T. Boone Pickens addressed his relationship with Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, after criticizing the Pokes' head coach this week.
On Tuesday, Pickens weighed in on Big 12 expansion, which involved pretty heavy criticism of Oklahoma president David Boren and his own program's head coach, Mike Gundy. Austin American-Stateman writer Kirk Bohls quoted Pickens as saying that he and Gundy don't speak, and that Gundy doesn't "handle people relationships very well."
“I don’t have any conversations with Gundy,” he said. Is there a rift? “I don’t know, but Mike doesn’t handle people relationships very well. And he gets mad about things. I’ve heard he’s written some notes about me that weren’t very complimentary.”
This morning, Pickens, the Oklahoma State program's main benefactor, released a statement addressing his comments about the fractured relationship with Gundy. While he doesn't really walk back any of his comments, he acknowledges that it is Gundy's program to run, and throws support behind the coach.
Gundy has been incredibly successful during his 12 year tenure at Oklahoma State. He is 96-49 overall, and has not had a losing season since his first year at the helm of the Cowboys' program. Gundy has four seasons of at least 10 wins, and won the Big 12 in 2011. It will be interesting if he is connected to any of the big jobs that open up this season.
T. Boone Pickens is an Oklahoma State alumnus and the CEO of BP Capital. He is reportedly worth $1 Billion, and has donated upwards of $500 million to his alma mater. Oklahoma State's stadium is name after him.