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Gundy relishes brush with fame thanks to ‘Arkansas waterfall’

Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy sported a throwback hairdo Monday at Big 12 media days.


DALLAS, Texas — Mike Gundy’s show-stealing hair, the highlight of Big 12 media days, had all of college football debating what is and what isn’t a mullet.

Even before the Oklahoma State contingent arrived in Dallas, quarterback Mason Rudolph took one look at his coach and knew the Joe Dirt references swirling

“Jumped on the plane this morning and I wondered, ’Is he trying to make a statement and get some flow action back there?’

“He’s got his ‘80s swag back,” Rudolph said.

Gundy attributed his hairdo—and the #GundyMullet2016 hash tag that sprang up—to “goofing around with his kids.” One of them, 11-year-old Gage, has been riding his dad all summer to get a haircut, so Gundy opted to “let it go for two months.”

The coach also delighted in embarrassing his 19-year-old son Gavin, who texted Monday.

“He was like, ‘Really? Social media’s blowing up because of your hair,’” Gundy said.

Laughing at what one reporter dubbed an “Arkansas waterfall,” the soon-to-be 49-year-old Gundy contends it’s not a real mullet.

“A real mullet has to be at least shoulder length and you’ve got to have some curls in it,” he said.

But if Gundy wants to rock the ‘80s authentic?

“Maybe get a little bit of loose perm in there, a bi-level cut and go right back to it,” he said

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