After calling OSU his “New York Yankees job,” and signing a lucrative new contract less than a year ago, some have asked why Gundy even felt a desire to personally meet with other schools.
“I thought (Gundy) could do no wrong until he started interviewing for other jobs,” said Jordan Winders, a 29-year-old OSU season ticket holder from Stillwater. “I felt like it was a slap in the face to the fans, and the fact that he never came forward after or during and told us anything was just awful.
“We love our university and our Cowboy football, and Mike Gundy is still the man. I just want an apology and for him to not do this every year to the people that want him the most.”
Added 29-year-old OSU graduate Temo Ibarra of Duncan: “It's like a marriage. You commit through the thick and thin. You don't go talking to other women when your wife isn't doing something you wish she did. You talk about it and you resolve it. I think Coach Gundy bleeds light orange and the brightness is fading. (Am I) hurt? Of course, but we can forgive him. Just don't do it again.”
But after taking a couple turns on the coaching carousel, Gundy assured media members in Dallas last week that he has “no doubt” he will be OSU's coach in 2013. Meanwhile, Arkansas hired former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Tennessee hired former Cincinnati coach Butch Jones.
That means Stearnes can keep her ice cream in the freezer — at least for now.
“After everything that has happened, I still love Gundy as much as I did before,” she said. “Yes, I'm irritated he didn't make a statement sooner than he did, but I still think he loves OSU and that it is where he wants to be.
“One thing is for sure, these two guys (Holder and Gundy) need to sit down and make some compromises — I've been told that is the key to a good marriage — to avoid this crazy fiasco in the future.”