Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday joined football coach Mike Gundy on Monday night for the Tulsa Cowboy Caravan. Before taking the stage, Holliday spoke with reporters:
Q: What is the current status of plans for a new baseball stadium and what do you estimate as the cost?
A: “It’s been a good summer. We’ve designed the stadium and it’s beautiful. We continue to work to raise the money necessary to get a shovel in the ground. That’s been an ongoing process for the last couple years … The more support we get, it happens faster.
“I do know the final plans are being drawn, so we’ll have an idea of the final cost of the project. It’s a pretty substantial facility, so it’s obviously something that’s going to be when it’s all said and done pretty grand in terms of encompassing luxury seating, the seating bowl itself, the design itself … We think it will put us at the top of college baseball.”
Q: Now that you’ve had some time to reflect, how do you summarize last season and how it ended?
A: “We certainly enjoyed it while it happened. We realize we had a special team. The minute the season ended, we hugged those kids and said goodbye to them because we did love every minute with them. We’ve shifted our focus to this year and the new bunch of kids that are coming in this week to start school. You take the energy and the momentum that team created and you use it to drive the next team.”
Q: How closely do you follow the OSU football team and how do you think they’ll do this season?
A: “I love football. I love our program. When I was a kid, Coach Gundy was the quarterback for OSU, so I used to imitate Mike Gundy when we were out playing junior high football. He was the man back then. So I’ve always been a fan of Coach Gundy, certainly OSU football. Our greatest moments in the fall are Saturdays when we’re playing home football games. We bring in recruits and kids can see what a big-time atmosphere OSU has to offer … Each year they continue to come and develop great new players. There’s new names and faces every year that you kind of grow fond of. It will be another fun fall for us.”