As Mike Gundy steers toward the 2010 football season, he finds himself in a unique position to reinvigorate his longstanding love affair with Cowboys fans, even those who might have strayed.
From the moment he took the field as a true freshman quarterback in 1986, Gundy has spiked the emotions of Oklahoma State's faithful. As a player. As an assistant coach. As head coach. The bond has run strong... for the most part. And yet, as with all relationships, there can be times when love is strained. So it was for some OSU fans, who grew critical — however misguided — concerning two aspects of Gundy's coaching: play-calling and perceived defensive indifference. Time to let it go, folks. Not that you have much of a choice. Gundy no longer pulls the offensive trigger, transferring his play-calling duties over to new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen. And, as a result, he'll no longer need to park himself on that sideline "thinking tank,” conjuring up the next offensive series of strategy while the defense does its work on the field.