Cowboy Football Report

It was kind of crazy on Tuesday afternoon with the weather as the Oklahoma State Cowboys went through their longest and most critical practice in preparing for the Texas A&M game on Saturday. The Cowboys were on the natural grass practice field as Kyle Field has a natural grass surface.

To the north there were some very dark and fast moving clouds, but for the first two hours of the practice they seemed to part and move around the Cowboys practice. The rain did come down during the final minutes of the practice, but most of the work had been done.

It is back to more conventional smash-mouth football with the OSU defense preparing for the option and power running-dominated A&M attack. The contact was prevalent throughout the practice with the scout team doing an excellent job of imitating the Aggie offense.

From an injury standpoint the Cowboys came out with no injuries from the Sam Houston State game, but are still battling lingering injuries with linebacker Chris Collins (turf toe) and cornerback Martel Van Zant (turf toe). Head coach Mike Gundy reported Tuesday night that Van Zant looks good for playing and it is still very uncertain for Collins, who practiced just a little on Tuesday.

Game Day Forecast
The weather looks pretty good for Saturday in College Station with an expected high of 89 degrees and a low of 69 degrees. The kickoff temperature is expected to be around 85 degrees. The winds are expected to be moderate and the skies partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of isolated thunder showers.

Aggies Rally Around Troubled Fran
During Texas A&M's weekly coach and player news conference on Tuesday the media was witness to virtually the entire A&M football squad showing up in support of embattled Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione. Franchione has been criticized since late last week in the wake of a story in the San Antonio Express-News detailing a secret newsletter that the coach was sending out to a select group of prominent alumni and booster for a steep subscription price. The newsletter detailed injuries, game plans, and Franchione's thoughts on individual players. There was even speculation that Franchione might be forced to resign.

A&M athletic director Bill Byrne issued a statement supporting his coach, but not going into too much detail, citing that his policy is not to comment on a coach and his job status during the season.

When asked about his players showing up in his support, Franchione became choked up and hesitated before saying, "It is awesome."

Franchione opened his news conference by reading the following statement. That came before he was asked about his response to the players presence at the news conference.

"The last few days have produced many rumors and some misguided speculation about my status as head football coach at Texas A&M. I thought it would be helpful to address this issue today by making a statement to clear the air and leave no doubt about my intentions and status concerning this job.

"Bill Byrne, as my boss and the athletic director, has affirmed me in every way, and has left no doubt that he has confidence in me and has every intention to help me succeed in building this football program, and for that I am deeply grateful.

"I have no intention of resigning this position. I love this job, I love these players, I love this University, and my desire is to remain here and elevate this program to the highest level. We have a great nucleus already in place to accomplish these goals. I am confident we can get the job done.

"With Bill Byrne's affirmation of my role here, and my commitment to the program, there is no more need to discuss this matter. My job is simply to coach these young men and to do the very best that they are capable of doing every Saturday on the football field. Nothing more, nothing less. I do not intend to discuss this matter further. As far as I am concerned, it's time to press on and get back to the business at hand." It is interesting times at Texas A&M and an interesting situation that Oklahoma State walks into on Saturday.

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