Bill Connelly has a long profile of Mike Gundy out at SB Nation today and an interview transcript to go with the piece. Gundy is one of the most interesting coaches in the game today, and practically any quote he gives is worth paying attention to.
Gundy was asked about how he established expectations for himself and his program that, even in its best years, does not challenge Oklahoma consistently. OU holds an 86-18-7 all-time advantage over OSU. So when you’re the head coach of OSU, is it healthy or productive to measure yourself against the Sooners?
Spoiler alert: No.
The people in the program, who are coaching young men, have to understand who we are and where we’re at. If I have unrealistic expectations, it’s just going to cause dissension.
Two things that cause problems in coaching and parenting: anger and jealousy. If you’re angry, you’re a shitty parent and a shitty coach. If you’re jealous, you’re a shitty parent and a shitty coach. Period. So we’ve eliminated that in this organization.
There are a ton of great coaching points in the interview, and I encourage you to consume all of them.