northover. The rising senior has qualified in his native Jamaica for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Wayland’s track and field program has produced 14 team national championships and 256 individual national champions, among the latest being Northover at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The incoming senior from Kingston, Jamaica, won both the triple jump with a mark of 50 feet, 11.5 inches and the long jump with a mark of 24 feet, 4.25 inches. Claiming the triple jump and long jump titles set Northover up to be named the 2014 Most Outstanding Male Performer at the outdoor championships. Read more

Life in the Cheap Seats: Waiting for the Dominoes to Fall in NBA Free Agency

After LeBron James opted out of his contract a couple of weeks ago, many expected him to return. The other two members of the Big 3 for the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, also opted out a few days ago, meaning that they would take a big reduction on their new contracts in order for Team President Pat Riley to make the necessary moves to tweak the roster for another NBA Finals run.

Of course, that was all contingent on LeBron staying with the Heat. Read more

PR High School Football Preview coming soon

Plainview Radio is proud to announce that we will be publishing on the 2014 High School Football Primer, a two-part series to get you ready for the upcoming Texas high school football season.

The first part won’t be a story, persay … what we’re doing is creating a page for every area team we will be following this season. It will include each team’s schedules, and links to the stories featuring each team, updated on a weekly basis. The full interviews given by the team’s head coach will also be published on the website, accessible on a soon-to-be-created interviews page, as well as the team’s page.

The second part will be a look at each team and each district in the area. We’ll take a close look, and also go through some of the numbers.

Be looking for all of this coming in August.

Life in the Cheap Seats: Can the Lakers Right the Ship?

After their worst season in decades, the Los Angeles Lakers enter tonight’s NBA Draft in an uncommon position holding a top ten draft pick.

With long-presumed top pick Joel Embiid slipping due to foot surgery, the best case scenario would involve him slipping to LA and becoming he next dominant big man, though it is highly unlikely Embiid will fall that far. The worst case scenario would be another lackluster selection and the franchise becoming second fiddle to the Clippers for the next few years as Kobe Bryant closes out his career. Read more

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