Mike Gundy: I'm Very Fortunate
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Mike Gundy
Mike Gundy

Posted Dec 18, 2012


Mike Gundy joined Robert Allen on his Robert Allen and Friends radio show on Monday, and the Oklahoma State head coach talked about a number of issues, including what he's looking for in a new offensive coordinator now that Todd Monken is the head coach at Southern Miss and his relationship with athletic director Mike Holder.

As far as hiring a new offensive coordinator, Gundy said he will wait until after the bowl game and he will wait until the round of NFL coach movement is over.

He will consider NFL assistants, and he is looking for someone to run the same offense, someone that can game plan and scheme really well, and call plays. He would like some more stability, but that likely comes from the fact he has hired such good people that they've moved up to being head coaches.

Gundy also discussed how it is almost impossible to play good defense against the offenses of the Big 12.

Toward the end, I brought up the several days of panic when it appeared that Arkansas and Tennessee were trying to steal Gundy away and that he was paying attention to them. When asked about fans hitting the panic button, here is his rather lengthy answer.

"Well, it's not a comfortable situation for anybody, but the truth of the matter is that Mike Gundy and his family love Oklahoma State, and our children like being in Stillwater and we have family that is healthy and within an hour's drive and that's not ever going to change," started Gundy.

"The aspect that people are outside of our walls, outside of the college football world, fans, supporters, and donors and people that are very important to me, there is a certain part of what we do that is a business. That is no different than what anybody does in the insurance business, the sales business, or running a corporation. The decisions that I make in any part of our program that deal with my future and my family's future becomes public information and that is where we have an issue.

"There is a lot of talk out there about the relationship between myself and Coach Holder, and it was discouraging to me but we weren't in a position with him and myself to get out and hold a press conference and try to clear the air because one, I don't think it is necessary and I don't think Coach Holder feels any different," continued the Cowboys football coach.

"We don't agree on scheduling, but because I publicly say that people assume that we have issues. Ninety-five percent of the discussions that Coach Holder and I have that have to do with Oklahoma State football, we agree on. He's been very good to me and I am very fortunate to be in the situation that I am.

"It goes all the way back to Boone Pickens. Boone Pickens set us up to start with and I don't know of anybody that goes to work everyd ay and has constructive conversations with their boss and they are always in agreement. I would like to know where that takes place. Husband and wife at home, just because Kristen and I have a disagreement doesn't mean we aren't buddies. She has an opinion and I have an opinion and eventually we have to work together and make it happen," he continued.

"That was discouraging and disappointing to me because there was so much talk about it and there is nothing we can really do about it. I have expressed my opinion on who I think we should schedule and Coach (Holder) has his opinion and we try to meet half way. Ultimately, he's the boss and I work for him and for the Board of Regents and for the President of the University. They can tell me what to do at any time and if I'm going to be at Oklahoma State then I say, 'yes sir,' and if I don't then I need to try and go find a job somewhere else.

"What it comes down to is when I need something for our football team, (whether it be an) indoor facility, grass practice fields, new turf, basically the ability to control my football team, he has never come over and jumped in and got in my way and said you need to play this guy or do this," said Gundy.

"He has never done that. I guess that I have not done a good enough job of putting that out there. I never thought I had to do that. I have a relationship with my boss that we can have disagreements and we can agree to disagree at times.

"Chat rooms, (the) internet, Facebook, talk radio, and Twitter is what pays the bills," said Gundy of the coverage these situations receive. "We can turn on ESPN or Fox and any of these television shows when we are getting ready to go work out or to practice on our TV. I listen to them often and I think that guy is so far in leftfield that it is amazing that he is even on the air, but that is what pays the bills.

"I never thought that I would have to publicly come out and say this is the relationship that we have, but times are changing. Offensive football is changing, recruiting is changing, so maybe this is a time for me to say that was all blown way out of proportion and the panic button never needed to be hit. There was never a time for the panic button to be hit.

"That is really the way I feel and Oklahoma State has a foundation here for success in the long term. It is never going to be easy. If it were easy then everybody would be doing it. The relationships aren't where people can't work together. The whole thing got blown way out of proportion, and hopefully we've put that to rest and we can continue to move forward."


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