Evaluating Oklahoma State offensive coordinator candidates

Who Oklahoma State picks to succeed Dana Holgorsen could determine whether quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon return. Here's a look at the pros and cons for some of the candidates
By BRANDON CHATMON Modified: December 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm •  Published: December 19, 2010

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy said he won't focus on hiring Oklahoma State's next offensive coordinator until after the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

Who Gundy chooses to replace Dana Holgorsen could influence whether All-Big 12 quarterback Brandon Weeden and Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Justin Blackmon go pro.

Here's a look at some pros and cons of the some of the candidates being mentioned for the position:

Doug Meacham, OSU inside receivers coach

Pros: The offensive coach on staff with the most pre-Holgorsen experience with the “Air Raid” offense, Meacham coordinated Samford's offense from 2002-2004. He helped the Bulldogs re-write their offensive record book setting school records for passing yards with 2,986 and completion percentage at 59.8 percent in 2003. In 2004, his offense completed a school record 258 passes before joining the Cowboys in 2005 as the tight ends coach.

Cons: May not have the same extensive experience in the “Air Raid” style attack as some of his competitors for the job.

Lincoln Riley, East Carolina offensive coordinator

Pros: One of the up-and-coming play callers in the business. In his first full season calling plays, East Carolina ranked in the top 15 in scoring and passing offense. He spent time coaching under Leach and Holgorsen and would have an extensive understanding of the offense OSU wants to run.

Cons: At 27, Riley is very young and has just one year of play calling experience under his belt. And his ECU offense averaged just 126.17 yards per game finishing No. 91 nationally in that category.

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