Texas tea fills Cowboys' coffers

Updated: January 11, 2006, 7:30 PM ET
By Mike Fish | ESPN.com

Just about every day, Mike Holder picks up the phone to check in with good buddy T. Boone Pickens. Sometimes, the oil and gas tycoon beats him to the call. They chat about energy prices and hedge funds, though conversations ultimately get around to Oklahoma State, and specifically, the Cowboys' athletic program.

Holder, the first-year OSU athletic director, says the calls have lessened in frequency since Pickens' marriage last summer to California thoroughbred breeder Madeleine Paulson and ...

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