Mike Gundy’s last stop on the ESPN campus was First Take, the conversational sports commentary show that airs every morning. Gundy visited with host Jay Crawford to close out a busy two-day experience at ESPN that could have been even busier.
Gundy learned on Monday that a few stops on his tour had been canceled, including a live appearance in studio on the Mike and Mike in the Morning show, arguably the most popular program on ESPN Radio, and the only one Gundy said he was familiar with before his trip. "I usually go to work pretty early in the morning and they’re already on,” Gundy said. In all, Gundy says there’s no way to put a price tag on the value of the two-day trip, which put the Oklahoma State football program in front of countless recruits and fans. After Monday’s hectic round of live and taped appearances on television, radio and the Internet, Gundy finished off the trip with a quick stop by the First Take studio, where Crawford quizzed him on a few different topics. Here are some of Gundy’s responses: →On the Big 12-Southeastern Conference comparison: "The Big 12 gets a lot of publicity with the offenses. I think it’s been unusual the last few years. We’ve had some terrific quarterbacks in our league that have a lot of experience. The style of play on offense has been scoring a lot of points. "There’s not as much talk about the defense. The SEC, there’s a lot of talk about the defense. The defenses in the Big 12, I think, have to move and play a little bit faster. I think the debate’s gonna go on.” →On comparing himself to current OSU quarterback Zac Robinson, and comparing Gundy’s 1988 team to the present Pokes: "I don’t think there’s any question Zac Robinson is a better player.