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College football: State of Oklahoma has become popular spot for schools searching for head coaches

Offensive assistant coaches or coordinators are attractive candidates for schools shopping for head coaches
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer Modified: November 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm •  Published: November 28, 2012

“(Defense) doesn't generate as much interest to where guys get fired up,” Gundy said. “Somebody's got to pay the bills. They want guys who are going to be flashy.”

Added Mangino: “I'll be honest with you: The powers that be of college football are probably enjoying these high-scoring games, because the fans absolutely love them. The fans think it's the greatest thing in the world.”


Not to mention, with more and more teams running the spread offense — and more and more points being scored — it's sometimes difficult for a defensive coordinator to look good.

Exhibit A? Former Cowboy assistant Joe DeForest, who left Stillwater last offseason to become the defensive coordinator at West Virginia in hopes it would help him someday become a head coach. But the Mountaineers have struggled mightily while facing the explosive offenses of the Big 12, ranking 117th out of 120 teams in the nation in both total defense (487.36 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (40.64 points allowed per game).

Before leaving OSU, Monken had an interesting proposition for DeForest. Again, half joking, half serious.

“You know Kevin Sumlin? I'd try to go to (Texas) A&M as a running backs coach,” Monken told DeForest. “Learn the offense and get on offense if you want to be a head coach.”

When this season's job openings are filled in the coming months, the trend of hiring offensive coaches is likely to continue.

And based on recent history and current success, it might be wise for those programs seeking a new head coach to start in this state, with the staffs that orchestrated a 51-48 offensive masterpiece in Bedlam less than a week ago.

“It's an offensive guy's game,” Monken said. “You don't want to be a defensive guy right now.”

Where Big 12 assistants have landed as head coaches, assistants

Coach, School, Position/year, New Job

Dana Holgorsen, OSU, OC 2010, West Virginia OC

Kevin Wilson, OU, OC 2010, Indiana head coach

Larry Fedora, OSU, OC 2007, Southern Miss head coach

Kevin Sumlin, OU, COC 2007, Houston head coach

Chuck Long, OU, OC 2005, San Diego State head coach

Mike Gundy, OSU, OC 2004, Oklahoma State head coach

Mark Mangino, OU, OC 2001, Kansas head coach

Mike Leach, OU, OC 1999, Texas Tech head coach


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