The time between spring practices and the beginning of the regular season in the fall can be a boring time for college football fans. The same holds true for the Oklahoma State faithful, but there are some interesting things to look forward to during this time.
It is a doldrum in the college football timeline though. The regular season is long gone, spring practice is over and soon even the NFL draft will be in the past. Luckily, there are a few small things that will happen in college football that are worth paying attention to.
Here are the five most important post-spring dates that you need to be aware of.
This is a big date for fans everywhere. We all want to see how the folks at EA Sports have rated our teams and players and then buy the game and prove them wrong. However, there are a few special reasons that Cowboy fans should be interested as well.
The biggest reason is that former Cowboy great Barry Sanders will grace the cover of the game, along with reigning Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. It will also be interesting to see how the Cowboys are constructed on the game, especially considering the mysteries at quarterback, receiver and defensive tackle.
According to ESPN's David Ubben, the Big 12 Media Days will be held on July 23-24, with five teams answering questions on each day. Oklahoma State personnel will be there on July 24.
Media days are interesting for fans of any team. It's where you hear what players and coaches think both of themselves and the other teams in their conference. It can also give clues on what the season will hold as far as drama and favorites.
Two years ago, there were reports coming out of offseason camp that a relatively unknown wide receiver named Justin Blackmon had radically improved and been the best player on the team so far. Fast forward two years and that unknown kid from Ardmore, OK is about to be a Top 10 pick in the NFL draft.
That's why you pay attention to these offseason workouts and camps. Spring is past, but there will still be more in the fall as the summer draws to a close. Pay attention. We could hear similar rumblings to those we heard two years ago about a new emerging star.
This particular date may seem inconsequential, but nothing could be further from the truth. These are student-athletes who are (supposedly) there to receive an education. Classes are important, even if it is just because without enrolling in classes a player can't play.
Also, who is in class on the first day will tell which players definitely have qualified and which haven't. There are many recruits who can't cut it and end up leaving due to academics at programs all across the country.
This is what we are all working toward and waiting for. It shouldn't be a real difficult game, but rather a warm-up for the many fresh faces that will be out there for the Cowboys.
This should be the easiest game of the season, and things will only get tougher as the team goes further into a tough Big 12 schedule.