STILLWATER — On Tuesday, the day before Mike Gundy, coaches and their families left for three days at Grand Lake, Oklahoma State's third-year football coach answered some questions about the season ahead.
The Cowboys kick off the year with a road game at Georgia, one of the top non-conference contests of the college football season.
Gundy, in his third season at OSU, talked about the state of the program and the fate of injured receiver Artrell Woods:
Q: What's your reaction to some who have predicted OSU is a sleeper pick to challenge for the Big 12 title this season?
A: For the first time, probably since the '80s, the perception has changed in this region, which is important in recruiting.
Q: Is it realistic to win the Big 12 this year?
A: We have players who can compete in this league. As a coach, player, probably a fan, if I go to a game, and know if we play well we can win that's all you can really ask for.
Q: Even if OSU doesn't win the Big 12 this year, can the Cowboys win Big 12 titles and compile top 10 recruiting classes over the next five to 10 years?
A: Oh, yeah. When we finish these facilities, have surround sound, plush carpet, all the things we're putting in, give players the best things possible, as good as anyone in the country, recruiting will keep getting better. We're already recruiting pretty well. It won't go the other way.
Q: So you feel you can compile recruiting classes similar to Texas'?
A: What I'm talking about has nothing to do with Texas. What we do won't slow them down. But when the facilities are finished, do I think we can compete with anybody and have top 10 recruiting classes? Yes. I don't have any doubts about that. We take great care of the players, treat them right and will offer them the very best. I can't go back and change 50 years of tradition. But I don't care about that.
Q: So where is the program right now?
A: People say we've turned the corner.