Oklahoma State fans, take a deep breath, your coach isn’t going anywhere. After entertaining an offer from Tennessee for most of the day, and interviewing with athletic director John Currie, Mike Gundy has decided to remain at his alma mater, despite a reported offer of six years and $42 million, or roughly $7 million a year, $3 million more than he’s making in Stillwater.
Brett McMurphy reported just minutes ago that Gundy had turned down the deal, following a meeting with Tennessee officials in Dallas. Gundy confirmed this report on his twitter account, much to the delight of Pokes fans:
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) November 29, 2017
Gundy is in his 13th year as head coach at Oklahoma State, and has spent 26 of the past 31 years of his life in Stillwater, leaving for just five years to coach at Baylor and Maryland in the late 90s. The eccentric head coach is 113-53 during his 13 years with Oklahoma State, and has taken the Cowboys to 12 straight bowl games, assuming the Cowboys head to a bowl game this season (they will). He led the Cowboys to an incredible 12-1 season and Big 12 championship in 2011, and nearly got the Pokes to a championship appearance, though they came up just short, finishing third.
Gundy is likely in for a hefty raise following this news, and from what I’ve heard, that raise, as well as an extension will be coming very soon. I’d imagine Gundy will make upwards of $5 million next season and for the forseeable future, putting him in the top ten highest paid coaches group for the first time in his career.
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