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#pounditTuesday, January 26, 2021

Mike Gundy reportedly takes pay cut, has contract shortened by Oklahoma State

Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State announced on Thursday that an internal review of its football program found no signs of racist behavior from head coach Mike Gundy, but that did not stop the school from changing Gundy’s contract.

Brett McMurphy of Stadium reports that Gundy’s current contract with Oklahoma State has been shortened from a five-year rollover to four years. Gundy will also have to take a pay cut after making more than $5 million last season.

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holger said Thursday that a review found no signs of racism from Gundy, but Holger said there were issues with Gundy needing to build stronger relationships with players. It’s unclear if that is why Oklahoma State removed some money from Gundy’s deal.

Gundy was scrutinized after Cowboys running back Chuba Hubbard seemingly threatened to sit out the season in protest of his coach wearing a T-shirt that said OAN on it. Gundy spoke with Hubbard the day of the running back’s tweet, and the two later united for a video. Gundy also issued an apology for wearing the shirt.

Gundy, 52, played his college ball at Oklahoma State from 1986-1989. He began his coaching career there from 1990-1995 and returned in 2001. He is entering his 16th season as their head coach and is 129-64 with a .668 winning percentage during his coaching career with the Cowboys.

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