Bill Blankenship Out At University Of Tulsa
The move had been widely anticipated after TU finished the year 2-10, its worst record since 2002.
“We are grateful for the service and commitment of Coach Blankenship to our university, our student-athletes and our community, but we have decided that the program needs to go in a different direction,” Gragg said.
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Blankenship was able to talk to his players for the final time. He said it was important to him to let them know he wasn't quitting on the team.
Gragg said his decision came down to the last two seasons.
"It's a bottom line business unfortunately in college athletics. And obviously it's about education; it's about what you instill in young men and young student athletes as a coach. At the end of the day, we're all held accountable for winning as well,” Gragg said.
Blankenship said, "I feel like we've done some things to improve the program. And certainly know the wins and losses are stacked up on the other side and we recognize that. But, I'm very thankful for the opportunity and walk out of here with a lot of pride."
Gragg said he's aware the salary will have to be increased significantly, but said TU has the money lined up to do that.