Cochell suspended for remarks to ESPN broadcasters

Cochell, Castiglione issue statements on the OU head baseball coach's quotes on ESPN.

OU Baseball coach Larry Cochell has been suspended for comments made during a private meeting with ESPN broadcasters on Thursday.

Oklahoma Athletic director Joe Castiglione issued this statement prior to Friday's game with Nebraska.

"It is widely known that one of the most important values of the University of Oklahoma and its leadership is to celebrate diversity as a strength. This university is a place where everyone is respected.

'Clearly, if these comments were made they run contrary to the core values of this institution and we will treat them very seriously."

Castiglione added that beginning with Friday night's game against Nebraska, assistant coach Sunny Golloway will serve as the team's head coach on an interim basis. Golloway will remain in that role until the matter is resolved.

Cochell issued the following statement Friday evening.

"I profoundly apologize for my remarks. I am deeply sorry for any pain or embarrassment I have caused for any individual or the university. Our university family is totally committed to equality and mutual respect.

"I personally hold those values and will always regret that my careless use of language did not reflect my own values, and it certainly did not reflect the values of the University of Oklahoma."

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