Cochell resigns as OU baseball coach

See inside for more details, inlcuding comments from Cochell and University of Oklahoma President David Boren. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

Univesrity of Oklahoma President David Boren has accepted the resignation of longtime Sooners baseball coach Larry Cochell.

Cochell had been suspended since Friday after racial remarks he made to ESPN announcers were revealed to OU's administration.

Boren issued a brief statement concerning the situation.

"I have tonight accepted the resignation of Coach Larry Cochell as head baseball coach at the university. No one takes any pleasure in what has happened. A good and caring man has made a terrible mistake for which he must assume responsibility."

"Athletics Director Joe Castiglione has designated Sunny Golloway as the interim head baseball coach for the rest of the season."

Cochell coached the Sooners for 15 seasons, leading Oklahoma to the NCAA College World Series title in 1994. His record at OU was 534-354 and his overall record was 1,330-814 including stops at Emporia State, Oral Roberts and Cal-State Fullerton in addition to Oklahoma.

This season, the Sooners have struggled to a 23-20 record and currently stand seventh in the Big 12. Over the past five seasons, Oklahoma has been just nine games over .500.

"It has been an honor for me to have been the caretaker of the OU baseball program for the past 15 years and a privilege to have been able to associate with so many fine young people. I want to thank all of the people who have been so gracious and kind to me and my family during these 15 years.

"As I have said in a public statement, I deeply regret that I carelessly used language that is clearly contrary to the basic values of our university. Those words also created an impression contrary to my own personal values and my respect for all people.

"I love and respect the University of Oklahoma. There is not a university in the country that has done more to create a true sense of family based upon mutual respect. I do not want to be the cause of any person having a mistaken impression about our university. Therefore I hereby request that I be allowed to resign as Head Baseball Coach at the University of Oklahoma effective immediately."

Four years remained on Cochell's contract, which is worth $152,000 a year. There is no word on any settlement on the remainder of that contract.

Galloway returned to the OU staff in 2004 after serving as head coach at Oral Roberts for nine seasons. He had previously been an assistant on Cochell's staff from 1992-1995.

The Sooners resume play at home against Wichita State on Tuesday night.

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