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June 27, 2013

Castiglione gives progress report on search for Sooner skipper

ARDMORE — Oklahoma has been without a baseball coach for two weeks. OU athletics director Joe Castiglione isn’t ready to say how the void will be filled or when.

However, he told The Transcript having to replace Sunny Golloway didn’t catch him off guard.

“It’s a thing where I don’t know if it’s a surprise because you have to be somewhat prepared for it,” Castiglione said after the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting concluded Thursday morning at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. “You’re managing people so you cannot predict every single thing. So, we are where we are.”

Golloway — who went 346-181-1 and guided OU to the College World Series in 2010, four Super Regionals and to the NCAA tournament eight times in nine years in the OU dugout — left for Auburn on June 14.

Castiglione wouldn’t comment on specific candidates to fill the void, but the applicants OU has vetted are in line with a program he expects to continue winning at a national level.

Money was a major factor in Golloway’s exit. The deal he agreed to will pay him about $250,000 more a year.

However, that doesn’t mean OU hasn’t or won’t continue to invest heavily in baseball. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Sooners spent $808,135 on the sport in 2012, which is the last year reported. The Big 12 Conference average was $553,447. What OU spent would’ve ranked fourth among SEC schools.

Castiglione said that has been a major factor among prospective coaches.

“They want to know,” he said. “For us, it’s not just an opportunity to sponsor baseball as one of our 21 sports. We want to be successful in every sport we sponsor. We try to allocate resources that would help all of our sports be successful.

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