Jordan John was a big part of Oklahoma's 2011 and 2012 baseball teams.
After Sooners coach Sunny Golloway left to take the Auburn job, John was one of the first to react to Dillon Overton's tweets about Golloway. John initially sent out tweets that questioned Overton posting the thoughts in public, then said he'd had his own run-ins with Golloway, tweeting that Golloway had called him “worthless.”
John quickly deleted the tweets, contacted Golloway by text and spoke to his former coach Monday morning.
John spoke with The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber the next day.
Q: What was your reaction to Sunny Golloway taking the Auburn job?
A: “It came as a shock to me. I try to keep up with sports and things like that, especially with OU baseball. I had a friend message me and tell me, ‘Hey, Sunny's leaving.' You're used to something that's there. He's been there for a long time and he's found success. You never think about somebody like that leaving. You look back, he's had a great tenure at Oklahoma.
“He's got a great opportunity at Auburn. He did what every other person was going to do in that situation. I'm not saying that the University of Oklahoma wasn't a great situation, but you look at the money he got. He went from being a Big 12 coach to the second-highest paid SEC coach.”
What did you think about Dillon Overton's tweet?
“Opinions vary on Coach. Everybody's entitled to their opinion. It initially caught me off guard. It was a late-night tweet. Dillon has his own opinion, and he followed it up with two more posts. If you're going to put that much time and effort, he must've meant it. It shocked me a little bit. I came in and tried to get on his level and I posted a tweet that I immediately regretted. I deleted it, but it had been retweeted and talked about.”
You talked to Golloway after deleting your tweet. How did that conversation go?
“There was just confusion there. I talked to him, and we had a great conversation. Coach Golloway loves all of his players. It doesn't make sense to me. It is what it is.
“Me and Coach G are on great terms. He was my mentor for three years and he helped develop me from a high school baseball player to a college player and get me ready to be a pro baseball player.