To the let­ter

OSU’s Mike Gundy has taken a play from K-State’s Bill Sny­der’s play­book — writ­ing let­ters to play­ers.

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Wright swright@ok­la­homan.com SEE LET­TERS, 3B

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-

[PHO­TOS BY AP, AND JIM BECKEL AND BRYAN TERRY, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

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.

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