What Oklahoma State fans are saying about Mike Gundy

by Gina Mizell Published: December 15, 2012
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Dallas Gibson, Lewisville, Texas, former OSU student: “My perception of Coach Gundy really hasn't changed in the last few weeks. Would I have been upset had he left for Tennessee or Arkansas? Absolutely, simply because the way the season ended. If he would have left it would have been almost like abandonment. I think the main reason he was contemplating the offers at Tennessee and Arkansas was simply to get more power over his program. Nothing more.”

Colin Johnston, 23, Tulsa, OSU graduate and season-ticket holder: “(Gundy is) the 10th-highest paid coach in the country. He doesn't need to emulate Todd Graham. I want him to stay, but I really don't want to deal with this every offseason.”

Jordan Winders, 29, Tulsa, OSU season-ticket holder: “When Mike Gundy got the job, I knew it was perfect because I knew he would be the one to stay for the long haul and not leave like the rest (Johnson, Miles) … He said it was his ‘New York Yankees job.' Now act like it.”

Aaron Schnautz, 21, Broken Arrow, OSU student: “When it comes to Gundy, I think people have to realize that he has the right to look around at better jobs … I don't think Gundy has to explain what he is doing to the fan base, just to Holder and Pickens and (OSU president Burns) Hargis.”

Temo Ibarra, 29, Duncan, OSU graduate: “I have lost a sense of (Gundy's) loyalty to our alma mater. You don't go interviewing for jobs you aren't interested in. If you do, don't make it so relevant where everybody knows you are doing it. I also don't know how committed he is to OSU.”

Gregory Buck, 55, Oklahoma City, OSU graduate: “Gundy was just using the opening at Arkansas and Tennessee to feel out what his worth would be if he ever needed to leave OSU. He had no desire to leave. Probably the drawn out contract negotiations had something to do in causing him to explore his options. Plus he got the added benefit of poking Holder a little. He was never intent on leaving, but it is always good to know your market worth.”

Kirk Williams, 43, Broken Arrow, OSU graduate: “I understand there are a number of OSU fans and alumni that are upset with Gundy for signing a sizable contract last year and then considering other jobs this year. I understand their viewpoint, and somewhat agree with it. But you can't blame a guy for listening. My issue is more with Holder. I think he's in over his head.”

Lane Pennington, Tulsa, OSU graduate: “We're fortunate to have Gundy and Holder at OSU. But until Gundy removes the huge chip from his shoulder, whether caused by Oklahoma or Holder's success, we will not succeed in establishing a football program with a national championship attitude in the likes of Mack Brown or Bob Stoops.”

Jerry Peters, 62, Corona, Calif., OSU graduate: “Bottom line, this has soured me on Gundy. I will continue to support him as long as he's the OSU coach, but I will have a hard time putting him on the pedestal that he was once on … It's like what Bing Crosby said in the classic movie White Christmas. ‘I think the white knight has falling of his charger.' Well, I think our ‘White Knight' has fallen off his charger, and, for me, he will never get back up there. I'll never be able to look at him the same. I will now wonder each year if he's going to hang around.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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