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.
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