According to multiple reports, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has drawn interest from Tennessee regarding the vacant coaching job. Unless you’ve been living under a rock this morning, you’re already aware of that fact.
I’m told Mike Gundy scheduled to meet with Tennessee in Dallas today. One source says Gundy is serious about leaving Oklahoma State. Another isn’t: “You might as well say (Nick) Saban is up for the Rice job.” Stay tuned— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 28, 2017
What you might not know is that Tennessee is reportedly prepared to double Gundy’s yearly salary of $4.2M.
Robert Allen says on @TriplePlayRadio that Tenn is willing to double Gundy's salary ($4.2 mil)— Kieran Steckley (@Kieran_Steckley) November 28, 2017
Tennessee is willing to double Mike Gundy’s salary ($4.2M), according to multiple reports.— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) November 28, 2017
$8.4M would make Gundy the third-highest paid coach in CFB.
A yearly salary of $8.4M would make Gundy the third-highest paid coach in all of college football, behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($11.1M) and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($8.5M), according to USA Today.
$8.4M a year is a massive amount of money to do anything, but if that is actually the number that Tennessee is throwing at Gundy, I start to wonder if he’s able to turn that down. Would anybody really blame him for doubling his salary? Would anybody realistically turn that down? I’m not sure you would. Not sure I would, either.