STILLWATER — Mike Gundy already knows he has to find a new offensive coordinator to replace Todd Monken.
Will the Oklahoma State coach need to search for a new defensive coordinator after the Heart of Dallas Bowl, as well?
Gundy doesn't know. Just like, right now, defensive coordinator Bill Young doesn't know.
But Gundy isn't surprised by Young's noncommittal response to questions about if he will continue to coach beyond the Cowboys' Jan. 1 bowl game against Purdue.
“(Young) may very well feel after the bowl game that he wants to do it for another year or two years,” Gundy said Thursday. “And I think at some point he may feel like …
“And I'm really speaking out of turn, because I've had very little conversation with him about this.”
Young told The Oklahoman last week that he's unsure how much longer he wants to coach. He also admitted that this season has been the toughest of his four in Stillwater, because of health issues early on and his unit's mighty struggle down the stretch.
Young missed OSU's first two games after undergoing a procedure to remove an aneurysm between his eyes. Then, after a string of solid performances during Big 12 play, the Cowboy defense allowed a combined 79 points and 1,233 yards in back-to-back losses at Oklahoma and Baylor to close out the regular season.
“I don't know, I don't know,” Young said of his future. “I'm going to think about it.”
Gundy understands why Young has started to consider life after football. He emphasized the recruiting trail as a particularly taxing part of the college coaching grind, especially for someone like Young, who is approaching 70 years old.
Or consider this interesting possibility that Gundy brought up — that sometimes veteran coordinators may want to take a step down and become just a position coach, in order to decrease the hours required and responsibilities shouldered. Right now, Young also coaches the defensive line in addition to his coordinator duties.
Gundy said he hasn't yet actively started sifting through possible offensive coordinator candidates, a position he knows he needs to fill. So he certainly hasn't yet thought seriously about a potential replacement for Young, a spot on the staff he may or may not need to fill.
He'll let Young make his decision after the bowl game, and proceed from there.
“At some point, you get to where you have to think of what you want to do with the (next) 10, 20 years of your life, whatever it is,” Gundy said. “And I think it's really that simple.”