Reports: Mike Gundy offered Tennessee job, but staying at OSU
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Dec 5, 2012
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Mike Gundy is staying at Oklahoma State, according to Stillwater radio talk show host Robert Allen, who is close with the football coach.
“I’ve got some news, Mike Gundy is staying at Oklahoma State...,” Allen said during his radio show. “He has made a decision.”
No immediate confirmation came from OSU or Gundy, an eighth-year Cowboy coach who was courted for head coaching positions at Arkansas and Tennessee.
Allen’s radio announcement came shortly after Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports tweeted Wednesday morning that Gundy had gotten a job offer from Tennessee. Gundy was the subject of speculation one day earlier when it was reported that he was bound for Arkansas. Subsequent reports shot down those reports and the Razorbacks hired Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema.
Represented by agent Jimmy Sexton, Gundy was rewarded with a new contract after a 12-1 Big 12 championship season in 2011, but multiple sources indicate the negotations turned thorny and wounds have not healed. The coach landed an eight-year extension worth 25.525 million, with an additional 4.2 million in a retirement package.
After losing two first-round draft picks to the NFL, OSU went 7-5 this season despite using three quarterbacks. The Cowboys shared third place in the Big 12, but closed the regular season with losses at Oklahoma and Baylor.
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