Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy reportedly turns down Tennessee job

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy reportedly turns down Tennessee job

Tennessee's offer to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was "an aggressive offer", a guaranteed multi-year contract worth "at least $7 million a year", according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiation.

"Vols are prepared to make Gundy one of the SEC's highest paid coaches if he takes the job", Lowe reported.

Tennessee had contacted other coaching candidates to ask them if they would be interested in the job should Gundy not accept, including SMU coach Chad Morris and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm. Gundy has teamed with OSU mega-booster T. Boone Pickens to turn the Cowboys football into a modern football power.

The Volunteers, meanwhile, will be left to scramble as they try to pinpoint a new coach after they "backed out of a memorandum of understanding with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano", according to ESPN.com's Chris Low.

Gundy, an Oklahoma native and Oklahoma State alum, has spent the majority of his career working in his home state.

Reports also indicate that a flight from the University of Tennessee is scheduled to depart Knoxville for Stillwater at 1:51 p.m.

McMurphy said Peyton Manning was also involved in the university's pitch to Gundy.

Gundy was the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2010, as well as the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year victor in 2011.

Gundy is the winningest football coach in Oklahoma State history with a 113-53 record.

This isn't the first time Gundy has turned down the Vols either. He's been head coach for 13 seasons and was a former assistant and played quarterback for the Cowboys.

Meanwhile, everyone in Stillwater will breathe a sigh of relief, as The Mullet is staying at Oklahoma State for the time being.

Feldmen says the the Vols would likely need to pony up about $6 million per year to lure Gundy from Stillwell.

Gundy and his wife Kristen have three children, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage.

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