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Oklahoma’s Cale Gundy could join Arizona’s staff, per report

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He is arguably the Sooners’ best recruiter, per one publication

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Oklahoma Sooners co-offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy might join the Arizona Wildcats’ coaching staff, per Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman.

Gundy, the brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, has coached at Oklahoma since 1999 when started as the running backs coach.

In 2015, Gundy was promoted to associate head coach and transitioned to coaching inside receivers.

In 2017, he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator after Lincoln Riley took over as head coach for the retired Bob Stoops. Riley still called plays, however.

Kevin Sumlin and Gundy worked at Oklahoma together from 2003-07.

According to Dallas Morning News, Gundy has arguably been Oklahoma’s best recruiter the last several years, and he is the the last remaining assistant from the Bob Stoops era.

He was the Sooners’ running backs coach and the primary recruiter for Adrian Peterson, Demarco Murray, Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine.

He recently switched to being Oklahoma’s inside receivers coach, where he lead Mark Andrews to the school’s first-ever Mackey Award.

It seems like Gundy would be a home-run hire for Sumlin and company, but it is unclear what his role would be at Arizona. Feldman did not give any specifics.

Arizona increased its salary pool for assistant coaches when it brought Sumlin on board — from $2.7 million to $3.4 million, per reports — and it will be interesting to see if the UA can afford to bring in both Gundy and Noel Mazzone who Feldman reported is expected to become UA’s new offensive coordinator.

Gundy made $430,000 in 2017. Mazzone made $600,000 plus a $200,000 retention bonus.

Maybe it comes down to one or the other.

Either way, Sumlin’s staff should be finalized fairly soon, and there are a lot of spots to fill. At minimum, Arizona needs a new linebackers coach, running backs coach, offensive line coach, defensive backs coach, and quarterbacks coach.

Maybe a new wide receivers coach, too, as there has been no word if Theron Aych will be retained.

The Wildcats have already replaced special teams coordinator Brian Knorr with Jeremy Springer.


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