Gundy cuts postgame briefing short

Oklahoman Modified: September 23, 2007 at 12:49 am •  Published: September 23, 2007
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Following his team's biggest win of the season, OSU coach Mike Gundy calmly walked into his postgame press conference and announced that he wouldn't be addressing anything football related.

Instead, Gundy began a passionate three-minute, 38-second tirade expressing his displeasure at a Jenni Carlson column about former starting quarterback Bobby Reid that ran in Saturday's edition of The Oklahoman.

"If anybody hasn't read this article,” Gundy began as he held up a copy of the sports page of The Oklahoman, "I think this is worth reading. Three-fourths of this is inaccurate. It's fiction. And this article embarrasses me to be involved with athletics.”

Gundy's voice then began to rise as he defended his player.

"That article had to have been written by a person that doesn't have a child,” Gundy continued. "And has never had a child that has had their heart broken and come home upset and had to deal with a child when he is upset. And kick a person when he's down.

"Here's all that kid did. He goes to class. He's respectful to the media. He's respectful to the public and he's a good kid. And he's not a professional athlete, and he doesn't deserve to be kicked when he's down.”

Gundy left the press conference room immediately after his tirade and didn't field any questions.

Mike Sherman, sports editor of The Oklahoman, said the newspaper stands behind the column and Carlson.

By Darnell Mayberry


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