Mike Gundy reflects on program he’s built; Oklahoma State may have edge with Dax Hill
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Mike Gundy reflects on program he’s built
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy knows where his program came from, but he’s not exactly sure how he got to this point.
Gundy discussed his role in creating a golden era for Cowboys football with The Athletic’s Jason Kersey in a story published Monday. The new standard for Oklahoma State was built on a blue-collar attitude and not understanding the magnitude of the team’s ascension.
“For the first six or eight years, I wasn’t smart enough to realize how hard it was,” Gundy told The Athletic. “That helped me. Now, I look back at where we were and it scares me. I probably wouldn’t have done it, because I would’ve thought, ‘There’s no way you can do this at Oklahoma State.’”
Gundy has led the Cowboys to their first stretch of three consecutive 10-win seasons. He’ll go for a fourth straight in 2018, but he’ll have to do it with a young cast and new leaders.
Oklahoma State built its recent run on players such as Mason Rudolph and James Washington. Gundy will need to find new pieces to continue his success in Stillwater, but that has rarely been an issue.
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Could Oklahoma State land Dax Hill?
Oklahoma State is one of six schools in the mix for elite 2019 safety Dax Hill.
The Tulsa, Okla., native is one of the top-rated players in the 2019 recruiting class, and he’s considering the Cowboys, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Clemson.
It’s unlikely Hill, the younger brother of Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill, will take official visits to Oklahoma State or Oklahoma. So, his familiarity with the Cowboys could play in Gundy’s favor, according to The Oklahoman’s Nathan Ruiz.
“I think Oklahoma State has a little edge,” Hill’s high school coach Brad Calip said to NewsOK, “because he knows all about them.”
Hill would be a huge pickup for the Pokes, who’ve had a solid June so far on the recruiting trail, securing eight commitments.
Steering the blue-chip prospect away from the likes of Alabama and Ohio State won’t be easy, however.
What they’re saying on Twitter
• Cowgirl basketball
— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) June 25, 2018
• Cowgirl softball
It's a long summer, so we figured we'd pass the time by looking back at some of our highlights from the 2018 season. Up first – an opening-day win over No. 7 Arizona! #MemoryMonday #okstate pic.twitter.com/VtphpO1NJF
— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) June 25, 2018
• Cowboy basketball
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) June 26, 2018
• Tre Flowers, former football player
— Tre Flowers (@_Slimm7) June 26, 2018
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