The new emails are here! The new emails are here!
Some yahoo who didn’t sign his name — the definition of a yahoo — wrote, “I saw the poll for Sean Sutton. Where is the poll for Capel?”
Oh brother. Capel’s job is not in jeopardy. The OU fan base is not split on Capel. Joe Castiglione is not pondering Capel’s fate. The Poor Aggie syndrome is not very becoming.
RK is trying to figure out the Holder/Sean saga: “Keep reading The Oklahoman over the internet. Really interested in the comments. Or rather, the lack of comments. A lot of silence has settled over the Oklahoma State basketball program. Seems to be the quiet before the storm. Have to believe that Holder has ‘back-channel discussions’ going with at least one individual (maybe more) to replace Sean Sutton. Otherwise, he would have come out earlier to silence the division within the Cowboy Nation over Sutton. Eddie seems to be a head coach broker. Has had contacts with Arkansas State and Missouri State. My conclusion, he is also back-channeling for Dickey and Sean. Sean could be at Missouri State next year in the Missouri Valley and facing the Salukis on a regular basis. Only question I have is what individual Holder is making plans for as new head coach.”
Well, that’s a solid theory, I guess. The Arkansas State job dried up for James Dickey, but Mizzou State remains open for somebody named Sutton. Sean, Scott, Eddie. Somebody.
Joe wrote about Sean: “I am glad you came out and said to give him one more year. I know we have disagreed on this some in past e-mails, but I appreciate your fairness. The big question is will Holder give him one more year? I think he deserves it, but I hate to admit politics is in everything. I just saw the box score of the SIU game and it looked like OSU took very little enthusiasm for the NIT. I don’t know how much Sean was to blame for that, but he is the coach and has to take some. Truman used to say the buck stops here.”
Like I said, you can’t judge anything on the NIT. Nobody wants to be there. I can’t condemn the Cowboys for not being excited.
Leo asked an interesting question: “I was looking at the NCAA brackets and wondering how many church schools made the tournament. That is, how many Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Mormon, Presbyterian, and others are playing? Does a good player have a better chance to go to the Big Dance from one of them than a state school?”
Excellent question. I counted them; 17 Christian-affiliated schools, out of 65. That’s a decent ratio. Mt. St. Mary’s, Notre Dame, Saint Joseph’s, American, Villanova, Siena, Gonzaga, Davidson (has cut many of its church ties), Georgetown, Oral Roberts, Marquette, St. Mary’s, BYU, San Diego, Baylor, Xavier, Belmont.
Kelvin (not Sampson, I assume) wrote about the Sonics and my belief that Clay Bennett holds all the cards: “You might think that you hold all the cards and maybe you do, but this card game is far from over. I believe Seattle will come up with a plan and they already have new owners ready to step in. It will be very hard to move the Sonics if all these things come together. It would be a very bad PR move for the league to turn down us if we have a plan in place. It was always about an arena deal. Stern is using you to get Seattle to come up with a deal. Granted, Bennett won’t have to sell, but maybe the league will block his move and then he will be in trouble. The best is that we keep the Sonics and you guys get an expansion team. Maybe I am wrong but the good guys always win and not carpet bagger that try to steal another city’s team.”
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