Oklahoma State's hotel headquarters for the Cotton Bowl is the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
A location offering luxury and comfort, the resort has been updated, so to speak, to resemble a training facility.
What once were vacant spaces have been transformed into a weight room, training room and meeting rooms.
“We try to keep them on that same routing, that same training cycle, same reps, same exercises that they've done,” said OSU speed, strength and conditioning director Rob Glass. “It enables them to be on that same routine. Mainly from a psychological standpoint, there's a lot comfort.”
The Cowboys transported weight equipment to the hotel. Similarly, the sports medicine staff packed its needed materials to provide a training room for taping and examinations.
“Basically, we have to prep for everything we have (at home), but here,” said athletic trainer Scott Parker. “We don't want to leave anything behind. We want all of it here in case we need it. Better to be safe than sorry.”
PRACTICE REPORT: SECOND PRACTICE IN THE BOOKS
The Cowboys held their second Texas-based practice on Saturday, working out at Euless Trinity High School.
“We had a good practice,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “We had a heavy day with pads, and players' spirits are great.
“We've had a great time so far at the bowl, but they focused in and had a good practice.”
FOR STALEY, SIX IS A WILD NUMBER
The journey that has been Kye Staley's career as a Cowboy finally nears an end.
And with that, experience with six bowl teams.
“It's been quite a journey,” the OSU fullback said. “Definitely not many people have had the career path I have, but it's been a great experience and I'm blessed to have the opportunities I've had.”
Staley's OSU adventure has been well documented.
He was a redshirting freshman in 2008, when the team lost to Oregon in the Holiday Bowl.
He suffered a season-ending injury in 2009, when the Cowboys lost to Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl.
He sat out 2010, too, because of the injury, yet stayed close to the program, encouraging players and working out on his own during a season when OSU beat Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.
Since then, Staley has been a productive player on teams that beat Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl (2011) and Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl (2012). Now he's ready for Friday's Cotton Bowl appearance.
“I'm looking forward to having a good time in Dallas,” said Staley, whose final year came courtesy of an NCAA hardship ruling. “But the important thing is a win and being Cotton Bowl champions.”
Cowboys safety Daytawion Lowe on the impact of Kansas transfer Tyler Patmon:
“It's been a blessing. When I found out he was coming, I was like, ‘OK, we might could use him a little bit.' He came in and was just making plays. I thought, ‘He can really play.'
“He's been a great addition to our team. He can play man; he's physical, he doesn't shy away from contact. Man, he boosted us up to another level, where when guys got hurt, we had another guy.”