KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Sources say Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has turned down a 6-year, $42 million deal to coach at the University of Tennessee.
College football insider Brett McMurphy says his sources told him Gundy decided to remain at Oklahoma State, his alma mater.
Gundy himself tweeted a few moments later, saying, “Cowboy For Life!”
ESPN previously reported that Gundy spoke with Tennessee representatives on the phone about the job. The sources told ESPN’s Chris Low that Gundy had not yet met with anyone in-person.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy said Peyton Manning was also involved in the university’s pitch to Gundy.
The coach was a consideration for the Volunteers in 2013 before the school hired Butch Jones.
Yahoo sports reporter Pete Thamel tweeted Tuesday that Gundy and UT athletic director John Currie would be a strange mix.
“They are the true odd couple,” he said. “If oil and water can mix this will be the time.”
Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman also reported that Tennessee is talking to Purdue’s Jeff Brohm and NC State’s Dave Doeren about the coaching vacancy.
The Vols neared a deal with Ohio State’s Greg Schiano on Sunday, but negotiations fell apart when Tennessee fans, legislators and former players revolted against the hire.
The 50-year-old Gundy, who played quarterback at Oklahoma State University, got his coaching start as a wide receiver coach at his alma mater in 1990. He then went to become the quarterbacks coach and the offensive coordinator before leaving for Baylor in 1996.
At Baylor, he was the quarterback coach/passing game coordinator. He was the wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator for Maryland from 1997-2000.
Gundy left Maryland to coach for his alma mater once again. He became the offensive coordinator in 2001 and then became the head coach in 2005 when then-coach Les Miles went to LSU.
Gundy led the Cowboys to beat Alabama in the Independence Bowl during his second season as head coach.
His best season with Oklahoma State was in 2011, when the team finished 12-1, #3 in the country, and defeated Stanford 41-38 in the Fiesta Bowl.
This season, Oklahoma State is 9-3 (6-3 in the Big 12) and ranked #18 in the country.
His overall record as head coach is 113-53. Gundy and his wife Kristen have three children, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage.