June 17, 2016
Oklahoma State and head football coach Mike Gundy reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension that was approved Friday by the Board of Regents and will keep him with the program through 2021.
Kyle Fredrickson of the Oklahoman provided the details of the new deal, which the board unanimously approved.
Fredrickson also confirmed through university spokesman Gary Shutt that Gundy will receive a $3.55 million base salary as part of the extension. The coach still has four years left on the eight-year pact he signed with the school following the 2011 campaign, which was worth around $30 million.
Gundy has helped Oklahoma State transform into one of the nation’s most consistently competitive programs since he took over in 2005. The Cowboys have qualified for a bowl game in 10 straight years, going 6-4 in those contests, and finished as the country’s third-ranked team in 2011.
In all, the 48-year-old former Oklahoma State quarterback has compiled a 94-47 record, including a 56-37 mark in conference games, across 11 seasons in charge. The team’s winning percentage since 2010 ranks 13th in the country, according to Team Rankings.
The Cowboys have also produced several high-profile NFL players during Gundy’s tenure, including wide receiver Dez Bryant, offensive tackle Russell Okung, quarterback Brandon Weeden and tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
Bill Haisten of Tulsa World spoke with the Oklahoma native about his status near the end of last season. Gundy stated he regretted looking into opportunities with Tennessee and Arkansas in 2012 and he’s now prepared for another decade in Stillwater.
“I’m just as energized now as when I started,” he said. “I hit a wall and I kind of fell off, but I’ve broken through now.”
Gundy, who will always be remembered for his “I’m a man! I’m 40!” rant in 2007, has proved to be far more than a great quote over the years. He’s a terrific recruiter who’s shown the ability to develop talent to make the Cowboys a regular threat in the Big 12.
That’s why Oklahoma State is staying ahead of the curve by giving him a new contract now even though there’s still time left on his prior deal. It’s been a great partnership for more than a decade, and it’s set to continue for the foreseeable future.
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