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By John Helsley Published: September 9, 2000

The scoop

Tony Lindsay's shoulder has been the subject of much talk. Rumors are rampant on the radio and Internet that Lindsay might not start tonight.

But OSU sources say Lindsay will start. However, don't be surprised if Aso Pogi plays early in the game. The redshirt freshman from Lawton has been impressive in pre-season drills.

Under the current contract, Tulsa is committed to one more game in the series -- in Stillwater. After that, however, don't look for a new deal between the two any time soon.

The Cowboys were already contemplating the value of the game when TU coach Keith Burns went off on his mid- summer manifesto.

Now OSU officials are figuring they don't need the Golden Hurricane.

Future non-conference schedules are beginning to take shape.

UCLA has already been announced as a Lewis Field visitor for 2002, and Wyoming has been added to next year's home schedule, with a return trip due to Laramie in 2002.

The Cowboys, who play at Southern Mississippi next season, also have home-and-home deals with SMU and Fresno State beginning in the next two or three years.

The OSU offensive line finally looks like the unit expected all along.

Through much of preseason camp, the line featured backups in key roles, with Kyle Eaton hurt and Bryan Phillips scratching his way out of the doghouse after missing most of the offseason workouts.

Yet when the first depth chart was released earlier this week, Eaton was back as the No. 1 left tackle and Phillips was the starter at right guard.

"It came together last week, actually," senior tackle Josh Lind said with a sly grin. "I figured it would be happening, I didn't know when."

The OSU debut of wide receiver Lawson Giddings continues to be placed on hold.

Giddings, a former high school All-American at McAlester, first was detoured on his path to Stillwater by academic shortcomings, sending him to Northeastern A&M. Now, a leg injury and backlog of talented young receivers have him likely set for redshirt duty.

So far, LSU has only inquired about the interest of Terry Don Phillips for its soon- to-be-vacant athletic director post. Should the Southeastern Conference school get more serious, Phillips will have to listen.

A more pressing concern for the Cowboys' athletic department, however, is Iowa State's search for an AD, which could center on OSU associate athletic director Dave Martin. An Iowa State grad and a national wrestling champion for the Cyclones in 1970, Martin would be interested in going home.

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