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For the 2020 season, Mike Gundy was scheduled to have been paid $5.25 million. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file


During a 40-minute Zoom conference with media members on Friday, Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder reported that football coach Mike Gundy voluntarily has accepted a $1 million pay cut.

For the 2020 season, Gundy was scheduled to have been paid $5.25 million. In the wake of a controversy that began with his publicly having worn a One America News T-shirt – a gesture that angered some of his players and resulted in negative national focus on the program – Gundy apparently reacted with two self-imposed sanctions: the $1 million reduction in his compensation, along with an adjustment in the structure of his contract.

If the pay cut does, in fact, amount to an even $1 million, Gundy during the 2020-21 OSU calendar would make $4.25 million.

Gundy previously had a five-year rollover contract. In effect, at the end of each year, there would be the automatic addition of another year. He would have a perpetual five-year contract. Now, there is a four-year definition on his deal.

Previously, if Gundy were fired without cause, OSU would have been obligated to pay 75% of his contract. Now, Holder says, Gundy has agreed on a buyout reduction to 50%.

“Things are going to be a lot less controversial going forward,” Holder told reporters.


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