Oklahoma State football: Was Mike Gundy bluffing when he flirted with the SEC?

OSU's Mike Gundy flirted with two SEC openings after last season. Officials from both Tennessee and Arkansas talked with Gundy. He now downplays the discussions with Tennessee and Arkansas.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 26, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013
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Mike Gundy flirted with two SEC openings after last season. Officials from both Tennessee and Arkansas talked with Gundy.

Was Gundy serious about either job, or was he trying to leverage the threat into concessions from OSU?

Gundy now downplays the discussions with Tennessee and Arkansas.

“I'm very happy in Stillwater,” Gundy said. “To a certain extent, at times … I wish that my name wouldn't have come up or I wish that it wouldn't have been as much smoke or fire. At times I'm to blame for that.

“But I'm very happy, always been very happy in Stillwater. And the honest answer is is that from day one when we took this over, our coaching staff going into nine years now, we felt like the most important thing that we could do for the players on our team is make a commitment to them, if they would buy in, that we would have a chance to have success.

“For me personally, I have to feel comfortable knowing there's a commitment to the young men on our team to give them the best opportunity for success in the classroom and on the football field, and if there's not, then it's hard for me to sell.

“So at times, whether we all like to admit it or not, there's a business aspect to this profession, probably more so than we would like to think. But I have to feel comfortable myself personally -- and I don't use ‘I' myself very often when we talk about Oklahoma State football -- that there's a commitment in all different areas for our young men to have success.”

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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