Despite the fact that the team has already played 17 games this season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are scrambling to add more players to their roster for the remainder of their schedule. Desperate for bodies to fill the bench, the team turned to the student population of OSU, offering walk-on tryouts on eight-hours notice.
Students had to do more than just show up and participate in whatever drills the coaches and trainers had planned. According to the announcement, they also had to do the following:
Be a full-time student at OSU
Be within your five-year NCAA eligibility window (first enrolled in fall of 2014)
Have proof of health insurance
Have had a physical within the last six months
Proof of a sickle cell test (can be done at the Student Health Center)
Okay, fine, so this isn’t exactly an Invincible-style call to arms where anyone can just show up and try to fulfill their hoop dreams. But the reason this hastily-prepared solution is being done in the first place is so the program can deal with some recent issues as quickly as possible. Head coach Mike Boynton had to recently dismiss three players from his program because of a situation “that doesn’t necessarily fit into what we believe is the right way to build [Oklahoma State’s] program.”