Opinion from OU Associate Athletics Director for Communications Kenny Mossman.
This is the time of year that is still slow enough,
football speaking that is, that the status of practice
rates as a topic for discussion.
Come August 30, not so much.
Thanks to my job and interest level, I pretty much
eat, drink and sleep OU football. As I think back over
all of the practices and scrimmages I have watched,
there are two vivid memories ... sore backs and
For someone with a very discriminating football
eye, there are things that can be gleaned from watching
practice. For the rest of us, well, it all looks kind
of the same.
Public displays of preseason workouts tend to be
so vanilla that I have often wondered why coaches bother
with them in the first place. It's nearly impossible
to learn much by watching them, and I can't see where
the team is benefitting much either if the main focus
is to hide half of the playbook.
Here is the question I would pose. If any of us
were to be engaged in a competitive endeavor of any
kind ... sports, business, you name it ... and
we had the option of preparing out of sight from our
adversary, wouldn't we choose privacy every single
Wouldn't it be fair to say that anything to the
contrary would be akin to holding your poker hand backwards?
Now, I am sympathetic to that fan that would like
to watch scrimmages, and it's too bad that a few could
demonize an otherwise harmless proposition, but as
a fan I am a lot more concerned with the outcome of
the games than the outcome of the practices. And if
the outcome of the practices can have a positive impact
on those games, then I say to the coaches, "Practice
any way you please and we'll see you on game day."
And it doesn't really matter if an open or closed
practice really determines wins and losses. If a coach
thinks it does, and that coach has won 97 out of 119
games, who am I to tell him that he's all wet? At some
point I've got to look over at this journalism degree
on my wall and confess that Bob knows just a tad bit
more about this football deal than do I.
Until then, I am content to watch the stuff I DVR'd
last season while dreaming about the August 30 date
and the first strains of "Oklahoma!"
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