Cotton Bowl: Cowboys Arrive, Minus One Player

Notes and quotes as the Oklahoma State contingent arrives in Dallas on Saturday for the 2010 Cotton Bowl.

First Look at Cowboys Stadium
The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Ole Miss Rebels both got their first look at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night as both teams participated in the official welcome by Cotton Bowl officials, including Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones.

OSU head coach Mike Gundy was all smiles throughout the night and seemed to be enjoying himself. The welcoming event, which lasted one hour, 45 minutes, included a Mexican buffet for both teams. The Cowboys and Rebels were then led to seats inside the stadium where they watched highlight films of both teams throughout the season.

All Cowboys On Hand, Except One
All of the Cowboys arrived as expected on Sunday, except fullback David Paulsen. The freshman from Marietta, Ga., was ill but is expected to arrive in Dallas on Sunday.

Cowboy Quotebook
Andrew Mitchell on Cowboys Stadium: "This unbelievable. I can't believe they will not have a BCS bowl here in the next five years. If they don't, it's a crime."

Richetti Jones on Cowboys Stadium: "Man, if I were hear I would never take my eyes off that screen. That is the most unbelievable TV I've ever seen in my life."

Russell Okung on Cowboys Stadium: "It's much more than I ever imagined. I can't believe I am going to be playing my last college football game in a place like this."

Media Day, Practice Scheduled For Sunday
Both the Cowboys and Rebels are scheduled to practice in Cowboys Stadium for the first time on Sunday. The only open practice for OSU will be held from 1:15-3:40 p.m. Sunday, while Ole Miss is scheduled to go from 4:45-6:30 p.m. Members of the media will meet with Ole Miss from 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., and Oklahoma State is scheduled to visit with the media from 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Who's Going To Be At Sunday's Practice?
Several Oklahoma State verbal commitments from the Dallas area are expected to attend Sunday afternoon's practice, including Caleb Lavey (Celina), Montra Nelson (Arlington Bowie), and Diamonte Wheeler (Arlington Bowie). Five-star wide receiver prospect Darius White, from Fort Worth (Dunbar), is also expected to attend the practice. White made an official visit to OSU earlier this month.

Late Nights For the Cowboys
The Cowboys will get a chance to see the sights in and around Dallas the next two nights as the curfew the next two days is 2 a.m.

Urban Meyer Reaction
The OSU and Ole Miss coaching staffs were both talking about the Saturday announcement that Urban Meyer will be retiring after Florida's appearance in the Sugar Bowl next week. Cowboy associate head coach Joe DeForest had already visited with former OSU defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, a member of the Florida coaching staff. Bedford said that Meyer's decision to retire surprised the Gator coaching staff.

Robert Allen is in Dallas and will continue to file reports leading up to the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2. Check in the days preceding the game to receive the latest information on the Cowboys.

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