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 Published: February 6, 2013

“But I felt like we needed a change, we needed a spark. Bill still feels like, and I feel like, he can still coach and be successful. But we just needed something different here, and that's really what it came down to.”

Gundy said that some schemes and philosophies would change under Spencer but that it would not “be noticeable to the everyday fan.”

LACK OF IN-STATE SIGNEES ‘BOTHERS' GUNDY

The Cowboys signed just one player from Oklahoma in this year's class — Dawson Bassett, the younger brother of former OSU defensive end Cooper Bassett.

Gundy said that small number of in-state recruits “bothers” him.

“We want to take care of all the Oklahoma people, then we want to take care of Texas,” Gundy said. “We offered a number of players (from the state) this year and we didn't get them.”

Despite the struggles to land in-state talent this year, Gundy stressed that offering players from Oklahoma who fit the Cowboys' system will remain a priority.

“We may not get him, but we're going to move forward on him because, in my opinion, a geographical tie to a university and a football team, makes him a better player. If you just parachuted me out in the state of Washington, I'm not going to be as comfortable as if you dropped me over on the other side of Tulsa. It's the same for kids.

“That's why we don't recruit nationally as much here — we've had so much success with players who are within a six or seven-hour drive of our school.”

BY GINA MIZELL AND JOHN HELSLEY

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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