Spring Football Notebook

Former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach has been in Stillwater since Tuesday, and spent three days with the Oklahoma State coaching staff before leaving Frideay morning. Leach stopped in Norman Friday to see his former employer, OU head coach Bob Stoops, before flying home Saturday morning back to the Florida Keys.

Leach, of course, coached current OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and also hired him on his staff at several of his coaching stops including eight seasons at Texas Tech.

Mike Gundy was asked about Leach's visit. "He was around at practice and in some meetings and spent some time with our guys and visited with him about what we are doing," said Gundy.

"We were kind of double checking with X's and O's. I know he and Dana, Coach Holgorsen, have a great relationship and they talked a lot of football," Gundy added.

"I spent some time with him and he was explaining some of the offense to me. I'm learning just like the other guys. It was good to have him here and good to see him. He seems to be doing well."

Gundy and his staff have welcomed not only Leach but also current Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, Boise State head coach Chris Peterson, and former USC head coach and current Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll this spring. Carroll was in town to have dinner with OSU offensive tackle Russell Okung.

Garner Gets the Message
At the beginning of spring practice junior-to-be center Grant Garner was not listed on the two deep at center despite being the back up to starter Andrew Lewis last season.

The belief was that offensive line coach Joe Wickline was sending a message to Garner by moving returning starter at guard Lane Taylor to center and listing walkon Casey LaBrue as the back-up.

"It definitely woke me up a little bit and showed me that nothing is going to be given to me at this level and I had to earn everything," said Garner, who said any entitlement he felt toward getting the job was wiped out.

Garner also admits there is more satisfaction now toward the end of spring having Wickline brag a little on him and having moved into the starting role at center.

"It feels good in knowing that my work is paying off," Garner said, "but I know that if there is one day that I don't show up then I can be out of there."

Spring Game Format Unknown
The Cowboys are scheduled to play their spring game next Saturday, April 17, at 6 p.m.

Gundy has tried to split his team up into two squads in the past so the Orange-White game is competitive. With several positions, namely star linebacker and defensive tackle, that could make it hard to split the squad and have a game.

"We are going to talk about it Monday," said Gundy of the spring game. "We have 27 players (new class) coming in so when you are 27 players down it makes it really hard to split into teams.

"We'd like to divide teams and have some sort of game but if we don't feel like we can do it then we will have some sort of scrimmage (with the) offense vs. defense. It just depends on our numbers and really where we are at from a health standpoint."

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