Franchise columnist and co-host John E. Hoover is now also a Featured Columnist for VYPE High School Sports Magazine. Read his newest columns every month when VYPE hits the newsstands.
Gunnar Gundy made his first start as a high school quarterback in the season opener at Edmond Memorial, but sadly, his dad could not be there.
Couldn’t get off work, it seems.
Gunnar Gundy and Mike Gundy’s 2017 season openers were played at the same time.
“Yeah. Tough deal,” Mike Gundy said after his Oklahoma State Cowboys dispatched Tulsa 59-24 in Stillwater. “It was hard, you know? First game that he was really playing as the starter, to not be there with him, it was difficult. But that’s sometimes the way life is.”
Mike Gundy once famously shunned a mandatory trip to Connecticut for a day-long series of interviews on the ESPN campus because one of his three sons was playing in a summer league baseball tournament.
“I paid $10,000 to do that,” Gundy said, referring to a fine from the Big 12 Conference. “But it was worth it.”
Gunnar Gundy is a high school sophomore, a 6-foot, 165-pound left-hander who started his career with an efficient 10-of-17, 170-yard performance against the Bulldogs that included a 49-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Leming in a 23-7 Pioneer victory.
Mike Gundy is a big-time college football coach, a mullet-wearing media darling armed with a 108-51 win-loss record and the equivalent of a lifetime contract that pays him $4.5 million a year at his alma mater.
But he’s also your typical sports dad. …
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