The Tulsa World is reporting an unusual event that happened in Oklahoma on Thursday night. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford was apparently ejected from his son’s basketball game at Bixby High.
Ford’s son plays for Stillwater High School, so this was a road game, and according to reports from the scene, the OSU coach was asked to leave the gym during the third quarter.
But was the ejection warranted? The World’s Mark Cooper has details on the strange removal.
Multiple witnesses said the ejection was an overreaction and that Ford was not acting out of line. Evan Fahrbach, the Bartlesville radio play-by-play broadcaster and sports director of KWON am1400, said an official stopped the game to tell Ford he had to go. The official was identified by multiple sources as Rick Smith. Fahrbach said Ford did not do “anything demonstrative at all.”
A school official at the game who requested anonymity echoed Fahrbach’s account.
“(Smith) kind of baited him into it,” the school official said. “Travis came in to watch his son play, and I felt like he was baited into the whole thing. … When all of this took place, I didn’t hear one single thing said. The official blows his whistle, points (at Ford) and says, ‘You’re gone.’ And then I saw Travis walk out.”
Ford will be asked about this at some point in the coming day or two. Oklahoma State’s next game comes on Saturday against Minnesota. The Cowboys are 5-3 this season.