Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy poised to match his coach's record win total

OSU at Kansas — A win Saturday in Lawrence will give Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy his 62nd career victory, tying him with his former coach Pat Jones for the school record.
by Gina Mizell Published: October 12, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Pat Jones has thought little about the end to his reign as Oklahoma State's all-time winningest football coach.

It's something he and Mike Gundy, Jones' former player and pupil, haven't really discussed.

But Gundy could record his 62nd career victory as OSU's head coach Saturday afternoon against Kansas, which would tie the win total Jones compiled from 1984-94.

And Jones admits that if anyone is going to surpass his mark, he's glad it's Gundy.

“It would probably irritate me a little bit, if I told the truth, if it were somebody probably outside, that was not associated with us,” Jones said. “I probably wouldn't have said it, but it probably would have.

“But this here is just kind of almost like Mike has almost inherited the thing, really. The torch has been passed.”

Gundy has become a lauded figure in Stillwater, turning OSU into a prominent national program that put together its best season in school history in 2011 with its first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl win. But before that, Gundy was the slinging quarterback for Jones' 1980S teams that featured Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas and Hart Lee Dykes.

And since then, Jones and Gundy have stayed in each other's lives.

Jones saw a personality and dedication in Gundy as a player that made him believe the quarterback could someday become a coach. He hired Gundy as an assistant straight out of college, then promoted him to offensive coordinator in 1994. Jones also played a role in helping Gundy get assistant jobs at Baylor and Maryland. And Jones truly believed Gundy had what it took to become a head coach when he returned to Stillwater as the offensive coordinator under Les Miles in 2001.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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