Following their eighth straight game without an off week, Mike Gundy sensed that his players needed a break. So he decided to give everyone the choice between a normal Sunday practice, or some comic relief on Netflix.
Take a wild guess what the players decided on.
Gundy got the idea about a half hour before the scheduled team meeting, and decided to run with it.
“Everybody’s somber and down, and the truth of the matter is, our defense played (103) plays. Offense was up around 70-something. And there were special teams plays." Gundy said about the Oklahoma overtime loss.
“We’re in our eighth week straight. We had this beautiful schedule were we played a game and had an open date, played a game and had an open date. So now we’re on an eight-week stretch here. We felt like they needed a break.”
“We turned the lights off and they laughed and had the best time, and when it was over, we watched tape and graded it, ate dinner and sent them home. It kind of changed who they were at that time. They felt better about it.”
The players found the breather really refreshing, and it may be just what they need as they move forward and prepare for Baylor. Afterwards, running back Joseph Randle offered some great insight to NewsOK.com as to why coach Gundy is the type of player that guys want to play for, and predicts that giving players the choice between practice and Netflix comedy will pay off for them during upcoming practices.
“You can play for somebody, but it doesn’t mean you respect them as a coach and a person. But coach Gundy is definitely somebody that you can look at and you respect him. He cares about his players. He’s always good for a couple of random things. And I think it’ll pay off for us next week.”