OSU football: 'Orange Blitz' format impacts more people than the football team

Remember the 10 Run will not coincide with the open practice.
by Gina Mizell Published: February 23, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) throws under pressure from defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (99) and defensive end Jeremiah Tshimanga (9) during the Oklahoma State spring NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) throws under pressure from defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (99) and defensive end Jeremiah Tshimanga (9) during the Oklahoma State spring NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's spring football format is, of course, ultimately up to Mike Gundy and the rest of the coaching staff.

Athletic director Mike Holder just insisted on providing an event for the fans.

“They buy the tickets,” Holder said, “and getting them excited about football in April helps season tickets sales in May through August.”

The recently announced “Orange Blitz,” which will be a free open practice on April 5 rather than a traditional spring game to cap off the 15 workouts, certainly accomplishes that.

Yet the decision to change the format impacts more people than Gundy and the Cowboys.

Like Remember the 10 Run founder Kerry Don Alexander, whose event this year will not be paired with the open practice.

This year's run takes place on April 19. But Alexander was already prepping for the chance that football could opt for a different date, because the 19th is in the middle of Easter weekend.

“It makes for a great day when both are on the same Saturday,” Alexander said. “But there are also logistical challenges for our runners that do not plan on staying for the entire day. I would expect us to have a strong crowd this year either way.”

Chase Carter, the OSU Alumni Association's director of communications, has a similar outlook.

He already expected attendance for the Remember the 10 run to take a hit because of Easter weekend. Additionally, his group did not have any specific events scheduled around the spring game, though it has traditionally set up a booth at Eskimo Joe's on that day to promote membership and programs.

Since the spring football event and the Remember the 10 run are not on the same weekend, it has not yet been determined if that booth will be at Joe's this year. Carter did note, however, that the Stillwater Arts Festival is the same weekend as the Remember the 10 run, giving folks the chance to participate in multiple activities on April 19.

“We will continue to promote both events (Remember the 10 and the open football practice) separately to alumni in Oklahoma and surrounding states, just as we would have done if they were together,” Carter said. “Ultimately, the decision to hold a spring game is up to Coach Gundy and the athletic department, and we will support them in whatever decision they make.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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