While most folks are resigned to getting a new flat screen during the holidays or right around the Super Bowl, Oklahoma State is making their purchase this summer and upgrading the Cowboys’ viewing experience significantly at Boone Pickens Stadium as a result.
In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the school confirmed that the team’s already remodeled home is getting an upgraded Jumbotron that is the eighth-biggest video board at a college football stadium in the country. In addition to packing in the pixels in a full-high definition display, the new board is set to measure in at 56 feet tall by 110 feet wide and will be mounted just above the east end zone on the outside of the OSU Athletics Center that abuts the field.
“This board not only modernizes the game day experience in Boone Pickens Stadium, but it also brings Oklahoma State to the forefront in this area,” said Athletic Director Mike Holder. “We have taken input from fans and I believe that adding a premium board like this is a game-changer for all of us who attend.
Installation will begin in July and should be finalized by well ahead of fall camp with a target of August 1st for completion. Veteran manufacturer Daktronics will build the board while a local Oklahoma City firm will design the supports. The program notes that this screen will be especially bright compared to other installations by several factors in order to account for the glare of the sun hitting the board.
The entire setup will check in at just a tad bit smaller than rival Texas ‘Godzillatron’ at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium but will otherwise be one of the largest in the Big 12. Given how quickly the Cowboys tend to put up points in Mike Gundy’s offense, chances are it will get a nice workout when games start to roll around this fall in Stillwater as well.
Today is Bob Stoops day at Oklahoma. The Sooners turned their spring game into a celebration of Stoops’s 18-year career, as hundreds of his former players made the trek to Norman to honor their former coach.
Oklahoma also decorated the field to honor Stoops, and unveiled his much-awaited statue.
OU held a big dinner on Friday night, with pre-recorded tributes by a number of luminaries throughout the Stoops era. Including Mike Gundy.
Stoops won 10 of the 12 meetings between the two men, but as the most important people in the state over the course of their respective tenures, the relationship between the former OU coach and the current OSU coach clearly stretched beyond football.
Once Gundy’s tribute ended, Oklahoma closed down its Stoops tribute in the most Oklahoma way possible: with a Toby Keith concert.
Most know Mike Gundy as the Oklahoma State head football coach. Others might also think of him as a former Cowboys quarterback or purveyor of bringing back the mullet. Fewer still know him as something else though: concerned parent.
That latter role is the one the OSU coach is taking up this week by making a donation to Stillwater Public Schools, where two of his sons attend. This isn’t just cutting a check to cover school supplies or teacher salaries however, it’s to ensure that all of the district’s schools have a fully armed uniformed officer present in the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida two months ago.
Per the Stillwater News Press, the district’s board of education voted on Tuesday to accept Gundy’s donation to fund the initiative, which will run about $35,000 — roughly $1,166.55 per day, according to the paper — for the rest of the school year. The money will directly pay for seven sheriff deputies to be stationed at schools, as well as some signage to alert parents and students about the new increase in staffing.
“I have spent more time and more hours on security in Stillwater schools than I have on Oklahoma State football in the last three weeks,” Gundy said during a school board meeting last week. “At one point, I thought I might have bit off more than I could handle, but I got in deep and I am thrilled with the meetings we’ve had with the Superintendent Marc Moore, school board members, Stillwater police and their willingness to work with the Payne County Sheriff’s department. For all of us to come together, it makes me proud to be a citizen in the community of Stillwater.”
It seems the district is still examining more long-term solutions to protecting the elementary, middle and high schools in the area but Gundy’s donation will help cover the costs in the near term to keep students safe. Schools in the state are also dealing with a teacher walkout over budget shortfalls so it’s been a busy few weeks for those in Stillwater, Oklahoma City and beyond as they deal with concerns on multiple fronts.
It’s not often you hear about active head coaches in college football straying into political issues but in this case you can certainly understand the desire by Gundy to step up and not just sit around focusing on spring ball when he has the means to help out a cause that certainly hits home for many out there.
Oklahoma State has a home basketball game on Wednesday night, which happens to be Valentine’s Day. The Cowboys are just 15-10 on the season, but own wins over Oklahoma, Kansas and West Virginia, and tomorrow night’s date (get it?) with Kansas State is a crucial game.
Naturally, the athletics department is concerned about attendance, given that basketball probably doesn’t figure into most couples’ Valentine’s plans. So they brought out the big gun.
Lest we forget, Gundy donned a singlet to promote a wrestling match last February and willingly wears a mullet in 2018, so, clearly, there’s nothing this man won’t do for a laugh.
Mike Gundy might just have himself a replacement for record-setting quarterback Mason Rudolph and it comes by a decidedly circuitous routing for the coach with the best mullet in all of sports.
The Oklahoma State head coach received good news on Super Bowl Sunday as recent Hawaii quarterback Dru Brown announced on his Twitter account that he would be headed to Stillwater as a graduate transfer and therefore eligible right away in 2018.
While going from Honolulu to Stillwater is about as big of a culture shock as you can get inside the borders of the United States, Brown’s return to the mainland was brought about in part because of his desire to be a little closer to family as he wraps up his football career in college.
“This decision has nothing to do with football,” Brown told the Star Advertiser. “My family comes before this game.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound signal-caller has a much different build than the Cowboys most recent quarterback in Rudolph but the grad transfer still has a decent arm and is well versed in throwing the ball around. He was a two-year starter for the Rainbow Warriors and amassed 5,273 yards at Hawaii while sporting a 37-to-15 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
He’ll have a good shot to be the veteran option to replace a four-year starter in Rudolph, who is expected to go in the first two days of this spring’s NFL Draft. While Brown apparently won’t join the team until this summer, the field is wide-open for Gundy to select his next quarterback with walk-on Taylor Cornelius, sophomore Keondre Wudtee and incoming freshman Spencer Sanders among the options as well.