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Could James Dickey be a candidate for the OSU job?

An interesting name in OSU’s coaching search could be James Dickey.

A source close to the situation said the former Cowboy assistant has talked with OSU athletic director Mike Holder, but then, that wouldn’t be a total surprise. And the conversation could’ve been about any number of things. Dickey, after all, is highly regarded by Holder. When Brad Underwood was hired a year ago, Holder said that he wouldn’t lobby for any of the remaining assistants to be retained by the new head coach.

But …

“He will hear good things about Coach Dickey from me,” Holder said of an assistant who spent six seasons as an assistant under Eddie Sutton and Sean Sutton, then returned to OSU for a second stint under Travis Ford. “I think he’ll hear the same thing from the players.

“Trust me, James Dickey is beloved everywhere in our department.”

Even though Underwood ultimately didn’t retain Dickey, he remained in Stillwater.

Dickey, 62, has twice been a Division-I head coach, first at Texas Tech in the 1990s, then at Houston earlier this decade.




Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›