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Angry Cowboy fans express their dismay

By Andrea Cohen Published: September 18, 2007
STILLWATER — After Friday night's loss at Troy there are a lot of angry Oklahoma State fans out there.

To express its dismay, Cowboy Nation has been calling into radio stations, sending e-mails to the newspapers, posting on message boards. Monday at noon the social networking site, popular among college students, had nearly 100 members in the group "Fire Mike Gundy!!!”

The description of the group? "For all those fans out there who are tired of wasted talent and losing to teams we should roll!!!”

Gundy said Monday that he hasn't heard the roar of discontent.

"I never read the paper, watch TV or get on the Internet,” Gundy said. "When I go to work it's dark, and when I go home it's dark.”

Asked what he would tell frustrated fans, Gundy said, "I tell them they need to come to the games and support the guys who bust their butts every week and play hard.”

That issue seems to be fans' biggest concern: a perceived lack of effort. Athletic director Mike Holder has heard that assertion, but doesn't understand it.

"I find that interesting because I don't sense that and I was on the sideline,” Holder said Monday.

Gundy said he thinks the "coaches coached hard” and the "players gave great effort.” He chalked up the loss to turnovers, bad run defense and a lack of pressure on the passer.

Holder said he received some angry e-mails about the game — "not an inordinate number.”

"They're upset because we lost a ball game,” Holder said.

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