STILLWATER â€” As soon as he finishes his weekly duties for the Oklahoma State football program each Monday, head coach Mike Gundy has one main priority.
To ensure his coaching staff remains intact.
â€œThat's my priority right now, to keep everything intact,â€ Gundy said.
With Dana Holgorsen at the helm, OSU's offense has exploded in 2010. The Cowboys lead the nation in total offense at 547.5 yards per game, rank No. 2 in passing offense at 359.1 yards per game and No. 3 in scoring offense at 45 points per game.
Gundy expects teams to pursue the Cowboys' first-year offensive coordinator, but he would be disappointed if Holgorsen left for another offensive coordinator job.
â€œIf we lose him to be a head coach, we lose him to be a head coach,â€ Gundy said. â€œOr if somebody in the NFL pays him $2 million to be a coordinator, there's nothing we can do about that.
â€œ(But) we don't want to lose coordinators to go to other schools.â€
And Holgorsen doesn't seem to be looking to leave Stillwater after one season.
â€œI try not to be one of these guys that jumps around,â€ he said. â€œI was at (Texas) Tech for eight years, at Houston for two and reluctantly left. I really didn't want to leave, I reluctantly left just because this was too good an opportunity to pass up.â€
Hanging on to Holgorsen â€” and defensive coordinator Bill Young â€” are top priorities for Gundy. Young appears likely to remain on staff until he decides to retire, and the Cowboys' coach has a blueprint for how to keep Holgorsen, who undoubtedly will be hotly pursued after this season and beyond.
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