“Well-earned. When you take us places we've never gone before. When you add he's one of the outstanding players we've ever had, got a degree from Oklahoma State, it doesn't get any better.”
No doubt about that. Gundy's playing career at OSU was quite memorable. The all-time leading passer in Big Eight history, quarterback of two straight 10-win seasons. Now Gundy has recruited himself off the pedestal of greatest Cowboy QB ever (welcome aboard, Brandon Weeden) and has delivered OSU its greatest season ever.
“Mike Gundy is truly one of us,” said OSU graduate Cory Clark of Stillwater. “I think it is one thing to have an alumni as a coach and that is great, but it is another to have an alumni as a coach that can do what Mike Gundy has done plus at such a young age.”
Gundy is 45; fresh off a contract negotiation that resulted in an eight-year deal worth $30.3 million, he figures to be in the OSU saddle for years to come.
Already, Gundy is just three victories shy of matching Pat Jones' OSU record. Gundy is 59-30 in seven seasons. Jones was 62-60-3 in 11 seasons.
The Cowboys lost Jimmy Johnson to Miami U. and Les Miles to LSU. But now the OSU job is much better than it was in those days, thanks to Boone Pickens. Gundy's being paid handsomely, he has the tools to win big and he's doing just that. For an adoring fan base.
“I think he's fabulous,” said Cromwell. “I like his honesty. I like his confidence. I like his passion. I have so much confidence in his coaching staff. Early on, he kept losing coordinators, and every time he'd replace ‘em with someone better.”