**For Immediate Release**
And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-13-07
By Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. - First-year Oklahoma Panhandle State University football coach Mike Wyatt implemented “Aggies Futures Games,” an innovative way to provide underclassmen with game experience and keeping those with little or no field time during regular games engaged in the program. After the first game was held September 3, Wyatt said, “My staff and I could not have been more pleased with the level of play, the hitting, and the overall competition.”
Similar to a high school’s junior varsity program, team members play in actual games officiated by National Collegiate Athletic Association referees, but instead of competing against other teams, these intra-squad games mean players suffer no loss of eligibility. In addition, it allows partial qualifiers to participate. Coach Wyatt said, “My assistants and I came up with the idea because we were having trouble getting other universities in our area to schedule JV games. We decided to just do it ourselves and game up with this intra-squad solution.” He went on to say that he and his staff create a game atmosphere — the coaches coach just as hard, score is kept, the players wear game uniforms and the referees wear official attire.
Wyatt also stated that the Futures games help the staff evaluate talent in game-type situations and it allows competitors to play themselves up the depth chart. It also affords the partial qualifiers the opportunity to play instead of remaining only “practice” players which helps them identify on a stronger level with the program. Actual games rather than just practice time gives these student athletes something more to look forward to.
The public is welcome to attend these free games. The first was held Monday, September 3 and the Blue team defeated the White team 16-6. Following is a schedule for the remaining games. Come out and cheer on future Aggie football players! All games are played at 7 p.m. on at Carl Wooten Field.