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WATCH: Mike Gundy grabs a saxophone to sell basketball tickets

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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.

Hawaii QB Dru Brown transferring to Oklahoma State, eligible in 2018 as graduate transfer

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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.

Duke DC Jim Knowles leaves to take same job at Oklahoma State

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After firing his longtime defensive coordinator earlier this month, Mike Gundy turned to a longtime David Cutcliffe coordinator as a replacement.

Monday evening, Gundy confirmed on Twitter that he has hired Jim Knowles as his new defensive coordinator.  Knowles replaces Glenn Spencer, who served as Gundy’s solo or co-coordinator since 2011.  All told, Spencer had spent 10 years on Gundy’s OSU coaching staff.

Knowles, meanwhile, had spent the past eight seasons as the defensive coordinator at Duke.  During that stretch, he had also coached safeties (2010-11) and inside linebackers (2015-17).

What if any positional groups Knowles will be responsible for in Stillwater is unclear at this time.  What’s also unclear is the specific responsibilities for five other hires announced in the same Gundy tweet.

Report: Oklahoma State signs 27-year-old Australian punter

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Australian punters are the hot new commodity in college football, and word has made it back to the Land Down Under: punt the ball far and high enough and you, too, can receive a full scholarship to an American university.

According to the Latrobe Valley Express — which you now is legit, because its header as of press time already reads Wednesday, January 24 — 27-year-old Australian punter Tom Hutton has signed with Oklahoma State. Hutton hails from Newborough, Australia, about a two hour ride from Melbourne, and in December attended a training session at Prokick Australia.

“I was told about [American football] a few years ago so I thought ‘I’ll probably be too old for it now’, thinking that it was like Aussie Rules and that if you were over 21 then you had no chance,” Hutton told the paper. “But then I saw a few older blokes getting scholarships so I thought I may as well give it a go.”

Prokick Australia claims the last five Ray Guy Award winners as alums, including 2017 victor Michael Dickson of Texas. Oklahoma State saw his ability up close, as Dickson punted 11 times for a 50.9-yard average in October, nearly booting his way to victory in a 13-10 Cowboys overtime victory. “Their punter is — did he win the Ray Guy Award last year?” Mike Gundy said after that game. “He should have won it. He changed the field on us. I don’t know what the yardage is, I just know that every time we go a little bit of field position, he changed the field … he was fantastic for them.”

The story of how Hutton was approved for an Oklahoma State offer doesn’t go into details, but Hutton’s recollection of how Hutton, who works overnights at a paper mill in addition to playing Aussie rules football in the Mid Gippsland Football League, received the offer is perfect.

“I woke up after night shift on two hours sleep and this person said ‘we know where you’re going, you’re going to Oklahoma State and we’ve got the coach on the phone,'” he said. “I thought ‘Jesus Christ, can you give me half an hour? I need to have a shower and actually wake up and make sure this is not a dream.'”

According to the Oklahoma State blog Pistols Firing, Hutton will arrive in Stillwater in July and have four years of eligibility.

Report: Oklahoma State adding Bob Stitt as offensive analyst

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Bob Stitt, who has become a bit of a cult hero in the college football coaching world over the last few years, is moving on up. Oklahoma State will reportedly add Stitt as an offensive analyst, according to a report from Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated, via Twitter.

Stitt was fired by Montana after this past season after missing the FCS playoffs for a second consecutive season and a second-round exit in his first season with the program in 2015. Stitt had become a rising star in the lower levels of college football after reshaping the offensive strategies with Colorado Mines in Division 2. The Nebraska native has coached a Harlon Hill Trophy winner (Division 2’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy) and has coached Colorado Mines to three conference championships. Stitt gained notoriety after being given credit for his offensive strategies by West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Stitt being let go by Montana came as a bit of a surprise after just three seasons with the program. Offensively speaking, Oklahoma State rarely needs any assistance in moving the football and scoring, but Mike Gundy is wise to bring in a mind like Stitt to add to the expanding of the offensive schemes in Stillwater.

As an offensive analyst, Stitt will be prevented from doing any on-field coaching and instead will focus on prepping the game plan and breaking down film. However, having Stitt on the staff in some capacity leaves a door open for a future position on the 10-man coaching staff should a position open at some point.