The best kept secret in SW Oklahoma

On Tuesday evening, inside the Altus Expo Center, an all things orange celebration will take place for the 16th consecutive year.

A $20 per ticket dinner will feature what is labeled “The best kept secret in Oklahoma.” I’ve never had that before but it sounds vaguely fantastic.

The OSU Caravan is making its final stop of its annual tour right here in Altus. If you support the orange and black from over East of Cow Creek, Tuesday’s event is where the Alumni Association of Jackson County will celebrate the recipients of the scholarships to be awarded. These scholarships are at the core of this event.

This allows for the very large contingency of the orange fan base to come together and break bread and flip some deluxe grilled meat as they are given a timely summer jolt of team spirit. Program insiders: Offensive Line coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Greg Adkins and Assistant basketball coach, James Dickey will be on stage to discuss OSU Athletics as well as entertain those in attendance with a Q & A style discussion.

Coach Adkins and Coach Dickey along with Pistol Pete, representatives form the POSSE Club, and the OSU Spirit Team will try and rally support in celebration of where the program has been, where it is now and where they believe it is heading in the future.

Some fantastic and random memorabilia and merchandise are claimed through the silent auction that begins shortly after the doors open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

By the conclusion of the night’s festivities around 8:30, those attending will have full bellies and a sense of philanthropic good doing through the scholarships and a renewed excitement for all things OSU athletics.

This will most likely include a general relief that Mike Gundy is still the Cowboys’ head coach.

I’ve been assured that Barry Sanders’ name will be brought up at some point as well.

The emcee for the evening is Sir “PISTOLS FIRING” himself, Dave Hunziker, the voice of Cowboys’ football and basketball on the radio.

Cowboy Caravans are a traveling athletic-based program to promote Oklahoma State sports and upcoming seasons. The Jackson County Alumni Chapter will be honoring several scholarship recipients and hosting a live auction to raise money for area students attending OSU.

Tickets are available at the door for $20 per person and includes a steak dinner. A sponsorship is also available for $200 and include ten (10) tickets and the sponsor name printed on event programs.

Jackson County OSU Alumni Association as been hosting the OSU Caravan for 16 years and have awarded approximately $100,000 in Scholarships for local students to attend OSU.

Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 5:45 p.m. and our special guest speakers will take the stage at 6:15 p.m.

Greg Adkins spent the last two seasons in the National Football League coaching tight ends for the Buffalo Bills.

Prior to joining the staff at Oklahoma State, he had 24 years of coaching experience, with eight of those coming in the Southeastern Conference.

He got his start at Marshall coaching the defensive line, tight ends and offensive line from 1991-95 before moving on to Georgia in 1996 to coach the Bulldogs’ defensive line.

One season later, he switched to the offensive side of the ball, where he mentored UGA’s offensive line and tight ends from 1997-2000. A two-year stint coaching offensive line and serving as recruiting coordinator at Troy from 2001-02 was followed by a six-year run at Tennessee, where he coached tight ends and offensive line and served as the Volunteers’ recruiting coordinator.

He moved on to Syracuse in 2009 to coach offensive line and serve as recruiting coordinator before head coach Doug Marrone from Syracuse to the Buffalo Bills.

Among the numerous notable players he either coached or recruited are Champ Bailey and Boss Bailey at Georgia, DeMarcus Ware at Troy and Erik Ainge at Tennessee.

Coached three Syracuse offensive linemen to NFL opportunities (Ryan Bartholomew, Andrew Tiller and Michael Hay), plus a fourth offensive lineman – Justin Pugh – to a college career in which he earned All-Big East accolades three times.

He helped coach Syracuse to a win in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. It was the first bowl trip for the Orange in six years and marked SU’s first bowl win in nine seasons.

Adkins helped coach Tennessee to prominent bowl games to cap the 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2007, his offensive line paved the way for a Volunteer offense that produced a 3,000-yard passer (Erik Ainge), a 1,000-yard rusher (Arian Foster) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Lucas Taylor)

In 2007, Tennessee’s offensive line led the nation by allowing only four sacks. Those four sacks came on 534 pass attempts (one sack per 133.5 pass attempts – a mark that also led the nation).

His offensive line at Georgia led the way for players such as Hines Ward and Robert Edwards. In 1997, the Bulldogs went 10-2 and finished the season ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. UGA won no fewer than eight games in each of his final four seasons in Athens.

Adkins enjoyed outstanding success during his time at Marshall, helping coach his alma mater to the 1992 national championship and four trips to the national title game in a five-year span from 1991-95. With Adkins as defensive line coach, the Thundering Herd led the Southern Conference in rush defense in 1992. He moved to the offensive side of the ball in 1993 and Marshall went on to lead the league in scoring offense from 1993-95.

A 1990 graduate of Marshall University with a degree in sports management and marketing, Adkins was a four-year letterman for the Thundering Herd and served as team captain his senior year. During his 10 years at Marshall, both as a player and as a coach, he was part of 97 victories.


Adkins and his wife, Michelle, have two sons, Nicholas and Nathan, and a daughter, Natalie.

Adkins Year-by-Year:

1991-95 Marshall Defensive Line/Tight Ends/Offensive Line

1996 Georgia Defensive Line

1997-2000 Georgia Offensive Line/Tight Ends

2001-02 Troy Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

2003-05 Tennessee Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

2006-08 Tennessee Offensive Line

2009-12 Syracuse Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

2013-14 Buffalo Bills Tight Ends

Bowl Games:

1991 Division IAA National Championship game

1992 Division IAA National Champions

1993 Division IAA National Championship game

1994 Division IAA Playoffs

1995 Division IAA National Championship game

1998 Outback Bowl

1998 Peach Bowl

2000 Outback Bowl

2000 Oahu Bowl

2004 Peach Bowl

2005 Cotton Bowl

2007 Outback Bowl

2008 Outback Bowl

2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl

I hope he can tell the story of how he convinced the force that is Demarcus Ware to attend Troy University.

There will be 2 matching scholarships and 3 – $1,000.00 scholarships for a total of $7,000.00. That will be given away to local kids going to OSU.

If you want to get really detailed – Jackson Co OSU Alumni Association will give out $5,000 and then 2 of those $1,000 scholarships will be matched by $1,000 each at OSU for a Grand Total of $7,000.

James Dickey, who has spent more than a decade as a head coach at the Division I level, has returned to Oklahoma State as an assistant coach under Travis Ford.

A tireless worker, Dickey has 30 years of Division I coaching experience, including stops at Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas Tech and Houston, as well as Oklahoma State. He has a vast knowledge in the development of players and has been instrumental in recruiting and landing some of the best players in the country.

Dickey returns to OSU after a four-year stint as head coach for the Houston Cougars. While at UH, he guided the Cougars to three wins over top-25 teams in 2013-14, which was Houston’s highest total since the 1983-84 season. He also led the Cougars to a 20-13 record in 2012-13 to mark the program’s first 20-win season in four years.

Dickey served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State from 2002-08 under the guidance of both Eddie and Sean Sutton. During that time, he was heavily involved in developing future NBA talent, including Tony Allen, Joey Graham, Stephen Graham, John Lucas and Ivan McFarlin. James Anderson, who is currently in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers, was recruited to OSU by Coach Dickey.

Prior to his initial arrival in Stillwater, Dickey spent 10 seasons as head coach at Texas Tech, where he began his head coaching career in 1991 and, despite being picked to finished last in the Southwest Conference in his inaugural season, the Red Raiders finished fifth at 6-8 in the league standings. Dickey earned well-deserved honors for his team’s turnaround performance, and was named consensus SWC Coach of the Year, as well as NABC District Coach of the Year.

Some notable coaches who have been featured guest speakers at the OSU Caravan stop in Altus are Les Miles, Mike Gundy, Sean Sutton and Travis Ford.

This will be a fun night for the orange bloods. Anytime Justin Landers is involved in anything, some good time fun should be close by.


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