Oklahoma State notebook: No bowl politicking from Mike Gundy

Gundy said: “They don't really listen. They've got a plan for what they want. The bowl committees are going to try to bring the teams that can sell the tickets and generate the most interest for their bowl, for whatever reason. And that can change year to year.”
by Gina Mizell Published: November 25, 2012

NO BOWL POLITICKING FROM MIKE GUNDY

The bowl selection process is often about politics, with the committees wanting to set up the matchup that will bring the most fans and create the most national buzz.

OSU coach Mike Gundy acknowledged Sunday that there can be some behind-the-scenes discussions between bowls and schools. But the politicking has never come from Gundy himself.

“They don't really listen,” Gundy said of the bowls. “They've got a plan for what they want. The bowl committees are going to try to bring the teams that can sell the tickets and generate the most interest for their bowl, for whatever reason. And that can change year to year.

“I think there is some lobbying that goes on behind the scenes, but it certainly hasn't been with me as a coach. I just don't think they really care what we've got to say as coaches. They've got their own agenda, and they're going to stay with it.”

COWBOYS DROP TO 24 IN AP POLL; FALL OUT OF COACHES POLL

OSU dropped two spots to No. 24 in the latest Associated Press poll and fell out of the USA Today Coaches poll following its 51-48 overtime loss to Oklahoma Saturday in Norman.

The Cowboys, which were previously ranked 21st by the coaches, are the first team receiving votes in that poll.

OSU also fell to 23rd in the most recent BCS standings released Sunday night. Those rankings do not matter for the Cowboys anymore, though, as a team needs to finish in the top 14 of next week's final standings to be eligible for an at-large BCS bowl berth.

FRESHMAN RECEIVER BLAKE WEBB PROVIDING VALUE

It's hard enough for a true freshman to learn one receiver position in the OSU offense and contribute in his first year.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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