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Gillispie to OSU speculation looks near an end

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According to the loathsome troll Jeff Goodman, Travis Ford of UMass is close to becoming the new Oklahoma State University coach.  Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline is also reporting this as though it is now "official."

Oklahoma State is officially denying it, though, so we still have a little bit to go before we can all throw a party.  If true, I think it is a great career move for Ford and a solid hire by Oklahoma State.  Thanks to everyone in the threads below who gave me a head's up to this story.

Update [2008-4-16 13:54:30 by Truzenzuzex]:  Here is a view from the Massachusetts side.

Update [2008-4-16 15:41:2 by Truzenzuzex]:  No firm confirmation yet, but it's beginning to look like Ford has been hired at OSU.  The OSU Rivals site reads more and more like a done deal.

More ... Mike DeCourcy doesn't like the hire.  Frankly, I think he is being a bit unfair, but I do respect DeCourcy's opinion generally.  Don't agree in this case, though ...

Update [2008-4-16 22:42:47 by Truzenzuzex]:  Done deal, from Travis' own mouth.  Congratulations to the OSU Cowboys.  I think they will be happy with this hire.