Head coach Mike Gundy has revitalized the OSU football program in a way few thought possible. If Les Miles brought hope, Gundy has largely capitalized on that and delivered. It’s easy to point to top-level failings from the Cowboys over the past several years and forget Gundy’s place in school history. He can hang his hat, too, on the 2011 season and the near-miss at playing for the national title.
Independent of the exact coaching personality and school, there are several different metrics to use that can determine the best coaching gigs in college football today. These include access to top-level high school players, financial support from the university’s administration (i.e. facilities), perception of prestige, fan support, coach salaries, and program-defining wins on the field. Several of these categories overlap with each other.
The question may boil down to: is the Oklahoma State football program one of the best 25 coaching jobs in the nation on an annual basis?
There are considerations of power conference vs. non-power conference in terms of fan base, financial commitment, and on-field talent level. Sometimes these distinctions matter, but other times they don’t as much — do you think Cincinnati would normally be an underdog against hapless Rutgers, for example?
I’m setting out to ask this question to determine if, in a shocker, Gundy decides to bolt Stillwater tomorrow, would 105 head coaches at the FBS level be willing to take the OSU job?