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The Red Raiders' football fortunes have not been the same since the departure of Mike Leach. The same might happen if Mike Gundy left the Cowboys.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm •  Published: December 16, 2012
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photo -   FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2009, file photo, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talks with his team during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Lubbock, Texas. The nasty voicemails and emails don't weigh on Adam James anymore. And he doesn't care if people view him as a pariah, the guy who brought an end to the high-flying Mike Leach era at Texas Tech. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2009, file photo, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talks with his team during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Lubbock, Texas. The nasty voicemails and emails don't weigh on Adam James anymore. And he doesn't care if people view him as a pariah, the guy who brought an end to the high-flying Mike Leach era at Texas Tech. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes, File)

“And I think you'd have to say I've made some good decisions.”

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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