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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says he hasn't talked to Texas about its head coaching job

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: December 19, 2013

Mike Gundy’s name is again popping up on the coaching carousel.

And for a big-time gig, as the Texas job is now vacant after Mack Brown on Saturday night announced his resignation following the Alamo Bowl.

Gundy said Thursday that he can't control outsiders throwing his name into the mix of potential candidates. He also did not vehemently deny interest in the position, either in front of cameras or off of the podium.

The Cowboy coach did say, however, that he has not had any contact with Texas about its head coaching job.

“If you are winning and have success and you, knock on wood, are established, (being mentioned for other jobs) is always going to happen,” he said. “And there is nothing you can do about it.

“I haven’t had any contact. I don’t have any contact. I don’t even mess with it. I learned from a year ago that I don’t even get involved in any of it.”

Before Thursday’s press conference, which was Gundy’s first media availability since Brown’s resignation, a team spokesman requested that questions only pertain to OSU and the Cowboys’ upcoming bowl game against Missouri.

But after the session, Gundy gave a public “no comment” on his interest in the Texas job to The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World.

 “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.”

Gundy also confirmed he is no longer represented by mega-agent Jimmy Sexton, who helped Gundy secure a lucrative new contract following a 2011 season where OSU captured its first Big 12 title and won the Fiesta Bowl. Gundy said he does have new representation, but declined to reveal who that agent is.

Gundy was a player on the coaching carousel last season, entertaining interest from both Tennessee and Arkansas. And with the way he’s led OSU’s rise to national prominence, with 59 wins since 2008, Gundy is going to continue to be viewed as a prime candidate for several big openings.

It doesn’t get much bigger than Texas, which is regarded as arguably the best coaching job in football because of its deep-pocket donors, gorgeous facilities and ability to hand-pick prospects in a fertile recruiting ground.

Texas has also seen Gundy’s success up close. OSU has won three of its last four against the Longhorns — with all of those victories coming in Austin — while evaluating and developing plenty of talent from the state of Texas that the Longhorns passed on signing.

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