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Mike Gundy nearly wound up in Knoxville

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08:18 AM ET 03.29 | Yes, Mike Gundy thought seriously about leaving Stillwater. [There] were the Gundys on an early December night. Tennessee had approached him -- more like applied a full-court press, actually. According to sources, Governor Bill Haslam and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, a UT alum and Bill's brother, were involved in the three-day courtship. The Vols pursued Gundy and Louisville's Charlie Strong, who both declined, before hiring Cincinnati's Butch Jones. One of Gundy's three sons was Googling Knoxville schools. Another asked him what a Volunteer was. He didn't know, but for a moment, he thought he wanted to find out full-time. "At some point, that's where we thought we were going to go," Gundy said.

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March 29, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Is Gundy trying to get another raise? This is recruiting suicide.

March 29, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Well....they are from Okie Lite....

March 29, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Is Gundy trying to get another raise? This is recruiting suicide.

T Boone has a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$

March 29, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Well....they are from Okie Lite....

Stillwater, Norman. Same, same.

March 29, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Is Gundy trying to get another raise? This is recruiting suicide.

While other coaches will use this against him, I personally applaud his candor.

March 29, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Stillwater, Norman. Same, same.

Stir, stir.

March 29, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Stillwater, Norman. Same, same.

Slap!

I call for pistols at dawn, sir

March 29, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

While other coaches will use this against him, I personally applaud his candor.

Well...his IS a man...

March 29, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well...*his IS a man...

* he

::damn early morning carp::

March 29, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Bobby Petrino will be in Knoxville by 2014 running the Big Orange nation

March 29, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

While other coaches will use this against him, I personally applaud his candor.

In context, the decision was made. Gundy stayed at Okie State. Other coaches trying to use this against him are shooting blanks.

March 29, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Bobby Petrino will be in Knoxville by 2014 running the Big Orange nation

May you suffer indigestion all day and night.

March 29, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Slap!I call for pistols at dawn, sir

LMAO...Thought that might stir up a Zero U fan!

March 29, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

May you suffer indigestion all day and night.

The man can coach....just hire him a handler and say goodbye to you ethics, and the real UT will be back to winning 10- games a year by 2015.

BP in 14.....mark it down

March 29, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The man can coach....just hire him a handler and say goodbye to you ethics, and the real UT will be back to winning 10- games a year by 2015.BP in 14.....mark it down

May your hot beverages burn your mouth, today.

March 29, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

In context, the decision was made. Gundy stayed at Okie State. Other coaches trying to use this against him are shooting blanks.

This would have me thinking if my son was being recruited by Gundy.

March 29, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

May your hot beverages burn your mouth, today.

Can't wait to say I-told-you-so

March 29, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Can't wait to say I-told-you-so

No way Butch gets the ax after a year. BP Fighting Creamscile in 2016

March 29, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Wow Gundy and Strong turned Tenn down. What a slap in the face. I guess they're not really a "destination" program after all.

 
March 29, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Can't wait to say I-told-you-so

Phlblblblt!

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