Oklahoma State hires Yurcich to run offense

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State hired Mike Yurcich as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Thursday, bringing in an assistant who helped Shippensburg put up big numbers in Division II the past two seasons.

The 37-year-old Yurcich replaces Todd Monken, who left to become the head coach at Southern Mississippi. Yurcich will be asked to step in and run Oklahoma State's prolific spread offense, which has ranked in the top five in total offense and scoring each of the past three seasons while being handed down from Dana Holgorsen to Monken.

The Cowboys were fourth in the nation last year with 547 yards per game and third in scoring at 45.7 points even after losing quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon to the NFL.

"Joining the program at Oklahoma State is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family," Yurcich said in a statement. "I am excited to continue the offensive firepower that has been in place at OSU for many years. I've often admired the OSU system and I'm looking forward to learning and then teaching the Oklahoma State offense."