Oklahoma State's baseball old guard got what it wanted Friday: one of their own to coach the Cowboys.
And by all accounts, Josh Holliday glows as a good hire. Elite recruiter. Committed worker. Bleeds orange, to the point that he couldn't wait to get back to OSU, even after he and his dad were discarded in 2003.
Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin went so far as to call Holliday “the best of the very best.”
Even those of us in the hard-sell media were a bit wowed by the time Holliday's impassioned and emotional news conference had concluded a series of from-the-heart and from-the-hip responses. As far as hiring announcements go — and they typically go quite blandly — Holliday delivered.
So, OSU's coaching situation is settled.
Now, one item remains.
You in the old guard, that group claiming to be “influential supporters” of the program, it's time to walk the walk.
Complaining about wins and losses via the armchair isn't influential enough. Show up at the ballpark with or without a formal invite (the coach will be a bit busy to concern himself with social calendars). Dig into the wallet like you've never done before, literally.
For all the grumbling about OSU baseball's recent struggles — and Frank Anderson leaves as the program's second-winningest coach all-time — those so-called family and friends to the program have regularly failed when it comes to financial support.
And it wasn't just an Anderson thing. Even when Josh's dad, the popular Tom Holliday, was in charge, the lack of real backing was embarrassing.
In case you somehow haven't heard, Allie P. Reynolds Stadium and the program's operating budget for recruiting, etc., aren't in line with the program you envision.
To compete with Texas and Baylor and now TCU, you've got to compete with the pocketbook, too. You've already spoken that fourth-place finishes aren't good enough.