Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AT 5:05 PM / Updated at 6:16 PM
Doc Sadler’s half-court shot
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

As of late Wednesday afternoon, YouTube watchers had clicked more than 15,000 times on video of former Nebraska basketball coach and current Kansas aide Doc Sadler swishing a half-court shot at the end of a Jayhawk shoot-around at West Virginia on Monday.

I called Sadler on Wednesday to tease him about his shooting range, and to ask him what kind of car he won for the shot.

Sadler said no car, and that he was disappointed with what the video didn’t show.

“I had a dunk, too,” he said.

Needless to say, Sadler hasn’t lost his sense of humor.

More seriously, Sadler said the KU basketball team didn’t get home from the Big Monday game at West Virginia until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Friends I spoke with at the University of Oklahoma recently also bemoaned the travel time to West Virginia.

Now, stop and think about it from the West Virginia end of it. And the Mountaineers lose an hour on the time change every time they travel home from the other Big 12 schools.

This is the untold story of conference expansion and realignment. The wear and tear on coaches, athletes and staff, not to mention the expense.

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at