Mike Gundy entered the coaching carousel once again when he listened to Tennessee pitch him their vacant head coaching position. The Vols reportedly offered him a contract that would’ve made him the fourth highest paid coach in college football.
Gundy has been a mainstay with Oklahoma State football for the last decade. From the, “I am the man, I’m 40,” speech to the new Mullet, Gundy has embodied the Cowboys’ program. Regardless of the long affiliation, he has made his name known in recent head coaching vacancies. Gundy listened to Tennessee back in 2012, Baylor last offseason, and now Tennessee again in 2017. This last run with Tennessee was after he signed a contract extension with Oklahoma State that gave him a bigger budget for assistant coaches and an increase in pay.
Today’s rumors grew more than those did in the past, but there was a small belief that he would turn it down to stay at Oklahoma State. Tennessee came calling this time, and with a reportedly much bigger offer:
Sources: Mike Gundy has decided to remain at Oklahoma State. He met w/Tennessee officials Tuesday in Dallas. Gundy reportedly had a 6-year, $42 million deal from Tennessee, but will remain at his alma mater https://t.co/m1igbKIEpx
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 29, 2017
He had reportedly talked with Tennessee Athletic Director, John Currie, previously before meeting with him today. The Vols even had Peyton Manning give him a call to welcome him to Tennessee.
When it came down to it, Mike Gundy decided to stay home once again. The Mullet will be heading into his fourteenth season as Oklahoma State’s head coach.
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) November 29, 2017