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By John Helsley Modified: September 24, 2007 at 2:56 pm •  Published: September 24, 2007
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Mike Gundy offered no regrets Monday for his Saturday night outburst, other than to say he wishes he would have taken it further.

Gundy, defiant at times during the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference, fielded several questions from reporters concerning his postgame response to a Saturday column by The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson detailing the reasons quarterback Bobby Reid may have lost his job.

"Wish I would have said more,” Gundy said. "Tired of certain people downgrading college athletes who are good people. If you want to comment on his play, comment on his play.

"But don't comment on something that's outside of his play that is downgrading or belittling to a young man who is trying to do things right and he has to get splashed all over the newspaper in the state of Oklahoma. And on a game day.”

Most of the 10-minute question-and-answer session with Gundy focused on his postgame press conference, not his team or upcoming games or Saturday's wild 49-45 win over Texas Tech. Questions came both regionally and nationally, with the back-and-forth often strained.

ESPN's Joe Schad asked Gundy to expand on his stance that college athletes should be spared criticism.

"Did you see the press conference,” Gundy said, before Schad repeated his question. "I'm asking if you saw the press conference?”

Schad: "Yes.”

Gundy: "That pretty much answered that question, didn't it?”

Asked if his postgame rant, which included no talk of the game, might have overshadowed what his players accomplished in such an important win, Gundy stood by his actions.

"I hate that for the players,” he said, "but it's more important that a young man having a difficult time, going through a change where he's been moved to second team and another player's been moved to first team, and then for a person to take a cheap shot at him and belittle him in the public eye… I thought it was more important that somebody take up for the player who couldn't stand up for himself.”

Gundy said he's received considerable support from other coaches in the form of phone calls and e-mails.

"I've been bombed with them,” Gundy said.

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