Scrimmages: Open or closed?
OU scrimmaged Saturday in front of 7,000 fans. OSU scrimmaged Saturday in front of classified personnel only.
Two ways to conduct business. Each has costs, each has benefits.
I side with Bob Stoops, naturally, because I’d rather watch a scrimmage than be told about it. But I understand both approaches. Mike Gundy wants to keep the wraps on his team. Probably more defense, since new coordinator Tim Beckman is trotting out a new look and new attitude, and
Georgia spies are curious. If it’s offense Gundy wants to keep secret, that’s goofy. We’re talking about an offense that’s supposed to be unpredictable and never know what’s coming, so what does it matter if someone sees a scrimmage?
The cost? The Cowboys missed an opportunity to connect with fans. The chance to bring some die-hards to campus and give them a sneak peak, reward some very loyal fans. State football always seems to be a little slow in public relations, not so much with media as its own fans. Sort of the opposite in
Norman, where an August scrimmage is an event.
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