Mike Gundy has not denied any interest in Texas head coaching job

We're left to wonder if Gundy is going to flirt with other schools like he did last year.
by Jenni Carlson Published: December 30, 2013
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photo -  Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy watches his team during the fourth quarter against Texas in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Oklahoma State won 38-13. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy watches his team during the fourth quarter against Texas in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Oklahoma State won 38-13. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mike Gundy looked none too pleased about the question.

Oh, well. He's been miffed at me before.

Besides, the question had to be asked.

Given the head coaching vacancies in college football, has anyone contacted Gundy or any of his representatives about any of the openings?

“No,” Gundy said Monday during Cotton Bowl media day, “nobody's contacted me.”

Simple. To the point. No harm in that.

But if you're an Oklahoma State fan, don't you want a little more from Gundy? Maybe something about how this job is his Yankees' job? Or how much he loves Stillwater? Or how lucky he is to be at his alma mater?

I mean, check out what Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said recently about being a candidate for the Texas job.

“I see Michigan State as a destination, not a stop,” he said.

Gundy has said nothing of the sort.

And so, we're left to wonder if Gundy is going to flirt with other schools like he did last year.

Texas would be high on that list. Even though news about the search to replace Mack Brown has been nearly non-existent — Texas AD Steve Patterson made his first public comments about it Monday before the Longhorns' bowl, saying he wanted a new coach in place by Jan. 15 — Gundy just has to be on the burnt-orange radar. His Cowboys have leapfrogged the Horns in the Big 12's pecking order, and in the process, Gundy and Co. have taken it to Texas.

OSU has won three of the last four games against Texas, all of those wins coming in Austin, and the lone loss for the Cowboys came courtesy of a questionable touchdown for the Horns.

Is Texas interested in Gundy?

Time will tell.

But Gundy sure seems interested in Texas.

Let's start with his press conference when the Cowboys had their pre-bowl media availability a couple weeks ago. Before Gundy stepped behind the podium, one of the team's PR folks (at Gundy's direction, no doubt) asked that questions only pertain to OSU, Missouri and the upcoming bowl.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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