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OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy would vote for Missouri's Gary Pinkel as Coach of the Year

Gundy has been impressed with Mizzou's 11-2 record and SEC East title, calling it “one of the best stories for turnaround seasons.”
by John Helsley Published: December 12, 2013
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With Missouri now in the SEC, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has watched the Tigers' 2013 surprise season from afar.

Still, he's been impressed with Mizzou's 11-2 record and SEC East title, calling it “one of the best stories for turnaround seasons.” So while filling out a ballot for one of the national coach of the year awards, Gundy's pick went to Missouri coach 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. That came after the Tigers finished 5-7 a year ago, with just two wins in the SEC.

OPPONENT WATCH: MISSOURI'S SAM EARNS HONOR

OSU ranks as the Big 12's best in protecting the quarterback, allowing just 10 sacks in 12 games.

The Cowboys' Cotton Bowl matchup with Missouri could present a challenge.

Tigers senior Michael Sam has 10 1/2 sacks on his own.

Sam, who leads the SEC in sacks and tackles for losses (18), was named the conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of the league's coaches. He shares the honor with Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

As a team, the Tigers have 38 sacks on the season for 217 yards in losses. Their 2.92 sacks per game average ranks 13th nationally.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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