OSU notebook: Pat Jones says Mike Gundy wears captain's hat well

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: December 5, 2010 at 8:14 pm •  Published: December 5, 2010
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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.

“The thing about being a head coach, the head coach is the captain of the ship,” said former Cowboys coach and current Fox analyst Pat Jones. “Everybody 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.

“And that wears on people. But Mike has handled it well.”

BUILDING RESPECT

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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