Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/31/14
Mike Holder admits he made a mistake. Admits that giving Travis Ford a 10-year contract hasn’t worked out. Such largesse rarely does. “Ten years is a long time,” said Holder, OSU’s athletic director. In September 2009, OSU announced a contract extension for its basketball coach that in effect created a 10-year contract. Good through 2019. Escalating salary. All kinds of perks. No buyout for the university, and a stiff buyout ($3 million) for Ford, should he jump to another job. Almost five years later, that contract is an albatross, preventing OSU from a coaching change it likely otherwise would make. And while that contract probably has kept Ford employed, it’s also been a burden. “In retrospect, it wasn’t good for him or us,” Holder said. To whom much is given, much is expected. Give a coach a 10-year contract, and the minimum you’d expect would be an NCAA Tournament victory or five, an energized fan base, a Big 12 contender. Hasn’t happened. The Cowboys are 0-for-March Madn...
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