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Oklahoma State football: Mike Yurcich hiring shows continued commitment to Air Raid offense

Need a road map for direction on how Gundy closed in on Yurcich? Start with the head coach's philosophy that keeping the Cowboys' Air Raid spread system is paramount.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: February 9, 2013

“I thought Todd Monken did as good a job staying physical and running no huddle as anybody,” Brown said. “We'll head in that direction.”

Monken was willing to ditch his ego when he was hired in 2011 and learn the system Dana Holgorsen had first installed. Weeden was a large part of the teaching process. And Monken developed his own wrinkles — Gundy estimates now that only about 40 percent of Holgorsen's exact plays remain — over his two seasons before being hired away for Southern Miss' head coaching gig.

Yurcich will have much of the same support and guidance. Quarterback Clint Chelf is entering his fourth year in this system, while J.W. Walsh will be in his third. And plenty of coaches like Joe Wickline, Kasey Dunn, Jemal Singleton and, of course, Gundy are well-versed in it. And, based on coach and player assessments, this version of the spread is actually quite simple to run.

Hiring a new offensive coordinator has become a somewhat frequent offseason task for Gundy. And where he's gone to find the next coach has varied.

But since the Air Raid arrived in Stillwater, he hasn't budged on his commitment to that system.

Now it's Yurcich's turn to run it.