To the letter
OSU’s Mike Gundy has taken a play from K-State’s Bill Snyder’s playbook — writing letters to players.
STILLWATER — Amid the mass of people and Iowa State disappointment on the field of Jack Trice Stadium last Saturday afternoon, Cyclone senior Joel Lanning made his way to Oklahoma State’s side of the field.
Lanning wanted to find OSU coach Mike Gundy to personally thank him for the handwritten letter Gundy had sent him a month ago.
Gundy had written the letter to acknowledge Lanning’s impressive game against Oklahoma in which he starred at middle linebacker and played quarterback in short-yardage downs.
Gundy’s letter was an old-school move to salute a guy cut from old-school cloth.
And once upon a time, Gundy was the guy on the other side of the letter-writing.
The writer of Gundy’s letter — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder — will be at Boone Pickens Sta-
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, right, and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, left, prefer to send handwritten letters, a practice that connects them all the way back to 1989. These letters, below, were sent by Snyder and Gundy to The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel.