OSU coach Mike Gundy has phone conversations with Tennessee

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Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported earlier Tuesday that Tennessee had Gundy on its list of top coaching candidates.

The appeal of the Tennessee job has surely taken a hit after the fiasco with Schiano.

Robert Allen, the sideline reporter for Oklahoma State football for more than a decade, broke the story that Gundy was meeting today with Tennessee athletic director John Currie in Dallas.

Another option for Tennessee is USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who we've been told is in play for this job and has a legit shot at it. Martin has coached in the SEC as an assistant at Kentucky.

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Termination by Oklahoma State: OSU will pay Gundy 75 percent of the money in the remainder of the contract, to be paid out over the course of the contract. Based on his success in Stillwater, it's probably fair to say he has resisted a number of overtures from FBS programs inquiring about his services.

Beyond the sentimental pull of staying at Oklahoma State, coaching Tennessee may not even be a significant upgrade for Gundy.

With Duke's David Cutcliffe and Iowa State's Matt Campbell out of the picture, Tennessee has turned its coaching search focus to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. He's led Oklahoma State to 10 or more wins in five of the last eight seasons counting this season, and the Cowboys are now 9-3 this year. Although Gundy would be an excellent hire, the school should be prepared to look in a different direction.

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