Success breeds interest.
Interest generates tickets.
It's a little more complex, with other factors involved, yet that formula essentially explains the rapid growth of Oklahoma State football's active fan base, exhibited by the now-annual announcement of a season-ticket sales record.
Monday, the total public (non-student) season-ticket number hit 36,668, a new high mark. Soon, OSU is expected to pass its overall total of 48,714, once students are allowed to purchase tickets.
Tuesday, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, who has overseen the rapid overhaul of the program he quarterbacked in the 1980s, talked about the growing attendance.
“People that are in this department rely on us to make money,” Gundy said. “So when we sell suites out and we sell 50,000 season tickets, we are making money. From that standpoint, we are glad that football can contribute and help to carry the load.
“I think it shows a lot about what our players have done, because there's no way we could do it without them. … They deserve credit because obviously people want to come watch them.”
‘CORNERING' THE SPEED MARKET
While Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert are fellow cornerbacks, that doesn't mean they can't have a friendly competition.
Except according to anyone except Brown, it's no competition.
Never mind who's better — a legitimate debate — the main issue between the two is based on speed.
“The bigger debate is who's faster,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young. “I love Brodrick to death, but there's no way he can hold a candle next to Justin Gilbert.”
Not that Young minds the competition.
“Because of Brodrick's mentality like that, he makes up for it,” Young said. “They are both so great, they're so awesome in their own right and for their own reasons. I'm so glad to have them both out there on my team.”
COWBOYS COMING ALONG ‘OK'
At this point last year, OSU practices pushed along smoothly.
There were limited position battles, even among backups. And veterans commanded workouts.
With several key veterans — Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Markelle Martin et al — now gone, workouts haven't been as crisp or sharp.
“They're doing OK, not great,” Gundy said Tuesday. “That falls back on having a number of mature leaders on both sides of the ball who had been out there. Blackmon was such a great practice player and Weeden was such a great practice player. Markelle for that matter. Those guys really practiced well and they were kind of the leaders of the team.
“We have some other guys who are stepping up, but at this time last year, we practiced in midseason form in preseason. We're practicing in preseason form now, just because of some of the youth.”
JOHNSON, ROCKWELL REWARDED
Defensive end Tyler Johnson and receiver Nick Rockwell both walked on at OSU. Both have switched positions since arriving in Stillwater.
Neither has been a star, but both have contributed in practice and games.
And now they've both been awarded a scholarship, Gundy announced Tuesday.
“Those guys have worked hard in our program,” Gundy said. “Tyler has been on the field for us more that Nick. Nick has been with us for several years and has been a great contributor in practice for us. Each guy that's a part of our team has an impact on our success.
“Some of them don't play as much on Saturday as others, but we can't do it without all of them.”
Earlier this summer, center Evan Epstein, who walked on at OSU after transferring from Air Force, was put on scholarship.