College football recruiting: OU, OSU both go young with offseason coaching moves

For the Sooners, the big changes came up front on both sides of the ball with Bill Bedenbaugh coming from West Virginia to take over the offensive line and Jerry Montgomery coming from Michigan to coach the defensive line.
by Ryan Aber Modified: August 27, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

The biggest change was on defense, where defensive coordinator Bill Young was replaced by Glenn Spencer, who spent last season coaching linebackers at OSU.

Young told the Tulsa World when he left that the move was made, in part, to help recruiting.

“He thought my age would hurt recruiting and he thought players wouldn't play for me,” Young told the paper then, referencing Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.

Clements was considered one of the best recruiters on the staff when he was at Kansas State. The other top recruiter on that staff, Michael Smith, left after last season to take a similar job in the SEC at Arkansas.

The Cowboys also went young and energetic with Yurcich, who is not yet 40 and came to OSU after serving as the offensive coordinator for Division II Shippensburg.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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