NORMAN — Following the announcement that he'd accepted Auburn's head baseball coaching position, Sunny Golloway answered several farewell tweets late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
One Oklahoma fan asked Golloway for one last “Boomer Sooner.”
“Boomer Sooner program will do great!” Golloway responded.
Indeed, Golloway leaves the Oklahoma baseball program in good shape — much better shape than he received it in — and his old job will be an intriguing one for coaches around the country.
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione indicated in a news release Friday evening that a national search for Golloway's replacement was already underway, and early speculation in the college baseball community largely centers around Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner.
Arkansas associate head coach Todd Butler, who played at Oklahoma in the late 1980s, was also considered a strong contender for the OU job, but a source told the Wichita Eagle that Butler accepted Wichita State's vacant head coaching position Saturday.
Heefner became Dallas Baptist's head coach in 2007, and quickly led the Patriots to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in his inaugural season. DBU has appeared in three NCAA Tournaments under Heefner, who has tallied a 216-123 record.
Oklahoma has gotten an up-close look at Heefner's teams over the past several years, and it hasn't always been pretty for the Sooners.
Dallas Baptist has beaten Oklahoma in five straight matchups, including a 2-0 Patriots' win April 30 and a 3-2, 10-inning victory in the 2011 Fort Worth Regional, which Dallas Baptist eventually won to advance to its only Super Regional appearance in school history.
Heefner interviewed for the Wichita State job early last week, but removed his name from consideration.