STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Purdue Boilermakers have something in common as they enter the Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl — Both teams are missing coaches. Purdue fired its coach Danny Hope after the season finale against Indiana. OSU’s offensive coordinator Todd Monken took the Southern Miss job.
Thursday at the media luncheon, coach Mike Gundy expressed his frustration with the number of coaching changes before bowl games.
“It doesn’t just effect one person, it affects a number of people,” Gundy said.
Gundy said he doesn’t think either team has an advantage.
“When you lose a coordinator like we did, I lost a quarterbacks coach, an organizer on offense and a play caller,” Gundy said. “ ... I’m not a fan of either situation. ... If we are going to keep the integrity and have these bowls matter , then we need to take a seriously look on whether we want to make coaching changes before all these bowl games are played.”
The Heart of Dallas Bowl isn’t the only bowl that’s dealing with change. Ten bowl games feature teams that will take the field without their head coach. Four more have teams that lost a coordinator. That’s only counting head coaching jobs. Big 12 school Texas Tech will play in the Meinke Car Care Bowl without its head coach and offensive coordinator.