by Jenni Carlson Modified: January 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm •  Published: January 24, 2009
Oklahoma State’s new defensive coordinator is known for his disciplined style, but Bill Young isn’t entirely straight-laced. The former Cowboy brings a dry sense of humor back to his alma mater.

Jenni Carlson: You recently said something about being "in the twilight of a very mediocre career.” True?

Bill Young: I was joking. Merv Johnson told me that when I was at Oklahoma. I stole that from him.

JC: You’re not to the end of your career, right?

BY: I’m not even close, I hope. I’m as energetic and feel as good as I did 20 years ago. I really and truly am a better coach than I was last week. Every day you learn something more. I think experience is hard to replace.

JC: Now, there’s another quote of yours I have to ask about. You said of your college days that you were "the smallest defensive end in the Big Eight and the worst.”

BY: Now, that one was true. (Laughs.)

JC: So, you’re not disputing that?

BY: I won’t back down on that one.

JC: But you had some heroics in Bedlam in ’66, right? Something about a tipped pass?

BY: On a two-point play. Oklahoma ran a play action or a boot leg, and they came out in the flat, and I was able to get the tip of my finger on the ball. Willard Nahrgang was able to get in there ... and we ended up winning by one point.

JC: I’m sure you wouldn’t mind a few more Bedlam wins while you’re here.

BY: No, no. The funny thing about (the ’66 game) is the year before was the first time we’d beaten Oklahoma in 20 years.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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