Ivan Maisel of ESPN did a very interesting write up today on Mike Gundy and his evolution as a head coach.
When Gundy was hired, T. Boone Pickens told him two things. The first was to take risks, the second was to be unpredictable. Those two things have helped pave the way for Gundy's beliefs ranging from practicing five hours a week, to his hiring of assistant coaches, and even valuing character over talent on the recruiting trail.
After making a few hires early in his career, that weren't great hires by his own admission, Gundy decided to focus on intelligence and loyalty when looking for assistants. Gundy's two most recent hires have worked out pretty darn well. Todd Monken's offense averaged almost 50 points per game and 557 yards of offense in his first season as a coordinator, while running backs coach Jemal Singleton has been praised by Gundy for his demeanor, discipline and structure coming to the Cowboys from the Air Force Academy.
Gundy laughingly says "I look back, and never would have hired me, knowing what I know now".
Oklahoma State will take on Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl on January 2nd at 8:30 on ESPN.