The postgame celebration swirled around Trevor Harris and his coach.
But as they sat next to each other on the team bus returning home from a big road victory, they weren't looking back. They were looking ahead, talking about the next week's game.
Harris, the quarterback, mentioned a scheme variation that he thought might work.
“Trev,” the coach said, “that's West Coast stuff.”
And with that, Mike Yurcich launched into what he knew of the West Coast offense. Then came the air raid. Then came the spread.
“He just kept spitting out concepts,” Harris said of the man who was hired Thursday to be Oklahoma State's new offensive coordinator. “It's about teaching, and he's a great teacher.”
Some question Yurcich and how he'll do making the jump to OSU from Shippensburg University, a Division II school in Pennsylvania. Can he handle the big time? Can he manage the major move?
Harris has no doubt.
“I've talked to a lot of guys during my career,” said Harris, who now plays for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League. “There's a handful of guys — probably three or four — that you talk ball with and you just feel like their ceiling is unlimited with football knowledge.
“Coach Yurcich is way at the top of those guys.”
Harris was a redshirt freshman at Edinboro University when Yurcich took over as the offensive coordinator. The quarterback came from a Wing T offense in high school, and the coach wanted to implement more of a prostyle attack.
It didn't happen overnight.
“If you learn math,” Harris said, “you can't learn how to integrate functions until you learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide.”
Slowly but surely, Yurcich taught Harris the skills, the sets, the plays.
When all was said and done, Harris had rewritten the record books at Edinboro. As the four-year starter, he threw for nearly 12,000 yards. The seasons that he played stand as the four best single-season marks in school history.
“I think he did a great job of building a foundation of football knowledge for me,” Harris said. “He has a good feel for that.”
That should be music to a lot of ears among the Cowboy faithful. OSU has three tested and talented quarterbacks already on campus. Yurcich sounds like a guy who can develop those guys much like Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken before him.
Although the way he does will be different from his predecessors.
Where Holgorsen was known to draw up schemes on a napkin and Monken was liable to say whatever popped in his head, Yurcich doesn't sound nearly as unconventional.
Harris calls him intense in practice.
“He's still got those young legs,” Harris said of the 37-year-old coach. “He's out there giving read keys. He's out there making sure everybody's locked into the game plan.
“But on game day ... he's never too high, never too low.”
Harris would get on the headset with Yurcich during games, and the way the coach talked to his quarterback was always consistent. Same tones. Same messages.
“You wouldn't be able to tell if we were up 30, down 30 or tied,” Harris said.
Harris and Yurcich built a close bond at Edinboro, and even as they've gone their separate ways, they have remained close. Harris is excited to see his former coach and football mentor get a chance to coach big-time college football.
Harris isn't the least bit shocked that Yurcich is making the move.
“To make the jump from Division II to Division I, you have to do something pretty special, and he's done something pretty special at his two stops,” Harris said. “He's had nothing but success. He's a successful person. He's a successful football coach.
“He's going to do a great job at Oklahoma State.”
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