STILLWATER — Todd Monken is gone, clearly needed in Hattiesburg, Miss., where he's the new head coach of a Southern Miss program in much need of work following an 0-12 season.
So, with Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator post now vacant — plucked for a head coach for the third time in Mike Gundy's eight seasons — who's calling the offensive shots for the Cowboys in the Heart of Dallas Bowl?
How about this: anybody and everybody.
“We're going to get together as a group and just do it as a group,” Gundy said Friday, in his first meeting with local media since the Baylor loss to end the regular season. “We may make a decision at the bowl.”
Pressed further on who would actually make the final decision on any particular call, Gundy didn't waver: “A group.”
Included in that group: Gundy, offensive line coach Joe Wickline, receivers coaches Kasey Dunn and Doug Meacham and running backs coach Jemal Singleton.”
Explaining further, Gundy said that this offense, originally brought to OSU by Holgorsen, is so uncomplicated that the actual play call isn't so much dictated by any coach, as it is by situation — down and distance, etc.
In essence, there are a few specific calls — run and pass — that automatically apply to each scenario.
“This offense is easy to call,” Gundy said. “You have a script. Really, that's why you can just (use) a small piece of paper and call the plays.”
With that, Gundy pulled just that — a small, folded piece of paper — from his pocket, and pointed to the few plays associated with different situations. Holgorsen seemed to use a cocktail napkin, lending proof to the point.
The real work, Gundy went on to say, is what's put in place during the week, more than on Saturdays.
Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf, whom Gundy confirmed as the starter, said that while the team can feel happy for Monken landing a head coaching gig, it doesn't have to feel sorry for itself.
“Once you learn it, it's really not that hard to move forward,” Chelf said. “All of our coaches know it, they do a good job with it. They do a good job coaching.
“Everybody on the field knows what to expect in certain situations. That's just how the offense runs. The transition today was just like a normal practice that we've had all year.”