December 7, 2012
Moving on (forward)
It's been a wacky week around Oklahoma State football. It started off with the Cowboys' loss to Baylor last Saturday. Then the bowl bids were announced and OSU had free-fallen to one of the Big 12's lowest-tiered bowls.
Sunday evening also launched OSU's version of a missile crisis. Sure, there was some talk that both Arkansas and Tennessee might want to talk to Mike Gundy about their head coach openings, but until Sunday it was just talk. Both schools interviewed OSU's eighth-year head coach in the span of 24 hours. At one point on Tuesday, many members of the Arkansas media were reporting that Gundy was going to be the next head coach of the Razorbacks. Bret Bielema was hired instead. That left OSU fans just sweating the Tennessee opening.
We advised fans on The Corral to look for one of two things to happen in order to feel assured that Gundy was staying put: 1. A public comment from Gundy acknowledging the interest, but that he would be staying at OSU or 2. Tennessee hiring someone else.
Both of those things occurred in a span of 12 hours. Gundy met with the media for the first time this week on Thursday evening at a Heart of Dallas Bowl function. As these things go, Gundy's comments about his intention to remain at his alma mater were relatively strong. He said there was "no question" that he intends to be at Oklahoma State in 2013.
On Friday morning, news broke that Tennessee had their man, and it wasn't Gundy. The Volunteers hired Butch Jones away from Cincinnati.
Add those two things together and it's time for OSU to put the crisis in the rear-view mirror and move forward. Sure, Gundy's name may...
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