Sooners will wait to name Cochell's replacement

Updated: May 2, 2005, 11:21 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma will wait until after the season to begin seeking a replacement for baseball coach Larry Cochell, who resigned for using a racial slur while praising a black player.

Sunny Golloway, an assistant under Cochell, will act as interim head coach, associate athletic director Kenny Mossman said Monday.

ESPN reported Friday that before a Tuesday telecast of the Oklahoma-Wichita State game, Cochell, in describing a freshman outfielder, said "There's no n----- in him."

It also reported that he said in a separate interview:

"There are honkies and white people and there are n------ and black people. (My player) is a good black kid."

Both interviews, held with separate announcers who were preparing for the broadcast, were off-camera.

Cochell, who coached the Sooners for 14 years, submitted a letter of resignation Sunday to school president David Boren, who had met with athletic director Joe Castiglione and members of the university's black community.

"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," Cochell said in his resignation letter. "Those words also created an impression contrary to my own personal values and my respect for all people."

Cochell had four years remaining on a contract that paid him $152,000 each year. Mossman said details on a severance deal hadn't been worked out.

"Typically, coaches get one year beyond their current contract, but they're still working out those details," Mossman said.

On campus Monday, students criticized the coach's use of the word.

"There are some things you just don't say and that's one of them," said sophomore Jesse Greadington III.

Robert Chamberlain, a junior, said it was disturbing that Cochell would repeat the epithet in two interviews. "It wasn't a one-time thing. He said it twice. It makes you wonder what he'd say when he was just around his peers."


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