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Report: Mike Gundy has contract shortened, takes pay cut

Oklahoma State football head coach Mike Gundy has reportedly had his contract shortened following an internal review at the university, according to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy. Per McMurphy Gundy’s contract was shortened from a 5-year rollover to 4-years with a pay cut.

Gundy, who is entering his 16th season as the head coach at Oklahoma State, made $5.125 million in 2019, per McMurphy. Gundy has guided the Cowboys to an overall 129-64 mark since taking over as head coach 2005.

Oklahoma State concluded its internal review of Gundy and the football program earlier this week. The review was conducted after star running back Chuba Hubbard took a stand against Gundy, threatening to boycott the team over perceived slights against black players inside the program.

On Thursday, Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder issued a statement on the findings of the school’s internal review of the football program. According to Holder, the review uncovered “no signs or indication of racism” under Gundy.

“We have spent the past couple weeks reviewing our program and talking with current and former players,” the statement from Holder read. “Our internal review found that Coach Gundy needs to invest more time in building stronger relationships with his student-athletes. However, our review has uncovered no signs or indications of racism.

“After meeting with Coach Gundy, I am confident that he listened to his student-athletes. I believe he is genuine in his commitment to strengthening relationships with his players. I believe this to be a win for everyone. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact this will have on our team.”

Those comments were echoed by OSU President Burns Hargis, who also issued a statement on the matter.

“After discussing the results of a review of our football program conducted by Mike Holder and Chad Weiberg, the underlying issue was a lack of personal relationships between the head coach and players rather than anything racial,” Hargis wrote. “This issue is fixable. After meeting with both Mike Holder and Mike Gundy, I believe they are committed to taking steps to strengthen the relationships, which will improve communications and the program.

“I appreciate the student-athletes speaking candidly and the efforts of Mike Holder and Chad Weiberg to spend considerable time listening to present and past players. It is time to turn our attention to preparing for this year’s highly anticipated football season.”

Following a team meeting last month, Gundy admitted that he should focus more on building relationships with players inside his program and less on the game itself.

“There have been a lot of teachable moments for me here recently,” Gundy said in a statement to Yahoo Sports when asked about his lack of relationships with his players. “When the players said they felt I was disconnected, it broke my heart. Hearing that led me to look at myself and acknowledge that it’s probably true. I’ve spent a lot of time listening and learning lately, and now I feel better about moving forward in developing deeper relationships with my players. That’s what they told me they wanted and that’s now a top priority for me.”

Oklahoma State is scheduled to kick off its 2020 season at home vs. Oregon State on Sept. 3.

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