OSU coach raises, Gundy's words consistent

February, 23, 2011
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Earlier this year, Oklahoma State announced it would be paying all three coordinators $400,000 each, which meant raises for all three.

Defensive coordinator Bill Young, offensive coordinator Todd Monken and special teams coordinator Joe Deforest all got bumps in pay. Young and DeForest made $360,000 last year, and Monken was hired earlier this month.

Now, according to a report in the Tulsa World, offensive line coach Joe Wickline has been added to the list, given a raise to $400,000 from $325,000. The paper also details raises for all the program's coaches.

Wickline's raise in particular brings into play what Gundy said last month when addressing the attendees of the national coaching convention in Dallas.

In short, he rewards loyalty.

Wickline was reportedly under consideration for the Texas offensive line job, but remained at Oklahoma State. DeForest was also reportedly a candidate for the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette, which eventually went to Mark Hudspeth.

Publicly, of course, there's no telling if there was a formal offer for either. Wickline, though, removed himself from consideration.

"I'm in a great place,” Wickline told the Tulsa World. “Based on where Oklahoma State is, we're in really good shape here, and we like the direction we're going in."

Regardless of the exact circumstances, their new raises make it clear that Gundy's happy Wickline will be back in Stillwater for his seventh season and DeForest for his 11th season.

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