Mike Gundy made a bold — and strong — move with Dana Holgorsen

Oklahoma State coach calls his decision to hire Holgorsen 'one of the best coaching moves in the country'
by John Helsley Published: July 9, 2012
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photo - OSU: Oklahoma State University offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, left, and head coach Mike Gundy argue with referees over a call during an NCAA college football game against Baylor, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/The News Press, Chelcey Adami) ORG XMIT: OKSTI201
OSU: Oklahoma State University offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, left, and head coach Mike Gundy argue with referees over a call during an NCAA college football game against Baylor, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/The News Press, Chelcey Adami) ORG XMIT: OKSTI201

OSU signed seven receivers in its last recruiting class, which also delivered the heir apparent to Weeden in Wes Lunt. Already, the Cowboys have commitments from four more wideouts and a QB for the 2013 group. And they're not done stockpiling the pitch-and-catch portion of the offense yet.

Not hardly.

Before Holgorsen's arrival to accommodate Weeden's skills, OSU leaned more toward a dual-threat take on the spread, having turned the corner as a program behind Zac Robinson at QB.

But Weeden's gifts — and the physical toll regularly absorbed by Robinson — led Gundy in a different direction. And there's no sign of turning back, now that Cowboys fans are over their original trepidations.

“People were scared to death we weren't going to run the ball,” Gundy said. “But I'd done my research and knew (Holgorsen) ran the ball.

“And he brought a little bit of attitude into our program.”

The attitude remains, thanks in part to Gundy's follow-up hiring of Todd Monken to replace Holgorsen.

Monken swings some swagger, too, while embracing the spread and adding some nuances of his own.

“We learned that system,” Gundy said. “We know it. We have it. And we understand it.”

No turning back.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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