True grit: Why OU’s Maddie Manning seized sixth year of eligibility

NORMAN — Maddie Manning can admit now how hard it was.

The difficulty of going from a springy, high school Gatorade Player of the Year to clawing back her way back into a college basketball lineup after blowing out two knees.

And despite an NCAA hardship waiver that granted her a sixth year of basketball eligibility at Oklahoma, how hard it was to