Plans still in works for OSU spring game

Jason Elmquist/Stillwater News PressBanners with bowl rings from the Mike Gundy era dot the north rafters of the Smith Training Center. Banners of the program’s bowl appearances now decorate the north and south ends of the indoor facility – the south decorated with bowl game logos from before the Mike Gundy era, and the north littered with Gundy-era banners showcasing the bowl rings received by players and staff.

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State is waiting until the last possible weekend to be able to hold its spring game, and with others across the country – even instate – making it more than just a game, there was plenty the Cowboys could take from.

Oklahoma has announced its spring game this weekend will open with a Trace Atkins concert. Florida State is including a show with a ‘90s flashback concert featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa and Rob Base.

OSU won’t doing anything like a concert for the fans, but Mike Gundy said there will be an event for players – past and present, with the future Cowboy recruits in attendance – at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center indoor facility.

“We’re going to have a big day with our current players, their families,” Gundy said. “It’s the weekend we have our former players in. They’ll be involved in it. Official visits, unofficial visits, we’ll have food here, festivities – almost like a state fair, for the most part. We feel like that’ll be good and be successful for what we’re looking for this year.

“Depending on how things move based on the new recruiting calendar, you could see a lot of things even next year. But we’ve somewhat finalized what we’re going to do during our spring game.”

With recruits attending the event, fans will not be allowed access to the festivity focused on the program.

Oklahoma State will still have fan events surrounding the game, including the typical postgame autograph session on the field at Boone Pickens Stadium.

But was there a possibility that Oklahoma State’s most famous musician, Garth Brooks, could have been a part of the April 28 game – even though he is scheduled to perform at the Statecoach Music Festival in Indio, California, the following day?

“I guess I still have his number, I haven’t dialed it in a while, but I’m not sure exactly what he’s doing,” Gundy said. “He’d be a good one. You could definitely get a sellout (in Boone Pickens Stadium), probably make some money on ticket sales, too.”

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.