Holder: Travis Ford Is Our Head Coach

Travis Ford is still the coach of the Oklahoma State basketball team, and will be for the 2015-16 season, OSU athletics director Mike Holder said Tuesday evening. After days of speculation that Holder was negotiating a buyout of the remaining four years of Ford’s contract, Holder showed his support for Ford in a statement issued by the OSU Media Relations office.

“Given the overwhelming amount of unfounded rumors surrounding the future of our head basketball coach Travis Ford, I am departing from my usual practice of not talking about personnel matters. Travis Ford is our head coach now, and he will be our head coach moving forward,” Holder said.

“No one wants to win games, win championships and make deep tournament runs more than our coach. When I met with coach Ford at the end of the season, we reviewed this past season and spent time talking about the future of Oklahoma State basketball. I am convinced Travis is as dedicated as ever to our university and to the young men who play for him. I was particularly pleased with our conversation around the importance of graduating our basketball players.

“Let me say, we are fully committed to coach Ford and supporting him and our basketball program.”

Ford recently completed his seventh season at Oklahoma State with the Cowboys finishing 18-14 after suffering a loss to Oregon in their first game of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cowboys have been to the NCAA tourney five of the seven years under Ford’s direction, including the last three seasons, but their last win in the tournament was 2009.

The Oklahoman reported Tuesday that Holder and OSU were considering buying out Ford’s contract for $9.6 million, the remaining amount from a 10-year deal that he signed in 2009.

Ford is 143-91 in his seven seasons at OSU, but is just 1-5 in NCAA tourney games following the 79-73 loss to Oregon earlier this month. The Cowboys finished tied for sixth place in the Big 12 with an 8-10 record, but managed to earn an at-large invitation to the NCAA tourney.

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