Big 12 Media Days Preview: OSU

SAN ANTONIO - If the Oklahoma State Cowboys handle their business this season the way they handled their responsibility of meeting with the media on the third and final day of the annual Big 12 Conference Media Days then OSU fans are in for a heckuva ride this season, and the Cowboys might make a repeat trip to San Antonio for the school's first appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game.

The positive impression started when the media arrived and received their bundle of media guides from the Big 12 staff. Most media members, and even some players from other teams, pointed to the Oklahoma State guide with standout wide receiver Adarius Bowman on the cover wearing an I-pod that dials several different pictures of Bowman making plays and celebrating as the most unique and original cover. The guide has been completely re-designed and is as good, if not better, than any school's in the league.

Wednesday's activities had no passes to complete or catch, no runs to make, no tackles or interception returns, and the only coaching decision to be made was pork or chicken at lunch. However, the Cowboys presentation to the media was the best ever.

Head coach Mike Gundy has a dynamic personality and has become comfortable enough as head coach to portray that personality, and after last season Gundy has more confidence as does his team. Bowman was a popular interview as he is one of the top returning players in the conference. Marque Fountain is a veteran leader on defense that spoke up well for the Cowboys lesser regarded unit, the defense.

Finally, associate athletic director and sports information director Kevin Klintworth's idea of bringing deserving cornerback Martel Van Zant was a home run. Van Zant may be deaf and mute but his personality and expressive nature comes shining through loud and clear and communication is smooth with his interpreter Allie Lee. Those two were a major hit as cameras, microphones, and reporters with recorders in hand followed them around all morning.

Both Van Zant and Lee told me they were having as much fun as they had ever had since becoming joined at the hip when Van Zant enrolled at OSU. They even joked about having a sort of marriage relationship because they are around each other so much. Van Zant, who is deserving of the attention for his play alone, told me he hopes Allie can stay with him in the future when he tries his hand at the NFL.

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