Alamo Bowl distraction not new to OSU
Never will this writer forget my trip to the 2004 Alamo Bowl where lies were tossed around like candy from a parade float and then came a disaster of a football game where Oklahoma State's distracted football team was pounded by Ted Ginn Jr. and Ohio State by the resounding score of 33-7.
Now, as the Cowboys prepare for another trip to San Antonio, I harken back to that year and wonder if this is going to be something similar?
Quickly a refresher course. That year Les Miles was leading the Cowboys and for the two weeks after the regular season ended, he kept shoving aside rumors he was looking for another job. The day for the date with the Buckeyes, he told John Klein, John Helsey, myself and several other Oklahoma media members that he hadn't had "any contact" with the LSU people.
Come to find out, at that very moment Miles' wife was up in their suite visiting with the LSU athletic director and Miles' agent. He left our informal gathering in the hall after the big pre-game press conference to go upstairs and work out the details.
The media and his players had things figured out, though, and the next night their performance on the field proved that team was indeed distracted.
Fast forward to 2016 and there seems to be a similar scenario developing and that is causing concern among OSU players and fans, including the biggest boosters who help keep the program funded at the levels needed to keep the Cowboys on a level with other top programs.
And, once again, current coach Mike Gundy couldn't escape the rumors. At a morning press conference with Gundy and Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre this question was asked for the long-time player and coach at OSU:
Q. Coach Gundy, I know you're on the road recruiting this week. There's been some reports you were speaking with Baylor officials in regard to their head coaching vacancy. I'm sure your focus is on the game, but are those reports accurate?
Gundy: "I didn't hear half of what he said. No, I'm joking (laughter). That was pretty good, wasn't it? As everybody knows, I'm fully committed to Oklahoma State. Fortunately enough I've been around really good players. When you win games, your name gets brought up. I've read about Coach MacIntyre's name, so I'm going to push this off on him.