Thursday was the first day that Oklahoma State interviewed candidates for the basketball head coach position and to replace the quickly and suddenly departed Brad Underwood. It is time to move on, really time to move on.
Late Thursday afternoon somebody updated Douglas Michael Gottlieb's Wikipedia entry with the fake news that on March 23, 2017, Oklahoma State offered him the job of head basketball coach and he accepted. Remember when somebody told you not to believe everything you read on the internet. That's the reason why. Now, you may be reading that soon somewhere like Go Pokes and it won't be fake news, but it won't be this immediate.
Although, tell me you can't look at that video with Mitchell Solomon, another portion of the interview that we did with the Cowboys forward on Wednesday. When Solomon says, "I didn't think I would have three coaches in three seasons, but I didn't come here for a coach. I came to be a part of Oklahoma State and the people here," you want to hug the young man.
That is why the work being done in the athletic department by the people making the decision on this is so very important. Our understanding was that Doug Gottlieb came in on Thursday. He did make an appearance at Aspen Coffee in downtown Stillwater. A public move, but a positive one as Oklahoma State fans love to feel like they know their coach and he likes to be around them. Gottlieb was interviewed according to a source with knowledge of the process for about three hours and gave a very thorough plan and outline of what he would do as head coach at Oklahoma State.
Later in the day he was in Oklahoma City and departing for back East to join his family as they prepare to move. They hope to Oklahoma where Doug would accept the job as Cowboys basketball coach, but it could be to the West Coast where FS1 and Fox Sports Radio are hoping Gottlieb will be a part of their growing effort to compete with industry giant ESPN.
We are assuming the details of Gottlieb's plan were very similar to what we've heard on television and radio interviews. I can tell you from personal conversations with Gottlieb prior to his interview that he had a very precise and detailed plan for the future of Cowboy basketball and how he would deal with situations and everyday duties involved with the program.
John Helsley of The Oklahoman reported that former OSU assistant and former Texas Tech and Houston head coach James Dickey was going to be interviewed along with the three assistants under Brad Underwood in Lamont Evans, Mike Boynton, and Danny Henderson. We confirmed those interviews and our source said those also were scheduled to take place today (Thursday, March 23). That makes for a very busy day in the Athletic Center of Gallagher-Iba Arena.
So, now are there interviews with candidates outside of Gottlieb and the inner Oklahoma State sanctum?
"Absolutely, that is the plan," a source told Go Pokes.
Those interviews may not be as trumpeted as the ones on Thursday, but the names being heard still remain USC coach Andy Enfield, who is married to former model and Mustang, Okla., native Amanda (Marcum) Enfield; Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobsen; SMU head coach Tim Jankovich, and the long-time dream candidate in former Cowboy player and assistant coach Bill Self. Self's whereabouts tonight are very well known as he is coaching his Kansas team against Purdue in Kansas City in the NCAA Sweet 16. One former AAU coach today did tell me that Self told him about eight years ago that Oklahoma State would be his last coaching job. Of course, things change and that is what makes life and coaching searches interesting. A year ago, Doug Gottlieb didn't get an interview.