Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy loves Duck Dynasty.
No, not that Pac-12 team that has the retina-burning uniforms and hot cheerleaders.
Gundy is a fan of Duck Dynasty, A&E's hit reality show that follows the adventures of brothers Phil and Si Robertson. The two own Duck Commander, a company that sells products to duck hunters including the famous Duck Commander duck call. But there's a college football connection.
Phil played football at Louisiana Tech and had NFL interest but he decided against it. He explained to the Inquisitr why:
"They said, ‘Why don’t you go in the NFL and play football?’ In the ‘60s, the late ‘60s, the going price was $60,000. You make the team? 60 grand. I thought, ‘And I miss duck season? And I have large, violent… men chasing me trying to stomp me in the dirt?’ It just seemed like a lot of stress and not a lot of money."
Phil is pretty interesting but that crazy Uncle Si makes the show. He tells stories better than Pa from Little House on the Prairie. Phil and Si's sons, Jase, Jep and Willie, don ZZ Top-like beards and like to roam through meadows and fields in search of ducks in Louisiana. Get the picture?
Mike Gundy @CoachGundy
.@jamiedonwheat Our family watches @DuckDynastyAE every morning & night. Uncle SI is our favorite. They're welcome at #okstate. #AskGundy2013-5-10 15:41:57
The show is a big hit. A bunch of zany characters building a business from the bottom up is a ratings-buster. But they're also a family that resolves their problems at the dinner table every night. It's The Beverly Hillbillies meets The Waltons, SEC style.
It's no wonder Gundy likes this show.
Gundy knows how hard it is to build success. Prior to his tenure at Oklahoma State, the last six consecutive winning seasons in Stillwater were from 1983-88. He and his team also know how hard it is to adjust to success. And to keep earning respect.
The Oklahoma Sooners have always been treated like royalty in the state while Oklahoma State has been that annoying little brother that causes trouble every now and then.
Gundy has built up his own little dynasty. And now he wants the Duck Dynasty cast to be his guests at a Cowboys game.
Mike Gundy @CoachGundy
Extend an open invitation to the @DuckDynastyAE crew for sideline passes & carte blanche to @CowboyFB. Love to have them in Stillwater2013-5-10 15:44:23
Picture Boone Pickens Stadium with 60,000 fans blowing their Duck Commander duck callers as the team takes the field with ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man blaring over the loud speakers.
This needs to happen.
Nothing is greater than the spectacle of college football.