Mike Gundy's name still linked to Tennessee opening
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL World Sports Writer
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
12/05/12 at 5:30 AM
If Oklahoma State fans are worried about losing their football coach, it's a matter of one threat down and another to go.
Mike Gundy had been considered for head coaching vacancies at Arkansas and Tennessee.
The Arkansas job is no longer open because former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema will be introduced Wednesday as the Razorbacks' new coach.
The Tennessee job remains open and, until someone is sitting in Derek Dooley's old chair, speculation about Gundy's future will continue.
If Gundy stays, the issue that has come to light is this: Peacemaking needs to occur within the OSU athletic department.
Sources have indicated that the relationship between Gundy and athletic director Mike Holder has been frosty ever since the coach hired agent Jimmy Sexton and secured a lucrative eight-year contract extension following a 12-1 Big 12 championship season in 2011.
Holder and Gundy haven't publicly acknowledged they are butting heads. But if everything was ideal in Stillwater, Gundy would be less likely to consider a change of scenery.
Tuesday was a wild day for media speculation in regard to an Arkansas coaching search that was kept under wraps by athletic director Jeff Long. Gundy was briefly considered to be the Razorbacks' man before reports surfaced to the contrary. Sources could not immediately confirm if Gundy was offered the job.
One down, one to go. And reports indicate Tennessee's finalists are Gundy, Louisville coach Charlie Strong and North Carolina coach Larry Fedora, an ex-OSU offensive coordinator.
Original Print Headline: Gundy's name is still linked to the opening at Tennessee