Meet a candidate: Mike Gundy

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Bio:

Born: August 12, 1967 (age 45)

Education: Oklahoma State

Current Position: Head coach, Oklahoma State University

Record: 66-35 (.653)

Playing Career: Oklahoma State (1986-89)

Family: Wife, Kristen and three sons, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage

Coaching Stops: Oklahoma State wide receivers (1990), Oklahoma State quarterbacks (1991-93), Oklahoma State offensive coordinator (1994-95), Baylor quarterbacks (1996), Maryland wide receivers (1997-2000), Oklahoma State offensive coordinator (2001-04)

Resume:

One of the biggest selling points on Gundy is he has done it as a player. Coming out of Midwest City (Okla.) High School Gundy was heavily recruited by Oklahoma, but ended up signing with Oklahoma State. He became the starting quarterback midway through his freshman season and went on to become the all-time leading passer in school and Big 8 Conference history with 49 touchdowns and 7,997 yards.

Immediately following his playing career he walked into career on staff with the Cowboys in 1990 and has spent very little time outside of Stillwater. Gundy took the helm of Oklahoma State in 2004 when Les Miles departed for LSU.

Gundy's coaching record of 66-45 speaks for itself, but his name got especially hot following the 2011 season when Oklahoma State sailed to a 12-1 record, a Fiesta Bowl win over Stanford and a No. 3 AP ranking. For his efforts, Gundy received the 2011 Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award, the 2011 Paul "Bear" Bryant National coach of the Year award and 2011 American Football Monthly National Coach of the Year award.

Gundy has also shown a knack for coaching the wide receiver position. He has coached three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation's top wide receiver first round draft picks Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon.

Gundy is the son of Ray and Judy Gundy. His father attended OSU on a basketball grant. He and his wife, Kristen, have three sons, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage. Kristen is also an OSU graduate. His brother, Cale, is on the coaching staff at Oklahoma.

Pros:

Gundy's record is impressive during his time at the helm of Oklahoma State. He has gotten them to the big games and won. Currently the Cowboys have the No. 16 recruiting class in the country and they haven't had a class outside of the FOX Sports NEXT top 25 in the last three years. Gundy has shown an ability to recruit and win games.

Cons:

Gundy has zero knowledge of coaching the Southeastern Conference. He has spent the majority of his coaching career in Stillwater and has never made it to the South. Dave Hart said that knowledge of the SEC was important in his search, but Gundy was interviewed Sunday in his home by Tennessee officials, which means he is definitely a candidate.


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