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Oklahoma State football: Reports indicate that Mike Gundy has interviewed with SEC's Tennessee and Arkansas

Gundy has called Oklahoma State head coaching position his “New York Yankees job.” What could those two SEC programs offer to lure the Cowboys' coach away from Stillwater?
By Gina Mizell, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: December 3, 2012

/articleid/3734388/1/pictures/1899418">Photo - Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy runs on to the field before a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Iowa State University (ISU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy runs on to the field before a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Iowa State University (ISU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

That creates a high-pressure situation that demands immediate results. Just ask Derek Dooley.

Not to mention, at Tennessee, Gundy's squad would have to routinely match up against Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. At Arkansas, it's arguably worse, with LSU, Alabama and now Texas A&M on the schedule every year.

Sources around OSU continue to indicate that Gundy looking at other opportunities is still ultimately about power and control over his OSU program — most notably when it comes nonconference scheduling — and a relationship with athletic director Mike Holder that has become strained.

Going to Tennessee or Arkansas would allow Gundy to move to another BCS power conference and high-profile job, with what he could perceive as a better working environment.

Would those schools offer Gundy more input in nonconference scheduling? He could always ask.

It's still probably unlikely that Gundy leaves OSU. But Tennessee and Arkansas present enough intrigue for him to at least listen.


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