118 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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Oklahoma State Head Coach
Mike Gundy is a true Cowboy.
He has spent more than half
of his life either quarterbacking
or coaching at Oklahoma State and is
the head coach presiding over the era of
greatest sustained success in the history
of the program.
What he has done at Oklahoma State is
remarkable. When he took over as head
coach in 2005, the OSU football program
had an all-time record of 473-492-47 (49.1
pct.). With Gundy at the helm, OSU is 120-59-0 (66.7 pct.). Oklahoma
State had 16 bowl appearances in its 104-year history prior to
Gundy, but with him as head coach, the Cowboys have made 13
bowl appearances in 14 years.
He didn’t take over a program known for consistent success, but
Oklahoma State has indeed become a powerful program under his
How did it happen?
There are a number of key factors in the Cowboys’ rise to prominence,
but one of the most notable is that Gundy identified and
executed a blueprint for success at Oklahoma State that starts with
the culture and people and extends into success on the field.
Of course, college football is a tough business in which longevity
and staying power are hard to come by for coaches who don’t win
games, but Gundy is indeed a winner. He coached the Cowboys to
the 2011 Big 12 championship and has posted six 10-win seasons.