The Edmond Sun

Sports Opinion

July 14, 2009

Are Cowboys ready to take next step on gridiron?

EDMOND — The lights will shine brightly on Stillwater this fall and Mike Holder knows it. The Oklahoma State football team caught the eyes of many after an impressive 2008 campaign, but those expectations have only increased this year for the Cowboys, who boast three potential Heisman candidates and a recently completed Boone Pickens Stadium.

“We’re in the top 10 in many publications and I can’t remember that ever being the case before, and I’ve been around OSU since 1966,” said Holder during the Edmond Rotary Club meeting Wednesday afternoon.

And Holder, who knows a thing or two about winning championships from his days with the golf team, believes taking advantage of that opportunity could be critical for the future of OSU football.

“If we can knock it out of the park this season it sure would help for the future,” Holder said. “That’s why this time of the season is nice, no one is keeping score, we’re undefeated, everyone is undefeated.”

The Cowboys’ regular season will start with a bang when they host Georgia on September 5, and could end with as much fanfare on November 28 in Norman.

“We have a chance for Bedlam in November to maybe be for a national championship or at least a playoff to get into the national championship if both our teams take care of business,” Holder said. “I heard ESPN listed the five biggest games of the year and Bedlam was No. 5. It’s going to be a great season with a lot of excitement.”

Holder also hopes to turn that preseason hype into a box office boom. At a time when OSU basketball has seen a dip in attendance, Holder said they’re currently ahead of last year’s pace in football season tickets sales by 6,033.

“We’re trying to go back to where we were in basketball and get to a new place in football,” Holder said. “The real concern for me is the students (at basketball games). We lost a lot of the student attendance at the games and that’s your future. If you don’t win those students when they’re on campus they’re not going to come back and buy season tickets later. They bring all the atmosphere, they bring all the fun to the game. The athletes and the students are what it’s all about.”

Text Only
Sports Opinion
  • My 2010 moment

    First off, I’d like to thank the Edmond sporting community for accepting me into their fold, or at least accepting me as much as possible for a journalist. It has been a great five-and a half months and I’ve had the opportunity to witness some prime time moments while at The Sun.

    January 1, 2011

  • SPRUIL: Woods scandal not that shocking Charles Barkley warned us about it in 1993. Professional athletes should not be role models.

    December 3, 2009

  • SPRUILL: Woods scandal not so shocking Charles Barkley warned us about it in 1993. Professional athletes should not be role models.

    Sir Charles gave us this gem back then stating, “A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail, should they be role models?”

    Just can’t do it. I remember vividly the day I learned this valuable lesson, it was when I got my copy of Sports Illustrated with Sooner quarterback Charles Thompson being ushered to jail in his infamous orange jumpsuit.

    December 3, 2009

  • HARRISON : It’s time for some hoops With Bedlam in the rearview mirror and talk of freezing temperatures and possible snow this week it can only mean one thing. The winter sports season is upon us.

    November 30, 2009

  • SPRUIL: 'Dogs have nothing to lose Bulldogs have a chance to break another streak, which is to attempt to end the east sides dominance — Jenks and Union have combined to win 13 straight Class 6A state titles.

    November 19, 2009

  • SPRUILL: UCO loaded for another run No. 18-ranked Central Oklahoma appears to be loaded for another deep run in the NCAA Division II tournament.

    It’s only November and the Bronchos have only played one game, but what they showed against Emporia State in a 116-114 double-overtime win was incredible.

    November 17, 2009

  • SPRUIL: Playoff picture still cloudy With most of the district’s already decided — a few key matchups still remain — it’s time to start looking at the playoff picture.

    We know Edmond Memorial, Edmond North and Oklahoma Christian are in the playoffs. Deer Creek is on life support, while Oklahoma Christian Academy and Edmond Santa Fe are done for the year following Friday night.

    November 3, 2009

  • SPRUILL: OU's Bradford still livin' the dream There’s still no guarantee that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford will play this season. But Sooner fan or not, you have to love the Heisman Trophy winner’s attitude.

    His first start could come this week against Baylor, or it could be against Texas. You will not hear any crying from Bradford, though, that is for certain.

    The media has questioned his decision about coming back. He could have been the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, instead he gets injured in the opener and now his future is in question.

    But what seems so shocking to some across the country, really isn’t that shocking at all. Bradford is living his dream. The dream of any former high school star in the state of Oklahoma that wants to play in either Stillwater or Norman.

    October 6, 2009

  • HARRISON: Local teams draw favorable regional assignments With the end of the regular season fast approaching, local softball teams are turning their attention towards next week’s regional tournaments. While Edmond Santa Fe is the only squad that will be at home next week, all four teams have a legitimate shot at state.

    September 30, 2009

  • SPRUILL: Edmond recovering from split Things are shaping up for another great football season for local teams.

    As it stands, Edmond still has two undefeated teams in Edmond North and Oklahoma Christian School. And there are signs the big three have reached a near full recovery from the spit.

    September 15, 2009