STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy received a one-year contract extension Friday after leading the Cowboys to their second straight bowl game.
That would keep Gundy, who gained notoriety for a postgame outburst at a columnist, at the school through 2013. It's subject to approval by the school's board of regents next week.
``We appreciate the job coach Gundy is doing and believe he and his staff are making progress in moving OSU football to the next level,'' said Marlene Strathe, the school's interim president, in a statement. ``I am particularly pleased with the success our student-athletes are having in the classroom under coach Gundy's leadership.''
Gundy, a former Oklahoma State quarterback, is 17-19 in three seasons. He led the Cowboys to a 4-7 record in 2005 and to the Independence Bowl last season. The Cowboys are awaiting their bowl destination after going 6-6 this season.
Oklahoma State was in contention for the Big 12 South title before squandering a 21-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 38-35 loss to Texas. The Cowboys finished the season with a 49-17 loss at Oklahoma last week and ended up in a three-way tie for third place in the division, behind the Sooners and Longhorns.
``We saw improvement last year and this year we were competitive in every conference game but the last one,'' Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said. ``That shows improvement to me.''
Perhaps the most memorable moment of the season came after a 49-45 win against Texas Tech on Sept. 22, when Gundy used his entire postgame news conference to address an Oklahoma City newspaper columnist who was critical of benched quarterback Bobby Reid.
The rant, punctuated by an outburst of ``Come after me! I'm a man! I'm 40,'' made national waves and was shown on YouTube.
Four weeks later, Reid was suspended for the game against Kansas State when he skipped practice.
On the field, the highlight was a 45-14 blowout at Nebraska - the team's first win in Lincoln since 1960.
It's only the second time in school history that Oklahoma State will have five bowl appearances in a six-year span, with the first coming when Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders was on campus.
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