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Oklahoma State football: Glenn Spencer says he is not auditioning

Notebook — Co-defensive coordinator is filling in while Bill Young recuperates.
by John Helsley Published: September 4, 2012

How will Bonano bounce back? Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez prefers practice over psychology.

“I've never been one to sit down and have a Dr. Phil moment with any of the players, kickers or otherwise,” Rodriguez said. “If there's something not right and you're not doing something as well as you can, then go practice it more.

“If you're not making your free throws, go shoot free throws. If you're not making kicks, go kick. John and the rest of our guys go out and do that.”


Nonconference scheduling has been a hot topic over the past week, notably weak nonconference scheduling.

Exhibit A: Oklahoma State's 84-0 thrashing of Savannah Sate.

While admitting that Savannah State was an unavoidable mistake, Cowboy coach Mike Gundy sticks by the theory of a softened schedule. In fact, he embraces it.

“Kind of the best way to look at it, if you just imagine a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, that being the BCS championship and Big 12 championship,” Gundy said. “You have a certain part of that road that never changes, and that's called your conference. But before that, if your goal was to get there, you'd like to have a straight path.

“And anything you put in your way that could make it more difficult, just makes it more difficult. So you have a nice smooth highway all the way there, then you have to make a left or right turn based on where you have to go to follow your conference.

“Or you can go over hills and valleys and potholes and things like that and have issues getting there. I'd be for the easiest way to get to that one point before having to play conference play, within reason.”

Anthony Slater contributed to this report.