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Oklahoma State football: Relationship between Mike Gundy, Mike Holder is fractured

COMMENTARY — OSU coach is not pleased with his athletic director, causing Gundy to flirt with SEC jobs.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 5, 2012 at 10:10 am •  Published: December 4, 2012

/articleid/3734681/1/pictures/1900080">Photo - WEATHER DELAY: Oklahoma State's Mike Holder and head coach Mike Gundy talk on the field during rain delay at a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane (TU) at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
WEATHER DELAY: Oklahoma State's Mike Holder and head coach Mike Gundy talk on the field during rain delay at a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane (TU) at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Who convinced the OSU brass to interview Gundy for the head coaching job 12 years ago, when Gundy was all of 33 years old, and instruct Les Miles to add Gundy to his staff.

And Holder and Gundy have this common ground: an unquestioned passion for OSU.

“If you can ever find the common ground and unite people behind the common vision…” said an OSU source. “You can't be playing like kids in the sandbox. Gotta man up, work through your differences.”

Gundy wants veto power over nonconference scheduling. But sources say he has other issues, too, from recruiting logistics to constantly being told no about small things.

“I sensed the last year or so, Mike's been unhappy with Holder,” said the source close to Gundy. “I didn't know he was bucking Mike that much. Mike lets that stuff roll off his back pretty good. Apparently it has gotten that way.”

Of course, Gundy has his communication problems, too. An OSU source said that while Tennessee contacted Holder about talking to Gundy, Arkansas did not — and Gundy didn't inform his superiors. That's bad form.

And Holder has talked with Gundy about the scheduling issue. Talking with your boss can be like answered prayers.

Sometimes the answer is no.

Would Gundy really consider taking a job where it's tougher to win, where he's not the conquering hero, in part because he doesn't want to play Mississippi State (2013 opener) or even Florida State (possible 2014 opener) on neutral fields?

It makes no sense. Stop flirting with places you don't want to be, and start working on the place you do.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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