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Oklahoma State football: APR penalty will leave coaches less time for inexperienced squad

Taking a closer look at the effects of OSU’s practice time reduction, which was caused by a low Academic Progress Rate number.
by John Helsley Published: May 18, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy argues a call at the end of the first half during of a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. OSU won 33-29.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy argues a call at the end of the first half during of a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. OSU won 33-29.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

*During any given game week, the Cowboys would use Sunday as a light day, yet still get in weight work and film study and a short on-field practice. They would use Monday as their off day, get in heavier practices Tuesday and Wednesday, then back off Thursday and use Friday for walk-through only. Even if the coaching staff compresses the practice schedule, there will be a lot crammed into fewer days.

*One of Gundy’s selling points, to his own players and to recruits and to the media, is the thought that crisper, shorter practices are more productive and less taxing on his team during the week and over the long haul. Former offensive coordinator Todd Monken once said that Gundy is so rigid to his schedule that when Monken asked for extra practice time to implement new wrinkles, he was told to fit them in the regular window or forget it. Will Gundy remain so staunch in his beliefs, or go against his own grain?

*The timing is bad. If this had happened to last year’s team, which was loaded with seniors and veterans who had played a lot of football, the adjustment would have been minimized. These Cowboys are rebuilding on the offensive line and all across the defense, with unproven players already on the spot. Those guys need more instruction, not less.

So OSU has learned the power of one.

With one more point over the span of four years, it would have been business as usual in Stillwater.

Instead, the Cowboys are on the clock — to find a way to adjust.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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