For he's a really jolly good fellow

Sure, there may be BETTER coaches. But, there isn't another in the Big 12 who has defeated the odds like the man in orange.

Les is more, and Oklahoma State has a bundle.

OSU head coach Les Miles is still reveling in his second-straight defeat of the University of Oklahoma, and deservedly so.

Let him party all night long.

Let him party all week long.

Actually, he can party all the way to Orlando, (or somewhere like it).

The man wearing the whistle deserves it all. He deserves the 7-5 record he worked for. He deserves the distinction of being the only Cowboy coach to beat both Nebraska and OU throughout his career.

Cliff Speegle didn't do it. Jimmy Johnson didn't do it. Pat Jones didn't do it.

He deserves the game ball for sending his corps to a homecoming win over the always-dangerous Texas A&M Aggies.

He deserves his name in lights.

He deserves his name on a trophy.

A Big 12 Coach of the Year trophy to be exact.

Open your hymnals to "Poke leader turns program around," it appears on pages 28-38 of your books.

"Worthy of riches, blessings and honor, worthy of glory, wisdom and power. Worthy of earth and heaven's thanksgivings -- Worthy art thou, Worthy art thou."

Listen to that choir proclaim the news.

And, with the alma mater singing abilities of the OSU Cowboys, they should be warming up their voices to send their general down the pathway to trophyland.

"If he doesn't get coach of the year -- it's a joke," OSU offensive coordinator Mike Gundy told a reporter from The Daily Oklahoman on Saturday.

Preach on, brotha. Preach on.

Miles and the Cowboys are one missed field goal against Texas from taking OU's place in the Big 12 championship game this week. We could play the "what-if" game all day long, but the sure and simple resounding conclusion is that Miles returned to Stillwater and took OSU's tank out of the ditch.

When Miles departed the Dallas foothills for the land of the free and the home of the orange, he didn't have an easy task ahead.

Two 5-6 teams, followed by a 3-8 team preceeded him.

A herd of players who were broken, battered and beaten lay before him.

Convincing former head coach Bob Simmons' troops that the trend could be reversed couldn't have come easily for Miles. But, somehow he did it. Somehow, he instilled in them the confidence to do what was once deemed impossible. The world of college football laughed when Miles said the Sooners could be beaten in 2001.

And, even after his sub .500 squad defeated the crimson and cream 16-13 last season, the skeptics once again came out of the woodwork last week.

The No. 3 team in the nation? Yeah, right, they scoffed.

But, after going 4-7 in his first season in charge of the Cowboys, he went on a tear.

Securing historical wins against Nebraska and A&M, he told his players to keep fighting. Keep plugging along. And, they bought into it.

They believed.

And, faster than Britney Spears can show her belly button -- Oops, he did it again.

Spoiling the fun for a second year, another Miles-led team destroyed the national championship hopes of a very deserving OU team.

The mighty Sooners fell at the hands of his underrespected Cowboys; they fell at the hands of his believers.

Look at the shadow of a team he started with two years ago. Look at the journey he has taken them on -- see how it hasn't ended.

National Coach of the Year, no.

Big 12 Coach of the Year, most certainly.

He restored the faith of 107 men, and thousands of fans.

How great thou art.


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