KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Boone Pickens' $165 million donation to Oklahoma State's athletic program was a popular topic at Big 12 media day. But another line of questions for Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was the most interesting development. Gundy, entering his second season, was asked whether his relationship with athletic director Mike Holder will buy him time to get the program turned around. "I don't think I'll need to buy time," Gundy said. "I'm a graduate of Oklahoma State. What we do is important to me. I wouldn't want to buy time. "What's important is President (David) Schmidly, Coach Holder, myself and our staff understand what's involved with where we're at as a team, where we're at as a program. I think we have a pretty good plan how to accomplish our goals and what direction we're going." Because Holder won eight national titles as OSU's golf coach, Gundy said he picks Holder's brain on personnel matters. "But you guys who spend time with Coach Holder realize he's not real big on being your buddy," Gundy said. "He and I are friends. We talk. But we don't hang out and eat dinner together. He's not a guy you would want to hang out with. He'd probably tell you that. That's not his deal. "We're close. ... But I don't talk about wins and losses, who is playing quarterback, what system we're using. I talk to him about personnel. He's very, very good at that." Gundy was then asked whether Holder or Pickens have given him a timetable to turn things around. "I've heard Mr. Pickens tell Coach Holder that we should see the team improving," Gundy said. "The funny thing about Mr. Pickens is he will tell you can't always dictate that in sports by wins and losses. "Where is the team at? How do they compete? Do they play hard? How did they compete against a top 5 team? How did they play against another team? How is the attitude of the team? Is the coaching staff there? The overall picture, I think Mr. Pickens has a better view of that than what people realize."
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