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 FlightAware.com.
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 johnehoover.com.