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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy might not mind so much that Joe Wickline has left for Texas

Multiple sources say Gundy wanted to fire Wickline after the 2012 season.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 19, 2014

/articleid/3925446/1/pictures/2185390">Photo - OSU COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State University offensive line coach Joe Wickline leads the offensive line in a drill during practice on August 2, 2013. Wickline is entering his 9th season at Oklahoma State. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman
OSU COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State University offensive line coach Joe Wickline leads the offensive line in a drill during practice on August 2, 2013. Wickline is entering his 9th season at Oklahoma State. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman

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.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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