Mike Gundy is no longer 40. In fact he’s now 45 and a somewhat successful coach at Oklahoma State. If you don’t get the age reference then you must check out this video of his tirade against a member of the media.
It is reported today that Tennessee has interviewed Gundy for its vacant head coaching position. Gundy has been the head coach of his alma mater since 2005, compiling a record of 66-35. His most successful campaign came in 2011 when Gundy led the Cowboys to a 12-1 record and a #3 finish in the AP poll after a Fiesta Bowl shootout win over Stanford.
Shootouts, as it so happens, are commonplace in Stillwater. The Cowboys gave up 426 yards per game last season, which would have landed them just above Tennessee (471ypg) in the SEC. Previous seasons yielded similar results, but the over-riding theme is that of a high-powered offense and a relatively soft defense. Last season Gundy’s air-raid offense tallied 548 yards per game, fourth best in the nation.
Such numbers would add some excitement on football Saturdays, and the presence of Gundy would appeal to prospective offensive studs looking for a place to grow some roots.
The critics may argue that we already have a high-flying offense and a porous defense, and to some extent they are correct. The SEC has grown into a defensive conference over the last few years and not coincidentally has become nationally dominant during that same time frame.
However, no matter how loud the critics rant and rave, Mike Gundy and his Oklahoma State team will be playing in a bowl this year.
In fact, since Gundy’s return to Stillwater, the Cowboys have played in a bowl game every year other than his first season. While coach Gundy was compiling his 66-35 record and going 4-2 in six bowl games, the Vols were 52-48 while going 1-3 in post-season bowl games during the same period.