Gundys endow gift to Oklahoma State

When he was named head coach at Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy called the job his “New York Yankees job.”

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, Modified: April 12, 2011 at 12:58 am •  Published: April 12, 2011

When he was named head coach at Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy called the job his “New York Yankees job.”

Gundy continued to show his appreciation for the school joining his wife Kristen, also an OSU alum, to announce a $166,667 scholarship gift to endow the quarterback position on the OSU football team today.

The gift from Mike and Kristen Gundy qualifies for a 2:1 match by the Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match program established by T. Boone Pickens raising the total impact of the gift to $500,000, which will result in $25,000 for tuition, fees, books and living expenses for OSU quarterbacks.

"Kristen and I are pleased to support the 'Branding Success'” campaign for OSU," Gundy said in a statement. "This university means a great deal to our family. We received a wonderful education here and today we both count it a big honor for me to coach at OSU and for our family to live in Stillwater.

"As I said the day I was appointed head coach at OSU, ‘This is my New York Yankees job.’ Yes, athletics are indeed important to every major university; but academics are truly most important. This endowed scholarship is one way we can say thank you to OSU for our education and underscore our belief that our players are athletes second and students first.”

The Gundys’ donation helped the school’s student athlete scholarship endowment campaign to surpass the $40 million mark as it moves toward a goal of raising $115 million to endow all 229 athletic positions in 18 men’s and women’s sports at OSU.

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