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What if Koetter hadn't cut out on his commitment to the Cowboys?
Entering this season, Gundy's teams accumulated 41 of his 62 victories since the start of 2008.
"I think we're heading that direction in this business, getting out of the 'because I said so' mentality. We're just trying to keep it fresh and exciting where they want to learn."
"That's really my concern. Anything else that comes with it, I think we share as a staff and as a team. And I really feel that way.
Gundy's first season, 2005, produced a rough ride. The Cowboys finished 4 7, winning but one Big 12 game. But that has been the only blip, with his subsequent teams gradually gaining in the win column, reaching a record 12 victories last season, when Gundy was named National Coach of the Year by three organizations.
By Nike Huarache Triple Black Tumblr emphasizing the player experience in every way from shorter practices, to limited hitting, to a fun offense, to bigger beds and better food to his "do the Gundy" dance moves Gundy is attracting higher profile players.
But it's taken Gundy's touch, too.
And he and his staff are coaching them up.
Only in his eighth season, Gundy could indeed extend the wins record to an impressive total, although he insists he's not keeping track of his own victory mark, but his team's.
"You never know what will happen," Gundy said.
What did happen, Gundy joined Miles at OSU after being a candidate for the head coaching job himself in 2000 helped pave a rebuild, then ascended to his New York Yankees job as the natural replacement when Miles bolted for LSU.
"I feel sorry for any coach who comes to OSU after him, because he's done it so young and he'll probably be here for a lot longer to jack up those numbers."
He's had help, with Boone Pickens' massive gift used to transform facilities and perceptions and aid recruiting, leading to better players and bigger win totals.
Bill Young more than qualifies as old school, in his fifth decade of coaching as OSU's defensive coordinator at age 66. But Young sees the benefits of Gundy's player friendly ways.
our football team, I'm not sure could be any better," Young said. "I just think it's a great situation right now."
Remember, Dirk Koetter stood as OSU's coach for about 24 hours in December of 2000, the first choice to replace Bob Simmons. The introductory press conference was being organized. Suddenly, however, Koetter Mens Nike Huarache Trainers
Sixth year senior offensive lineman Jonathan Rush has been around for Gundy's winningest seasons. He said he'd be pleased to help push Gundy over the top.
reconsidered, balking at the move and clearing the way for Les Miles to be hired, with one condition Gundy would be his offensive coordinator.
Since then, Gundy has won like no one before him, not even Jones, with record regular season win totals and a Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl win.
If so, Gundy is helping lead the charge, utilizing some out of the box philosophies that draw scoffs from some traditionalist coaches, including Jones, who recruited Gundy, installed him as a true freshman quarterback and later gave him his first coaching job just months after throwing his last pass as a Cowboy.
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"And I talked to Coach (Jones) about that and I think he understands the wayI feel. It's almost like that I'm just kind of carrying on what he started."
In truth, it was never inevitable.
And like he did with Miles, Gundy might have succeeded Nutt and charmed the folks of Fayetteville and slew the beasts of the BCS.
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Gundy experienced it all in the early winter of 2000, before eventually finding his way back to OSU; and Nike Huarache Mens Grey
ultimately here, tied with Pat Jones for the most coaching wins in program history at 62. Gundy could stand alone at the top as soon as Saturday, with Iowa State heading to Stillwater for Homecoming.
"Well, I would have gone to Arkansas and worked for (Houston) Nutt, because that's where I was going," Gundy said this week.
"It gives me goose bumps thinking about it," Rush said. "And especially for it to be on Homecoming, I guess that makes it pretty special. Regardless, I'm just happy for him and everything that he's achieved in his time here. And I'm proud of him.
"Make it where kids want to be a part of the program and be around, not make it such a grind," said OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who coached with Gundy on Miles' staff and returned a year ago.
"I don't think a lot about it. I really don't," Gundy said. "My first concern is making sure that our team's functioning the way it should, that attitude's good, that the people that come to watch them play are proud of the effort and the way they perform and they continue to get better each day and each game.
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