Oklahoma State's dreams of build an athletic village took a major hit in 2008 when the Cowboy investment fund lost over $250 million, forcing the plans for first-class athletic venues to be put on hold.
It was during those moments when athletic director Mike Holder got a better understanding of Boone Pickens and his commitment to OSU.
“What is really amazing was how good he was in 2008, when things got bad, and in the three years since then,” Holder said. “You find out what somebody is like when you face that type of adversity. My respect, trust and feeling for him has grown during this period.”
Despite the multimillion dollar loss, Pickens commitment' to building first-class facilities never wavered.
“I've been up and down before,” Pickens said. “It's a lot like football, you better be mentally alert to anything that might happen to you.
“You don't ever fold.”