Gundy Not A Fan Of Being Midnight Cowboys

It took more than three hours for the Cowboys to ride out the storm. Then it took another three and a half hours to ride out the Hurricane.

By 3:35 a.m., the Cowboys had claimed a 59-33 victory against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at H.A. Chapman Stadium, but the line of questioning coach Mike Gundy faced after the game seldom turned to the team's on-field performance.

Instead, Gundy fielded question after question about the effects of playing into the early hours of the morning, the physical ramifications it had on the players and just how he kept an amped-up Cowboy team busy for three hours as the rain poured in Tulsa.

"I'm not real excited about playing at that time, to be honest with you," Gundy said. "I'm going to try to do the best I can to be careful about what I say, but there comes a certain point in the middle of the morning where your body is not used to functioning. Whether young people stay up at night or not, they don't exert themselves at 2 and 3 in the morning. I had concerns about injuries on both teams; I was really concerned about losing players.

"At some point we have to have some thought put in to the well being of student athletes. I know everybody has to go along with it and we can't control it; it's just not the best situation."

And it's a situation Gundy had already expressed concern with days prior to the game when kickoff was still expected to be at 9:10 p.m.

"You can't control the weather but when you (schedule) to start at 9, you put yourself in that situation," Gundy added. "Anything can happen. I just don't think it's the best thing in the world to do, I'll be honest with you.

"(The players) have to go to class on Monday. It's going to take a couple days to get over an evening like this for all of us. It was very unusual. I'm not sure why we had TV timeouts during the game, to be honest with you. I guess somebody paid for that so we have to, but at some point you have to think, ‘Who's really watching at 3 in the morning?'

As far as the game was concerned, Gundy said he wasn't pleased with a lot of what he saw and execution will have to improve as the schedule gets tougher, starting next Saturday at Texas A&M.

In part because of routine and part difficult upcoming opponent, Gundy said the team and coaches would not adjust their normal schedules to compensate for the late night in Tulsa.

The coach said he was happy to come away with a win and there were positives to take away from it despite all the chaos that unfolded Sunday morning.

"I don't want to mislead us winning and winning somewhat handily with everything surrounding it. It was a good win," he said. "I just think we played somewhat sloppily and, as a coach, you never like that. Whether you win by 30 points or you win by three, you want to be sound ... I'm glad we got the win but we need to move forward and get ready to play a good football team next week."

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