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OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich still adjusting to new life in Stillwater

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013

Mike Yurcich meets with reporters for the first time. / Photo by Bryan Terry

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.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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