OSU coach Mike Gundy discussed the practice penalty at length last week during Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, saying he would “have to change what I do and I don’t like that more than anything.”
The punishment would have cut the Cowboys’ allotted weekly practice time from 19 hours and 15 minutes to 18 hours, Gundy said. The maximum amount of available practice time is 20 hours per week, according to the NCAA.
Gundy said the team would have likely eliminated Sunday activities as a result, because they usually consist of walk-throughs and film study of next week’s opponent.
Now, Gundy can stick to his normal routine. That’s good news for the Cowboys, whose lack of experience at several position groups — including linebacker, safety and offensive line — was cause for concern when the penalty was first announced.
“We definitely need the preparation,” said Ryan Simmons, projected starting middle linebacker, last week at Big 12 Media Days. “We need that day … we just have to make sure we hold ourselves accountable and learn as much as we can each and every week.”
OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder also reacted to the NCAA’s decision in a news release.
“We are very thankful for the cooperation of the NCAA staff during this process and we appreciate their focus on the accuracy of the data,” Holder said. “We are also thankful that we received a speedy resolution. In the long term, this process will be a positive thing for our athletic department because nothing is more important to us than playing by the rules and graduating our student-athletes. This has caused us to re-examine how we monitor the APR and make some positive changes.”