Some coaches at both the professional and college levels admit that the work can take their toll. Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State is not one of them.
Gundy, 55, admits that he feels better than he has in years, and he openly says he finds himself coaching at the age of 65.
“I feel better now than year after year. I’m thinking down the line. There was a time when I thought I would sign up at 65, and I don’t see that happening now, if I feel good,” said Gundy, via Zach Barnett of Football Scoop.
Gundy admits part of that is down to how easy it is for him to find work. The Oklahoma State coach said his large staff can essentially run the program on its own, which isn’t always the case.
“We have a large staff now,” Gundy continued. “I really don’t do anything anymore. Honestly, I don’t. My 17-year-old Gage, he walked into my desk and he saw me thinking and he said, ‘You’re not doing anything. What do you do? You just sit there. ‘ And I said, ‘Well, believe it or not, they pay me to think. And so I’m thinking. ‘”
You won’t hear many coaches openly say this about their long-term desire to continue working. On the other hand, Nick Saban, 70 years old didn’t think to call it exit one in two. From Gundy’s point of view, that’s probably good company to keep.