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Oklahoma State football: Constant turnover is not a problem in Stillwater

COMMENTARY — Coach Mike Gundy doesn't need to hire a more permanent replacement for departing offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Just hire the best offensive mind around who won't change OSU's style.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 11, 2012

Pay attention, Gundy. Go looking for a coach who no one else would want, and that just might be what you get.

A constant staff makeover can affect a program, if it means constantly changing styles. That's only happened once in Stillwater during the Gundy era, with the arrival of Holgorsen.

The real danger is harm to personnel, particularly at quarterback. If a QB perceives that his champion in the coach's room is gone, or that a change in style could mean a change in playing time, that quarterback might take the same road out of town.

But that doesn't seem to fit the Cowboys' current crop. Monken certainly favored Wes Lunt to start the season but didn't hesitate to hand over free rein to any of the three when injuries mounted.

All three — Lunt, J.W. Walsh, Clint Chelf — succeeded. Lunt beat TCU. Walsh beat Iowa State and dang near beat Texas. Chelf beat West Virginia and almost won Bedlam.

If any of the trio leaves, it shouldn't be because Monken left.

OSU's quarterbacks face an uncertain future on who will play. But their future on how they play seems assured. The Cowboy offense will roll, so long as Mike Gundy does what he's been doing. Hire a coordinator that others soon will want.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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