Columnist has words for Gundy
A columnist for the largest newspaper in Oklahoma wrote Tuesday that Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy “attacked my credibility” during a postgame tirade three days earlier.
Jenni Carlson, in a column that appeared on the front page of The Oklahoman, maintained the accuracy of an earlier column critical of the Cowboys’ former starting quarterback, Bobby Reid.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State officials seemed hopeful the controversy – fueled by tens of thousands of views of Gundy’s rant on Internet sites such as YouTube – would dissipate.
Whether the public would allow that to happen remains to be seen, as the story continued to lead newscasts in the football-crazed state and remained the focus of sports-talk radio shows – including one hosted by Carlson, who has worked as a columnist at The Oklahoman for eight years.
Following Oklahoma State’s 49-45 win over Texas Tech on Saturday, Gundy used his postgame news conference to berate Carlson for 3 1/2 minutes and left the room without taking questions.
“It was unbelievable that this was happening,” she said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I just was really not expecting that there was going to be this sort of outrage.”
On Saturday, Gundy called three-fourths of the column “fiction” and said he doesn’t read the newspaper “because it’s garbage.” During Gundy’s news conference Monday, Carlson asked the coach to point out what he thought were factual errors. “I don’t have to,” Gundy said.
Carlson asked again, and Gundy said, “I don’t have to. I’d rather just let it go.”
“I will not stand on the sidelines and allow someone to attack my credibility,” Carlson said.
Stockton will play at Montana
Ferris senior Shawn Stockton, nephew of former Gonzaga University and NBA star John Stockon, has made an oral commitment to play basketball at the University of Montana.
Stockton was weighing offers from schools for both basketball and football before choosing.
“I tried to keep my mind open because I love both,” he said. “But I played well this summer and basketball took off.”
Stockton is the point guard for the Saxons and was integral to their 29-0 state championship. He quarterbacked in football last year until injured and this year plays slot receiver and defender for the unbeaten team.