The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Oklahoma State Power Lunch Chat. You can join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
Can you confirm a Missouri newspaper report that Gundy has offered the offensive coordinator position to David Yost?
Cannot confirm it on our end, but we're working too. One source just told me they would be surprised if Gundy moved that quickly, but admitted they didn't know anything about it. So, like I said, we're working hard on our end and will hopefully have an update soon.
Would Yost learn OSU's current system, or is OSU looking to switch up its offensive style?
Gundy has been very adamant about the fact that he wants to run the Air Raid, citing Zac Robinson's poor health at the end of his career as a reason why you don't want a QB getting beat up by running the football on a consistent basis. So unless something has dramatically changed recently, that is Gundy's preference and philosophy. Missouri's offense, though, obviously used a dual-threat QB, most recently James Franklin. But just because an OC has been running a certain style doesn't mean they can't run another style. Monken is an example of that. Though whoever comes in this time won't have Brandon Weeden to teach them the offense.
Any buzz that DC Bill Young could be replaced after giving up 600+ yards the last two games (both losses)?
Depends on what you mean by "buzz." Are some fans calling for Young's job? Absolutely. Are the coaches disappointed by it? Absolutely. Is he going to get fired because of that? Would not jump to that conclusion.
The front seven has played relatively well this season, particularly with Calvin Barnett and James Castleman (who missed the Baylor game) in the middle of that defensive line. The pass defense, particularly, the cornerbacks, have been the biggest disappointment on this team.
How is Lyndell Johnson doing? I know he went back into the Baylor game, but that knee bent all wrong.
Fine, as far as I know, based on the fact that he did come back in the game. We haven't been able to talk to players or coaches since after the Baylor game. And you know how Gundy is about injuries, anyway.
Will we get to see even more of #23, #27 and #52 in the bowl game? They are all playmakers!
Zack Craig, Lyndell Johnson and Ryan Simmons all play a fair amount, anyway. So yes, I expect them to play a good chunk of snaps in the bowl game. You are right in that they all have a knack for making plays and make the most out of their time on the field in a nonstarting role. Craig isn't always in the right spot, coaches say, but has an ability to make a play on the ball or in rushing the QB. Johnson is particularly strong in pass coverage because of his speed, range and athleticism. Simmons is just a force in the middle.
What have you heard regarding the rumor that Wes Lunt is leaving the team?
Ahhh ... rumors. Don't you love them? Our man Berry Tramel talked to Wes Lunt's dad yesterday, who said that Wes was obviously disappointed Monken left, but that there wouldn't be any decisions made until a new OC is brought in. Again, if Gundy continues to run the Air Raid, Lunt is still the best fit for the system and I think would be the front-runner to start in 2013.
Do you believe that there will be any football staff turnover during the offseason or will a new offensive coordinator be the only change?
That's a good question. Someone asked if Monken would bring any OSU guys with him to Southern Miss, but here's the thing: OSU assistants are paid really, really well. Monken made $600K as the OC. To put it in perspective, new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell made $300K as the head coach at Kent State. I don't know if Monken could afford to bring anybody with him and pay them competitively with what they make at OSU. But, of course, there's always a chance someone gets offered a new opportunity.
How many frowning emoticons did you want to use when you were writing about losing Monken?
Haha. Anybody who follows this team knows how much the media loves Monken. Not just because he often gives quotes that make you laugh, but he is one of the most honest coaches I've ever been around. That's so rare when interviewees give vanilla answers or clichés or are afraid to tell reporters anything. Monken will tell you exactly what's going on. That was always appreciated, and will be missed. A media member who covers Southern Miss shot me the following text last night: "Mr. Monken is a hoot." You don't say.
Do you believe Luke Del Rio would have signed with OK State if Monken had stayed or was Del Rio always a recruit that likely wouldn't have honored his verbal commitment?
By the middle of the season, I started to think that I would be very surprised if he wound up in Stillwater. OSU had two freshman quarterbacks playing well, and then a third in Chelf. He took a visit to Oregon State and reduced his commitment to a "soft" verbal.
Even if Monken had stayed, I would have betted on Del Rio eventually changing his mind. Some fans will say they don't want a guy that doesn't want to compete, and this season obviously showed the need for more than one solid quarterback, but QB is obviously such a rare position. Only one can play at a time. So as a high schooler, you want to find a good program, but you want to find a place you can legitimately play. It likely would be quite a while before he could play at OSU, unless Lunt AND Walsh left.