NFL Causing More Work For Mack

Nobody works harder in the Oklahoma State football program than Mack Butler. The former coach turned himself into an even more valuable person when he made the conversion from coaching to football operations. Les Miles brought Butler to OSU from Tulsa as the football operations director, and he is absolutely one of the best. His itineraries are famous for their complete and precise nature.

"We look at it and sometimes say why is this on here," Danielle Clary, Mike Gundy's administrative assistant, said. "Then we need it and it's kind of like, how did he know? If it's something we need to know, with Mack it is always there."

The Cowboys will be together in Arlington, Texas and the DFW Metroplex for eight-plus days with players, staff, and families. That's a lot of planning.

On Sunday night, the NFL sent Butler back to the computer and another revision of the Butler "Cotton Bowl Playbook." One of the main events for the OSU Cowboys and Missouri Tigers next week will be attending the Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys game in AT&T Cowboys Stadium. The game has been moved from its original game time of noon (CT) to the 7:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football time slot.

That is a major revision but Butler can handle it.

Mike Gundy has constantly bragged on Butler as his plans are rarely off the mark and his schedule almost always runs on time. Sometimes Mother Nature interferes but that is one thing Butler can't control, but he often anticipates and has a contingency.

He isn't always credited with wins because his strategy isn't played out on the field, but thanks to all of his massive planning off the field, before and after games, sometimes weeks ahead of time those on the field calls get the opportunity to work with a team and staff that arrives in great shape.

The 78th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl is Butler's 12th postseason bowl game as a director of football operations and it will go smooth because when something does end up out of place or there is a surprise, Butler will likely be one of the only ones to know it as he will make that quick adjustment that makes the plans continue seamless.

Below is a thumbnail schedule for the Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl provided by the AT&T Cotton Bowl staff. (Note: A look at the Butler itinerary would require Secret Service clearance. Just kidding, but it is on a need to know basis).

There are other events that are specific to Oklahoma State only and over the years bowl games have learned that players enjoy being on their own more than having so many structured social events. There are actually many more social events scheduled for the staff and families, school administration, and media than for players.

Friday, December 27
1 p.m. - Players arrive by private vehicle or commercial transportation
Afternoon - Light practice (CLOSED)

Saturday, December 28
1 p.m. - Practice (CLOSED)
6:30 p.m. - Cotton Bowl Welcome

Sunday, December 29
Midday - Practice (CLOSED)
7:30 p.m. - Eagles at Cowboys NFL Game

Monday, December 30
Midday - Practice (CLOSED)
1 p.m.-3:45 p.m. - Both teams Media Days at Cowboys Stadium
Evening - Team Event

Tuesday, December 31
9:30 a.m. - OSU Defensive Players/Coaches News Conference
1 p.m. - Practice
3:15 p.m. - Cowboys team visits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Wednesday, January 1
9:30 a.m. - OSU Offensive Players/Coaches News Conference
1:30 p.m. - Practice (CLOSED)

Thursday, January 2
8:30 a.m. - Head Coaches News Conference
11:30 a.m. - Cotton Bowl Big Play Luncheon
4 p.m. - Walk-Thru Practice (CLOSED)

Friday, January 3
7:10 p.m. - AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Game

Saturday, January 4
Morning - Players and staff depart by private vehicle or commercial transportation

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