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July 27, 2009

NEW: OSU highlights from Media Days

Highlights OSU coach Mike Gundy's press conference at Big 12 Media Days Monday afternoon in Irving, Texas.



· On defensive coordinator Bill Young joining the staff:

"I know that our players were excited about his attitude and the way he approached our team. The confidence that he exemplifies when he talks to the players, the way he carries himself in the staff room amongst the coaches has been very good for me.

"I know sitting in the room, the staff room, at times there can be a lot of egos involved in coaching, and he certainly doesn't have one. I think that's been a plus for our program."



· On the Cowboys having their best chance on winning a conference championship since Gundy's been involved with the program:

"It's a great year for us, but I would say with the returning players, the experience, we stay healthy. The continuity and the structure of the program and where we're at would give us the best chance since I've been back here."



· On the close losses OSU has suffered against Texas over the last few years:

"I'd like to blame myself, but we were in a couple of them with coach (Les) Miles, so I blame part of them on him.

"It's been interesting because our players have played very well. We've had an opportunity to win those game. We haven't finished.

"I think that you tell a team that you keep pushing forward and you keep working hard and you keep preparing, that will bounce in our direction at some point."



· On still being behind Oklahoma and Texas:

"Unfortunately, we're one of the few teams that can be in the top 10 in most polls across the country and be third in our division. But we have a goal, and our goal is to put a team on the field that has a chance to win every Saturday. We'll work hard to accomplish that."

-- John Shinn

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