Welcome to High Noon Highlights, a place to get you caught up on all that you might have missed yesterday in OSU Sports - and you might have missed a lot yesterday.
I was somewhere between Blackwell and Tonkawa yesterday when I asked myself, “was today the best day for OSU Athletics in recent memory?” For me, it’s hard to nail down a singular day that means as much for the OSU Athletic Department than yesterday did.
Let’s recap it:
Oklahoma State announces plans for a new baseball stadium:
This has been heavily speculated over the last few months with talk of a new stadium growing, but yesterday, Oklahoma State announced its’ plans.
Major announcement tomorrow. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/nsWJwcWBhx— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) March 28, 2018
Then, this morning, @OSUAthletics dropped a GIF that shows a little more detail.
It's coming. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/hwQBCXlWb6— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) March 29, 2018
The stadium will be built on the corner of Washington and McElroy, adjacent to the Sherman E. Smith Training Center. Though specific details are yet to be announced, we’ll be sure to provide those once they come out.
Mike Boynton signs contract extension through 2024:
This news came as a bit of a surprise, and a bit more out of left field ( ) than the stadium announcement. While one could definitely assume a contract tweak for Boynton was on the table, I’m not sure we could’ve thought of the details.
Boynton’s salary bumps to $1.6M per year, with a $125,000 increase after each season. His contract will run through the 2023-2024 season.
We're happy to announce that @thacoachmike and #okstate have agreed to a contract extension that keeps Boynton in Stillwater through 2024. #letsKEEPworking— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) March 28, 2018
➡️ https://t.co/B23ogNUZGA pic.twitter.com/6We24vMhgm
Blessed beyond measure! Thanks to our administration, players, alumni, and fans. Also thanks to the Stillwater community. #GodIsGood. https://t.co/XnMGZbQIvK— Mike Boynton (@thacoachmike) March 28, 2018
Doesn’t it feel nice to have some stability inside Gallagher-Iba Arena? After three seasons of uncertainty and coaching turmoil, it seems like Oklahoma State fans - and the administration - have found their guy. I couldn’t be more excited.
Here’s something you might have missed:
On Tuesday, contract figures for new Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles were released. According to The Daily Oklahoman, Knowles will make $600,000 in his first and second seasons, and $800,000 in his third season. Here are the specifics:
Knowles, the former defensive coordinator at Duke, replaced Glenn Spencer as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator in January. Knowles, 52, is set to earn a base salary of $200,000, with the talent and personal services portion of the contract giving Knowles $400,000 in his first two seasons (for a total of $600,000) and $600,000 in the third season of his deal (for a total of $800,000). Spencer received $675,000 in 2017, according to USA Today.