Scouting the sports scene, while hoping former Oklahoma State defensive end Leslie O’Neal will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2020 after recently being named on the ballot for the third time.
O’Neal, an Arkansas native, came to OSU as a slender defender before developing into one of the nation’s best collegiate defenders. He anchored two of the most aggressive, hard-hitting Cowboy defenses I’ve observed in 1984 and 1985.
In 1984, O’Neal, who played professionally for San Diego, St. Louis and Kansas City, had 16 sacks for 118 yards, which is a Cowboy record. In his career, he recorded 34 sacks, also a school record. In 1985, he was a unanimous All-American.
Former college coaches – Art Briles and Sunny Golloway – were fired from their last college coaching posts but both are attempting to resurrect their coaching careers on the high school level.
Golloway, a 1979 Stillwater High graduate, was fired after two years as Auburn’s baseball coach in 2015 after the university announced 11 allegations of wrongdoing against him. The NCAA later cleared him of any major infractions.
After playing high school and American Legion baseball in Stillwater, Golloway pitched for Northeastern A&M and later Oklahoma Christian before beginning his coaching career. He was the baseball coach at Oral Roberts (1996-2003) and Oklahoma (2005-2013) before taking the Auburn post.
Golloway, who lives in Blanchard, was recently named the baseball coach at Moore High School.
Briles was a successful college football coach at Houston and for eight seasons at Baylor before being fired in 2016 after a sexual assault scandal at Baylor, where he guided the Bears to a 65-37 record.
Mount Vernon High School, an East Texas program, recently announced the hiring of Briles on a two-year contract. For 20 years, Briles was a successful Texas prep football coach, winning four state championships at Stephenville.
Former OSU men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton was honored by his alma mater with the naming of Gallagher-Iba Arena’s floor as Eddie Sutton Court. The honor was deserved after Sutton elevated the Cowboy basketball program to a national power.
Arkansas recently honored Sutton, who revived the Razorback program after becoming head coach in 1974, by recently naming its men’s practice gym after Sutton. Arkansas honored Sutton in 2016 with a banner in Bud Walton Arena.
Here’s hoping Gary Ward, who built a baseball powerhouse at OSU from 1978-1996, will be similarly honored with his name visible somewhere in OSU’s new O’Brate Stadium.
Visited last weekend with Wyatt Folsom, a right-handed pitcher the past two seasons at Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College, who signed to play Division I baseball at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Folsom, from Denton, Texas, is the son of Kelly Wyatt, the former Stillwater High all-state basketball player in the 1992-1993 and Oklahoma State Cowgirl from 1995-1997.
Ron Holt is a sports columnist for the Stillwater News Press. Holt served as sports editor for more than 30 years and resides in Bixby.