Tennessee’s coaching search has been wacky and wild.
It involved Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy for a hot minute before he decided to stay put. The Volunteers reportedly made an aggressive offer to him last week that was apparently worth around $7 million per year.
Monday, he talked briefly about his involvement, saying it was mostly overblown.
The Tennesse coaching search has consisted of a growing list of names to find its next head coach.
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“Job situations get blown out of proportion really fast with social media and such. I had got a text earlier that morning and I had responded back that I’m not involved but obviously it didn’t do any good. This has been a great place for me, it always has been and I wish things like that wouldn’t happen. See, I don’t have an agent so any time there is a phone call to me, sometimes that happens when I’m not even involved they may be asking about other coaches and because I don’t have an agent things get blown out of proportion a little bit….
….I had conversations, they weren’t directly related to the importance of what people thought. I was in Dallas prior to them ever coming down there. I had known those people for awhile. Let’s just say it got blown way out of proportion to the extent of what people took it. More so than being on the road in recruiting and being in the right location.”
Take what you will out of Gundy’s statement. It reads like their might be some half-truths buried between the lines. Still it’s rare for a coach to come forward and at least say that conversations were had at some point. Gundy just tried to lessen the blow.