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Berry Tramel: Mike Gundy's biggest signee is Dana Holgorsen

by Berry Tramel Published: February 4, 2010

In the last 11 years, both Oklahoma and Texas Tech transformed their programs almost immediately with the Leach offense. No reason it couldn't happen again, though it might not be as easy this time, since defenses now have a decade worth of experience trying to stop it.

"It sure worked for us, attracting the quarterbacks it did," Bob Stoops said Wednesday. "It allowed us to move the ball at that time without running over people."

Gundy says Holgorsen will tinker with his system to make sure it fits the current Cowboys, and Gundy is quick to point out that Fedora's offense, both before and after he left for Southern Mississippi, produced yards and points for OSU.

But Holgorsen's system "I feel like gives us the best chance to win, score some points and win Big 12 championships."

Some of that decision is recruiting-based. OSU signed no fullbacks or tight ends Wednesday, and going back to the Les Miles days and even before, the Cowboys have relied on bruising fullbacks and multi-tasking tight ends.

Trouble is, fullbacks and tight ends, "you can't find in high school football," Gundy said. The spread formation revolution has spread to high schools. Fullbacks and tight ends are rare, and the best are headed to the cream programs, many of whom don't run the spread.

3. A coach had to be willing to come and immerse himself in an already-established staff. Gundy says Holgorsen will adapt well to the Cowboy coaches, though we'll see how that chemistry develops.

Robert Matthews will be reassigned from coaching duties to administrative duties, while Gunter Brewer will lose his offensive coordinator title, though Gundy in reality had the job.

So the net result is this. OSU gets a full-time offensive coordinator with great potential. And a full-time head coach. Few recruits can top that.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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