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Oklahoma State football: Bill Young's departure from OSU has become a mystery

by Jenni Carlson Published: January 10, 2013

“I don't know, I don't know,” he said at the time.

Still, I don't know that anyone could've foreseen his final days in Stillwater ending like this.

OSU sent out a three-paragraph statement late Thursday announcing that Young had been let go and that Glenn Spencer would take over as defensive coordinator.

“We are appreciative of everything Coach Young has done for us over the past four years,” Gundy said in the statement, “but we are also excited about heading in a new direction with our defense.”

The fact that OSU chose not to have a press conference announcing the change, properly sending off Young and properly welcoming Spencer is a shame.

No one who truly loves OSU can be happy about how this change has come about. If all that Young says is true, it looks really bad for Gundy. Really bad for the Cowboys. Really bad for OSU.

I mean, there might be some Cowboy fans out there who are happy to see Young and his 15-yard cushions go. The ever-increasing space that the Cowboy defensive backs gave to opposing receivers this past season drove plenty of people crazy. But those cushions seem like minor nuisances compared to the firestorm that's been stirred up.

Spencer is likely to do a fine job in his new gig. He is a fiery guy with great connections to southern recruiting pipelines. He's already landed some good recruits out of SEC country, the latest being a defensive end from Georgia who switched his commitment to OSU earlier this week.

About the only good thing you can say is that Gundy granted Young's wish of not saying anything during the season about this being his last year. That, Young said, was one of his requests, and those closest to the program say they never heard anything about this being it for Young.

What could have been a day to offer well wishes to an alum and successful coach, then usher in a new defensive era has instead became a day filled with uncomfortable accusations and unfortunate details.

If you bleed orange, you can't like this chapter in Cowboy football.

What a mess.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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