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June 20, 2013

Semore: Sooners' squabble should stop

Enos Semore has gotten wind of the drama surrounding the University of Oklahoma baseball program since the departure of Sunny Golloway last week.

The only wind he prefers to deal with is the wind at his back riding horses cross country.

Semore, 83, coached at Oklahoma from 1969 to 1989, gaining five College World Series appearances. He doesn’t own a computer anymore but he’s been made aware of the tweets and other talk from Sooners who have taken to those mediums to blast Golloway, who took the Auburn job.

One of those remarks mentioned him.

Talking with the Oklahoman on Tuesday, Joe Simpson, an All-American outfielder at OU under Semore who is now an Atlanta Braves broadcaster, called Golloway a “sorry individual” adding  “I want to thank Auburn University for taking him off our hands.”

He then stated that he and other Sooners from the Semore era haven't felt welcome around the program under Golloway.

“Those of us that have been estranged from the program for a decade still want the program to be great,” Simpson said to the paper. “We want, more than anything, for Enos Semore to be a guy that is still involved in the program. When a class act like Enos Semore can't even hang around the ballclub, that is a really sad state of affairs for all of us.”

Semore, who said he attended all three Texas Tech games this season, isn’t going to get involved in the exchanges. Skin ailments have kept the resident of Noble from attending many games. He owns horses and often takes cross-country rides though with necessary skin protection.

“I hate it’s going on, I wouldn’t get involved and I hope everyone understands that,” he said. “I love the university and the great players and great people that go through there.

“This is a distraction from that. If I had anything to tell Sunny or anyone else, I’d tell it to their face and if that wasn’t possible, I’d tell them by phone.”

The controversy began when OU pitcher Dillon Overton tweeted on Sunday that Golloway was “two-faced” and saying he “lied to our whole team and never had any of our backs.”

“Thanks for being two faced the entire time I knew you. Lied to our whole team and never had any of our backs,” he said, adding, “The program made me better... which is something you couldn’t do. I hope all the talking behind my back to my teammates comes back to you in some way. You really disappointed me and all my teammates. Good luck at Auburn.”

Golloway responded in a tweet that was later taken down: “I’m sorry you feel this way and chose to do this Dillon.”

Former reserve catcher Jake Smith tweeted Golloway is “crooked” and “puts out a huge front to the public.”

“This doesn’t need to keep going in my opinion,” said Semore, who coached preps in Muskogee and also led Bacone to a junior college national championship in 1967. “Let’s get things worked out and pull on the same rope.”

Golloway, who ended his career with five straight 40-win seasons and the first Big 12 tournament title since 1997, was critical of sagging attendance at games. Auburn averages about 2,500 a game and has played in the NCAA tournament once since 2005. OU hasn’t averaged more than 1,900 since 1999.

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