A week ago, Oklahoma State went fishing for Bill Self. Now, it has hooked Travis Ford. A splash, this isn't. The search for OSU's next men's basketball coach started with the biggest of fish. Self is fresh off a national championship at Kansas, where he decided to stay after a hefty pay increase and a generous contract extension. Which leads us to Ford. The man who will be announced today as the Cowboys new coach is an up-and-comer, a guy who honed his skills at an NAIA school, who turned bottom-feeder Eastern Kentucky into an NCAA Tournament team and who's resurrected UMass after a decade of decline. Ford might be a darn good choice for OSU. But admit it, my orange-clad friends, you didn't exactly go crazy Wednesday when you heard the news that OSU athletic director Mike Holder had extended an offer and you realized Ford probably wouldn't refuse. Maybe you were sitting at your computer. Maybe you were driving in your car. Did you throw your hands up in celebration? Did you pound the steering wheel in excitement? Doubtful. Hold on a minute. Haven't we experienced a hire like this before before? Two years ago, Oklahoma needed to find itself a basketball coach after Kelvin Sampson's departure. A bunch of top-tier names were thrown around. Gonzaga's Mark Few. Boston College's Al Skinner. Marquette's Tom Crean. Wake Forest's Skip Prosser. Miami's Frank Haith. Even NBA assistant P.J. Carlesimo, who might find his way to our fair state in the near future anyway. On the evening of April 10, 2006, our sports department prepared a story about the progress of the coaching search. "Prosser thought to be OU's primary target,” the headline read. That story and headline never made the late editions. As the night wore on, new information came available. Jeff Capel was the guy. "Virginia Commonwealth's Capel OU choice?” the new headline read. Capel's name had been absent from discussions in the days leading up to his hire, much like Ford's has been these past couple weeks. And when it became known that Capel was the pick, most Sooner fans reacted the same way. Shrugs. So it seems with Cowboy fans now. Trolling the internet message boards Wednesday, you saw emotions that spanned the gamut. There were those who celebrated Ford's hire: "Ford has steadily moved up the chain and can make a change for the better,” one wrote. Others were less excited: "What ... is going on in Stillwater?” But more than anything, the vibe was one of wait-and-see. Criticism was sparse, but so was praise. No one jumping for joy. No one jumping off a cliff. "Will Travis Ford get it done?” one fan wrote on a message board. "I don't know, but I am at least willing to try and be objective ... ” The feeling was similar when Capel was hired. And we know how that turned out. Capel had a rough first season, but he made some pretty significant strides last season. Now, with Blake Griffin returning and Willie Warren coming, the Sooners have great promise heading into Year 3. How will it go with Ford? It's impossible to predict, of course. He doesn't have to be a splash hire to make waves in Stillwater, but there are certainly more unknowns with a guy like Ford. Sure, he's improved the programs at both of his Division-I stops, but he also failed to win an outright regular-season conference title in eight seasons in the Ohio Valley and the Atlantic 10. Does that make him the wrong guy for OSU? Not necessarily. Then again, maybe. Just like a few years ago when OU hired Capel, we know very little for sure about the man that OSU has hired as its next men's basketball coach. About the only thing that's certain is that OSU went fishing for a big catch and reeled in Ford.