After failed coaching hiring, Tennessee reportedly turning to another big name coach Brett Deering/Getty Images
STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers greets head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys (R) after their game October 25, 2014 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Mountaineers defeated the Cowboys 34-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

After a tumultuous attempted hire of Greg Schiano on Sunday and being turned down by several other candidates, Tennessee has reportedly turned its search to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, according to WNML’s Jimmy Hyams.

Three sources confirmed that the Vols reportedly interviewed Gundy, who spurned the program’s advances in 2012, according to Hyams.

ESPN and FOX Sports both confirmed that Tennessee had been in contact with Gundy.

Gundy, an Oklahoma native and Oklahoma State alum, has spent the majority of his career working in his home state. He began his career as a wide receivers coach in 1990, switched to quarterbacks coach in 1991 and spent two years as offensive coordinator beginning in 1994.

After a season as Baylor’s PGC/QB coach and four seasons as Maryland’s PCG/QB/WRs coach, Gundy returned to the Cowboys as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator under Les Miles in 2001, before being promoted to head coach in 2005.


He currently holds a 113-53 (69-42 Big 12) overall record, which includes going 7-4 in bowl games and a Big 12 championship in 2011.

Gundy was the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2010, as well as the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year winner in 2011.

Jason has contributed to numerous websites in the past covering a wide range of sports including SEC football for the past four seasons. He began his journalism career as a student journalist at the University of Tennessee where he covered the Vols for the student radio station and newspaper. Here’s ...Read more
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