don't know how his wife (Evi) lives with him. He's always been that way.”
Associate coach Joe DeForest said, "Troop's full speed. He's like the Energizer Bunny. He never stops. He's full speed ahead all the time.”
Trooper proudly accepted the title of most hyped.
"I don't do the Red Bull,” Trooper said, taking a playful jab at Gundy. "I guess it's legal. They haven't banned it yet. I'm on the red Kool-Aid. I grew up drinking that, so that isn't going to change. But I'm also juiced up on life.”
One thing 100-degree temperatures will do is weed out the pretenders. Staying hyped under treacherous conditions is too draining to the disingenuous.
"When you have a passion for the game, it just comes naturally,” Trooper said. "If coaching is something you have to get motivated to do, you're probably faking it, and kids will read right through that.”
The most hyped player?
"I'd have to go with (junior wideout) Jeremy Broadway,” said Trooper, who is Broadway's position coach. "He's usually talking the whole time. He'll hustle from one drill to the next, and he knows better to talk the talk and not walk the walk.”
Gundy turns 41 on Aug. 12 and is in remarkable shape. He looks like he could still play quarterback, assuming he could beat Zac Robinson, which he probably could for maybe one more season.
"I just had a full cardio exam, a full MRI. I did the whole nine yards and I was clean," Gundy said. "So you can say, ‘Hey, I'm good. I'm clean. So I can drink whatever I want.' "
Perhaps an endorsement deal with Red Bull awaits Gundy. "Hey, I'll take it,” he said.
Based on Gundy's amassed product intake, that could be a quite lucrative contract, given that Red Bull doesn't come cheap.
In terms of overall compensation, a Red Bull deal would boost Gundy from a tie for 10th among Big 12 coaches in annual salary ($1.05 million) and closer to the Bob Stoops neighborhood ($3.53ish million).
Would Gundy have trouble giving up Red Bull cold turkey?
"Nah,” he said quickly, before adding, "just don't ask me to give it up.”
Gundy playfully twitched his head to the right some more.