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Mike Gundy wins Bear Bryant Award

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Add another postseason coaching award to Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy trophy case.

Already the recipient of Eddie Robinson Coaching Award, Gundy took home the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award.  Oklahoma State finished the season 12-1 with a Big 12 title and Fiesta Bowl victory over Stanford.

“It’s been an unbelievable season,” Gundy said. “I don’t know that Oklahoma State’s ever been perceived the way we are now from coast to coast all through the country. I’m so proud of our team and the administration and coaches for getting to this level and continuing to work hard.”

Last year’s winner was Auburn’s Gene Chizik. That still makes us chuckle.

You can also see a complete list of winners HERE.

The postseason hardware is nice, but Gundy got what he deserved most this offseason as well: a long-term extension that will reportedly take him through 2019.

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12 Responses to “Mike Gundy wins Bear Bryant Award”
  1. mrslay1 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    Good! Maybe this will shut up the crying babies that follow his cry baby team. Grow up and REALLY be a man.

  2. cubano76 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:13 PM

    No matter how hard I want to hate that guy, I can’t. I like the way he has his players backs. Holds them accountable, and tells it like it is. Not too many around like him.

    Congrats Coach.

  3. normtide says: Jan 20, 2012 4:06 PM

    Perfect choice. OKST hit the lotto with this guy, a great coach who is home. I see no situation where he will leave.

    As a Bama fan I have no animosity toward OSU. If I was a fan of theirs, I would have said and felt the same way they do. I also know if the roles were reversed, they would say and feel the same way I do. The problem is not between these two schools, it is with the system. The SEC fans and Commissioner are fully behind a playoff. Everyone knows how proud (and maybe a little boastful) SEC fans are. You have to know we truly feel a playoff would only play to our strengths.

  4. okieviacal says: Jan 20, 2012 4:32 PM

    I don’t see Gundy’s post-BCS Title Game comments as even remotely close to “cry baby” status. He just said what he would’ve tried if he were playing LSU or Alabama. I’m a diehard OK State fan and, after watching both the BCS Title Game and Fiesta Bowl, it’s pretty obvious that the voters were right to include Alabama. It’s a tough pill to swallow because who knows if the Pokes will ever be in title contention again, but Alabama clearly deserved to be there.

    As for Gundy finally getting the recognition he deserves, I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s a great coach who has invested himself in OSU since entering the school as a freshman. He’s done a lot with 2nd and 3rd tier players in spite of losing 3 coordinators in 4 years.

  5. jason1214 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:11 PM

    Good for Gundy.

  6. Deb says: Jan 20, 2012 6:16 PM

    Congrats to Gundy, but I really wish someone would have thrown Brady Hoke some love. He really deserved it.

    And normtide, as an Alabama fan, I resent like heck Gundy’s constant whining and bad sportsmanship. No, I don’t understand why an adult coach would set that kind of example for his players.

  7. gopokes0714 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:17 PM


    When has Gundy ever whined about it? He has only made a handful of comments about it, and basically boil down to he would have liked to have had a shot to what we could have done.

    In fact, there are only a handful of coaches that carry themselves with as much integrity as Gundy. He is a constant leader, and is not afraid to do the right thing no matter the consequences to him or his team. He will go to bat for his players when they do right, and he will suspend players when they mess up regardless of their spot in the depth chart.

    Across the country national recruiters/analysts say one thing about Gundy. If you want your kid to become a man, send them to Oklahoma St.

    As far as setting an example…I can’t hold voting OSU forth against Saban, but if he wanted to teach his team integrity he would have voted us third.

  8. gopokes0714 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:23 PM


    Thank you. If only every Bama fan was intelligent.

    I dont have a problem with Bama at all. They proved they deserved a shot at the title!

    but that doesn’t mean OSU didn’t. It is what it is, now we have to set our sights on consistently staying in the top 10-15

  9. Deb says: Jan 20, 2012 9:23 PM

    @gopokes0714 …

    My intelligence is functioning just fine, thank you. Brady Hoke deserved the nod for turning around Michigan’s program in a season. That’s a football comment, not a fan comment.

    Gundy was telling the media how he would have passed all over the place if he’d played for the title. That’s a little more than saying he’d like to have had the shot. And since five weeks had passed since that decision was made and the title game was over, the time had come to accept the decision and just congratulate the winner rather than keep harping on coulda, shoulda, woulda. I, too, would have loved to see Gundy try to pass on either Bama or LSU’s secondary. That didn’t happen because the other conferences, including yours, didn’t have the guts to accept Mike Slive’s challenge of a +1 playoff. If they had, Gundy and OSU would have gotten their shot against Bama with the winner proceeding to the title game.

    I’m capable of criticizing my coaches no matter how much I like and respect them. I’m not happy with some of Mike Tomlin’s choices toward the end of the season–and I adore Tomlin. And I’d prefer that Saban had cast his vote differently. But Saban knows more about the game than I will ever begin to understand, so I have to acknowledge that he may have been voting his true feelings. I’d have to see his votes from each week to have any hope of gauging whether that vote was an effort to push back OSU. Right now, neither of us knows the answer to that question. But his vote didn’t matter one way or the other. And I’m intelligent enough to know that it’s time to move on.

  10. gopokes0714 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:12 PM

    There are a lot of deserving coaches. Its ironic that you call Gundy a whiner and in turn whine about Hoke not winning the award.

    IMO the job Snyder did at K-State is nothing short of amazing. He got 10 wins out of a team that might have gotten 4 without him. The job he did with a team that doesn’t have a ton of talent, and even less depth is… again, just amazing.

    With Snyder they go to the Big 12 championship game, have 9 and 10 win seasons, and he produces some of the best coaches in the country. Without him they fall off the map. he comes back and win 10 games, and gets into the cotton bowl.

    He gets more done with less than anyone.

    You could make a case for at least 5 others. This is the type of thing there should be debate around. Hopefully there will always be plenty of coaches doing a great job, and doing it the right way.

    I love Gundy, I am glad he won and is receiving national recognition.


    For calling OSU fans and coaches whiner, and cry babies….

    Our arch rival has been to the BCS NC game 4 times. A team in our division has been to the NC game 6 of the 14 years. Our road has never been easy. We dont want anything handed to us.

    We beat OU in 01′ & 02′ I in no way think we were the better team those years.

    We got edged out of the Big 12 Title game last year because we lost the tie break with OU. We didn’t whine then and we aren’t whining now. We lobbied to get a chance before the game, and we are lobbying for change after.

    Who plays in the NC game should never be “debatable”.

  11. raiderredleg says: Jan 21, 2012 8:20 AM


    Just wanted to echo gopokes0714…As an OSU fan I appreciate it a great deal. In the end the angst was generated by the system not your football program. Regardless Alabama took the opportunity and took LSU down making them look very bad in the process…One of the best revenge wins I have ever seen in CFB.

    @Deb (aka the female version of Harvey Updyke)

    Could let the whole “Gundy whining” thing go…In case you forgot the 2011 CFB season is offically over and your team won the BCS National Championship. Reville in your victory and buy all the 2011 National Championship gear you can from Sports Illustrated!

    If you live in Florida push yourself away from the computer and go to the beach, have a Corona and RELAX. I promise it will improve your perspective on life.

    Your team won the BCS Championship…CONGRATS!

    You are a rabid Alabama fan…GOT IT.

    You are right about EVERYTHING…GOT IT AGAIN.

  12. Deb says: Jan 21, 2012 3:19 PM

    @gopokes0714 …

    I didn’t whine about Hoke. I made a comment that I thought he was deserving. But your point was well-taken. This was not the place for the comment. Saying Hoke should have gotten the nod on a thread where I should have simply congratulated Gundy was doing exactly what I criticized your coach for doing. That was wrong, and I apologize. Sincerely.

    Gundy did a fine job with Oklahoma State this year and I should have congratulated him on the award and saved any comments about Hoke for another thread. Yes, Snyder did a fine job, too.

    I’m a bigger NFL fan than college fan, so I’m used to the playoff scenario. Even after my team’s been eliminated, I wouldn’t miss a minute of the NFL post-season. The whole bowl season–with its meaningless games–is just alien to me. I don’t get it. So yes, I completely agree that the title game participants should have to run the table to get there. Let’s hope that day comes soon for all of us.

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