Tennessee has interviewed Mike Gundy

Tennessee has interviewed Mike Gundy

Tennessee has interviewed Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is not leaving Stillwater for the University of Tennessee.

With Gundy off the board, Tennessee's coaching search moves on.

In addition to Gundy, David Cutcliffe also turned down the Vols, who were left scrambling after fan protest scuttled a deal with Greg Schiano.

It's the second time Gundy has turned down Tennessee - he was also approached in 2012 after Derek Dooley was sacked.

Well, John Currie latest venture into trying to hire a new football coach fell flat in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is reportedly meeting with Tennessee representatives in Dallas on Tuesday.

Apparently, Tennessee was prepared to make Gundy the third-highest paid coach in college football with a contract somewhere in the $8.4 million range. Tennessee is already responsible for Butch Jones' $8.125 million buyout as well. It's unclear how much power and influence Peyton Manning has with this search, but McMurphy has reported that the former Super Bowl MVP and College Football Hall of Fame inductee has at least talked with Gundy.

Tennessee had contacted other coaching candidates to ask them if they would be interested in the job should Gundy not accept, including SMU coach Chad Morris and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm.

Gundy is in his 13th season at OSU, where he also played quarterback at before his coaching career began with the Cowboys as a wide receivers coach after graduating in 1990.

But a trusted source for Oklahoma State athletics is saying that Gundy's interest in the vacant Tennessee position appears intense.

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