OSU AD Mike Holder still eyeing Big D

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 14, 2009 at 4:50 am •  Published: May 14, 2009
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Enticing LSU to Dallas might be difficult; if the Tigers are going to play an off-campus game, New Orleans will be their first choice. But the Tigers recruit in Texas, and the Dallas promoters — Jerry Jones and the Cotton Bowl — are well-organized and well-funded.

The Les Miles/Mike Gundy matchup would be rich in plot, but an OSU-LSU series has to rise above personalities. Maybe it would.

An OSU-TCU series definitely would. The Cowboys would be at a geographic disadvantage, since the Frogs would be playing either 15 or 30 miles from their Fort Worth home.

But OSU has a ton of alums in the Metroplex, maybe approaching the number of TCU alums.

OSU-TCU would be a very competitive matchup; the Frogs have grown fangs under coach Gary Patterson.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with playing no off-campus games. Every Big 12 South school has sunk a ton of money into stadium renovation, so it seems weird to take games elsewhere.

But with every peer going to Dallas for a big autumn weekend, OSU doesn’t want to be left out from playing in a very important territory.


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...
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Cheers & Jeers: Okie Managers in MLB

Cheers
→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.

Jeers
→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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