Cowboy Coaches On Tour

The majority of the Oklahoma State football staff, including head coach Mike Gundy, was in San Antonio, Texas, on Monday to visit the Texas High School Coaches Association Clinic and Convention. The trip was primarily to pump flesh with the Texas high school football coaches and support associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest in his session that he put on for the coaches.

DeForest has become one of the foremost experts on special teams play in the nation. Last year he gave his special teams clinic at the Oklahoma Coaches Association Convention, and Monday he delivered it for the Texas coaches in San Antonio.

The staff departed late in the day for Tulsa where they will mingle with the Oklahoma coaches Tuesday before returning home to start preparing for next Wednesday when the squad will report for the start of practice.

The first practice will be Thursday. The first three days are acclimatization practices dictated by NCAA rules. The team will put on uniforms on Saturday morning for Media Day which will run from 9-11 a.m. That afternoon the team will meet with the fans from 1-3 p.m. for Team Appreciation Day. Both media day and team appreciation day will be held in the east lobby of the Athletic Center.

The Cowboys will practice Saturday at 4:45 p.m. All practices will be held on the grass practice fields and will be open to the public to view from outside the fences until school begins on August 22.

While the coaching staff is visiting the clinics, the team is wrapping up summer conditioning drills. Monday the players performed a conditioning test that consisted of running 18 100-yard sprints during timed intervals. After Tuesday the squad will have a break until next Wednesday's report day.

One assistant that did not attend the clinics was defensive line coach Nelson Barnes as he and his wife just had their first child. Also, director of football operations Jimmy Gonzales and his wife were recently blessed with their third daughter, and former Cowboy kicker and current video specialist Seth Condley and his wife gave birth to their first child. That's a lot of joy for one football office.

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