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Head coach enjoys strategy, running offense

By Andrea Cohen Modified: August 26, 2008 at 1:42 am •  Published: August 26, 2008
STILLWATER — When Mike Gundy first took over as Oklahoma State's head coach, he moved out of the offensive meeting room and into his office. Administrative and personnel tasks seemed to take up all of his time that first year. The former quarterback, position coach and offensive coordinator, as he put it, "missed football.”

Gundy eased back in, first taking over the quarterbacks in 2006. Monday, he announced that he will be all-in calling plays this season.

Gundy called the plays in OSU's 49-33 win in the Insight Bowl after offensive coordinator Larry Fedora left for Southern Mississippi. Since then, he has gone back and forth trying to decide if he wanted to keep the play-calling responsibilities.

In the end, his decision came down to two factors.

First, he said, OSU's no-huddle offense essentially runs itself.

"The way our system's run, (play-calling) is really overrated,” Gundy said. "Now, the system Larry brought in here is a very good system and we believe in it, and Larry's a good football coach and a good play-caller. I'm not taking anything away from him or the way it was.”

Second, Gundy enjoys it.

"It's enjoyable for me to be in the room with (the offensive coaches) during the week, and the strategy that goes into it is the funnest part as a coach,” Gundy said. "Being in my office and dealing with all the other issues is not fun. Going in there and coaching offense is fun.”

Gundy said a lot of the disciplinary and academic issues that ate up his time early on are more resolved, freeing him up to run the offense.

"We're a little farther along as a group,” he said.

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