Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was reportedly meeting with University of Tennessee officials on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of the filling coaching vacancy left in Knoxville, Tenn.
A university-owned plane was even scheduled to land in Stillwater in the afternoon — bolstering the rumors of the 12-year Cowboys head coach making the jump to Rocky Top next season.
If Gundy was to leave his alma mater after more than a decade as head coach, it would be a bit of a shock to Cowboys fans — especially considering Gundy’s remarks on Saturday that his stability in Stillwater was “more than ever.”
And according to one columnist, Gundy’s integral role in Oklahoma State football’s identity might just be why the man with the mullet is interacting with the Volunteers.
Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel wrote Tuesday that Gundy could simply be meeting with Tennesee as means of sparking a reaction — something that would truly test his worth to Oklahoma State after a playoff-promising 2017 season ended in a 9-3 record.
“Why would Gundy want to leave a place where he’s a made man, his alma mater, his family’s home, a program he’s built, for a place as likely as not to chew him up? The answer is, Gundy almost surely doesn’t want to leave for Knoxville. He wants to stay in Stillwater. He just wants everyone to know he’s wanted.” — Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman
Tramel added that Gundy already turned down the job for Florida, which has posted 52 wins in the SEC over the past 10 years opposed to the Volunteers’ 26.
Gundy has won 113 games at Oklahoma State since he took over the reins from Les Miles 12 years ago. He has averaged 9.3 wins per season with the Cowboys the past decade.
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