Mike Gundy said last season's 7-6 downturn energized him to coach the 2019 Oklahoma State Cowboys and, if that's true, then he should be downright giddy to show up to work these days. After starting 3-0 and looking like a legitimate dark horse to reach the Big 12 title game, Oklahoma State has dropped three out of four and two in a row, a 45-35 loss at Texas Tech on Oct. 5 and then an ugly 45-27 loss to Baylor on Saturday, a game in which the Pokes allowed the Bears to score the game's final 21 points and gain 10.5 yards per play over the entire game.
Turns out, Gundy is giddy to show up to work. He told reporters Monday he took two Ambien on Saturday night but still rolled into work at 3:45 on Sunday morning.
He then compared coaching this year's team to finding your otherwise upstanding teenage son smoking cigarettes behind his high school.
"The fan base needs to know this," he says near the end of the clip below. "If you want to help OSU football, come to the games. You want to help OSU recruiting? Come to the games and be supportive, and trust that I will do my job, the coaches will do their job, and the players will do their job. If not, I'll fix it."
Oklahoma State is 4-9 in Big 12 games dating back to 2018, the program's worst stretch since the early years of the Gundy era, with a trip to No. 23 Iowa State waiting Saturday.