No. 6 Cowboys Get Most Out of Shorter Practices

7 years 3 hours 3 minutes ago Wednesday, October 19 2011 Oct 19, 2011 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 1:22:00 PM CDT October 19, 2011 in Football
By: Associated Press

STILLWATER, OK (AP) -- Coach Mike Gundy is taking a "less is more" approach at No. 6 Oklahoma State. Less practicing, more winning.

Gundy has instituted shorter practices for the Cowboys (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) in recent years, coinciding with a steady rise up the rankings. Instead of taking advantage of the maximum 4 hours per day or 20 hours per week allowed by the NCAA, Oklahoma State practices less than 4 1/2 hours per week.

That's 1 hour, 45 minutes on Tuesdays; 1 hour, 35 minutes on Wednesdays and an hour on Thursdays. That's it.

Gundy believes there's a point of diminishing returns in practice and players will be more productive if they enjoy what they're doing.

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