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OSU's Mike Gundy disappointed Big 12 rivalries could go away

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: September 19, 2011

Oklahoma State became the latest Big 12 school to schedule a special board of regents meeting to discuss conference realignment.

OSU coach Mike Gundy's feelings on the matter have not changed — he wants to keep the Big 12 together. And he admitted during Monday's press conference that he is mostly kept out of the loop when it comes to conference realignment talk.

“I don't know, really, what's going on,” Gundy said. “I only trust the people that are making the decisions are doing it for the right reasons. At some point, maybe all this will clear up and at least we can talk about football and we can let this go, but there's a lot happening.”

The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday at OSU's ConocoPhillips Alumni Center in Stillwater to “consider matters relating to athletic conference membership,” according to a statement from the school.

Gundy said he would be most disappointed to see the Big 12 rivalries go away. The No. 6 Cowboys' contest against No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday provides the perfect example, as this weekend will probably be the last time the two teams face each other as conference foes.

“I just hate that there could be teams that have traditionally been in this part of the country — been in the Big 8, been in the Big 12, in the Southwest Conference, been in this league — that may not have anywhere to go that are good football teams,” Gundy said. “Then, there are other teams that are in this geographical location that may be way out of here, to a certain extent.”

Here's what else Gundy had to say during Monday's press conference.

On what he took away from the Tulsa game:

“I thought we played pretty well in the first half. We didn't play very well against the run throughout the game — we were soft. So you take that part and put it aside. Other than that, we played pretty well. And then in the second part of the third quarter and the fourth quarter, guys just went through the motions. Grades of the players were considerably better in the first half than they were in the second half.”

On OSU's run defense, which gave up 365 yards against TU, facing Texas A&M next:

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