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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' defensive performance vs. Purdue prompts Bill Young to say he's coming back

COMMENTARY — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young said following the Cowboys' dismantling of Purdue that he wants to keep coaching. That's what an afternoon of playing against the Boilermakers offense will do for you.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 1, 2013

DALLAS – Bill Young says he wants to keep coaching. That's what an afternoon of playing against a Big Ten offense will do for you.

The beleaguered OSU defensive coordinator found an oasis in an exasperating season. The Cowboys routed the Boilermakers 58-14 Tuesday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, thanks in part to a Purdue offense that had all kinds of alien concepts, like huddles and tight ends and off-tackle handoffs.

You know, the kind of things the Cotton Bowl saw when it was a modern stadium and not a relic. Circa 1965.

“Nice to get a look at two backs and a tight end, get everybody packed into the box a little bit,” said co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “Don't get exposed quite as much.”

Best of all for State was the tempo. The Boilermakers took it slow. They had the ball almost six more game minutes than did OSU, but ran three fewer plays.

“Legs feeling a lot better than a Big 12 game,” OSU safety Daytawion Lowe said with a smile. “Their tempo was a lot slower. Gave us time to get lined up. Most Big 12 teams, as soon as the play is over, they're lined up to run another play.”

Makes a big difference. Defenses can expand the game plan. Get lined up right. Buckle down.

“Always helps when a team gets in the huddle and you can see the play and not worry about them stopping the ball,” said OSU's other safety, Shamiel Gary.

So after a regular season chasing the jet-stream receivers of Landry Jones and Geno Smith, Nick Florence and David Ash, the Cowboys capped the season with old-fashioned fun.

And Young saying he would be back.

“Shoot, I'm going to coach until someone tells me I can't,” Young said.

Three weeks ago, the 1968 OSU graduate said he was unsure about his coaching future. Young had a superb 2011 season, with his defense bending but not breaking and leading the nation in takeaways. 2012 was not so grand, with the Cowboys getting torched in the final two weeks of the regular season, by OU and Baylor.

Mike Gundy said Tuesday he hadn't discussed Young's future with him but plans to have him back, if that's what Young wants.

“He's a great coach,” Lowe said.

Forget the coaching part. Spencer said Young is a great man.

“Never been around a better human being in the business,” Spencer said. “ He's earned the right to leave when he wants to. Tremendous influence not only on me, but the whole staff, and these young men. Great example for our defensive players, to see how a good man is supposed to act.”

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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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