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Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy says rigors of two-a-days not near what they used to be

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 23, 2014

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.”


OSU football players are given a certain allotment of tickets for friends and family to attend games.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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