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Bubba Cunningham Happy to Stay at TU

Bubba Cunningham at December 17th Press Conference Bubba Cunningham at December 17th Press Conference

Originally Published: Dec 17, 2010 4:30 PM CDT

Dave Davis
Oklahoma Sports Mobile Journalist

TULSA, Oklahoma – Friday marked Bubba Cunningham’s first public appearance since Thursday’s announcement that he would remain the University of Tulsa’s Athletic Director.

Recently, there had been widespread speculation that Cunningham would take the same position at the University of Kansas. At Friday’s press conference, however, Cunningham was not willing to discuss details about the situation.

“I’ve never engaged in any speculation about any jobs of any kind and personnel issues at all, and won’t today,” said Cunningham. “We [the Cunningham family] really like Tulsa. Our kids have loved it here. We’ve been here five years and it feels like we’ve been here forever . . . it’s just a wonderful community and we’re delighted that we’re gonna be here for a long time.”

Tulsa head football coach Todd Graham is elated.

“I’m very, very excited that Bubba’s staying here. We’ve been a great team.”

Cunningham would neither confirm nor deny that he even talked with Kansas officials, and would not disclose the terms of his new contract with TU.

“Hopefully, I’ll be here for a long time,” Cunningham said. “The new agreement with Steadham [Upham, TU president] is absolutely outstanding.”
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