Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said during his Sunday evening teleconference that defensive coordinator Bill Young was back at the Cowboy football offices, but that his return date for practice and team activities had not yet been determined.
Young missed the Cowboys' first two games after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure less than two weeks ago. His recovery timetable was projected at 7-10 days, and Gundy said he remained optimistic that Young would be back on the sideline when OSU hosts Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
“I have not talked to him,” Gundy said. “We're running behind (Sunday) because of our schedule, from getting back so late. We're all kind of playing catch-up. I've seen him in the hall a couple times.
“But he's been around. He was around some last week. I hadn't really sat down and visited with him about what his plans are, or if the doctors released him.”
Glenn Spencer, OSU's linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator, has been handling Young's duties in his absence. The Cowboys started the season with a shutout of lowly Savannah State, but gave up 59 points and 501 yards of total offense in Saturday night's loss at Arizona.
LATE NIGHT, EARLY MORNING FOR COWBOYS
Because of the time difference between Oklahoma and Arizona, the OSU charter did not land in Stillwater until about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
That means the OSU coaches are already a bit behind on game planning for Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette, Gundy said. And that illustrates why the coach is happy OSU did not join the Pac-12 during conference realignment last year.
“Can you imagine if you would be playing in that league?” Gundy said. “With that one time that we were supposed to be playing the league, one of my concerns was if we play, then we’ll have at least three or four games a year where we’d be traveling back across the country like that.”
OFFENSIVE LINE, SECONDARY TO BENEFIT MOST FROM FILM SESSIONS
When asked which position groups would benefit most from this week’s film sessions, Gundy pointed to the offensive line, because of the five holding penalties, and the secondary, because of the multiple times an Arizona receiver got free down the middle.
Still, Gundy said, the Cowboys lost the game because of their numerous mistakes.
“Really, what got us in this game was the combination of penalties and turnovers,” Gundy said, “which fueled fan excitement, momentum and enthusiasm on the road. That’s what started everything.”