Mike Gundy is a 49-year-old man, head football coach at Oklahoma State, and a former Big 12 Coach of the Year.
He also, for whatever reason, has a mullet.
“Man, I can’t even go into that,” Oklahoma State running back prospect Chris Carson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show, laughing. “I think he should cut it.”
Gundy has had – let’s just say noticeable – hair for several years, but the mullet takes the cake. To many, it looks like a porcupine on his head.
“At first, I thought it was just because people were talking about it and (it was) a way to get some attention in recruiting,” Carson said. “But I guess his wife told him that it looks nice and he should keep it. Me and some of the players, we don’t agree with it, but what can you say? . . . We don’t even talk about it. It’s just like an embarrassment.”
Do you want to know what wasn’t an embarrassment? Carson’s production in Stillwater. The former Cowboy ran 82 times for 559 yards – 6.8 yards per carry – and nine touchdowns last season. The 6-0, 218-pounder wasn’t always a power back, but he became one over time.
“It kind of just happened,” he said. “In the running back room, we kind of joked about me being able to squat a whole bunch of weight, but they haven’t seen me run over somebody. It happened in one of the games where I tried to prove them wrong, and then from there on, it took off from me being a power back to a speed back. It’s something that positively affected my game.”
After trucking his first defender, Carson wanted to do it again.
“It felt good doing that,” he said. “It felt better than trying to run around somebody. Just to run through them felt a lot more like me.”
Carson, who ran a 4.58 40 at the Combine, said he will do whatever he needs to do at the next level.
“I feel like I’m going to be whatever they want me to be,” he said. “I feel like I have enough speed to get around the outside and run in between the tackles and break away on defenders. I can catch out of the backfield, so I feel like I’m a complete back. Whatever the team wants me to do, I’ll do.”