Mike Gundy sat down for an in-depth interview with SBNation’s Bill Connelly and talked about changing expectations at Oklahoma State, how football offenses are evolving, and his relationship with Cowboys mega-donor T. Boone Pickens.
“I didn’t have that relationship with [Pickens]. I work every day of my life, so I was just trying to keep up with my job and my kids and be a good dad,” Gundy said. “I’m not a bullshit guy. I don’t like to go out and drink beers with people. I like to coach, and I like to be a dad.
“[Oklahoma State athletic director Mike] Holder was able to initiate [stadium renovations], Boone was willing to say, ‘OK, I’ll do it.’ And I took it from there. And that’s what’s gotten this place to where it is today.”
Gundy’s original goal was to get Oklahoma State’s record back to above .500, he said. After that, he focused on becoming a perennial Top 25 team.
“The people in the program, who are coaching young men, have to understand who we are and where we’re at. If I have unrealistic expectations, it’s just going to cause dissension,” he said.
Gundy also expounded on the changing attitude about football offenses, from a grind-it-out, run-based focus to more open strategies.
“We’ve been on the cutting edge on no-huddle, on hurry-up offense, on nutrition, on hydration, on sleep, on cutting back on physicality in practice,” he said. “We’re not scared to take chances.”
The interview is worth a read for any college football fan. It’s a fascinating look into the psyche of a top-tier college coach.