Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy will not be heading to Knoxville.
On Tuesday night, it was confirmed that Gundy has turned down an offer from the Tennessee Volunteers to fill its head coaching vacancy and will instead remain with the Cowboys.
Tennessee offered Gundy a 6-year, $42 million deal, according to college football insider Brett McMurphy.
Gundy met with Tennessee officials Tuesday in Dallas. Gundy had informed OSU officials of his intention to meet with Tennessee, which reportedly offered a 6-year, $42 million deal to join the Vols.
Gundy is making about $4.2 million per year in his new 5-year contract he signed in June at Oklahoma State.
The Volunteers made a strong push at Gundy. Former Vols QB Peyton Manning previously made a pitch to Gundy in a telephone conversation before Tuesday’s meeting in Dallas.
Gundy has coached at his alma mater the past 13 years. This season marks Oklahoma State’s 12th consecutive bowl appearance under Gundy, the school’s winningest coach.
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) November 29, 2017
That’s another whiff for the Vols, who must now go back to the drawing board once again.
Is there anyone left who would be willing to coach in Knoxville? Lane Kiffin, perhaps? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts on who will be the next Tennessee head coach.