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Gundy In Line For Two-Year Contract Extension

The Oklahoma A&M Colleges Board of Regents are expected to consider a two-year contract extension for Cowboys football coach Mike Gundy at its Friday meeting.

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy is in St. Louis today along with fellow Oklahoma State head coaches John Smith (wrestling) and Chris Young (tennis) along with Rob Glass, who has the title of assistant athletic director for speed, strength, and conditioning. They are all on the campus of Lindenwood University speaking at the prestigious What Drives Winning Coaching Conference. It is an honor for Oklahoma State to have four of its coaches speaking at that event.

Tomorrow on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents (also known as the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges Board of Regents) will hold the regular meeting and one topic designated to vote on is an extension for Mike Gundy. It is expected that the extension will be approved.

Gundy, who no longer employs an agent, negotiated the extension with athletic director Mike Holder earlier this spring. There has been no announcement of terms but it is expected that it is a two-year extension that will be added on to the end of Gundy's contract that currently ends in four years following the 2019 football season. The industry standard is to keep a coach in good standing on a five-year contract period. 

The negotiation this spring following the Cowboys 10-3 Sugar Bowl season was first reported by now Tulsa World sports coumnist Bill Haisten, who seemingly has always been on top of Gundy's contract situations dating back to the negotiation of the current contract in 2012. There were never any terms for the probable extension leaking out from the Gundy and Holder negotiation. 

Gundy’s 2015-16 compensation was $3.65 million. During his first season as the OSU head coach (2005), he was paid $700,000.

Through 11 seasons as Oklahoma State's head man, the 48-year-old Gundy is positioned to become the school’s first 100-win football coach. His record is 94-47. In Big 12 games played since the start of the 2010 season, OSU’s winning percentage of .698 is second in the conference only to Oklahoma (.755). During that period, Baylor’s winning percentage is .692 and the Texas percentage is .500. Oklahoma State has now been to a school-record 10 bowls in a row, the previous best before Gundy was three seasons in a row under Les Miles. 

Also, while schools around the country suffer from tarnished reputation either from off-the-field issues or NCAA violations, the Oklahoma State program came through a major and extremely thorough investigation prompted by a ill-fated series in Sports Illustrated meant to document mass NCAA violations and corrupt activity in the OSU program. The investigation conducted jointly by The Compliance Group of Kansas City and the NCAA found the Cowboy program to be one of the cleanest they'd ever investigated to that degree. 

A Midwest City native, Gundy was OSU’s quarterback in 1986-89 and finished as the Big Eight’s career leader in passing yards and total offense. After having been a Cowboy assistant in 1990-95 and 2001-04, he was promoted to the head coaching job in January 2005.


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