STILLWATER, Okla. - Ranked in the top five of winningest active coaches at their current schools, Mike Gundy had an extra year added onto his contract, which now keeps him at Oklahoma State through at least 2023. Gundy agreed to a long-term deal in 2017 that provides annual rollovers plus an annual $125,000 escalator.
“Coach Gundy has built the Oklahoma State football program into a regular contender in the Big 12 and he has done it the right way,” said OSU athletic director Mike Holder. “He’s instilled a set of core values and a culture of which we can be very proud. We’re very pleased with of all the success he’s led our young people to on the field, but even more significant are the academic strides that the football program has taken in recent years, winning the AFCA’s Academic Achievement Award and posting a perfect score on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate.
“Coaching is about teaching young people to dream big and Mike Gundy has provided the opportunity for our students to make those dreams come true on the field, in the classroom, and in life.” Holder said. “The Cowboy Culture that he has instilled within the program is developing and preparing young men for the rest of their lives.”
Since 2010, Oklahoma State has six seasons with at least 10 wins, an outright Big 12 title (2011) and a share of the Big 12 South title (2010). OSU has reached the top 15 of the Associated Press poll in 10 of the last 11 seasons and has posted 13 straight winning seasons. The Cowboys have averaged 9.4 wins per year since 2010 and rank 13th nationally with 85 wins this decade.
Gundy has led the Cowboys to a 53-27 record against Big 12 opposition since 2010, a mark that is good for second-best in the conference this decade. His 72 career wins in Big 12 games ranks fourth in the history of the conference, trailing only Bob Stoops, Mack Brown and Bill Snyder on the all-time chart.
Since 2010, the Cowboys have averaged 40.8 points and 498.3 yards of total offense per game. Oklahoma State has ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense six times during Gundy’s tenure as head coach and have ranked in the top 10 nationally in total offense eight times.
OSU has also excelled in the classroom during Gundy’s tenure as head coach, especially in recent years. Cowboy football posted a perfect score of 1,000 on the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) in 2018 and was one of only five programs honored by the American Football Coaches Association with its Academic Achievement Award that same year. OSU led the Big 12 and set a program record with 26 overall Academic All-Big 12 selections in 2018. The three highest totals for first-team Academic All-Big 12 selections in Oklahoma State football history came from 2015-17, as OSU had 13 players honored in 2015, 12 in 2016 and 20 in 2017.
“Outside of my family, coaching football at Oklahoma State is the biggest part of who I am,” Gundy said. “I’m more energized and excited about Cowboy Football than at any time during my career. I appreciate the continued support of President Hargis, Coach Holder, the Board of Regents and the OSU fan base. Our players start winter conditioning on Monday and I’m chomping at the bit to get back into spring ball in March.”
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