Wichita State's Stephenson emerging as candidate

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Wichita State Head Coach Gene Stephenson has emerged as a serious candidate to become the next Head Baseball Coach at OU. Stephenson, who has Oklahoma ties, recently made contact with OU AD Joe Castiglione and to discuss the situation.

From what I know about the situation, Coach Stephenson had told OU that he does have an interest in the job, but that he wants to bring his entire staff to Norman, and that has been something that the two sides have been attempting to work out.

Again, from what I hear Coach Stephenson has a very strong interest in the job, and after OU answered two pages full of questions from Coach Stephenson the negotiation was officially on.

Coach Stephenson has been a head coach for 28 years (1,455-465-3 record) and made Wichita State into a major power, many times stealing Oklahoma talent from OU and OSU that became stars on his Shocker team. Coach Stephenson is still an excellent recruiter and fundraiser, and he is still putting together excellent teams at Wichita State.

This is not a done deal, but the two sides continue to talk. Sunny Golloway is still a candidate at this point, along with Hawaii Head Coach Mike Trapasso. Smoke Laval has been denying his interest in the job, but he has had serious talks with OU as well. However, if Coach Stephenson accepts what OU has to offer then, I would think that he would be impossible to turn down.

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