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Watch: Mike Gundy Reveals He Interviewed for Tampa Bay Buccaneers Job After 2011 Season

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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is one of the longest-tenured head coaches in college football, having been in Stillwater since 2005.

However, it appears that he might’ve had the chance to leave for a job in the NFL just six years after starting with the Cowboys, according to a quote from Gundy in his Monday press conference.

 

Check out this video where Gundy reveals that he interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job not once, but three times, after the 2011 season, in which Oklahoma State went 12-1 and ended the year ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Ultimately, Gundy decided that the NFL wasn’t for him and decided to stay at Oklahoma State. The Bucs would go on to hire then-Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who lasted for two years in Tampa Bay before being replaced by Lovie Smith. Schiano actually returned to Rutgers in 2020, where he is still coaching and has the Scarlett Knights at 3-3 through six games.

Since deciding to stay with the Pokes, Gundy has a combined record of 95-39 and has gone 7-3 in Bowl Games, including a massive win over Notre Dame in last year’s Fiesta Bowl.

It’s safe to say, Gundy likely made the right choice in sticking around, because his success at Oklahoma State has been as consistent as anywhere in the country, and that’s good for him and for OSU football.

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