Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had no gripes about the Cowboys’ No. 14 spot in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll released Thursday, noting that ranking teams at this time of year is largely a guessing game.
“There’s been a lot of talk about eliminating polls until Week 5 or whatever,” Gundy said. “That’s not going to happen, because there’s too many magazines to be sold in June in July. But I think we know a lot more after the first month, we really know who’s kind of established themselves and deserves to be there.
“Where you fall right now, I’m not sure. I think we have enough returning starters for people across the country that vote to have recognized us to have a chance to be a quality team. The rest is you have to stay healthy and the kids got to make a commitment.”
Gundy is voting in the poll for the first time since 2005, his first season as the head coach at OSU. He said he ranked the Cowboys in the 12-16 range and acknowledged he sometimes seeks help from Kevin Klintworth, the school’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communication, or Gavin Lang, the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, when filling out his ballot.
Gundy also assured that he voted based on what he thought was fair, rather than trying to bump up the Big 12. He added that he takes the responsibility seriously enough that he completely opted out of voting the seasons he was also calling plays for the Cowboys, because he didn’t feel he would have enough time to follow the rest of of the country and be a qualified participant.
“I put together that list (this year) based on the way I think it’s best and don’t favor anybody in our conference,” he said. “Because that’s not what our responsibility is. Our responsibility is to vote the way that you’re supposed to vote.
“Sometimes, you’ll have a (situation) where I’ll say, ‘Well, I don’t know who should be 15 or 16 here,’ Gundy said. “(Lang or Klintworth) may say, ‘Well, we think this school should be there,’ and I’ll go with it.”