Student (Mike Gundy) vs. the mentor (Les Miles)? It's possible

Cowboys in line to face LSU Tigers in BCS title game
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: November 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm •  Published: November 7, 2011

“He was smart enough to realize that some of the guys that we had here may not be as good as what we think we need, but if we are tougher than (opponents), we can pound this thing out and win enough games and kind of get it rolling.”

And Gundy and Miles spent every day together, collaborating on the offensive game plan. Gundy handled the passing game; Miles the running game and plays in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

“We argued all week over this and that,” Gundy said. “And then on Saturday, we'd go out and have fun and we'd score points.”

After three winning seasons in four years, Miles left for LSU and Gundy has continued to elevate the OSU program. Gundy said he maintains a good relationship with Miles, though the two rarely talk during the season.

Today, LSU and OSU play very different styles of football. But Gundy said he still holds onto many of the lessons he learned under Miles. He watched Miles come up with a solid plan for the OSU program and not look back no matter what, and Gundy has adopted the same overall approach.

“Even though the cover of the book may be different, the inside is very similar,” Gundy said.


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