It is official; Sonny Golloway is no longer the head baseball coach at the University of Oklahoma. Golloway is heading to Auburn and the SEC. This is not a surprising development given OU’s athletic Director Joe Castiglione and Golloway were having communication problems and Castiglione recently decided not to re-negotiate Golloway’s existing contract.
This apparent fracture is even more substantiated as Auburn has only appeared in four College World Series without winning a national title. While OU has played in the College World Series 10 times and has won two national titles. Simply leaving OU for Auburn doesn’t make that much sense unless there was some issues. You can read between the lines.
Coach Golloway led OU to an overall 43-21 record and earned the Sooners their third appearance in the NCAA tournament’s Super Regionals in the last four years, and fourth time overall during his eight-year tenure.
The Sooners will begin a national search for a new head baseball coach. There are rumors that the Sooners have their eye on Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner and he could be OU’s initial target. The DBU Patriots are 216-123 under coach Heefner, including two NCAA regional appearances in 2008 and 2012 and one Super Regional appearance. Coach Heefner’s Patriots have won five straight games against the Sooners since 2011.
OU needs to bring in a head baseball coach that can elevate them permanently into the elite level, as they have the tradition and national presence to bring in top recruits and compete at the highest level.
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