Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder put the Cowboys in the news for not so great reasons this offseason.
Holder publicly stated he would “approach recruiting a little differently” than football coach Mike Gundy on the Pistols Firing Blog Podcast. He also said he wants to see the Cowboys finish higher in the recruiting rankings.
Holder backtracked on those comments this week, telling the Tulsa World’s Mark Cooper he regrets his public criticism.
The longtime OSU athletic director said this week he regrets the comments.
“What I should have been doing is encouraging me, as the athletic director, to do a better job of getting the message out that this is a great place to get an education and further your dreams as an athlete, not just in football but across the spectrum of every sport that we offer here,” Holder told the Tulsa World. “And challenge myself to do a better job of that. That’s what I regret.”
Since Holder made his feelings known about Gundy’s recruiting, Oklahoma State added a flurry of offensive line commitments, including coveted 3-star tackles Cole Birmingham and Preston Wilson.
Gundy’s 2019 class ranks nationally in the top 30, but Oklahoma State’s recruiting efforts are more consistent with teams such as Baylor and West Virginia instead of Oklahoma or Texas.
It’s not a shock Holder went back on his statements.
It’ll be interesting to see the relationship between Gundy and Holder going forward from an odd summer in Stillwater, Okla.