It’s been a long, slow climb for Mike Gundy up the national lists of the nation’s top coaches.
Only a few years ago, Gundy was ridiculed nationally for his celebrated “I’m 40, I’m a man” post-game rant. But after taking the Cowboys to 11 consecutive bowl appearances. OSU has notched 11 consecutive winning seasons under Gundy along with a 7-4 bowl record.
With Bob Stoops’ retirement, Gundy now has the longest uninterrupted coaching tenure at his school than any in the conference.
Sporting News Big 12 coaching rankings
1. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State 8, up 9 spaces from No. 17 last season.
2. Gary Patterson, TCU 11, down 3 spots from No 8 last season.
3. Bill Snyder, Kansas State 12, up 6 spots from No. 18 last season.
4. Tom Herman, Texas 18, down 3 spots from No. 15 (at Houston) last season.
5. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia, 44, up 5 spots from last season.
6. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma 45, was not a head coaching last season .
7. Matt Rhule, Baylor 48, down 2 spots from No. 46 (at Temple) last season.
8. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech 59, down 5 spots from last season.
9. Matt Campbell, Iowa State 60, down 5 spots from last season.
10. David Beaty, Kansas, 106, down 1 spot from last season.
Among Big 12 coaches who left after last season, former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was ranked 7th, former Texas coach Charlie Strong was 34th and interim Baylor coach Jim Grobe was 35th.