'I want to be great': Boynton emotional during introductory press conference

Mike Boynton was introduced as new head coach of Oklahoma State basketball to the media March 27 in Stillwater. (KOKH/Steven Anderson)

Mike Boynton said he wants to return Oklahoma State basketball to national relevance during an emotional introductory press conference.

Boynton was announced as Oklahoma State's 20th head coach March 24 following the departure of Brad Underwood. Boynton joined the Cowboys in 2016 as an assistant under Underwood.

During his press conference, Boynton thanked Underwood and stated he was ready to take the Cowboys to national relevance.

"We had a good season. I'm no fan of good, I've got no interest in it...I want to be great." Boynton said. "Winning is a big expectation at Oklahoma State."

The 35-year-old Boynton said he was committed to doing things the right way and stated that Cowboy assistant Lamont Evans will remain on staff. Boynton said he wants to hire the best possible staff he could to fill the remaining positions but had no timetable when those positions would be filled.

"I want to surround my guys with the best people possible," Boynton said. "It's about building men and making a difference."

Boynton says his team will have a foundation of "hard, tough, man-to-man" defense. He said he received a text message from Underwood Friday congratulating him after he was announced as the new head coach.

Oklahoma State Athletic Director Mike Holder introduced Boynton to the media during the press conference saying he appreciated the passion of the fans during the head coach search.

"If you are going to build something special, you are going to have to have a product that inspires passion," Holder said.

Holder told the media his "email inbox was full" and that he had worked to read everyone. Holder also thanked Underwood for igniting the passion of the fans and bringing great coaches to the program.

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