News of Frank Anderson's dismissal as Oklahoma State's baseball coach came out early Tuesday afternoon. And it reached Norman a few hours later.
Speaking before practice for the Sooners' upcoming regional, OU coach Sunny Golloway had some interesting things to say.
Here's his take:
“I think (Frank Anderson) did a good job, and I think he was a good coach. I'm sad for him and his family. You don't like to see those things happen in your league.
“The one thing I understand, that very few of us understand, is how very, very difficult it is to win in the Big 12. What's unfair about it is you know, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, maybe their fans don't try to compare the coaches of the past to the coaches of the present. But I do know that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State compare coaches of the past to coaches of the present, and that's unfair because the Big Eight was an absolute different animal than the Big 12. This thing has a lot more teeth. And it's simple, those teeth are Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor. In the past, you didn't have to beat those people.
“You can look at it this year, it's different. Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor finish ahead of Oklahoma. If we weren't in the Big 12 and it was the Big Eight, we would have won a title and (Oklahoma State) would have finished in second and they wouldn't have been letting him go for coming in second in the Big Eight. To me, that's the biggest thing of all ... the comparisons I continue to hear from people. I don't listen to Sports Animal, but the comparisons people tell me they hear on the Sports Animal and of course with one particular individual about when he played there. Come on, this is a different deal. It's a completely different deal and I don't think it's fair to compare them at all.”