Travis Ford is leaving Massachusetts to
take over the Oklahoma State basketball program, UMass confirmed
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
The 38-year-old Ford turned down a job offer from Big East
school Providence and had also previously been linked to an opening
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.