The Mike Gundy/OSU contract negotiations continue and will get done. There can be no other conclusion.
Gundy has the job he wants. The Cowboys have the coach they want. He's already making a lot of money. He's being offered a lot more.
This isn't complicated.
Unless people start talking nonsense. And questioning Oklahoma State University's loyalty to Gundy, as an unnamed source from the Gundy camp did to the Tulsa World, is nonsense.
No school ever has been more loyal to a football coach than OSU has been to Gundy:
* Hired Gundy a full-time assistant coach at the age of 22. Named offensive coordinator at 26.
* Strongly urged or required Bob Simmons to retain Gundy on Simmons' initial OSU staff in 1995.
* Did the same six years later when Les Miles was named head coach, even though Gundy was unemployed at the time and had just been part of a staff that was fired for the second time in four years.
* Named Gundy head coach at the age of 37 without so much as a search.
* Is paying him $2.1 million a year and has offered a big raise on a long-term contract.
And yet someone apparently speaking for Gundy says he could have or should have jumped on a plane to College Station, Texas, and taken his whole staff with him when Texas A&M showed interest earlier this month.
You tell me who's being disloyal.
I don't know what's going on in the talks. I assume both sides have good points.
I don't know what Gundy's been offered, but I've been told it busts the $3 million a year barrier. Only 10 college football coaches in America make $3 million a year.
That's at least a 42 percent raise. That doesn't strike me as a lowball offer.
Of course, length of contract could be a sticking point. OSU athletic director Mike Holder is paying the price for that 10-year deal he gave basketball coach Travis Ford.
Can't blame Gundy one bit for asking for a similar length. It's not Gundy's fault that Holder lost his head for one of the few times in his life.
But you've got to admit, it's a little bit charming to see a school stand up to the monopoly money madness that engulfs college football coaching salaries. Holder's reluctance to hand over a blank check would serve the whole sport well.
And Gundy drew a line when for the first time in his coaching career he hired not just an agent, but Jimmy Sexton. Baseball fans, think Scott Boras.
It's Sexton's job to squeeze the best deal he can for Gundy, but the collateral damage is frayed nerves.
Can't blame Gundy for hiring someone to look after his interests. We're talking a lot of money.
But when the Gundy camp trots out that A&M scenario, well, then it gets silly.
Yeah, sure, Gundy is going to leave his dream job, which he has just coached to its greatest heights. Is going to uproot his three sons, ranging in age from 7 to 15, from the only home they've ever known or remembered. Going to leave his parents and in-laws, who live within 50 miles of Stillwater.
And he's going to a program that's been passed by OSU and is in athletic-department debt and is headed for the Southeastern Conference and fires a coach every four or five years and just hired Kevin Sumlin for less than Gundy is making now?
Holder's a better man than me if he listened to such baloney.
See, Gundy's got his problems, too. He proclaimed OSU his “Yankees job” and we all knew he wasn't woofing. Gundy was serious. That hurts him in negotiations.
So everyone should just settle down. OSU wants Gundy. Gundy wants OSU.
The rest is just details that can easily be worked out if people won't get silly.
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