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.
If Gundy wasn't interested in Texas, wouldn't he want to stand in front of room full of cameras and recorders and microphones and tell the world as much?
If he wasn't interested, wouldn't he want to let the Cowboy faithful know that in no uncertain terms?
Instead, Gundy asked everyone to ignore the elephant in the room.
And after the formal press conference when our gal Gina Mizell and Tulsa World scribe Jimmie Tramel asked Gundy about the Texas opening, he didn't shoot down anything. While he said he hadn't had any contact with anyone representing Texas, he offered a non-denial denial.
“Just out of respect for everybody, it's not really something for me to comment on,” Gundy said. “I haven't even thought about any of that.”
One of the powerhouses of college football, a program in fertile recruiting grounds that has every financial resource, needs a head coach, and Gundy hasn't thought about going there?
Um, every football coach on the planet has thought about going to Texas since Mack resigned.
That's how good a gig it is.
The Longhorns will try to hook a big fish. For all we know, they might already have one; this silence on the coaching search front might actually be a sign that Texas is waiting for a coach who's in one of the big bowls. One report out Monday night said Texas has focused its search on the likes of Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Baylor's Art Briles.
With candidates like that, it's possible that Texas never gets to the point of seriously considering Gundy. But until that and all other jobs are filled, we're going to have to keep asking Gundy about the coaching carousel. On Monday, when he again had an opportunity to shoot down any talk linking him to the Texas job, he let the chance pass him by.
While he's said he hasn't been contacted, he's refused to say he's not interested.
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