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Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy not taking bowl berth for granted

Cowboy coach Mike Gundy admits his team was disappointed when it slipped to the bowl that picks eighth in the Big 12 pecking order, but he won't let the players forget that a bowl game is a privilege.
By Gina Mizell and Jason Kersey Published: December 29, 2012

Friday night, OSU had a suite for the Mavericks' game against the Denver Nuggets. Saturday, some players helped put on a football clinic for local children, while others volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank.

“You never know how good you have it until you help somebody else out, and we learned that doing this today and it made us feel good,” wide receiver Isaiah Anderson said. “It's good to represent your school and family in a positive manner.

“Coach Gundy preaches that to us all the time so we just make sure we exemplify that in the community and spread the wealth around.”

Saturday night, the Cowboys went to a performance by the Blue Man Group, the popular music and comedy troupe that features men in blue makeup.


The Big Ten's football reputation has taken a beating of late.

Purdue is motivated by the opportunity to enhance the conference's stature in the Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl against OSU, Boilermakers interim coach Patrick Higgins said Saturday.

“We just want to do the best we can and represent the Big Ten,” Higgins said. “We're just gonna go represent the Big Ten. We don't care what conference it is; we want to show them that Big Ten football is quality football, and that's what we plan to do.”

Five-loss, unranked Wisconsin claimed the conference championship and a Rose Bowl berth by beating then-No. 12 Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten title game.

The Badgers finished third in the Leaders division, but advanced to the Dec. 1 title game because Ohio State (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) and Penn State (8-4, 6-2) are each on probation and ineligible for postseason play.


OSU's practices often feature a soundtrack, and Saturday's music selection was Michael Jackson.

Who was responsible for those tunes?

“That's me,” Gundy said. “I'm a big Michael Jackson fan. A lot of times, some players that are this age don't really say anything. But then if you watch them as practice goes on, they all know the songs. They just don't like to admit it.”


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