Mike Gundy joined Sirius XM College Sports Nation a few minutes ago to talk about facilities and how support from guys like T. Boone Pickens have really helped the program, especially from a recruiting standpoint.
"If you don't have something bright and shiny and new it makes it extremely difficult to recruit the quality young men that you have to bring in to win games."
When asked if recruiting had gotten easier because of the recent facility upgrades and success of the program, Gundy explained "We have a lot of talks in our staff meetings about recruiting. For the most part we talk about recruiting every day because we're only as good as the people in our program."
"We feel like there's probably 6 or 8 schools in the country that can walk in, at any particular time in recruiting, and throw their hat in the ring and have the chance to get a young man. And that's based on tradition and winning and the logos that are recognized all across the country."
"Then there's another group of about 20-30 schools that can fare very well and just about get in on any player that's in their geographical area...and then there's everybody else."
"At Oklahoma State, we used to be the 'everyone else' but we've moved up, in our opinion into the second group, we're not into that upper echelon yet. We haven't built enough tradition here, but we've moved up into that second group."
"This is the only place I've been where we don't have a playbook"
When Todd Monken was brought in to take the reigns of the Cowboy offense after Dana Holgorsen departed for West Virginia, there was no playbook to look at.
According to the Tulsa World, Monken learned the offense by getting with assistants and quarterback Brandon Weeden in the off season to learn the ropes, and then adjusted some things schematically to fit his taste.
During a recent golf outing, Weeden, now a rookie with the Browns, admitted that adjusting to a playbook (a thick NFL playbook at that), was one of the biggest changes for him.
"We give our guys what they need in increments - formational stuff, play stuff, whatever for their individual meetings. They have a book that they take notes on, but as far as this is the Oklahoma State offense and this is what we do, no."
Over a year on the job an still no playbook. Monken says that he encounters situations every once in a while where it would be nice to have a playbook, but doesn't believe that having one provides any advantages. In fact at times he thinks it can be "overkill"
"But then there are other times that you are like, do we really need it?Is it just a waste of time to make sure that we have just this huge binder of how we do things? I don't know. Somewhere in there lies the middle."
"Did I think at times in the NFL with that big playbook, was it overkill? Yes, I think it was way too much information. You are not going to look at all that."
Instead of ink on paper, Monken says that plays are taught by using film and getting players plenty of practice reps.
"It's really what is pertinent to you." he explained.