When Mike Gundy took the stage at the Oklahoma State caravan stop Tuesday night at the Bricktown Events Center, he received the second-loudest cheer of the evening.
The only louder roar from the packed house was when the OSU football coach exited the stage with an enthusiastic "Go Pokes!”
Heading into his fourth year as the Cowboys' head coach, Gundy still breathes as much excitement into fans as he did when he was setting Big Eight Conference records as the team's quarterback in the mid-1980s.
"That's how he was as a player,” said Fred James, who says he has missed only eight OSU home games in 48 years. "He got us fired up when he was playing.
"Now, he has all of us excited about what he's doing with the team up there.”
Gundy lit up the room Tuesday night. His personality shows most at events like the caravan stops when he can be himself — loose, funny and energetic.
"I always enjoy these,” Gundy said before taking the stage Tuesday. "This is about my third one of these in five days. I just enjoy getting out and being around the Oklahoma State people and answering their questions.”
When one fan asked about the potential for winning championships — both conference and national — in the future, Gundy told him: "It can happen and it will happen.