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Monday, September 24, 2007

Coach Gundy and Mr. Hyde

Imagine the curiosity of the media covering the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech game when it showed up for OSU coach Mike Gundy's post-game news conference and saw the front page of The Oklahoman taped to the podium.

Instead of talking about the Cowboys' great win over the Red Raiders, Gundy rips into columnist Jenni Carlson from The Oklahoman about her story on quarterback Bobby Reid.

Carlson has her supporters though. I don't agree with Dennis Dodd's argument that Gundy may be fired. Suspended, yes. Lose his job, no.

The post-game news conference isn't the place for a verbal assault on a reporter. That seems pretty harsh on Gundy's part. It's great he's sticking up for his player, but if he's got a beef with a reporter, talk tete-a-tete.

4 Comments:

Blogger Greg Pearson said...

I dont know...guys in his position dont always get to say what they think of someone and have an audience for it. Cant say I have a big problem with it, as long as he's willing to suffer any backlash for backing his guy.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Roy Lang III said...

Gundy's tirade, probably not the best thing he could have done, helped mask his point, a very good one. Amateur athletes do deserve different treatment than millionaire pro athletes.
The media is definitely quick to annoint a kid for dazzling performances on the field and quick to criticize those who struggle.
If the kid goes to class, leads a good life off the field and struggles on it, it's probably not a good idea to rip him -- ESPECIALLY WITH NO CREDIBLE SOURCES TO NAME.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Watson said...

Since when did college athletes become amateurs? Reid is getting a free $50,000 education to play friggin' football! That qualifies as pro in my book. And he's the top recruit at a BCS school. This ain't Southern Arkansas or Miami. If he can't take a little heat, he needs to head home to momma so she can spoon feed him some more. So what if she didn't have sources ... Gundy couldn't point to a certain thing that was incorrect. He should be given a dose of that special medicine they give sex offenders for his personal assault on her.

4:34 PM  
Blogger jeff said...

I listen to Mike and Mike (ESPN) and Mike Greenberg said it is highly recommended that people read the article then listen to the 'tirade'.

His point being that the article does delve into the mother-son relationship, and basically say that they kid is a sissy? So what?

So he is close to his mom, I don't understand what that has to do with being a QB at like you said - a BCS school.

Personally, I think the media goes too far and there should be some limits. 99% of these kids will never go to the pros, and yes, they are getting a 'free' education but many are walk-ons, so are the 'walk-ons' exempt?

7:39 PM  

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