Sunny Golloway leaving Oklahoma caused no outrage in the Sooner Nation.
No wailing. No gnashing of teeth. No renting of garments.
Granted, we're talking about the baseball coach in Norman, not the football coach. But still, while the Auburn faithful are fired up about Golloway being lured away, the OU faithful have given the move a collective shoulder shrug.
“Is it weird that I'm totally OK with this?” one reader commented on the NewsOK.com story announcing Golloway's departure.
Is it weird?
Is it surprising?
Now, it's true that Golloway wasn't the most beloved coach in the world. There were some players and coaches with ties to OU who refused to have anything to do with the program as long as Golloway was the coach.
Right or wrong, they had their reasons for feeling that way, and it created a cloud over the program.
Then, there was the high-profile brouhaha between Golloway and his nephew Kody Kaiser in 2006.
Kaiser decided to leave the program after starting for two years but having ongoing issues with his uncle. He sought a full release from OU to transfer.
Golloway blocked it, meaning Kaiser wouldn't be immediately eligible at another NCAA Division I school.
At the time, Kaiser contended that his uncle was more interested in his image than his players, even a blood relative.
“He said to me, ‘If you leave the University of Oklahoma, how am I going to recruit to the University of Oklahoma when my own nephew doesn't want to be here?'” Kaiser said.
Kaiser transferred to Oklahoma City University, believing he could move to a lower-division school and be eligible, but when fall practices rolled around, he was told that OU still had no plans to release him. Even though he was playing for an NAIA team that would never cross paths with the Sooners, he would have to wait until the spring to be eligible.
Did Golloway have every right to block the release?
Did it look good for him to be fighting his nephew like that?
Not at all.
But even with a lack of warm fuzzies with Golloway, it's still surprising that the Sooner Nation is so blasé about his departure.
The reason: results.
Golloway took over a program that was scuffling in the Big 12. From 2001-04, the Sooners failed to win 40 games and twice finished with losing records. They looked destined for another poor finish when coach Larry Cochell resigned amid controversy over racially insensitive remarks and Golloway took over midway through the 2005 season.
But Golloway rallied the Sooners, and a team that was 7-11 at one point in league play made the NCAA Tournament.
It was the first of eight tournament appearances for Golloway's Sooners. Only once did they fail to make the tournament.
Their overall record: 346-181-1.
This season marked the program's fifth consecutive 40-win season.
Granted, Golloway may not have won as much or as big as some people would've liked — losing series to Oklahoma State and Texas always stick in crimson-and-cream craws — but you can't argue with the big-picture results, the total number of 40-win seasons and NCAA Tournament trips.
Add the fact that OU doesn't have the greatest facilities to lure recruits — we'll call them adequate — and it makes the results all the more impressive.
Results were what caught Auburn's eye.
“We wanted to hire a coach who was a proven winner,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said during Golloway's introductory news conference.
The Tigers absolutely got one.
The Sooners may hire themselves a great replacement for Golloway. Joe Castiglione might find a coach who takes the program to new heights and becomes beloved in the Sooner Nation.
But the new guy will have his work cut out for him. He'll be following a coach who always got results.
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