Mike Gundy Sports New Ringtone

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:12 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Feb 14, 2011 2:21 PM CDT

Layna Dewell
Oklahoma Sports Staff

STILLWATER, Oklahoma—Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy was interrupted at his press conference Monday by a new and familiar ring tone.

Mid-sentence, Gundy’s phone rang and the song “Baby” by pop star Justin Bieber rang out loud and proud for all to hear.

Coach Gundy took a moment to silence the phone before continuing to answer the question he was asked.

“I changed mine last night,” Gundy said when asked about the catchy ringtone tune. “I figured if he was going to use my ringtone that I should certainly use his ringtone.”

During a recent Radio Disney interview, Bieber received a phone call and a portion of Gundy’s “I’m a man, I’m 40” rant played on Bieber’s phone.

“Come after me, I’m a man, I’m 40” rang out before Bieber answered his phone and after he ended the call he was immediately asked about his ringtone choice.

The pop star said he saw the video of the press conference and like it so he decided to use it on his phone for all calls.

Monday, when asked if he is a Bieber fan, Gundy quickly responded “I am now.”

Coach Gundy was also asked if he would consider inviting Bieber down for a game and he said he would and that he would even consider a suite.

“I would prefer that he buy one (a suite)” said Gundy. “I would prefer that he come and sing and perform a concert here and buy a suite, we still have some available.”

Gundy met with media members Monday to discuss the hiring of three new staff members in offensive coordinator Todd Monken, running backs coach Jamal Singleton and wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn.

In case you are not familiar with the “I’m a man, I’m 40” rant, let me refresh your memory.

In September 2007, a local newspaper columnist wrote a story about quarterback Bobby Reid, who had been benched the week before from the starting position.

The article highly questioned Reid’s toughness and attitude.

In a news conference following a game later that week, Gundy took the opportunity to tell her exactly how he felt about her article, going as far as to say it was “garbage” and telling her “get her facts straight” and to come after him, not a kid who has been doing everything right.

The rant will live on as one of the most vocal and public displays of standing up for a student athlete in sports history and thanks to Bieber, even the younger generations will likely appreciate the coach's passionate defense.