OSU coach Mike Gundy: 'I've made it clear I want to be here a long time'

OSU FOOTBALL — Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy briefly addressed his ongoing contract negotiations Monday at his weekly press conference. Gundy has four years remaining on his contract, but has hired an agent to negotiate a new contract with Oklahoma State.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: December 19, 2011
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STILLWATER — Mike Gundy has made it clear that he wants to be the coach at Oklahoma State for a long time. He also remains hopeful that he will sign a new contract with the school soon.

Gundy would not offer many details about the ongoing negotiations at his Monday press conference, his first media appearance since the night it was announced that OSU would play Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl more than two weeks ago.

“There's just really not anything for me to say about that,” Gundy said. “I would prefer to keep that under wraps. I wish that we didn't have to make those situations public, but it's not going to change. I just don't feel comfortable in talking about contract negotiations.

“The only thing I'd say is that I've made it real clear that I want to be here a long time. They couldn't give me enough years for me to sign on. I wouldn't look at something and say ‘Oh, that's too many years.'”

Gundy has four years remaining on his current contract with a base salary of $2.1 million in 2011. For the first time in his career, Gundy hired an agent to be the primary figure involved in the negotiation process with OSU officials.

“He only updates me if he thinks that I need information about what's going on, based on what he feels like is a fair contract,” Gundy said. “And if it gets too far away from one side or the other, then he'll contact me and we'll have a discussion.

“Other than that, I haven't had any talks with Oklahoma State officials regarding the contract.”

Here's what else Gundy said during Monday's press conference: