Mike Boynton Holding His Own Through 15 Games Compared to Recent OSU Head Coaches

Written by Kyle Cox

Mike Boynton’s tenure in Stillwater is just getting started and it’s way too early to form any type of verdict on him as a coach. But the general consensus, just from reading comments on the blog and trying to keep up with social media, is that most OSU fans are pretty supportive of the rookie head coach.

I’m of the same ilk, plus stuff like this and this makes him easy to root for. We talked previously about how tough of a spot Boynton was in before he coached his first game or held his first practice.

Now that we’ve seen him in action, let’s take a look at Boynton’s on-court results roughly halfway through his inaugural season, compared to his two predecessors.

First 15 Games Record W-L% Big 12 Top 25 Home Road Point Differential
Mike Boynton 11-4 .733 1-2 1-4 9-1 2-2 +9.8
Brad Underwood 10-5 .667 0-4 0-2 6-1 4-4 +11.1
Travis Ford 12-3 .800 1-0 0-2 9-0 3-3 +9.6

Boynton’s team has played a much stronger schedule through 15 games than either Underwood’s or Ford’s. He’s faced more top 25 opponents than the other two combined and still has more wins in that category (1), against a tough Florida State team that’s currently at No. 23.

His scoring margin is not as high as Underwood’s was at this point, but think about what Boynton has to work with. Underwood inherited Jawun Evans, Phil Forte and Jeffrey Carroll from Travis Ford.

Ford got to start off with some dudes that Sean Sutton brought in like James Anderson, Byron Eaton, Terrel Harris and even Obi Muonelo. All four averaged in the double digits in Ford’s first year.

Boynton inherited one double-digit scorer, Carroll, who wasn’t available to start the year, and then dismissed one of his better returning players Davon Dillard and what looked to be a promising prospect in Zack Dawson. (Kendall Smith averaged 16.7 points at Cal State Northridge last season, but Boynton brought him in after taking over.)

So the sample size is small and Boynton’s crew will be facing an uphill to finish above .500 the rest of the way. But so far the rookie head man has won the games he was supposed to. If the team can continue that trend — and steal a couple in league play along the way — I don’t know how anyone could call that a disappointing first year.

  • Matt Cox

    Slow news day?

  • Erick

    I like hoop stories. Keep doing your thing Kyle!

  • OSU Student

    The craziest part of this is he’s played the toughest schedule of the three thus far, and has the worst team of the three.

    • Cowboydroid

      Look at any of his wins and tell me which ones Ford or Underwood wouldn’t have been able to pull off. FSU has been the only decent win so far, and who knows if FSU will remain any good the rest of the season. Underwood beat WSU last year.

      • swaggypaw

        helps to have Jawun Evans, but hey, who’s counting?

      • OSU Student

        I said nothing at all about each coach’s wins. All I said was he’s played the toughest schedule. He’s played 16 games, and 25% of them have been against top 10 teams. And that he has the least talented team of the three. What about this is not true?

  • David

    3 of those are against the Top 10 too. My early verdict is that it’s obvious he’s going to be a good coach. I think our fanbase will absolutely love him over time…defense, hard work, overcomes obstacles, etc. are qualities our blue collar fanbase can relate to.

    • Cowboydroid

      Everyone said the same things about Ford.

    • Annonymous

      If he can recruit*

  • Forever 14

    Game thread!

    Hurray, we’re ahead at the half despite shooting 3.1416 percent from the field.

    • Annonymous

      Ha pi

  • looking up

    I’m just going to go on the record here that Big 12 Refs are by far the worst in the nation. That is all.

    • Annonymous

      I’m surprised that this doesn’t get more attention. You can’t play defense in this conference. Everything is a foul. I hate to say this, but I’d rather see a coach focus more on offense because playing good defense doesn’t get you turnovers – only fouls.

  • Forever 14

    Once upon a time, I read a quote from Eddie Sutton where he said if a recruit couldn’t shoot, he wasn’t interested. We have a team full of players that Sutton wouldn’t have recruited, let alone signed.

    • David

      I know one guy…

      • swaggypaw

        yeah, he kinda struggled a LITTLE bit with that. Funny, that…

    • Truepokefan

      That’s BS. Sutton recruited many who couldn’t shoot. He actually said if they can’t play defense or have the ability to play defense he wouldn’t recruit them. He never had a good recruiting class until his last year at OSU and it was major disappointment.

      • swaggypaw

        This sounds more realistic.