When Wickline was courted by Texas coach Mack Brown three years ago, OSU sweated out the decision. Then-quarterback Brandon Weeden was thrilled when Wick stayed in Stillwater.
“Honest to God truth, one of those guys you cannot replace,” Weeden said during the 2011 season. “I was worried. Can't replace a guy like that.”
But Gundy wanted to do exactly that last year and now has to. Hopefully, Gundy had a replacement plan.
New coaches can bring in new blood and fresh ideas. But you don't want too much turnover. Staff continuity becomes a factor at some point.
Gundy has no offensive assistants who were hired before February 2011. That's when Kasey Dunn and Jemal Singleton joined up. Jason Ray and Yurcich arrived in February 2013.
One of the ingredients of Gundy's success has been his nose for hiring. Gundy repeatedly has brought in quality lieutenants. His coordinators have mostly been good selections. So Gundy needs to keep it up with the Wick replacement. Another Marlboro Man would be nice.
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