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.