Well guys, it’s that time of year again. The regular season is winding down, teams are preparing for bowl season, coaches are recruiting and Mike Gundy is the target of multiple teams who have just fired their head coach and are looking for replacements.
Yesterday, it was reported that Florida offered Gundy a contract, which he quickly turned down.
Today, it’s the University of Tennessee that Gundy is meeting with, according to multiple reports.
With Duke's David Cutcliffe and Iowa State's Matt Campbell out of the picture, Tennessee has turned its coaching search focus to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. Three sources told me UT has interviewed Gundy, perhaps in Dallas. UT offered Gundy in 2012 but he said declined.— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 28, 2017
Cowboy Nation: I believe this is serious.https://t.co/zPKE56pkn0— Robert Allen (@RAllenGoPokes) November 28, 2017
From the Go Pokes article:
This time appears to be different in that the intensity on the Tennessee side is extreme. Gundy notified Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder of Tennessee interest on Monday in accordance on the terms of his new contract that he signed this summer. Oklahoma State officials have known about this situation for very close to 24 hours now.
Again, Go Pokes knows that Mike Gundy is meeting with Tennessee about their football head coaching vacancy at 11 am in Dallas on Tuesday Nov 28th.
Allen also said that Tennessee is willing to open up the bank vault for Gundy.
Robert Allen says on @TriplePlayRadio that Tenn is willing to double Gundy's salary ($4.2 mil)— Kieran Steckley (@Kieran_Steckley) November 28, 2017
Last year, Mike Gundy reportedly turned down a 10-year, $60-million offer to be the next head coach of the Baylor Bears.
I find it hard to believe Gundy would bolt one year into his lifetime deal, but doubling Gundy’s salary would definitely be tempting to the mullet-sporting 50-year-old man.
$8.4 million annually would put Gundy at No. 3 on the highest-paid NCAA football coaches, trailing only Nick Saban of Alabama and Dabo Swinney of Clemson.
Cowboys Ride For Free will keep monitoring this story and keep you updated.