USA Today did a fantastic piece on Gundy – with some interesting details.
During a visit in his office at Boone Pickens Stadium last spring, the coach pointed out the window at Gallagher-Iba Arena, which houses the athletic department’s administrative offices.
“People get mad at me about something all the time,” he said. “The people in this building right over there? Hell, they stay mad at me 24/7. They’ll eventually run me off. They’ll get tired of me and run me off. But it is what it is.”
That prospect seems much less likely after that contract extension and raise last month, and what appears to be a thawing in those key relationships. [USA Today]
And here he is confirming the marketing genius:
“The people I’m targeting, 17-, 18-year-olds, that gets their attention,” Gundy said. “They put me on as a (Twitter) follower. … And if I can get him in here on a visit, you never know. That’s the reason I do that stuff. Notre Dame can walk into a school and they have the ‘ND’ on their shirt and they get instant marketing. Well, I haven’t gotten to that point. So we have to really think about and work on what we do.
“The question is, once we get started, I don’t want myself to be bigger than our team. We have to find some happy medium there.” [USA Today]
I can’t wait for the day when a recruit attributes his signature to the mullet or a shared love for snake hunting.
Mike Boynton shared his thoughts on who will be replacing Jawun running the point this winter: grad transfer Kendall Smith.
Someone who can be a facilitator and help the other guys on the team get better. Also brings some athleticism to our backcourt that we definitely didn’t have in past seasons. He brings some more size, so I’m really excited about what he’s gonna bring and how he’s gonna contribute to our program, even though it’s only gonna be one year. [NewsOK]
While hyped freshman Zack Dawson will have his chances, Smith feels like he’ll contribute similar to an Anthony Hickey: solid, steady contributor that can score.
OSU and NCAA Notes
Big 12 storylines to keep an eye on this week at Big 12 Media Days….Talking head Tim Cowlishaw (“Around the Horn”) thinks OSU should have been the conference favorite….Oregon kicked off their leading receiver because of a DUI….Air Force coach wants a playoff…for a playoff spot
Happy (day late) 49th to Barry, Sr.
— NFL (@NFL) July 16, 2017
That progression from Tim Beckman -> Bill Young -> Glenn Spencer though…
#OKState FB Defense, yards per play allowed:
Last 3 years under Bill Young: 5.0, 5.5, 5.3
Last 3 years under Glenn Spencer: 5.8, 5.7, 5.9
— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) July 16, 2017
FYI if you’re following Big 12 media days today:
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) July 17, 2017
What You Missed on PFB
- Justin Blackmon sponsored a youth sports camp in his hometown
- Gundy can get a jump on 2017 by winning Big 12 media days