OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy declines to discuss offensive coordinator search

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: December 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm •  Published: December 25, 2010
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A report surfaced on Friday that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had offered the Cowboys' offensive coordinator position to former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Saturday, Gundy neither confirmed nor denied the report, instead declining to discuss the situation in an effort to limit distractions as the Cowboys prepare for the Alamo Bowl against Arizona on Dec. 29.

“I don't think it is appropriate for me to talk about that,” Gundy said. “Just because it is unfair to the players and coaches here to even talk about that (just) to avoid any distractions.”

Gundy said he prefers not to discuss the search for an offensive coordinator to replace Dana Holgorsen, who will join the coaching staff at West Virginia on Jan. 1, during the Pokes' bowl preparation.

“Unfortunately with bowl games I think there are a lot of distractions,” Gundy said. “So I wouldn't want to instigate any more.”

BAILEY EXPECTED TO PUNT

Gundy said he expects Dan Bailey to handle all three phases of the kicking game in the Alamo Bowl. Bailey, the 2010 Lou Groza Award winner, will kick field goals and extra points, handle kickoffs and punt for the Pokes.

The Cowboys don't expect leg fatigue to be a concern for Bailey as he handles at least double his usual workload with starting punter Quinn Sharp forced to miss the game due to a failure to meet academic requirements.

“I'm not concerned as I would be in the middle of the season,” Gundy said. “If this was the middle of the season, yes, but on short notice like this, no. We've taken that into account in practice.”



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