Oklahoma State megabooster T. Boone Pickens hasn't recovered from watching his Cowboys get bludgeoned by Mississippi in the Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl, a fiasco that saw Oklahoma State turn the ball over seven times. Midway through the fourth quarter, Pickens was spotted packing his belongings and heading for the door at Cowboys Stadium.
Pickens has invested $250 million in the program and has yet to see a fair rate of return. The Cowboys haven't had a 10-win season since 1988 and — worse yet — coach Mike Gundy is 0-10 against Texas and Oklahoma, losing to the Longhorns, 41-14, and Sooners, 27-0, in 2009.
The man is frustrated.
"That day I gave the money I said I knew we're not going to win every game," Pickens told Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World. "I'm tired of leaving the stadium with my head down. And I darn sure had my head down after the game in Norman and after the Cotton Bowl. I'm 82, so I'm not on the 20-year [rebuilding] plan.
"Gundy has assembled a good staff, our program is stronger and our recruiting is better. But the Big 12 South is a tough place to hang out."
Gundy's window of opportunity may have passed. He's breaking in a new quarterback this fall behind an inexperienced offensive line. Eight starters must be replaced on defense.
Pickens, being the gambler that he is, told Sittler he is willing to wager a dinner that Oklahoma State will win "at least" eight games.
But what happens if the Cowboys win only six or seven?
"Well, it's been five years," Pickens said of support for Gundy. "So how long do I get [until] I'll be identified as a patient guy instead of an impatient guy?"