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Replacing Travis Ford: Potential Oklahoma State coaching candidates

Potential candidates to keep an eye on.

In an expected move, Oklahoma State and head basketball coach Travis Ford "mutually agreed to part ways" Friday.

When Sean Sutton was fired it took OSU just 15 days to hire Ford. Here's a list of potential replacement candidates to keep an eye on and examine who has the best chance at becoming the Cowboys' next head basketball coach.

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Note: Tournament wins and overall records will change for coaches in the national tournament. Coaches are listed in alphabetical order.


Chris Beard

Current job title: Arkansas-Little Rock head coach (2015-present)

Current salary: $230,000

Overall record: 166-49

NCAA Tournament record: 1-0

Age: 43

In his first season, Beard led the Trojans to a 27-4 record and won the regular season and Sun Belt tournament titles to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans earned the No. 12 seed and knocked off No. 5 seed Purdue, 85-83 in double overtime, to advance to the second round.

Before leading the Trojans, he spent 10 yeas as an assistant coach at Texas Tech under Bob Knight, and posted a 47-15 mark during two seasons at Angelo State as the head coach. Beard's time at ASU includes a 28-2 record at home and a NCAA II Sweet Sixteen appearance. He also coached McMurry (2012-13), South Carolina Warriors (2011-12), Seminole State (2000-01) and Fort Scott CC (1999-2000). He is from Woodlands, Texas and was a student assistant at Texas from 1991-95.

Scott Brooks

Current job title: Unemployed - former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach (2008-15)

Current salary: Unemployed

Overall record: 338-207

NCAATournament record: None. 39-34 in NBA playoffs.

Age: 50

Brooks has been out of coaching since being fired by the Thunder last offseason. He won the NBA's Coach of the Year award in 2010 and coached the Western Conference team in the 2012 and 2014 NBA All-Star Game. He played one season at TCU before transferring to San Joaquin Delta College then to UC-Irvine. He has never coached at the collegiate level, but his name recognition could help keep high-profile in-state recruits and grab a few from neighboring states as well.

Doug Gottlieb

Current job title: Radio host and television analyst for CBS Sports

Current salary: N/A

Overall record: None

NCAA Tournament record: None

Age: 40

Doug Gottlieb, who was OSU's point guard from 1997-2000, has a strong interest in coaching the Cowboys. He has never coached, but is the son of the late Bob Gottlieb, who was legendary coach Eddie Sutton's assistant at Creighton before taking head-coaching jobs at Jacksonville and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

OSU fans have started a #BringDougHome movement on social media, and clearly want him as the new coach. OSU athletic director Mike Holder has not stated publicly his view on bringing Doug back to Stillwater. Gottlieb even has an endorsement from Sutton.

"Doug is smart," Sutton told the Tulsa World earlier this month. "I think he would be a great recruiter. If he's smart enough to get good assistant coaches. ...I think he would be alright."

Becky Hammon

Current job title: Assistant coach for San Antonio Spurs (2014-present)

Current salary: N/A

Overall record: None

NCAA Tournament record: None

Age: 39

Hammon is the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA. She served as the Spurs head coach ln last year's Summer League, guiding them to the Las Vegas Summer League title. She was a six-time WNBA All-Star after being the WAC's all-time leading scorer at Colorado State. In her 16-year WNBA career with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars, she averaged 13 points and 3.8 assists per game. She was just the seventh player to score 5,000 points and represented Russia in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Ben Jacobson

Current job title: Northern Iowa head coach (2006-present)

Current salary: 10-year deal through 2020 worth $450,000

Overall record: 219-116

Tournament record: 3-3

Age: 45

Jacobson is coming off back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference tournament championships and his fourth overall (2009, '10, '15, '16). He's most known for leading the Panthers to an upset of top national seed Kansas and a run to the Sweet 16 in the 2010 national tournament. He also won back-to-back MVC regular-season and tournament championships in 2009 and 2010. Following the national tournament, he signed a 10-year extension with UNI worth $450,000. He is a three-time MVC Coach of the Year ('09, '10 and '15). He has led the Panthers to seven 20-win seasons since the 2008-09 season, including five straight from 2009 to 2013.

Archie Miller

Current job title: Dayton head coach (2011-present)

Current salary: $652,049

Overall record: 115-25

NCAA Tournament record: 5-3

Age: 37

Miller has coached the Flyers to three consecutive 25-win seasons, and four 20-win seasons since being hired in 2011. Dayton extended Miller's contract following back-to-back appearances in the national tournament in 2015 to keep him at the school through 2022. The Flyers have won five tournament games the last two seasons, one of only six programs to accomplish that feat. His best season at Daytona was in 2013-14 when the Flyers advanced to the Elite Eight.

Prior to Dayton, he served as an assistant to his brother, Sean, for two seasons at Arizona (2009-11). He also had stops at Ohio State (2007-09), Arizona State (2006-07), North Carolina State (2004-06) and Western Kentucky (2003-2004).

Kelvin Sampson

Current job title: Houston head coach (2014-present)

Current salary: Five-year deal until 2018

Overall record: 524-294

NCAA Tournament record: 12-14

Age: 60

Sampson has posted back-to-back 13-win seasons at Houston. He previously was a coach at Montana Tech (1981-85), Washington State (1987-94), Oklahoma (1994-2006) and Indiana (2006-08). At Oklahoma, Sampson made the national tournament in 11 of his 12 seasons in Norman, including the Final Four in 2002 and Elite Eight in 2003. Sampson posted a 20-win season every season except his first one with the Sooners and a 279-109 overall record and 128-60 record in Big 12 play, including three conference tournament championships (2001-03). He made the FinalFour in 2002 and followed that up with an Elite Eight appearance the next season.

Sampson left Oklahoma for Indiana, despite knowing he was facing an NCAA inquiry into impermissible phone calls in Norman. An Indiana investigation led to further allegations. He posted back-to-back 20-win season. The Hooisers made the national tournament in his first season with a second round exit, but missed the next season. A NCAA report in February 2008 charged Sampson with five major violations which led to a buyout agreement and he left Bloomington. After his time at Indiana, Sampson served as an assistant for the Milwaukee Bucks (2008-11) and Houston Rockets (2011-14).

Brad Underwood

Current job title: Stephen F. Austin head coach (2013-present)

Current salary: Eight-year contract through 2022 at $400,000 per year

Overall record: 88-13 overall, 53-1 in Southland Conference

NCAA Tournament record: 1-2

Age: 52

Underwood earned his third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and the No. 14-seeded Lumberjacks upset No. 3 West Virginia, 70-56, on Friday. The Kansas State alum was hired by SFA after nearly 25 years as an assistant with stops at Western Illinois (1992-2003), K-State (2006-12) and South Carolina (2012-13). At his alma mater, he worked with Bob Huggins and Frank Martin. Underwood was a candidate for the Iowa State job last summer after Fred Hoiberg left for the Chicago Bulls. Underwood has been named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year twice.

Buzz Williams

Current job title: Virginia Tech head coach (2014-present)

Current salary: $18.2 million, seven-year deal with $100,000 annual increase

Overall record: 184-122

NCAA Tournament record: 8-5

Age: 43

Williams led the Hokies to a 20-14 record and 10-8 mark in the ACC during his second season. He has posted a 31-36 overall record since being hired away from Marquette, where he coached from 2008-14. At Marquette, Williams led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament every season except for his final one. He went 139-69 during six seasons with back-to-back trips to the Sweet Sixteen in 2011 and 2012.

Before arriving at Marquette in 2007, Williams spent one season as the head coach at New Orleans and previously served as an assist at Texas A&M (2004-08) and Colorado State (2000-04). He also was an assistant at Marquette under former coach Tom Crean, who now coaches at Indiana.