In his first year as Oklahoma State's football coach in 2005, Mike Gundy wore his stress on his sleeve as the Cowboys struggled to a 4-7 finish that featured but one Big 12 win.
That was OSU's last losing season, with Gundy treading unchartered waters with a fifth straight bowl appearance and a nod as Big 12 Coach of the Year. Clearly, Gundy has grown comfortable in the job.
â€œThe thing about being a head coach, the head coach is the captain of the ship,â€ said former Cowboys coach and current Fox analyst Pat Jones. â€œEverybody in that building is going to play off the head coach. Every time he walks down the hall or into the training room or the weight room or a staff meeting, basically you're responsible for the morale of the entire building from the support staff to the secretaries and assistant coaches and the players.
â€œAnd that wears on people. But Mike has handled it well.â€
Maybe Marshall Moses was channeling ghosts of the The Palestra past with his big day at the grand old basketball arena: 30 points and 18 rebounds in OSU's 92-87 win over La Salle.
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