Ten years ago, even the most casual college football fan knew how old Mike Gundy was.
“I’m a man! I’m 40!” Gundy shouted during a postgame press conference tirade aimed at a newspaper columnist over a story in print that day.
Back then, the young Oklahoma State coach was nothing but business, known for a fierce defense of his players, a spiked-up haircut and a cocky personality.
Now, as Gundy celebrates his 50th birthday Saturday, his image is softer. He’s known for a mullet, a wrestling singlet, a “Big Daddy” mug among other things.
But he’s also known for taking the Oklahoma State program to new heights. Since he took over in 2005, the Cowboys have gone 104-50, won a BCS bowl, celebrated a Biletnikoff Award winner and six first-round NFL draft picks.
It might be his ever-increasingly eccentric personality — or maybe its the postgame rant a decade ago — but Gundy’s birthday was more widely recognized on Twitter than perhaps any other coach in the country.
— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 12, 2017
He’s a (AARP) man! He’s 50! Happy birthday today to @CoachGundy. Before his epic rant, Gundy was 13-15 at Oklahoma State. Since, he’s 91-35
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 12, 2017
Happy 50th, Coach Gundy. Here is an amazing #okstate stat.
Since 2005 when Gundy took over and Texas won it all, both teams are 104-50
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 12, 2017
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 12, 2017
— Valero Alamo Bowl (@valeroalamobowl) August 12, 2017
It's Aug. 12. That means Mike Gundy has hit the Big 5-0. Ten years ago, many wondered if he would ever make it. He's changed a lot.
— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) August 12, 2017
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) August 12, 2017
— Shawn Clynch (@ShawnC_KVUE) August 12, 2017
Saturday is Mike Gundy's 50th birthday. 10 years ago, he unforgettably told the world that he was 40. pic.twitter.com/8U2QXRqewR
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) August 12, 2017
— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) August 11, 2017
ICYMI Mike Gundy turns 50 tomorrow. I wrote this about that. https://t.co/YW6mj24NAz
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) August 11, 2017