OSU deals with hazards of football success

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: January 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm •  Published: January 12, 2011

One of the perils of building a successful football program is having other schools looking to mimic your success.

Oklahoma State is dealing with that this offseason after going 11-2 and earning a share of the Big 12 South title.

“Last year, over half our staff had been contacted and had job opportunities. This year, over half our staff has been contacted and has job opportunities,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said.

Former offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and former running backs coach Robert Gillespie have left OSU for West Virginia. As of Wednesday, Holgorsen and Gillespie are the lone staff departures.

“There has not been anything at this time that has changed with this staff,” Gundy said Wednesday.

Offensive line coach Joe Wickline has been rumored to be pursued by Texas as an assistant, and receivers coach Gunter Brewer has had job opportunities at several schools.

Special teams' coach Joe DeForest was a finalist for the Louisiana-Lafayette opening and could be a potential target for other openings, including Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane lost head coach Todd Graham earlier this week to Pittsburgh.

Gundy said Wednesday he had not been contacted by Tulsa for permission to speak with DeForest or Brewer about its head coaching position.

Keeping the remainder of OSU's staff intact is one of Gundy's priorities, but it remains to be seen if he can get it done.

“There are a number of guys who have had opportunities at other schools,” Gundy said. “And to this day that continues to happen.”

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