STILLWATER — No handshake for you!
The Oklahoma State football team declined to shake hands with Georgia before kickoff at Boone Pickens Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
After much internal debate, OSU has elected not to participate in the pre-game handshake recommended by the American Football Coaches Association and its executive director, Grant Teaff.
Teaff, the AFCA and the NCAA have been encouraging teams to arrange pre-game handshakes as a part of a sportsmanship initiative.
On Thursday, OSU sports information director Kevin Klintworth confirmed the program had decided against shaking hands.
In Monday’s media luncheon, OSU coach Mike Gundy expressed concern about a pre-game fight breaking out between the two teams.
"Our first concern was (we’ll) have 115 guys out there and they’ll have 70, it just takes one guy to pop off,” he said. "Then I don’t know how you’re going to break it up. How do you control something like that?”
Georgia players had differing opinions on the pre-game handshake.
"We’re not trying to start any fights,” UGA linebacker Rennie Curran told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I don’t have any doubts we can control ourselves walking onto the field and shaking hands. It’s a simple act.”
Bulldogs quarterback Joe Cox disagreed.
"I don’t think it’s necessary,” Cox said. "The last thing you want to do before a physical game like football is go shake hands with everybody.”