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Time for Oral Roberts University to go small college…….Scott Sutton Fired…….

ORU Head Coach Scott Sutton sits on the Golden Eagle bench with his older brother, assistant coach Sean Sutton to his left. Photo: Tulsa World

 

 

The time has come for the Oral Roberts University’s athletic program to drop from the NCAA Division One to a lower division in college sports.  The NCAA Division II would do nicely, and a further drop to the lower NAIA would also make sense.  The Golden Eagles of the Tulsa based religious school need a reset for various reasons, including their new in-house regulations to recruit only “good-standing” Christian athletes.  ORU is not going to be Division one material with regard to being competitive with other members of Division One.

Head basketball coach Scott Sutton was fired this week by the ORU fathers (here here Hobby Lobby owner David Green) for lack of winning the past few years and not cleaning out his brother from the program.  “Told” to get rid of his brother, assistant basketball coach Sean Sutton, former head man at Oklahoma State University, Scott Sutton  declined.   He was fired.  Sean’s baggage must have finally clashed with the artsy fartsy items of the Lobby.

Scott Sutton, the eighteen year head man for the school was previously told in 2013 by new ORU President Billy Wison  to recruit and sign only Christian athletes, which has done the past couple of years.  This has resulted in a decline in wins for ORU.  ORU’s record was 25-8, 21-12, 23-11, 24-9, 16-15, 20-13, 19-16, 27-7 and 20-15 but over the past four seasons, ORU went 17-16, 19-15, 14-17 and 8-22.  Significantly, ORU is in a losing pattern and one that with a limited recruiting base dooms the program at the highest level of college basketball.

If ORU wants to be respectable in sports, a drop down would put them on equal basis with other religious schools that recruit athletes with the same persuasion of moral thought.  Schools like Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma Christian University, and Southern Nazarene come to mind.  With attendance not coming close to the glory days for his school, losing will get tiring and that is never good.  You can “expect a Miracle” in Tulsa, but right now, do not expect a win.  Sports fans, that is the way I see it.

 

Feature photo:  newson6.com

 

 

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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