STILLWATER (AP) —Weeks after signing a seven-year contract worth $15.7 million, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says he isn't interested in ever coaching anywhere else.

A former quarterback for the Cowboys, Gundy has said in the past that he considered his post his "New York Yankees job," one that he desires more than any other.

"I have still said publicly that I'll always coach at Oklahoma State, unless somebody doesn't want me to coach at Oklahoma State," Gundy said Saturday at Oklahoma State's media day. "I don't have any interest in going anywhere else, and I think to a certain degree that's helped Oklahoma State a little bit, because players want to go to a school where they know their coaching staff's going to be in tact.

"Now we may lose a guy to be a head coach or a coordinator, or we may have to make a change. It's not like that's never going to happen, but for the most part the continuity's going to stay in tact."

Gundy is 27-23 in four years as Oklahoma State's head coach. He led OSU to a 9-4 record last season, including a loss to Oregon in the Holiday Bowl. The team's other three losses came to the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 teams in The Associated Press poll.

He agreed to the new contract in December, doubling his salary from $1.05 million to an average of more than $2.2 million. He would have to pay $3 million if he were to take a job elsewhere.

"I can't afford the buyout," Gundy said while answering a question about whether he would still be coaching the Cowboys in five to 10 years. "That went in place because I felt very committed to Oklahoma State because of the offer that they made me. We joked about it, and I joked about it with the wrong guy, and he said, 'OK, then we'll put that in there.'

"Essentially, I have limited myself from doing that, but I wasn't going to do that anyway."

After going 4-7 in his first season at the helm, Gundy has led Oklahoma State to three straight bowl games. The Cowboys will begin this season ranked No. 11 in the coaches poll.

"We always had a plan, and we hoped it was the right one. But I didn't think it would happen this fast," Gundy said. "Now we've had to adjust it a little bit to make sure that we can stay here and continue to recruit and bring good people into the program.

"I'm not going to sit here and say that I thought we were going to make that much of a jump that fast."

Also during his tenure, a renovation of Boone Pickens Stadium has been all but completed. The Cowboys are expected to move into their new offices and training facilities in the west end zone of the stadium in the next few weeks.

"We've got all the pieces in place. We've got great coaches, obviously the facilities are phenomenal and so now it's just time to get on the field and get it done," quarterback Zac Robinson said. "And I think we've got the group to get it done."

Receiver Dez Bryant, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award last season, described a different feeling so far in preseason practices.

"I talk to Zac all the time like we're going to be way better. We're way better than last year," Bryant said. "We can do it. We've got enough talent on this team that we can take it all if we just all come together as one."

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