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by Berry Tramel Modified: February 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm •  Published: April 2, 2008
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/> Of course, win enough games, and no one cares about any of that. But lose enough, and your boss will wonder how things will get better.

Forget the idea that this is some kind of Holder versus Eddie Sutton grudge match. I assume there's something to their spat, and Holder might be a strange bird to be sitting in the AD's chair, but make no mistake. Holder wants to win. And he loves OSU.

I believe Holder when he said it was "tough day to be a Cowboy” and "there's no joy in Stillwater today.” I believe him when he says he had many sleepless nights wrestling with this the past few weeks.

Holder believed a change was needed but had trouble pulling the trigger. He made this decision because he thinks it's best for Cowboy hoops, and he's not alone.

I talked to new OSU President Burns Hargis, who was in Dallas, and while he agreed that it was a sad day for State, he also stood by Holder.

"The kind of management I try to do is you let your managers manage,” Hargis said. "If they go in the direction you think is dead wrong, you need to deal with that.”

Hargis didn't step in.

"This situation seemed to be what it was,” Hargis said. "Obviously, I supported Mike. We both realized it just wasn't working and decided to go our separate ways.

"The issue of wins and losses really didn't enter into it.”

There you have it.

I'm a big fan of Sean Sutton the person and was pulling hard for Sean Sutton the coach. But it wasn't working. And Mike Holder didn't believe it ever would.

Tramel blog: Twisting in the wind

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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