Doug Gottlieb expected to push for Oklahoma State job
Oklahoma State will be searching for a new head coach for the second year in a row, and Doug Gottlieb figures to factor in once again.
The former Oklahoma State point guard-turned-broadcaster is expected to make a run at the job, according to Yahoo’s Pat Forde:
Underwood puts his own spin on one-and-done. Expect Doug Gottlieb to make another hard run at OK State job. https://t.co/QoplQKjZRm
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 18, 2017
Gottlieb sent a tweet after news that Brad Underwood was leaving for Illinois came out that made it seem like he was hoping for the job:
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 18, 2017
Gottlieb made a push for the job last year before it eventually went to Underwood. He received an endorsement from Oklahoma State legend Eddie Sutton, and issued this statement about his pursuit of the job.
“Over the last couple days, I have let it be known my desire to be the head coach at Oklahoma State,” Gottlieb said in a statement released on Facebook. “Last Saturday I was at a fork in the road… Travis had been let go, and while people have said incredible things about me, I couldn’t decide if I should stay on the fringes and let friends, fans and writers make my case or use my gift of gab to make it for myself. I have a plan, it is thorough and specific to OSU and I believe it will work. So, I chose to go All In. Cause that is me. Of the lessons I have learned in life, one of the biggest is that failing to try, is trying to fail.” “My former teammates and other members of the basketball family have offered support and my coach Eddie Sutton gave me his backing as well,” Gottlieb said. “Fans have come out of hiding and some students started a #BringDougHome campaign with videos that bring goosebumps to my skin.
“Turns out I have friends, in low places…. If you sent one of the 1000s of emails to Coach Holder, if you tweeted, IG’d or called into a radio show to show support, thank you. I’m very happy that I made my feelings known and blown away by the people who believed and still believe in my leadership of Oklahoma State Basketball.”
Gottlieb played three seasons at Oklahoma State and led the school to the Elite Eight as a senior. He was one of the best point guards in school history. Since ending his playing career, Gottlieb has enjoyed a successful broadcasting career and has become a preeminent college basketball analyst.