Insight Bowl Notebook

We have no doubt that the Cowboys like steak and they are getting their share of it Friday night and again Saturday. The team was treated to a steak dinner with all the trimmings Friday from the Insight Bowl committee at the Rustler's Roost (local steak house). Saturday night the team will dine at their hotel, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, with steak again being the centerpiece on the menu.

No Game in 36 Days
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was asked about his concerns in that the Cowboys will have gone 36 days since teeing it up for the regular season finale at Oklahoma before playing Indiana on Monday night.

"I don't know if anybody has an answer to that," said Gundy. "That's always going to be a concern for a coach. Ten days ago, we had a light scrimmage where we scrimmaged for 15 to 20 plays, did some special teams live, just to get them back into it.

"That's always an issue, but what are you going to do? You have to play a bowl game and it is usually four or five weeks after the regular season. Hopefully, the players will pick up the tempo fast in the first quarter. That's the thing you always worry about is not getting started until the second quarter."

Bowl Prizes
Gundy was also asked about all the bowl prizes that go to the players.

"They enjoy the sweats and the shirts," said Gundy, who remembers what it was like to get bowl gifts as a player although they weren't as plentiful in his playing days. "They got the Xbox 360, whatever the new one is, which is really nice. They get a watch. They get rings. They are having a team dinner tonight. We also have a very nice hospitality room back at the hotel.

"There are four swimming pools at the resort. They went to a place yesterday where they got to play games. That's the good thing about bowls. You get to spend a lot of time together and you get a lot of great stuff. The Insight Bowl committee has done a great job. It's the place to be if you're in this profession during this time of the year."

Indiana Coach Sees Cowboys Looking Like Illini
r> Indiana head coach Bill Lynch compares Oklahoma State with a team the Hoosiers lost to 27-14 in the regular season in Illinois.

"Both of their tailbacks are similar," started Lynch. "Both Oklahoma State and Illinois have quarterbacks that can run. They combine running some power type football with option football. The combination of all those things with the personnel is very similar."

Former Cowboy Ray Polk Checks Out Practice
Former Oklahoma State defensive back Raymond Polk, who played for Jimmy Johnson and Pat Jones back in the early 1980s, contacted former teammate and good friend in OSU running backs coach Curtis Luper earlier this week and came out and watched the Cowboys practice on Friday.

Now recruitniks will recognize the name Polk because Raymond Polk's son, Ray Polk, is a standout running back and defensive back from Brophy Academy in Phoenix. The Cowboys were interested and recruited Polk but he made a strong verbal commitment this fall to Colorado. OSU is not attempting to change his mind. One reason may be the backs the Cowboys already have committed in their class and the fact that they are in strong on Arkansas star back D'Anthony Curtis.

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