Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Sunday that he was thrilled OSU’s did not have a bye this week, because the only way to erase the feeling of the 59-38 loss at Arizona was to get right back on the field.
It’s a different situation from the last time OSU suffered a loss, when, after Iowa State upset the No. 2 Cowboys, the schedule followed with an open week over Thanksgiving before Bedlam. In that case, Gundy welcomed the November bye to allow his players recover physically and mentally late in the season, and regroup after the tragic plane crash that killed women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and school supporters Olin and Paula Branstetter.
“Everybody was just beaten down,” Gundy said. “Two, we were at a point in the season where we were fatigued. I’ve always liked having an open date late in the season, because you’re tired. The kids are tired.
“If you handle it right way as a coach–give them a break and get them out of here for four or five days–they’ll come back here fresh, not only physically, but mentally.”
Here’s more from Gundy about why he’s happy the Cowboys return play again right away:
“When you played the way we played, you want to get out as quick as possible, so you can get through the misery. The only solution to what happened last Saturday is to go play again. We practice, and we will. As a coach, we can come up here and stay at work and grind and you make yourself feel better, because you sit up here and you work hard and you’re in your office and you close your door and you try not to get out there in public and let people tell you you stink. Aand you go play Saturday and you feel better. I would have hated to have done it for two weeks.
“I want Calvin Barnett to play again and go play hard and not to stupid things. I’m looking forward to that. I want to see us function on offense like we can. I get excited about things like that. I want to see our special teams play the way they’re supposed to play and not have (three penalties). Those things are energizing for me as a coach.”