STILLWATER â€” 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 â€œAir Raidâ€ 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 â€œAir Raidâ€ 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.
Kliff Kingsbury, Houston co-offensive coordinator
Pros: Having played quarterback under Leach and Holgorsen, Kingsbury is in a unique position. He's not that far removed from being a quarterback in the â€œAir Raidâ€ system and he's already risen up the coaching ranks to the position of co-offensive coordinator for the Cougars. A definite up-and-comer with great potential.
Cons: Didn't call plays this season at Houston so while his understanding of the offense is extensive, it's unknown how good a play caller he is.
Jason Phillips, Houston offensive coordinator
Pros: Worked beside Holgorsen for two seasons before taking over as Houston's offensive coordinator this season. He called the plays as the Cougars as they finished in the top 15 in scoring and total offense despite losing Case Keenum in September. He would bring similar offensive balance to Holgorsen as UH averaged 153.25 rushing yards per game this season.
Cons: Phillips was a star receiver at Houston and is in his eighth year on the UH coaching staff. He could have some loyalty to the school and current head coach Kevin Sumlin.
Seth Littrell, Arizona co-offensive coordinator
Pros: Extensive experience with the â€œAir Raidâ€ offense having worked under Leach and Holgorsen at Texas Tech. Littrell also has experience calling plays as he has helped UA rank No. 9 nationally in passing yards (310 ypg) this season. In addition, Littrell is a Muskogee native who has helped the UA program make recent recruiting inroads in Oklahoma.
Cons: Littrell, who played at Oklahoma, could join Holgorsen at West Virginia. The fact he's a former Sooner also could play a role in the decision of both parties.