This Guy Makes Sense

NORMAN, Okla. -- He may be the dark horse in the Sooner head coach search because he's at the Division II level, but University of Central Oklahoma's Terry Evans could be the right guy for a number of reasons.

1. He's an OU alum--Evans was a four-year starter for the Sooners under former head coach Billy Tubbs back from 1989-1993. He's still the career leader in 3-pointers made with 259 and he scored 1,361 points in his career. Beyond all that, though, is the fact that he has a certain sense of familiarity with the program, he knows how it works and that's irreplaceable. It's definitely something that places him above all the rest of the candidates.

2. He won't use it as a launching position--It's been widely rumored that the first major position back on the East Coast that became available to Jeff Capel would have attracted him there immediately. From an inside source to Evans, that would most certainly not be the case with him. He would take the position with the intent to stay until he either retired or was not wanted as the guy anymore.

3. He's a proven winner--Evans has only racked up a 193-80 overall record at UCO, good for a .707 winning percentage, including a 30-4 record this year as the Bronchos fell just one victory short of the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass. And before arriving at UCO, he guided Midwest City High School to a 100-11 mark and three Class 6A State Titles. He flat out knows how to win, regardless of the level.

4. He will recruit well--One thing he's adamant about is snagging the in-state studs. No doubt, that's something the Sooners have for the most part failed to do in recent years. Excluding Blake Griffin, OU missed out on guys like Ekpe Udoh, Xavier Henry and Daniel Orton. With Evans, there's ample reason to believe that won't happen. He has lots of in-state connections with his Oklahoma playing and coaching background, a major plus.

5. He's done more with less--I've been around enough Division II basketball growing up with a Kansas background of teams like Washburn, Emporia State, Fort Hays State and others to realize the difference between that level and Division I. The most glaring difference from the elite programs at D-II to those at D-I is they will have three or four of their needs (i.e. a major rebounder, shooter and good ball handler but not a top notch defender), whereas those at D-I will have all four. Evans has figured out how to balance that talent differential and succeed with it. And he hasn't even had the luxury of an unlimited recruiting budget. Imagine if he did.

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