I wonder why it took another year for Mike Holder to pull the trigger on Travis Ford and finally get a winning coach to Stillwater. Well, I guess it was money, but still, you got to be kidding with T. Boone Pickens in the corral. OSU’s not hiring this new coach last year was a mistake. Word out of Manhattan, KS is “how did we let this guy slip through?”
Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood has been hired to coach the men’s basketball program at Oklahoma State, bringing a winning atmosphere back to the campus. Most assuredly filling the seats in Gallagher-Iba Arena, the iconic venue for college basketball south of the “Phog” in Lawrence, this is a great hire for the Cowboys. Underwood come with baggage, the right kind. In the family coaching tree of the great Henry Iba, the new coach played basketball and graduated from Kansas State University under former Oklahoma State player Jack Hartman who played for the Iron Duke on that white “maple” floor in Stillwater.
Mr.. Iba and Mr. Hartman are smiling down from heaven and OSU fans need to be rejoicing this hire. Oklahoma State will win big in the coming years, and the 51 year old from McPherson, KS, is the reason. Kansas State University, eat your heart out. You missed that wheat wagon.
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