The next few weeks are among the busiest of the year for college football coaches.
Never has that been more apparent than what is going on at Oklahoma State.
Special teams coach Joe DeForest is among the names being considered to become the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen will have plenty of options and quarterback Brandon Weeden, along with receiver Justin Blackmon, might decide to enter their names in the 2011 NFL Draft.
How does a head coach handle all the distractions?
â€œYou manage it day by day,â€ Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said during an Alamo Bowl press conference Thursday.Â â€œYou take phone calls of people who are interested in hiring your coaches and try to have a schedule when you practice and recruit.â€
The Pokes' coaching staff has spent some time on the road recruiting ever since the regular season ended. And preparations for the Alamo Bowl have started, too. OSU plays Arizona on Dec. 29 in San Antonio.
â€œWe are trying to recruit and prepare for our bowl game, both of which are very important,â€Â Gundy said.
While it is difficult to manage, part of being a successful football program is having others pursue your coaches.
â€œWe just take it day by day. As of 20 minutes ago, our staff was intact,â€ Gundy said. â€œBut at anytime, that can change.â€
If DeForest or Holgorsen left the program, Gundy said he is confident a quality replacement can be found.
â€œI have always felt we have a lot to sell at Oklahoma State,â€ Gundy said.Â â€œIt's a good place to work.
â€œAnd if there is a coach that has a better opportunity, we don't want to hold him back and we try to find another coach as quickly as possible.Â We just do the best we can with the opportunities that come our way.â€