The 2009–10 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Jeff Capel, in his fourth year with the school; the team played its home games at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK with a capacity of 11,528 and are members of the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners finished the season 13–18, 4–12 in Big 12 play and lost in the first round of the 2010 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament, they finished the season on a nine-game losing streak. All wins were subsequently vacated due to use of an ineligible player, Keith "Tiny" Gallon, who had received impermissible benefits.> On April 19, 2009, Willie Warren announced that he would forgo the NBA Draft and return of the 2009–10 season. In the offseason the Sooners lost seniors Omar Leary, Austin Johnson and Taylor Griffin and junior Blake Griffin; the younger Griffin was the number one pick in the 2009 NBA Draft while the elder Griffin was pick number 48.
In the pre-season Big 12 coaches' poll, a poll of the current head coaches in the Big 12 and not to be confused with the Coaches Poll, the Sooners were picked to finish third. The Sporting News named Warren their preseason Player of the Year
Estela Ruiz is an alleged Marian visionary in Phoenix, Arizona. Ruiz grew up in Lordsburg, New Mexico, the daughter of Manuel Ruiz and Delfina Aguilera who are from Mexico, her father was a sometimes-unemployed alcoholic, her mother's business supported the household. Her father verbally and abused her mother, who in turn vented her frustration on Ruiz, on whom she relied for support; when Ruiz was sixteen, her mother made a promesa to the Virgin of Guadalupe that if her eldest son Inocensio, Ruiz's older brother, survived his illness, she would scale Mount Cristo Rey in pilgrimage. Inocensio recovered and Aguilera took Ruiz along on this climb, where Ruiz felt a "mysterious force" lifting her up the mountain despite her fatigue. Though the family was Catholic before, following Inocensio's recovery the household devotion to the Church and to the Virgin of Guadalupe grew stronger. While in her thirties, her mother developed and recovered from endometrial cancer, which she interpreted as her "cross to bear".
The anthropologist Kristy Nabhan-Warren views Delfina Aguilera's "physical and marital suffering" as an enactment "in her own relationship with Jesus and the Virgin of Guadalupe." The relationship between suffering and religion had a profound impact on Ruiz's understanding of life. A car accident twenty-five years that led to her father's recovery from alcoholism allowed him to have a better relationship with her mother and to be a grandfather to Ruiz's children. Ruiz married Reyes Ruiz, a man, a devotee of the Virgin of Guadalupe since the age of seven; the two had six children. One of their sons, Armando Ruiz, became a representative in the Arizona House of Representatives and in the Arizona State Senate. After her children had all grown, Ruiz decided to focus on her career, she earned a Bachelor's degree in education from Ottawa University in Phoenix, enrolled in a Master's of Education program at Northern Arizona University. In the early 1970s, she was hired to work for the Murphy School District in Phoenix and worked her way up the bureaucratic ladder to become superintendent of the district's bilingual programs.
When her mother began suffering as a result of the radiation therapy, Ruiz drove daily from her Phoenix workplace to the hospital in Lordsburg. She developed the same symptoms as her mother, whose death made Ruiz feel that she was going to die also. While she didn't die, she did, she became determined to succeed in her career and started attending assertiveness-training courses offered at the hospital. The courses helped her to increase her self-esteem, set goals, separate herself from her mother, feel like she was in control of her life. According to Ruiz, this sense of control was illusory: "I didn't realize that it was God, in control, I thought I was the one in control, can you believe it?!" Meanwhile, her husband Reyes, who had long been involved in many Catholic activities, including the encuentro movement of Spanish-speaking Catholics in the United States, the Catholic farmworkers rights campaigns, prison ministries, forged ties with Father Jack Spaulding of St. Maria Goretti Church in Scottsdale and his group of nine young Marian visionaries.
In 1988, he accompanied Father Spaulding to Medjugorje and Herzegovina, where the Virgin Mary appeared to six youths beginning in 1981. While in Medjugorje, Reyes prayed that his wife would help lead the family down a more spiritual path. Despite her religious upbringing, Ruiz describes herself at the time as a skeptic and a "Sunday morning Catholic". A successful, sophisticated woman, Ruiz was embarrassed by Reyes' religiosity and was jealous of his affection for the dark-skinned Virgin. While her husband was gone, Ruiz took down the icon of the Virgin of Guadalupe that hung in their home, she decided to leave it up, the next day as she walked past the painting, she heard it wish her a good morning. She dismissed the greeting as a signal of mental instability; the next week, the painting greeted her again, Ruiz felt a sensation that the voice was coming from the Virgin Mary. Following the two auditory experiences, Ruiz began waking up early with a strong desire to attend six o'clock mass. By the time Reyes returned, he found his wife much more open to his spirituality, when he asked for her help to spiritually revitalize the family, she agreed.
Shortly thereafter, Ruiz had two dreams of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Ruiz interpreted these dreams as preparation for her first vision. On the night of December 3, 1988, Reyes, their son Fernando, Fernando's wife Leticia, pregnant with their fourth child, were all praying the Rosary. Ruiz in particular was praying for her son Reyes Jr., struggling with cocaine addiction and for Fernando and Leticia's marriage. During the final decade, Ruiz says she saw a light emanating from a portrait of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that grew brighter until it forced her to close her eyes. At that moment, the Virgin spoke to her: "Don't you know that I am going to take care of your children?" Ruiz was overcome with emotion and began to cry, calling out, "Qué linda! Qué linda!". For the next ten years, Ruiz claimed that the Virgin appeared to at least weekly, daily, she identified herself as Our Lady of the Americas and relayed messages to the Ruiz family, the people of the barrio, to greater community of "the Americas" via Ruiz, sometimes speaking in English and sometimes in Spanish.
The majority of the messages focus on the necessity of prayer of the rosary