Sources at OSU have indicated all along that the primary reasons Gundy was listening to other schools were to leverage more control over his Cowboy program, and because of friction with Holder.
Does Holder make any concessions, such as giving Gundy more of a say in nonconference scheduling?
Does Jimmy Sexton — Gundy's agent who has a reputation of floating clients' names for other jobs in order to get a big raise — get the coach another pay bump, less than one year after Gundy signed a lucrative new contract that earned him $3.275 million this season and goes through 2019?
Can Gundy and Holder, simply, learn to get along in a work environment, in order to prevent this same drama from happening again year after year?
And how much — if at all — does this feud tarnish Gundy's or Holder's reputation? Does it affect recruiting, or the overall perception of the program?
Those answers will likely surface in the coming days, weeks and months.
For now, though, Gundy will go back to recruiting and preparing his Cowboys to face Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.
The coaching cycle can keep spinning without him.
Staff Writer John Helsley contributed to this report.