During his weekly press conference Monday, the Oklahoma State coach dodged a question about reviving the OSU-OU football rivalry. "That's like commenting on gun laws or abortion or something like that."
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy dodged a question about whether he’d consider resuming the Bedlam rivalry, comparing it to commenting on gun laws or abortion.
“If I ever want to run for governor of the state of Oklahoma, you’ve got to learn to avoid questions like that,” Gundy said Monday at his weekly press conference, his first public comments since late Saturday after OSU’s 27-24 victory over Oklahoma.
The question hinged on a hypothetical scenario. Would he sign off on scheduling Oklahoma if a high-profile future opponent such as Oregon asked to drop a previously scheduled game?
“I don’t blame you for asking but that’s one of those questions I wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole,” Gundy said.
The Bedlam party is over: Gundy declared the celebration of OSU’s Bedlam win official over.
“I addressed (the staff) this morning and said I don’t want to hear about (winning Bedlam) anymore… we’re moving forward. You’re moving forward. I’m moving forward. My job is to get the team to move forward,” Gundy said.
“For me to not address the situation now and moving forward would be a mistake in my opinion. So that’s why I’m just moving forward because otherwise, this won’t move forward. It’s too big of a situation in the state of Oklahoma to just go away in one or two days.”
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Gundy said Ollie Gordon is receiving too much praise: Ollie Gordon won Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the fourth week in a row for his 137-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance against OU. Gundy said he’s concerned that Gordon is receiving too much praise.
“There’s too many people telling him how good he’s doing,” Gundy said. “And that’s his personality. He loves that stuff, which is fine. And deservedly so. But it’s unnatural for a human to be able to accept that much and then say I’m gonna go work tirelessly all week and get ready.”
Gordon leads the nation in rushing yards (1,225) and rushing yards per game (136).
Xavier Benson’s mental preparation pays dividends: Senior OSU linebacker Xavier Benson was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Oklahoma. Benson had seven tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three tackles for loss.
“He’s really evolved in his mental preparation and how he handles game situations,” Gundy said. “In my opinion, that’s where he’s made his biggest strides over the last 12 months.”
Benson has started every game for the Cowboys since transferring to OSU in 2022 from Tyler Junior College.
“If you want to play well at this level, you have to have the ability to play reckless with your body,” Gundy said. “If you get hurt, you get hurt. And that’s what he’s doing.”