As for Gray's explanation for the positive test …
“I didn't ask Jon for an explanation,” Golloway said. “As the head coach at the University of Oklahoma, it's real simple, cut and dry. The NCAA has their drug testing and has their rules. The university, our institution, has their drug testing, has its rules in place. And as coaches we have to follow those, and we do, right to the last letter.
“At this point in time, Jon Gray is an eligible student-athlete, like all the rest of them. He's held accountable, like the rest of the team is held accountable, like all the student-athletes are. That's pretty much end of the story.”
The coming days, involving Thursday's draft and Friday's performance, will likely dictate where the story goes from here.
Gray is a prominent figure both nights. He could go to the Houston Astros with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday and projects as no lower than the No. 5 selection. The following night, he carries much of the Sooners' hopes for advancing through the weekend and beyond.
“Jon's a great teammate,” said OU catcher Anthony Hermelyn. “We've trusted him all year long and he's picked us up as a team all year. We trust him 100 percent. He's been a great teammate and a great guy.”
Gray has been one of the nation's most dominant pitchers, currently standing 10-2 with a 1.59 earned run average. His 138 strikeouts rank No. 2 among Division I starters. He went the distance, striking out 11, in OU's 7-3 win over Coastal Carolina in the first game of last week's regional at Virginia Tech.
On an even bigger stage this week, Golloway said the message is simple.
“Just tell him to do his thing,” Golloway said. “Tell him that his family, his teammates and his coaches have his back. If we needed one more thing to inspire us, maybe this is it. So we'll go forward and we'll take whatever comes out of the stands and we'll bunker down and go play baseball.
“It's us against the world right now. We understand that. And we like that.”