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Bigwig boosters: Losing sickens Pickens

Between 2003 and 2008 Pickens donated $248 million and his influence over the school’s athletic department is hardly a secret.  In 2005, he hand picked Mike Holder to be the Athletic Director, a man in most people’s opinion grossly unqualified for the job, because he was a golf coach for 32 years before Pickens convinced him to change careers.  The logic behind the hiring of Mike Holder was simple, T. Boone trusted Mike and he wasn’t going to give record breaking donations to somebody he didn’t trust 100%.  You can’t blame OSU for allowing Pickens to have that type of sway over decision making because the more involved he was the more successful they became.

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