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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy speaks during the Big 12 Conference NCAA college football media days, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

There’s an saying that wisdom comes with age. Apparently for Oklahoma State Mike Gundy, so does patience.

Gundy, who turned 45 earlier this month, said he’s a lot more relaxed around his players than when he first took over the Oklahoma State program in 2005.

“It’s just experience,” Gundy said. “Seven or eight years ago, I would not have hired me. Two or three years ago, I would not have made any of the decisions I did. The last couple of years things have been easier to come to just from experience.”

Without guys like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon to lead this year’s Oklahoma State team, Gundy knows it’s on him and his staff to keep players calm during those stressful situations.

“Any calming affect that they can get from the coaching staff or from me can only benefit our program,” Gundy said. “I have learned that’s important, and we have discussed that as a staff. We’ve been very fortunate the last couple of years to have a number of guys that can calm the football team. Some of those guys aren’t here right now. ... Now that responsibility falls on myself, (Todd) Monken, Bill Young, and all the other coaches to calm the guys down so they can just go out and play.”

— Nick Snow

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