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OSU football: Les Miles, Thanksgiving and more from Gundy’s weekly news conference

OSU football: Les Miles, Thanksgiving and more from Gundy’s weekly news conference

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy celebrates with fans following the 45-41 upset over West Virginia at the end of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

STILLWATER – Mike Gundy didn’t miss any chance to take a jab at Les Miles’ age.

The latter was announced as the new Kansas head coach on Sunday after a two-year hiatus. He spent four seasons at Oklahoma State before Gundy took his position when Miles went to LSU.

For about six minutes at the end of his weekly news conference on Monday, Gundy discussed Miles, referring to him a coach, joking about his age and looking forward to his next coaching gig.

“It’ll be entertaining,” Gundy said. “I’m glad he got back into it. It’s awesome for him that he wanted to do it.”

Gundy is a fan of Thanksgiving

The Gundys don’t mess around on Thanksgiving.

Gundy spoke highly of how his family celebrates the holiday, which he called his favorite. Gundy said he is a big fan of the vegetables and side dishes because you can get turkey and ham whenever you want. On Thursday, Gundy said time will be spent with his side of the family before they head to his wife’s side on Friday before he leaves for Fort Worth.

“It’s (my) favorite holiday because hopefully you get together with family,” Gundy said. “Eat, spend time (together) and you don’t have to open presents. Presents are a distraction. This is family, football and good food.”


Gundy said center Johnny Wilson is expected to go through practices this week, though his status for Saturday is uncertain.

Wilson missed his first game Saturday with an undisclosed injury. Walk-on redshirt sophomore Ry Schneider started at center and played well, especially in the second half. Wilson is the third offensive lineman, along with Arlington Hambright and Shane Richards, who have missed time with injuries.

Gundy said Justice Hill should be back in practice this week and should be able to play Friday. Hill is third in the Big 12 with 930 rushing yards this season. He had only five carries and a touchdown against Oklahoma before exiting with his rib injury.

Other notes

-Taylor Cornelius won two awards for his performance against West Virginia. The redshirt senior quarterback won the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week award while garnering the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor. Cornelius accounted for six touchdowns, five in the air and one on the ground, in OSU’s 45-41 upset win against then-No. 9 West Virginia.

-OSU and TCU will kick off at 7 p.m. from Amon. G. Carter stadium in Fort Worth for each team’s season finale. A win for OSU would secure its seventh win while TCU would get to six and secure a bowl berth. The game will be televised on FOX.

The Horned Frogs won last season’s matchup, 44-31, at Boone Pickens Stadium.

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Cameron Jourdan has covered Oklahoma State athletics since January 2017. He has written for The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa News and the Stillwater News Press, among others. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @Cam_Jourdan

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