Guest Columnist
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy went off the other day (after his team narrowly beat Texas Tech, mind you) about a take in the local newspaper that apparently criticized the attitude of OSU’s recently benched quarterback Bobby Reid. The server at the Daily Oklahoman is being bombarded so until the hubbub dies down it might be tough to read the article, but you can watch Coach Gundy’s tirade here:

Now let me get this straight. OSU just won a thrilling shootout against Texas Tech and Coach Gundy chooses to mark the occasion by devoting his entire press conference to slamming a reporter who criticized the benched back-up quarterback?

Coach Gundy might have had the right intentions in trying to protect a player from personal attacks in the media, but he certainly didn’t do Bobby Reid any favors by comparing the situation to a child who gets called “fat” and comes home crying, and it took just about everything away from a strong team effort against Texas Tech. Poor execution, Coach. This might have deserved 3 or 4 strong sentences, not a 3+ minute rant that draws way too much attention to you, your player and the reporter. Next time you want to criticize the media’s treatment of one of your players, take a lesson from Jim Boeheim, a man who knows how to make his players proud to play for him:

And while we’re on the subject of coaching tirades…. here are two of my all-time favorites:
Dennis Green loves da Bears And here’s a nifty little dance remix if you can’t get enough Denny.
– And, of course, Bob Knight’s timeless “Run ’till you can’t eat supper

1 Comment

  1. It’s one thing for a reporter to report – to say that a quarterback struggled finding his receivers, or a kid didn’t play because of a violation of team rules. It seems to cross the line, however, when a writer decides that it’s appropriate to attack the personal character traits of a college kid. We’re not talking about a professional athlete here – Reid isn’t paid to play. He shouldn’t be subject to this type of criticism.