Yesterday, Mike Gundy offered up some of what Tony Barnhart euphemistically refers to as linear problem solving. It’s really something.
“The NCAA, the presidents of the universities, the conference commissioners, the athletic directors all need to be meeting right now, and we need to start coming up with answers,” Gundy said. “In my opinion, if we have to bring our players back, test ‘em. They’re in good shape, they’re all 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 years old, they’re healthy. A lot of them can fight it off with their natural body, the antibodies and build that they have. There’s some people that are asymptomatic.
“If that’s true, then yeah, we sequester ‘em. And people say, ‘That’s crazy.’ No, it’s not crazy, because we need to continue to budget and run money through the state of Oklahoma.” [Emphasis added.]
Well, he’s certainly saying the quiet part out loud there. It’s what my dad used to refer to as diarrhea of the mouth, constipation of the brain.
What I can’t figure out is what he hoped to accomplish there. Is he frustrated? Sure, just like every other football coach in America. The difference is the rest of them are sensible enough to cap their remarks at “gee, this is frustrating”. Did he really think a “get the kids in here, so’s we can all get paid again” was going to sway management at Okie State?
OSU released a statement about Gundy’s comments late Tuesday night.
“Everyone wants to return to some degree of normalcy as soon as possible,” the statement read. “As for Oklahoma State University, we will adhere to the advice of public health experts who are making informed decisions in the best interest of the citizens of our nation and state based on sound scientific data. We will also abide by the federal and state mandates as well as Big 12 guidelines.
“We will not compromise the health and well-being of our campus community. This virus is deadly and we will do our part at Oklahoma State to help blunt the spread.”
Gundy says he has a plan, and the plan is for that to start May 1. I have a feeling that plan is about to run into Mike Tyson’s First Rule of Plans.