Mike Gundy joined Sirius XM College Sports Nation a few minutes ago to talk about facilities and how support from guys like T. Boone Pickens have really helped the program, especially from a recruiting standpoint.
“If you don’t have something bright and shiny and new it makes it extremely difficult to recruit the quality young men that you have to bring in to win games.”
When asked if recruiting had gotten easier because of the recent facility upgrades and success of the program, Gundy explained “We have a lot of talks in our staff meetings about recruiting. For the most part we talk about recruiting every day because we’re only as good as the people in our program.”
“We feel like there’s probably 6 or 8 schools in the country that can walk in, at any particular time in recruiting, and throw their hat in the ring and have the chance to get a young man. And that’s based on tradition and winning and the logos that are recognized all across the country.”
“Then there’s another group of about 20-30 schools that can fare very well and just about get in on any player that’s in their geographical area…and then there’s everybody else.”
“At Oklahoma State, we used to be the ‘everyone else’ but we’ve moved up, in our opinion into the second group, we’re not into that upper echelon yet. We haven’t built enough tradition here, but we’ve moved up into that second group.”