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OSU football: Young torn between Miami, Cowboys jobs

By Scott Wright Modified: January 20, 2009 at 4:53 am •  Published: January 20, 2009
STILLWATER — Two months ago, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was making just more than $1 million per year.

So the idea of offering a defensive coordinator $700,000 per year seems a little outrageous, yet that’s the reported figure being offered to Miami, Fla., defensive coordinator Bill Young, according to multiple news outlets, including the Miami Herald.

And whether it’s the money or the idea of coming home to his alma mater that is pulling at Young, he finds himself torn between that and the sunshine and sandy beaches of Miami.

Young, 62, could not be reached Monday night by The Oklahoman but told the Herald he was "very torn” in choosing between the two jobs.

"Right now, I’m up in the air,” he told the newspaper. "I’ve got mixed emotions. My wife’s family is from Oklahoma. Oklahoma State is my alma mater.

"I will visit with my wife and (Miami head coach Randy) Shannon. I’m not sure which way I’m leaning.”

Young’s defense in one year at Miami ranked 28th in total defense (317.5 yards per game) and 56th in scoring defense (24.2 points per game).

If accurate, the offer of $700,000 would more than double Young’s salary at Miami, which is a private institution and does not release coaching salaries to the public.

→Birthdate: Aug. 17, 1946

→Hometown: Oklahoma City

→Education: Attended U.S. Grant High School. Received a BA in education from Oklahoma State and a Master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Central Oklahoma

→Wife: Lawana

→Playing experience: Played linebacker and defensive end at OSU from 1965-67.


→1968: Oklahoma State JV offensive coach/defensive line

→1969-70: Carl Albert High School defensive line coach

→1971-75: Putnam City West High School defensive coordinator

→1976-78: Oklahoma State offensive/defensive line coach

→1979: Iowa State defensive tackles coach

→1980-84: Tulsa defensive coordinator

→1985-87: Arizona State defensive line coach

→1988-94: Ohio State University defensive coordinator

→1995-96: Oklahoma defensive coordinator

→1997-2000: Southern Cal defensive coordinator

→2001: Detroit Lions defensive line coach

→2002-07: Kansas defensive coordinator

→2008: Miami, Fla., defensive coordinator

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