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Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy talks wacky sideline habits

by Gina Mizell Published: October 25, 2012

It’s pretty well-documented that TCU coach Gary Patterson has a habit of constantly pulling up his pants and tying his shoes on the sideline.

Check out this video of former Horned Frogs’ quarterback Andy Dalton imitating his old coach:

During the television broadcast of TCU’s triple-overtime loss to Texas Tech, Patterson’s behavior was fully on display. And Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy admitted he noticed the shoe tying when asked during Monday’s press conference if he had any superstitions or nervous habits.

“I’ve never really watched TCU play an entire game (until last week), because they weren’t in our league, and I just didn’t,” Gundy said. “…I thought whoever that equipment manager is, they’ve got to get him some shoestrings that stay tied.

“I was going to give him a hard time, but you spilled the beans there on me.”

Back to the original question: Does Gundy have any wacky sideline rituals?

“I flip my (headset) switch on and off if I get tired of hearing (offensive coordinator Todd) Monken cuss,” Gundy said. “I go to the other deal, because (defensive coordinator) Bill Young’s just as calm as all, and it’s peaceful for me. Then I flip it back and forth.”

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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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