“Every team has to operate the way they feel is the best. For us, we're going to go out there and do the best we can to simulate. We're going to have a great atmosphere. We've got a lot of exciting things going on. We'll go out and perform and hopefully get a lot out of the way we play, and have a little bit of fun with the crowd and the way we do it.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy opted not to have a regular spring game this year, instead opening up a two-hour practice to fans last Saturday inside Boone Pickens Stadium that included drills and a team period with a scrimmage.
Stoops said that back in his playing days at Iowa, the Hawkeyes would have a spring game each year that drew between 30 and 40,000 fans.
NO POST-SPRING GAME AUTOGRAPHS THIS YEAR
Oklahoma won’t allow fans onto the field Saturday for a post-spring game autograph session like it has in past years.
Senior associate athletics director Kenny Mossman posted the news Thursday to Twitter, saying the growing crowds had become unmanageable.
Mossman engaged fans in Twitter conversation after the initial post, and didn’t rule out bringing the autograph session back in the future.
“We love it when fans can interact with our teams,” Mossman tweeted. “So if we can find a way to do it safely, comfortably, we're all for it.”
Following the spring game, which begins at 2 p.m., OU students are encouraged to join the team on the field for a free one-hour concert, during which autographs won’t be permitted. Other fans are asked to remain in their seats during the concert.
OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, on sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight:
“There’s no one who’s more competitive and prepares harder than he does. We’re starting to see all of his hard work pay off. That’s a dangerous situation for a guy who has that talent. There’s not many guys who can run it and throw it like he does. I haven’t seen many.”