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ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball's greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86.

Though there was a large grumbling from players and fans when Oklahoma State’s season opener against Tulsa was postponed last week, Cowboy coach Mike Gundy has looked at the new kickoff to the season with a glass half-full approach.

When news broke Monday night of Oklahoma State’s season opener against Tulsa being postponed by a week due to the Golden Hurricane having limited practices in August due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Cowboy football players did not hold back on their emotions.

In an odd and interesting Associated Press Preseason Top 25 college football poll released Monday morning, Oklahoma will begin the fall season ranked No. 5, two spots higher than it began last season, a campaign that continued all the way to a third straight College Football Playoff. 

It’s become a rallying cry from the government officials across the country over the past few months – including Oklahoma’s Gov. Kevin Stitt and Stillwater Mayor, Will Joyce: wear a mask so we can play college football.

• Editor’s note: There are more questions than answers regarding when, and how, college football will begin again. Each week until next season, The Transcript will produce its Watch List to monitor developments, setbacks or points of interest surrounding college football’s anticipated return.