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Mike Gundy pulling for Joe DeForest to get Louisiana-Lafayette job

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, Modified: December 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm •  Published: December 6, 2010

Oklahoma State's coaching staff may not be fully intact for the Alamo Bowl.

Special teams coach Joe DeForest could be a leading candidate to become the next head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said he's likely to allow DeForest to begin his new job immediately if the long-time assistant is hired at ULL within the next two weeks.

Ragin' Cajuns athletic director Dave Martin has said he would like to hire a new coach by mid-December after the school fired Rickey Bustle in last November.

“Traditionally, guys who have gotten head coaching jobs, I just let them go because their focus is on their new job,” Gundy said. “In all fairness to Joe and the team, if that happens, if they were to name a coach prior to our game, I would want him to be able to move forward and get started.”

If ULL doesn't finalize its decision on its new coach before late December, Gundy may prefer to ask DeForest, who also serves as safeties coach, to stay in the program until after the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

“If they don't name a coach until Christmas or around then, then I'd say he ought to stay,” Gundy said.

Regardless, Gundy is throwing his full support behind DeForest, who has coached at OSU for 10 seasons and has consistently had OSU's special teams units considered among the nation's best during his tenure.

“I hope he gets it,” Gundy said. “I think he wants it; I'm politicking for him, doing everything I can to help him.

“If he wants the job, I hope he gets it.”