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Realizations: Think, then speak

Friday, October 5, 2007  
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By Rachel Chisholm

Sometimes when people open their mouths to speak, it makes me sad they didn’t think about it first. This is a new pet peeve I have obtained, thanks to the recent eloquence that OSU Coach Mike Gundy displayed for the whole world to see.

I heard about the infamous rant and quickly came to the conclusion that it sounded pointless and honestly not worth much more thought. I began to hear various opinions on the subject around campus this week. It started to raise my interest, especially since the problem seemed to have stemmed from something a journalist wrote. After viewing the video of Gundy on YouTube, I gathered my own opinions.

The only thing I want to address is the way Gundy reacted to the article written by Jenni Carlson, sports columnist for the Oklahoman. While I have opinions about her right to say what she wants (as a columnist) and his right to express his frustrations with the media (as head coach of a Big 12 football team and in the public eye often), I will only examine my drawn conclusion; people should really think before they speak in public.

Gundy acted as if he had something valid to address by stating that he was told about the article and was understandably disappointed by its content. I actually felt a little sorry for him. Then, I quickly felt sorry for him for a very different reason; he sounded ridiculous. His anger clearly got the best of him as he began to yell, not talk, with no clear direction or purpose other than to be angry and make someone upset the same way he was. It was a completely ineffective way to get the media’s attention, well, in the way he intended. Furthermore, his word choice superseded even the disorganization of his approach to the topic as a whole. Yelling, “That ain’t true” in reference to the “facts” of the article, did nothing for his portrayal of being an educated or well-spoken person. This is sad because he could be both educated and well-spoken, but his rant did the exact opposite to reinforce that.

Also, he mentioned a better option for the writer would have been to “go after” a player that “doesn’t do the right things” rather than to offend a good-standing student who may not be as good on the field. This solution puzzles me. Why is “going after” any other player a better idea?

It is disappointing that Carlson went as far as she did in reference to the player and his character, but sadder that Gundy had the opportunity to act in a mature, effective way to inform the media of its impact and, in my opinion, failed. I suppose after all, he is just a man…and 40.

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