STILLWATER — With No. 1 LSU's victory in Tuscaloosa Saturday night and Oklahoma State's ascent to No. 2 in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings, a matchup between former Cowboy coach Les Miles and his replacement, Mike Gundy, in the national title game is a very real possibility.
How would Gundy feel about facing his predecessor at OSU, and former boss, for the national championship?
“If he's there, I sure I hope I get the chance,” said Gundy, who was Miles' offensive coordinator when he was at OSU.
While Gundy has taken the Cowboys to unprecedented heights during his seven-year tenure at his alma mater, Miles has widely been credited with starting the rise of the OSU football program when he was hired more than a decade ago. And on Monday, Gundy reflected on what Miles meant to OSU.
“He kind of got the ball rolling here,” Gundy said. “I was fortunate enough to take his place and then (was) able to keep it going from that point on. Everybody needs to be thankful for what he did here, in my opinion.”
When Miles arrived in Stillwater in 2000, he inherited a team coming off a 3-8 season that lacked talent. To make up for that, Miles preached grit and toughness with practices that often lasted longer than three hours and built a power offense that utilized tight ends and fullbacks.
“He came in here and said, ‘OK, here's how we're going to take some players who are pretty average, and by being tougher than everybody else, we're going to win enough games to where they start to think we can win,'” Gundy said. “And then, we should be able to recruit better players.