There is no question that CBS Sports basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb knows the sport very well. He has been an analyst ever since he graduated from college and it looks like his knowledge of the game could land him a job in the sport very soon.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys made NCAA Tournament appearances from 2013-2015, but now it looks like Travis Ford’s team could miss the Big Dance without winning the Big 12 tournament. This could likely lead to the team looking elsewhere for their new head coach and that’s where Doug Gottlieb comes in.
He played with the Cowboys from 1998-2000 and led the team to the Elite Eight as a senior. Gottlieb has never coached before, but his dad, Bob Gottlieb, worked as an assistant at Creighton and as head coach at Jacksonville University and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
It looks like one former Cowboy great is pretty sold on the younger Gottlieb getting the opportunity to coach. Former player and head coach Eddie Sutton, who Bob coached under at Creighton, spoke with Tulsa World and said that Doug could be the right guy for the job.
“Most players who are any good, and if they’ve played in a good coaching situation, they can coach,” Eddie Sutton said. “I would have no problem in supporting (Gottlieb). I think Sean would feel the same way.
“Doug is smart. I think he would be a great recruiter. If he’s smart enough to get good assistant coaches — guys who similar to the way he feels — I think he would be all right.”
This could end up being a big move for the Cowboys to make in the coming months. The only question now is whether Gottlieb would actually take the job.
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