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As assistants at Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy and Josh Henson discussed spread offense

by Gina Mizell Modified: January 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm •  Published: January 1, 2014
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Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy answers questions from reporters during the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic media day on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.   Missouri will play Oklahoma State in the annual bowl game on Friday. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy answers questions from reporters during the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic media day on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Missouri will play Oklahoma State in the annual bowl game on Friday. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Mike Gundy and Josh Henson will be on opposite sidelines Friday night, but for years, they were allies in the offensive room at OSU.

During the Les Miles era in Stillwater, Gundy was the offensive coordinator and Henson was the tight ends coach, and they had very similar ideas about offense.
Not that everyone agreed, though.

“We had a lot of discussions of what he and I thought would be productive some day in college football that would go on deaf ears with Les because it didn’t involve two tight ends and a fullback,” Gundy said, chuckling. “We joke about that now.

“I say that very respectfully; I think everybody knows how I feel about Coach Miles. I think he’s a terrific coach, very intelligent offensive mind.”

But Miles’ idea of offense was more power.

Gundy and Henson’s idea? Spread ‘em out and go deep.

“We felt like we had pretty good personnel with three or four wide receivers,” Henson said, referring to a group that included Rashaun Woods. “But you have to be who you are in this job. I know that sounds so cliché, but that’s not who Les Miles was.”


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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