Tuesday, July 12, 2005Oklahoma Baseball...
Nonetheless the Sooners hung in there and gave Ole Miss a nice run before losing in regionals under interim coach Sonny Golloway.
Well yesterday the Sooners found a replacement for Cochell, an excellent replacement in Gene Stephenson, the long-time coach at Wichita State. It was cause for celebration in Norman until this happened:
"We are very appreciative for the opportunity to coach at the University of Oklahoma," Stephenson said. "... We have worked over the years at Wichita State in order to use our scholarships and to plan for the use of our future scholarships.
"As we assessed the Oklahoma baseball scholarship situation, we would be too limited in our ability to take the program in the direction that we think it should go."
Ouch, obviously a scholarship snafu scared the coach away just 12 hours after he accepted the job. Yet another strange turn of events for a once-stable ping program.
Stephenson Throws OU a Curveball [NCAA Sports]