The Norman Transcript


September 25, 2007

Gundy on Gundy

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy said he hasn’t spoken with his brother, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, since the OSU coach’s tirade Saturday over a column that appeared in Saturday’s edition of The Oklahoman.

But he did defend his brother following OU’s practice Monday.

“He loves his players,” Cale Gundy said about his brother. “As a head coach, I believe your players are like children to you. That’s about all I can say.”

OU coach Bob Stoops said on the Big 12 coaches conference call Monday that he understood where the OSU coach was coming from.

“I just think there’s more sarcasm and belittling or who can be funnier and embarrassing or putting someone down,” he said. “I find it hard to read the sarcasm in those kinds of articles. I think Mike’s point is we do have to figure out … The problem with us is these are, regardless of what anyone wants to say, student athletes. They’re not professional players.

“Sometimes I think the ridicule, the way some people are writing articles or the way they talk about these kids … They don’t realize some of them are 18, 19 or 20 years old. They’re young kids. Most of them, 98 or 99 percent of them, aren’t going to play in the NFL. They’re just playing for their school, trying to do a good job. Sometimes I think the sarcasm and the belittling isn’t called for.”

Harris named to Good Works Teams

OU safety Nic Harris and has been named to the 2007 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. It is the second time in as many years a Sooner has made the squad. Running back Jacob Gutierrez was honored last season.

The two 11-man teams, a Division I-A team and a combined team from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA, honors players for their dedication and commitment to community service.

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