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Mike Gundy Is Subtle

I don’t know about you, but when I watch Mike Gundy’s post-game press conference I feel like I can detect that he is a little upset with Jenni Carlson.

What is the deal with OSU football coaches and post-game press conferences? First Les Miles responds to a Bedlam loss by challenging any “sucker” in the country, and now Mike Gundy decides a victory over Texas Tech is the best place to try out his Bobby Knight impression?

Frankly, I am of two minds about this. On one hand, Gundy is largely correct on the merits. I’ve defended Jenni Carlson’s feature writing occasionally here in the comments — and I do think she’s an easy target for unfair criticism — but she really struggles, for whatever reason, as a columnist.

The article in question struck me as really bad when I read it this morning, mainly for the wild speculation. What we’ve seen this past week has been the local media spending hours and column inches interpreting a five-second clip of a laughing Bobby Reid, and all sorts of pundits extrapolating what that really means and what kind of person Bobby Reid is. That’s sad, and frankly, pathetic, and indicative of the sort of thing that happens all too often in our local media. You’ll notice Carlson’s story isn’t sourced at all, instead the entire premise is based on “rumors and rumblings.” To be fair, it wasn’t just her that went overboard with the Bobby Reid stuff this week, but for whatever reason she got the brunt of Gundy’s criticism.

So I can understand where Mike Gundy is coming from. But wow, was this the wrong way to express his feelings. At one point he screams “I’m a man! I’m forty!” Which is, I suppose, true on the facts, but the last time I checked not many mature 40-year-old men accost other adults in public the way Gundy did. In many ways, I really do sympathize with him, but ten years from now no one will remember whether or not he was making a good point; they’ll remember him ranting in a press conference like Jim Traber on the radio.

After weighing all of my feelings, the one thing I can say for certain is that I’m glad this happened. If nothing else, it should provide some good fodder until next week’s games. The only disappointment is that no one has shown video of Carlson’s reaction during the tirade. Surely, with all the cameras in the room someone got a clip of that.

Anyway, what was your favorite part of the incident? I’m torn between Gundy saying he hopes that Jenni Carlson will someday have kids that other people belittle and the weird applause at the end of his speech. Who was that? My money’s on Greg Swaim and Robert Allen…


  1. Go Gundy!
    By the way, I know is off the topic, but I wanted to ask you.

    Who is more powerfull in Oklahoma: Gary England or Bob Stoops??

    Go Gundy!!(also plz win some games)

  2. An important question.

    Gary England controls the weather, which is certainly a very powerful ability.

    On the other hand, Bob Stoops is able to make a significant portion of the state march in lockstep with him no matter what he says or how off base he is.

    If they were to combine forces, they could likely rule the entire country, or at least Great Plains.

  3. Also, Mike called out the sports editor of The Oklahoman, and said he was “garbage.” Mike has always faced a fairly forgiving press;it will be interesting to see how The Oklahoman responds. Also, nobody really listens to Berry Tramel’s radio show, but I would pay money to hear his Monday show. What will Berry say?

  4. To be sure, Jenni Carlson’s column was unfair and insulting to Reid. To single out a collegiate athlete like that and publicly humiliate him is unprofessional to say the least. Nonetheless, Mike Gundy acted like the arrogant, macho, hot-headed jackass that he is in his response. It will be funny to see how much airtime his childish outburst will receive nationally.

  5. I thought he could have worded it a little better but I guess in the heat of the moment it’s hard to think clearly.

    I know I’ve had my share of moments where afterwards I thought to myself “You know. You should have said this and this.”.

    Ok, so if the writer had been a man. How many people think a chair to the head would have been involved in this incident?

  6. Gundy may have stuttered and stammered around a bit but it is understandable. The man was pissed and really had a right to be.

    I love it when people simply speak from the heart and not regurgitate some pre-composed compost. Did Gundy look like and ogre? Not really…certainly no more than that Sooner all time great coach Howard Smellinburger. But Gundy certainly made more sense than Howard ever did.


    PS: Is it any wonder the Daily Oklahoman’s circulation is down…with columnists like this.

  7. I could not agree more with your sentiments on the subject. What I found most ridiculous about the rant was the constant referring to Reid as a child. Excuse me, isn’t Reid 21 or so.

    Also, does Gundy really think this helps Reid feel better. Imagine how embarrassing it would be to be equated to a crying little kid when you’re in college playing in front of thousands of people.

  8. I loved it. I literally sat there watching the press conference with my jaw on the ground. I don’t care what anybody says, this is just good television. I’m a sooner fan and I still say go Mike go. The only thing that could have made this clip better is if Mike actually form-tackled Jenni right there in front of the entire press, that would’ve been awesome. God he needs to get laid.

  9. To answer your question. My favorite part was in the very beginning. “This was brought to me by a mother…of children”. What the hell else is she a mother of?

  10. Notice The arrogance of Gundy. He did
    not answer a single question. Now if any reporter dares to ask him a question at this week’s press conference, will he go ballistic again? Jenni wrote what many people have been saying about Reid, including on sports talk radio. The strong implication in the article was that some of her sources were from OSU. Daily Oklahoman says it stands behind its column-start of a cold war?

  11. I say go Mike. It really was a silly article and was belittling to what seems to be a good kid.

    The best point he made (maybe not in the most perfect speech, but really he had been in 90 degree heat for four hours) was that these guys are not professionals. When they screw up, sure write about them. But to call the kid a wimp and talk about his mom feeding him chicken in the parking lot, was kind of a low blow.

    Either way, Jenni has been a tool ever since she wrote about Toni Lindsay’s knee.

  12. Props to Gundy!

    The Daily Oklahoman, Jenni Carlson, and that article are horrible. I’m sure she didn’t intend any harm with the article, but her meager skills as a journalist just kind of lead into it.

    The only time players should be singled out and criticized are when they have committed a crime, broken the rules, or are being paid to play professionally and are not getting the job done. I think the prevalence of fan outlets like internet message boards and sports talk radio has created a situation where less-talented sportswriters forget that they need to have integrity and conduct themselves professionally.

  13. Jenni is destoying the credibility of every female sports journalist. Gundy’s point was right on, he just didnt need to yell and look so stupid. Jenni will end up with positive remarks because of this and I’ll be forced to avoid her articles for at least another year before they finally wise up and cut her loose.

  14. What I find so amusing is that the article really had nothing to do with Jenni’s lack of “maternal” sensitivities. What does being a “mother of children” have to do with writing a bad article? I know I know its’s the lack of sensitivity to a “kid”. If she goes out and has herself a pack of children, I guess she’ll write better columns…

  15. Gaylord family and the biased Daily Jokelahoman strike again. Go Mike go. Its about time someone stood up to defend a collegiate athlete unfairly criticized based on non-cited and inaccurate information. Jenni Carlson needs to get laid or get a better vibrator.

  16. Both parties are wrong here. The article was horrible and off target. But Gundy’s tirade was embarrassing. He lost control and took some cheap shots. Am I clear on this…did he actually wish ill will on any future offspring she might have?

    Not cool.

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