Mike Gundy turned down Florida head coaching job, Pat Jones says

Former Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones said this week that Mike Gundy turned down an offer to become the head coach at Florida.

According to KOCO’s Carson Cunningham, Jones said Gundy was Florida’s third choice after missing on former Oregon coach Chip Kelly and UCF coach Scott Frost. Jones said Gundy declined the offer and that he didn’t try to use it as leverage for an extension with Oklahoma State.

The Gators landed Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen on Sunday after Kelly took the UCLA job. Frost, a former Nebraska quarterback, is reportedly one of the top candidates for the Huskers’ new opening.

Unless either Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin or Gundy were to come out and confirmed Jones’ story, there’s no way to know if it’s true. Gundy hadn’t been mentioned in most of the reporting on the Florida coaching search, while Kelly, Frost and Mullen had all been connected to the job for weeks.

However, Gundy played quarterback for Jones at Oklahoma State from 1986-1989. The two coaches have a good relationship, and Gundy has repeatedly cited Jones as one of his influences as a coach. If Gundy had been up for another job, Jones would probably know.

Whether this story is real or whether Jones is just giving Gundy some leverage when negotiations for his next contract extension start, only those two probably know. For what it’s worth, Gundy publicly dismissed the idea of leaving for an SEC job over the weekend.

Gundy signed a contract extension with Oklahoma State during the offseason  that gives him some pretty interesting protections. He is currently the third-highest paid coach in the Big 12 behind Texas’ Tom Herman and TCU’s Gary Patterson. He is 113-53 overall at Oklahoma State.

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