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Berry Tramel: Here's what kind of coach OU should hire

The Sooners' next basketball coach won't be a big name. He'll be a coach from a big-time school without big-time money.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 15, 2011

But you never know who might be ready to move. If Joe Castiglione found the coach he wanted, he might lure him without paying silly money. Williams, for instance, is believed to make $1.4 million a year, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which is less than what Capel made at OU.

Conversely, OU certainly is a better basketball job than Alabama, but Bama could write a cashier's check to keep Anthony Grant.

Now, a coach coming from a Big East or similar school would have to have the right attitude about OU. Would have to realize that football is king and that's not going to change.

That won't work for everybody. But it might work for some, who wouldn't mind coaching in relative peace and with reasonable expectations, at a place where the Final Four is attainable.

If Joe C. doesn't find his man from that pool, he can always go the mid-major route, which brought Billy Tubbs and Capel to Norman.

Utah State's Stew Morrill, Richmond's Chris Mooney, St. Mary's Randy Bennett. Lots of good coaches out there, itching to work at a place where the cards and the NCAA selection committee aren't stacked against you.

Heck, Castiglione could let some school do the heavy lifting for him and just steal a plum hire, like Colorado's Tad Boyle, a Kansas grad who proved in one year at CU he knows what he's doing.

But OU's best bet appears to be a coach from a big-time school without big-time money.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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Ranking the openings

With the departure Tuesday of Sidney Lowe from North Carolina State, seven basketball jobs are open in the power conferences, and those schools could be competing for some of the same candidates. How they rank:

1. Arkansas: Razorbacks have been to six Final Fours and 29 NCAA Tournaments. They won the title in 1994. The Hogs once had a huge fan following that could be rekindled.

2. Oklahoma: Sooners have been to 26 NCAAs and four Final Fours. Great facilities and plenty of money, but soft fan base.

3. Georgia Tech: 16 NCAAs and two Final Fours; plays in the tradition-rich ACC. But fan base has dwindled and expectations might be too high, even though the Yellow Jackets played in the 2004 title game.

4. Utah: Headed to the Pac-12, Utes have been to 27 NCAAs and four Final Fours, plus won the 1944 title. Utes were in the Sweet 16 as recently as 2005.

5. North Carolina State: Two NCAA titles, 1974 and 1983, plus another Final Four and 22 overall NCAA appearances. But Wolfpack plays third fiddle in its own state, to Carolina and Duke.

6. Providence: Friars have been to two Final Fours, but none since 1987. And while Friars have been to 16 NCAAs, they haven't won an NCAA game since 1997.

7. Texas Tech: Red Raiders never have made a Final Four. Their eight NCAA Tournament victories rank 91st in the nation.

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