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Okie State’s Gundy Almost Took UT’s Job… Over Scheduling

mike-gundy-mug-osuWhen Tennessee chased Mike Gundy for its then-vacant head coaching position in December, the word leaked from Stillwater than Oklahoma State’s coach was upset about how tough his non-conference schedules were becoming.  Most thought that an alum of OSU who’d had much success at OSU would not leave OSU over scheduling issues.

In the end, he did not.  But he almost did.  At least according to Gundy in an interview with CBSSports.com.  And indeed, it was tied in large part to the schedules his AD was lining up.

“At some point, that’s where we thought we were going to go,” Gundy said of Tennessee.  But eventually the Cowboys’ coach decided to stay put — despite a UT courtship that included governor of the Volunteer State.  He also worked things out with athletic director Mike Holder.

“What head coach and AD Agree on everything?  They might not say it, but Mike and I do,” Gundy said of Holder.

According to Gundy’s comments, he was closer to taking the Tennessee job than many had actually thought.  Good thing for new Vol coach Butch Jones that Gundy (and Louisville’s Charlie Strong) decided to pass on the opportunity to coach in the SEC East.

 


4 comments
RisingTides
RisingTides

So he was going to leave OK. State and the big 12 for the SEC because his ooc. games were getting  too tough?  That's like moving to Compton Ca. because of crime in your neighborhood.

InTheBox
InTheBox

Not sure if I messed this up in posting it, or if it got deleted for some perverse reason, but either way, let's try it again...


There's no such place as "Okie State." You guys have a weird habit of referring to Oklahoma State by this name, and it's not a name anyone with the school finds appropriate. It's not a nickname for the school, or rather a correct one. It's like spelling Mizzou wrong or calling Alabama "Old Ally" or something. Yeah, there are some in the national press, who don't know much about the school, who use it every now and again. You guys seem to use it every single time the school is referenced. Just for your information--people at OSU for the most part really, really hate the term and those who don't find it offensive will at least find it a sign you know very little about the program and don't care much.

draymchone
draymchone

5pts1 day ago

I'm so glad we didn't get this guy as head coach. Obviously, it was ill advised to even consider him to be the face of Tennessee anything. Who could ever forget seeing him not only throw a temper tantrum ala ryan leaf during a press conference but literally screaming at a woman the very thing a "real man"  would never say: "I'm a man..." while doing so. I'm still shocked no one had the decency to remind him to mind his manners or at least to have some dignity. Thank God he was to busy whining about his current job being too tough....I only imagine what an embarrassment he would have been coaching in the S.E.C....

InTheBox
InTheBox

@draymchone You couldn't be more wrong. This was one incident many years ago, after he felt (I feel incorrectly) that a journalist had unfairly attacked one of his players. The players and most fans loved him defending his guys. Either way, the guy's an outstanding coach who's accomplished great things at a school with far less in resources than most major conference programs. Nobody with any sense is "embarassed" about Mike Gundy, and for most people loyalty trumps your odd idea of "manners" every time. Also, the ONLY reason this is even brought up is not what happened or the level of how bad it may or may not have been, but the perverse state of our media these days which led to this clip STILL running over and over again--not because it's remotely news-worthy, but because the four-letter word has led to far too many in sports media thinking their job is to be comedians, not informed sports journalists.

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