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High Noon Highlights (9/10): Furloughs and layoffs expected in Oklahoma State Athletics

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Athletics takes financial hit:

Like many businesses during the pandemic, OSU athletics is having to figure out ways to make cuts in the budget. Unfortunately, that means employees taking furloughs and being laid-off. Athletic Director Mike Holder sent out a message saying the changes OSU would have to make as a result of lost revenue.

“These cuts were painful and not at all based on performance, Holder said. “They are byproducts of the unfortunate situation in which we find ourselves. I am especially thankful for the coaches that had the protection of a multi-year contract, but still volunteered to participate in the pay reductions.”

Ten employees of the department were laid off on Wednesday. Sixty-six employees will begin participating in a furlough program, beginning Sept. 16. Another 151 employees will see a reduction in their salaries beginning this month. The salary cuts range from 2.5 percent to 25 percent with the department’s highest paid employees taking the biggest cuts in pay. {okstate.com}

Josh Sills fitting into program nicely:

Scott Wright of The Oklahoman wrote about what Mike Gundy had to say about new addition to the o-line Josh Sills. During his Monday news conference, Gundy had high praise about Sills adjusting to his new team.

“He fits into our culture,” Gundy said. “He enjoys living in Stillwater. He likes to hunt and do outdoor activities. His attitude, his willingness to be a part of the team, compete — he’s not scared to work. We’re thrilled to have him. We’re excited about the maturity he brings to our team.

“He’s fun to be around. He fits into our Cowboy culture. He’s been a good addition to our football team.” {Oklahoman}

Oklahoma State finds partner of in-stadium delivery:

StadiumDrop is OSU football’s newest partner. As part of the series of changes to keep attendees safe at games this season includes a service that will allow fans to have food and concessions brought to their seat as well as minimal contact drop off locations.

“There is a lot to like about StadiumDrop, but what stands out is that it creates additional distancing opportunities with in-seat delivery service and the ability to create a rapid pick-up option at concession stands, OSU deputy athletic director Chad Weiberg said in a statement. “In both cases, our fans are the ones who benefit.” {Tulsa World}

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