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Mike Gundy: Repetitive questions, 'worn out' players caused media shutout

MIKE BALDWIN Modified: August 31, 2009 at 2:49 pm •  Published: August 31, 2009

Some suggest this could be Oklahoma State's biggest season opener in decades. Possibly ever.

There's been so much talk about the No. 9 Cowboys opening against No. 13 Georgia that coach Mike Gundy shut his team off from the media last week.

"We had (interviews) open for 16 days in a row that the questions became so repetitive," Gundy said Monday during the weekly Big 12 teleconference. "It was the same things over and over. There was such a demand it was taking up the players' time. I felt players were kind of getting worn out.

"I thought, 'We'll just stop it until we get to the week of the game' just to give the players a chance to stay focused and not get caught up answering the same questions."

Gundy recently was at a Walmart with his oldest son late one night. Everybody was buzzing about the game.

"That's good. There's a lot of excitement in the community," Gundy said. "But you always worry about that as a coach. I think our players are mature enough to practice well and stay focused and disciplined. But it affects you. It just does.

"There's been more coverage, more talk and excitement as there's ever been since I've been around. It goes all the way back to the mid-'80s. It can factor in. You just hope that when you kick it off that everything will settle down and guys will go out and play hard."

So much has been placed on the outcome on the day OSU officially dedicates its new stadium that Gundy was asked if he's concerned the Bulldogs' one advantage is they've had more experience with big games.

"I've never been in this situation where we've had this much national attention and gotten the program to this level," Gundy said. "It's new for me. I do worry about it. But I don't know what we can do about it other than to practice hard and staff focused as a staff."

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