Someone seems a little salty after what was a tremendous finish in the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic between the Missouri Tigers and Oklahoma State Cowboys. OU’s instate rivals could not prevail after being dealt a devastating Bedlam loss in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State has suffered through a lot this season. They dealt with allegations made by Sports Illustrated on their recruiting tactics, they somehow dropped a game to the West Virginia Mountaineers, and somehow, some way the Sooners knocked off the Cowboys with backup quarterback Blake Bell leading a last minute drive.
And just last night, the Pokes and Clint Chelf literally “dropped” one to Mizzou.
Now, Oklahoma fans are accustomed to hearing about the coach a little north of Norman. His antics live up to the standards of an Oklahoma State head coach after Les Miles left for the LSU Tigers job. Though, Gundy may have taken things a little too far.
A reporter from Sports Illustrated was in Arlington to cover the Cotton Bowl. Now it was not Thayer Evans or George Dohrmann, who wrote the five-part series on Oklahoma State’s “corrupt” recruiting system. It was Martin Rickman, who had nothing to do with the articles that sent Stillwater in uproar.
Rickman simply asked him a question about the second-string Missouri quarterback who torched the Cowboy defense and if they prepared for him. Gundy’s response was a tad sassy and borderline inappropriate.
Even though I get why a Sports Illustrated employee would be the last person an OSU coach would prefer to talk to, Gundy has to be more professional in a situation like this. Unless it was Evans or Dohrmann, don’t take out your frustration on a guy just trying to do his job, though it was a fairly funny jab, but you have to keep your cool and not forget you still represent a university and a conference at a highly-regarded bowl game.
Not trying to insult Gundy, he can say whatever he wants, but it does not make you look like the bigger man. And we all know how much being a “man” means to Coach Mike Gundy, the sports world’s favorite 40-year-old.