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SI: How significant was last year's Big 12 championship for your program?
MG: The ramifications have been tremendous. For our community and university it's been the biggest thing that's ever happened to this school. ... I got a letter from a 70-year-old guy who said, "Thank you. Now I can die in peace."
SI: Did you defy the adage that defense wins championships?
MG: I believe championships are won on defense, but if 70% of a championship was won on defense 10 years ago, 55% of it is now because people can score more points than they could before. We proved that last year.
SI: What's been the effect on recruiting?
MG: Those 100 [recruits] we offer in Texas, they see Oklahoma State as being as prominent as any program in the country for the first time ever.
SI: WHY NAME A STARTING QUARTERBACK IN APRIL?
MG: SOMEONE NEEDED TO TAKE OVER THE REINS AND SAY, O.K., I'M ORCHESTRATING SUMMER PRACTICES. THREE GUYS CAN'T DO IT.
SI: A lot of successful receivers—Rashaun Woods, Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon—have played in Stillwater. What do you look for when recruiting that position?
MG: Speed is not as important to us as good ball skills. The players who have come through here and been productive as receivers [are] guys who have been pretty good basketball players.