Post by spiritsquad on Jul 16, 2013 7:46:39 GMT -5
wow! that one is surprising because he has been there forever.... at least he is leaving the program in good hands. Hopefully they find someone who can shape the program the way they want while still keeping everything that Coach O'Shea has worked for and envisioned within reach. It's definitely gonna be an interesting year for OU Athletics now lol
He did a real nice job starting the women's program and had several great years. Although the timing isn't the best, I would love to see them get someone that can recruit and take the program to the next level. Capitalize on the upgraded facilities and new league affiliation. I think both programs have been stagnant for several years and change might be beneficial. Again, many accomplishments by coach O'Shea and best of luck to him.
Post by BryanEversonPRS on Jul 21, 2013 1:18:46 GMT -5
I'm not sure if taking a team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament (beating Ohio State to do it) is the definition of stagnant, to be honest. Pretty sure some people would sacrifice digits for our basketball team to do the same.
My perspective is from following both programs over several years. For the women, there was a lot of momentum post Anita Rapp. There were some outstanding recruits coming in and some ended up leaving the program. I don't know all the details but fair or not, the head coach is responsible. My point is that there was a real opportunity for a school with a rich soccer tradition like OU to take advantage of the growth of women's soccer and I don't think we have had the teams at the level we had 10 years ago to make that happen.
In regards to soccer, I have never been happy with having teams that are just competitive in a weak conference but nationally have not done as well as they have in the past. I don't mean to discount an NCAA win-which is fantastic-but to have one win on penalty kicks does not mean the PROGRAM has achieved the level of consistent success they were once poised to reach.