It is not time to fire Mike Gundy. There are people who lack perspective to the point that they believe Oklahoma State University should fire its head football coach three games into the 12-game season. Much of this “willingness to speak out” is fed by the relative anonymity of the Internet and various call-in programs, where people do not have to be responsible in their opinions because they will not be touched by any fallout.

But the greater problem is too many people live vicariously though the on-field exploits of young people between the ages of 19 and 22. If you need a college football victory to give meaning to your life, Gundy is not your problem.

The time to fire any coach, in any sport, is at the end of the season, a point at which he (or she) has had every opportunity to “get the job done.” And, before we can Gundy during the holiday season, let us not forget the positives — most notably his willingness to dismiss any player with even a sniff of trouble with the law. This is a welcome change from previous regimes and has made Stillwater safer.

While there are those who will state (when it serves their purpose) that college athletics is a business, it is not. It does not follow normal business practices and the people employed by it certainly are not held to the same standards as business people.

It is a game. It should be treated as such. And you should not pin your hopes and dreams on the outcome of any contest in which you do not participate.

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