Oklahoma State Football DFO leads Football 101 | OurTribune.com

File this one directly under “other duties as assigned.” And, frankly, it sounds like a blast!

Mack Butler is the Director of Football Operations for Oklahoma State and has been at this a long time. Looks like he loves this and embraces the opportunity.

“Born in the USA” was blaring from loudspeakers as hundreds of women gathered outside the entrance to Boone Pickens Stadium, home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys football team in Stillwater, Okla.

The sun was shining and the chatter was lively as Mack Butler, director of operations for OSU Athletics, greeted the large group, who headed down to the locker room to pick up a tote bag filled with information and a personalized football.

“I am giving you what our own players experience,” he said to the 500 women, 180 of whom, Butler said, were “newbies.” The rest were on their second, third or more visit to Football 101 for Women, the hugely popular, one-day experience of drills, training, field exercises, videos and discussions. The event is in such demand that they sell out each year. Mothers and daughters, relatives of players, groups of fun-seeking ladies (often dressed alike), and tourists spend one hot summer day learning what it takes to be a Cowboy.

Butler led the day with his magnetic personality, joking, smiling and personally visiting with as many as possible, along with introducing his coaching staff. After a group photo, the action shifted to the practice field, thankfully covered, across the street. Passing, tackling, running, kicking and other football basics were taught by the coaches with the smiling help of the entire OSU team. The players were polite, engaging and supportive. Lunch, a delicious one, was served in the players’ cafeteria and they fanned out across the room to sit with the attendees and autograph the footballs provided in the tote bags. The afternoon included a lesson from one of the many assistant coaches, a chance to run onto the field through the players’ tunnel, a terrific question-and-answer session with four mothers of players and a surprise visit from the rock-star-like Head Coach Mike Gundy. Best $130 spent ever!

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