Mike Gundy

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Mike Gundy
Coach Gundy adresses the media after the BCS Countdown (cropped).jpg
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Oklahoma State
Conference Big 12
Record 99–49
Annual salary $3.75 million[1]
Biographical details
Born (1967-08-12) August 12, 1967 (age 49)
Midwest City, Oklahoma
Alma mater Oklahoma State
Playing career
1986–1989 Oklahoma State
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990 Oklahoma State (WR)
1991–1993 Oklahoma State (QB)
1994–1995 Oklahoma State (OC/QB)
1996 Baylor (PGC/QB)
1997–2000 Maryland (PGC/QB/WR)
2001–2004 Oklahoma State (AHC/OC)
2005–present Oklahoma State
Head coaching record
Overall 99–49
Bowls 6–4
Accomplishments and honors
1 Big 12 (2011) (2016)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2010)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2011)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2011)
Best Mullet in College Football Award (2016)

Mike Gundy (born August 12, 1967) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater. Gundy played college football at Oklahoma State, where he played quarterback from 1986 to 1989. He became Oklahoma State's coach on January 3, 2005. In 2007, he received national media attention for his heated criticism of a newspaper article on one of his players.[2][3]


Playing career[edit]

At Midwest City High School, Gundy played quarterback, and was voted Oklahoma Player of the Year in 1986. His high school football coach was Jerry Kill.[4] Gundy was heavily recruited by the Oklahoma Sooners but in the end signed with the Oklahoma State University Cowboys. He became the starting quarterback midway through his freshman year. Gundy would become the all-time leading passer in Oklahoma State and Big 8 Conference history.[4] In four seasons Gundy threw 49 touchdowns and 7,997 yards, including 2,106 yards in 1987 and 2,163 in 1988.[4] He led the Cowboys to bowl wins in the 1987 Sun Bowl and 1988 Holiday Bowl aided by two Hall of Fame running backs, Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders.[5][6] He also led OSU to two 10-win seasons.

Mike Gundy held the record for most consecutive passes attempted without an interception at the start of a career by a freshman in Division 1 history with 138, until Baylor freshman Robert Griffin III broke it in 2008. Coincidentally, Baylor was playing against Gundy's Oklahoma State team when Griffin surpassed the mark. After the game, Gundy was able to personally congratulate Griffin on the accomplishment.

Coaching career[edit]

Early positions[edit]

When Gundy graduated, he joined Pat Jones's staff as an assistant coach. He was wide receiver coach in 1990, quarterback coach from 1991–1993 and offensive coordinator from 1994–1995.

Gundy was quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator for Baylor during the 1996 season. He was on staff with Larry Fedora at Baylor and would rekindle that relationship when he became head coach at Oklahoma State, bringing Fedora on as his offensive coordinator. After the 1996 season, Gundy moved again, this time to Maryland where he was wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator from 1997–2000 for the Terps.

Oklahoma State[edit]

In 2001, the Oklahoma State University head football coach job became vacant when Bob Simmons resigned and a search produced Les Miles and Mike Gundy as the finalists. Miles was hired as head coach and Gundy was brought aboard as offensive coordinator. The team would go on to three straight bowl games in Miles' last three years as head coach and when Miles left in 2004 to take the LSU job, Gundy was named immediately as Miles successor and the 22nd head coach at Oklahoma State. Gundy is one of three head football coaches at Oklahoma State to have played for Oklahoma State, along with Jim Lookabaugh and Floyd Gass.

His first season saw the expulsion of eleven players from the team and the Cowboys struggled to a 4–7 record winning only one Big 12 conference game.

In his second season, the Cowboy offense began to click and the Cowboys would finish 7–6 including a victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Independence Bowl.

In 2007, the Cowboys again posted a 6–6 regular season record and a bowl win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Insight Bowl. After their second straight bowl appearance, Gundy was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2013 season. Since 2008, Gundy has led the Cowboys to 59 wins, almost 10 wins per season on average. This is the most successful period in Oklahoma State football history. He has also led the Pokes to 8 straight bowl seasons. Another Cowboy record.[7]

2007 dispute with the media[edit]

On September 22, 2007, Gundy made comments that became the subject of a nationwide media controversy and generated a viral video. Following his team's victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Gundy criticized an article that was critical of one of his players including the now famous line "Come after me! I'm a man! I'm forty!"[2][3][8]

Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman wrote the original article discussing Bobby Reid, the former starting quarterback, and guesses as to why he might have been demoted to second-string. The OSU coaching staff publicly supported Reid earlier in the year. Mike Gundy has related that he does not mind criticizing college athletes' on-field performance but does not appreciate critiquing college athletes otherwise.[9][10] The Oklahoman sports editor, Mike Sherman, also stood by the story.[11] Mike Griffith, president of the Football Writers Association of America, called Gundy's behavior "completely inappropriate."[8] CBS Sportsline's Dennis Dodd went further saying, "Mike Gundy needs to be reprimanded, definitely suspended, probably fined and maybe fired."[12] OSU athletic director Mike Holder stood behind Gundy, saying that "nothing is more important to us than our student-athletes."[13]

2008 season[edit]

In 2008, Gundy led the Oklahoma State Cowboys to their best season in 20 years. They were ranked in the top 15 for most of the season. The season ended with an appearance in the Holiday Bowl, where they lost to Oregon. Gundy was rewarded with a new seven-year contract worth $15.7 million. The contract, which extends through the 2015 season, went into effect on January 1, 2009.[14]

2009 season[edit]

Gundy led the 2009 Cowboys to another solid season. Going into the annual Bedlam game against rival Oklahoma, the Cowboys were 9–2 and poised to secure their first-ever BCS bowl bid and notch only the fourth 10-win season in school history. However, the Cowboys were beaten by Oklahoma 27–0, and went on to lose the Cotton Bowl to Ole Miss.

2010 season[edit]

The 2010 Cowboys rolled through the regular season, finishing with a share of the last Big 12 South title (the Big 12 dropped the divisional format after the 2010 season). Along the way, they set numerous records for points scored, as well as total and individual yardage.

With a 48–14 victory over Kansas on November 20, Oklahoma State won 10 regular-season games for the first time ever. It was also only the fourth 10-win season in the school's 111-year football history.

A loss to Oklahoma in the final regular season game kept the Cowboys out of the Big 12 Championship Game. They did, however, rout Arizona in the Alamo Bowl for their school-record 11th win.

2011 season[edit]

The Cowboys entered 2011 with their highest expectations since the 1980s. They opened the season ninth in both major polls. Gundy's Cowboys didn't disappoint, starting the season 10–0, the best start in school history. With a 52–45 win over Kansas State, the Cowboys rose to second in the AP Poll and Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings, the highest national rankings in school history. On November 18, Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State in double overtime 37–31, all but dashing their national title hopes, but remained in the BCS hunt with a series of upsets in the following weeks, along with a convincing 44–10 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners on December 3, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the Bedlam rivalry. It was also Gundy's first win over Oklahoma as a player or a coach at Oklahoma State; he'd gone 0–4 while the Cowboys' quarterback.

On December 4, it was announced that Oklahoma State had earned a spot in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl,[15] being barely eclipsed out of the BCS National Championship game by second-place Alabama by the smallest margin between #2 and #3 in BCS history.[16] Many AP voters hinted that if the Cowboys were to beat Stanford as they did the Sooners, and Alabama upset SEC West rival LSU in the BCS Championship Game, the Cowboys could earn a split title with an AP Poll #1 ranking (this is opposed to the USA Today & Harris Coaches polls which are contractually bound to vote the winner of the BCS title game #1).

The No. 3 Cowboys beat the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal 41–38 in the Fiesta Bowl, marking Oklahoma State's first BCS bowl win, and first outright Big 12 Conference title in the same season, though it was not enough to convince voters to give OSU a split title.

2012 season[edit]

The Cowboys opened the season with a win over Savannah State Tigers 84–0 at Boone Pickens Stadium. They subsequently lost to the Arizona Wildcats 59–38 and won over Kansas Jayhawks but then lost to the Texas Longhorns 41–36. They would beat Iowa State Cyclones and TCU but lost to the Oklahoma Sooners in overtime. They ultimately went on to beat the Purdue Boilermakers 58–14 in the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl.

2013 season[edit]

The Cowboys opened the season with a 21–3 win over Mississippi State Bulldogs on August 31. The Cowboys were 3–0 but lost 30–21 to the West Virginia Mountaineers but beat Kansas State Wildcats. On November 2, 2013, The No. 18 Cowboys beat No. 15 Texas Tech 52–34. The Cowboys got a big win over the Texas Longhorns 38–13 on November 16, 2013. The following weekend in Stillwater, Boone Pickens Stadium was sold out for the first time where The Cowboys beat #4 Baylor Bears 49–17. The Cowboys closed out their season with a 33–24 loss to Oklahoma on December 7, 2013. The Cowboys played in the AT&T Cotton Bowl against former big 12 team the Missouri Tigers, but the Cowboys lost the game 41–31 On January 3, 2014. They ended the season 10–3. Gundy has had a hand in five of Oklahoma State's six 10-win seasons (two as quarterback, three as head coach).

2014 season[edit]

The Cowboys opened the season with a 37–31 loss to No. 1 Florida State Seminoles on Aug 30. Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for the Seminoles had 370 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. In comparison, Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh had 203 yards, one interception, one passing touchdown for 55 yards and one rushing touchdown. In the next game against Missouri State, Walsh was injured and quarterback Daxx Garman would finish the game, which the Cowboys went on to win 40–23. Daxx Garman would play at quarterback for the next nine games, winning five games and losing four. The Cowboys would change their quarterback to freshman Mason Rudolph for the Baylor game, but they lost 49–28. In the next game Rudolph had 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, in a 38–35 win over No. 20 Oklahoma Sooners.

2015 season[edit]

Cowboys opened the season with a 24-13 win over Central Michigan.then the cowboys played central Arkansas at home and beat them 32-8. then they beat UTSA at home 69-17. then the pokes got on a roll beating Texas 30-27 and K State 36-34. after that the Cowboys beat West Virginia in over time 33-26


The Cowboys are 2–9 vs. the Oklahoma Sooners with a 25% winning percentage under Gundy as head coach. Gundy has been associated with the series 25 times as a player or a coach.[17]

Allegations of misconduct[edit]

In September 2013, Sports Illustrated published a series of articles[18] as part of an investigation beginning with Les Miles' tenure as head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001 and continuing through Gundy's tenure as head coach in 2011. The allegations concerning Gundy included involvement in a bonus system for players along with direct payments and no-show or sham jobs involving boosters, continuing diminished academic standards including players playing who were otherwise academically ineligible such as having players' school work done by so-called tutors and other school personnel, tolerating widespread drug abuse among the players by continuing a sham drug counseling program and selective drug enforcement, and also purportedly like Miles, personally interviewing hostess candidates for the Orange Pride hostess program and facilitating some hostesses having sex with prospective recruits. In response to the allegations, Gundy stated: "I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished here, both on and off the field. Our goal has always been to take young people from where their parents have gotten them and to make them better over a four- or five-year period. We’re very proud of that in many ways. So, until further time—and obviously the university will make that decision—there’s not any comment that we would have on the Sports Illustrated article."[19] Les Miles generally denied any wrongdoing during his time as head coach at OSU. Following the SI series Oklahoma State conducted an intensive review of practices policies led by Charles Smrt. There have been no findings of misconduct as of July 2014. Many current and former players, professors and supporters have made statement refuting the SI articles.[20]


Gundy and his wife, Kristen, have three children, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage.[4] His brother, Cale Gundy, was a starting quarterback at Oklahoma in the 1990s and is currently OU's Assistant Head Coach, Director of Recruiting and Inside Receivers Coach.[21]

Coaching tree[edit]

Many current NCAA head coaches and assistants trace their careers back to Gundy's coaching tree. Included among those are North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken and Illinois former head coach Tim Beckman. Fedora, Monken and Holgorsen served as offensive coordinators under Gundy, while Beckman was his defensive coordinator. Gundy, in turn, can trace his career back to the coaching tree of College Football Hall of Fame members Johnny Majors and Bo Schembechler through Miles.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big 12 Conference) (2005–present)
2005 Oklahoma State 4–7 1–7 6th (South) DNQ
2006 Oklahoma State 7–6 3–5 T–5th (South) W Independence
2007 Oklahoma State 7–6 4–4 T–3rd (South) W Insight
2008 Oklahoma State 9–4 5–3 4th (South) L Holiday 18 16
2009 Oklahoma State 9–4 6–2 2nd (South) L Cotton 25
2010 Oklahoma State 11–2 6–2 T–1st (South) W Alamo 10 13
2011 Oklahoma State 12–1 8–1 1st W Fiesta 3 3
2012 Oklahoma State 8–5 5–4 T–3rd W Heart of Dallas
2013 Oklahoma State 10–3 7–2 T–2nd L Cotton 17 17
2014 Oklahoma State 7–6 4–5 7th W Cactus
2015 Oklahoma State 10–3 7–2 T–2nd L Sugar 19 20
2016 Oklahoma State 5–2 3–1
Oklahoma State: 99–49 59–38
Total: 99–49
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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  20. ^ "OSU Repoonse to Sports Illustrated Series". September 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ Shinn, John (2007-09-25). "Gundy on Gundy". The Norman Transcript. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 

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