WATCH: How COVID and a bizarre injury shaped a college basketball career

WATCH: How COVID and a bizarre injury shaped a college basketball career

The Todd Pod: Sports are full of interesting stories and Callen Haydon has one to tell. From a childhood surrounded by basketball to a college career that was affected by COVID and a bizarre injury to the start of his coaching journey.

Todd Lisenbee

By Todd Lisenbee

| Nov 9, 2023, 10:30am CST

Todd Lisenbee

By Todd Lisenbee

Nov 9, 2023, 10:30am CST

One of the things that I’m excited to get to do on The Todd Pod is talking to people that you may not know about that have interesting stories to tell. One of the people that fits that bill is Callen Haydon. What happened between his high school career at El Reno and his current post as an assistant basketball coach at UCO was a roller coaster.

(00:51) Growing up in El Reno

(03:28) High school recruitment

(04:18) Going from juco to UCO

(06:01) Playing during COVID

(09:03) Getting an extra year of eligibility

(10:14) Bursting on the scene as a junior

(11:44) Senior year expectations and a bizarre injury

(18:09) Applying for an extra year with the NCAA

(21:01) Age of college players with the extra COVID year

(24:04) Does Callen want to coach or broadcast?

(25:56) Playing against Trae Young in high school

(26:44) Best player you played against in college

(27:40) Thoughts on Bedlam football

(28:34) Advice to kids learning basketball

(30:16) Sales pitch for UCO basketball in 2023-24

Todd Lisenbee can be reached on Twitter/X, Instagram or via email at [email protected].

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Creative Director: Michael Lane

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Todd Lisenbee is the host of The Todd Pod with Todd Lisenbee on the Sellout Crowd network. He has been a producer/talk show host at WWLS, The Sports Animal and 107.7 The Franchise during a Oklahoma broadcasting career that spans to 2002. Todd has broadcast high school basketball, football and soccer play-by-play since 2003 and is currently the voice of the UCO Bronchos, a role he has been in since 2018. He can be reached at @ToddOnSports on Twitter/X or Instagram or via email at [email protected].

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