OSU notebook: Mike Yurcich welcomes input from Mike Gundy

As a former offensive coordinator, Gundy is obviously a valuable resource for Yurcich.
by Gina Mizell Published: October 17, 2013

Following Oklahoma State's narrow win over Kansas State, where the Cowboy offense did not pick up a first down in the second half before rallying late with a game-winning touchdown drive, coach Mike Gundy said this:

“All five or six of us that are in communication came up with some plays, and the choice was poor. We have to keep the football, and we'll get that cleaned up as an offensive staff — that's me included.”

Read into that what you wish. One of the things Gundy prides himself on as a head coach — and something his assistants say they like about their boss — is that he doesn't hover or micromanage.

But as a former offensive coordinator, Gundy is obviously a valuable resource for new OC Mike Yurcich.

And Yurcich welcomes the input.

“It's very helpful,” Yurcich said. “We communicate real well. There's clear communication in our room and (Gundy) has things that he wants in (the game plan) and those sorts of things. As the new guy coming in, it's been a great experience. All the guys give input. We're all in this together.”

Yurcich classifies the recent offensive staff meetings as “productive,” as the Cowboys attempt to make corrections and prepare for a vaunted TCU defense.

“We strip it down and Sunday becomes ‘OK, let's start over again,'” Yurcich said “ … You talk about the certain situations throughout the week that you're gonna face, whether it's score zone, red zone, coming out of your end zone, what's your four-minute plan, what's your two-minute plan, all those sorts of things.

“We know who we are. We know this offense very well.”

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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