Holder took responsibility for what's about to be printed, noting that he's been part of OSU since 1966 as a student or employee. He apologized to the rest of the Big 12 for the way one of its member institutions is about to be portrayed. And he said he's already reached out to fans — and wishes he could contact every season-ticket holder — to prepare them for what's to come and how the department will handle the aftermath.
“My message was you're not going to like what you hear,” Holder said. “It's going to be a rough few days.
“… You're not going to be real proud about what's being said about you, but we hope to make you proud about the way we dealt with it and how we stood up, didn't make any excuses, we're not going to try to cover anything up.”
So now, Holder, Gundy and the rest of Cowboy athletic department will wait for the report to drop. Then, they'll react.
“We'll reach out and get someone to stand with that (NCAA) investigator to go through the facts,” Holder said, “and at the end of the day, we'll come to some conclusions and we'll deal with those … prop ourselves back up, polish up that OSU brand and move on down the road.
“… I'm looking forward to the opportunity to read these stories, however many days that it takes, catch my breath and then we'll start working through the process.”