Oklahoma State Cowboys football
|Oklahoma State Cowboys football|
|Athletic director||Mike Holder|
|Head coach||Mike Gundy
12th year, 94–47 (.667)
|Stadium||Boone Pickens Stadium|
|All-time record||562–533–47 (.513)|
|Bowl record||16–9 (.640)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||0|
|Colors||Orange and Black
Ride 'em CowboysWaving Song
|Marching band||Cowboy Marching Band|
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys football program represents Oklahoma State University–Stillwater in college football. The team is a member of the Big 12 Conference and competes at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. The Cowboys are led by Mike Gundy, who is in his tenth year as head coach. Oklahoma State plays their home games at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- 1 Facilities
- 2 Current coaching staff
- 3 History
- 4 Allegations of misconduct by Sports Illustrated
- 5 Logos and uniforms
- 6 Rivalries
- 7 Conference (seasons as member)
- 8 Recruiting
- 9 Championships
- 10 Individual honors
- 11 Bowl games
- 12 Year by year records
- 13 Final rankings
- 14 See also
- 15 Future non-conference opponents
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Oklahoma State plays in Boone Pickens Stadium on Lewis Field in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The original football field was inaugurated in 1913, and the first stand was built in 1920. At that time the field was repositioned from a north-south to an east-west configuration to avoid the strong prevailing winds of northern Oklahoma. To this day Boone Pickens Stadium is one of a very few major college football stadiums with an east-west configuration. By 1930 the capacity had risen to 13,000 and increased again in 1947. Major additions, including the first press box, brought the capacity to 30,000. In 1950 again seats were added and the total capacity increased to 39,000. The next renovations came in 1972 and for the next three decades the capacity hovered around 50,000. In 2003 alumnus T. Boone Pickens made a historic donation to the university for improvements to its athletic facilities, and it was announced that the stadium would be renamed in his honor. The announcement of the renovation came after two consecutive victories over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Bedlam Series. The latest renovation of the football stadium was completed in 2009, with the current capacity at 60,218.
In 2007 plans to build the Sherman E. Smith Training Center were unveiled. The 92,000 square foot indoor practice facility was completed in 2013.
Current coaching staff
|Mike Gundy||Head Coach|
|Mike Yurcich||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach|
|Glenn Spencer||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach|
|Marcus Arroyo||Running Backs Coach|
|Tim Duffie||Cornerbacks Coach|
|Kasey Dunn||Receivers Coach|
|Jason McEndoo||Tight Ends/Cowboy Backs Coach|
|Greg Adkins||Offensive Line Coach|
|Joe Bob Clements||Defensive Line Coach|
The Oklahoma A&M Aggies (also referred to as the Tigers) joined their first conference for the start of the 1915 season, the Southwest Conference. In 1925, the Oklahoma A&M program joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1928, the MVIAA split into the Big Six Conference and the Missouri Valley Conference. A&M was the only large school that joined the smaller MVC. In 1951, Oklahoma A&M players and coaches caused the Johnny Bright incident, a violent on-field assault against an African American player from Drake University, Johnny Bright; Oklahoma A&M administration would attempt to cover up and deny the incident for over half a century. In 1956, A&M announced it was joining (or rejoining, depending on one's view) what had become the Big Seven for the 1958–59 academic year. As part of a transition period, the Cowboys went independent for two years. On May 15, 1957, Oklahoma A&M changed its name to Oklahoma State University. They officially became a part of the renamed Big Eight Conference in 1958. In 1996, OSU joined with the other Big Eight schools and four schools from the old Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference.
The current head coach is Mike Gundy (90-44 and 6-3 in bowl appearances). During Gundy's playing career, the Cowboys enjoyed their greatest success, including two of the four 10-win seasons in school history. Also during this era, in 1988, in what has been called the greatest season in college football history, Barry Sanders led the nation by averaging 7.6 yards per carry and over 200 yards per game, including rushing for over 300 yards in four games. He set college football season records with 2,628 yards rushing, 3,249 total yards, 234 points, 39 touchdowns, of which 37 were rushing (also a record), five consecutive 200 yard games, scored at least two touchdowns in eleven consecutive games, and 9 times he scored at least three touchdowns. Sanders won the Heisman Trophy as the season's best player.
This success came at a price, however. Only days after the end of the school's second straight 10-win season, OSU and the NCAA released the results of an unusual joint investigation. The report detailed a staggering litany of misconduct dating to before the Johnson era, principally involvement in a "bidding war" for high school phenom Hart Lee Dykes. The Cowboys were slapped with four years' probation, a three-year bowl ban and a two-year ban from live television. However, the most serious long-term sanction was a limit of 20 scholarships from 1989 to 1992. As a result of the sanctions, the Cowboys only had one winning season from 1989 to 2001.
The OSU football program has established itself as a major college football contender, participating in 25 bowl games overall, including the last nine consecutive years. There have been 37 All-Americans to play for the Cowboys, with many coming from ranks of running backs. The Cowboys have won 10 conference championships, and the team has had one Heisman Trophy winner and two members go onto the NFL Hall of Fame.
Les Miles era (2001–2004)
In 2001, the Oklahoma State job became vacant when Bob Simmons resigned and a search produced Dirk Koetter as the new head coach. Hours after accepting the job, Koetter reneged on his offer to coach Arizona State. The next two candidates were Les Miles and Mike Gundy. Miles was hired as head coach and Gundy as the offensive coordinator. In his first year, Miles would achieve a 4–7 record. In the regular season finale, his underdog Cowboys would defeat the reigning National Champion Oklahoma Sooners in Norman 16–13. In 2002, Miles would post a 7–5 regular season record. The Cowboys would again defeat the Oklahoma Sooners. The team would go on to three straight bowl games in Miles's last three years as head coach and when Miles left in 2004 to take the LSU job.
Mike Gundy era (2005–present)
Mike Gundy was named immediately as Miles' successor and the 22nd head coach at Oklahoma State. Gundy is one of three head football coaches at Oklahoma State to have played for Oklahoma State, along with Jim Lookabaugh and Floyd Gass. His first season saw the expulsion of eleven players from the team and the Cowboys struggled to a 4–7 record winning only one Big 12 conference game. In his second season, the Cowboy offense began to click and the Cowboys would finish 7–6 including a victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Independence Bowl. In 2007, the Cowboys again posted a 6–6 regular season record and a bowl win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Insight Bowl. After their second straight bowl appearance, Gundy was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2013 season.
After posting a 9–3 regular season record in 2008, Coach Gundy received a new seven-year contract worth $15.7 million. The contract, which extends through the 2015 season, was taken into effect on January 1, 2009. Gundy's tenure as head coach of the Cowboys has seen the rise and expansion of not only his football program, but the football facilities as well. The Cowboys began the 2009 season ranked #9 in the country in the AP Top 25, but the dreams of a miracle season were crushed when the Pokes lost 45-35 to the unranked Houston Cougars at home the following week, and later finding out that star wide receiver Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season, for lying to the NCAA about having contact with 8-time pro bowler Deion Sanders, which wasn't an NCAA violation in the first place. The following year, Oklahoma State hired Offensive Coordinator Dana Holgorsen from the University of Houston. In 2010 coach Gundy recorded the first ever 11-win season in Oklahoma State history. What was supposed to be a rebuilding year turned into the best in school history.
On December 3, 2011, the Cowboys won their first Big-12 Championship in school history with a 44-10 victory over rival Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series. The nationally third-ranked Cowboys eventually went on to win the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl by beating fourth-ranked Stanford in overtime, 41-38, on January 2, 2012.
Allegations of misconduct by Sports Illustrated
On September 10, 2013, Sports Illustrated published the first of 5 stories alleging misconduct during Les Miles tenure and extending into the Mike Gundy era. Writers Thayer Evans and George Dohrmann reportedly engaged in a 10-month-long investigation into wrongdoing throughout the early-mid 2000s of the Oklahoma State football program. The first installment "The Money" made allegations of illicit gifts, overzealous boosters, no-show jobs, and a bounty system in place. The second installment, "The Academics" alleged academic fraud, steering athletes into easy pass or no show classes, and grade tampering. The third installment, "The Drugs" painted a picture of a drug culture, in which the players were selling drugs, and the school did little to curtail drug usage. The fourth installment, "The Sex" was heavily edited by all accounts, considering it's late online release time. This installment revealed a hostess program where the head coaches oversaw the application process, and writers implied the hostesses were expected to have sex with recruits. The final installment "The Fallout" told the tale of Artrell Woods, who had left school after a horrific accident from which he had recovered.
While at first shocking to fans and media, Oklahoma State immediately pledged transparency. Athletic Director Mike Holder held a press conference the day before the release and apologized for the bad publicity, and promised to investigate the claims. OSU then hired independent investigator, Charles Smrt to conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations. ESPN later debunked several of the claims in the story by simply calling OSU's registrar and obtaining a transcript from Tatum Bell that proved he was not in school during stated timelines. Further controversy began to surround the Sports Illustrated article when Jason Whitlock, a former colleague of Evans, claimed that he was a huge fan of the University of Oklahoma. Dohrmann went on national syndicated radio with Doug Gottlieb and stated that Fath' Carter had two degrees from OSU. When questioned by ESPN's Brett McMurphy, the registrars' office later stated that Fath' Carter had never graduated. Brandon Weeden also was able to point to unprofessional behavior from Evans displayed during a press conference. DeadSpin also found out that many crucial professors and tutors never were interviewed for the story.
In June 2014, John Talley, a spokesperson for the FCA chapter at Oklahoma State had filed a lawsuit against Dohrmann, Time Inc., and Evans for false-light accusations which painted him as an overzealous booster. In his lawsuit, Talley is seeking damages of $75,000. In July 2014, OSU confirmed that the NCAA had been investigating the allegations.
On October 21, 2014, the NCAA and The Compliance Group, an independent investigation firm led by Charles Smrt, jointly released a statement that the allegations contained in the Sports Illustrated story were "fundamentally unfounded". The NCAA and the investigator had pored over 50,000 emails and had unfettered access to all areas of the compliance department and re-interviewed those who were quoted in the story. The report stated "Overall, several interviewees indicated that they reported to SI general information or incidents about college football but that the SI reporter indicated that the incident occurred at OSU." During the joint investigation, however, three lesser allegations – not related to the Sports Illustrated claims, and labeled as Level II violations- were uncovered
"During the period of fall 2007 through the spring of 2013, approximately 1,572 drug tests occurred of football players. There were 94 positives involving approximately 60 student-athletes per the policy. (According to the company used by the University to conduct its drug testing program, this positive rate per total number of tests is slightly less than the national average).
The institution examined the application of the policy in those 94 situations and believes that on four occasions, the applicable penalty per the policy was not applied and reported this information to the Enforcement Staff."
Also, it was deemed that the Orange Pride spirit program was chartered under the football program, but a recent NCAA policy change in 2007 required spirit clubs to form under the admissions department. Because of these two minor violations, OSU was cited for a failure to monitor in these two instances. The total cost for the independent investigation amounted to $221,055.18.
On January 22, 2015, Burns Hargis and other OSU officials visited the NCAA offices in Indianapolis to appeal to the NCAA. Even as Level II allegations, OSU officials considered them harsh and sought to have them reduced further. Hargis stated OSU’s intent on having those Level II allegations reconsidered, possibly as Level III.
On April 24, 2015, the NCAA announced the sanctions against Oklahoma State would include an $8,500 fine and one-year probation to avoid further citings. The University self-imposed limits on the number of recruiting visits, off-campus evaluations, and the number of evaluation days in the fall and spring recruiting periods all of which will expire in 2016. The University is also not allowed to use the Orange Pride program to assist with recruiting visits for four years (2019-2020 season). In the end, the violations did not rise to the equivalent of even a Level II violation as no scholarships were reduced, no postseason bans were put into place.
Logos and uniforms
Throughout the 2000s, the Cowboys had four main uniform combinations. For the 2011 football season, it was revealed that Nike had created new uniforms for the Cowboys, offering three different helmet options in either gray, black, or white. New jerseys and pants consisting of black, orange, grey and white also came aboard, allowing for up to 48 different variations. The Cowboys debuted their new gray uniforms for the first game of the 2011 season. In a 2012 home game against Iowa State, the Cowboys debuted the new orange helmets, along with a new Pistol Pete decal. This would bring the different uniform combinations up to 64.
The uniform combinations are chosen before the season by a committee of players and the Cowboys equipment manager, Wes Edwards. A few patterns have evolved since the origination of the multiple uniform era. Thursday night games during 2009, 2010, 2011, and in 2014 have involved black uniforms. Another trend has the Cowboys reverting to the traditional White Helmet/Traditional Brand Logo/Orange Jersey/White Pants for the home opener in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Bowl games for the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl, and the high profile 2014 season opener in the Cowboys Classic featured Oklahoma State wearing all black.
During the 2012 season, fans saw the addition of the orange helmet, and the addition of new decals. For the first time since 1979, the Cowboys took the field in "All Orange" against Iowa State for Homecoming. Also during the 2012 season, new carbon fiber gray helmets replaced the matte gray that had been used in 2011.
The Cowboys helmet logos include a Pistol Pete logo, as well as what fans refer to as "Phantom Pete". The "OSU" Branded logo was now featured in different variants, to reflect the helmet being worn. During 2013, OSU began incorporating a stripe down the center of their helmets for different variations. In 2014, OSU revealed two new helmet choices- a "classic Aggie" which paid homage to the bucking Aggie logo used in the 1940s and 1950s when the school was still called Oklahoma A&M Aggies. The other helmet was an Orange-Chrome with an oversized, off-center Pistol Pete. This was worn in a Thursday night victory over Texas Tech.
The first Bedlam game was held at Island Park in Guthrie, Oklahoma. It was a cold, and very windy day with the temperatures well below the freezing mark. At one moment in the game when the Oklahoma A&M Aggies were punting, the wind carried the ball backwards behind the kicker. If the Oklahoma A&M squad recovered the ball it would be a touchback and if the University of Oklahoma squad recovered it, it would be a touchdown. The ball kept going backwards and rolled down a hill into the half-frozen creek. Since a touchdown was at stake, members of both teams dove into the icy waters to recover the ball. A member of the OU team came out with the ball and downed it for a touchdown, eventually winning the game 75–0. Thus was the beginning of Bedlam.
Author Steve Budin, whose father was a New York bookie, has recently publicized the claim that the 1954 "Bedlam" game against rival OU was fixed by mobsters in his book Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (ISBN 1-60239-099-1). Allegedly, the mobsters threatened and paid off a cook to slip laxatives into a soup eaten by many OU Sooner starting players, causing them to fall violently ill in the days leading up to the game. OU was victorious in the end, but their 14–0 win did not cover the 20-point spread they had in their favor. However, many people involved in the 1954 contest do not recall any incident like the one purported by Budin to have occurred. The University of Oklahoma leads the Bedlam Series in football 85–18–7.
The Cowboys also have a rivalry with Tulsa. Oklahoma State leads Tulsa in the all-time series 40–27-5, winning the most recent match up in 2011, 59-33. Since 1990 Tulsa is 3-9 versus Oklahoma State with the Cowboys scoring at least 36 points in each of the last four contests. The Cowboys have a twenty-game home winning streak against Tulsa. The last time Tulsa won in Stillwater was 1951.
Conference (seasons as member)
- Independent (1901–1914)
- Southwest Conference (1915–1924)
- MVIAA (1925–1927)
- Missouri Valley Conference (1928–1956)
- Independent (1957–1959)
- Big Eight Conference (1960–1995)
- Big 12 Conference (1996–Present)
Oklahoma State Cowboys Football Scout.com team recruiting rankings:
|Year||Overall Record||Conference Record||Coach||Conference|
|1925||2-5-1||John Maulbetsch||Missouri Valley Conference|
|1930†||7-2-1||Lynn O. Waldorf||Missouri Valley Conference|
|1932||9-1-2||Lynn O. Waldorf||Missouri Valley Conference|
|1933†||6-2-1||Lynn O. Waldorf||Missouri Valley Conference|
|1944||8-1||Jim Lookabaugh||Missouri Valley Conference|
|1945||9-0||Jim Lookabaugh||Missouri Valley Conference|
|1948||6-4||Jim Lookabaugh||Missouri Valley Conference|
|1953†||7-3||J.B. Whitworth||Missouri Valley Conference|
|1976†||9-3||5-2||Jim Stanley||Big Eight Conference|
|2011||12-1||8-1||Mike Gundy||Big 12 Conference|
† Denotes shared title
- Barry Sanders, 1988
- Barry Sanders, 1988
- Barry Sanders, 1988
- Matt Fodge, 2008
- Dan Bailey, 2010
Cowboys in the NFL
- Dan Bailey, K - Dallas Cowboys
- Justin Blackmon, WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
- Dez Bryant, WR - Dallas Cowboys
- Justin Gilbert, CB -Cleveland Browns
- Corey Hilliard, OT - Detroit Lions
- Kendall Hunter, RB - San Francisco 49ers
- Charlie Johnson, OT - Free Agent
- Orie Lemon, LB - Free Agent
- Russell Okung, OT - Seattle Seahawks
- Tyler Patmon, CB - Miami Dolphins
- Brandon Pettigrew, TE - Detroit Lions
- Joseph Randle, RB - Free Agent
- Ryan Robinson, DE - Oakland Raiders
- Zac Robinson, QB - Free Agent
- Antonio Smith, DE - Denver Broncos
- Lane Taylor, G - Green Bay Packers
- Brandon Weeden, QB - Houston Texans
- Kevin Williams, DT - Seattle Seahawks
The Cowboys are 4-4 in the six major bowl games (Rose, Peach, Cotton Bowl Classic, Sugar, Fiesta & Orange), with their biggest win being over Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, with the win making them finish 3rd in the final poll, the highest ever finish for a Cowboy team.
|1944||Cotton Bowl Classic||TCU||W 34-0|
|1945||Sugar Bowl||St. Mary's||W 33-13|
|1948||Delta Bowl||William & Mary||L 0-20|
|1958||Bluegrass Bowl||Florida State||W 15-6|
|1974||Fiesta Bowl||BYU||W 16-6|
|1976||Tangerine Bowl||BYU||W 49-21|
|1981||Independence Bowl||Texas A&M||L 16-33|
|1983||Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl||Baylor||W 24-14|
|1984||Gator Bowl||South Carolina||W 21-14|
|1985||Gator Bowl||Florida State||L 23-34|
|1987||Sun Bowl||West Virginia||W 35-33|
|1997||Alamo Bowl||Purdue||L 20-33|
|2002||Houston Bowl||Southern Miss||W 33-23|
|2003||Cotton Bowl Classic||Mississippi||L 28-31|
|2004||Alamo Bowl||Ohio State||L 7-33|
|2006||Independence Bowl||Alabama||W 34-31|
|2008||Holiday Bowl||Oregon||L 31-42|
|2009||Cotton Bowl Classic||Mississippi||L 7-21|
|2010||Alamo Bowl||Arizona||W 36-10|
|2011||Fiesta Bowl||Stanford||W 41-38 (OT)|
|2012||Heart Of Dallas Bowl||Purdue||W 58-14|
|2013||Cotton Bowl Classic||Missouri||L 31-41|
|2014||Cactus Bowl||Washington||W 30-22|
|2015||Sugar Bowl||Mississippi||L 48-20|
|Total||25 Bowl Games||16–9|
Year by year records
|No Coach (Independent) (1901–1905)|
|Boyd Hill (Independent) (1906–1906)|
|Ed Parry (Independent) (1907–1908)|
|Paul J. Davis (Independent) (1909–1914)|
|John G. Griffith (Southwest) (1915–1916)|
|E.A. Pritchard (Southwest) (1917–1918)|
|Jim Pixlee (Southwest) (1919–1920)|
|John Maulbetsch (Southwest) (1921–1924)|
|John Maulbetsch (Missouri Valley) (1925–1928)|
|Pappy Waldorf (Missouri Valley) (1929–1933)|
|Albert Exendine (Missouri Valley) (1934–1935)|
|Ted Cox (Missouri Valley) (1936–1938)|
|Jim Lookabaugh (Missouri Valley) (1939–1949)|
|J.B. Whitworth (Missouri Valley) (1950–1954)|
|Cliff Speegle (Missouri Valley) (1955–1956)|
|Cliff Speegle (Independent) (1957–1959)|
|Cliff Speegle (Big Eight) (1960–1962)|
|Phil Cutchin (Big Eight) (1963–1968)|
|Floyd Gass (Big Eight) (1969–1971)|
|Dave Smith (Big Eight) (1972–1972)|
|Jim Stanley (Big Eight) (1973–1978)|
|Jimmy Johnson (Big Eight) (1979–1983)|
|Pat Jones (Big Eight) (1984–1994)|
|Bob Simmons (Big Eight) (1995–1995)|
|Bob Simmons (Big 12) (1996–2000)|
|Les Miles (Big 12) (2001–2004)|
|Mike Gundy (Big 12) (2005–present)|
|2012||Gundy||8–5||5–4||W Heart of Dallas||—||—|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
|Season||Record||Conf||AP Rank||Coaches Rank|
Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of January 21, 2016
|vs Southeastern Louisiana||vs Tulsa||vs South Alabama||at Tulsa||vs Tulsa||vs Tulsa|
|vs Central Michigan||at Pittsburgh||vs Boise State||at Oregon State||vs South Alabama||at Boise State|
|vs Pittsburgh||at South Alabama||vs Central Michigan||vs Oregon State||vs Rice|
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