The relationship — or lack thereof — between Oklahoma State’s biggest financial booster and its head football coach is once again in the news.
Earlier this week, billionaire T. Boone Pickens offered an “update” on his rocky relationship with Mike Gundy, saying he doesn’t “have any conversations” with the head coach. The business magnate also decided to take a shot at Gundy’ personality.
“I don’t know, but Mike doesn’t handle people relationships very well. And he gets mad about things,” Pickens said Tuesday. “I’ve heard he’s written some notes about me that weren’t very complimentary.”
The comments made news and remained in the headlines for the rest of the week, enough so that Pickens decided he needed to issue a statement on game day to “clear [the] air” on the situation. In the statement, Pickens describes himself as “88 years old… [with] competitive spirits [that] have not diminished.” Pickens, who reminded everyone again that he recommended Gundy for the job, further clarified the current status of his relationship with the coach, stating that “I have not placed a call to Mike Gundy in years.”
“It’s his program to run, not mine,” wrote the man whose name adorns the Cowboys’ football home.
Pickens went on to say that he does “not intend to talk about our relationship publicly going forward.” Why Pickens decided to make his “final” statement on the day of a huge Big 12 matchup with Texas — less than two hours before kickoff at that — is a question that many OSU fans — and school officials — will be asking themselves for quite a while.
— T. Boone Pickens (@boonepickens) October 1, 2016