Weather Hampers Practice, Recruiting Visits

The extensive winter storm that dumped varying amounts of ice and snow across the state of Oklahoma has put a halt on some of the plans of the Oklahoma State football staff. Earlier this week Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy announced that the Cowboys would resume practice Friday in preparation for the upcoming bowl game.

The practice schedule for Friday afternoon was postponed because of the 13 inches of snow on both the Boone Pickens Stadium surface and the Cowboy practice fields. The team met and worked out with strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass and his staff on Friday afternoon.

The players were given most of the week off to rest physically and devote any extra time necessary to academics. Gundy also announced that the bowl practices in Stillwater would be open to the public. The first practice scheduled now is for Saturday at noon.

No official word has come thus far as the Gator Bowl is still considering picking Texas for its contest which is keeping most of the bowls tied to the Big 12 on hold. While it is possible the Cowboys could land elsewhere it appears that Oklahoma State will be in the Dec. 28 Independence Bowl which has a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, and Alabama is the likely opponent. Word on that could become official anytime, but it is most likely to happen after Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game.

The weather has also hampered recruiting as the Cowboys were expected, according to Go Pokes, to host as many as 11 prospects for official visits this weekend. Most, if not all, of those visits are likely to be rescheduled. Winter weather can be a major obstacle on official visit weekends both in travel and perception.

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