The coaching search that for the past few weeks had moved at a mind-numbing crawl has finally increased to the brisk gait expected.
Regardless of the speed, one aspect
deserves recognition – the quality of
Recently, it was reported that
Horton led his team to the College World Series this year and has been excellent for seven years with the Titans, posting more than 300 wins in that span. He has also been a part of five Big West Conference titles and three CWS in the past four years.
He could become the third coach in
the Big 12 to defect from Cal State Fullerton – UT's Augie Garrido and
And the third legitimate candidate comes straight out of the Cowboys' dugout. Wine has contributed 22 years to the OSU baseball program as a player and coach while keeping the Cowboys in the upper echelon of Big 12 offensive squads.
Already proving himself in the hitting arena, and being familiar with recruitment and OSU, Wine would merely need a solid pitching coach for quick and long-term success.
While many other names float in the
And although many lifelong fans would love to see the return of the great and powerful Gary Ward, that, too, looks to have little possibility.
The tradition of winning baseball at
OSU – credit due in large part to Ward – is legendary, which thankfully attracts
successful coaches to the small OKC-Tulsa
For this we should all be grateful. Because any of the candidates aforementioned could easily make a great fit for the Pokes as long as they are given the funds and the latitude to be successful.
Only time will tell, and it starts with the choice that is expected from Birdwell very soon.
OSUInsider.com Staff Writer