Gundy isn’t worried about target on OK State’s back

DALLAS — Mike Gundy took the stage as a part of the Big 12 Media Days, and of course, was questioned about being the preseason pick to win the conference championship this season and the effect it could have on his players.

Gundy isn’t worried about it; in fact, he is looking forward to having a target on his team’s back this season.

“I think it’s a tribute to the players that have been before this group, the young men that are on our team now, and the ones in the future,” Gundy said. “They’ve got a lot to look forward to. I know that it won’t have any effect on our season, but I do think it means a lot to Oklahoma State that people feel comfortable in saying we’re good enough to have the opportunity to win a conference championship.”

The Oklahoma State head coach now also has some exclusive company in the Big 12 as a coach that was a quarterback and a head coach at his alma mater with Kliff Kingsbury’s return as the head coach at Texas Tech.

“Kliff is a smart guy. He’s had success. He’s obviously got good pedigree,” Gundy said.  “He’s been trained by one of the best in the game, and I’m sure that he’s very excited to be  to be back in Lubbock and will definitely bring more excitement for you guys and for the fans to Big 12 football.”