Gundy Gets 8-Year Extension

Multiple sources have confirmed that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has signed a new contract.

Gundy, who just led the program to it's best season ever with a 12-1 record, Big 12 Championship, and a 41-38 overtime win over Stanford in it's first-ever BCS bowl appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, and Oklahoma State University have agreed to a new eight-year contract that solidifies Gundy as the leader of the football program well into the future. Gundy was seeking a new contract to replace the one he presently was working under.

"Mike Gundy has done an exceptional job of leading our football program to unprecedented success," athletic director Mike Holder said. "More importantly, this success has been achieved by doing things the right way. Coach Gundy has created a family atmosphere in which he stresses the importance of playing by the rules, good sportsmanship, excelling in the classroom, and representing OSU in a manner that will make everyone associated with the university proud of the product on the field.

"This agreement recognizes the value of his leadership and rewards him for establishing himself as one of the bright young coaches in college football."

No terms were announced or confirmed by our sources other than that Gundy received a nice raise and the contract is for eight-years. The contract should serve as a sure sign and commitment to recruits and to rivals in college football that Oklahoma State is committed to keep the building process of the football program that has taken the Cowboys to new heights going and just as strong as it has been in the previous seven-years of the Gundy regime.

Named after the 2011 regular season as the Eddie Robinson College Football Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America and also National Coach of the Year by College Football News, Gundy is also a finalist for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award. Gundy and his coaching staff have produced four straight nine plus win seasons with an overall record in seven years of 59-30. They have gone to six consecutive bowl games, and produced 11 first-team All-Americans. They have also produced nine NFL Draft selections with three first round picks in Dez Bryant, Russell Okung and Brandon Pettigrew. Under Gundy 11 Cowboys have made it on NFL rosters at some point and this year's senior class will grow that number quite a bit with the likes of Justin Blackmon, Brandon Weeden, and Markelle Martin.

Gundy, a former Cowboys starting quarterback under Pat Jones from 1986-89, has been a player or coach at Oklahoma State during 21-years of his life.

"I love Oklahoma State University. This is a special place. The sea of orange at the Fiesta Bowl reminded me and our exceptional coaching staff, as well as players, what an honor it is to play for the finest fan base in college football," Gundy said. "I am humbled and appreciative for the new extension. Oklahoma State means a lot to me and my family. My duty is to continue building on the success we have enjoyed the past few years and make sure our program compliments the academic mission of OSU. And, we do things the right way. I want to express my thanks to President Hargis and Coach Holder. I also want to express enormous gratitude to those who have stepped up to transform our facilities, especially my fellow alumnus Boone Pickens.

"Finally, we have assembled the best football coaching staff anywhere in my book. It is a pleasure to work with each one of them. They are dedicated and enthusiastic about OSU. I am proud of them and the incredible and critical role they have played, and will continue to play, in our program's success."

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