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Mike Gundy explains decision to vote Oklahoma State ahead of Oklahoma

Mike-Gundy-Alabama-Over-OSUOklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy voted in the coaches poll this year for the first time since 2005. After voting his Cowboys ahead of Oklahoma in the season’s final poll, he might want to take another year off.

The final USA Today Coaches Poll was released on Sunday. Each coach’s ballot is made public, and the rankings factor into the final BCS computer rankings. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State play in the same conference and each finished the year with with a 10-2 record. On Saturday, the Sooners beat Oklahoma State in a classic Bedlam matchup. Despite that, Gundy ranked his Cowboys 10th and Oklahoma 12th. How does that make sense?

“I just try to take into account the season in general and not one or two games and come up with the best formula that I think works,” Gundy explained, via The Oklahoman.

Gundy also added that he takes point differential against BCS opponents into account. He is apparently one of the only coaches who saw it that way in regard to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, because the the Sooners finished 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Cowboys finished 13th.

Oklahoma State did beat Baylor, who finished 5th in the coaches poll and 6th in the BCS standings. The Cowboys won that game 49-17 whereas Oklahoma lost to Baylor 41-12. I’m sure Gundy gave that game a lot of weight, but I’m also sure he was a bit biased. When two teams have the same record in-conference and one beats the either, the choice should be fairly simple.

Mike Gundy believes Sports Illustrated report helped Oklahoma State’s recruiting

Mike-Gundy-Alabama-Over-OSUIt has been more than two months since Sports Illustrated released its bombshell report about all the illegal stuff the Oklahoma State football program has allegedly done over the past decade-plus. A weeklong series that was broken down into chapters called The Money, The Academics, The Drugs and The Sex, some people felt that the evidence would help expose a widespread problem across college football. Instead, it has largely been ignored.

Not only have people stopped talking about Les Miles and his so-called team hostesses (aka prostitutes), but Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy has wondered if the report actually boosted the program’s recruiting.

“I think it helped us in recruiting,” Gundy told The Tulsa World on Monday. “It benefited our program. It was interesting. We had four or five players that were really good players that started calling on us and showing interest the next few weeks after the article came out. That was the only thing I could attribute it to, because we certainly weren’t playing very good. So it was just kind of interesting.”

Gundy said Oklahoma State had 19 verbal commits from the class of 2014 before SI published the report. They have 22 verbals now. Picking up three recruits in two months is nothing out of the ordinary, but Gundy said the calls coincidentally came right after the report.

“I know people think, ‘Well, he’s lost it again.’” he said. “But the truth is, you guys, and I hear people say in marketing, any publicity is good publicity. So I thought about that and I thought, ‘I wonder if (prospects) thought, ‘Well, you know, we’ll check them out or see or whatever.’ I don’t know. It was just kind of weird. But there was interest from players that we didn’t have any interest in until that came out.”

I wouldn’t doubt it. Is the alleged activity illegal? Yes, but to 17- and 18-year-old kids some of it also sounds fun. You think high school athletes don’t want beautiful women at their disposal and teachers who wouldn’t dare give them a lousy grade? Let’s be realistic.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday

Mike Gundy says Oklahoma State scored without trying against Savannah State

Savannah State has become one of the most well-known teams in all of college football for all the wrong reasons. Last Saturday, Oklahoma State beat  the Tigers by an embarrassing score of 84-0. That final has resulted in the widest point spread in college football history, as Florida State is favored by an astonishing 70.5 points against Savannah State this weekend. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy insists his team was not trying to embarrass their opponents — they simply couldn’t help it.

“Well, we didn’t run up the score,” Gundy said during an interview with XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix on Wednesday. “We took most of our starters out in the first quarter. So we did everything we could to keep the score down. It was a tough situation for everybody. … But, we did the best we could to keep the game in check.

“That’s why, we’re a no-huddle team. We tried to manufacture a way to huddle up and use the clock and break out at a certain time and then just ran the same plays, basically, over and over and over. We ended up scoring and really not even attempting to.”

It may sound crazy, but there really is only so much a coach can do. Taking a knee for the entire second half would be the only way for Oklahoma State to not score against a team as horrible as Savannah State, and that would be even more insulting. Gundy may have a history of showing he despises his opponents, but I highly doubt he was trying to humiliate the Tigers. After all, you can’t just take a handoff and run backward with it.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the interview

Mike Gundy: I Would Put Alabama Ahead of Oklahoma State in Rankings

With the way it stands, the BCS National Championship game is destined to be a rematch between LSU and Alabama. Assuming all of the relevant parties win out, it should be. LSU is the consensus No. 1 team in the nation and the only undefeated remaining. Alabama, who lost by three points in overtime to LSU on the road, can obviously make the strongest case of any one-loss team. Even Mike Gundy, whose Oklahoma State Cowboys are ranked third, can’t argue with that.

“If somebody sat me down and said (I) had to make a decision, with where we’re at right now, Alabama lost to what would be the No. 1 team in the country (LSU), and Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State,” Gundy explained Monday according to the Daily Oklahoman. “In our situation, if I was doing it fair, I don’t know how I could put us in front of (Alabama) right now.”

Gundy’s calm demeanor would seem to indicate that nobody in the room wrote something nasty about his quarterback or was wearing an Oklahoma shirt.  As College Football Talk pointed out, Oklahoma State has actually faced four teams in the top-25 of the most recent BCS standings and defeated all four of them.  Alabama, on the other hand, has faced only three teams currently ranked in the top-25 and lost to one of them.

Are we saying OSU is more qualified than Bama?  No.  Oklahoma State’s loss to Iowa State was a bad one whereas Alabama’s loss to LSU was as good a loss as a loss can be.  That being said, it would not be insane to make a case for the Cowboys — especially if you’re their head coach.

I think it’s pretty obvious what’s going on here, don’t you? Gundy is afraid of the Honey Badger, and I can’t say I blame him.

Mike Gundy: YouTube Rant Has Helped with Recruiting

You may not know the name “Mike Gundy,” but there’s little doubt you don’t recognize him from his finest work:

When that tirade first became public in September 2007, the headline at LBS was “My Kids Can Play for Mike Gundy.” Of course we were just speaking about figurative kids, but the point was that seeing a coach publicly defend his players so vigorously is appealing. Who wouldn’t want to play for a coach who has their back like that? No surprise, a lot of people feel the same way.

In an interview with Tom Dienhart of Rivals, Gundy said the rant has been a big help for recruiting.

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Mike Gundy Can Dance Like Nobody’s Business (Video)

Mike Gundy dancingOklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, best known for his epic rant and for firing an employee who wore the wrong shirt to work, has gone viral once again. The 44-year-old MAN celebrated his team’s comeback win over Texas A&M Saturday by breaking out some dance moves that would be illegal in most states. Peep this amazing video:

In three seconds, Mike Gundy did more for the Oklahoma State football program than T. Boone Pickens has done in a lifetime. How many recruits just committed to the Cowboys based on that? It would have me sold. Dude can get down.

Mike Gundy Fires Contractor Brent Loveland for Wearing Oklahoma Shirt

Almost four years ago, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy went on one of the most famous rants in college football history.  Most of us thought the meltdown was absolutely hilarious.  Others wondered if Gundy was putting on a show to try and impress his players.  As a result, there was some uncertainty concerning whether or not the passion he showed was genuine.  A recent lawsuit should put any such debate to rest.

According to the Tulsa World via Dr. Saturday, a contractor named Brent Loveland is suing the Oklahoma state coach for $40,000 in damages and lost wages after Gundy fired him his first day on the job.  The fun part: Gundy fired Loveland for wearing an Oklahoma University shirt into his home.

The lawsuit claims that on the day Loveland was scheduled to begin an $80,600 trim project, Gundy approached him and said, “How dare you come into my house and offend my wife?”  Loveland then asked what Gundy was talking about, to which he responded, “That (expletive) shirt you have on.”

While Loveland claims it was dark that morning when he got dressed and he did not realize what he had put on, you have to wonder who is the bigger idiot in this situation.  Loveland was asking for trouble by wearing the shirt into the fiery Oklahoma State coach’s home, but how can Gundy’s lawyer possibly defend him against the lawsuit.  My knowledge of law is minimal, but I would have to assume wearing an Oklahoma shirt is not grounds for termination.  Do you think Gundy yelled, “Come after me!” as Loveland was walking out? My money says he did.