MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 7, 2012

Gundy: ‘No question’ I’ll keep my current job


Phoenix staff, wire reports

— DALLAS — Mike Gundy intends to remain at Oklahoma State and is downplaying reports of a strained relationship with athletic director Mike Holder.

Gundy said Thursday there was “no question” he planned to stay at his alma mater. The former Cowboys quarterback is the school’s winningest coach with an eight-year record of 66-35.

Speaking at a media event promoting the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Gundy said his relationship with Holder was “a lot better than what people say.”

The Cowboys finished 7-5 a year after winning a school-record 12 games, qualifying for the BCS as Big 12 champions and beating Stanford 41-38 in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl. They play Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1 in the Cotton Bowl.

CBS Sports reported that Tennessee had offered Gundy the job. Gundy wouldn’t address the Tennessee situation specifically.

“The only thing I’m going to say is they haven’t gone as deep as what people say,” Gundy said.

The coach said he might have disagreements with Holder over things such as non-conference schedules, but it’s simply because he’s looking at it from a coaching perspective and his boss has an administrator’s business view.

Less than a year ago, Gundy signed an eight-year deal paid him $3.275 million this season.

“He and I don’t agree on everything, but it’s a lot better than what people say,” Gundy said. “They gave me an eight-year contract worth a hell of a lot more money than what I’m worth, and he had to play a role in that.”

The Cowboys won 41 games over four seasons before this year and have gone to seven straight bowl games. Gundy’s bowl record is 4-2.

“In our profession, if you do good, people are going to contact you,” Gundy said. “If you don’t, you’re going to get fired.”



NOTES:

Sharp named 2nd team All-American



OSU kicker Quinn Sharp was honored as a second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, it was announced Thursday.

Sharp, who last week was named to the American Football Coaches Association first-team All-America squad to become the first player in school history to claim a spot on a recognized All-America team in three different seasons, continues to add to his already impressive career résumé.

He was the 2010 first-team All-America punter by the Football Writers Association, the 2011 first-team All-America kicker by the FWAA, and now the 2012 first-team All-America kicker by the AFCA and second-team All-America kicker by Walter Camp.

Additionally, Sharp is a two-time selection as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, earning the award in both 2011 and 2012.

He enters the Heart of Dallas Bowl ranking second nationally in scoring at 11.7 points per game and his 2.08 field goals per game leads the nation.