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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy might have to find a new defensive coordinator as well

Bill Young is noncommittal whether he will return next season. He said this season has been one of the toughest due to early health issues and trying to find answers to the defense's recent flaws.
By Gina Mizell Published: December 20, 2012


photo - OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young talks to players during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young talks to players during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.”


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