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High Noon Highlights (5/6): An interview with Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff

Welcome to High Noon Highlights, a place to catch up on everything you missed in Oklahoma State Athletics and beyond.

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It’s not high noon... but time no longer exists:

Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler talk about their charity golf event:

Former Oklahoma State golfer Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler joined the golf channel to discuss their upcoming appearance in a Skins tournament for COVID-19 Relief.

“I’m looking forward to it, “ Fowler said. “They’re both guys that I’ve spent a decent amount of time with. All four us live down here in Jupiter Florida. We play a lot of the same tournaments. Myself, Rory and DJ for some years now. Matt’s joint the party. Seeing some fan reactions saying how much of a favorite Rory and DJ and Matt and I are going into this as underdogs. We’re ready to bring the upset.”

The tournament will take place on May 17th.

O’Brate Stadium comes at an unfortunate time:

OSU Baseball was immensely excited to unveil their new baseball stadium this spring. Unfortunately COVID-19 derailed those plans. Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World writes about it.

Within the sports world, the impact of COVID-19 has been shocking. There are countless examples of dashed dreams, broken hearts and potential financial disaster.

In Stillwater, there is a sobering example of incredibly unfortunate timing.

Combining the fund-raising work of OSU athletic director Mike Holder and the actual construction, the development of OSU’s $60 million ballpark was a 15-year process. A $35 million donation from Cecil O’Brate, bundled with gifts from other sources, provided for OSU the ability to build the No. 1 facility in college baseball.

Scheduled for March 20 was the first game played at O’Brate Stadium — TCU vs. OSU in the Cowboys’ Big 12 opener. It would have been among the more significant dates in OSU program history. {Tulsa World}

How friendships impact college athletics:

There was a great read in the O’Colly by Hallie Hart talking about how friends have convinced each other to end up to Oklahoma State,

Recruits share tweets from others who receive offers and announce their college decisions in highlight videos for the online world to see. Commits communicate in Snapchat groups before they arrive on campus, and high school students from different states keep up with one another’s recruiting journeys because of friendships they forged during summer league competition.

Febrey and Doggett met as eighth-graders when they played travel ball together in Georgia.

“We go way back, and I’ve seen her grow as a person and a player,” Febrey said.

The web of longtime connections among student-athletes has changed the game of recruiting. Coaches drive the process, but the presence of a familiar future teammate can give a prospective student-athlete extra motivation to choose a school. Student-athletes are simultaneously playing the roles of recruits and recruiters. {O’Colly}

Around the Big 12:

Big 12 win totals

OU and Arkansas Basketball series

Jerry Kills Loves Fort Worth

Song of the Day:

I’ve been on a Relient K kick lately