Mike Gundy's Contract Reportedly Shortened to 4 Years After Internal Review

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2020

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 30:  Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys encourages his team before Bedlam against of the Oklahoma Sooners on November 30, 2019 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  OU won 34-16.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy reportedly had his contract shortened by a year and his salary reduced on his own suggestion following an internal review of the Cowboys' program.

Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported the news Friday:

Gundy received criticism in June after a picture surfaced on social media showing him wearing a shirt with the logo for OAN, a right-wing news network.

The 52-year-old Oklahoma native issued an apology after discussing the situation with the team, saying he was "disgusted" by OAN's stance on the Black Lives Matter movement:

In an interview with ESPN in the wake of the criticism, Gundy called himself a "dumbass" for wearing the shirt.

Gundy has led the program since 2005 after playing quarterback for the Cowboys from 1986 through 1989 and starting his coaching career at the school in 1990.

His resume includes a 129-64 record, including a 9-5 mark in bowl games, across 15 seasons. He was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2010 and won the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award as the national coach of the year in 2011 after leading OSU to a conference title.

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder released a statement Thursday night saying the review found "no signs or indication of racism" within the program:

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Gundy's total pay of $5.125 million for the 2019 season ranked 13th in the country among college football head coaches, per USA Today.

The Cowboys posted an 8-5 record last season. It marked their 14th straight winning year under Gundy.

Oklahoma State is scheduled to open the 2020 campaign Sept. 3 against Oregon State.

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