Sunny Golloway has been the Auburn coach for almost two weeks now, which means Joe Castiglione soon will fill the Oklahoma baseball job. Here are the names I’ve been hearing for the job, in no particular order:
1. Joe Jordan. The former OU catcher in the 1980s joined Enos Semore’s staff after his playing days. He later went into professional baseball and has produced a superb career. Jordan, who still lives in his hometown of Blanchard, now is the Philadelphia Phillies’ director of player development.
2. Dan Heefner. The Dallas Baptist coach has done a superb job running his school’s only Division I program. Heefner just completed his sixth year as the DBU head coach. He played at Olivet Nazarene in Illinois and Northern Iowa. Heefner led the NAIA in home runs in 2000.
3. Brad Hill. The Kansas State coach got the Wildcats within one win of the College World Series this season and has done a tremendous job. K-State is the only non-coastal, non-Southern school to make the NCAA Tournament four straight years. He’s a 1985 graduate of Emporia State.
4. John Russell. The Norman High School graduate was an OU star from 1980-82 under Semore and has been in pro baseball ever since. After a major-league playing career, Russell went into coaching. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates and now is a bench coach for Buck Showalter’s Orioles.
5. John Savage. The UCLA coach just coached the Bruins to the College World Series title. He’s a 1991 Nevada grad. Lots of schools in this part of the country try to lure away a hot California coach. Sometimes it works. OU got Larry Cochell from Cal State-Fullerton in 1990.
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