Travis Ford, who was fired earlier this month after eight seasons at Oklahoma State, has been tabbed as the next head coach at Saint Louis. Ford has success at OSU but was never able to lead the Cowboys past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. SLU fired Jim Crews after consecutive 11-21 seasons. His best season in Stillwater was perhaps 2012-13, when his team finished 24-9 (13-5 Big 12) for a 3rd place conference finish but were abruptly eliminated in a first round NCAAT upset.
Ford has had success at the mid-major level in the past, leading Eastern Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and nearly winning the 2008 NIT while at UMass. The quick turnaround is a not a surprise, as Ford’s resume made him a hot commodity for mid-major vacancies.
SLU fired head coach Jim Crews after consecutive 11-21 seasons. Crews’ tenure started strong with two straight NCAA Tournament appearances, but a 14th and 13th place finish in each of the last two years was enough for SLU to make the change.