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OSU AD Mike Holder still eyeing Big D

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 14, 2009 at 4:50 am •  Published: May 14, 2009
OU and Texas have played in the Cotton Bowl every year since 1929.

Texas A&M and Arkansas have agreed to play in Arlington each of the next 10 seasons.

Baylor will play Texas Tech in Arlington this October and in the Cotton Bowl in 2010.

Is anyone missing from this picture?

Oklahoma State now is the only Big 12 South school without an annual game in Greater Dallas. Is no Big D a big deal?

State athletic director Mike Holder isn’t crazy about the exclusion, especially since he worked hard to establish a neutral-site series with Tech.

Dallas is prime recruiting ground for every South school, plus Arkansas, which is a Big 12 South member emeritus, having been in the Southwest Conference from 1915 to 1991 and having played OSU 28 times from 1950 through 1980.

Playing in Dallas has been beneficial to the Sooners and Longhorns for almost a century. Now others want to share that stage.

"We’re the only team in the South that doesn’t have a game in Dallas,” Holder said. "We’re probably forced to look outside the conference.”

Holder said a lot of names have been mentioned but nothing has gone past brainstorming.

So let’s toss out a couple of names for public consumption.

by Berry Tramel
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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Cheers & Jeers: Okie Managers in MLB

→To Oklahoma-bred managers. The D-Backs’ hiring of Midwest City’s A.J. Hinch means our state’s high schools have supplied 10 percent of the current major league managers. Norman’s John Russell leads the Pirates, and Okmulgee’s Ron Gardenhire skippers the Twins.

→To college basketball’s new foul-shot proposal, in which the opposing coach gets to choose from the four remaining players on the court to shoot foul shots when the fouled player is injured and unable to shoot himself. If you don’t believe the rule is divine providence, check out the name of the chairman of the men’s rules committee: New York-Maritime athletic director Dick Hack.

→To the Maverick fans who created such a hostile situation for the families of the Denver players. Dallas fans don’t have a bad reputation, so maybe this will be an isolated incident, but take note, Oklahoma City fans. When the Thunder gets good, stay classy.

→To the upset Orlando fan who demanded an apology for his son, who was bumped into by Boston’s Big Baby Davis. If you don’t want large men barreling into you at NBA games, stay out of the Nicholson seats.


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