OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy clears the air about relationship with OSU AD Mike Holder
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Saturday, December 15, 2012
12/15/12 at 2:42 AM
Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy devoted 6 1/2 minutes of a 22-minute press conference to the subject of his relationship with athletic director Mike Holder. Words like "strained" and "fractured" were used to describe their relationship during a period in which Gundy was being courted for head coaching positions at Arkansas and Tennessee.
Gundy acknowledged a disagreement in regard to scheduling, but said his relationship with Holder is "not what people think it is."
"I was disappointed that there was so much out there that he and I didn't get along about anything, and that's not true," Gundy said.
"What we have accomplished here in football is based on what Boone Pickens started. There is no question about it. We could not have accomplished this without him, just to give you a rundown. And then Mike Holder bought in and got (Pickens) on board and then at some point they got me on board and we all worked together and got to this point.
"And from that point, we are trying to maintain, and we have what we need here to do that. We had a little issue with scheduling. He sees one thing and I see another. There is not any reason to deny that we see it differently, but we will ultimately work through it and we move forward. That's the one thing people need to realize. Oklahoma State has enough here to maintain football for a long time, not like we had it 10 years ago."
Confirm or deny: A reporter who covers Missouri football wrote that former Mizzou offensive coordinator David Yost (who resigned at season's end) has been offered the offensive coordinator job at OSU.
Gundy, asked if he has offered the job to anyone, said, "I can't talk about any job offers at any situation. It's just not fair ... "
Cap and gown: Fourth-year junior quarterback Clint Chelf was among OSU players who, after a Friday practice at Boone Pickens Stadium, attended a media availability session in a workroom at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Chelf will return to the arena Saturday for a different reason - his graduation ceremony.
"It will be nice," he said. "I got accepted into grad school a couple of weeks ago, so I've got more schooling to go and I will try and get my master's (degree). It will be a fun time to graduate college and hang out with my family and friends."
Chelf, who is expected to start a fifth consecutive game when OSU plays Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, indicated it will not be his final college football game.
Asked if he has considered swapping the grind of being a student-athlete for just being a normal grad student, he said, "The only thing that really crossed my mind was kind of the (Brandon) Weeden plan, graduating and having two semesters while I am taking golf and bowling and stuff. But as long as I am on scholarship I might as well do something with it and try to go to grad school, and luckily I got accepted."
Twitter interpretation: On Dec. 7, junior cornerback Justin Gilbert posted a message on his Twitter account that said "It's been real Stillwater!"
And people who saw it jumped to the conclusion that Gilbert has made up his mind about leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.
"That's not what I meant by that tweet," he said, adding that people have asked him about it.
Gilbert said he doesn't know what he is going to do and will make a stay-or-go decision later.