Unlike many fans, OSU players weren't hanging on every word that came out of the media regarding talk of Gundy leaving for Arkansas or Tennessee earlier this month.
Some said they were oblivious to it all. Others said they were aware of it but not greatly concerned by it.
“It's not like Coach Gundy signed a contract with me that he was gonna be my head coach the entire time,” senior Cooper Bassett said. “It's a business. He's got a family — kids and a wife — other people he has to make happy, and he's got to make himself happy.
“I was thrilled to see he's gonna be here, and when I come back as an alum, when I'm an old has-been, I hope he's still the coach because he's done great things here.”
GUNDY PLEASED WITH PRACTICE
The body language of his players pleased Gundy in Friday's practice, considering that the team had its sights set on a bigger bowl than the Heart of Dallas.
Friday's workout was the team's first since completing final exams.
“Their attitude and body language was really good, which is important,” Gundy said. “I think the way they practiced today, they understand the importance of wanting to be in a game and wanting to be in a bowl game to compete.
“The weather was great. It could be just that way on game day down there.”
MONKEN MET WITH QUARTERBACKS
Before leaving to become the head coach at Southern Mississippi, Monken held one last meeting with his quarterbacks to tell them personally of his decision.
“We were glad that he told us up front,” Walsh said. “It's a great deal for him, to be able to further his career and move forward. I think I speak for all of us to say that we're really happy for him and we wish him the best of luck.”
By John Helsley, Berry Tramel and Scott Wright