University of Oklahoma Baseball Coach Resigns over Racist Remarks

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University of Oklahoma Baseball Coach Resigns over Racist Remarks


NORMAN, OKLA.

University of Oklahoma baseball coach Larry Cochell resigned last month, two days after reports surfaced of alleged racial remarks he made during two off-camera interviews with cable sports channel ESPN.

The longtime coach submitted a letter of resignation to president David Boren, who had met hours before with athletic director Joe Castiglione and members of the university's Black community on the matter. Boren accepted the letter and said Castiglione has designated Sunny Golloway as interim baseball coach for the rest of the season.

Before the telecast of the Oklahoma-Wichita State game, Cochell used a racially insensitive term in off-camera interviews with ESPN to describe Sooners freshman outfielder Joe Dunigan III, an African-American. Cochell was speaking with play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne when he called Dunigan over to praise him for staying in school. When the freshman returned to the field, Cochell told Thorne, "There's no n--in him." The network informed the school that Cochell used similar language in an interview with ESPN analyst Kyle Peterson.

The university issued a statement that it was reviewing the matter and that Golloway would assume Cochell's duties on an interim basis. …

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