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by Berry Tramel Modified: January 20, 2010 at 8:36 am •  Published: January 20, 2010

In "Terms of Endearment,” the memorable Aurora Greenway tells her philandering son-in-law that she should raise the kids after her dying daughter (his wife) is gone.

"You know, one of the nicest qualities about you is that you recognize your weaknesses,” Aurora tells Flap. "Don’t lose that quality when you need it the most.”

I thought of "Terms” last week when Mike Gundy added offensive guru Dana Holgorsen to the Oklahoma State football staff.

Gundy has been mum on exactly what the hiring means, but if he indeed hands over his offense to Holgorsen, Gundy will have recognized a weakness at a critical time.

The Cowboys need offensive infusion. Infusion of talent, infusion of ideas. The two linchpins of OSU’s recent offensive success — Larry Fedora and Zac Robinson — both are gone.

If Gundy is ready to make an offensive shift, now is the time. No Robinson at quarterback. No Dez Bryant at flanker. New offensive line in 2010. OSU’s offense was going to undergo a makeover of some sort any way; now’s the time to go extreme.

This is not an indictment of Gundy’s offensive acumen. Gundy ran the OSU offense in 2008, when for good reason it was spectacular, and he ran the OSU offense in 2009, when for good reason it was not.

Basically firing himself as offensive coordinator does not mean Gundy can’t coach. Probably means the opposite. Handing the reins to Holgorsen would be a sign of head-coach maturity, a sign that Gundy is willing to put the program ahead of ego, pride and personal enjoyment.

Gundy loves to coach offense. Whenever he’s addressed being his own offensive coordinator — not in title, but in truth — the first thing he always mentions is how much he enjoys it.

by Berry Tramel
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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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