NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione released this statement regarding Gene Stephenson’s decision to remain at Wichita State:

"We’re obviously disappointed in Gene’s decision. Every coaching job, especially in a time of transition, has obstacles. As is the case with any incoming staff member, we disclosed issues we anticipated before the job was accepted. 
 
"We believed in the decision to hire Gene and would have enjoyed the opportunity to work with him. This is unfortunate, but we’ll move forward to fill our position.
 
"Gene Stephenson is a very fine person and a fine coach and we have to respect his decision and move on with our selection process expeditiously.”