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Daily Bullets (March 31)



A Turn For the Better

What a difference a year makes when you think about the non-football related legacy of Mike Holder.

A year ago, Holder seemed rattled by the Underwood situation. Fans and donors were angry. There apparently was a movement within the Board of Regents to push him into retirement, and OSU graduate Chad Weiberg was hired away from Texas Tech to become Holder’s new deputy athletic director.

It is presumed that Weiberg is viewed as Oklahoma State’s next athletic director, but there is no known timetable for a transition.

The guess here is that only Holder knows when Holder will be finished, but even his detractors must admit that his March 2018 has been a thing of beauty. [TulsaWorld]

While his legacy is a bit mixed (Travis Ford vs. Boone Pickens Stadium), finishing the baseball stadium fundraising and what appears to be a good (to possibly great) coaching trajectory of Mike Boynton semi-guarantees he goes out on his own terms.

An Inside Job

Depending on some news the Pokes could be getting after Tax Day, the interior of the Cowboy offensive line could be looking solid.

Larry Williams is the wild card this spring. Offensive line coach Josh Henson won’t use Williams in practice until it’s known whether or not he is granted another year of eligibility. Williams, who participated in OSU’s pro day, said he’ll find out around April 18. If he comes back to Oklahoma State, he solidifies the right guard position.

At that point, the interior of OSU’s line will look solid: Marcus Keyes at left guard, Johnny Wilson at center, Williams at right guard. [TulsaWorld]

A strong interior tends to correlate with a strong rushing attack (think Cowboy offensive attack in 2014 for an inverse), another building block that will help in the post-Rudolph-to-Washington offense finding an identity.

OSU and NCAA Notes

Holliday’s dreams to become reality with the new stadium….Why Catholic colleges are so good at basketball….What Loyola’s Final Four revenue will do for the Missouri Valley….What’s the point of “Junior Days” in recruiting?….Why Nick Saban’s defense is matchup-proof

Gundy got a raise and raised the banners. It’s reasonable – it’s like all the tourney banners in the basketball practice facility.

Top dogs.

When Allie was young.

Pokes seem to do well in San Antonio.

Good for Stevie.

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May name my next son after the guy.

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