STILLWATER — The coaching connections between Oklahoma State and Big 12 newcomer West Virginia go beyond Dana Holgorsen, Joe DeForest and Robert Gillespie.
Former Cowboy cornerback Andrew McGee, who spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach at OSU while finishing his undergraduate degree, is now a graduate assistant in Morgantown.
McGee talked with me last week about the transition, coaching under Holgorsen and what he expects when he comes back to Stillwater with the Mountaineers in November.
How did you wind up with this gig?
“It was really random. I had no idea I was even going to get the call. I think I was coming from an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) event, and Coach (Joe) DeForest called me. He just kind of approached me with it and was like, ‘Hey I want you to come coach with me.' It was like, ‘Oh, really?' It kind of threw me off. I had no idea I was even going to really get into coaching permanently. I coached and helped last year, but I was really contemplating what I was going to do next with my life, and I thought I would immediately like working for FCA or something like that. He told me I could take however long I wanted to decide, but of course it didn't take me long to know that this would be a great opportunity for me.”
Give me a rundown of your responsibilities as a GA.
“Here may be a little bit different than normal for a guy in a first GA position, because of me knowing what I know as far as scheme and what DeForest likes to do. I have a pretty good opportunity to get right into coaching, which sometimes (as) a GA you have to work your way up to get the trust that you need to actually coach. But, man, we just do the whole nine, all the behind-the-scenes work. We cut up film, we make scouting reports, make playbooks, just sit in on all the meetings and give what we think.”
OSU fans know Dana Holgorsen the offensive coordinator. How would you describe him as a head coach?
“He's been great. I know it's his first head-coaching job, and you see a lot of similarities from what Coach (Mike) Gundy does and what he does. When you're a head coach you have to start setting stuff up and you have to be more of an administrator, and I think he's done a really good job doing that, which can be tough when you'll be calling plays and being the administrator that he's been. Another thing that I appreciate so far is how he's brought in a really good staff. He's brought in guys that are really good at what they do, similar to what Coach Gundy did with the staff at Oklahoma State. A lot of similarities as far as bringing in good, quality coaches that not only just coach, but they actually care.”