Oklahoma State’s contest at West Virginia is the closest offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich will get this season to his hometown of Euclid, Ohio, which is located about 200 miles northwest of Morgantown.
Yurcich said so far he’s noticed similarities between the passion of the fans in both regions, but also some key differences in the resources and time put toward high school programs.
“Football is king in both parts of the United States — where I grew up in Ohio and here as well in this region,” Yurcich said. “From a recruiting standpoint, I think it’s significantly different in this region, with facilities, spring ball that high schools do, all those sorts of things. I think that’s the biggest difference.”
Does that all make those high schoolers more ready for college football?
“I think that’s true,” Yurcich said. “I also think the coaching in this region is spectacular, so I think they’re getting coached up real well and that sort of thing. And I think all those things, when you take into account those factors, they all add up to maybe a little bit of a greater learning curve for the players that come from this area—possibly.”