Tennessee’s search for a new head coach marches on. The Vols were reportedly unable to poach Mike Gundy from Oklahoma State.
And yet, the Vols did not manage to pry him away from Stillwater.
College football insider Brett McMurphy reports that Gundy turned down Tennessee after today’s meeting, despite the Vols’ offer of $42 million over six years. That $7 million/year number would be a big jump from Gundy’s current annual salary of $4.2 million.
Mike Gundy has decided to remain at Oklahoma State and turned down an offer to become Tennessee's coach, sources…
According to USA Today‘s big coaching salary database, Tennessee would have made Gundy the fourth-highest paid head coach in the country, slightly behind Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. Nick Saban is far-and-away No. 1, followed by Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.
Gundy was also pursued by Florida before the Gators hired Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen over the weekend.
Jon Gruden never materialized, Greg Schiano’s Tennessee tenure was dead before it officially began, and now Gundy has turned down the chance to nearly double his salary. It’s on to Plan D for the Vols.