Don’t wait on the pre-game handshake at mid-field Saturday shortly after boos reign down on “CowBoYs 4EvA.” It won’t happen.
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Oklahoma State associate athletics director Kevin Klintworth said by e-mail this morning that the school has decided against the full-team handshakes “after much deliberation among our coaching staff.”
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has asked all college teams playing season openers this weekend to shake hands at midfield before the games as a gesture of sportsmanship.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy earlier this week expressed reservations about the AFCA’s handshake initiative, fearing that the convergence of 175 or so fired-up players at midfield could lead to some sort of out-of-control pregame incident.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday night that the decision was up to Oklahoma State as the home team. “We’ll do whatever they decide,” Richt said.
Damn right, you will, Mark Richt. If Gundy tells you to go f*&k yourself, YOU WILL!
The whole notion of “shaking hands” is a little Pollyanna and naive in 2009. As if the pre-game handshake will prevent any mid or post-game shennanigans. See the Oregon-Boise State game for examples.
The teams lining up to shake hands went out shortly after the Yankees beat the Bad News Bears and shouted, “Who do we appreciate? Bears! Bears! BEARS!” Then Lupus wipes his snotty nose and hurls his second place trophy. Then 10-year-olds drinking beer commences.