STILLWATER, Okla. — While there is no shortage of Oklahoma State fans displeased with where the Cowboy football team landed for this year's bowl - the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the last Big 12 Conference affiliate to pick a team - OSU coach Mike Gundy is looking at the bowl as a positive for his program.
With a young team, especially on offense with every starter at the skill position potentially coming back next year, the later bowl (played on Jan. 1) will give the Cowboys a few more days of practice during the bowl season.
“By the game being played later, it does allow us to have more practices,” Gundy said during his Sunday teleconference, “which gives us an opportunity to work some younger players and get ready for the bowl.”
If the later date wasn't enough, the location is prime for the Pokes. Not only will a Dallas bowl give families of the Texas players on the squad another chance to attend a game, but it's also a recruiting hotbed for the Cowboy coaching staff.
"Obviously we thrive in Dallas and central Texas and the Houston area. So we'll be down there for a number of days and we have a lot of people that will come support us," Gundy said. "We will be visible in that area, which will be marketing Oklahoma State."