UMASS: Ford Headed to Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Travis Ford is leaving Massachusetts to take over the Oklahoma State basketball program, UMass confirmed Wednesday.

Massachusetts assistant athletic director Jason Yellin said athletic director John McCutcheon and several players would discuss Ford's departure during a news conference Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State said it had no announcement planned
Wednesday for the job that opened April 1 when Sean Sutton resigned
under pressure.

The 38-year-old Ford turned down a job offer from Big East school Providence and had also previously been linked to an opening at LSU.

A former player at Kentucky, Ford led UMass to a 25-11 record this season and an appearance in the NIT championship game, where it lost to Ohio State. Ford previously took over a losing program at Eastern Kentucky and guided it to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 26 years.

Kansas coach Bill Self turned down the Cowboys last week and signed an extension to remain with the national champion Jayhawks.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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