Tennessee Meets with Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy

By Patrick Schmidt
Mike Gundy

The latest name to be added to the mix for the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee is Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy who reportedly met with Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart on Sunday.

Gundy led the Cowboys to a 12-1 record last season that ended with a win in the Fiesta Bowl.

The former quarterback for the cowboys has been head coach in Stillwater since Les Miles left to take the LSU job following the 2004 season. For his career, Gundy carries a 66-35 record and is 4-2 in bowl games in eight seasons and has two Big 12 titles.

Tennessee has been linked to a number of coaches including Jimbo Fisher, Al Golden, Larry Fedora and Butch Davis in recent days after their pursuit of Jon Gruden didn’t pan out.  However, Gundy had not been mentioned until today as a possible candidate to replace Derek Dooley who was fired prior to the end of the season.

This seems odd to me that Gundy would meet with Tennessee 11 months after signing an extension that runs through 2019 and pays him handsomely with a $3.75 million annual salary.

Were Gundy to abandon his alma mater for the Tennessee job, the school would be on the hook for a $3 million buyout.

Although, Tennessee may have some competition in the form of their SEC conference mate and the University of Arkansas who Gundy is also reportedly scheduled to meet with to discuss their vacant opening.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and an avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com airing live on Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here.

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