The Norman Transcript


March 20, 2011

Source:Marquette coach OU’s pick to replace Jeff Capel



Two years ago, Oklahoma City natives Xavier Henry and Daniel Orton were both top 25 recruits. Henry opted for Kansas and Orton chose Kentucky. Both turned pro after just one season of college basketball. Seasons can be built around one-and-done players. Most programs cannot.

Texas provides the fertile recruiting area OU must tap into. Williams has the talent and experience sustain a program from that area. If a guy can consistently recruit Texas players to a Jesuit school in Milwaukee, OU should be much easier sell.

But OU’s interest doesn’t make landing Williams a slam dunk.

One road block could be money. Marquette is a private school. Therefore coaches’ salaries are not a matter of public record. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Williams’ current contract to be for six seasons and pay him $1.5 million per year. Coaches rarely make a move without a securing a pay raise of less than 30 percent unless they feel their seat is getting too hot.

Williams is also believed to be in the mix for the Arkansas job and Marquette is also likely to fight to keep him. His price could also rise with every NCAA Tournament win. He has a lot of leverage. OU also had to pay over $2 million to buy out Capel.

Castiglione didn’t mention any specifics about money when he spoke to reporters this week.

“We’re mindful of our business model, we’re mindful of the market place, we’re mindful of what it may take and we’ll determine the best course of action in investing in our program’s future,” he said.

Williams best fits OU’s needs. It’s up to Castiglione to see if he can make it work.

John Shinn 366-3536

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