December 14, 2012

Gundy opens up on coaches leaving before bowl games

After flirting with an unknown amount of job offers with other programs, OSU coach Mike Gundy has changed his tune a bit.

For three-straight seasons, Gundy has been tied to coaching rumors but has never come out and denied them until other coaches had been selected for the respective jobs.
After practice today, the coach opened up about the process.

"I'm not a fan of what's happening in college football right now with the job changes," he said. "I think it's unfair. I think because of the way the trend's going, it's not right for the players. You can just go down the list of bowl games and look at the teams playing in bowl games that don't have coaches. Is that really the right thing to do? That's where the NCAA needs to step in."

Gundy's frustration is likely coming from the revolving door that's labeled "offensive coordinator" on his staff.

Some Cowboys, like junior running back Joseph Randle, have had three coordinators since they began playing at Oklahoma State, with the latest departure being Todd Monken for the job at Southern Mississippi earlier this week.

Not only is it tough for the players to have a different coach every season, but it's also tough for Gundy and his staff to replace them with someone that makes that transition a bit easier.

"It's extremely difficult to replace coordinators," he said. "We've been very fortunate that we've had guys come in here and do really well and go on to be head coaches. I'd like to find some guys that will create a little bit of stability at some point."

"There has to be an answer to it. I haven't put a pencil to it, but I think you can look and see how many teams are playing in a bowlthat don't have their coach. For example, Oklahoma State, we lose our coordinator, our organizer on offense, our quarterbacks coach and play-caller for a game. Texas Tech, I just pulled them out, how many guys they have on coaching in their bowl game from their staff?"

As Gundy went further into his spiel, he noted an even bigger problem-The players themselves.

Not just the transition previously noted, but the fact that their coaches bail on them before the bowl game themselves, which is the pinnacle of their season. One of the examples he gave for an example is Bret Bielema, who left Wisconsin's head coaching position for the vacancy at Arkansas.

"You've got two teams that have busted their butt and they're in a BCS bowl and don't have their coaches. What's the answer to that?" Gundy asked. "The answer is the coaches can't get hired until the season is finished from the team that you're going to hire a coach. So everything could stay in tact for the bowl and everybody's even. If you choose to fire a coach, then that's the risk you take until after that team's completed if you want to go after another coach. That's my opinion."

"Don't get me wrong, I'm not upset with Todd, I'm not upset with Dana, I'm not upset with Larry Fedora, I'm not upset with Beck, I'm not upset with whoever else we've had leave here because they've done what they should do. I don't think you should take a head job and hten sit back for three weeks somewhere else when you're really thinking about another."

The Cowboys return to action on New Years Day when they play Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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