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Is Mike Gundy an Elite Coach?

The coaching carousel is in full swing in college football, and we can expect it to continue over the next few weeks. Almost every year we hear rumors about a program being interested in Mike Gundy, or vice versa, but it’s usually just smoke. So is Gundy not attractive as a head coach to lead a powerhouse program, or is he too comfortable at Oklahoma State to test the waters elsewhere?

Let’s face it; Gundy may be the perfect fit at OSU. He was their quarterback from 1986-1989. Then he was a coach in some capacity from 1990-1995. He left for a few years, but came back as OSU’s Offensive Coordinator from 2001-2004 before he was promoted to head coach in 2005. To say that he has ties within the program would be a major understatement.

Oklahoma State isn’t known as a powerhouse program, but that’s not because of Gundy. He has made them relevant in the Big XII Conference and has put them on a national level of respectability during his tenure. Still, most critics don’t see OSU in the same light as programs like Oklahoma or Texas within the conference.

Gundy making a move to another program would be a huge risk.

All of Gundy’s recruiting ties are in and around the state of Oklahoma. As OSU continues to be relevant nationally, he may be able to steal some recruits from other states, but most of them will be local. With that said, where else would he be a good fit?

When the Florida job was open, he was rumored to have put out feelers within the program to gauge interest. Other programs that have had openings had their share of rumors about Gundy as well, but nothing has ever come of them. A lot of that may have to do with the perception that Gundy isn’t a big-time coach, but I believe most of it has to do with Gundy being comfortable at OSU.

When you look at the jobs that have come open in the past three or four years – Florida, USC, Oregon and Ohio State, just to name a few – Gundy has been more qualified than the person that got hired, in some instances (we’ll leave out Ohio State for obvious reasons). Florida hired a Defensive Coordinator as their head coach, fired him, and hired a head coach outside of a Power 5 conference in the last five years. There’s got to be a reason why powerhouse programs aren’t attracted to Gundy.

Gundy could succeed at those programs, but he could just as easily fail. He has to compete with OU, Texas, and now TCU and Baylor, for recruits within the conference. As a result, he gets a lot of overlooked players that he develops into solid players. What would he do with some of the top talent in the country? Some say he would put OSU on the map, but I believe it wouldn’t work for him. That could be a reason why programs are scared to pull the trigger on hiring him.

Gundy has a knack for getting the most talent out of his players. A lot of that is because he gets players that were passed up by other programs and have something to prove. Getting 5-star players means that you have to deal with entitlement. Nowadays, that’s hard to do. It’s no coincidence that that’s a big reason why programs like Texas, Florida, Michigan and USC are down right now. They all have talent, but the players have a strong sense of entitlement that’s tough to get rid of.

If Oklahoma State isn’t able to compete with OU or the other top schools in the Big XII over the next few years, then we may see Gundy seriously fish in other waters to find a better gig. But for the time being, he is perfectly comfortable in his situation, and OSU is comfortable with what he is doing, for the most part.

In my opinion, Gundy would be making a huge mistake if he left OSU right now, and OSU would be foolish to let him walk away. They seem to be a perfect fit for each other.

But as we all know, fan bases will get impatient if championships aren’t won. If teams like Baylor and OU shellac OSU like they just did recently, then Gundy’s seat could get pretty warm pretty quickly.

But for now, Gundy should, and likely will, stay put and realize that there probably isn’t a better situation that he could be in.

My Cleveland Sports Weekend v5

Dear Diary,

This weekend has been INSANE! And really, it’s been more than just a weekend since the party got started last Thursday night!

Thursday – under the bright lights of the national stage, the Browns traveled down to Cincinnati for what has turned into a key game this season. No one gave us a chance to win – not the national media and certainly very fe"Gary Barnidge"w of our own hometown fans, but I believed. Call me crazy (you crazy girl!) but I just knew that if the running game could get back on track, we could win this thing. Let’s face it, Bengals QB Andy Dalton does NOT do well in big situations and it turns out that last Thursday was one of those bad nights for the Scut Farkas look-alike! All three of our running backs got TDs and the defense played like their hair was on fire the whole game. THE WHOLE GAME! Two interceptions for Craig Roberston and light’s out, shut down defense from everyone else. It almost makes me cry, I’m so proud of these guys. No Jordan Cameron. No Josh Gordon. Just amazing clutch catches from guys like Gary Barnidge! Holy Crap again – how good will this team get when those guys return? The leadership and the attitude changes I’ve seen this season give me real hope that we aren’t just holding the top spot in the AFC North for a short time. This is the New Browns. We are holding this spot until someone takes it away…. we are NOT giving it away like seasons gone by. As a fan who has been through some brutal seasons, I’m starting to learn to enjoy the wins, to look forward to games, and to not “wait for them to blow it.” Yippee!

Friday was a bit mellow with the high school playoffs starting. I really don’t have any dogs in that fight but I did feel bad that Lorain County’s own Elyria High pulled St. Ignatius and got destroyed. Those boys had a great season and should still be very proud of all they accomplished.

Now, Saturday night rolls around and – not gonna lie – I didn’t watch the first half of the OSU vs Michigan State game. I was still rolling on the high left from a Browns “Victory Friday” and I just didn’t think I could take watching the Buckeyes get ripped apart by one of the best defenses in all of college football. Well, the hubby texted me at half-time and said “PUT THE GAME ON DAMMIT!” So…. I tuned in for the second half and HOLY CRAP ON A STICK the Buckeyes were WINNING! It was an amazing thing to watch those last two quarters as the guys on the line just kept pounding away at Sparty and really made people take notice. The improvement this team has shown since that terrible loss to Virginia Tech is incredible. Just when everyone had us written off – BAM – they put on a show like that and, in my opinion, proved to the world that they could hold their own with any team.

Most importantly, however, the Buckeyes proved to their FANS that we weren’t just being homers. It’s really hard to have to justify your program and the schedule to non-believers. We can’t help who they play, we can’t help the blowout Bosawins, we just have to deal with the teams that are put on the schedule. But I think many fans were like me, a bit skeptical of what this team could really do when faced with a quality opponent. Now, it cracks me up to hear the national guys down play the win, especially after listening to them all last week talk about Michigan State’s defense and how great it is. Well. I guess JT Barrett has risen in some folks estimation because he and Ezekiel Elliott put on a display of how to beat an great defense! Plus Joey Bosa definitely showed QB Connor Cook what “Pressure” looked like! I kinda felt back for Cook, being from Hinckley, OH. Kinda. But just because he reminds me a bit of Brian Hoyer. The kid has skills, just hope we didn’t shake his confidence up too much. O-H!

I’d like to say Sunday was fairly boring without a Browns game but that would be a lie. The next best thing to a Browns win is a Steelers loss… and they lost to the J-E-T-S! I don’t think it gets any better than that!

Until next time, diary, enjoy the wins and pray the losses are few and far between!

Respectfully Submitted,
Cleveland Kate

USC's Defense Steps Up

The mood in Southern California took a turn for the better after a convincing 35-10 win over the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday.
Two weeks after an embarrassing loss to Boston College, the Trojans got back to where they need to be: the win column.
Coming off their bye week, the Trojans were clearly the better team on the field. The win puts them right back in the Pac-12 south race.
Cody Kessler threw for 2 TD’s on 261 yards (including a 48 yard hail mary TD pass as the first half expired), and Javorius Allen added a TD on the ground with 115 yards. Justin Davis added a rushing and receiving TD, while the Trojans avoided turning the ball over at all.
The two teams were called for a combined 232 penalty yards on 27 flags, but other than that the game was relatively error free.
Troy got on the board with a 31 yard interception-return TD ten minutes into the first. Su’a Cravens had a nice break on a floater thrown by Sean Mannion and took it to the house untouched.
The biggest story of the game, in my opinion, was the Trojans defense. This is a D that was coming off of giving up 37 points to Boston College, but a D that has also shown a lot of potential (gave up only 23 points in the first two games of the year).
The only touchdown scored by Oregon State came on a kickoff return, and after a field goal four minutes into the second quarter, the Beavers didn’t score any points at all.
The Beavers put up a meager 181 yards on the game. On 35 passing attempts they managed 123 yards, amounting to a pathetic 3.5 yards per attempt. On 21 rushing attempts they gained 58 yards. Probably the most positive aspect of Oregon’s offense was RB Storm Woods, who averaged 6.8 yards per carry (but for some reason only got the ball 9 times).
The play of the Beavers was simply not enough to get it done against USC. The offense was not up to the task of facing what may be one of the better defenses in the Pac-12 (on a good day) and their defense wasn’t able to overcome. Troy possessed the ball for nearly 35 minutes, and while Oregon State’s defense actually played decently, the offense just couldn’t do enough to stay in the game.
The win move’s the Trojans up to #16 in the AP rankings, which is one spot below where they were at the beginning of the season.
Up next:
USC hosts Arizona State, who was just knocked out of the Top 25 after a romping by UCLA. The Bruins won 62-27 in Arizona.
Both teams now sit at 3-1, making this a game with serious Pac-12 implications. Last year ASU won the Pac-12 south. The Sun devils beat USC 62-41 in Tempe last year, so there is some bad blood in this rivalry.
I think that this is a defining moment of the early season for USC. This is last opponent even close to the Top 25 (Sun Devils are 26th this week) that USC will face until the penultimate week, when they take on UCLA. This is a game that could be written off as “easy”, but Arizona State has looked good this year. I’m sure the Sun Devils would like nothing more than to pull off the upset just like Boston College did a couple of weeks ago.
Look for the Trojans to start trying to find some consistency. In my last article, I mentioned the odd inconsistencies of USC’s season. Maybe the Boston College game was simply a fluke, it is the only game of the season in which the Trojans travel east of the Rocky Mountains, and maybe the time change effected them.
If the Trojans defense can establish itself as a nationally worthy unit, then this team can go far. The offense can play, and is full of star talent. I think USC takes this one, but I wouldn’t be shocked if ASU pulls of the upset.
My prediction: USC-38, ASU-24