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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

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.”

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