New Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said he’s had the same feelings of anxiousness and excitement before every football season begins, whether it was while playing in youth leagues in Ohio or while coordinating the offense now at OSU.
He highlighted the opportunity to see the players again as a reason for excitement, since coaches have limited contact during the summer months.
But Yurcich can, at least, take comfort in knowing the Cowboys have been taking part in a structured offseason workout program. That wasn’t always the case at his old program, Division II’s Shippensburg University.
“Most of the time in Division II, your guys have to go home and stay with Mom and Dad, because that’s free rent, and get jobs and that sort of thing,” he said. “A lot of times there’s no contact face-to-face. You didn’t see them. You didn’t run into them at the Wal-Mart or anything like that.”
Yurcich remembers even running into this situation as a player for the University of California at Pennsylvania, a Division II school. The summer before his senior season, he decided to stay on campus to work out.
“I tried to recruit receivers and tight ends to stay, wanted them to get real good,” he said. “It ended being me and one other guy staying, and it was like a ghost town. It was the most boring summer I’ve ever had, probably, in my life. I’m 22 years old, I’m hanging out and there’s, like, tumbleweeds rolling down the street.”