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ESPN Report: Oklahoma State will fire Travis Ford

Per a report this Saturday from ESPN, Oklahoma State is expected to fire head basketball coach Travis Ford after eight seasons in Stillwater. The Cowboys season ended this past Wednesday with a loss to Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, dropping their overall record to 12-20 (3-15 Big 12). Ford led the Cowboys to 5 NCAA Tournaments (and 1 NIT) during his tenure, but only won one NCAA Tournament in 2009. His overall record at OSU is 155-110.

Despite having moderate success at OSU, Ford was never able to get close to the accomplishments of long-time Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton. Sutton was head coach from 1990-2006 and led the Cowboys to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet Sixteen six times and the Final Four twice (1995, 2004).

Prior to coming to Oklahoma State, Ford spent three seasons as the head coach at UMass (2005-2008), five at Eastern Kentucky (2000-2005) and three at NAIA Campbellsville (1997-2000). Ford is a native of Madisonville, KY and spent his final three collegiate years at Kentucky under Rick Pitino, where he led the Wildcats to the 1993 NCAA Final Four and twice earned All-SEC honors.

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