Pat Kinnison

Can All Now Return To Normal?

Mike Gundy will be traveling to San Antonio on Thursday to meet with the media and participate in a teleconference along with Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre.

Pretty simple. Recruiting is going on as we speak for all of the Division I schools and Oklahoma State had all of its coaches out this week, including head coach Mike Gundy. Gundy is set to be in San Antonio tomorrow along with Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre to meet with the local media and advance the upcoming showdown between the No. 12 and No. 10 teams in the College Football Playoff Rankings, the best bowl game outside the New Year's Day Six. In fact, it looks better than some New Year's Day Six matchups.

So the hope is that everything normalizes. There are no major job openings, at least none that would get Mike Gundy's temperature up. Baylor and Oregon (no evidence with me that Gundy was up for the Ducks job) were offering or discussing major money as in $5 million plus, but nothing left will command even half that unless Houston gets somebody they will pay the $3 million they were paying Tom Herman. 

So, now Gundy can recruit, he was doing it anyway since Sunday, and not be distracted and get to coaching his team up for the Valero Alamo Bowl starting Saturday after final exams are completed. The relationships can be improved, which is a challenge to all parties.

It should be a goal to have Oklahoma State football move solidly and confidently toward a season that could result in another prime opportunity for a Big 12 Conference championship and a possible berth in the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma State should have that kind of talent, but a much more difficult schedule with two non-conference games on the road and trips in conference to Texas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, and West Virginia.  

Finally, this is a major recruiting weekend with four players visiting in high school commitment and mid-year enrollee star linebacker Brendan Vaughn from Forney, Texas, junior college commitment and mid-year transfer  Arlington Hambright, an offensive tackle from NJCAA national champion Graden City C.C., and junior college prospects and mid-year transfers Corrion Ballard, safety, Blinn C.C., and Arizona Western linebacker Patrick Macon. It is important to make sure as a program the Cowboys keep the commits and entice the prospects to jump on board.

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