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:
On the suspension of defensive tackle Christian Littlehead for the Fiesta Bowl:
“I will say this for Chris: we've all been young. We all make mistakes. I'm still behind him 100 percent, but he's lost his right to play in the bowl game.”
On Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck:
“There's no question that Luck is a special player. In watching him, if you break down all of his throws, in the pocket, out of the pocket, versus man, versus zone, his completion percentages are through the roof. He's really, really good. He's smart. He's well-coached. He's big, strong. Everybody knows that.”
On being named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year last week:
“I've always said that a Coach of the Year honor is really directed toward the coaching staff and everybody that's involved that's helped. I do think it's a great honor for Oklahoma State and I think it shows that our coaching staff has continued to teach and to bring young people along and get them to play hard and have success.”
On the chance of a split national championship:
“I would like our team to have every opportunity that's out there, because I think that they've earned it. But our focus, and the players' focus, will be on preparation. We want them to be in perfect condition with fresh legs when we play on (Jan. 2). Then they have to go play hard to win that game, we'll see how that works out, and then we'll proceed to the next point.”