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Coordinator's name could surface at Baylor, SMU or elsewhere

By Mike Baldwin Published: November 14, 2007
STILLWATER — There are reports Guy Morriss will coach his final game at Baylor when Oklahoma State visits Waco Saturday night.

Former Baylor star Mike Singletary is the name often mentioned as the Bears' next head coach. But since OSU offensive coordinator Larry Fedora once was an assistant at Baylor, his name might surface.

If not Baylor, Fedora might be a candidate at SMU. Or one of several other head coaching vacancies that could pop up the next few weeks. Many anticipate this will be a volatile off-season where the domino effect could create several openings.

Even if Baylor or SMU approaches Fedora, is he interested in taking over programs some describe as coach-killers, programs where it's difficult to win?

Fedora, 45, turned down an opportunity to be head coach at Rice last season. He also turned down the offensive coordinator vacancy at Alabama. He also was approached by Les Miles concerning LSU's offensive coordinator vacancy.

Most would agree Fedora will be a head coach. It's a question of whether it's 2008, or later, and what school.

"That's right,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. "I would think he's going to have that opportunity at some point in his career. The timing you just never know when or where.”

Fedora has a strong resume. He's viewed as one of the nation's top assistant coaches after he's helped build one of the most potent offenses in the country.

Before he arrived at OSU, he was an assistant at Florida for two years under Ron Zook, who was fired but has rebuilt Illinois into an up-and-coming contender in the Big Ten.

Since his offenses at Florida were among the top in the SEC during two seasons with the Gators, and his offenses the past two years at OSU have been among the top 10 in the country, Fedora could be one of the hot names that surface next month.

"I'm preparing for Baylor,” Fedora said. "That's the truth. I have a hard enough time getting everything done. I only have so many hours to get done what I want done game plan-wise. I promise you that's all I have time for.”

Fedora can afford to wait for the right offer. He likes working for Gundy. And OSU officials have made a strong commitment to keep its assistants.

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