Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said earlier today that he would be against playing a non-conference home game if no Big 12 officials were used.
Over the weekend, Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys lost to Central Michigan on a last-second Hail Mary after the Chippewas were incorrectly allowed to run a play with no time left on the clock. The play came after the officials wrongly awarded Central Michigan an untimed down after flagging the Cowboys for intentional grounding.
Central Michigan went on to win the game 30-27 on a Hail Mary turned hook-and-ladder play. As a result of the call, the MAC officiating crew and two-person Big 12 instant replay unit, which also missed the call, were suspended for two games.
In a conversation with ESPN, Gundy announced his intentions to move on from an opponent if they don’t want to use Big 12 officials:
“In a contract with a Power 5 school, you’re going to exchange officials on your one-to-one games. Otherwise, I would not go into a game without Big 12 officials. We’re playing a school that does not want to use our officials, you move on and find another school. The best ones will be at [the Power 5] level. When we’re playing in these games, we need to use our officials. Or we don’t sign a contract.””
Gundy went on to say he doesn’t want to “disrespect” non-Power 5 officiating crews, but after the outcome of their game against Central Michigan, he doesn’t want to use them again.
Despite the officials making the incorrect call, Gundy shouldered blame for the loss in a Tweet:
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) September 11, 2016
Gundy took full responsibility for the loss, but also shared his displeasure with the ruling on the field. He states his intent to move on and focus on the Cowboys’ next opponent, Pittsburgh, who is coming off of a 42-39 win against Penn State.