Mike Gundy Rips Big 12 Leadership Regarding Expansion

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy came out swinging this week on a variety of things including the fair-weathered nature of OU fans as well as Big 12 expansion.“I don’t understand expansion right now. I don’t know what we’re doing,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “I think right now we’re pretty much clueless.”Gundy has listed several reasons for his displeasure with the leadership in the Big 12, ranging from the failed Longhorn Network (which he previously railed on) to the head-scratching list of expansion candidates, including the University of Houston.Gundy told Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World that Houston is a concern without actually saying the word “Houston.”“The concern is, and where that comment is coming from, is if your northern schools put a southern school, and another school in Texas, in the same league, that essentially is going to pull recruits from all of us,” Gundy said. “That’s what it comes down to.”“Anyone that’s not in Texas will have a more difficult time recruiting Texas if another Texas school gets in this league,” he reiterated.Gundy is fully aware that it is tough enough to mine the rich recruiting grounds in Texas with four Big 12 schools already in state (Texas, TCU, Baylor, and Texas Tech). Adding a fifth in the University of Houston, blessed with a brand new stadium, recent success, and located in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, would be a huge hit for other schools trying to recruit in the area.“We have about 130 guys on our team and 30 of them are from Houston or that surrounding area,” Gundy added to the Tulsa World.He also expressed the sense of “community” and environment amongst coaches and high school programs within the state. Many high school coaches are alumni of Texas schools, and have already built relationships with the colleges through other recruits over the years. This is just another potential giant to battle.He went on to stress patience with the current edition of the Big 12, and pointed out the conference has been right in the thick of contention for the College Football Playoff the last few years.“That’s why in my opinion, I don’t think it’s worth it,” he added on expansion. “Just be patient, see where we’re at. We’re not that far off. Two years ago we should have had a team in the playoff. Last year we did. What’s the big deal? That’s my opinion. Nobody likes to hear it, but that’s my opinion.”If and when the Big 12 does decide to expand, perhaps it would be better to expand its presence geographically with a school with a national fan base such as BYU, or another talent-heavy state, such as UCF in Orlando, Florida. Either way, Gundy brought the heat opposing expansion at this time, and has opened the door for other coaches to voice their opinions as well.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *