ENID — Introduced as "Cowboy Bill Young,” Oklahoma State’s new defensive coordinator took center stage to a rousing ovation Monday night at the OSU caravan inside the Cherokee Strip Convention Center.
But long before he grabbed the microphone, Young had won over many Cowboy fans, not only because he’s a winning coach with a proven record of successfully building good defenses, but also because he’s one of them.
"Most people feel like it’s a great thing that he’s coming home,” said Enid resident Larry Jenkins. "I think he can motivate these guys and give them some more pride in what they’re doing, maybe more than what we’ve seen from somebody from the outside.
"We’re happy he’s here.”
Young, who is beginning his third coaching stint at OSU in the last four decades, also played for the Cowboys in the late 1960s, and he always speaks with passion about his homecoming, calling it "just incredible.”
"I think OSU grads are the best, so you might as well hire the best,” Enid native Jenny Winter said. "We all think of ourselves as a family.