From here, Holder and the Cowboys will begin to search for, amazingly, only the fourth coach in the program’s 66-year history.
Labron Harris coached from 1947, the inaugural season, through 1973, winning a national championship and 24 conference titles. Mike Holder took over from there, stringing together 25 Big 12 and eight national titles in his 32 years, before handing over the reigns to McGraw in 2005.
“I respect what Mike Holder has accomplished here and I respect Mike Holder’s decision to take the program another direction,” McGraw said of the move. “If you respect the history and tradition of the program, you must respect that as well."
As for the future, McGraw said he must first get over the disappointment (“I have loved Oklahoma State golf since I was a little boy,” he said.”), but would like to remain in coaching (“It’s what I know, what I love doing and what I’m passionate about. So I hope to have another opportunity,” he said.)
But in departure, McGraw leaves with class and a heavy dose of perspective, understanding that Friday's bad news is relative to that of others.
“Bad luck is being in the path of a tornado,” McGraw explained. “And I don’t say that flippantly, I say that very sincerely. That’s tough times. Losing a coaching job is not anything compared to that. A lot of people have suffered a lot worse than I have. And while it’s disappointing and, yes it is, I will recover and I will be fine.”