The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel wanted to discuss the current climate of college football and the seeming NCAA reformation. John Hoover of the Tulsa World wanted to ask question after question on freshman running back Devon Thomas, who is no longer with the team after the Broken Arrow product went home to Tulsa in May and was arrested and charged with several felony counts involving an armed robbery incident.
One or two questions would have sufficed. Is he off the team? What are the circumstances? Did you know that he was a potential trouble maker including the material that was sealed in a juvenile record but responsible for his suspension part of his junior season in high school?
Gundy answered each of those questions.
Is he off the team? Thomas is not on the team, but he is not dismissed. You have to let the legal system run its course.
What are the circumstances? The circumstances are pretty standard at Oklahoma State in that any player charged with a felony is not going to play.
Did you know that he was a potential trouble maker including the material that was sealed in a juvenile record but responsible for his suspension part of his junior season in high school? No, that record was sealed and even the Broken Arrow coaches did not reveal or talk about it. Gundy said he knew he was suspended but tried and never got the answer as to why. Oklahoma State tried to make a characterization through the recruiting process and thought Thomas would be fine academically and socially.
Finally, Gundy was asked some football questions. I understand that a head coach is paid a bunch and that he is responsible to answer questions to the media about his program. However, I'm not sure it is fair for coaches to have to face interrogation or badgering.
Maybe I'm biased. Mike Gundy is a man and yes he is about to turn 48 by my calculations, but being a head coach doesn't mean you get treated like Gundy was today. It's no wonder why some coaches don't enjoy dealing with the media any longer. It used to be different, not softer, just more tactful.