While the media world and fans have been engaged in reaction and response to Boone Pickens' comments in the Austin American-Statesman, I can tell you from a brief conversation with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy that he has given it little thought. He really hasn't had time.
Saturday's game with Texas is a critical contest for his football team and his focus has been on addressing mistakes that kept Oklahoma State from winning at Baylor, and would do the same if repeated against Texas. Gundy has said he likes the game plans on both sides of the ball for Saturday and he is eager to see his team back out there with a chance to win an important Big 12 game in front of the home crowd.
The stories and communication that seem to present a feud between Gundy and Pickens are not accurate. Now, do they communicate? No. Pickens' statement is accurate, but just like the comments by the man who has his name on the Cowboys stadium before the first game, Gundy has not commented or engaged in a media tussle. He was surprised by the comments but has focused on coaching his team.
Glenn Spencer Is Defensive Coordinator
This one has been a constant over the last two days, but Spencer is the defensive coordinator and has led the defense in practice. Spencer had his regular meeting with the Cowboys Radio Network crew today and emphasized that the defense has worked on all facets of the defense that had issues and allowed Baylor to strike big plays last week.
Spencer is optimistic and enthusiastic that the players have received the coaching well and are working toward the challenge of the Longhorns on Saturday. Tackling will be a key with the big backs of Texas in D'Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III, and jumbo quarterback in Tyrone Swoopes.
Dillon Stoner to Get Redshirt
I heard it from another reliable source today that freshman slot receiver Dillon Stoner will be getting a medical redshirt and will have four years to play at Oklahoma State. Stoner did play in four games, but his percentage of snaps was relatively low.
"I understand that he will get a redshirt," said the football staff member. Also, it was learned that Stoner is a tough customer. He first injured what was described as a "kind of" stress fracture in fall camp, but was able to play with it until this point.