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September 7, 2013

Gundy faces old mentor in return trip to Lone Star state

STILLWATER — When Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy steps on the field at the Alamodome in San Antonio for Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff against the University of Texas San Antonio, he’ll have a very familiar coach stalking the sideline opposite him.

Larry Coker, who became the first head coach for the relatively new UTSA football program after six successful seasons at Miami (Fla.), is a native Oklahoman and was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State during Gundy’s playing career.

“I’ve always enjoyed Coach. I think he’s a very intelligent coach and he’s a great person with great people skills,” Gundy said. “It’s no surprise the success he’s had there in such a short time. I remember spending time with him in position meetings and as a player I enjoyed his approach with certain plays in that if they do this then we need do that and it’s pretty simple. He kept the game simple and it wasn’t very complicated, and as a player I enjoyed that part.”

Coker was equally as complimentary about Gundy.

“Mike has done a great job there. He was a very smart player and tremendously competitive,” Coker said. “He was a playmaker when there weren’t plays to be made. He was an outstanding player. He’s very confident and you can see that in their team now.

“He’s had some staff changes and they keep on progressing and getting better. They’re a talented team. They are a Top-25 team, a BCS team and are picked to win the Big 12. It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for us.”

Gundy brings an Oklahoma State squad into San Antonio that will mark the first BCS Conference opponent to visit the Roadrunners in the program’s third year of existence. But not only will it be the first BCS team to visit the Alamodome, it will mark the first BCS team UTSA has played, ever.

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