Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy chooses not to alter practice schedule

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy says he doesn't want to risk fatigue by sneaking in a practice before Friday's game against Iowa State.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 14, 2011
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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.”

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