Former Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones understands how difficult it can be when you don't have the means to compete with the nation's best.
“It wasn't like we were always broke but you couldn't have any capital projects,” said Jones, the Cowboys' coach for 11 seasons from 1984 to 1994. “Everything we got done was homemade, it was hard.”
The situation for the Cowboy coaching staff has changed.
With the addition of the Sherman Smith Center in the next few years, OSU will have facilities which are second to none.
A far cry from just a few seasons ago.
Just ask new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who left the program with Les Miles in 2005 then returned this February.
“Everything has changed,” Monken said shortly after his return to Stillwater. “Basically it's a new stadium and a new football complex, everything is new.”
And, make no mistake, expectations will increase.
“Now the ball is totally in Mike Gundy's court,” athletic director Mike Holder said. “It's up to him to use what's been provided to him and try to build a championship program.”