Travelling for away sporting events is never easy for any team, and that didn’t get any easier when COVID-19 struck the world.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma State had to change the way they handled football games both at home and away, but coach Mike Gundy thinks it actually made it easier to travel.
“It’s interesting the travel and format with personnel and players,” Gundy said. “It's a complicated system in a normal year. It will actually be easier this year because our travel experience will be the same at home.”
Normally players are confined tightly on the sidelines, but due to COVID-19 concerns, fewer players and staff will be allowed on the sideline and the players will be more spread out.
“Based on limitations with players, coaches and personnel,” Gundy said. “Different people on the field. So I think it will be easier. I know at Oklahoma State, we’re only allowing people on the field that have to be down there in some sort of a working format.”
Normally, on home game days, the football program hosts recruits on the field, but that isn’t the case this season because of limitations for on the field people.
“It simplifies the process more so than it would in a normal year,” Gundy said. “Your home format is much different based on recruiting prospects and a variety of different areas that complicate a game day at home with the virus and the format that we are using based on Big 12 policy makes it much simpler.”
When it comes to players, the way they go about their jobs haven't changed much. Linebacker Calvin Bundage is coming off an injury riddled 2019-20 season, but he’s ready to come back despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m not concerned at all with COVID,” Bundage said. “I’m ready to go to war, play football and go about my business.”
Game day atmosphere is going to be different throughout the entire country and sports world, but for Bundage it’s more than a sport, it's a business.
“No (game day atmosphere won’t change), I got business to handle,” Bundage said.