STILLWATER — Bill Young wants to plant some trees. It’s a desire that has both literal and figurative meanings to the 62-year-old, who earlier this week was named Oklahoma State’s new defensive coordinator. Young wants to dig in, grow roots and stay awhile.
"There’s no place like home,” said Young, a former OSU player and coach, in his first meeting with Oklahoma media since accepting the job.” That seems to be good news for everyone, especially the team, considering Young is OSU’s fourth defensive coordinator in the last six seasons and the third during the careers of several players. Young spoke to the media Friday along with two other new OSU assistants, running backs coach Robert Gillespie and former recruiting coordinator Robert Matthews, whose duties have not been officially announced. Both Matthews and Gillespie were college players in the 1990s and join a staff of coaches who, on average, are also fairly young. So, in an ironic twist, Young is the old one. But that doesn’t mean his career is close to its end. "I want to coach forever. I’m trying to see if I can beat Joe Paterno’s record if I can,” Young said. "I love it. As long as I’m healthy and have a job, I’m gonna keep doing it.”