It's a little unusual how Gundy relates much better to some of the broadcasters outside the market than he does to some that cover his beat or state their opinions in the Sooner state.
I must admit, as Gundy spoke with Rome it was as if the CBS Sports Network star was working down a list of Gundy topic points, including a discussion of the Bret Bielema and Nick Saban led negative feelings over up tempo and spread offenses. Plus, the concern over how a tougher than usual opener and the preparation it requires might impact the team's gas tank and physical prowess during a November run late in the season.
Gundy noted that it is a concern opening up in Houston with SEC foe Mississippi State but that he will wait and see the impact in November. He hopes that he and his staff can take steps to keep the team fresh.
It was a good exchange that Gundy had with Rome and good publicity for Oklahoma State as the head coach was shown in the club level in front of a stained glass Pistol Pete and an OSU white helmet. Gundy and the coaching staff had entertained a full house of female Oklahoma State fans all day Friday for Football 101.
The head coach enjoyed the events Friday but he is also looking forward to next Thursday when he welcomes back his players for fall camp.
"It’s always fun to see them next week," said the head coach. "I haven’t seen them at all because I’m gone. In June, I see them but next week is the first time I’ve seen most of them rather than just having a structure and academic meeting with them every so often. It’s always exciting to see the guys."
As for that first game in Houston against Mississippi State, the media asked offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich how he felt calling plays for the Cowboys the first time on the road instead of in front of the home folks at Boone Pickens Stadium.
"I don’t necessarily feel any pressure. I’m excited, and I think it’s a good opportunity for our football program," Yurcich said. "I think our players are really looking forward to that opportunity. We’re excited about it."
The next step in preparing for it begins next week. So far, knock on wood, the summer has been distraction- and drama-free and all about getting ready to play some good football while living up to preseason prognostications and positive vibes which continued on Rome's show.