My beat partner John Helsley wrote a great story about how the dominoes fell the right way to get Mike Gundy back to Oklahoma State as the offensive coordinator, and eventually the head coach. Now, Gundy’s next victory will make him the all-time winningest coach in program history.
How do Gundy’s current players feel about being a part of that milestone?
Good, once they were made aware of it.
Linebacker Alex Elkins said he only first heard about Gundy’s chance to overtake Pat Jones’ 62 career wins when it was brought up to him by a media member on Monday. That’s because Gundy has never addressed the personal accomplishment with the team.
“I would love to be a contributing factor to that, that achievement, that mile mark for him,” Elkins said. “I think that’s great, but up until this point, I did not know (he’s about to break the record). I guess that’s just a little extra motivation for us this week to practice a little harder.
“I’ll have to relay that to my team. I’m sure they probably didn’t know that.”
Gundy certainly doesn’t mind that his players don’t know about it.
“I usually forget about it every couple days myself,” Gundy said. “We’re just trying to find a way to move the ball and score points and stop people. We’ve got other things going on. I’m happy for the team, I’m happy for the school and I’m happy we’re having success.”