March 28th, 2013 04:55 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Butch Jones, Louisville Charlie Strong, Mike Holder, OSU
When 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.
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