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Birddog
03-13-2014, 05:11 AM
Nothing really new here but a decent write up about Spangler. Not mentioned in any article I've ever seen is how Travis Ford blew his chance with Ryan.

In mid-February 2012, Larry Spangler took a seat at Lloyd Noble Center.
Sometime during the Oklahoma-Texas basketball game that followed, Spangler pulled out his phone and fired off a text message.
“Buddy, you made a good choice,” the message to his son, Ryan Spangler, then a freshman at Gonzaga, said.

http://newsok.com/despite-detours-everything-has-worked-out-fine-for-ryan-spangler/article/3942747

ZagNative
03-13-2014, 11:31 AM
Thanks for posting that, Birddog. Good read.

RenoZag
01-23-2015, 01:45 PM
Mark Titus did a column on "offbeat" jersey numbers in college hoops; in it he mentions Ryan Spangler:

Back to Spangler: He transferred to Oklahoma after a year at Gonzaga because he wasn’t Canadian enough for Mark Few’s tastes or something. Who knows? The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is that Spangler has carved out a heck of a career for himself in Norman. Three games into his first Big 12 season last year, Spangler scored 16 points and grabbed 15 boards in a win over ninth-ranked Iowa State. Overnight, Big 12 fans stopped looking at him as just a big, hard-working white dude with ugly tattoos and permanently wet hair and instead started worrying that he might keep churning out double-doubles against their teams. Spangler finished with five double-doubles in conference play last season.

Oklahoma is hard to pin down this season. The Sooners have been Final Four–good at times and they’ve also been “lose in the first round of the NIT” bad. Spangler, however, has been consistent since day one. He has been a steady source of scoring and rebounding while improving both his shooting range and his defense from a season ago.

Rest of the column can be found here:

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/mark-tituss-triangle-ncaa-all-stars-unique-jersey-numbers/