With Missouri now in the SEC, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has watched the Tigers’ 2013 surprise season from afar.
Still, Gundy been impressed with Mizzou’s 11-2 record and SEC East title, calling it “one of the best stories for turnaround seasons.” Earlier this season, he specifically complimented quarterback James Franklin, who still looked like a young player the last time he faced the Cowboys as a sophomore in 2011 but has matured into a solid signal-caller for the Tigers.
And while filling out a ballot for one of the various national Coach of the Year Awards, Gundy’s pick was Missouri’s Gary Pinkel.
“Coach Pinkel has been there a long time and built a steady program,” Gundy said “…I thought he was very deserving of the award.”
Missouri, like OSU, was one game away from playing in a BCS Bowl — the national title game, actually — before losing to Auburn 59-42 in the SEC championship game.