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Gundy's 200th game at OSU approaches

8/21/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kudos to the Tulsa World for an outstanding story this morning by Jimmie Tramel and Bill Haisten on Mike Gundy's upcoming 200th game at Oklahoma State as a coach or player.

Gundy will begin his 18th season with the Cowboys when they meet Washington State in Seattle for their Aug. 30 season opener.

The bombastic Gundy started his career as a quarterback on perhaps two of Oklahoma State's greatest football teams, leading the Cowboys to a pair of 10-2 seasons in 1987 and 1988. He was also around for a disappointing 4-7 season as a senior in 1989, understandable in part because Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas both were gone to the NFL by then.

Gundy has gone on to be an assistant and a head coach at his old school for 13 of the last 18 years. His stint at Stillwater has been interrupted only by one year at Baylor and four years at Maryland from 1996-2000.

And he told reporters earlier this summer that he feels blessed to be coaching his school with new facilities soon to be opening.

"I can't imagine anybody who graduated from here and actually played here and has roots in this area, this part of the state, not feeling like this is the best job in the country," Gundy told reporters at OSU's preseason media day.

But when asked by the World earlier this week about the likelihood of remaining for another 199 games, Gundy wasn't as sure.

"I don't know if I'll have enough energy to do that. This job takes a lot of energy in the daily operation and in recruiting full-time. There's never a day when you can say, 'Stop, that's enough.' I do think it will eventually get easier here, but right now, we just don't have enough established tradition where we can slow down."

Gundy's record has been 94-102-3 in those games, including a record of 3-21-1 against Oklahoma and Texas.

Those schools will continue to mark Gundy's success or failure at his school. If he can ever get them to regularly be competitive with those two traditional powers, the Cowboys likely will be South Division title challengers.

But they haven't been able to so far, which is the main reason Oklahoma State and Gundy still are looking for their first Big 12 South Division title.