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Mike Gundy's pick for Coach of the Year? Missouri's Gary Pinkel

Gina Mizell Modified: December 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm •  Published: December 12, 2013

BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

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.