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Oklahoma State assistant coaching carousel roundup: Who’s out, who’s in?

by Gina Mizell Published: January 25, 2013

Oklahoma State announced Thursday that Jason Ray had been hired as the Cowboys’ receivers coach, filling another vacancy on a coaching staff that has seen plenty of change this offseason.

Barring any unexpected circumstances, coach Mike Gundy now just needs to find an offensive coordinator, the job that has been open the longest. But, as we’ve mentioned several times before, Todd Monken wasn’t hired until early February two years ago.

In case you’ve missed any of the news, here’s a quick roundup of the coaching staff changes over the past few weeks:

Defensive coordinator

In: Glenn Spencer (promoted)
Replaces: Bill Young (fired)
Previous job: Co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at OSU (2011-12)
Other experience: Linebackers coach at OSU (2009-11), defensive line coach at OSU (2008), assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/defensive backs coach at Duke (2004-06), running backs/defensive line coach at Georgia Tech (2001-03), head coach/defensive coordinator/defensive line/linebackers coach at West Georgia (1990-2000)
What he’ll bring: Continuity on staff and with players, but likely a more aggressive style, keeps recruiting ties to Georgia and the Southeast
Gundy says: “We are appreciative of everything Coach Young has done for us over the past four years, but we are also excited about heading in a new direction with our defense.”

Defensive line coach

In: Joe Bob Clements
Replaces: Bill Young (fired)
Previous job: Defensive ends coach/running game coordinator at Kansas State (2009-12)
Other experience: Defensive line coach at Kansas (2008), defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator at San Diego State (2006-07), defensive ends coach at Kansas State (2003-05)
What he’ll bring: Familiarity with Big 12, regarded as one of K-State’s best recruiters, wants defensive linemen to play aggressively
Gundy says: “Joe Bob Clements has a reputation as a disciplined and hard-nosed coach. He has good people skills and is a strong coach on the field and has a great reputation as a recruiter.”

Receivers coach

In: Jason Ray
Replaces: Doug Meacham (hired as offensive coordinator at Houston)
Previous job: Wide receivers coach at Wyoming (2012)
Other experience: Running backs coach at Wyoming (2009-11)
What he’ll bring: Roots in Oklahoma (he’s a Porter native and a former standout receiver for Broken Arrow HS), familiarity with surrounding recruiting areas, young blood to staff
Gundy says: “He is an enthusiastic coach who brings a lot of energy to the staff. He has a great offensive mind.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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