John E. Hoover: Reports indicate Gundy is in serious talks with Tennessee

John E. Hoover: Reports indicate Gundy is in serious talks with Tennessee

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy walks on the field before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy just got a fat, new contract extension at his alma mater last summer, but reports indicate he’s currently in talks with Tennessee officials for the job in Knoxville.

Reports indicate that Gundy is in Dallas for an 11 a.m. meeting with Tennessee athletic director John Currie, and a private aircraft owned by the University of Tennessee is scheduled for an afternoon flight from Knoxville to Stillwater, according to

Tennessee’s interest in Gundy was first reported by Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams, and OSU sideline reporter and Stillwater radio host Robert Allen confirmed the report.

Allen also reported that Gundy was offered by UT more than double his current salary of $4.2 million a year to $8.4 million annually.

Gundy is Oklahoma State’s winningest coach with a 113-53 career record.

Gundy just finished a 9-3 season in which the Cowboys were a trendy pick to win the Big 12 Conference.

Gundy flirted with Tennessee and Arkansas in 2012, and last year had a brief dalliance with Baylor before receiving a five-year, $22.25 million contract that included concessions for increased salary for his assistants and a more competitive recruiting budget.

The new deal is essentially a lifetime contract because it includes an automatic annual rollover.

“I’m very pleased with the new contract because it reflects our mutual commitment and long-term vision to take our football program to an even higher level in the years to come,” Gundy said in a statement last June. “I appreciate the support and confidence of President (Burns) Hargis and Coach (Mike) Holder in me to continue to lead this program for many years to come.”


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard every weekday on The Franchise in Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. with co-host Lauren Rew. In Oklahoma City, catch him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:25 and every Friday afternoon at 4:05. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Visit his personal page at



Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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