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Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy says he's close to hiring new offensive coordinator

With the system in place, the new coordinator must adapt to the offense, not vice versa.
By Gina Mizell and John Helsley Published: February 6, 2013

Mike Gundy sparked immediate alarm in addressing his vacant offensive coordinator post Wednesday, saying it should be filled by March 1.

Then Gundy caught himself, saying it was just a date he was throwing out, and that the post was much closer to being filled than that, any day even.

Still, Gundy said that for all the appeal of running OSU's offense, hiring a guy to run it isn't as easy as it may seem.

Why? With the system in place, the new guy must adapt to the offense, not vice versa.

“I've put a lot of time and research into it, to try and find the guy who is the right fit,” Gundy said. “And it's not easy here. It's not the best job in the country for someone who wants to run their own plays.

“There are not very many coordinators, who are established coordinators, who say, ‘OK, I'll run your system.' That's why it's a little more of a difficult search than people realize.”


Signing Day was Gundy's first news conference since the Heart of Dallas Bowl, making it the first opportunity for him to address the messy departure of defensive coordinator Bill Young.

Young revealed to the Tulsa World last month that it was determined before the season that the 2012 campaign would be his last at OSU — in part, Young said, because of his age. Shortly after reports started to surface that Young would not return, OSU announced that Glenn Spencer had been promoted to defensive coordinator.

“I was not happy about some of the comments that may have been made,” Gundy said. “But at the end of the day, Bill and I sat down in his office and we had communication and talked. Any time there's a situation like that in the workforce, it's never easy.

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