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June 22, 2013

Semore staying out of Sooner diamond controversies

NORMAN — 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.

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