When Bovada listed Coach Gundy as the betting favorite to be the next head coach of the Florida Gators it was a little bit shocking. All the focus around Oklahoma was whether or not the other coach in the state would take the job. Almost nothing had been mentioned about Gundy, and he isn't just on the list, he's number one.
I admit, I rolled my eyes when I heard the odds. With a slight shake of my head in disbelief I thought, 'Mike isn't going to Florida'.
The announcement was made just as Gundy was preparing to take the podium for his weekly press conference. Photo's of Gundy taking questions started circulatiingTwitter, and there was something very odd going on. Gundy wasn't wearing an Oklahoma State branded shirt. It's one of those things you don't really pay attention to, but when it's out of place you immediately notice.
I then thought, 'Well, that's an odd coincidence, but doubtful it means anything.'
After a little bit of research though, I discovered the last time Gundy didn't wear OSU gear to a press conference, he was reportedly interviewing with Arkansas and Tennessee.
And there it is, if we think it's a simple coincidence now, we're fooling ourselves. Maybe we shouldn't be so quick to brush off Bovada's odds. Afterall they are pretty good at what they do. They listed Charlie Strong as the betting favorite to replace Mack Brown at Texas.
Does that mean Gundy has one foot out the door though? Not necessarily.
Gundy could be angling to bolster his bargaining power with Oklahoma State. However, that would seem to be a tough sell considering Oklahoma State is in the middle of what appears to be a 5-win season, and Gundy's worst since 2005.
He may just be messing with the media in his typical passive aggressive way. This is a little more likely, have you seen his press conferences lately?
And of course, Gundy could be seriously considering sunnier weather. If he is, then more power to him. I firmly believe in Gundy and everything he's done for the program, but at this point, if he truly wants out, then just go.
It's long been rumored that Gundy has a fractured relationship with the powers at be, and while it's appeared to be water under the bridge this season, the latest exchange between Gundy and Boone Pickens raised some eyebrows.
Boone was asked in a recent interview with the Austin American-Statesman whether or not he supports Gundy.
"My response to that is I'm certainly supportive of Oklahoma State University," Pickens replied. "I'm always going to be for OSU, I don't care who coaches ‘em."
Boone certainly has that politician's way of making a statement without making a statement thing down. Gundy was asked during his press conference if he'd seen the comment.
"Unless it can help me in the game this Saturday, it doesn't really make a difference," Gundy said. "Was it negative?"
Gundy was read the statement, and asked for his thoughts.
"I don't need anybody to tell me that they like me or dislike me," Gundy said. "I don't really care. I just like to coach my guys and keep playing ball ... I don't know what to say. He's old enough to make his own comments now, right? I can't control what he says."
It's hard to tell exactly what the relationship is like between Gundy and OSU, because no one has any real idea what's going on behind the scenes. We have our thoughts from information we've pieced together, but at best it's an educated guess. So I ask you Cowboy Nation...
BUY OR SELL? Mike Gundy coaches at Oklahoma State next season.
We also have to remember that just because he may be considering a change of scenery, doesn't mean Florida makes him an offer. So maybe this question should read, 'If Gundy is offered by Florida, does he go?'
Gundy was asked what he thought about being listed as the betting favorite yesterday. He eventually dismissed the notion in is typically obnoxious and passive aggressive way.
"I don't have any interest in talking about other jobs." Gundy said
I don't know if Gundy will leave or not, but if he leaves it would be a big loss for the Cowboys. One bad year doesn't outweigh everything else Gundy's accomplished at OSU. If I had my pick of any coach in all of college football for Oklahoma State, I'm taking Gundy. Taking a mid-tier team in their good years, and turning it into a program that averaged 10 wins a season over 5 years, is one of the best coaching jobs in the country.