Cowboy Clips: Day 8

Oklahoma State graduate and billionaire businessman and entrepreneur Boone Pickens will be in Stillwater on Monday to tour the finished West End Zone project of the stadium that bears his name and of which his many and generous contributions went toward funding.

Pickens had an initial gift of $20 million before coming back with a record-breaking $254 million donation. That was the largest single gift to any NCAA Division I athletic program.

Pickens' tour on Monday will be his first of the completed world class football facility. Following the tour Pickens will be the focal point of a press conference in the facility's team meeting room and theater. Joining Pickens at the press conference will be OSU President Burns Hargis and OSU Vice-President for Athletics Mike Holder.

There has been much speculation recently about Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy and whether he will continue to coach at Oklahoma State despite the success of the program and potential interest from other schools in hiring Gundy.

The former OSU quarterback just signed a new seven-year contract, and recently Gundy made it clear he is not going anywhere else to coach.

"I can't afford the buyout," said Gundy, laughing about the possibility of him leaving for another job. "I mean I don't know how Rich (Rodriguez) pulled it off at Michigan, but I can't afford the buyout.

"That went into place because I felt very committed to Oklahoma State because of the offer they made me. I joked about it (a $3 million buyout), and I joked about it with the wrong guy. And he said okay, we'll just put that in there.

"Essentially, I have limited myself from doing that, but I wasn't going to do that anyway. I have said publicly that I will always coach at Oklahoma State unless somebody doesn't want me to coach at Oklahoma State. I don't have any interest in going anywhere else."

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