Holder has a policy of not talking contracts during the season. But he did say, “We will revisit Coach Gundy's contract at the end of the season … our football program is moving in the right direction.”
An OSU source said: “There have been discussions. They realize that Mike has matured into one of the premier coaches in America. He's running that program just like you'd want a CEO to run it.”
Hargis declined specifics, too, but said the school is “very pleased” with Gundy. “Our football program is having unprecedented success. We look forward to many more great seasons under Coach Gundy's leadership.”
Gundy admits he's not the greatest negotiator in the world. He doesn't have an agent, and when you readily admit the job you have is the job you've always wanted, leverage is scarce.
“I've never had any interest in anything outside of here,” Gundy said. “Part of the success we've had, one of the key factors from Day One, my commitment to Oklahoma State has never wavered.
“It's a huge factor in recruiting. It's a huge factor in the coaching staff.”
Gundy's three sons are 15, almost 10 and 7. They've never known another hometown. Grandparents on both sides are nearby.
“I don't think it's ever a good time to move,” Gundy said. “We think it's better for our boys to be in the situation we're in. We're very fortunate to be somewhat close to where we have family.”
Bottom line, Stillwater is home. It's a place where Gundy can go to PTA meetings and the grocery store and be bothered no more than anyone else who has lived in a town for virtually half his life.
And now Stillwater is a place where a football coach can win big and be paid the same. Gundy's Yankees job is inching closer to becoming the Yankees.
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