Did Gundy handle Alabama situation right?

December, 9, 2011
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After his team showed up at No. 3 in the BCS standings, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy maintained he had no regrets about how he handled the past week.

Asked before the season finale against Oklahoma how he would vote in the coaches poll if he had a vote, Gundy raised eyebrows just about everywhere.

His team deserved to be No. 3 and Alabama deserved to be No. 2, he said.

"Our team wasn't ready to hear, 'Let's play LSU,'" Gundy said. "Our team needed to hear, 'Let's beat Oklahoma.'"

That's what they heard and what they did. For a team that hadn't beaten Oklahoma since 2002 and had never won a Big 12 title, that made sense.

His team beat the Sooners 44-10 and after the game, Gundy said his team now deserved to play for the national title as the nation's No. 2 team.

But colleague Johnette Howard says Gundy should have lobbied more.
"Isn't it totally reasonable to think a weeklong drumbeat of talk from Gundy about why OSU deserved to be in the title game could've closed that minuscule .0086-point gap?

Instead, Oklahoma State now has a consolation-game date opposite Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. The pairing features two of college football's most interesting offenses. But no matter what the final score is, and regardless of whether Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden outduels Stanford's wildly hyped Andrew Luck by double digits, the memory of another number -- .0086 -- is likely to linger at OSU far, far longer.

The shame of it is Gundy had a legitimate case he could've made."

It's an interesting point, but what do you think? Did Gundy handle this the right way? If he had trumpeted his team before it beat Oklahoma, would the Cowboys be playing for the title?

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