Sooner Hoops Job Has Lots to Offer

NORMAN, Okla. -- Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and the Sooner men's basketball program is looking for a new head coach to replace Jeff Capel, and one thing's for sure: Regardless of how down in the dumps the program may be because of the last couple years, it's still an attractive position.

Why is that?

1. Tradition--The Sooners have a great history both within their conference and nationally. OU has 20 Conference Championships and 26 NCAA Tournament appearances, including four Final Fours, a pair of which culminated in title game appearances. Not only that, but the Sooners have sent several star players into the NBA Draft, most recently with the program's first overall No. 1 Draft pick, forward Blake Griffin. Other first rounders include Stacey King, Mookie Blaylock, Harvey Grant, Wayman Tisdale, Alvan Adams and Garfield Heard.

2. Good facilities--In 2001, a $17.1 million expansion transformed the Lloyd Noble Center into one of the most premier facilities in the country. It features a men's and women's practice court as well as new offices, locker rooms, theater-style film rooms, a full-sized weight room and more. These types of things not only attract talented players but bring along great coaches as well.

3. Solid athletic budget--People always want to talk about how OU is a football school and other sports are overlooked because of that. But there are also obvious advantages of having a dominant football program. It brings in a ton of money into the athletic budget, which helps to serve these other sports, including basketball. A hoops program like OU can benefit tremendously from this.

4. Great leadership--President David L. Boren and Castiglione are one of the best athletic director-president duos in America. They do everything the right way in terms of putting their guys in position to win games in all sports. Consider the success that head football and baseball coaches Bob Stoops and Sunny Golloway, respectively, have had. Not all of that is attributable just to them. Boren and Castiglione have had a huge hand in that success.

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