Correct on all counts. This is the golden age of Cowboy football. Did you see the chart I produced in the Sunday Oklahoman? In the last three years, among major-conference teams, OSU is tied for sixth in victories. Over the last five years, OSU ranks seventh. Over the last 10 years, OSU ranks 13th.
Cowboy football is an amazing success story, and Gundy is right. There's plenty of credit to go around.
But with success comes pressure. Pressure and expectations and responsibilities. Working together is mandatory.
Gundy said all the right things Friday. Said that reported friction between he and Holder is overrated, and that while yes, they disagree on scheduling, Gundy understands that Holder has to make decisions for the entire athletic department.
“He pretty much gives me anything I need to have success here,” Gundy said. “When I've needed money for coaches, he's given me money. When we wanted an indoor (facility), he worked to get an indoor. New grass practice fields.”
Even if that's not the way Gundy privately feels — and I don't think it is, completely — it's good to hear him talk like that. But the conciliatory attitude is not all on Gundy.
Holder and Pickens and all the OSU brass must work with Gundy, too. The Cowboys have a great thing going, and they don't want to mess it up. They've got a Big 12 neighbor to use as Exhibit A.
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