Jim Harbaugh, head football coach at the University of Michigan, may have started something here. Last spring, Harbaugh famously took his team to Rome, where they met the Pope and gave him a pair of Jordans.
A little more than a year after the fiery former NFL coach took his team abroad, Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton is following in Harbaugh’s footsteps.
Oklahoma State announced Thursday that the men’s basketball team will be traveling to Venice, Rome and Athens later this summer.
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From the canals of Venice to the Colosseum in Rome and the Acropolis in Athens, Cowboy basketball is taking the trip of a lifetime in August. #letswork #okstate
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The 10-day trip will not be only fun, as the team will play a few exhibition games against international competition.
Boynton had the following statement regarding the trip.
“This is a tremendous opportunity that the NCAA allows for our team that will have a lasting impact on the future of our program. I want to first thank our administration for allowing us to do this, and extend my thanks to the generous donors who have stepped up to make this a reality.
Our team will have a great experience bonding with one another and it will give our staff a chance to work with these guys through our extra practices during the summer and kick start what will be a very exciting season of Cowboy basketball. In the weeks leading up to this trip, we will open the doors to our practices so that our fans can come get a preview of our preparation.”
Oklahoma State will arrive in Venice on Aug. 5, take the train to Rome on Aug. 8, take a flight to Athens on Aug. 10 before returning back to the United States on Aug. 14.