Gundy, who turned 46 in August, has been the head coach of the Cowboys since 2005, has led his team to a 9-1 record this season (6-1 in the Big 12). With a win over front-running Baylor on Saturday, Oklahoma State would be in position to capture its second Big 12 football crown in the past three seasons.
Ranked 10th in the current Bowl Championship Series standings, the Cowboys are 76-36 all-time under Gundy in his ninth season as the OSU head coach. Gundy also played at Oklahoma State, where he was quarterback from 1986-89. His younger brother Cale is the running backs coach at Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State’s 9-1 record through 10 games in 2013 is the third time in the last four seasons the Cowboys have been 9-1 or better through the first 10 games. Before Gundy became head coach, the Cowboys had gone 9-1 only one time in 102 seasons of football. This season is also the sixth time in Big 12 history the school has won six or more Big 12 games, all of them under Gundy.
A native Oklahoman, born in Midwest City, Gundy has been the recipient of several coaching honors during his time at Oklahoma State: 2010 Big 12 coach of the Year, , 2011 Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year, 2011 Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year and 2011 American Football Weekly National Coach of the Year.
The semifinalists for the Coach of the Year Award were chosen by vote of the Maxwell Football Club Selection Committee. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12. The 15 other Maxwell semifinalists include Art Briles of Baylor, Gary Pinkel of Missouri, Nick Saban of Alabama, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Urban Meyer of Ohio State, among others.