Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young’s appearance at the Cowboy Caravan at Oakwood Country Club might have been a little more special than his other trips to Enid.
Accompanying Young and OSU tennis coach Chris Young was the school’s first-ever Big 12 football championship trophy.
“It’s a dream come true,’’ said Young whose association with OSU goes as far come back as him selling cokes at the Cowboy home games in the early 1960s. “To win the championship outright, is just unbelievable.’’
Young has felt the impact of not only the conference championship, but finishing the season ranked No. 3, thanks to a 41-38 overtime thriller over Stanford and No. 1 overall NFL draft selection Andrew Luck.
“Without question, it opens up a lot of doors,’’ Young said. “Not only do we have the new facilities and new uniforms, we have a championship on top of it. It’s like ice cream on the cake.’’
No longer are the Cowboys the other team from Oklahoma.
“I was in Georgia last week and everyone knew everything about us,’’ Young said. “I’ve been in Houston, Dallas, I’ve been all over the country, everybody knows our program there.’’
The Enid stop was Young’s first alumni function since the championship. A huge crowd signifies the rewards of a title season.
“Everybody loves a winner,’’ Young said. “The thing about Oklahoma State fans — win, lose or draw, they are always there.’’
The off-season, Young said was a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work. The Cowboys did a “tremendous job’’ in the weight room.
OSU, under head coach Mike Gundy, have not been one-hit wonders either. The Cowboys have won 41 games over the last four seasons, seventh-highest in the nation.
OSU is one of only three schools from automatic-qualifying BCS conferences to have won at least nine games the last four seasons. The other two are Alabama and Oregon.