GoPokes TV: Mike Holder Talks Travis Ford

Oklahoma State athletics director Mike Holder talks about the decision to part ways with head basketball coach Travis Ford and the future of Cowboys basketball.

Robert Allen and the beat reporters covering Oklahoma State basketball had the opportunity Saturday morning to visit with Mike Holder. The OSU athletics director shared what went into his decision-making process that led to OSU and Travis Ford parted ways Friday.

Holder said that negotiations are still ongoing since Ford is still owed $7.2 million left from the remaining three years of his contract ($2.4 million per year).

“All of us in the basketball program feel like we’ve been a little bit star-crossed the last few years because it seems like just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” Holder said. “We’ve had inordinate amount of injuries and unfortunate occurrences, not just this season but multiple seasons.

“I think Travis and the team never really got enough wind in their sails to propel us to the level that we needed to be at to sustain this.”

The Cowboys 12-20 overall this past season. The 12 wins were the fewest by an OSU basketball team in nearly 30 years, since the Cowboys were 8-20 in Leonard Hamilton’s first year as head coach (1986-87).

Ford’s teams compiled a 155-111 overall record in his eight years leading the Cowboys, but there were just 63-75 in Big 12 games, including a 3-15 record and ninth-place finish this past season.

Holder said that James Dickey would be the Cowboys interim head coach – as he was eight years ago when Ford was hired to take over the program.

As far as who the Cowboys next head coach will be, Holder wouldn’t offer any hints … but sources say that all signs are pointing to Brad Underwood, who led 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin to a 70-56 first-round upset for third-seeded West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night. The Lumberjacks (28-5) ran the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 games with the win.

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