DALLAS – The first half of Day One of the Big 12 Conference football gathering here at the Omni Hotel started with discussion of Baylor’s ongoing sexual assault scandal but social media exploded over the Mike Gundy mullet.
It was a full morning, from the serious to the silly.
While commissioner Bob Bowlsby spent much of his time discussing the Baylor situation, the Oklahoma State coach lit up social media because of his hair cut. His typically spiky grown-out crew cut style remains the hair is longer on the collar.
Call it what you want: a Kentucky Waterfall, a Missouri Compromise, a Seven.
“It’s not a real mullet,” Gundy said. “A real mullet has to be at least shoulder length and you’ve got to have some curls in it.”
Turns out that Gundy’s 11-year-old son Gage has been bugging his dad to get a haircut – now, there’s a parental role reversal for you. The Cowboys coach, playing the role of the recalcitrant youngster has resisted the clippers.
“I said, ‘If you keep bothering me, I’m not going to cut it.’ So, I let it go now for a couple months,” Gundy said. “He wears on me every day. So know I’m kind of enjoying it.”
So are his players and other coaches.
“I’ve never seen one like that before,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. “Not that clean up front and then party in the back.”
“He needs to grow it a little longer,” Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington said. “I think it needs to get to shoulder length.”
“I think he needs to grow it longer and maybe perm it,” Oklahoma State linebacker Chad Whitener said. “Get it long enough so it can wave around, maybe flip it some.“
Gundy’s haircut is totally ‘80s and if he keeps the style it will be appropriate as this season he’s coaching the son of one of his Oklahoma State teammates. Gundy was the Cowboys’ quarterback when Barry Sanders had the greatest season for a running back in college football history. Sanders’ son Barry Jr. is a graduate transfer from Stanford.