Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
Report: Gundy meets with UA
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy reportedly met with Arkansas following a loss to Baylor over the weekend.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas’ search for its head football coach reached day 10 on Monday without a resolution, and the Razorbacks might be in competition with a fellow SEC member.
Alex Marvez, a senior NFL writer for FoxSports. com, wrote Monday that an NFL source told him the University of Arkansas met on Sunday with Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy about the Razorbacks’ vacancy.
Other media outlets have reported that Tennessee was interested in Gundy and had met with him on Sunday.
Gundy, 45, has a 66-35 record in 8 seasons at his alma mater, including a 12-1 run in 2011 that featured the Cowboys’ first appearance in the Bowl Championship Series, a 41-38 victory over Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.
Oklahoma State is 48-16the last five years, including an outright Big 12 Conference championship in 2011 and a share of the Big 12 South crown in 2010. This year’s Cowboys are 7-5, his worst record since going 7-6 in 2006 and 2007, and headed for the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
A poll on the Oklahoma State section of the newsok.com web site for The Oklahoman, asked fans how they felt about reports linking Gundy to the openings at Arkansas and Tennessee.
The possible answers were “It concerns me - I don’t want Gundy to leave OSU,” and “I’m not worried - Gundy won’t leave OSU” and the former answer was leading by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin.
Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long has not discussed candidates with the media, though sources said he was intrigued by Boise State’s Chris Petersen.
In a Monday news conference to discuss Boise State’s berth against Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl, Petersen was not asked any questions about other job opportunities.
Louisville Coach Charlie Strong, an attractive candidate for Arkansas as a native of Batesville, spoke for several minutes in a Monday news conference about how he deals with rumors about jobs.
“I’m never going to deal in rumors,” said Strong, who revealed that he does not have an agent and negotiates his own deals.
Asked if he would like to put all the rumors aside and declare he would be coaching the Cardinals next season, Strong hesitated a moment, then said “I will say that at the right time.”
There are reports that both Auburn and Tennessee are interested in Strong, who led Louisville to a 10-2 record and a Sugar Bowl berth against Florida for the program’s first BCS appearance since Bobby Petrino took the 2006 team to the Orange Bowl then departed to take over as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Sports, Pages 17 on 12/04/2012