On Friday afternoon, the Oklahoma State baseball program corrected its most pressing need, filling its vacant head coaching position with former Cowboy star Josh Holliday.
And immediately after the announcement, athletic director Mike Holder openly discussed the program's other glaring issue – it's lacking facilities.
“We've never stopped with our mission to have a facility to match the tradition of our baseball program,” Holder said.
Labeled by many as the worst in the Big 12, Allie P. Reynolds Stadium might contain OSU's rich history, but it likely doesn't hold a long future.
Holder said he has already located an ideal site for OSU's new stadium but now needs the necessary funds to put a plan into action.
“We paid a lot of money for a significant piece of real estate, probably $9 or $10 million invested in the site that we want to build the stadium,” Holder said. “And you are probably looking at another $30 million to build what we want.”
The desired location is on the corner of McElroy and Washington, about 500 yards northwest of the current stadium.
To get the money, Holder said he's looking for a $10 million to $15 million gift, traded for naming rights.
After that, Holder believes the program, along with its new charismatic and captivating coach, could raise the rest.
“I think Josh will inspire some people to reach into their pocket book and get some of this started,” Holder said.
Although this potential plan, and altered direction of the program, coincides with Friday's hiring of the 35-year-old Holliday, it's clearly a far-off and premature idea.
For now, and the foreseeable future, OSU will remain at Allie P.
And that doesn't seem to bother Holliday, a former OSU All-American who talked at length about his appreciation and experiences in the tradition-rich stadium.
“When I think of Allie Reynolds Stadium, I think about standing behind the fence and catching Pete Incaviglia home runs,” Holliday said. “I think about seeing it piled full of people and people lining up around the street corner coming to watch a regional game. I think about Senior Day, 1999, run-ruling Texas and hugging teammates.
“My moments and thoughts on that facility are moments that are celebratory. I'm going to take pride in our facility and go out and play on it hard and that ole' girl is going to look as good as she can because everyone there is going to love it, because it's our home.”
At this point, the Cowboys aren't in dire need of an immediate relocation.
Sure, the batting cages are beat down, the seats are uncomfortable and the recruiting is affected. But it's still a capable ballpark with a playing surface that more than a few OSU players routinely call the “best we play on all year.”
For the 31-year-old stadium that's crammed into a small site, long-term sustainability has become the core issue.
“Sure we could renovate Allie P. Reynolds Stadium,” Holder said. “The only real negative there is that it is confined. Great location, lot of history, but there is just not a lot of room to grow down there. So you're limited with what you can do there. I still think long-term the best thing to do is start from scratch.”