The McCasland Field House; Home of Oklahoma wrestling (photo courtesy of OU athletics)
On April 5th, the University of Oklahoma announced that head coach Lou Rosselli was stepping down from his position. That made the Sooners head coaching position the only current vacancy in the country at the DI level and one of the most enticing. Only a select few programs have ever won national titles and the Sooners have seven (though the most recent was in 1974).
While Oklahoma only has two top-ten finishes since 2010, they possess a rich wrestling history and have the potential to fight for a regular spot in the top ten provided they hire the right coach.
Initially, it looked like Oklahoma may shock the wrestling world and hire Rob Koll, shortly after Rosselli stepped down. Now it looks like a more traditional coaching search. So, what will the next Oklahoma head coach have to work with in Norman? What does this job have going for it and what will the next coach have to work around? We’ll hit on those items in the following seven topics.
This is a huge uncertainty. Oklahoma has been forever associated with the Big 8/Big 12, which has either been the best or second-best conference in the country for most of its existence. In the summer of 2021, Oklahoma and Texas dropped a bombshell on the sporting world when they announced they would move to the SEC, which would create an even more powerful conference for football. Just a few months ago, it was confirmed that the schools would make the move following the 2023-24 school year.
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