Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is no longer 40, but he's more than willing to tell everyone to get off his lawn with their new-fangled cell phones.
At his weekly news conference Monday, Gundy said players today — those darn whippersnappers today — are less prepared to play college football than before because they’re are too busy on their phones. He said his generation spent time outside instead.
"They understood all the dynamics of it compared to young people nowadays," Gundy was quoted as saying by Sports Illustrated. "They don't spend as much time around football; they spend more time playing some game on a phone."
I'm calling baloney on that.
Why would Alabama hand the offense of the nation's No. 1 team to a freshman (Jalen Hurts) if he wasn't ready? Florida State (Deondre Francois) has done the same. So has Texas (Shane Buechele), Southern California (Sam Darnold), Arizona (Khalil Tate) and Georgia (Jacob Eason).
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 19-year-old Heisman, is in his second year on campus. Quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston won the Heisman as freshmen in 2012 and 2013.
And quarterback typically is regarded as the toughest position to learn.
I spend way too much time on my cell phone, too, so it would be hypocritical of me to bash a teenager for doing the same. But regardless of how much time they’re on their phones, at least some players are arriving in college more prepared to play — not less.