Gundy To Be Introduced at 3:30 News Conference

Oklahoma State University officials decided late Sunday night to name Mike Gundy as the next head football coach of the Cowboys. An announcement will be made at a 3:30 p.m. news conference today.

Gundy, 37, became the frontrunner when it became apparent over the weekend that Les Miles was leaving OSU to accept the head coaching job at LSU.

Gundy, who quarterbacked the Cowboys from 1986-89, has been the Cowboys' assistant head coach and offensive coordinator the past four seasons.

Also, Joe DeForest will remain at OSU. DeForest will be named assistant head coach.

OSU officials will be looking for an NFL-experienced defensive coordinator to join Gundy's staff. Defensive line coach Carey Bailey could also remain on the staff, but his status will be evaluated once a defensive coordinator is hired.

Gundy has served as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at OSU since Miles took over as head coach.

Gundy is a former Cowboy quarterback from 1986-1989 during a very successful run by the Oklahoma State program. He directed the Cowboys to back-to-back 10-win seasons and bowl appearances (Sun Bowl in ‘87 and Holiday Bowl in ‘88) in 1987-88. During his career he established numerous game, season and career passing records that remain intact today.

Gundy threw for 7,997 yards and 49 touchdowns. His final three seasons rank as three of the top five single-season passing performances in school history.

His 429-yard passing performance against Kansas during his senior season (1989) remains the most passing yards in a single game by any OSU quarterback. He also still holds OSU's record for career total offense (7,749 yards) and has six of OSU's top 30 single-game passing performances.

Gundy joined the OSU coaching staff on Feb. 8, 1990, just months after concluding his playing career, as the Cowboys' receivers coach. He was named quarterbacks coach prior to the 1991 season and served in that capacity under Pat Jones until being named offensive coordinator prior to the ‘94 season.

He spent the ‘95 season at the Cowboys' quarterback coach after Bob Simmons was hired. He left OSU to join the staff at Baylor in ‘96 and served as the Bears' quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for one year.

In 1997, Gundy accepted a job at Maryland where he spent four years. He was receivers coach for three seasons and was promoted to passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2000.

Gundy returned to Stillwater when Miles was hired in 2001. He was named assistant head coach and offensive coordinator by Miles.

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