Pros and cons: Why OSU football coach Mike Gundy might be on the hot seat

Lack of success against OU and Texas hurts him. Four straight bowls are a positive
By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: August 15, 2010 at 10:10 am •  Published: August 14, 2010

Three reasons Mike Gundy could be on the hot seat

Gundy has not beaten Oklahoma or Texas: Gundy is 0-10 against the two Big 12 powers during his five-year tenure at OSU. In order for OSU to begin competing for championships, Gundy must consistently compete with — and sometimes beat — those two teams.

Great facilities mean higher expectations: Recruits often comment about how terrific OSU's facilities are. Those facilities represent the commitment to football at OSU, and with that commitment come expectations of success.

This is America: Which means nobody cares what you have done in the past, all that matters is right now and the future. Major donor Boone Pickens and other Cowboy fans want to compete for championships now, and patience is waning.

Three reasons Mike Gundy would not be on the hot seat

Four straight bowls: Gundy has led OSU to four straight bowls for the first time in the program's history, including back-to-back nine-win seasons and a Cotton Bowl appearance in 2009.

The overall depth of the program is rising: Gundy and his coaching staff have recruited extremely well. The Cowboys have talented athletes throughout the depth chart and are putting together one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory for 2011.

Stability: Sometimes you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone. Under Gundy, the program has made consistent steps forward toward competing for a championship. Would trying to replace him accelerate that process or impede it?

By Brandon Chatmon