Oklahoma State Cowboys (Cowgirls for women's teams) are the athletic teams that represent Oklahoma State University. Their mascot is a cowboy named Pistol Pete. The school colors are orange, black, and white. Oklahoma State was formerly called Oklahoma A&M with the nickname being Aggies. Oklahoma State participates in the NCAA's Division I-A and in the Big 12 Conference's South division. The university's current athletic director is Mike Holder. In total, Oklahoma State has 48 team national titles, the fourth-most team national championships in the country. These national titles have come in wrestling (34), golf (10), basketball (2), baseball (1), and cross country (1).
Oklahoma State first took the basketball court in 1908. Under head coach Henry Iba, the team won NCAA championships in 1945 and again in 1946. Oklahoma State has a total of six Final Four appearances and two national championships.
Under Eddie Sutton, the team made two Final Four appearances—in 1995 and in 2004. Sutton's son, Sean Sutton, began coaching the team in 2006 but resigned on March 31, 2008. The team is now coached by Travis Ford.
After his death, Art Griffith took over and proceeded to win two straight national championships. Due to World War II, Oklahoma State wrestling was forced off the mat for three years. After the war, Griffith coached for another 11 years and won six more national championships in that time. Due to health reasons, Art Griffith resigned as head coach and Myron Roderick took over. At 23 years old, Roderick became the youngest coach to win a national championship in 1958. Roderick proceeded to win another 5 championships. In 1970, Myron Roderick stepped down to take an executive position with the U.S. Wrestling Federation. Former Stillwater High School coach Tommy Chesbro was hired as head coach and won eight Big Eight titles and one national championship in 15 years. Between 1985 to 1991, Joe Seay, former Cal State coach won five conference titles and two national titles.
In 1993, John Smith became the seventh head coach of Oklahoma State University wrestling. Smith led the Cowboys to a national title in 1995 and four consecutive national titles between 2002-2006.
The OSU football program is in the process of establishing itself as a major college football contender, participating in 18 bowl games overall and 5 in the last 6 years. There have been 10 conference championships, 1 Heisman Trophy winner, 2 NFL Hall of Fame members, and 32 All-Americans to the Cowboys' name.
Oklahoma State plays football on Lewis Field, in Boone Pickens Stadium, which is currently undergoing extensive renovation and expansion.
The current head coach is Mike Gundy (18-19 and 2-0 in bowl appearances). During Gundy's playing career, the Cowboys enjoyed their greatest success with consecutive ten-win seasons.
Barry Sanders won the Heisman Trophy as the season's best player in 1988.
Author Steve Budin, whose father was a New York bookie, has recently publicized the claim that the 1954 "Bedlam" game against rival OU was fixed by mobsters in his book Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (ISBN 1-602-39099-1).
The women's program has also had its share of success. Under former coach Ann Pitts, the Cowgirls won 15 conference championships and made 15 appearances at the NCAA Championship. New head coach Laura Matthews led the Cowgirls to be Big 12 champions in 2005 and a top-20 finish at the NCAA Championship.