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Mike Gundy on jogger’s DUI arrest: ‘I’ve probably done that a thousand times in my life’

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College football coaches love the discipline performance of star players more than the discipline itself. They come to seem like formidable leaders, but their priority is job security. When Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon II was recently arrested on suspicion of DUI, head coach Mike Gundy didn’t even bother with appearances. To explain his reasoning for not suspending Gordon, Gundy volunteered his own experiences getting behind the wheel after a few.

Early on the morning of June 30, Gordon was arrested near Oklahoma City with a blood alcohol level between .11 and .10. Gordon still showed up at Big 12 media days this week to give a brief, boilerplate apology, but Gundy stayed in court longer, downplaying the idea of ​​any real discipline and musing about the supposed universality of drunk driving.

“(Gordon) is going to play,” Gundy said. “I’m going to do what we think is best for Oklahoma State football. And I think it’s best for Ollie to play. If there’s any punishment, it’s forcing him to carry the ball 50 times in the first game.”

If you read that Gundy may not take the dangers of drunk driving seriously, he made his position clear afterward. When asked about Gordon’s condition and why he brought him to the media day, Gundy said his racer was unlucky to do something he had done often.

“So I looked it up on my phone: ‘What would be the legal limit?'” Gundy said Tuesday in a televised interview with ESPN. “In Oklahoma, for example, it’s .08 (percent). And Ollie was .1 (percent). So I looked it up and it was based on body weight. I don’t want to get into the legal side of it, but I was like, ‘Really, two or three beers, or four.’ I’m not justifying what Ollie did, I’m telling you the decision I made. Well, I was like, ‘I’ve probably done that a thousand times in my life and you know it was right. ‘ So I got lucky. People get lucky. Ollie made a decision that he wished he had done better, but when I talked to Ollie, I was like, ‘You’re lucky, you got out of the light. ‘”

Gundy’s legal analysis needs more work. The legal limit in Oklahoma is .08 for those over 21. For Gordon, 20, the legal limit is any measurable amount of alcohol. It would have taken less time, anyway, if Gundy had just said clearly that he didn’t care. Making the 2023 Doak Walker winner come to media days isn’t real punishment, nor is giving him a lot of the ball in the season opener. Every time Gundy dared to say what Gordon did was wrong, he did so with reservations. If Gordon weren’t a star, it would be easier for his coach to pretend he runs a sensible program, but handling an All-America running back requires at least some bullshit.

Judging by the response to his comments, Gundy was told to do damage control. Hours after the interview, he posted on Twitter that when he talked about having had a few beers and then driving many times in his life, it was simply a figure of speech. “What I intended to say today on Big 12 media days was that we are all guilty of making bad decisions,” Gundy wrote. “It was not a reference to anything specific.” So when I say that mullets are a bad look for some college football coaches, because they make their heads look swollen and weird, it is not a reference to anything specific.


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