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Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:01 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 11:51 am
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

What happens when you lead your team to its first conference title and first win in a BCS bowl game? Well, if you're Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, you get an eight-year contract extension.

Sources tell CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy that Gundy and Oklahoma State have agreed to a deal that will keep him on the sidelines in Stillwater through the 2019 season. The financial details of the deal aren't disclosed, but it's believed that Gundy will receive a raise that takes his yearly compensation from $2.1 million a year to $3.1 million.

That salary would likely put him among the top 15-to-20 head coaches in the FBS, and third in the Big 12 behind Mack Brown at Texas and Bob Stoops at archrivals Oklahoma.

Gundy has been at Oklahoma State since the 2005 season, going 59-30 in that time with six straight bowl appearances. However, in the last two seasons the Cowboys have gone 23-3 and won the Big 12 this season before beating Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. Depending on how the BCS Championship Game shakes out, the Cowboys will likely finish the season ranked second in the country.

That would be a nice accomplishment for any program. At Oklahoma State, however, that kind of success is virtually unprecedented; the Cowboys haven't won an outright conference championship in any league since taking the Missouri Valley in 1948--and that league had only three members at the time. The past two seasons represent the only two 11-win seasons in school history, and Gundy's four straight 9-win seasons doubles the school's previous best streak of (you can do the math) two. (It's worth noting that the program's previous high-water mark, the back-to-back 10-win seasons featuring Barry Sanders in 1987 and 1988, ended with the school on severa probation that helped lead to eight consectuvie losing seasons between 1989 and 1996.)

It's that kind of lack of traditional success that's made the OSU job a stepping stone in the past. Gundy predecessor Les Miles never approached the heights Gundy has in Stillwater -- his best season of his four at the Cowboy helm was a 9-4 (5-3) mark in 2003 that ended in a Cotton Bowl loss to Ole Miss -- and still converted that meager success into an LSU job that ranks among the most plum in the country.

Which is why it's no surprise at all to see Gundy receive this level of commitment from the school. With Texas still looking for an offensive identity and Oklahoma still struggling to return their defense to a championship-caliber unit, there's no reason the Cowboys can't maintain a long-term perch near the top of the conference if they're ready to make the commitment ... and the presence of megabooster T. Boone Pickens ensure that that commitment should be there.

(It's worth noting here that Gundy has already had to rebuild the program on the fly, having been forced to replace record-setting quarterback Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant before the 2010 season, and then offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen before this one. In Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Todd Monken, it's safe to say Gundy passed those tests with flying colors.)

Pickens is the other reason we can't be surprised even by the hefty nine-year price tag for Gundy's extension; T. Boone said via his Twitter account at the start of December that Gundy had earned a raise. And at Oklahoma State, when T. Boone Pickens says you deserve a raise, you're going to get a raise.

When asked for comment on his new contract, Gundy had this to say.



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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

Glad to see a coach stay. They had a great year and I love the Sec as much as the next guy but OK.st should have been in the BCS game. I have no doubt that bama would beat ok st. but Ok st won it's conf. Alabama has won nothing not even 1 side of the reg season conf; they also did not win the SEC championship but now they can win 1 game and be considered the best team???? In this situation it should have gone to Ok.st not neccessary the best team. With that being said if there was a 4 team playoff in my opinion you would have the same 2 teams in the national championship game.



Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:42 pm
 

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Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:34 am
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

Brian C - it is you my Halloween clad friend who is living in a fantasy world.

Lets see the human polls place OU 19th...about right.

Baylor 15th...about right.

KSU 8th...a little high but I''l take it.

OSU 3rd...OK with that, even though they would be an underdog to #4 Oregon or #5 Arkansas.

MEANWHILE, your beloved BCS COMPUTER, the one who computes the Big XII as the #1 conference, places one loss OSU 2nd:

BUT it gets better...2 loss KSU...FOURTH...3 loss OU....SEVENTH...and 3 loss Baylor...NINTH?????

So the human polls got it right and the BCS COMPUTER skewed the numbers...that is a fact...unless you think KSU really is #4, OU #7 and Baylor #9?? This skewing of the numbers is what allowed OSU to remain so close to Alabama.

Besides, you had trouble with STANFORD!?!?!?!?! 

As far as facilities...another myth brought to you by T-Boone. OSU facilities have caught up with some elite porgrams but has  surpassed very few.

But you Okies have proven yourselves gullible and as such can convince yourselves of anything. Ask your Big Brother what happen to their hopes of a BCS Championship when they played SEC schools. As I recall those OU teams featured more powerful offenses and light-years better defenses than your Cowboys but couldn't break 14 points either time. You can also ask Texas, Oregon and Ohio St (x 2)  if you don't believe your brother. 

I counted PAID ATTENDANCE = 52,814 for OSU/OU...too bad you can't even give the tickets away:) When your 9-3 next year we will talk again.

I do understand why you won't watch the LSU/Bama game though, it would be extremely frustrating. You don't understand why there are no flags to pull and why you can block down field.

As a far as Big XII being 6-2 in bowls. three games against PAC 12, Iowa, NW and UNC. You should be soooooo proud. The Big XII did however lose the one match-up with the SEC...it was when #4 KSU...hahahahahaha...lost to Arkansas.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:05 am
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

brian c...watch and learn my Halloween-clad friend.

Your number was not PAID attendance (52.873). But more to the point, did it sell out??? NOOOOOOOOOO...so why don't YOU get your facts straight.

I know exactly what Pat Jones said...he said, and I quote, "There ain't much changed up there except the right arm of Weedon, to be honest about it".

As far as facilities, the T-Boone myth grows. T-Boone build a weight room/renovates a....60,000...that's right...60,000 seat stadium, and coaches offices and declares them the best...the truth is they WERE as good as some of the elite programs...as of 2009. Unfortunately for Ok St time does not stop...LSU just renovated its FB facilities to the tune of $35 million and they don't even have the best facilities in the SEC...they do have 95,000 seat stadium that sells out EVERY GAME.  From what I understand, OSU doesn't even have an indoor practice facility??? Btw, have you been to Tennesse, been to Alabama, been to LSU, been to UGA.  How about Michigan or Ohio St? But what about Oregon?? I'll bet T-Boone ain't either...or he would ammend his ridiculous statement.




Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:03 am
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

brian c...watch and learn my Halloween-clad friend.

Your number was not PAID attendance (52.873). But more to the point, did it sell out??? NOOOOOOOOOO...so why don't YOU get your facts straight.

I know exactly what Pat Jones said...he said, and I quote, "There ain't much changed up there except the right arm of Weedon, to be honest about it".

As far as facilities, the T-Boone myth grows. T-Boone build a weight room/renovates a....60,000...that's right...60,000 seat stadium, and coaches offices and declares them the best...the truth is they WERE as good as some of the elite programs...as of 2009. Unfortunately for Ok St time does not stop...LSU just renovated its FB facilities to the tune of $35 million and they don't even have the best facilities in the SEC...they do have 95,000 seat stadium that sells out EVERY GAME.  From what I understand, OSU doesn't even have an indoor practice facility??? Btw, have you been to Tennesse, been to Alabama, been to LSU, been to UGA.  How about Michigan or Ohio St? But what about Oregon?? I'll bet T-Boone ain't either...or he would ammend his ridiculous statement.




Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:20 am
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

Ssshhhhhhh!!
Don't say that too loudly.  You might get the attention of those SEC guys who think they're #1.   Wouldn't want to upset their little fantasy world. 



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:14 am
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

'....and what is the BSC? '
The BS Championship.  Since we don't have a real one.  LOL.  Good luck on Monday, and good luck to the other guys as well.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:09 am
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

"...while the rest of the conference is in a down cycle..."
Interesting comment.  The computers consider the Big 12, the strongest conference this year.  5 Big 12 teams are in the BCS top 25.  8 out of the 10 teams went to bowl games, and they went 6-2 in those bowl games.  The BCS computers ranked OSU number 2 this year because of strength of schedule.



Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:37 am
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

LSUdabest1,

Why don't you save your opinions for something you have knowledge of. 
First of all, you are taking Pat Jones out of context.  I listen to him everyday on Sports Talk Radio and he has never said what you did.  He HAS commented that the new facilities are the best in the nation.    
And your "facts" are totally incorrect.  The ACTUAL attendance at the OSU/OU Bedlam game was 58,141...fourth largest crowd in history. 
We have 2 excelent QB's following Weeden with another who just arrived from Illinois (Wes Lunt) who will compete for the starting job.  We also have a very nice receiver corps to fill the void left by Blackmon.  Plus, a pretty dang good running game!
Are we still building a program?  You bet!  Have we "arrived"?  Not at all.
But before you go flapping your cajun gums you might want to get your facts straight.   


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Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:40 am
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