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Oklahoman Published: January 5, 2009
Could any of these coaching departures have been avoided?

Maybe, maybe not.

Most assistant coaches want to become head coaches and will do what they think is needed to achieve that. Tim Beckman had an opportunity in his home state of Ohio at a good mid-level program in Toledo. It’s unlikely his mind could have been changed by anything OSU coach Mike Gundy had to offer.

When assistants leave for jobs that aren’t obvious moves upward in responsibility or status, it raises questions about the internal workings of the program, and what impact that might have had on those decisions.

How will the coaching changes impact recruiting?

It doesn’t appear that Curtis Luper’s departure will do anything to change any of Oklahoma State’s current commitments. He worked closely in the recruitment of Tulsa Union running back Jeremy Smith, but Smith told The Oklahoman on Sunday night that he remains firm in his commitment to the Cowboys.

It does not seem that Beckman’s departure has changed anything with defensive recruits, either.

The coaching vacancies could have some impact on recruiting for the rest of the month. The contact period encompasses about three weeks between now and signing day Feb. 4, and the Cowboys will be short-handed in trying to fill the final eight slots in their recruiting class.

Luper was the point man in the recruitment of Sulphur Springs, Texas, quarterback Tyrik Rollison, but Rollison has been attracted to many other factors at OSU beyond his relationship with Luper.

Should Trooper Taylor leave, it could severely hinder OSU’s recruitment of Rueben Randle, the Bastrop, La., receiver who is rated by as the No.


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