Oklahoma States Mike Gundy Named Coach of the Year

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2011

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 12:  Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy has been voted the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year. Gundy's Cowboys sustained only one loss all season and won the school's first Big 12 title in history.

Gundy, who is most famous for a press conference meltdown, is well deserved of the Coach of the Year designation. Though he fell short of getting Oklahoma State in the national championship this season, his 11-1 record speaks for itself.

Perhaps the most impressive moment in Gundy's season was the 41-10 blowout win he galvanized over in-state rival Oklahoma immediately following their upset loss to Iowa State that knocked them out of the BCS title picture.

Oklahoma State is on the map on a national scene now, and with guys like Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden dominating in the manner they have this season, it will send recruiting through the roof.

OK State is an offensive juggernaut and one of the most exciting teams in the nation to watch. They're right on the cusp of doing something special, and Gundy is a great selection for Coach of the Year.

The Cowboys have a great chance to prove the voters made the right choice for Coach of the Year by making a statement against an Andrew Luck-led Stanford Cardinal team in the Fiesta Bowl.

Even though it's likely Justin Blackmon's last collegiate game of his career, the offensive prowess they've put on display will undoubtedly bring in more playmakers.

Gundy set the foundation for Oklahoma State to excel over time and win on a consistent basis. He's completely changed the culture, and the future couldn't be brighter for Gundy and Oklahoma State.