"You can't come in," he said.
"Yes, I can," I said. "We already worked this out. Win or lose, I'm in the locker room."
"No," the GA said. "Coach Graham doesn't want you in here."
This was my version of the director of ops email. I wouldn't have liked being shut out by a sore loser who reneged on an agreement under any circumstance, but having a graduate assistant deliver the news made it worse. After that season - Graham's second at Tulsa - word started to circulate that he was looking for other jobs. He had bailed on Rice after just one season as head coach, in 2006, to go to Tulsa and left behind some angry people.