Last night, disturbing reports trickled out of Stillwater claiming that Oklahoma State University is considering a buyout of Travis Ford’s contract.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are considering the possibility of firing coach Travis Ford after being ousted in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the third straight year, sources confirmed to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.
The chance of Ford being fired is “50-50,” one source close to the situation said.
The news was first reported by The Oklahoman, which cited multiple unnamed sources.
I’m not sure what strange world Cowboys fans live in, but getting rid of Travis Ford would be a colossal mistake. The guy can flat out coach! I know this from watching Bedlam basketball games over the years. Since Ford took over in 2008, he’s defeated my beloved Sooners something like six times. Yes, six times! That’s about .85 wins per season. Considering most universities go years, if not decades, without a victory against Oklahoma, that’s something OSU fans can hang their cowboy hat on.
When I first heard this news, my instinct was to start a Go Fund Me and raise enough money to keep Coach Ford around. He’s the perfect coach for OSU! But that seems like too much work. Instead, let me at least give some reasons why OSU fans, boosters and athletic directors should stick with him. Please remember that I’m not an OSU fan, and all this comes from an unbiased, outsider perspective…
1. He’s made the NCAA Tournament five times…
This is Ford’s seventh season at Oklahoma State, and he’s made the tournament in five of those seasons. In a day and age when only 68 teams make the NCAA Tournament, that’s quite an accomplishment.
2. He has won an NCAA Tournament Game…
Who could forget the Cowboy’s majestic run through the NCAA Tournament in the 2008 – 2009 season. Making the field as an under-the-radar 8-seed, the Cowboys snuck by Tennessee in the first round only to have their one shining moment stopped by a tough Pittsburgh squad.
3. He’s the country’s greatest recruiter of little white guys who can shoot…
Remember when you were a high schooler and for the most part, there were no consequences for your actions? No one expected anything of you and life was great. I really miss those days when I check my emails and the balance of my 401k. High school, though it hella sucked, was definitely a simpler time where we didn’t gain weight if we ate potato chips and soda for lunch. And if you did something pretty stupid, people just chalked it up to you being a kid. I miss that.
But maybe I’m the only one that feels that way. Maybe some of you adults want to go around punishing happy-go-lucky teenagers for the crime of being a teenager. That’s certainly what some parents in Gurthrie are all about. According to KFOR.com:
We had a pair of close and surprising games yesterday. Lord Gary England made his first Ogle Madness Final Four after defeating two-time champ and 1-seed Emily Sutton by a count of 372 to 315. He will face off against 3-seed Olivia Munn in the Final 4. The movie, TV and cosplay star defeating a struggling Kevin Durant by a score of 361 – 320.
With both 1-seeds down, Joleen Chaney can’t get comfortable. This morning, she’s taking on the surprising Lake Hefner Goats. While Joleen is an Ogle Madness mainstay, the six-seeded goats are newcomers to both OKC and the Ogle Madness tourney. If the Lake Hefner Goats make the Final Four, it will be the greatest feat for an animal in Oklahoma since Bonkers the chimpanzee captured headlines at the Oklahoma City Zoo by teaching her zookeeper trigonometry in the 1970s.
Vote now! The winner takes on the victor from today’s afternoon matchup between Lacey Swope and Russell Westbrook.
Last night, I was checking out the news section on KFOR in search of material (yes, it’s a sad life) and stumbled across this image. I thought I hit the jackpot:
Holy shit! Furry costume? Suspicious character?? Chickasha, Oklahoma??? Merry Blogger Christmas!!! What amazing gift do you have for us, KFOR? Did Pedobear walk out on his tab at J&W Grill? Did some furry’s van breakdown on the way to buy meth supplies in Lawton?
Let’s see what it is…
This afternoon’s Elite Eight game is the only time you’re going to see Kevin Durant in a competition in the foreseeable future. It’s a matchup between the top-seeded and two-time Ogle Madness champ Durant and PC North’s own Olivia Munn, whose 15 minutes still hasn’t run out. I guess she’s here to stay.
These two have met twice times in Ogle Madness. In 2010’s Ogle Madness III, Durant defeated Munn 325-203 in the Elite Eight, and the next year, in Ogle Madness IV, KD beat her in the Final Four, 331-218. Can KD make it three Ogle Madness victories over Munn or is this the year she finally takes him down?
Vote now, and don’t forget to vote for in this morning’s games. The winner of this matchup will take on the victor of Emily Sutton vs. Gary England.
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