Amid a pointed debate during last week's College Football Playoff mock exercise, Bill Hancock, the CFP's executive director, stopped to recognize the conversation — he wanted the 13 media members in attendance to understand how fresh discussions are. 

In that space of time media are allowed in the pregame locker room, the night Oklahoma City opened the preseason against Detroit, Thunder coach Billy Donovan walked up to the white dry-erase board and began to jot down a few notes.

It is the dawn of the Thunder’s 11th season in Oklahoma City. Prior to the 2008-09 regular season, the franchise that became the Thunder was known as the Seattle SuperSonics, which came into being in 1967, nine years before the NFL's Seahawks arrived and 10 years before MLB's Mariners.

OKLAHOMA CITY — It was on Wednesday, Sept. 12, that Russell Westbrook underwent an arthroscopic surgical procedure on his right knee after experiencing stiffness and inflammation during workouts in advancing of Thunder training camp.

NORMAN — It's no secret that Lon Kruger is one of the most well-regarded coaches in college basketball. Now, he has an award that says so.

DALLAS — As gray clouds roll in and a slight breeze briefly gives relief to the oppressive 90 percent humidity, the piercing cries that would later be found inside the Cotton Bowl are dormant on the peripheral of the barricades, the metal barriers that symbolically divide more than a century of hate between two programs.

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