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December 2003

OKLAHOMA STATE VISITS WITH CHILDREN AT TEXAS SCOTTISH RITE HOSPI

Monday, December 29th, 2003
DALLAS - Oklahoma State spent Monday visiting with children from the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Head Coach LES MILES and over 100 Oklahoma State players were warmly received by patients and their families. The team was presented with a drawing from twelve-year old patient Arthur Washington depicting “Pistol Pete”, the Cowboys’ mascot.
The Oklahoma State players and coaches signed posters, hats, and handed out gifts to the children in the atrium of the hospital provided by Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Texas, Bank of America, and Sanford Sharpies.

OKLAHOMA STATE DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Sunday, December 28th, 2003
OKLAHOMA STATE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR BILL CLAY

On going against Ole Miss’ offense:

“An old coach at Oklahoma State who is a good friend of mine, Pat Jones, was visiting with me years ago and we were talking about how to build a program and some of the things that you do so you have a good football team. And he made a statement that I have always remembered and that statement was ‘The tough teams are the ones who can run it and know how to throw it.’ That exemplifies Ole Miss’ offense.

OLE MISS OFFENSVIE NEWS CONFERENCE

Sunday, December 28th, 2003
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JOHN LATINA

On is having three weeks to prepare for a bowl game an advantage:

“It’s how you go about preparing and how you go about doing this. That’s the concern of ours. Thanksgiving Day was the last time we played and playing January 2nd is a big time frame. Getting the speed of the game is really the critical thing and the best way to do that is play games. It’s hard to get that in practice. So that’s our concern.

OKLAHOMA STATE DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Sunday, December 28th, 2003
OKLAHOMA STATE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR BILL CLAY

On going against Ole Miss’ offense:

“An old coach at Oklahoma State who is a good friend of mine, Pat Jones, was visiting with me years ago and we were talking about how to build a program and some of the things that you do so you have a good football team. And he made a statement that I have always remembered and that statement was ‘The tough teams are the ones who can run it and know how to throw it.’ That exemplifies Ole Miss’ offense.

OLE MISS OFFENSVIE NEWS CONFERENCE

Sunday, December 28th, 2003
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JOHN LATINA

On is having three weeks to prepare for a bowl game an advantage:

“It’s how you go about preparing and how you go about doing this. That’s the concern of ours. Thanksgiving Day was the last time we played and playing January 2nd is a big time frame. Getting the speed of the game is really the critical thing and the best way to do that is play games. It’s hard to get that in practice. So that’s our concern.

OLE MISS MEDIA DAY

Saturday, December 27th, 2003
HEAD COACH DAVID CUTCLIFFE

Opening Statement:

We are thrilled to be in Dallas and at the Cotton Bowl. We had everyone report but one player, Stacy Andrews, who had some car problems in Arkansas so hopefully he will get here sometime this afternoon. Everybody is reported and ready to go. We had everybody at practice, even a few of them that got a little banged up at home. We’re back at work today and that was exciting. We treated this day like our Monday practice and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.

OKLAHOMA STATE MEDIA DAY

Saturday, December 27th, 2003
OKLAHOMA STATE HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement:

“Oklahoma State is very glad to be participating in the SBC Cotton Bowl. This is the place that we wanted to come. It’s an elite destination. It’s traditional football. And it happens to be the center of our recruiting area. Between Oklahoma and Texas we have a great number of participants on our team Ñ players that will have family and friends here. We’re looking forward to the game.

OLE MISS MEDIA DAY

Saturday, December 27th, 2003
HEAD COACH DAVID CUTCLIFFE

Opening Statement:

We are thrilled to be in Dallas and at the Cotton Bowl. We had everyone report but one player, Stacy Andrews, who had some car problems in Arkansas so hopefully he will get here sometime this afternoon. Everybody is reported and ready to go. We had everybody at practice, even a few of them that got a little banged up at home. We’re back at work today and that was exciting. We treated this day like our Monday practice and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.

OKLAHOMA STATE MEDIA DAY

Saturday, December 27th, 2003
OKLAHOMA STATE HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement:

“Oklahoma State is very glad to be participating in the SBC Cotton Bowl. This is the place that we wanted to come. It’s an elite destination. It’s traditional football. And it happens to be the center of our recruiting area. Between Oklahoma and Texas we have a great number of participants on our team Ñ players that will have family and friends here. We’re looking forward to the game.

MANNING TAKES MAXWELL AWARD FOR 2003 COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Friday, December 12th, 2003
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Maxwell Football Club announced on the ESPN nationally televised College Football Awards Show Thursday night that Ole Miss senior quarterback Eli Manning, has been selected as the winner of the 67th Maxwell Award as the 2003 college player of the year.
In a three-way race, Manning received 311 first-place votes of the 1,167 votes cast. Second-place went to Pittsburgh sophomore wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald with 296 votes and third to Oklahoma senior quarterback Jason White with 273 votes.

MISSISSIPPI KICKER, JONATHAN NICHOLS, WINS 2003 LOU GROZA AWARD

Thursday, December 11th, 2003
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Ole Miss junior place kicker Jonathan Nichols was named the 2003 Lou Groza Award winner, presented to the nation's top place kicker, Tuesday evening during a ceremony at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott.
Nichols was one of three finalists for the award and beat out Oklahoma's Trey DiCarlo and Iowa's Nate Kaeding. He will now travel to Orlando, Fla., for the ESPN Home Depot Awards Show on Thursday.
A first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and the SEC Coaches, Nichols has set 15 school records this season.

THE 68th SBC COTTON BOWL CLASSIC IS A SELL OUT!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003
DALLAS, Dec. 9, 2003 Ð Less than two days after Selection Sunday and the 68th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic, pitting Ole Miss against Oklahoma State on Friday, Jan. 2, is officially a sellout.
“We knew that Oklahoma State and Ole Miss would bring huge crowds, but tickets went even faster that we could have expected,” Fin Ewing, III, SBC Cotton Bowl Chairman, said. “The stadium will be a site to see with all the orange and red, and we’re thrilled to have the Cowboys and the Rebels coming to Dallas.

IT’S OFFICIAL: OKLAHOMA STATE’S COMING TO DALLAS TO

Sunday, December 7th, 2003
DALLAS, Dec. 7, 2003 Ð Fifty-nine years after Oklahoma State’s first-ever bowl appearance, the Cowboys are returning to where it all began Ð the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic.
OSU has accepted an invitation as the Big 12 representative to face Mississippi from the Southeastern Conference in the 2004 Classic on Friday, Jan. 2. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CST.
Ole Miss, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Eli Manning, received its invitation last Wednesday. The Rebels, co-champions of the SEC West, will face Oklahoma State for the first time in school history.

LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB AND THE SBC COTTON BOWL TEAM UP FOR

Friday, December 5th, 2003
Lawry’s The Prime Rib has been feeding America’s top collegiate football teams for nearly 50 years. On Thursday night, Lawry’s teamed up with the SBC Cotton Bowl Classic for a new “Beef Bowl” tradition.
The collegians gave away to first through sixth graders from Dallas and Richardson Independent School District as Lawry’s hosted the winners of this year’s SBC Cotton Bowl Art Contest at “Beef Bowl Too”.
A total of 18 young artists comprising three age categories (first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade) were awarded medals in recognition of their winning works of art.

ELI MANNING TO RECEIVE 2003 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD

Thursday, December 4th, 2003
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Mississippi senior quarterback Eli Manning has been selected as the recipient of the 2003 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.
Manning has completed 253 of 410 passes for 3,341 yards, 27 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He holds 45 Ole Miss single-game, season, and career records, of which 27 were once held by his father, Archie Manning.
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