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December 7, 2012

Oklahoma State’s Gundy says he intends to stay

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.”

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