Observations from OSU media day
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Sunday, August 05, 2012
8/05/12 at 6:16 AM
Before Cowboy football players reported to Boone Pickens Stadium for team photographs, a device used to measure surface temperature indicated that it was 177 degrees on the artificial turf. Is that even possible? OSU athletics media relations official Gavin Lang showed reporters shoe soles that had been scorched by walking on the turf. Coach Mike Gundy, who visited his home before a media day press conference, told a reporter a sad story about seeing a frog that failed to survive the heat. (You don't want details.) To dodge the heat, the Cowboys practice in the mornings on a grass practice field. Gundy said it won't bother him if the Cowboys have to scale back their practices because of the heat.
People who waited in line for autographs on Fan Day at Gallagher-Iba Arena got treated to a viewing of current and former Cowboy basketball players. Recently crowned NBA champ Terrel Harris of the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs guard James Anderson, Ivan McFarlin, Anthony Brown and Lorenza Andrews were among those in the gym. Some of them participated in sort of a varsity-alumni game,
Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon were obvious must-interview guys at OSU's 2011 football media day. With Weeden and Blackmon gone to the NFL, no current Cowboy player created a mob scene. Moreso, media attention was divided among many players who were asked to show up for interviews. Starting quarterback Wes Lunt (and all first-year players) were unavailable for interviews, but two other quarterbacks - J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf - were among the more than two dozen Cowboys who faced recorders and microphones.
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