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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy named national coach of the year

MIKE GUNDY — The Oklahoma State football coach wins the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award after leading the Cowboys to their first outright conference football title in school history.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Modified: December 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm •  Published: December 15, 2011

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has accomplished a series of historical feats under Mike Gundy in 2011.

First outright conference title. First trip to a BCS bowl game.

And Thursday, Gundy became the first OSU recipient of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, as voted on by the Football Writers Association of America.

“What an honor to be recognized with the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award,” Gundy said in a release. “We've had a tremendous year at Oklahoma State, winning the Big 12 and earning our first-ever trip to a BCS bowl. It's a testament to our players and our coaching staff that we are in the position that we are in. I want to thank the Football Writers Association of America for recognizing our team in this way.”

Gundy, who will be presented with the award at a reception on Jan. 8 in New Orleans, beat out Michigan’s Brady Hoke, LSU’s Les Miles, Kansas State’s Bill Snyder and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney for the honor.

OSU started the season 10-0 and climbed as high as No. 2 in the BCS standings before its double-overtime loss to Iowa State on Nov. 18. The Cowboys just missed out on playing for the national title, finishing less than nine thousandths of a point behind No. 2 Alabama in the final BCS rankings. OSU’s 11 wins in 2011 ties the school record set last year, and the Cowboys can capture a program-best 12th victory against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.

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