Players like Oklahoma State's Cooper Bassett make bowl games relevant

The Cowboys' senior lineman is excited to be playing, and it doesn't matter who or where, just that his team is bowling
by Jenni Carlson Modified: December 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm •  Published: December 31, 2012

Playing for OSU has been a dream come true.

“As the program grows ... I just hope there's going to be always be a collection of Oklahoma kids that don't just get on the team but have an influence, have an impact on the team,” Bassett said. “We get great players from everywhere, but I think the heart of the team is going to come from kids who grew up loving OSU.

“I hope there's always going to be Cooper Bassetts on the team.”

His dad has put together a scrapbook for each of Bassett's college seasons. All of the books are filled with pictures and articles and mementos, and each and every piece of memorabilia causes a flashback.

“The wins make you happy in the moment,” Bassett said, “but the memories are what are going to make me happy the rest of my life.”

If the bowls were smart, they'd make guys like Bassett their poster boys. Trot him out in front of the masses. Ask him to talk about how he feels about playing college football. Have him explain why bowls matter.

Doesn't matter if the matchup isn't great.

Doesn't matter if the stage isn't grand.

The only thing that matters to Cooper Bassett is that this is another day to play.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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