Tennessee targeted Mike Gundy. But apparently their attempts came up just short.
According to long-time college football reporter Brett McMurphy, Gundy has decided to stay at Oklahoma State and turned down a six-year, $42 million offer from the Vols.
McMurphy states that Gundy and Tennessee officials met in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, and Tennessee offered him a contract worth around $7 million a year. Gundy makes $4.2 million annually at Oklahoma State currently.
But all that money wasn’t enough to pull Gundy away from Oklahoma State.
This isn’t the first time Gundy has turned down the Vols either. Tennessee pursued him when they had a head coaching vacancy back in 2012, but Gundy rejected the Vols then too. Tennessee ended up hiring Butch Jones that time.
Not long after McMurphy’s report came out, Gundy sent out this tweet:
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) November 29, 2017
Where will Tennessee turn next? Fans will want USC offensive coordinator and former Vol quarterback Tee Martin to be the next call. Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren, and SMU head coach Chad Morris are other names that Tennessee is expected to look at as well.