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.
I spoke with John on Monday afternoon. Here’s more of what he had to say:
On Golloway taking the Auburn job: 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.
On 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.
Coach G sent me a message this (Monday) morning. 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 is 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.
The remark I made last night–in the heat of the moment I said something. I was getting heat from former teammates and guys at OU that are there now. I did say things that were tasteless. 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.
More on Golloway: I’m very happy for him and his family. I know he’s excited about his next leg of the journey. The same attitude he brought to Oklahoma, that drive and that want to win and to win baseball games and to bring in talent, he’s going to take to Auburn. I think he’s going to be a great fit there and bring in talent.
On why he wanted to play for Golloway: I came from a very storied high school program. 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 danggit 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.
On the program moving forward and whether Golloway might be more missed down the line:
OU athletics and Joe Castiglione and that whole staff will be a great job of bringing in another coach. I’m sure that Sunny being an Oklahoma native, going to Oral Roberts, then having that other coach (Gene Stephenson) picked for the job first, so he was the second choice, he wasn’t even the original person that was supposed to get the job. I’m sure there’s might be a little bit of bad blood there. What it all boils down to, people are going to have their own opinions but you look at the men’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, wight he 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.
I texted him and told him thank you for everything he’s ever done for me and wished him the best of luck. With the whole thing that’s been going on–I read the internet. I know what people say about him. I can’t explain that. I don’t know. Some people like me, some people don’t like me. Some people like you and I’m sure there are some that don’t. The man was good at what he did. He’s going to go to Auburn and he’s going to take his coaching philosophy there and I’m sure he’s going to be successful.