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Inside National Signing Day at OSU

Filed by KOSU News in Feature, Local News.
February 2, 2012
 

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Football recruits made their commitments to colleges and universities in the nation yesterday, and Oklahoma State turned it into an event. They opened up Coach Gundy’s press conference to the public, for a cost: 10 dollars…

Fans dressed in the familiar orange and black swarmed into the OSU Alumni Center on the Stillwater campus, as club music blasted into the wood paneled room. The audience skewed older too, mostly alumni and boosters, making the soundtrack choice uhh striking. But then a highlight reel started rolling, and almost all of the backing music had some type of cowboy theme in it.

“All this I shoulda been a Cowboy and I’m glad I’m a Cowboy and all that kinda stuff, that’s good stuff. Everybody’s wearing orange, I guess I got on black today, but that’s good stuff.”

Larry Feddersen was hanging out in the back, chowing down on your standard spectator food: hot dogs, sausages, and chips. Feddersen even skipped out on work.

“I’ve been a fan since I graduated 40 something years ago, we finally moved back to Stillwater and I don’t want to miss nothing.”

There weren’t any surprises in the event. Coach Gundy came out to a standing ovation, announced the next batch of Cowboys, and took questions from both the media and fans. The biggest reaction didn’t come from a particularly big name. It didn’t come from any Gundy quip.

Instead, it came when Gundy responded to a question about OSU’s uniforms, the topic  that just won’t die. Did they actually come up during home visits?

“Sadly enough, yes. You could get stopped by a parent say ‘Hey are y’all changing your uniforms or are you going with what you had this year?’ It gets brought up, not only by the players but by the parents.”

The press conference was streaming online for free, but John McGuire came up from Oklahoma City because he just had to be here.

“Just gets everybody fired up for the season and gives you some insight into what’s happening at the university and with the program.”

Up until now, the public hasn’t had a chance to actually go to Coach Gundy’s press conference on signing day. Larry Federsen says he’ll be back next year, and he won’t be alone.

“Yes and so do my sons, and my son-in-laws and all the rest of the family. All of them are big Cowboy fans.”

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