Monday, December 17, 2012
Weekend recap: Gundy, Kingsbury, KU
By David Ubben
Do you miss me yet on the weekends? Here's a little of what you missed while the blog was away:
Gundy opens up about the future
Mike Gundy had high-profile flirtations with Arkansas and Tennessee that had plenty of folks wondering what was in store for him in Stillwater. At the center of those worries? His relationship with athletic director Mike Holder. Gundy met with the media for more than 20 minutes and spent more than six of those minutes talking about his relationship with Holder.
From the Tulsa World:
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.
Gundy admitted that he and Holder disagreed about scheduling philosophies, but said they would "work through" it and move forward.
It's the right move. I always found it farfetched that Gundy would actually leave, but I do believe he went too far in trying to gain some leverage in that scheduling debate.
As for replacing Todd Monken? We'll see an odd strategy for the Pokes' bowl game, he told reporters.
From The Oklahoman:
"We're going to get together as a group and just do it as a group," Gundy said Friday, in his first meeting with local media since the Baylor loss to end the regular season. "We may make a decision at the bowl."
Pressed further on who would actually make the final decision on any particular call, Gundy didn't waver: "A group."
Included in that group: Gundy, offensive line coach Joe Wickline, receivers coaches Kasey Dunn and Doug Meacham and running backs coach Jemal Singleton."
Odd stuff. It feels a little counterintuitive on paper, but Gundy says the playbook Dana Holgorsen brought to Stillwater is simple enough for it to work. Time will tell, but I'm not sure Purdue will offer a tough enough test to really make it matter. It'll only be for one game. Gundy also declined comment on reports he'd offered the job to anyone, including former Mizzou offensive coordinator David Yost.
Kingsbury offering tough talk in introduction
New Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was introduced on Friday afternoon, and already took a jab or two at another couple schools in Texas you might have heard of.
From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
“When I got into coaching,” he said, “I went to the University of Houston. That was a business decision. When I went to that other university, that was definitely a business decision. But being here now, this is personal to me. This is where I want to be.”
I've already heard from a handful of A&M fans angry at their old OC, but can you blame him? Anyone who's followed the Big 12 knows there's no love lost between those two universities, but in coaching, you'd better be able to quiet those loyalties if you want to climb the ladder.
Kingsbury did that, but he obviously still has a special place in his heart for Lubbock. Now, he'll get to enjoy his new home, but not before taking another shot at another new Tech rival, old coach Tommy Tuberville, who skipped town for Cincinnati not days after telling AD Kirby Hocutt he was committed to Tech's future.
"One last request I have with Kirby," Kingsbury told the crowd. “I was going to see if there’s any way possible we can get Cincinnati on the schedule next year."
We don't know if Kingsbury can run a program yet, but we certainly do know he knows how to fire up a crowd. Hilarious stuff from the new guy.
Kansas building some recruiting momentum
Kansas hasn't had much to be happy about in the past few months, but its juco recruiting binge may have reached its climax with the commitment of defensive end Chris Martin. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder was an Army All-American after abandoning his post as the Coldplay frontman and played the 2011 season at Florida (where Weis was the OC) before transferring to a junior college in California. Weis also recruited Martin when Weis was the head coach at Notre Dame.
For Kansas, that's 10 (!!!) commitments in one week for a class that now has 16 junior college commitments among its 23 members. Craziness. Weis' strategy now is clear: He wants results now.