STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State's decision not to hold a traditional spring game has been met with some criticism.
Coach Mike Gundy feels he knows best. Of the 70 players who traveled to the Cotton Bowl, 37 will not be with the team this spring for various reasons. Because of the low number of available players for the spring, Gundy doesn't think the fans would get their money's worth out of a "watered down" spring game. Oklahoma State instead will hold an "Orange Blitz," a 90-minute practice on April 5 that will be open to the public.
"At some point, I have to make a decision on what I think is best for our team first, and then our fans and the people that follow us second," Gundy said Monday before the first spring practice. "When you take all the things into consideration, with where we're at - we're thin at some positions - we thought it would be best for us to have another practice. I know that's best for our football team, because we need the practice."