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.
“I love my school. I do appreciate everything that's been given to me from that. I wouldn't be sitting here enjoying professional baseball if it weren't for OU. I just want to say me and Coach G have a great relationship.”
What was it about Golloway that drew you to him as a recruit?
“I came from a very storied high school program (at Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas). We've had a lot of talent come out of my high school the past couple of years. He looked me in the eyes and said, ‘You know Jordan, I want to win a ring.' That sold me, when he looked me in the eyes and made me believe that. My freshman year, we go to the College World Series and get a run and dang it if I leave a year early and they go out and win a Big 12 championship ring the year after I leave. He accomplished what he set out to do. There's no other way to look at it.”
Will he be missed more in the future than he is now?
“What it all boils down to, people are going to have their own opinions, but you look at the man's record, you look at what he achieved in his tenure at the University of Oklahoma, any college program — outside of maybe two or three at the very highest echelon of college baseball — would be happy with that. The bar's set high for Oklahoma, with the football program, gymnastics, wrestling, women's basketball and everything else that's been so successful. We're used to the success at the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma's going to continue to find ways to be successful. Are they going to miss him down the line? I don't know. Call me back in three years.
“It's easy to look at oh, the grass is greener on that side but our grass is pretty green here too. It is what it is. He made a decision. It was an easy decision, at least from the financial standpoint.”