Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy reaffirmed Monday during Big 12 Media Days that he is “very happy in Stillwater,” despite flirtations with Tennessee and Arkansas last December.
He also admitted he was partly responsible for the outside hubbub that came with being attached to other head coaching jobs.
“At times, you wish that — or I wish that — my name wouldn’t have come up or I wish that it wouldn’t have been as much smoke or fire,” Gundy said. “At times, I’m to blame for that. But I’m very happy, always been very happy in Stillwater.”
Tension between Gundy and athletic director Mike Holder — much of it surrounding nonconference scheduling — was the primary reason Gundy entertained interest from other schools.
But it appears the relationship between coach and athletic director has improved. So now Gundy is about to enter his ninth season at his alma mater — and with the team picked to win the conference in the Big 12 preseason poll.
“When we go in those homes, the very most important thing we do is recruit young men who want to get a degree from Oklahoma State and be a part of that team, and that commitment has to be from both sides,” Gundy said. “So I’m comfortable with that.
“It doesn’t mean I always agree with the decisions that are made. None of us do. But I do understand a chain of command, and at the end of the day, I say, ‘Yes, sir,’ and move forward.”