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Gundy unsure of what to expect in Texas Bowl matchup with A&M

December 4, 2023
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As he begins preparing for a Texas Bowl matchup with Texas A&M, Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy admitted he wasn’t sure what to expect.

That goes for the Aggies and his Cowboys.

A&M (7-5) and Oklahoma State (9-4) will square off on Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Speaking at a press conference via Zoom on Monday, Gundy said he expected the vast majority of his players to participate. However, he also acknowledged that’s just a guess.

“I’m anticipating a large, large majority of our team playing in this bowl,” Gundy said. “But over the last two or three years I think we would all agree that we don’t know anything for sure until it’s all right in front of us.”

The Cowboys’ depth chart for the Big 12 Championship game last week showed 17 of 22 starters are seniors and juniors. Those are draft eligible players.

“I’m not sure where they’re at with their coaches. I’m not sure who’s available to them. I’m not sure if the new coach coming in is going to coach them.”
- OSU head coach Mike Gundy on Texas A&M

In recent years it’s become common for draft eligible players to opt out of bowl games to avoid injury and/or to prepare for the NFL Combine.

Players three years removed from high school are available to enter the draft. The transfer portal also opened on Monday, so any players that enter wouldn’t play in the bowl game.

Gundy said he should know by next week who will be available for the Cowboys.


“Just going off history we would think we would know by next Monday, for sure, who’s going to not play in the bowl game,” he said. “Now that’s not 100 percent. Every year we learn more about decisions that players make. I would think in a week we would be pretty close to knowing who we’re going to have available for the game.”

Running back Ollie Gordon II, who leads the nation with 1,614 rushing yards, is a sophomore, so he isn’t draft eligible.

However, there has been speculation that he could enter the transfer portal.

“We’ll find out who’s available after portal decisions are made,” Gundy said. “Then moving forward we’ll practice like we do in spring practice. We’ll share reps instead of just giving all the reps to the majority of the 1’s and 2’s.

Lia Musgrave, TexAgs
Texas A&M is 18-9 all time against Oklahoma State and defeated the Cowboys 24-21 in the 2019 Texas Bowl.

“We’ll work and get our young players an extra 12 practices to get them prepared for spring ball. Wait and find out who we have available based on decisions guys make.”

Gundy admitted his knowledge of Texas A&M is limited. He knows head coach Jimbo Fisher was fired several weeks ago and replaced by Mike Elko.

Interim head coach Elijah Robinson was expected to coach the Aggies in the Texas Bowl.

However, he's accepted a defensive coordinator position at Syracuse, so it's uncertain whether he'll still serve as the A&M coach.

Also, offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino has left to accept the same position at Arkansas. There's been no word of who will call the plays for A&M.

Receiver Ainias Smith won't play because of a broken finger. There may be other players who decide to opt out or enter the transfer portal.

“I haven’t even gotten into what we’re facing other than I know a little bit about Texas A&M’s defense and certain things like that just from hearing guys down the hallway,” Gundy said. “But I’m not sure where they’re at with their coaches. I’m not sure who’s available to them. I’m not sure if the new coach coming in is going to coach them.”

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Gundy unsure of what to expect in Texas Bowl matchup with A&M

10,379 Views | 15 Replies | Last: 4 mo ago by Aggiehunter34
AgBQ-00
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Is he 52 now?
Matsui
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Comical. Love it.
ktownag08
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AgBQ-00 said:

Is he 52 now?


Still a man! (...I think)
woodyhayes
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Even Aggues don't know who will be coaching !
Muy
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Can we borrow one of your coaches, Mike?
murphyag
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Aren't the A&M assistant coaches under contract until after bowl season even if they are going to be working elsewhere next season?
68RebelE
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Why not let Weigman call the plays?
I read he's done a lot of sideline work this fall with the coaches.
Matsui
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The ones that are here yes. Some have left for other gigs
sharpdressedman
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Opt outs and transfers have wrecked non CFP bowl games.
Magneto
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I really think elko should call the game. Might stop
Some portal movement if he pulls something off

Before everyone jumps in saying this isn't the norm and it could
Do more damage, we have reached rock bottom!

This is the thinking that we have got to move on from…….playing it safe and traditional…..!
MaroonStain
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sharpdressedman said:

Opt outs and transfers have wrecked non CFP bowl games.


40 bowl games have wrecked bowl games.
A is A
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woodyhayes said:

Even Aggues don't know who will be coaching !

Got 'em right where we want 'em!
90ags
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Gundy coaches speak! They are in it to win it and embarrass A&M. He was very vocal early regarding NIL, A&M 'paying' and recently the money for the buyout. He is Joey Freshwater light, but land locked in Okla.
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agwrestler
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Paging Dr. Stephen McGee to solve this emergency
Aggiehunter34
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