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Coaching change puts OSU at disadvantage
New hire is likely to focus on Class of 2009

By Mike Baldwin Modified: April 2, 2008 at 1:04 am •  Published: April 2, 2008
How does changing coaches affect recruiting?

College basketball programs often sign a player or two in April to fill out the roster. Now that Sean Sutton no longer is the coach at Oklahoma State, will it cost the Cowboys a recruit or two?

"It will be extremely difficult for the successor to find players at this late juncture, unless they hire a coach who has contacts he might bring with him,” said Bob Gibbons, recruiting analyst for All Star Sports. "That's the only way to have any kind of recruiting success this time of year.”

Dave Telep, national recruiting analyst for, said spring recruiting can be overrated.

"It's very difficult to get better in April in college basketball,” Telep said. "Even if you have an established coach in place it's hard to get better with what's out there right now.

"To me mid-April should be their target date. The concern in recruiting is having a guy in place by mid-April so he can go out the last half of the month and visit underclassmen (for next year's class).”

Since OSU lost only one senior, and has a good nucleus returning, Gibbons said the biggest recruiting issue is the new coach "re-recruiting” players currently on the roster to prevent players from transferring.

"They need to move quickly to get a coach in place,” Gibbons said.

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