We "know" (as it was reported at least) Underwood was offered 2.2. If you want to call that a low ball or not thats a personal opinion. Also reportedly Underwood wanted 3M. I consider than a counter offer. Or at least they both had a starting point. What we don't know is if OSU made another offer after that or if Underwood shut it down before they got that far. We also don't know if $2.2 was Holder's best offer or if it was just a starting point or what his final number would have been. We don't know if Holder ever got a chance to call some donors and see if he could find some more money for Underwood or not. We don't know if Underwood told Holder there was a legit $3M offer out there for him. But $3M was obviously his market value. The fact that Underwood cut off negotiations so abruptly tells me there were probably some personal issues between the two the fans didn't know about (and maybe Holder didn't know they had a problem).