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OSU hires Bill Young as defensive coordinator

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm •  Published: January 20, 2009
Oklahoma State has hired Oklahoma native Bill Young to run the Cowboys defense. Young spent the past season as defensive coordinator at the University of Miami.

Young becomes the third OSU graduate on the Cowboys staff, joining head coach Mike Gundy and tight ends coach Doug Meacham.

"We're very excited to add Bill Young to our staff," Gundy said. “He has been successful everywhere he’s been. He will bring a great deal of experience to the defensive side of the ball and he is very familiar with our conference. It’s great to have an OSU graduate and a former player as an addition to the staff.”

Contrary to reports out of Miami Monday, Young will receive an annual salary of $315,000, according to a source within the university. Multiple news outlets reported Young would be making $700,000 per year at OSU. His salary at Miami was not known, but reports speculated he was earning approximately $300,000 per year.

Young was born in Oklahoma City and attended U.S. Grant High School. He played linebacker and defensive end for OSU 1965-67. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education at OSU and a master’s degree in secondary education at Central Oklahoma, he spent six years in the Oklahoma high school ranks at Carl Albert and Putnam City West.

“We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with coach Gundy and his staff at Oklahoma State,” Young said. “It means a lot to me to come back to OSU because I am a graduate, I played there and now we are back as part of the Cowboy family.

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