Mike Gundy had one of those “back-in-my-day” moments during a press conference Thursday.
The Oklahoma State football coach was asked if players rejoice when classes begin, as it marks the end of fall camp and two-a-day practices. Gundy’s short answer was “yes.” His long answer was something else.
“A hundred years ago when we were doing it, it was twice a day, three hours a day,” Gundy said. “They didn’t even take a temperature for anybody to know there was a danger of being on the turf. (Coaches) told you to keep your mouth shut and keep practicing.
“Today, there’s only a certain number of two-a-days … everything else is a single practice with walk-throughs in the afternoon with the new restrictions. It’s not near as trying on your body mentally or physically as what it used to be.”
Fall camp this season lasted 17 days, from July 31 to August 16. The Cowboys had just four two-a-days within that span.
But that doesn’t mean OSU players weren’t anticipating Monday’s arrival, when the Cowboys and the rest of the student body returned to classes.
“You see new faces, that’s probably the main thing,” middle linebacker Ryan Simmons said. “Now that we have some time to go to school and you see people and converse, it’s just all refreshing, the whole college experience.”
TRIP TO AT&T STADIUM A HOMECOMING FOR TEXAS NATIVES
OSU football players are given a certain allotment of tickets for friends and family to attend games.
Simmons said he’s still searching for a few more in advance of the Cowboys’ Aug. 30 opener against Florida State in Arlington.
“Oh man, it’s going to be a struggle,” Simmons said. “I need about 11 or 12 tickets … I hope I can get some from my teammates. Right now it looks like some (of his guests) aren’t going to be making it, but I’m going to have to buy some tickets, I guess.”
Simmons is one of 69 Cowboys on the 2014 roster from Texas. And 26 of those players come from within a one-hour drive of AT&T Stadium, according to an athletic department news release.
FLORIDA STATE COACH GIVES OSU SCOUTING REPORT
Florida State has flipped the switch from fall camp to game-week preparation for OSU.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher recently spoke highly of the Cowboys.
"They're a very well-coached team that knows how to win, knows how to play hard, can create a lot of points on offense," Fisher told the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. "(It is a team that) plays very physical on defense — a lot of pressures and different looks, eight-man drops that come and put pressure on the quarterback.
“… (They) won 41 games in four years. They're a very well-coached, good football team.”