Mike Gundy Speaks at AFCA Convention On Millennials and Having Too Many Plays

Written by Kyle Cox

Sunday the 94th annual American Football Coaches Association Convention kicked off in Nashville, Tennessee. Put on by the AFCA and CBS Sports, the convention consists of four days worth of sessions and panels put on and geared towards high school and college football coaches culminating in the main event, the AFCA Awards Show, which took place on Tuesday night.

Several coaches gave presentations and held panels throughout the week including Oklahoma State’s very own Mike Gundy — last year’s AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year. On Tuesday, Gundy addressed the crowd along with Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre and newly named Minnesota head coach P.J, Fleck. I hope everyone brought their bingo cards!

Luckily for us, a few quotes made it out on Twitter. Here are some highlights.

I love that even the AFCA is having fun with the mullet.

Hats off to Gundy for keeping it through the convention, though.


Okay, last mullet tweet.

Mike did actually get to talk about coaching, though.

Interesting stuff on team rules. I assume we’re talking all social media.

Gundy talked about length of meetings…

…and practice.

We need to add “millennials” to the Bingo card, by the way.

Gundy also touched on his/OSU’s proactive approach to the physical side of training.

Gundy also spoke about the personal side of coaching and how important that is.

This is smart.

I thought this was very interesting.

This is awesome.

Also, here’s a clip from Gundy’s presentation.


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  • Clint

    That’s pretty cool. He – as weird as it seems – comes across as an innovator!

    • kspokesfan

      He is… I thought you knew that. I still have a hard time with his willingness to share with the world what has made oSu so successful. He has been doing this for years now. I really wish he would stop doing that.
      I feel it gives the competition an edge.

      • Clint

        Just don’t expect a guy who talks dove hunting at pressers, sports a mullet, and says “akk-rit” to be an innovator! haha!

        • kspokesfan

          I don’t put much into accents. I have a sister that is two years older than me that has a west Texas southern draw and if we were side by side you would never guess we were related.
          As for talking hunting he, is from Oklahoma. And the mullet… well he connects well with the players and he’s a multi millionaire.
          Hell if I was that rich, I just might wear one. 🙂

          • Clint

            I don’t mean to be insulting at all. I lived in Perry, Broken Arrow or Stilly for my entire life until I went into ministry at 33 – I have as bad an “Okie accent” as anyone. (People here think it’s a deep south accent! haha!) He just cracks me up with his I’m-who-I-am-and-don’t-care-what-you-think approach. But yes, a few more 00’s at the end of my bank balance and I’d wear parachute pants to match my mullet!!

      • Adam M.

        I think his methods of running a program give everyone involved a better quality of life by proving you can be successful without overworking your staff and players. He should definitely share it for the well being of all in the CFB business. At the same time he’s giving high school coaches a heads up on how it should be done, and what is expected at the next level from an innovative program. I’m all for him sharing his knowledge for the betterment of the game.

  • Alexis

    What does thud mean in the context of no tackling in practice? Asking for a friend…

    • Scott Walderbach

      “Thud” is simply not tackling to the ground. Once contact is made the whistle is blown and the play stops.

  • willham

    Every once in a while, Gundy will do or say something I’m not crazy about, but I’ve pretty much been all-in on Gundy since he his first game as our quarterback.