STILLWATER — Mike Gundy and the rest of the Oklahoma State coaching staff had a decision to make this week.
They could alter the Cowboys' schedule and turn Monday, normally the players' off day, into a practice day and instead take Saturday off following their Friday night contest at Iowa State. Or they could keep the usual routine and give the players Monday off, which would cause the Cowboys to lose a day of practice before heading to Ames.
Gundy, who is known for his lighter practice regimen, chose the latter. That means OSU will have a normal practice on Tuesday and a shorter workout on Wednesday.
“We have to make decisions based on where we're at as a football team, the health of our football team,” Gundy said. “And we felt like trying to steal an extra practice and maybe fatigue them more than what we would want, it's not worth (it). We'll stay with the routine and go ahead and give them the day off.”
Here's what else Gundy said during Monday's press conference:
On OSU's performance Texas Tech:
“I can't imagine anybody would think they'd be up by (49) points at the half and play so dominating in all three phases. So yes, I think we were surprised. I don't think our players and our coaches were surprised that we played well and won the game, but I don't know that anybody would ever think that you're going to go into a conference game on the road and have that kind of outcome.”
On Brandon Weeden's Heisman buzz:
“Any kind of accolades that come toward Brandon represent our football team and what we've been able to accomplish. He's certainly very well-deserving. He's done everything we've asked him to do and he's been a great leader for us. There's times people doubted his ability, (and he) never said a word. There's games he didn't play in the second half, there's many games he didn't play in the fourth quarter, (and he) never once said, ‘I need more throws, need more touchdown passes.' I'm happy for everything that comes his direction.”
On Iowa State:
“They're in the right spot and they're well-coached and they play hard. They've been in games that some people may have thought they didn't have a chance to win, and then they've won some that people didn't give them a chance on paper to win. Like any other game, we ask our players to respect everybody we play and prepare and go play with great effort. Their approach is different now (with Jared Barnett at quarterback). He's running the ball a little bit more and they're trying to get the ball on the perimeter on some screens.”
On the players' relaxed attitudes:
“I've had concerns about it at times, and then you get to a certain point and you have to let it go. You have to let them play. You have to let them be who they are. You can't change the temperament or chemistry of a team, and I think you see that in all sports, at all levels. You look at teams that have traditionally been very good at our level, or you look at NFL teams that were really, really good, and this year, they can't win any games, well, that's because of the chemistry of their team.