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Berry Tramel: Cale Gundy has seen both sides of Bedlam

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 27, 2009 at 8:23 am •  Published: November 27, 2009

Cale Gundy grew up an OU fan. Grew up going to Owen Field.

"If Dad could scrounge tickets, that’s where we went,” said Cale’s brother, Mike.

Cale went on to live the dream. Quarterbacked the Sooners for four years. Returned six short years later as a charter member of Bob Stoops’ coaching staff.

So Cale Gundy has spent 15 years of his life wearing official crimson and spent the first 15 years of his life cheering on crimson.

And while in high school in Midwest City, Cale every autumn Saturday would don ... orange and black.

Wardrobes are easily changed. Blood is not.

Cale still remembers the February Sunday in 1986 when his brother returned from a visit to Stillwater and told the family he was signing with Oklahoma State.

"He said he needed to call coach (Jim) Donnan and coach (Barry) Switzer,” Cale said. "I remember the whole conversation. We were all kind of in shock.

"In hindsight, what a great decision for him.”

Well, yes. Mike Gundy went on to be OSU’s greatest quarterback ever, setting Big Eight passing records. Now he’s working on being OSU’s greatest coach ever, a Bedlam win away from taking the Cowboys to the Fiesta Bowl.

These days, the Gundys are a house not divided by Bedlam, but shared by Bedlam. From 1986-89, it was an OSU house.

"We changed when Mike came home off his visit,” Cale said. "We were Oklahoma State fans. We wore orange and black. Even me.”

The Gundys would go to all the OSU games, home and road, sometimes leaving Saturday morning and sometimes leaving Friday night after Cale’s Midwest City Bombers were finished thrashing a foe.

And those four years gave Cale Gundy a different look at Bedlam, no matter how many years he spends in crimson.

"I’ve seen their side of the program,” Cale said.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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