Mike Gundy is staying in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Cowboys fans have a right to be thrilled about that.
But once the excitement wears off, and the Eskimo Joe’s “Cowboy 4 Life” sign comes down, Oklahoma State supporters will need to examine why Gundy was close to leaving at all.
This isn’t the first time Gundy has been linked to the Tennessee job. And after a summer of continually saying how content he was at Oklahoma State, it’s strange that Gundy took the Volunteers’ offer so seriously.
Scott Wright of The Oklahoman asked some tough questions in a column on Tuesday. The main one: “If Gundy is a Cowboy for life, why does he keep flirting with other programs?”
It’s a valid question, and one that needs answering. Money seems to be the root of the problem. As Wright wrote, “Gundy wants more funding for the program, and perhaps the Tennessee meeting was his way of taking a stand.”
The head coach had disagreements with athletic director Mike Holder over funding, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
“Gundy had met with Holder and other Oklahoma State officials in recent days over a list of items Gundy believed would help recruiting efforts,” Low wrote. “Sources said talks between Holder and Gundy did not go well.”
There’s a lot of questions that Oklahoma State and Mike Gundy both need to answer. The coach has brought plenty of success to Stillwater — but he does often seem awfully anxious to leave.
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