OSU fires head coach Travis Ford

Posted at 6:41 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 20:00:18-04

Oklahoma State University announced in a statement Friday that it has severed ties with men's head basketball coach Travis Ford.

The Cowboys season came to end after OSU lost to Kansas St. 75-71 in the first game of the Big 12 tournament.

Ford's final squad finished the 2015-16 season with a 12-20 record, 3-15 in Big 12 play. 

This was the Cowboys second losing season during Ford's tenure. His overall record in eight seasons in Stillwater was 155-111.

His Cowboys made the NCAA tournament in five seasons, but a 77-75 victory over Tennessee in 2009 is Ford's only tournament win.

The 2013-14 team showed the most promise with a preseason AP rank of No. 9 and climbed as high as the No. 5 ranked team in the nation. That team faced controversy when star guard Marcus Smart went into the stands in Lubbock during a game against Texas Tech and pushed a fan who was taunting Smart.

The Cowboys were eliminated in the first round by Gonzaga. It was the second straight tournament OSU faced a tough matchup in March Madness. 

The previous year, OSU landed a No. 5 seed but faced 12-seed Oregon, a team many felt was much better than its seed indicated, and lost 68-55.

Oklahoma St. hired Ford from UMass where his final team made the NIT Championship to close out a 62-35 three-year run.

Where does OSU go from here? Who knows for sure, but whomever patrols court-side next season has an uphill task of resurrecting a once-proud program, and a once-filled Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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