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Berry Tramel: Sooner basketball can do better, deserves better

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm •  Published: March 14, 2011

Joe C. isn't likely to go after a splash hire. That isn't OU's style. Never has been.

The Sooners' last three basketball hires were head coaches at Virginia Commonwealth, Washington State and Lamar. All three won big; Tubbs and Sampson sustained it.

Football, too. Going back to and including Bud Wilkinson, the Sooners have hired just one head coach to be their head coach: Howard Schnellenberger.

So Joe C. will beat the bushes and find a man (I don't think Sherri Coale will get the job). It's not likely to be a stealth candidate like 31-year-old Jeff Capel was five years ago, but don't go expecting Billy Donovan or Tom Izzo.

Castiglione will hire a coach with a solid pedigree and a will to win. That's what he did with Capel, and it worked until it didn't. Until Capel let the program hit quicksand with player defections and NCAA rule violations.

There is no reason Capel should be anything but an aberration. This program has been too good too long to stay down.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at 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

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by Berry Tramel
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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