By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
As the media throng grew larger, Mike Yurcich’s eyes grew wider.
It was his second practice of the spring, still more than five months away from kickoff, and the new Oklahoma State offensive coordinator was facing a larger group of reporters than he could have ever imagined at Division II Shippensburg.
“It kind of is an adjustment, but I don’t mind it,” Yurcich said. “I like getting to know more people. I’m a people person and to get around more and more people, it’s a heck of an opportunity.”
That’s what this move was all about for Yurcich. An undeniable opportunity to receive more money and exposure, while rapidly shooting up the coaching ranks from relative unknown to potential coach-in-waiting.
But along with it came an extended adjustment period, on and off the field.
Before Yurcich’s initial interview with Mike Gundy last month, he’d never been to Oklahoma. Never set foot in the state during his 37 years of life.
“The quails seem to be a little bit faster here in Oklahoma,” Yurcich joked. “Because we went hunting the other day, a couple weeks ago with the other coaches. Boy, they came out of that bush and I know I didn’t hit too many. They were making fun of me, but hey, I’m a better shot in Pennsylvania. They were all going downhill at me and I was struggling.”
But Yurcich says it has been an easier than expected move, besides those quails of course.
He has a wife and two young boys, not settled in a school, so they quickly made the move down to Stillwater with him, already set up in a house. And the community has embraced them.
“I’ll tell you, the town is really neat,” Yurcich said. “You can sense the amount of pride they have in this university and this football program and it’s special to be a part of that.”