It was a wild ride of rumors and speculation around lunch time, where some pundits were already declaring Gundy as the next coach at Arkansas. But Wally Hall of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette broke the whirlwind of rumors and said on his Twitter account, “Hogs have their coach. Not Gundy. Should be announced today”.
Gundy had never turned down the Tennessee job, and may likely be heading there now to take over a team who ranked No. 107 in defensive points allowed, and finished a dismal 1-7 in the SEC during the regular season.
Gundy has compiled at 66-35 record in his eight year career, all of those years with his alma mater Oklahoma State. He’s made a bowl with the Cowboys every year but his first. Last season, Gundy led his team to a 12-1 record, winning the Big 12 Conference and earning a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
It has been widely believed that Gundy wouldn’t want to leave the school he played for and is now coaching. The latest offers prove that just as long as there is attractive enough job with enough perks involved, nothing is out of the question.
With it coming out that Gundy may be hired, and it turning so quickly, it leaves me inclined at first to think that Gundy had already made up his mind about coaching at Tennessee and simply turned the Arkansas offer down. But then why an announcement that Arkansas had found a guy so quickly? Many questions that will likely be answered in the coming days.