Kenny Evans made Top Daug come alive for OU Sooners men’s basketball

Kenny Evans made Top Daug come alive for OU Sooners men’s basketball


Kenny Evans made Top Daug come alive for OU Sooners men’s basketball

Kenny Evans died recently. Maybe you don’t recognize the name. Then again, maybe you do. That was Evans’ magic.

He did more than bring a mascot to life. Evans made the man in the mascot uniform matter to people.

From 1987-90, Evans was OU’s Top Daug, the Billy Tubbs-inspired mascot who became the sensation at those wild Sooner games of the Billyball era. From crowdsurfing with the students to holding up cards mocking Bobby Knight, Evans resonated with OU fans.

In 2003, long after his days as an OU student, Kelvin Sampson asked Evans to return to the role. Alas, OU in 2004 retired Top Daug (and wrestling’s Underdog), in favor of Boomer and Sooner.

But no OU mascot reached fans the way Top Daug did, and no one ever transformed Top Daug the way Kenny Evans did.

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