Oklahoma State football: Cowboys hiring of Mike Yurcich is a victory for lower division schools

Edinboro coach Scott Browning always enjoys seeing his assistants move on to better opportunities than the one offered at his Division II school in Pennsylvania.
by Gina Mizell Published: February 17, 2013


photo - OSU: Oklahoma State University football's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Mike Yurcich of Shippensburg University.   photo provided
OSU: Oklahoma State University football's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Mike Yurcich of Shippensburg University. photo provided

According to Browning, though, Yurcich deserved this job because he is, simply, a stout football coach.

Yurcich was on Edinboro's staff for six seasons, one as the quarterbacks/receivers coach and five as the offensive coordinator. That first season, Browning himself was the offensive coordinator, and staff meetings for that side of the ball often included just him and Yurcich. So Browning easily felt Yurcich's energy and saw his desire to keep learning through film study and phone conversations to discuss schemes. During practice, Browning said Yurcich was detail-oriented when teaching proper technique. 

The result? Yurcich's offense averaged at least 30 points per game from 2007-09, and Trevor Harris became a Division II All-American. 

Yurcich found even more success at Shippensburg, calling plays for a unit that led Division II in total offense and ranked second in passing and scoring offense in 2012. Additionally, quarterback Zach Zulli won Division II's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.  

Which means Browning is confident Yurcich is ready for this giant leap in his career and will thrive at OSU. And he's thankful Gundy is allowing Yurcich to become the next example of a lower-division coach getting a chance to climb the ladder.

“For someone like Coach Gundy to step up and make it happen for someone, I think it says a lot about him,” Browning said.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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